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  • iPhone 5S leaks to have NFC, fingerprint scanner, 12MP camera and IGZO display

    Apparently the iPhone 5S has been leaked during its manufacturing process. The body and overall design seems to be the same as the original iPhone 5, though there are some other curious features. As the leaks and rumours go, these features include a much welcomed NFC, a finger print reader as well as a Sony 4-inch 1136×640 IGZO display. The display, however, could come from any display manufacturer from Japan. Though it's more likely to be from Sony. We reported on the production last month. The IGZO display will bring superior display as well as power saving capabilities. The...

  • WhatsApp for iOS now free for first year of use

    WhatsApp, the messaging app we all know, love and continuously use is now free, sort of. Instead of the US$0.99 (R10) fee, there's now a yearly dollar subscription model in place that kicks in after the first free 12-months of use. As reported by Techcrunch earlier this year, WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum said that the app will shift to an annual payment model to bring it in line with "how it's distributed on Android, BlackBerry, Nokia and Windows Phone platforms." Smart move. The now free WhatsApp for iOS comes as version 2.0.1 launches on iTunes. New features include auto-backup of chats to iCloud and...

  • iOS loophole lets you play Zelda, Mario, Pokemon on iPhone

    In the past, playing any emulated game on an iOS device meant one thing: jailbreaking. But that's the past and today's news, care of Readwrite, shows us that a non-jailbroken iDevice can run a GameBoy Advance emulator, so games like Mario, Zelda, Metroid and Castlevania, all exclusive Nintendo properties, are now fully playable on Apple's platform. It's all from a loophole that "independent iOS developer" Riley Testut's exploited.  His app, GBA4iOS is freely available and can be installed in a matter of minutes, if you know what you're doing. The app is based on long-standing GBA emulator gpSphone. As for the installation...

  • Nokia’s new budget Lumia 625 spotted in China with biggest screen yet

    Nokia's apparently set to release a budget Lumia device to solidify its operations in China -- a market that's proving increasingly tricky for the Finnish phone manufacturing giant. This Lumia 625, ranked as a mid-range 4.7-inch smartphone, is expected to go for about US$325. The Lumia 625 has, like all wireless devices in China, gone through certification at the radio communication device regulator TENAA’s website. As The Next Web reports, the Lumia 625 will be officially launched later this month. It's believed that this lower-end Windows 8 phone will have a 4.7-inch WVGA screen powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon...

  • IndieCade 2013: games you don’t know about, but should

    I love indie games. Perhaps even more than I love mainstream AAA titles. There's something about a good indie game that makes you realise that there are still people out there who make games because all they want to do is express something personal and original, often for very little money. Not to negate big budget gaming titles at all, but I love the indie scene because it's sometimes a bit broken, and it doesn't always work as well as it should, but it's fresh, it's exciting. Most of all, it's groundbreaking. And above all, it's open and friendly. While...

  • BlackBerry A10 leaks: big screen, beefy battery

    No one expected BlackBerry to sit on its haunches after the release of the Z10, Q10 and Q5. But that's what the A10 is for, a 5-inch, full touch BlackBerry with something most new BlackBerry's don't have: excellent battery life (we hope). Care of a leaked slide from Crackberry, we now know that the A10 comes with an integrated and possibly non-removable 2 800mAh battery. This is the type of phone you should care about. It is sadly though, impossible to tell if these specs are accurate or not, being that this is from a leak and all, but whatever....

  • Sony Xperia V review: glass half empty

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWT1yZE1nTE We weren't happy with the Sony Xperia V. Matter of fact, Gearburn editor Steven Norris was outright hostile towards it, but we gave him some of his special elixir and he calmed down, a little. Sony's Xperia V is a confusing mess of a device. It's not the worst-designed phone in the world, but it has some really silly aesthetic issues. It's also pretty nippy, but what's the point of all that speed if the phone crashes on a daily basis? And why for the love of god is there that awful lip on the bottom of the V? All this...

  • Another silly smartwatch is coming, this time from Microsoft

    Your flesh is weak to smartwatch rumours, so give in and drink the juice Microsoft is pouring for you. Today, there's a sweet cup of Windows 8-loving smartwatch to ingest as The Verge reports on new developments from camp Microsoft. Could you handle a smartwatch running Surface on it? Microsoft thinks you can. According to the rumour-mill, the prototype smartwatch has been shifted over to team Surface. This is a step in a positive direction as previous smartwatch rumours pointed to a watch that would interact with Kinect, akin to the Nike+ Fuelband. But that fizzled and died - in...

  • The Sugar Android phone packs 129 Swarovski gems with decent specs

    The Sugar smartphone-- dressed up in jewelry, is as pretty on the outside as it is on the inside. Although the price is not yet known, the Swarovski-gemmed smartphone will be a welcome feature to any glitzy girl's purse. Some might say "tacky" while others might say "fabulous!" Covering the sides with 129 Swarovski Pure Brilliance gems, the Sugar has a glossy brushed pink back and is 8.2mm thick. In total, the gems are a massive 5.16 carats which together with the, phone gives it a weight of 156g. Girly phones, we've seen before. One of the phone's many flaws is...

  • India’s Xolo launches Tegra 3 powered Play T1000 for $270

    Nvidia seems to be on to something. First, we heard about the Geek carrying Tegra 4 that launched in China yesterday. Now, we see Tegra 3 being launched Xolo in India. This makes it the first the Xolo Play T1000 the first Tegra 3 based mobile device to be sold in India and with that a decent price. While many users often complain about their Tegra devices heating up too quick or killing batteries too easily, no one can doubt its processing power. Popular 2012 titles such as Riptide, Dead Trigger or GTAIII should all run smoothly on the...