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  • Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX10 review: a neat but flawed lens

    The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX10 looks and sounds like something 007 might get in the next James Bond movie. However, the camera-in-a-lens might get Bond into some trouble, because what the device has in looks and design can not make up for some cumbersome performance issues. While Sony should be applauded for trying something new to bolster point-and-shoot camera sales, the device is unfortunately, found wanting. The QX10 is officially called a "lens-sensor module" by Sony -- an all-in-one camera in the form of a zoom lens. It literally has everything a standard camera has: its own sensor, processor, battery, and SD-slot....

  • Glance turns any classic timepiece into a TV-controlling smartwatch

    Smartwatches have saturated the wearables market this year, but many consumers won't part with their expensive and stylish timepieces just to receive a few notifications. Enter Glance, the wrist-mounted accessory that turns any old strap or watch into a wrist-mounted smart device. The US$70 Glance, developed by Toronto-based Kiwi Wearables Technology, has garnered only a third of its Kickstarter funding goal, but it's more promising than these statistics would suggest. The company's previous endeavour birthed the Kiwi Move, an app-centric wearable relying on sensors and motion technology, which was praised at this year's CES. The Glance however, features a tiny OLED...

  • Nest relaunches Protect, a previously recalled smoke detector from the future

    Earlier in 2014, Nest recalled its brainchild smoke and carbon monoxide detector, Protect. The standout feature of Protect — the ability to silence alarms with a hand gesture — had apparently compromised the efficacy of the device, making it unsafe for use. Now they've relaunched Protect at a cheaper price (US$99 down from US$129), without gesture control. The relaunch is likely a smart move for Nest, although the detector no longer has gesture control, it still has some other fairly neat features. All of the detectors are smart, meaning they can be linked and controlled by your smart phone remotely,...

  • The Bionic Pancreas gears up to change the face of diabetes, find out how

    Researchers at the University of Boston have developed a bionic pancreas that virtually manages your blood sugar for you. With it, diabetics will be able to live longer, healthier, and more typical lives. The technology works in two parts, one is a continuous glucose monitor inserted under the skin that measures the blood sugar of the user every five minutes and relays this information to an app on the user’s smartphone. The app then calculates any adjustments that need to be made. The second part of the technology is composed of an insulin pump and a glucagon pump, both...

  • Windows Phone 8.1 review: the OS we needed all along

    Windows Phone didn’t get the attention that Microsoft expected it to. Almost four years after its initial release, it is still playing the catchup game with competing platforms; iOS and Android. Windows Phone 8 lacked some really important features such as notifications centre and proper multitasking. Could Windows Phone 8.1 help it to gain the user and developer attention it needs? Microsoft announced the Windows Phone 8.1 update during its BUILD 2014 developers conference earlier this year. It currently comes pre-installed only with Lumia 630, Lumia 630 Dual SIM and Lumia 930 but the update is expected to hit all...

  • Afrihost readying Zest T1 smartphone deal with 12GB free data

    Afrihost, known as one of South Africa's ISPs, has announced that it will offer the Zest T1 smartphone, coupled with 1GB mobile data per month for a R1 999 once-off fee. The phone will be available exclusively in a choice of white or black to Afrihost clients from 18 June, while outside orders will commense a day later. Only 1000 bundles will be available, but lucky early birds will get 12GB free of data for the year, along with a very capable smartphone. The Zest T1 is a South African-produced Android KitKat device and packs dual SIM support, allowing users to...

  • Samsung’s slim Galaxy Tab S pair announced with AMOLED screens

    Samsung has officially unveiled its flagship Galaxy Tab S tablet in both 8.4" and 10.5" guises, with base prices starting at US$399 and US$499, respectively. The Korean electronics giant, after too many leaks to count, has finally lifted the curtain to reveal a lighter, faster tablet duo, with much denser screens. Both Galaxy Tab Ss are a mere 6.6mm deep while weighing in between 465 and 298g for the respective models. The screen is however, the real selling point. The Super AMOLED, QHD 2560x1600 units, enjoy pixel densities of 288ppi for the 10.5" and in excess of 300ppi for the 8.5"....

  • 16 epic snaps of E3 2014 that will make you wish you were there

    The most talked about gaming event of this year, E3 2014, saw Los Angeles filled with some of the best the industry has to offer; from demonic monsters statues, Arkham Knight's legendary batmobile, massive Mario replicas lots of new games, and amped geeks all around. Gearburn managed to take some photos using Sony Mobile's Xperia Z2 at the expo and live to tell the tale. Take a look: Mario playing with fire in all his legendary glory. That's right, they had massive billboards of all the big titles out there. The PlayStation 4 pretty much went all out... So did the Xbox One. One...

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt preview – GTA V meets Game of Thrones

    If there was one blockbuster game at E3 2014 mostly everyone wanted to get their hands on, it was The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Geralt of Rivera continues his bloody walk down his twisted path, carving swathes of monsters and humans into meat-popsicles as he chases down a woman, “who’s like a daughter to him.” During a closed gameplay session by team members of CD Projekt RED, we got to enjoy one of a thousand quests Geralt will be able to complete within this enormous game world. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is a third-person action-adventure-RPG which flows as naturally as...

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare preview is familiar fun

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is the FIFA of shooters. Year after year, its chosen development studio pumps out a bombastic sequel with similar plots attached to linear missions with little to no room for exploration. But this is Call of Duty we’re talking about, so following a successful, if not linear formula is par for the bullet-ridden course. While this years Call of Duty won’t stray far from the course, it is going to appeal to its core demographic: the 99% of gamers who just want to have a good time. Sledgehammer Games, makers of Modern Warfare 3 are at...