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  • HTC First image leaked, is latest ‘Facebook Phone’

    Here it is, the smartphone vessel for Facebook Home (Android with deep Facebook integration). Ugly, isn’t it?The leak, care of the usually spot-on Evleaks was tweeted twelve hours ago. HTC first, 2013 twitter.com/evleaks/status… — @evleaks (@evleaks) April 2, 2013 So we have the name, HTC First. We even have specs of the new “deeply integrated” Facebook phone. The specifications are extremely generic, this phone is nothing to tweet about. But it’s the functionality Facebook Home will deliver which is most important. We’ll explain after the specifications. There’s a gig of RAM, a 5-megapixel camera, a Qualcomm (they sure do get around) S4 cpu, and a...

  • Sphero review: world’s first robot ball gaming system

    The Sphero robot ball gaming system is a great new take on smart toys for smartphones – and big kids of all ages will love it. Launched last year by US company Orbotix, the Sphero comprises a 74mm diameter opaque ball made from tough polycarbonate, inside which lies a multi-axis gyro, an accelerometer and a bunch of motors that can send it speeding in any direction at up to 0.91m-per-second indoors or out. You can even dunk in the Sphero in water, if you wish, as it’s waterproof and will float in your bath or sink. Features The 168g Sphero is powered by...

  • Win The Walking Dead, Survival Instinct for Xbox

    Competition time. Walking Dead Survival Instinct, is a pleasant distraction among the Bioshocks and Tomb Raiders of this world. We won’t lie to you and say it’s the best game ever, but for fans of the series it’s a decent trip down memory lane, and for anyone who enjoys a few hours of walker killing. We’re giving this game away. To enter, tell us how you would avoid a walker attack. The craziest/coolest/funniest story wins the game. How to enter: Tweet @gearburn and tell us how you would avoid a walker attack. Please include the hashtag #gearzombie Tweet OR Leave your answer in the...

  • Todoist app review: ultimate organisation

    I don’t often use productivity apps, but there’s been such an increase in the quality of these apps that my attitude towards them might be changing. That’s mostly to do with a wonderfully designed and fantastically functional personal organiser, Todoist. The interface of the app is clean, sophisticated and very professional looking. I will start by saying that although I love this app, it might be for people with more intense schedules than mine. I’m by no means a power-user when it comes to productivity apps, I make notes, snap pictures and create lists to remind me that I need...

  • Ouya hands on review: not too bad

    “Today I’m going to show you that we have delivered on that promise, and on that dream, of developing an accessible, open game console for gamers and developers.” That’s how Julie Uhrman, Founder &; CEO of Ouya, began our demonstration of her company’s new console. The fact that our demo was taking place in a warehouse a dozen blocks away from the bustle of GDC 2013, the Game Developers Conference, only added to the Ouya’s outsider mystique. After an explosive Kickstarter debut that raised more than $8 million dollars, nearly 10 times what the Ouya folks set as their goal, the race...

  • The Galaxy S IV isn’t even out yet, but it’s rooted

    For those lucky enough to own a Galaxy S IV, which would be practically no-one as the phone is only up for preorder, you’ll be happy to know that Samsung’s mammoth phone can now be rooted. XDA-developers.com has released a rooted ROM and instructions for hacking the S IV and, as per usual, any modifications done to your phone are down at your own risk. Do not destroy that which you cannot control. This root will only work on the Exynos 5 Octa 8-core version of the S IV, the GT-I9500. Visit the page, with download links and instructions here.  Androidauthority.com points out that most...

  • Steve Jobs may have approved the designs for both upcoming iPhones

    According to the San Francisco Examiner, the next two iPhones may have been approved by the late Steve Jobs. During a talk on mobile phone thefts, San Francisco district attorney George Gascón said that he was told by Apple that the next two iPhones “preceded Tim Cook.” Gascón was in discussions with Apple’s government liaison. So if Jobs had his hand in upcoming iPhones, there’s a lot we can expect, and eliminate. This means that at least two decent phones were introduced before October 2011, the month of Jobs death. All of the below is purely speculative, but is in line...

  • China to launch ‘Smartisan’ a new and heavily revamped Android OS

    When it comes to mobile OSes, we’re seemingly stuck in the past. Smartisan wants to shake this all up, with a “more appealing look, enhanced icons, a smaller four-by-three grid and hundreds of other simple modifications,” according to Engadget. There’s a very in-depth look into Smartisan, a two-hour video in fact that can be viewed below: A brief history: Smartisan was developed by Luo Yonghao, a well-known Chinese blogger, entrepreneur and consumer advocate. Yonghao said that Smartisan would “shame all manufacturers with its revolutionary user experience”. Let’s see if his prediction came true. As for the name, Yonghao changed it...

  • The 5 worst fake smartphones

    I find it difficult to justify the existence of any of these fakes smartphones. I believe in quality products for the money we spend on Android’s, iPhones, BlackBerry’s, HTC’s and others. How many people are tricked into thinking that they’ve just purchased an iPhone 5 or a Galaxy S IV, only to end up with an iPoo 5S in the box? Not many I hope, and these are some of the worst offending fake smartphones I could find, so try to avoid these. My advice, if it seems too cheap online to be real, it’s a fake. MTK6575 STAR i9300...

  • Bioshock Infinite review: the sky’s the limit

    As Bioshock Infinite came to an end and the screen faded to black, I blinked in stunned silence, wiped the drool from the corners of my mouth and, quite literally, checked to see if my jaw was still in place. This is a spoiler-free review, so enjoy. You enter this strange world knowing that it will all end eventually, somehow. But not like this. The manner in which Infinite closes is reminiscent of an operatic symphony complete with visual delights and aural pleasures that probe your grey matter and delight your senses. Your eyes and ears will be mesmerised by...