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  • Moto X is made in the USA and ‘designed by yourself’

    This will be Motorola's first product since being bought by Google. It's then no surprise that the Moto X is expected to have some tricks up its sleeves. For one, its all made in America. For another, it's said to be fully customizable. Not only will the Moto X be "the first smartphone designed by yourself," it will also be "the first smartphone designed, engineered and assembled in the USA." This was first revealed by AdAge in a leaked Motorola ad. With “Americuh!" as the tagline, the ad will feature as a full-pager in all major US newspapers such as...

  • Waka Waka solar powered charger review: fun in the sun

    Gadgets are delightful and bring so much more to our lives than simple convenience. Take the weirdly named, US$89 Waka Waka for instance. Here’s a solar-powered lamp and USB/microUSB charger in one that’s as big as a pack of cards and lighter than a bag of crisps. It’s also the single most useful gadget in my collection. I could call Waka Waka the perfect gadget, let down by an overly long solar-charging period. Despite that, here’s three reasons why I love the Waka Waka: It’s small: it’ll fit into your pocket and because it’s splash and dust-resistant,  the Waka Waka can...

  • iPhone 5S dabbles with LTE, cheaper iPhone grabs pastel coloured cases

    Would you like to know what’s happening with Apple’s heavily-rumoured and extra cheap iPhone and the upcoming iPhone 5S? News has recently emerged, via CNET, that Apple’s budget iPhone will come in several colours. This is all according to a poorly translated Chinese tech site that also drops a hint regarding the price of the cut-price iPhone. First, there’s this picture which recently emerged “on the side of China” if French site Nowhereelse is to be trusted. It managed to wrangle up this sneaky shot which shows off an iPhone 3GS-like plastic back in three colours: Nokia yellow, Powerpuff Girls...

  • Bionic upgrade of the week: the 2.8x zoom telescopic contact lens

    Modern medicine’s amazing, and cyborg upgrades are even better. While there’s been a lot of expensive and invasive body modifications of late, this special contact lens with 3X zoom is the best example of a practical solution to a common issue: macular degeneration, a condition that slowly strips away sight and chiefly affects adults over 50. ExtremeTech details the complex procedure which we’ll do our best to translate into normal english for you, care of this snazzy slide show. It comes down to comfort as well, something older contact lens infused with...

  • Microsoft’s Don Mattrick dubbed new Zynga CEO

    Bloomberg is reporting that former Microsoft executive Don Mattrick has jumped ship and joined social-gaming developer Zynga as new CEO. This became more apparent as company emails and posts started swirling around the web. Whatever this really means, we hope it's not a sign of up a coming graphic intensive Farmville gaming culture. Don Mattrick is generally known for his role in bringing about the Xbox 360, Xbox One and Xbox Live. He also played a massive part in successful franchises like FIFA, Need for Speed and Sims while he worked for EA games. More recently, however, he's become known...

  • 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...