Geeky Gizmos, Reviews

Rapidly Reviewed: Belkin Rockstar

belkin 1 Sometimes, a random gadget shows up at the Gearburn offices which is destined to gather dust unless it’s instantly reviewed. That’s what Rapidly Reviewed gadgets are all about. Getting the gadget, reviewing it quickly and publishing it. Here’s the Belkin Rockstar: Poor starfish Like a squashed spider It’s a six-port music sharing digital starfish that does exactly what it says on the box. It shares music between four to five other listeners. Testing was easy. I plugged in multiple headphones, and there was ...

Apple, News

Almost affordable: Apple sells $1 439 refurbished Retina Display MacPros

Yessir, Apple’s refurbished computer section at the Apple store now sells refurbished 13.3 inch Retina Display MacPro’s for US$1 439. Not only that, but two other 13.3 inch models as well. Here are the three computers now on sale. You may wonder, “is this news?” but yeah, this price range now places a Retina Display MacPro into a price range for us mere mortals.

Geeky Gizmos, News

Asus WL-330NUL is ‘world’s smallest USB wireless router’

It was mentioned (albeit very briefly) in the official Asus press release (translated) for CES 2013, and during the show it went almost unnoticed. With such a small size, it was bound to. But the Asus WL-330NUL is the smallest wireless router yet at 65mm in length, weighs less than an ounce, is pocket-sized and allows you to use it on-the-go without power and plugs and wires lying around. Looking a lot like a normal flash drive, it is billed as ...

Kickstarter, News

CST-01: a watch so thin you won’t even feel it on your arm

Started as a Kickstarter concept, the CST-01 has amassed more than US$500 000 in funding since 8 January. At just 0.8mm thick and weighing in at just 12 grams, the watch is made from stainless steel. It has no buttons or knobs as it displays just the time. It charges in about 10 minutes with the accompanying base station and will last for about a month on a single charge. This is certainly a product for the environmentally friendly ...

Consoles, Games, News

Next-gen console madness from Sony and Microsoft

New PS How many years have we been speculating about the release of Sony and Microsoft’s next-gen consoles? Five years? Ten? How long have the rumours been flying around not only about their specs, but their names? PS4, Orbis, Xbox 720, Infinity, Durango, Loop -- we’ve heard them all. Let's be honest, we really don’t know much about these consoles at all, but we can speculate 'til the cows come home based on bits of information we gleaned while scouring the internet for ...

Android, News, Samsung

Further Exynos security updates being pushed OTA to Galaxy owners

Just two weeks ago Gearburn reported on the security issue that affected Galaxy owners with Exynos processors (and probably other devices with the same processor) causing the device to open itself up to hacking. Samsung was quick to respond to users fears and delivered a patch to fix the problem, and today another patch is rolling out for the Galaxy Note II. The fix promises to "improves security and provides bug fixes". The T889UVALL4 update fixes various "Exynos and other security ...

Microsoft, News, Tablets

Asus looks to Windows Phone OS for the next-gen Padfone

Taiwanese PC maker Asustek Computer Inc. is apparently in talks with Microsoft could become the latest Asian manufacturer build a Windows Phone device. At this point it looks like the Padfone is the most likely device to get the Microsoft treatment. according to a Wall Street Journal report, vice president of mobile communication products at Asus Benson Lin said that Asus is "interested in making Windows Phones." While we can not really consider that as a definite, the latest interest ...

Reviews, Samsung, Tablets, Windows

Samsung Ativ Tab hands on review: building the perfect tablet

Samsung_Ativ_Tab_review_08-900-75 Samsung launched a raft of new tablets at IFA 2012, with the Ativ Tab being the most tablet-esque. Shorn of the keyboard of its Ativ Smart PC brethren, the Ativ Tab is a pure tablet running Windows RT – and it's certainly got the design credentials you'd look for in something like this. The 10.1-inch HD screen is impressive, and certainly adds a level of crispness to proceedings that others might not manage, which really helps when looking at the IE browser ...

Mobile Phones, News

ZTE’s U956 phablet exposed

Pictures of a possible bang-for-your-buck phablet from ZTE, called the U956, has been leaked on Sina Weibo. If an illustrious smartphone is not in your price range, this could be the more affordable option. It is not yet confirmed, but rumour has it that the device would sell for around US$240 when released. According to certain reports, the smartphone will pack a lot of the features that most of its well-known counterparts have. It will sport an 8-megapixel camera at the ...

Applications, iPhone, News

iPhone owners: snag free phone calls with updated Facebook Messenger app

iPhone messenger update Facebook’s released an update to its Messenger app and so, users can now send quick voice messages and best of all, make free phone calls with an integrated VoIP client. Here’s the best part: since practically everyone we know and love is on Facebook, the messenger app has inadvertently become a feasible replacement for cellular calls. So it’s not Skype, which crashes more often than it should on our iPhones, it’s something else entirely. We usually concern ourselves with gadgets, but ...

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