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  • Samsung Gear 2 Review [Video]

    Welcome to the fifth episode of Gearburn's new weekly YouTube show, GearTV. In today's video, editor Steven Norris reviews the Gear 2 smartwatch from Samsung. The Samsung Gear 2 smartwatch is a weird gadget. Did we ever believe that we'd wear a tiny tablet on our wrists? Samsung's delivered a device tech freaks have dreamed of for years, ever since Dick Tracy took to the streets with his talking wrist watch almost a century ago. Sadly, that dream turns into a nightmare when we're forced to use the darn thing. With an interface seemingly designed by a five-year old and...

  • Samsung Galaxy S5 Dx (mini) leaked, maybe on purpose

    The days of carefully planned rollouts and discrete releases are over. The internet has not only changed the way products are consumed, but reshaped the way new devices find their way onto the market. Yesterday, a reputable technology leaker, @evleaks, tweeted a screenshot of what appears to be the next line of phones in the Samsung Galaxy S5 series. The novel mobile, apparently dubbed the Dx, is a more compact version of its older brother, and presumably more affordable as well. Samsung Galaxy S5 mini? pic.twitter.com/tErdv1EdRA — @evleaks (@evleaks) May 7, 2014 The only significant change we can spot on the...

  • Beyond Mavericks: 10 features the next version of OS X should have

    It’s official: Apple’s latest update to OS X - internally dubbed as “Syrah” - is on the horizon. With the Worldwide Developer’s Conference approaching steadily on every geek’s calendar, it’s a worthwhile moment to reflect on what features we may yet see in Apple’s near-annual iterant update to OS X. Judging from major reports, it seems OS X is headed in the same visual direction the Cupertino firm took with iOS; including changed system fonts, and a completely refreshed, flat graphical update. While looks are all well and good, let’s take a moment to hypothesize on what new features...

  • Analogue Nt is the $500 aluminium NES you always dreamed of

    It's designed from a single block of aluminium. It runs games in 1080p. And it supports four player local co-op. Is this another next-gen console that's slipped under the radar? No, it's a reboot of a 31-year old console, the NES. Gamers rejoice, for the Analogue Nt is here. We teased the Analogue NT a few months ago, but today it's a pre-order reality and for US$499, rich gamers can stick one under their equally expensive flatscreen TV and enjoy Ducktales, Super Mario Bros., Metroid and Castlevania in 1080p and with stereo sound. This handsomely crafted NES (abbreviated from Nintendo Entertainment System) is fabricated...

  • Kneel, Xbox: PS4 ‘will be’ the lead platform for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

    Will the PS4 be the quintessential platform for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare? Yes, says one reputable insider. Kevin Spacey, star of the Advanced Warfare trailer, is not the reason why the upcoming warfare-based game is causing controversy. The trailer features Spacey sauntering through a few well-stated lines regarding power. But Ahsan Rasheed, a venerable gaming insider, has delivered an interesting tweet, reigniting the age-old console war. Also I want to say one thing to all the Xbox One fans that keep telling me COD is X1 lead platform. It's not. It's a marketing deal. — Ahsan Rasheed (@thuway) May 4, 2014   That's right....

  • The state of mobile gaming in Africa

    Smartphone ownership and use is on a meteoric rise all across Africa, and with that comes the inevitable rise in mobile gaming. According to a recent study by eMarketer, mobile phone usage across Africa and the Middle East nearly doubled in 2013, and smartphones now make up more than 20% of all mobile phones being used. The study estimated around 525.8 million people of all ages used a mobile phone at least every month during 2013. This is more than in North America or Western Europe. In 2014, there is an estimated 561-million mobile phone users and that number...

  • GoPro-killer CENTR captures 4K panoramic video from a doughnut

    What happens when a few former Apple employees unleash their creative license? They build the ironically-named CENTR, a palm-sized panoramic video-camera that makes the GoPro seem rather ordinary. http://youtu.be/ZKAzyTB_-Kw The US$399, stately designed black and white digital doughnut houses a "4K resolution panoramic camera" able to capture surroundings in real time 360° detail. It should be noted that CENTR's "4K" is not the traditional 4K associated with current screens. The device cleverly employs four 5MP cameras, effectively 20MP in total, to shoot 6900x1080 and 4600x720 panoramic video, in 1080p and 720p modes, respectively. If panoramic mode isn't needed, CENTR's individual camera selection...

  • Meet Wing Up, a game that takes cues from Flappy Bird and Nintendo

    There have been hundreds of Flappy Bird clones out there ever since the simple game topped the charts across the world. Although there’s been some innovation on the original concept from Dong Nguyen’s dotGEARS with games like Mr. Flap or Freaking Math, most games have stuck to the original “creature goes through pipes” gameplay. And after the craze of 2048, some devs have even attempted to combine the two smash hits. But new games are still coming out of Vietnam. Games like School Cheater, 1Path, Chien Binh, Sky Garden, and more indicate that Vietnam has a vibrant gaming community....

  • A Minecraft journey: new beginnings

    I never really understood why the world has such a fascination with Minecraft. I mean, of all the games to be played out there, what makes Minecraft so popular? It’s like zombies and vampires (which are already ranked much higher than Minecraft in the hierarchy of coolness). How has it become an obsession on a planetary scale? Then I received a call, as if my editor could read my mind and he said: "Venture forth into the Realm of Minecraft. Learn the ways of this world and show me that you are a true champion of gaming. Bring me the...

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare trailer reveals photorealistic Kevin Spacey

    The upcoming Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare trailer has been leaked and features actor Kevin Spacey as (presumably) the big bad man of this years Call of Duty, which according to a Game Informer report, releases 4 November 2014. The reveal trailer -- which was captured on an Xbox One -- continues the let's-fight-in-the-future trend defined by Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. Hoverbikes, wall-climbing gloves, exoskeletons and Kevin Spacey awaits below. Earlier this week Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare plot information leaked, revealing that the story centers around an anti-US government solider of fortune group, run by Spacey....