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  • The ultimate Android rooting guide

    Rooting: maybe you've thought about it already, because your device is getting a little slower and you want all the shiny new features you read about on Gearburn. Unfortunately for you, this is Android, and sadly *insert manufacturer here* either hasn’t, or isn't going to upgrade your current version. I will admit, this is a bummer, however OEMs are getting much better, so people are generally only a version or two behind, often without any real drawbacks. This “guide” is probably more aimed towards Nexus owners, because it’s what I have, but the basic principles will be the same in...

  • Valve trademarks ‘Half-Life 3′ and it’s already in development

    This is it. Valve, developers of Half-Life and Half-Life 2 have officially filed Half-Life 3 for trademark in Europe. Forum NeoGAF were the first to pick up on this, and posted a screengrab of the trademark filing. Usually, mega-boring stuff like this slips under the radar but when Half-Life 3 is involved, every little rumour and confirmation helps. And this is as legal and telling as it gets. You can even do it yourself, young padawan. Go to The Trademark and Designs Registrations office of the European Union's main site, type in "Half-Life 3" by "trademark name" and watch as it...

  • Apple ‘aware of iMessage issue’, is working on it

    iOS 7 is, for most, an excellent update for their shiny Apple iDevices. Some users though have reported that Apple's "free" (it uses data) iMessage service has been messing up, with a bug that reportedly halts iMessages from delivering, reports The Wall Street Journal. For the non-Apple follower, iMessage is an iDevice-to-iDevice text service that sends free messages over WiFi or 4G data in the normal Messaging app. If the texting app detects that the number being replied to is an iDevice, then the message is sent for free. But on iOS 7, some errors have occurred. The error in...

  • Vertu’s ‘Constellation': this is what a $6630 Android phone looks like

    Behold the "Constellation"-- a near R70 000 (US$7000) Android smartphone by Vertu. To be exact, the new Constellation is only US$6 630 when compared to the older Ti which goes for US$10 800. So why is it priced so highly? Half of the cash will be spent on the notion of owning a really expensive phone (consumerism, yay!) while the other half goes into the design. The Constellation is made up of durable calf leather wrapped around Grade 5 titanium. Each Constellation is handmade in England by a single craftsman. Only once they are entirely happy with it, do they...

  • 15 tips and tricks for becoming a Windows 8.1 pro

    Windows 8.1 officially launches as a download, retail copy and on new Windows PCs or laptops on 18 October 2013. Microsoft's added in loads of tweaks and updates to Windows 8, and has seemingly focused on restoring the power of the desktop back to the OS. The tips and tricks below will help you to gain control over this free update (naturally, only free if you already own Windows 8). Download Windows 8.1 Preview here. 1. Shutdown, restart or sign out quickly: Press Windows Key + X. The Start button menu pops, just move the mouse to the "shut down" dialog from...

  • Xi3 announces next-gen Piston console beast available 19 November

    Xi3's modular Piston console goes on sale 29 November for US$1000 the company announced today with or without the cap in the picture. Pre-orders will receive the console 15 November however so lucky them. Whether this is the Steam Box we've all been waiting for, we're not entirely sure. It seems these days that everyone's attempting to revolutionize our living rooms and Xi3's no different. "The Piston console is just Xi3's first step in what we believe will be a transformative technology revolution for the living room," Xi3 founder, president, and CEO Jason A Sullivan said. Tucked up inside the 4-inch...

  • Android vending machine hits Tokyo, dispenses games with NFC

    In a country where fashion is inspired by games, hairstyles mimic Dragonball Z and where toilets sing to you, Google has released the world's first game vending machine. But the games (there's a total of 18) don't roll out of spiral loops, or drop down like cold cans of Cola. No sir, each app is beamed to an Android smartphone over Bluetooth 4.0 or NFC. All that you'll need is an Android phone with one of those wireless technologies and the vending machine will do the hard work for you, said Engadget. Here's how it works. Select the game (there are...

  • GTA Online launches today

    The world is only a few hours away from the Grand Theft Auto Online experience and Rockstar Games decided to share some details to whet our appetite and keep us distracted for the rest of the day. Concerning the story, GTA Online is set a few months prior to the events of GTA V. Once you've downloaded a free title update released on PlayStation Network or Xbox LIVE, you'll have an extra in-game character slot. You can switch over to your customisable player any time while in-game, which will instantly jump you over to the online world where you'll find your...

  • LG Pro Lite Dual specs and images leaked: a 5.5″ phablet with stylus

    Here's the first official looking images of LG's upcoming 5.5" phablet, the LG G Pro Lite Dual, complete with stylus. Is this how LG reckons it'll beat Samsung's Galaxy Note 3? This cool-looking device will launch in the middle of October, said russian site Hi-Tech. It's the price that surprises us: it's going to cost 12 990 rubles, or R4 000 (US$400). That's a full US$200 cheaper than the Note III, which is 0.1" bigger than the LG G Pro Lite Dual. It's also specced well. The 5.5" IPS display has a resolution of 960x540, a dual-core 1Ghz CPU, 8GB memory and...

  • GoPro’s Hero3+ cameras are tiny, powerful, and a little expensive

    "Smaller, lighter, mightier still" intones the GoPro website as it announces a new lineup of groovy action cameras, the Hero3+. There are four new cameras for action enthusiasts to select from, with the price starting from R2 000 (US$199). There's the Hero3+ Black Edition, Black Edition Surf, Silver Edition and Hero3 White Edition (sadly no "+" is included). http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=3wbvpOIIBQA The image quality for such a small camera is incredible Let's start with the R4 000 (US$399) Black Edition, the top-of-the-range GoPro. The camera is waterproof up to 40m, is 20% lighter than previous models, has a 30% longer battery life, "superview"...