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  • BlackBerry offers up to $550 off when trading in iPhone for Passport

    Fancy this for a (post) Black Friday deal? BlackBerry — as if it hasn’t launched a large enough offensive this year — will offer iPhone users up to US$550 in a trade in deal to swap their Apple machine for a Passport. It sounds good right? If you haven’t read our review, shame on you, but we think the Passport is probably one of the best phones released this year. With its brilliant display, innovative design and BlackBerry OS 10.3, it’s quite possibly the break-though handheld device of the year. And that’s from a company that was struggling to stay afloat...

  • Head of Xbox One design reveals why the console’s such a portly beast

    Consoles have come along way in terms of graphics and power consumption since the days of Alex Kidd and company, so naturally, these machines have grown in size. But we’re pretty sure that no one would’ve predicted how big the Xbox One would grow to be. Carl Ledbetter, chief of the Xbox One‘s design squad has responded to criticisms of the size of the console, in an interview with MCV. It seems that Microsoft didn’t want the same issue with its previous console, that would often overheat and commit suicide at the most inconvenient moments. “Everybody gets frustrated,” explains Ledbetter, “because what...

  • Isaw A3 Extreme camera review: an adequate, affordable GoPro competitor

    I am a recluse, and my most adventurous activity is running to catch the train. So testing out the Isaw Extreme Camera – sold as a camera for extreme sports – was challenging. One can’t only shoot wine, books and movies. One ought to be out in the deep wilderness, climbing a mountain, riding a bike through a forest or walking on water. None of that happened, but I still put the Isaw Extreme Camera through its city slicker paces. The fact that it can be strapped to a helmet while jumping off cliffs or hurtling down hills doesn’t mean it...

  • ‘GTA V’ meets David Attenborough in this underwater mockumentary [Video]

    Rockstar Games has done the gaming world a favour with GTA V. The game is an absolute beast, and I’m not just talking about the bountiful wildlife you can actually possess and play. 8-BIT BASTARD, a YouTube comedy gaming channel noted for its Sopranos reenactments using GTA, has now made a documentary of the game’s sea life entitled “Into The Deep”. Using the game’s submersible, the gamer takes the plunge into the murky waters surrounding Blaine County and Los Santos to uncover some of the wildlife, flora and undersea collectables one can hope to find. And it’s pretty good. There’s also a rather...

  • ‘Amphora’ review: eccentric, enchanting shadow theatre for gaming purists

    We break away from the plethora of AAA titles released this week, to bring an indie game that has remembered what gaming is all about — mystery, fun and engrossing gameplay. Amphora transports you to a mysterious and magical world where the borders of fantasy and reality no longer exist. Immerse yourself in the colourful adventure of a girl’s life, told through the ancient storytelling medium of shadow theatre, while solving fantastically unique and engaging puzzles. It’s a gorgeous work of art that will be engraved in your being and an experience that should not be missed. Meet the developers Amphora is brought to...

  • Blood Sport’s blood-siphoning controller drains gamers for a good cause

    We’ve seen weird and wonderful Kickstarter projects over the years, but the latest gaming-orientated idea takes kill shots to a whole new level. Blood Sport uses a modified gaming controller, an Arduino micro-board and a sharp needle in a juicy vein to literally suck blood from your body whenever you’re killed in the game. Each time the controller rumbles, the electrical signal engages a pump that draws a predetermined amount of blood from the gamer. The result is tangible evidence that you’re getting your ass kicked. Luckily, there’s no Jean-Claude van Damme involved. Even though it’s not something you’ll likely have in...

  • Pinć is a low-cost VR headset iPhone 6 case that tracks your hands

    Following Google’s virtual reality (VR) headset Cardboard, in June, Canadian developers have taken it onto themselves to bring about an innovative VR gadget for iPhone users called Pinć (or Pinch) — a low-cost augmented media hub. Oculus Rift is pure bad-ass, but it’s expensive and sits on the heads of a few lucky developers and beta testers. Then again there are others like Sony’s Project Morpheus and the Gear VR by Samsung. But they’re all very similar. Pinć promises something new. Whether that be good or bad, we’ll have to wait and see. Read more: Meet Cardboard: Google’s free VR headset...

  • Gearburn’s 2014 Christmas gift guide to trendy gizmos and gadgets

    It’s that time of year again. Unfortunately (or fortunately for those receiving gifts) the Holiday Season comes with its own set of headaches and charms. One of the latter is definitely not gift shopping. So, to help you out on your quest, we here at Gearburn have compiled a Christmas gift guide for you, yours and others. These products may not be for everyone, and some might not be available in your country but it’s a great guide to take heed of what possible gifts are out there. We break the list down into a few categories as well, including gifts for the...

  • FES is the 24-in-one smartwatch the fashion world’s been waiting for

    E-ink isn’t exactly a new technology. Amazon has been using it for ages in its Kindle e-reader range and Pebble has been crafting smartwatches from the peculiar substance for the past few years. Although the latest e-ink watch isn’t exactly a smartwatch in the purest sense, it’s probably the most spectacular. Fashion Entertainment‘s FES e-ink watch is all fashion. The screen essentially extends into the straps, which are also slathered in e-ink. At the touch of a button, the watch can rearrange its face and strap design within a few seconds. 24 of these presets are available, so one for every...

  • Telltale’s ‘Game of Thrones: Iron from Ice’ video game trailer is here [Video]

    Earlier this week, we unveiled screenshots from what looked to be the upcoming Telltale-created Game of Thrones game. And it was. The studio has released a trailer based on the TV series and novels, that looks to have all those characters we simply love to hate. The game will use Telltale’s usual episodic formula, with the first of six episodes dubbed “Iron From Ice”. Read more: Is this the Game of Thrones video game we all so desperately crave? While the trailer doesn’t give too much away in terms of storyline, the animation reveals that the TV cast reprise their roles in the...

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