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  • The new Sony Xperia Tablet Z: lo and behold it’s thinner than the iPad

    Steve Jobs may have coined the “thinner and lighter” idea and pushed extensively for it in the quest for perfection, but Sony it seems has decided to take it a little further. The new Xperia Tablet Z is the thinnest 10 inch tablet yet at 6.9mm thick (or lack thereof), according to Sony mobile’s Japan-based blog (translated) dealing with mobile communications-related topics. That tops the previous catwalk anorexic tablet, the iPad mini, by just 0.3mm. Another first Sony is trying to strengthen the tablet with is the 8.1 megapixel camera, the first backside-illuminated sensor it’s put in a tablet. While...

  • HTC One SV review: The ultimate midrange smartphone?

    The HTC One SV isn’t exactly a new handset, more or a reboot of the HTC One S which launched back at MWC 2012. That said the One SV arrives sporting a new chassis and slightly differing specifications under the hood, the most of important of which is its 4Gcapabilities. Available SIM-free from around £315 the HTC One SV is pretty much the same price as the year-old One S – give or take a couple of quid – making it a rather attractive proposition while potentially killing off its sibling. Contract deals for the One SV are slightly more expensive on the UK’s only...

  • This could be the HTC M7

    Rumours abound of HTC’s latest flagship smartphone, the M7. This site (and this one) were some of the first to publish pictures of the mystery 5-inch device and after much bickering between the sites, tipsters can now agree that is most likely the famed HTC M7. FCC free

  • Sony’s DualShock controller set to change after 16 years

    The old faithful Sony PlayStation DualShock controller, synonymous with PS consoles, could be at the end of its day. What has over the last 16 years become the iconic, almost worldwide, picture and design of a game console controller, could be changed for the upcoming PlayStation 4. Shock and horror. Yes that does sound a little over-the-top-romantic, but this game controller has been the only one of its kind to not change much over the years, being appreciated for its comfortable design and even winning an Emmy award for ‘Peripheral Development and Technological Impact of Videogame Controllers’ in 2007. The...

  • Alcatel One Touch 997 Ultra review: halfway to glory

    My first experience with an Alcatel was in the age of the Nokia 3310. My, how things have changed. Now that the company is competing in the Android smartphone space, its One Touch line is standing up against the cryptically named Xperias and HTCs in its price bracket. We liked the über budget One Touch 990, and the new lineup that hit this year’s CES looks pretty smart too. But what about Alcatel’s US$365 (R3 200) One Touch 997 Ultra? Design Well, it is not dainty. It’s not small. At 143 grams, it’s a solid chunk of a phone...

  • Lenovo IdeaPad U310 review: an affordable, attractive Ultrabook

    Since the introduction of Ultrabooks, Lenovo has been at the forefront of thin and light machines. We’ve seen it do well at both ends of the pricing scale with the Lenovo U410 and ThinkPad X1 Carbon, but those are both 14-inch machines. The IdeaPad U310 is a 13-inch Ultrabook, more in keeping with the likes of the Asus Zenbook UX32A, Lenovo’s own IdeaPad Yoga (but without the touch capabilities, or the flexible spine), or the MacBook Air. Though it trims down on screen size from the IdeaPad U410, it keeps the funky design sensibilities. With a choice of finishes for the outside, including the fetching blue colour we...

  • Rapidly Reviewed: Belkin Rockstar

    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 no drop off in sound quality. Belkin’s Rockstar also includes a 3.5mm to 3.5mm cable for connecting an extra...

  • 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.

  • 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 the world’s smallest full wireless network sharing router. With a single Ethernet port, it supports 802.11 b/g/n 2.4 GHz...

  • 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 user, as the watch is powered by a Thinergy “Micro-Energy Cell” (MEC) containing no toxic chemicals or heavy metals...