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  • Catch a glimpse of Tizen, set to power the Samsung Z

    This week, Samsung gave the world its first look at Tizen, the OS slotted to power the Samsung Z, set to launch in Russia later this year. Tizen is a Linux-based open source OS developed in part by Samsung for multiple platforms. Samsung started its partnership with Tizen back in 2013, in a move set to distance itself from Android and play into the internet of things. Tizen will allow Samsung to better integrate across platforms from SmartTVs to tablets to mobiles. So far, however, Tizen looks an awful lot like Android. The similarity will allow Samsung to retain customers, but...

  • WiGig, Rezence, Skylake aim to kill wired computing and charging by 2016

    Intel has figuratively cut the cord, announcing yesterday that its next platform will revolve solely around wireless data transfer and charging technology, reports CNET. The platform dubbed "Skylake" will signal the death of wired computing as we known it, instead adopting the WiGig wireless data transfer and Rezence wireless charging standards. Many computer users loathe the dust-laden cable spaghetti plaguing their workstations, but Kirk Skaugen, senior vice president of the PC Client Group has unveiled at Computex, how this could be a thing of the past. Skylake will make use of WiGig (802.11 ad), capable of 7Gbps transfers, or around...

  • The hottest indie games of E3 2014 [video]

    Welcome to another episode of Gearburn's weekly YouTube show, GearTV. Last week, we previewed a few of the blockbuster, AAA-titles of E3 2014. This week, we look those unknown gems called indie (independent) games. Break away from the norm and check out these quirky titles. GearTV is a weekly show that features gadget and game reviews, tips, how-to's and anything useful that we think can help you improve your connected life. It's a show we've designed for you, our readers, so if there are any specific requests you have -- such as how do I set up my Android device properly,...

  • 8 ways iOS 8 stole from WhatsApp, Android and everyone else

    I watched Apple's WWDC 2014 keynote presentation last night without expecting much innovation, but Tim Cook's company delivered unexpected surprises like a brand-new "more powerful than Objective C" coding language named Swift. Apple also announced OS X 10.10 and iOS 8, two operating systems that are trying their best to become inseparable. What I disliked were the updates to iOS 8 which were quite blatantly cribbed from other apps. Get ready, it's time to take a bite out of Apple. Photos  New to Photos is deeper iCloud integration. Make an edit on iPad, and it appears on the connected iPhone, plus...

  • PS4 firmware update 1.71 now live, fixes DualShock 4 rumble and cloud saves

    A system update for PlayStation 4 is live, and version 1.71 -- which weighs in at a download-friendly 194MB -- fixes various software features and improves overall stability, says a tweet from Sony. PS4 system software update 1.71 coming soon, will improve software stability of some features. Reminder: Activate your automatic download — PlayStation (@PlayStation) June 3, 2014   It's a bit of a mystery as to what Sony updated, as even its official system update page remains blank. The PlayStation 4's last system update, version 1.70 brought with it a slew of changes, such as adding the SHAREfactory app and giving users the...

  • The $11300 Vertu Signature Touch blends British glitz with high-tech muscle

    Does the world really need a US$11 300 smartphone? British luxury phone manufacturer Vertu thinks so, after it yesterday unveiled its latest model, the Signature Touch. The brand, part owned by Nokia, is known for producing extravagant phones at ridiculous prices, and its latest handset is no exception. The Signature Touch is handmade "to order," and looks decidedly brilliant, if not lavishly flash. The discerned buyer has a choice of cover material adorning the titanium alloy shell, ranging from conservative and classic "Jet Leather" to the more farfetched "Alligator" and "Lizard." There's no hint of a plastic band-aid finish on...

  • 6 things we know about ‘Mortal Kombat X’ so far

    Ed Boon is finally done being coy. After cryptically counting down the days to the announcement, the co-creator of the Mortal Kombat franchise has confirmed plans for the series' tenth game, aptly dubbed Mortal Kombat X. Boon, the Creative Director of NetherRealm Studios, has officially tweeted the "name of the game" to put scores of eager Mortal Kombat fans out of their misery. Additionally, Warner Bros. Interactive and NetherRealm Studios, developers of the game, have released a presser detailing further plans for the upcoming iconic fighting title. The name of the game is "Mortal Kombat X" — Ed Boon (@noobde) June 2,...

  • WWDC 2014: OS X 10.10 Yosemite, iOS 8 and Swift revealed

    "Write the code. Change the world" reads the tagline for WWDC 2014, Apple's yearly developer conference held in San Francisco. From 2 till 6 June, a crowd of eager developers and the rest of the Apple-loving world can tune in live, direct from Apple's main site to see what all the fuss is about. And now that the first keynote speech of the week-long show is over, here's what Apple has in store for us care of the new rockstars, the developers: OS X 10.10 Yosemite Flatter, bolder icons, improved Spotlight, and a clean new font brings Yosemite to life. Spotlight...

  • Intel’s fanless Core M CPU to power tablet hybrids of tomorrow

    While Apple's currently getting all the attention at WWDC, Intel has made a big announcement of its own, revealing that it will showcase its "world first" Broadwell range of 14nm CPUs at Computex. According to Intel, the CPU will be unveiled in a 12.5" reference hybrid machine that is just 7.2mm thick and weighs a mere 670g. It will be the company's "most energy efficient Core processor in the company's history." Dubbed the Core M series, the company's new range of processors, "purpose built for 2-in-1s," will allow manufacturers to produce even thinner hybrid machines with spades of processing power. This...

  • Outlast Whistleblower review: frightfully good

    The horror of Mount Massive asylum is back and more terrifying than ever. Indie developers Red Barrels’ original Outlast was one of, if not the, best horror survival games that I’ve ever had the pleasure of experiencing. That was until I played Outlast: Whisteblower, a petrifying amalgam of fear, blood and piss-your-pants-moments. In the original Outlast you played as Miles Upshur, an investigative journalist who was tipped off about strange events and highly questionable treatment practices at Mount Massive Asylum, by an anonymous person who was simply referred to as the “Whistleblower”. In Outlast: Whistleblower, the prequel to Outlast, you play...