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  • HP Pavilion 14 Chromebook arrives with a large screen and a small battery

    Hewlett-Packard (HP) has just stifled the rumours by releasing the HP Pavilion 14 Chromebook, its first Chrome OS laptop. Is it big news? Yeah well sort of… it could be… it should be… if it were not for a joke of a battery. According to the Google Chrome Blog, the only real change from what is already available in the Samsung, Acer, and Lenovo Chromebooks, is the larger screen, sporting a LED-backlit 14-inch 1366 x 768 panel in what most would call a traditional laptop package. With 16GB of built-in flash storage, 2GB of RAM and a 1.1GHz Intel Celeron...

  • Vodafone show commitment to Windows Phone 8

    Windows Phone 8 devices will be available from 6 February in the UK via Vodafone. The Nokia Lumia 920, 820 and 620, as well as the HTC 8X and 8S (Vodafone calls it the ‘new Windows Phone 8 army’), will be the new models that will take the move forward. With the Nokia Lumia 920 and the HTC 8X, Vodafone and Microsoft have two smartphones that can compete with the best in the high scale. The Lumia has the edge slightly with Nokia Maps, City lens, and it’s PureView camera that “captures images like never seen before”, yet the HTC...

  • Childproof your computer with the Ubuntu based StormFly

    StormFly, a 16GB USB 3.0 flash drive with a bootable version of Ubuntu, is a computer “safety” device aimed at the much younger computer savvy generation. While you could snigger a little at the description that it “is basically a PC on your wrist” (well it’s not really is it), what it does could just be the stuff of dreams for parents and teachers and IT administrators. One thing that has always been a prevalent fear with letting the young’uns use the computer are the things that get screwed up on mom and dad’s computer. Files get deleted, settings are...

  • BlackBerry Z10 hands on review: guess who’s back?

    The BB Z10, RIM’s, excuse me, BlackBerry’s new flagship phone, the other being the touch and type Q10, is exactly what BlackBerry needs to pull itself out of the deep, dark hole it’s currently positioned in. Not in sales of course, as BlackBerrys still sell by the millions. But the geek-elite and those “in the know” have all but abandoned this stale and wholly outdated platform. The Z10 is going to change this of course, for better or for worse. I’ll detail the worse later. For better The Z10 is one hell of a beautiful device. It’s got a 4.2-inch...

  • Sony will reveal PlayStation 4 20 February

    For PlayStation lovers, the latest news from the PlayStation Blog has probably induced some crap-in-the-pants ooh’s and aah’s. If the YouTube video posted yesterday by Sony is anything to go by, then the new PlayStation 4 will be revealed on 20 February. That’s less than 3 weeks away. As usual, Sony does not give much away in the video. It is something we have always seen from Sony, the masters of making you wait and anticipate. According the The Wall Street Journal, the Japanese electronic giant has divulged plans for a special PlayStation event, enticing fans to come “and...

  • Nike FuelBand review: the gamification of sporting tech begins anew

    At its heart, the FuelBand is little different to the UP or Fitbit; it’s basically an accelerometer you wear on your wrist that tracks how active you are throughout the day, and though its understated styling and system of monitoring and achievements on your iPhone or at nikeplus.nike.com is cleverer and richer than with its competitors, the fundamental idea is the same. That’s good, because the idea works really well. Even if you make no other conscious changes to your lifestyle, just having something telling you how active you are each day is an astonishing motivator. Tired and want to get the...

  • iCade 8-Bitty is the sweetest little gamepad for mobile devices you’ll ever use

    Thinkgeek.com first gave us the iCade Arcade game controller for iPad, one of the coolest products of all time. Now, to sweeten the deal and bring some Nintendo joy back into our lives, we get the iCade 8-Bitty, an NES-styled Bluetooth controller that works for Android and iOS. It’s an excellent idea, as playing games with onscreen touch controls is to put it bluntly, crap. A physical controller is the only way to game. Imagine all those ported and emulated games on a proper controller. The mind boggles. 8-Bitty works on Android without any hacking required, but for iOS...

  • Dual core Intel smartphones to be showcased at Mobile World Congress

    Just a week after news of the Intel Yolo smartphone for the African market hit the internet, Intel has announced that it will be displaying Intel Android devices with a new dual core, dual graphics platform at the Mobile World Congress (MWC). The mobile showpiece takes place between 25 and 28 February in Barcelona, Spain. The company said in a release: “Specifically, Intel will showcase its latest smartphone technologies and devices running the Android platform, including a new dual core, dual graphics platform, as well as OEM- and service provider-supported devices based on the company’s new Intel® AtomTM Z2420 platform...

  • Unboxing the Microsoft Surface [Video]

    It was a very exciting day when we received the Microsoft Surface tablet for review in the Gearburn office. Editor of Gearburn, Steven Norris, wasted no time and an unboxing was done on the spot. With its change over to more hardware related products, Microsoft tends to tackle Apple head-on in the battle for dominance since the move to more mobile computing has taken pace. It was inevitable for the software giant to make the change. Featuring an HD-ready screen with dimensions of 1366×768 pixels, Mr. Norris was eager to get it out of its box.

  • 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...