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  • Sony Xperia Z review: the best Android smartphone yet

    I’m no Xperia fan. I dislike the name (any product name that begins with an “X” in it reeks of nineties shame), I’ve never warmed up to Sony’s range of phones and I certainly didn’t care when Sony split from Ericsson and created the Xperia range. But I care about Sony’s Xperia Z — a handsomely made 5-inch smartphone that’s near invulnerable. There are two standout features that elevate the Xperia Z above the competition: the incredibly fetching 5-inch screen and it’s superhuman strength. Is it worth the close to US$600 asking fee? Let’s find out. Apple design envy Sony has...

  • Leap Motion goes hands-free with Windows 8 video demo

    Leap Motion has released a new video that demos the powerful gesture technology of its PC and Mac compatible device. We already knew how accurate the ten-finger motion controller is, but this is the first time we’ve seen it officially demoed with Windows 8. Matter of fact, Leap Motion looks so fun and fast on Windows 8 that it practically makes the OS seem exciting again. In the video, the user jumps from zooming to in to images, to rating fractals to navigating the touch-friendly interface of Windows 8. As one commenter notes on the YouTube channel, Leap Motion...

  • iTunes app updates are broken and here’s why

    Apple just celebrated 50-billion apps downloaded, but that number pales in comparison to the number of app updates it’s delivered. So I thought I’d examine the version history of every app currently on my phone, and even make a best guess of how many megabytes it took to keep all my apps up to date. Since I don’t have the size of historical binaries, I’m only going to use the size of the latest version, which will probably overstate the true number of megabytes since apps tend to grow in size over time. I’m also assuming that I owned each app...

  • Romanian engineering brings us the 10.1-inch Evolio Quadra

    Evolio is attempting to dominate the Eastern European’s tablet market with this new 10.1-inch Quad Core tablet, suitably titled — the Evolio Quardra. Going for less than US$300 (RON999), the Quadra could also prove to be a worthy competitor for the international 10-inch tablet market. The Romanian company is, among many things, responsible for accessories and multimedia products and seems to be steadily gaining ground. Surprisingly, 10-inch tablets seem to have been gaining popularity. According to Noviolo CEO, Liviu Nistoran, “the market share of the 10.1″ tablet recently increased from 25% to over 30%.” Novolio wants in on more...

  • Toshiba Satellite U920t review: middle of the road

    The Satellite U920t is an Ultrabook that was released by Toshiba earlier this year. Currently, it is the only product in its laptop/tablet combo range that boasts Windows 8 Pro. It is admittedly a good and reasonably affordable device (R10 999) but its user friendliness and practicality is a problem. Feels great The Satellite U920t looks and feels great. It’s a sturdy and attractive piece of hardware. In tablet mode, you work on a five point touch-screen system. This basically means that the tablet screen can read up to five contact points simultaneously. This might be a minor set-back when compared...

  • ZTE aims for India with five new smartphones

    ZTE, one of China’s biggest telecom and mobile phone makers, plans to sell five new smartphones directly to India. This is the first time ZTE has marketed phones specifically for the Indian market. The five phones are priced from US$105 to US$270 according to The Next Web. ZTE is in it to win it, and will market, distribute and manage all sales of the mystery smartphones. It’s even going to ensure that post-sale customer service. ZTE has lofty goals in India, and wants to be one of the top three telecoms by 2016, says Xu Dejun, CEO of ZTE India....

  • ‘Metal Gear Solid: The Legacy Collection’ sneaks into view 9 July

    Metal Gear Solid: The Legacy Collection is a PS3-exculsive release coming 9 July, says Sony’s official blog. That’s US$50 for almost every Metal Gear Solid, ever. Konami has omitted the PSP-only Metal Gear Acid, Special Ops, and Revengeance. Here’s what you get for your US$50: Metal Gear Metal Gear 2 Metal Gear Solid Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty (HD version with VR missions) Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence (HD version) Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker (HD version) Metal Gear Solid: VR Missions MGS: digital graphic novels by Ashley Wood A 100-page art book That’s a hell of a lot of Metal Gear...

  • PS4 teaser video gives us first glimpse of console

    Embedded below are the first shots of the PS4 console, care of Sony’s official YouTube page. The video gives us snippets of the hardware and we can at least confirm that it’s going to be black. And square-ish. The video has loads of information about the console, but the images speed by too quickly to make any real sense. We slowed it down though, and picked apart the video. What we came away with was surprisingly: almost nothing. Pausing the video reveals details about the ventilation system, eject key and overall design of the PS4, but nothing concrete as...

  • LG announces ‘flexible and unbreakable’ OLED panel

    LG’s making a massive splash this week as it’s unveiling a 5-inch flexible OLED panel at the SID Event. This comes together with a handful of other major announcements to be expected at the event. Flexible display technology has been on Gearburn’s radar for quite some time now. Yes, this technology would make an awesome party trick. More importantly though, it would become a welcome feature, hopefully replacing our current market of fragile mobile displays. Not only are flexible displays gimmicks companies like to measure egos with at annual tech events– they’re for all intents and purposes (as LG claims)...

  • Samsung to showcase groundbreaking high-res display

    This week, Samsung’s exhibiting a 10.1-inch 2560×1600 display for tablets as well as a 13.3-inch 3200×1800 effort for notebooks. These will be featured, among many other state-of-the-art display technologies, at the SID (Society for Information Display) Event. Not only are these resolutions eye-bleedingly sharp, they also offer 30% power-savings compared to current LCDs. If these prototypes hit the market as notebook or tablet displays now, they will simply blow competition out of the water. As mentioned by The Verge, this is in direct competition with Apple’s Retina and Google’s Pixel displays. The 13.3-inch Retina’s display comes in at a...

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