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  • HP Envy Sleekbook: getting the balance right

    AMD is enjoying something of a resurgence in its laptop fortunes lately. The HP Envy Sleekbook 6-1126sa is the second computer we’ve seen recently that employs the ‘other’ manufacturer’s processor, the other being the Samsung Series 5 NP535U3C-A02UK. The question is, despite these design wins, can AMD hold its own against intel’s third generation Core processors that seem to dominate the laptop space? And if it can, why aren’t we seeing more of its mobile processors in the wild? The first question isn’t so easily answered, simply because Intel doesn’t quite have a processor in the same price bracket as the...

  • Near-legendary glass smartphones coming ‘end of 2013′

    A glass smartphone could happen as soon as “the end of 2013” according to Michael Kan of Techhive. Sam Yu, a rep from Polytron Technologies, says “trust me” but won’t mention any specifics, such as the affiliated handset makers. The proposed glass smartphone uses practically invisible embedded wiring inside the patented glass, but not every part of the smartphone can be transparent. This is where Polytron plans to use standard plastics to cover up exposed bits. That’s the bone, here’s the meat. Pictured: The glass phone, and a glass USB memory stick It won’t look this arbitary The prototype phone (ol’...

  • The ‘iWatch': is Apple working on a bendable smartwatch? [Rumour]

    Apple should start patenting rumours, as yet another one is leaking from its offices. This time the Cupertino tech giant is working on a smartwatch concept, the New York Times reports. The “smartwatch” concept is nothing new as Gearburn has reported previously, but with Apple stepping to the front it should be considered as major news. According to people-in-the-know, Apple is dabbling with a wrist-like device made of bendable glass. Could it be Corning Willow Glass? Corning Incorporated recently announced that it had developed a bendable glass that could “wrap around a cylindrical object which could be someone’s wrist”....

  • The hottest electric cars and technologies of 2013

    It’s hard to believe that the electric car has been around for over a hundred years. If Nicola Tesla had his way (and I wish he did) then we would all be driving electric cars that were completely energetically sustainable. Alas, his dream was not realised and we all have paid the price. The electric car has seen better days, namely those of Tesla’s time, but if it is ever going to become a viable alternative to the combustion engine (or possibly replace them) they are going to have to solve some very major problems. Car manufacturers have taken...

  • Nokia Lumia 620 review: welcome a new baby in the family

    The Nokia Lumia 620 is Nokia’s third foray into Windows Phone 8 territory, but while the previous two – the Nokia Lumia 820 and the Nokia Lumia 920 – were both fairly high-end affairs, this is a decidedly budget handset. Really its closest competitor is the HTC Windows Phone 8S, since the two phones have pretty similar specs. They both have a dual-core 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, a 5 megapixel camera with 720p video and a 480 x 800 resolution display. The Nokia Lumia 620 has a fairly small 3.8-inch screen while the HTC Windows Phone 8S has a marginally bigger 4-inch one, but on the other...

  • BMW’s new baby giant: enter the 3-Series Gran Turismo

    The motor industry likes to expand upon itself, always looking for new cracks and crevices to fit mixed up multi-genre cars into. What happened to the good old saloon? Or even the hatchback? Nowadays we get hatchback supercars, four-door coupes and 4×4 sports cars. It’s a mess, frankly. And to commemorate this mess, here is the new 3-Series Gran Turismo. A mix between, what? A 4×4, a saloon and a hatchback? Or is it a wagon? It’s hard to say, because it’s hard to say why exactly BMW felt the need to invent yet another niche for the motor world....

  • Ubisoft says Far Cry 4 and Assassin’s Creed 4 planned for 2014

    The exemplary performance of Far Cry 3 and Assassins Creed 3 have prompted Ubisoft to announce that both installments will be planned for 2014, according to Cinema Blend. These two core games for Ubisoft shipped a massive 12 million and 4.5 million copies respectively. This represents units shipped to retailers as well as copies sold digitally. Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot related to investors that Far Cry 3 is “one of the major pillars of our offering for core gamers” and performed “way better than expected”, so expect that Far Cry 4 is definitely in the making. As Guillemot went on...

  • iPhone 6, iPhone 5S sneakily spied at Apple China supplier [rumour]

    Update: When asked for comment, Alan Hely of Apple said in a one-line email to Gearburn: “We don’t comment on rumours or speculation.” So for now, the buck stops here. Thanks to Cnet (care of Weibo), we now know that someone has spied the iPhone 5S and iPhone 6. And this alleged iPhone spotter has seen the iPhone 6 and 5S at a Chinese Apple supplier. According to the tipster, the iPhone 5S looks the same as the iPhone 5, and the iPhone 6 is gonna be thinner, wider and longer. Sounds very S3 to us. Here is the Google translated post: A...

  • Microsoft Surface Pro: A meta-review

    Microsoft Surface Pro reviews have come up on almost all top blogs and news sites. Most of them are about hating this device. Yes, hating it! Only a few of the publications, I suppose, have given us a positive rating for Surface Pro. This is not a review, but a review of the reviews out there, as you read rightly on the title “Meta-Review”. Let’s start. The king of Ultrabooks?I looked through dozens of reviews of Surface Pro out there, and most of them rant about the battery life and how bulky the tablet is. What I found was appalling...

  • Next-gen Xbox gains Siri-like voice capabilities

    Care of the ever-popular Verge, we now know that the next-generation Xbox will have “Siri-like” capabilities. “Sources familiar with Microsoft’s Xbox plans” say that the new Xbox, code-named Durango (I like the way you die, boy) will activate when words like “Xbox on” are spoken, will have text-to-speech conversion and support a natural tone of voice. The Xbox, in its current state, even with Kinect voice, doesn’t use  natural voice in any of its commands. The new Siri-like voice feature will apparently let users speak phrases such as “what are my friends playing” to pull up the online friends list....