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  • GTA V salutes Independence Day with freedom-fueled monster trucks

    From 3-6 July, GTA V celebrates Independence Day. GTA Online players get a flood of free goodies, cheap ammo and for one lucky player, a million bucks in GTA$ for the most "freedom" Snapmatic (GTA's Instagram) shot. Gamers can log into GTA Online right now and access the "Independence Day Special Event" playlist to take part in brand new jobs to earn both double GTA$ and RP, but only in that special playlist. How else does GTA V enjoy freedom? Like this: 75% off airstrikes. 25% off heavy ammunition RPGs, Grenade Launchers and Miniguns "because packing enough personal firepower to wipe out a small...

  • Sony Xperia Z3 Compact has rumoured 20.7MP camera, 4.5″ display

    Sony's next flagship handset, dubbed the Xperia Z3, will likely get a smaller, more compact version as per current mobile manufacturing and sales trends suggest. Thanks to a recent leak from an Indian XDA developer, we may now know exactly what to expect from the so-called "Z3 Compact" when, or if, it launches. Earlier this week, the web was treated to leaked images of the device that showed both the new 1080p, 3GB RAM Xperia Z3 and the smaller variant, called the "Compact." Twitter tipster @DooMLoRD_XDA tweeted some juicy statistics of the smaller iteration. SneakPeak of Z3 mini/compact: D580x 4.5" scrn, S801 2.5...

  • TwoDots review: beautiful frustration

    What do you look for in a casual game? Something quick and sweet to entertain you while you queue? Or something so addictive and potentially frustrating you'll become numb to what's going on around you, miss your bus stop while intensely sliding across your screen or throw your phone across whatever room you're in? Having just come back from making myself a cup of hot chocolate to calm down (after sending the Gearburn editor an eloquent and descriptive message reading "KILL IT"), I can safely attest that TwoDots falls into the later category. The sequel to mega hipster Tetris puzzler...

  • Mystery North American PS Vita shortage revealed: blame consumer demand

    Sony's wunderkind console, the PS Vita, has been surprisingly absent from U.S. store shelves, reports almost every gaming publication ever. Polygon though, delivers a fuzzy answer thanks to a reply from a Sony representative. The lack of physical PS Vita's in the U.S.  -- there's also only limited stock available online -- happened because the machine is such a damn hot property all off a sudden. "We're seeing healthy consumer demand for PS Vita globally, particularly in markets like Japan. The U.S. launch of the slimmer and lighter PS Vita has generated strong interest among gamers, and we're working to...

  • Powerful $45 HummingBoard mini-PC becomes latest Raspberry Pi-eater

    The Raspberry Pi has sat atop the single-board computing throne for a long while now, without so much as a challenger in sight. But an Israeli-led company, SolidRun, is now taking orders for it's Pi-eater -- the HummingBoard. Sparked into creation by Kossay Omary and Rabeeh Khoury in 2010, SolidRun has previous experience in building home media devices, most notably the CuBox series. The HummingBoard takes this philosophy and strips it ever so lightly. Although the single-board, scalable computer is slightly wider than the Pi, it has everything one should expect from its competitor. There are three models currently available, starting...

  • Tetris-playing T-shirt brings games and garments together

    Tetris has been around since the mid-eighties, but has never been played quite like this before. Marc Kerger, a techie hailing from the tiny state of Luxembourg has created the wearable-to-end-all-wearables -- a Tetris-playing T-shirt. Paying homage to the game's 30th anniversary, Kerger placed 128 LEDs onto a 3D-printed custom housing, some soft material to pose as buttons and a set of Adafruit Matrix controllers to govern all the lights. These components are then mated to an Arduino Uno microcontroller and powered by some rechargeable AA batteries. The result? A working, wearable and fully portable Tetris game that can be played...

  • Alcatel One Touch Idol Alpha hands on review: light up my life

    New, exciting and brimming with promise. Yeah, it’s another Android smartphone, but the Alcatel Idol One Touch Alpha (let’s call it the Alpha for brevity) is a beautiful phone. We managed to get our hands on it and have created a sort-of, kind-of review. It’s also the first phone I’ve ever used that comes in two flavours of champagne colouring, namely gold and rose (although South Africa only gets the rose-coloured variant Q4 2014). The one I used had the third, boring-as-sin "slate" colour, but thankfully it's wrapped in a metal frame that's almost as handsome as the iPhone...

  • Kickstarter’s $299 SYNEK craft beer dispenser brings brews to the home

    There are two things that have not been seen overtly holding hands before -- beer and technology -- until now. This simple Kickstarter will likely quench more thirst and bring more smiles than anything before it. SYNEK is the beer dispensing system that hopes to change how and where the world drinks craft beer. This isn't a new concept, but it does improve upon the fundamentals. Beverages can be bought into the home via bottles, but the contents often turn stale once opened. Additionally, what if one wants a larger sample of a craft beer to enjoy at home for...

  • VAIO launches first post-Sony laptops dubbed the Fit and the Pro

    Sony, since selling its VAIO laptop brand in February, has undergone a transformation of some sorts, becoming something of a ultra mobile device company. But VAIO has also rose again as a separate corporation owned by Japan Industrial Partners, debuting its first duo of post-Sony devices called the Pro and the Fit. Although the VAIO website is only helpful for those who are fluent in Japanese, the laptops' specifications are nevertheless highly respectable. The Fit (pictured below) is perhaps more of a conservative touchscreen laptop than an a traditional hybrid. It can switch between laptop and tablet mode by filpping on...

  • Red-E PowerBank review: smartphone charging on the go

    While smartphones and other mobile devices have been growing in speed and utility in the past decade, their overtaxed batteries often struggle to keep up. Even though new platforms like Android L and iOS 8 aim to manage battery life more effectively, there's only so long a single charge can last on a battery. Thankfully, there are external power packs to save us from that dreaded "low power" warning. The Red-E is the latest contender in a saturated external power pack market, yet it's R565 pricetag is one of the best seen for it's 6 000 mAh capacity. Although it may...