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  • 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...

  • Next-gen console madness from Sony and Microsoft

    How many years have we been speculating about the release of Sony and Microsoft’s next-gen consoles? Five years? Ten? How long have the rumours been flying around not only about their specs, but their names? PS4, Orbis, Xbox 720, Infinity, Durango, Loop — we’ve heard them all. Let’s be honest, we really don’t know much about these consoles at all, but we can speculate ’til the cows come home based on bits of information we gleaned while scouring the internet for official press releases. Let us begin with the PS4. Codename: Orbis The Latin name Orbis means “ring” or “circle” and coupled...

  • Further Exynos security updates being pushed OTA to Galaxy owners

    Just two weeks ago Gearburn reported on the security issue that affected Galaxy owners with Exynos processors (and probably other devices with the same processor) causing the device to open itself up to hacking. Samsung was quick to respond to users fears and delivered a patch to fix the problem, and today another patch is rolling out for the Galaxy Note II. The fix promises to “improves security and provides bug fixes”. The T889UVALL4 update fixes various “Exynos and other security enhancements” along with “various bug fixes.” This security flaw had the potential to be pretty serious, as it had been...

  • Asus looks to Windows Phone OS for the next-gen Padfone

    Taiwanese PC maker Asustek Computer Inc. is apparently in talks with Microsoft could become the latest Asian manufacturer build a Windows Phone device. At this point it looks like the Padfone is the most likely device to get the Microsoft treatment. according to a Wall Street Journal report, vice president of mobile communication products at Asus Benson Lin said that Asus is “interested in making Windows Phones.” While we can not really consider that as a definite, the latest interest by other manufacturers to move to Windows means it could very well be on the cards. I would seem...

  • Samsung Ativ Tab hands on review: building the perfect tablet

    Samsung launched a raft of new tablets at IFA 2012, with the Ativ Tab being the most tablet-esque. Shorn of the keyboard of its Ativ Smart PC brethren, the Ativ Tab is a pure tablet running Windows RT – and it’s certainly got the design credentials you’d look for in something like this. The 10.1-inch HD screen is impressive, and certainly adds a level of crispness to proceedings that others might not manage, which really helps when looking at the IE browser installed or scrolling through the reams of apps on the (now not so-called) Metro interface. The design is impressive –...

  • ZTE’s U956 phablet exposed

    Pictures of a possible bang-for-your-buck phablet from ZTE, called the U956, has been leaked on Sina Weibo. If an illustrious smartphone is not in your price range, this could be the more affordable option. It is not yet confirmed, but rumour has it that the device would sell for around US$240 when released. According to certain reports, the smartphone will pack a lot of the features that most of its well-known counterparts have. It will sport an 8-megapixel camera at the rear, run Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, have a 5-inch 1 280 x 720 pixel display and a quad-core MediaTek...

  • iPhone owners: snag free phone calls with updated Facebook Messenger app

    Facebook’s released an update to its Messenger app and so, users can now send quick voice messages and best of all, make free phone calls with an integrated VoIP client. Here’s the best part: since practically everyone we know and love is on Facebook, the messenger app has inadvertently become a feasible replacement for cellular calls. So it’s not Skype, which crashes more often than it should on our iPhones, it’s something else entirely. We usually concern ourselves with gadgets, but this is a gadget replacer. The little phone icon next to the users name is where the magic happens Making a...

  • App of the week: Rise Alarm Clock for iOS

    It’s no secret that the mobile phone has become a replacement for many extra tools that you use everyday. It replaces your GPS in the car, your calculator at the office and pretty soon, the wallet that you keep in your other pocket. The smartphone has pretty quickly developed into a Swiss Army knife for life and there must be hundreds of things it could potentially replace. But I’d have to guess that the very first device it replaced for me was the alarm clock, and I’d go even further to assume that nobody uses those awful 90s-esque clock...