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  • China report leaks even more details of budget, plastic iPhone

    In a recent report, there are hints and referrals to the very mysterious (yet not-so-mysterious) lower-end plastic iPhone. This at least, is what All Things Digital is reporting. The report refers to the “scaled-back, less expensive version of the iPhone.” Yesterday, it emerged that Apple supplier Pegatron was allegedly violating international labour laws. Naturally, China Labour Watch investigated and made its report public. The plastic iPhone hasn't been made official by Apple yet. This didn't stop people from conducting their own premonitions about what's to come from the big red fruit. It's kind of like the chicken or the egg dilemma...

  • BlackBerry Q5 video review: still hating it

    If there's one thing Gearburn editor Steven "not biased to BlackBerry" Norris hates, it's the Q5. In his fairly damning review, Norris outlines mostly negatives aspects of what is an overpriced and essentially broken device. His video review isn't much better. What BlackBerry has done is almost insulting: it's taken a flimsy plastic shell and squeezed a crisp display into it. Yet for some reason it also decided to charge us US$450 (R5 000) for one of the biggest mistakes since the BlackBerry Torch 2 9810. Come, join us in a video journey as Norris breaks down BlackBerry's latest...

  • Jabra Revo Wireless review: next-gen headphones

    There are a lot of things I hate in life, but wireless headphones aren't one of them. So when I got the Jabra Revo Wireless in the mail, I was happy. Not "here's free 100MB broadband for life" happy, but happy nonetheless. Wires absolutely suck and the Revo Wireless not only cut the cord on cables, but introduce a gesture-based volume control which essentially cuts all connections to the music player. I can't ask for anything more than that. Well, I can ask for Dolby Digital Plus headphones which the Revo Wireless also happens to be. Pity they're so expensive....

  • SA exclusive mobile shooter ‘Fleet of One’ blasts its way onto iOS, Android

    Fleet of One, the South African-developed game for iOS and Android is now available for Apple's iDevices and will be "released soon" for Google's mighty mobile OS. Developed by Polymorph, Fleet of One is the hard-as-nails lovechild of Space Invaders and Galaga, two arcade-style shooters with little room for error. The enemies show up in waves on the top half of the screen and your five cannons (each one outfitted with a shield) are tasked with annihilating the colourful alien menace. Colin Payen, creative director at Polymorph along with Herman Lintvelt, director and founder, built and designed Fleet of One to recreate...

  • Canary, the hipster’s home security gizmo detects everything

    Criminals are smart, not Oceans 11 smart, but they're getting there. The internet opens up a wealth of opportunities for them, so we just gotta smack them down with smarter crime-stopping methods. That's where this geeky smartphone-connected sentry robot, named Canary, comes into play. Canary is the "world's first" home security device for everyone. So it's for you, and your paranoid neighbour who makes that weird knocking sound at 2am every morning. It's also an Indiegogo project that's been fully funded, so for US$200 you can buy one of these shiny security devices in your pad. Here's why we think...

  • Google Chromecast hacked: here’s how

    People will hack anything, especially if it's a US$35 media streamer called Chromecast. No-one's ever happy with what they've got, which partly explains the success of the iPhone, still -- what to with a hacked Chromecast? Before we explain, there's something you should know: most of you will get very little joy out of the Google Chromecast hack: it's aimed at developers looking to create and run custom software on the HDMI wunder-dongle. But this is step one as hack creators GTV say. With this tool, the smartest of us will be able to get inside the inner workings...

  • HTC One gets a facelift with MoDaCo.Switch

    As Engadget reports, MoDaCo.Switch has been made available to the public for beta testing. This firmware makes it easy for you to switch between two versions of Android on the HTC One. Why? Best of both worlds, and because you can. So if you're using HTC Sense and would rather switch to Google's Play edition, you can now do so. MoDaCo.Switch is simple, easy and you don't have to risk losing data when flashing between the two ROMs. Secondly, it's awesome seeing how someone managed to find a way of sharing apps across two different types of software. http://youtu.be/vOZFIGcIJ5s It all depends...

  • ‘Fez 2′ cancelled, creator Phil Fish has twitter meltdown

    Fez 2 is cancelled. It all officially came to an end yesterday and since many of us were sleeping off our RedBull-induced hangovers (third all night session of The Last of Us, and counting), some of you may have missed out on the sad Tweet from Fez's creators, Polytron. It's with a heavy heart that we announce that FEZ II has been cancelled and is no longer in development. We apologize for the disappointment — Polytron (@Polytron) July 27, 2013 Fez's daddy, and indie game developer-darling Phil Fish, took to Polytron's website yesterday to further rub salt into our wounds. FEZ II is...

  • ‘iPhone 5C’ packaging reveals Apple’s mysterious new C-word

    A photo showing a bin of iPhone packaging has surfaced recently. As the labels suggest, the plastic casings are meant for the iPhone 5C-- a model name that was up until now, unknown to the general public. The photo was posted on Chinese website WeiPhone and has many suggesting this to be the retail packaging for the upcoming budget iPhone, the newly named iPhone 5C. After many leaks and rumours, we've kind of have a rough idea of what the budget iPhone may look like. Apparently it's going to have a plastic polycarbonate shell that looks very similar to the packaging that's...

  • Xolo Q1000 review: value for money, thy name is Android

    The Xolo Q1000 is one of many value-for-money dual SIM Android smartphones from local brands that are on sale in India. At the price of INR 13 000/US$220, the Xolo Q1000, is one of the most balanced smartphones available in the country, which tends to perform better than its well-marketed international competitors. It comes with the latest version of Android and is powerful enough for the heaviest of workloads. Display At a price point of US$250 and above, I usually expect a smartphone to pack an HD screen resolution for a better web browsing experience. The Xolo Q1000 is no different...