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  • GTA V is a two-disc installation on Xbox 360

    While we’re all extremely excited about the upcoming GTA V, the guys from Rockstar Games did a special edition blog post answering some questions that were lingering in the minds of the soon to be Los Santos gangsters. We already know that Grand Theft Auto is the benchmark for open world games. And, like always, Rockstar is pushing the limits. This console game is all so big and grand, you’ll need to install it before playing. Given the size of the world map and the fact that Rockstar Games have taken advantage of “every ounce of processing power available...

  • System Monitor review: Android’s best stat app

    This article won’t matter to many of you, however, to the fellow nerds it will appeal to, I could not recommend System Monitor fervently enough. I can’t vouch for the depth or quality of stats available natively for TouchWizz and Sense users, but on my stock setup, this app gives me some invaluable information regarding my device. System Monitor is one of the most gorgeous, yet functional apps I’ve used on Android, and when you think of how many apps I’ve used (practically thousands), that is quite a feat. Doing it well So what does System Monitor do? It’s nothing overly...

  • ZTE Open debuts as first Firefox OS phone

    Dirt cheap and open. That’s the direction Mozilla is heading with its Firefox-run devices. Mozilla announced the launch of its first range of smartphones with its own featured OS. For now, the two retail versions running Firefox OS are the Alcatel One Touch Fire and the ZTE Open. These are the very first Firefox OS devices to be launched aimed at consumers. The OS is not meant to tackle iOS, Android or Windows 8 head on though. Instead devices running it are meant to serve the interests of the emerging markets and people aiming to go post feature phone. Given...

  • Gadget review: Samsung Galaxy S4 [video]

    The Galaxy S4 is a hard phone to like, but that’s exactly what Gearburn editor Steven Norris did. With great power, comes greater mobile phones and sadly Samsung seems to be unable to harness this great technology. What do you do with an insanely fast CPU and an incredible screen? Samsung seems to think that you need to cram it into the cheapest-looking case of all time. Here’s what we loved about the S4: we loved the screen, dug the speed and even liked a few of the backed-in apps. What we didn’t like was pretty much everything else, such...

  • Xbox Music for web live and kicking

    Xbox Music web version is here. While it was widely expected to launch earlier this week according to The Verge, but it’s live right now and new or registered Xbox users can sign up for a paid or free 30-day trial. Xbox Music web shares the Windows 8-look of the Xbox 360’s interface, has an adaptive interface and requires an Xbox Live Gold membership (US$5/pm) on top of the monthly Xbox Music Pass (US$9.99). The trial period automatically upgrades to the full paid version of Xbox Music after the 30-days, just so you know. Xbox Music “steams millions of songs” from...

  • Apple to trademark ‘iWatch’ in Japan as Smartwatch race heats up

    As Samsung prepares to launch its predicted Android-based smartwatch later this year, Apple seeks to trademark the name “iWatch” in Japan according to a report from Bloomberg. Apple, which has had legal issues with Samsung in the past, filed a patent with the Japan Patent Office 3 June according to Bloomberg’s sources. Apple’s Tokyo branch is yet to confirm or deny the patent filing. Here’s what Apple is up against, in regards to currently available and respectable (translation: not crappy) smartwatches: Pebble ePaper Watch Sony SmartWatch 1 and 2 Nike+ Fuelband iPod Nano WIMM One The Bloomberg report states that Apple CEO Tim Cook has been...

  • Omni is the virtual reality gaming treadmill for your living room

    Update: Upon reaching the US$1.1-million goal on Kickstarter, backers of the Omni Virtuix will receive TRAVR (a totally immersive, open-source demo and Omni trainer utilizing the Omni SDK for motion control). This demo wants to give you an total VR experience integrating Oculus Rift, motion controllers and the Omni. Read more on Kickstarter. Trending on Kickstarter and the whole web for that matter, is the Omni — a VR (Virtual Reality) apparatus for your living room. The crowdfunded project has so far raised a massive near US$1-million out of an initial goal of US$150 000. As Virtuix, the company behind this...

  • Are the PS4 and Xbox One priced too high? (spoiler: no)

    The prices of the PS4 and Xbox One (especially Microsoft’s upcoming console) have been under heavy debate by gamers and the press alike. The Xbox One is US$499, the PS4 is US$399 and Forbes is calling this “ one main advantage” as both machines are comparatively similar. Arstechnia takes it one step further though and historically compares the prices of Sony and Microsoft’s last machines, plus most other major consoles. Green is launch price, orange is price adjusted for inflation Arstechnica used an inflation calculator from the US-based Department of Labor Statistics and archived sales data to calculate the above chart. Here’s what’s...

  • Netsurfer Dual Tablet review: thrifty Android goodness

    Change is a constant in the gadget world. Devices get larger and thinner, operating system become more user-friendly and our wallets become just a little lighter ever year. It’s the low-cost, high-concept gadgets that pique our interests the most though, like the new Netsurfer Dual Tablet from South African-based FutureMobileTechnology (FMT). For just under R2 000 (US$200), the Dual represents value for money in a lean 7-inch tablet that packs a lot of muscle under its belt. It’s not the fastest tablet ever made, or the best looking device you’ll ever see, but it’s inexpensive, has a decent screen and...

  • Recon Jet is the Google Glass for pros and athletes

    Imagine watching a re-run of Tour de France through the eyes of your favorite cyclist on your TV. Recording a mountain bike ride through the forests should be awesome too. Recon Jet wants you to experience and share moments like these at only US$499. That’s a third cheaper than the popular Google Glass alternative. Recon Instruments from Vancouver, takes on the Silicon Valley tech giant in a race that brings the Recon Jet into the spotlight. The Jet is, like Google Glass, a disguised computer that aims to blend things like video, voice and social-media into an everyday wearable...

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