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  • Romanian engineering brings us the 10.1-inch Evolio Quadra

    Evolio is attempting to dominate the Eastern European's tablet market with this new 10.1-inch Quad Core tablet, suitably titled -- the Evolio Quardra. Going for less than US$300 (RON999), the Quadra could also prove to be a worthy competitor for the international 10-inch tablet market. The Romanian company is, among many things, responsible for accessories and multimedia products and seems to be steadily gaining ground. Surprisingly, 10-inch tablets seem to have been gaining popularity. According to Noviolo CEO, Liviu Nistoran, "the market share of the 10.1" tablet recently increased from 25% to over 30%." Novolio wants in on more...

  • Toshiba Satellite U920t review: middle of the road

    The Satellite U920t is an Ultrabook that was released by Toshiba earlier this year. Currently, it is the only product in its laptop/tablet combo range that boasts Windows 8 Pro. It is admittedly a good and reasonably affordable device (R10 999) but its user friendliness and practicality is a problem. Feels great The Satellite U920t looks and feels great. It’s a sturdy and attractive piece of hardware. In tablet mode, you work on a five point touch-screen system. This basically means that the tablet screen can read up to five contact points simultaneously. This might be a minor set-back when compared...

  • ZTE aims for India with five new smartphones

    ZTE, one of China’s biggest telecom and mobile phone makers, plans to sell five new smartphones directly to India. This is the first time ZTE has marketed phones specifically for the Indian market. The five phones are priced from US$105 to US$270 according to The Next Web. ZTE is in it to win it, and will market, distribute and manage all sales of the mystery smartphones. It’s even going to ensure that post-sale customer service. ZTE has lofty goals in India, and wants to be one of the top three telecoms by 2016, says Xu Dejun, CEO of ZTE India....

  • ‘Metal Gear Solid: The Legacy Collection’ sneaks into view 9 July

    Metal Gear Solid: The Legacy Collection is a PS3-exculsive release coming 9 July, says Sony’s official blog. That’s US$50 for almost every Metal Gear Solid, ever. Konami has omitted the PSP-only Metal Gear Acid, Special Ops, and Revengeance. Here’s what you get for your US$50: Metal Gear Metal Gear 2 Metal Gear Solid Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty (HD version with VR missions) Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence (HD version) Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker (HD version) Metal Gear Solid: VR Missions MGS: digital graphic novels by Ashley Wood A 100-page art book That’s a hell of a lot of Metal Gear...

  • PS4 teaser video gives us first glimpse of console

    Embedded below are the first shots of the PS4 console, care of Sony’s official YouTube page. The video gives us snippets of the hardware and we can at least confirm that it’s going to be black. And square-ish. The video has loads of information about the console, but the images speed by too quickly to make any real sense. We slowed it down though, and picked apart the video. What we came away with was surprisingly: almost nothing. Pausing the video reveals details about the ventilation system, eject key and overall design of the PS4, but nothing concrete as...

  • LG announces ‘flexible and unbreakable’ OLED panel

    LG's making a massive splash this week as it's unveiling a 5-inch flexible OLED panel at the SID Event. This comes together with a handful of other major announcements to be expected at the event. Flexible display technology has been on Gearburn's radar for quite some time now. Yes, this technology would make an awesome party trick. More importantly though, it would become a welcome feature, hopefully replacing our current market of fragile mobile displays. Not only are flexible displays gimmicks companies like to measure egos with at annual tech events-- they're for all intents and purposes (as LG claims)...

  • Samsung to showcase groundbreaking high-res display

    This week, Samsung's exhibiting a 10.1-inch 2560x1600 display for tablets as well as a 13.3-inch 3200x1800 effort for notebooks. These will be featured, among many other state-of-the-art display technologies, at the SID (Society for Information Display) Event. Not only are these resolutions eye-bleedingly sharp, they also offer 30% power-savings compared to current LCDs. If these prototypes hit the market as notebook or tablet displays now, they will simply blow competition out of the water. As mentioned by The Verge, this is in direct competition with Apple's Retina and Google's Pixel displays. The 13.3-inch Retina's display comes in at a...

  • Japan-exclusive Sony Xperia UL coming 25 May

    The Japan-only Sony Xperia UL is coming. Sony’s stab at a version of the Xperia Z for the Japanese market is markedly thicker with a Xperia UL-exclusive 15-shot burst mode. Outside of this it’s practically the same lovable, huggable piece of 5-inch class from Xperia. But wait, there’s more: Xperia’s UL has a Snapdragon 600 CPU, which a slight bump from the quad-core Qualcomm 1.5Ghz processor as seen in the Xperia Z. The camera is also slightly better (according to the information supplied by Sony) thanks to the increase in CPU power. Both the UL and Z have a 13.1-megapixel...

  • Jolla smartphone goes from hype to hardware, sells for $513

    Jolla’s here. From rumours to Jolla Oy’s first ever smartphone, the ex-Nokia N9 team (made up of Finnish "directors and core professionals”) have come a long way indeed. And for €399, the Jolla can be yours when it’s eventually released Q4 2013. Its main draw (besides it being a non-Nokia, Samsung, BlackBerry or iPhone) is that it runs Sailfish OS, the successor to Meego, the lightweight mobile operating system last seen running Nokia’s N9. Why the Meego-based Sailfish UI though? Jussi Hurmola, one of Jolla’s founders, says it’s about introducing something brand new. "UI is a major thing and one of...

  • No Android update at Google I/O and that’s perfectly okay

    Google’s yearly I/O, a conference aimed at developers saw its keynote on May 15 and surprisingly, there was no major Android update -- and I’m okay with that. Sure, that’s what I say now, but I am a little disappointed, because everyone loves a fresh OS. However, I completely understand why Google didn’t update its mobile OS this time around. As I see it there are five main factors contributing to the lack of Android update. Fragmentation First, give the general Android user some time to catch up. For years people have complained about how fragmented Android is, with some people still...