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  • Facebook Home could be the best version of Android yet

    I wrote a news piece earlier this week where I just reported on the Facebook phone, and it didn’t really strike a chord with me. But after reading this recently on 9to5Google (which is mostly spot on with any leak), HTC’s Facebook phone, the HTC First, is going to potentially slaughter the competition. That’s if it’s priced well. What nails it for me is the user interface. The HTC First isn’t the most powerful smartphone in the world, but this minimal aesthetic looks as if it was designed to run on practically any mid-range device. I’d say that a good...

  • Bye bye BBM Music

    As of 2 June 2013 BlackBerry Music will be discontinued, according to an email posted by Crackberry.com. For those who are still paying the US$4.99 monthly service fee, April will be the final billable month. From May, the BBM contacts won’t be able to access BBM  Music and shortly after playlists will grey out and the sun will finally set on BlackBerry’s cancelled streaming music service. Poor performance for a service that’s barely 18-months old. Please delete BlackBerry advises all users of BBM Music to uninstall the app. To do so, go to the options menu, select “device” then “application management”,...

  • LG Optimus G review: a great phone, for 2012

    LG’s road to smartphone success has been rockier than most. After false starts with the Optimus series, LG basically took 2012 off; a sabbatical from the top-tier end of the market to gather its thoughts. During this time it focused on the pre-paid and BYO segment with its cheaper L-Series models like the Optimus L5, and having enjoyed some success with them, now makes its return to the big leagues with the Optimus G. LG is also responsible for the popular, but difficult to obtain, Google Nexus 4. If you are familiar with Google’s mobile unicorn, you will have a headstart in imagining...

  • Seagate rolls out ‘first’ quad-platter 4TB hard drive

    By “first”, we mean that it’s the first hard drive to ship with a 1TB-per-platter design, as nicely pointed out by CNET. It’s a standard 4TB SATA drive, and will retail for US$190. Here’s all the details you need to know about Seagate’s first multi-platter 4TB HDD. Pen not includedThe new drive is outfitted with 64MB cache and works with all version of SATA, even up to SATA 3 which has an astonishing 6GBps transfer rate. The drive will spin at a slower speed, 5900rpm compared to the mostly standard 7200rpm. Seagate promises that the drive will still provide great...

  • Epson LabelWorks review: printing stickers is fun again

    This is the Epson LabelWorks LW-400. While there are other LabelWorkers (I made this up), this one has to be the best. It’s a big, fat, six-battery label printer that works flawlessly and only costs US$50. It can’t be compared to any other gadget, and I can’t benchmark it. It just works. It has one function, to print labels, and it does this beautifully. It prints labels  This is what the older Label makers looked like: And this is Epson’s LabelWorks: Time moves on. The natural progression of the label maker is LabelWorks. It’s affordable as well, with each label cartridge costing in...

  • Nexus 7 version 2 arriving July sources say

    Come July, Google plans to release the next version of the Nexus 7, according to Reuters sources. The next-gen Nexus 7 will have a Qualcomm CPU (replaces the might Nvidia Tegra 3), a higher screen resolution and will be thinner. Let’s hope Google keeps that incredible rubberized backing. Reuters sources declined to impart further details of the new Nexus 7 due to lack of media authorization. But we can guess what else the Nexus 7 mark 2 will have. We bet on an upgraded camera, more RAM, greater internal memory and the latest version of Android. Anything else is a...

  • Ferrari, BMW partner with Apple, Glypse for safer social driving

    As further personal technology is integrated into our lives, it comes as no shock that it is getting even more integrated into the cars we drive. We spend so much of our time in cars, why shouldn’t we be able to connect to our normal social networks while crawling in traffic? Ferrari has teamed up with Apple to do this exact thing, while BMW and MINI have partnered with Glypse to provide a convenient way to stalk your friends. Ferrari and Apple It may not be a new partnership between Ferrari and Apple — the two most powerful brands in the...

  • HTC First image leaked, is latest ‘Facebook Phone’

    Here it is, the smartphone vessel for Facebook Home (Android with deep Facebook integration). Ugly, isn’t it?The leak, care of the usually spot-on Evleaks was tweeted twelve hours ago. HTC first, 2013 twitter.com/evleaks/status… — @evleaks (@evleaks) April 2, 2013 So we have the name, HTC First. We even have specs of the new “deeply integrated” Facebook phone. The specifications are extremely generic, this phone is nothing to tweet about. But it’s the functionality Facebook Home will deliver which is most important. We’ll explain after the specifications. There’s a gig of RAM, a 5-megapixel camera, a Qualcomm (they sure do get around) S4 cpu, and a...

  • Sphero review: world’s first robot ball gaming system

    The Sphero robot ball gaming system is a great new take on smart toys for smartphones – and big kids of all ages will love it. Launched last year by US company Orbotix, the Sphero comprises a 74mm diameter opaque ball made from tough polycarbonate, inside which lies a multi-axis gyro, an accelerometer and a bunch of motors that can send it speeding in any direction at up to 0.91m-per-second indoors or out. You can even dunk in the Sphero in water, if you wish, as it’s waterproof and will float in your bath or sink. Features The 168g Sphero is powered by...

  • Win The Walking Dead, Survival Instinct for Xbox

    Competition time. Walking Dead Survival Instinct, is a pleasant distraction among the Bioshocks and Tomb Raiders of this world. We won’t lie to you and say it’s the best game ever, but for fans of the series it’s a decent trip down memory lane, and for anyone who enjoys a few hours of walker killing. We’re giving this game away. To enter, tell us how you would avoid a walker attack. The craziest/coolest/funniest story wins the game. How to enter: Tweet @gearburn and tell us how you would avoid a walker attack. Please include the hashtag #gearzombie Tweet OR Leave your answer in the...

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