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  • BlackBerry 10 launches, RIM is renamed to BlackBerry

    Welcome back, RIM, or shall we say BlackBerry. CEO Thorstein Heins confirmed the rumours. Research In Motion has been renamed and will now be known as BlackBerry. We had a front-row seat to arguably one of the most anticipated mobile industry product launches in recent times. BlackBerry unleashed BlackBerry 10 today. BlackBerry held simultaneous launch events in Dubai, Toronto, London, Paris and Johannesburg with video being streamed live from New York. Although the Canadian smartphone maker had a hard time keeping details about its new flagship devices secret in the run-up to launch day, it still managed to reveal a...

  • Speaktoit assistant comes to Windows Phone

    Speaktoit is one of the top assistant apps on Android and a more than viable competitor to Siri (and in many cases better some would say). Now it’s available on Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 for tablets. The app has direct integration with most of the key web services and sites, like Google, Wikipedia, Facebook, Twitter, Evernote, Yelp and TripAdvisor to name just a few. Just a few other functions include calendar reminders, reading the news, taking notes, sending/reading texts and even telling jokes. Using natural language recognition to answer questions or perform tasks, the assistant’s avatar is...

  • Windows Phone 7.8 turns Lumia phones into so much more

    A multitude of new features have been added to Lumia phones running on Windows 7.5, as an updated Windows Phone OS started rolling out yesterday to certain Nokia Lumia phones. As reported by Conversations by Nokia, Lumia 510, 610, 710, 800 and 900 owners will now have a host of features added that will include various camera features and imaging enhancements, and the release of apps like Contact Share, Play To and Nokia City Lens. The first change has been to the start screen, which now gives users the ability to change the size of tiles to their liking, as...

  • ‘Killzone Mercenary’ on PS Vita set for September release

    According to the official PlayStation website, Killzone Mercenary has been set for release on 17 September in the US. A new gameplay trailer and more details about the Vita first-person shooter (FPS) are also available on the site. The game is built on the same engine as Killzone 3 and is developed by Guerrilla Cambridge, which has taken over from previous developers Guerrilla Games. The PS Vita’s rear touch panel will be utilised to some extent together with the main touchscreen. Players are free to choose any tactics and loadouts they want to complete a contract, being rewarded with weapons...

  • New ‘7 Wonders of Crysis 3′ video released

    Leading up to the release of Crysis 3 this February, the fifth instalment of the 7 Wonders of Crysis 3 teaser videos has been posted, showing off “The Perfect Weapon”. This time Prophet dons the Nanosuit, turning a man into the ultimate weapon… or the ultimate weapon into a man… the ultimate weapon man into the suit… the ultimate suit into the weapon man… Actually just watch the video. The graphics and gameplay are super smooth, the bad ass factor is high and this adds to what has been considered one of the most, if not the most, anticipated games...

  • Is autonomous car tech driving us around the bend?

    Are we ready for a future not too dissimilar to that portrayed in Minority Report? I’m not referring to bald people predicting murders before they occur, but rather to cars that don’t need us — the drivers. Being a big fan of driving myself, this is a question that naturally presented itself when I read news of Audi’s new autonomous car system. It beats the bendz Audi itself prefers to call it a “piloted” system, reinforcing the idea that these cars should not necessarily be left entirely to their own devices, but that human guidance should still be present to supervise...

  • BlackBerry 10 launch event [Live blog]

    The day has finally arrived. After waiting months to see what BlackBerry has in store for the smartphone market it once dominated, we will finally have something more than claims about the number of apps, a few Dev Alpha models and some gorgeous leaked snapshots to show us what BlackBerry’s latest operating system and devices will really be like. Gearburn’s Steven Norris and Martin Carstens will be blogging live from the much-anticipated launch of what may or may not signal the start of BlackBerry’s comeback from 17:00 CAT (10:00 EST / 15:00 GMT) onwards. The launch is happening simultaneously...

  • Pentax announces rugged waterproof point-and-shoot cameras

    Two new cameras, the WG-3 and WG-3 GPS, have arrived in the Pentax collection. Both cameras feature the highest depth rating in the WG series, with a waterproof depth of 14 meters (which is very impressive for a point-and-shoot camera), and the specs are damn good as well for such a compact package. As would be expected, the WG-3 GPS adds GPS positioning and travel log data to photos, and also features wireless recharging, a digital compass, and a gauge showing water depth, altitude, and pressure. Video recording is up to 1080p HD with a backlit 16-megapixel image sensor...

  • ZTE (basically) confirms it’s launching a Firefox OS phone at MWC

    ZTE, China’s second largest telecoms manufacturer, seems to have all but confirmed that it will push forward with plans to launch a Firefox OS-powered smartphone by the end of 2013, following on the announcement it made last year. According to Engadget, ZTE sent out an invite mentioning a new mobile launch and the hashtag “ZTEMozilla”, which suggests the phone will be announced at Mobile World Congress next month. Least year the smartphone maker revealed that it was teaming up with Mozilla to produce smartphones running on the open source Firefox system. About 90% of ZTE’s smartphones currently run on Android,...

  • Sony adds 320kbps streaming to Music Unlimited on web, Android and PS3

    Sony’s Music Unlimited, part of the Sony Entertainment Network, has been bumped up and now features high-quality 320kbps streaming for web surfing, Android and PS3, as reported by The Verge. Launched last year, the service was seen as a bit tongue-in-cheek for its 48kbps streaming, yet had an impressive collection of tunes available at an affordable price of US$12 per year. While it used to be in the shadow of Spotify which has had 320kbps streaming on mobile devices, the jump up means a substantial improvement for Music Unlimited from the measly 48kbps. With more than 18 million tunes, the...