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  • Archos 101 XS – Transformer Prime rival arrives but can it compete?

    Archos knew it needed to do something a little different with the Archos 101 XS - the company's latest 10.1 Android 4.0-toting tablet. The tablet game has changed so much in the last year that to get yourself noticed and sway users away from purchasing an iPad you need to offer something a little extra. In the case of the Archos 101 XS, this little extra comes in the form of the Coverboard – a magnetic keyboard that also acts as protection to the tablet and a docking station for the 101 XS. This isn't something that's new – Archos knows very...

  • Keen on a 4K, 84-inch, $30 000 super TV? Sony’s got you covered

    Full HD or 1080p is so 2012. The new black is 4K, a resolution of 4096x3072 which Sony's going to add to it's new 84-inch mega TV. This is, if the rumours pan out. The 4K resolution is naturally four times the display power of 1080p. Sony is said to reveal this TV at IFA 2012, Germany's biggest consumer electronics show. Here's what we know about the 4K mega TV: It's going to have a side-lit LCD panel, so expect the TV to be wafer-thin. Also, the speakers will be removable, for whatever purpose that serves. We're sure Sony's got...

  • The new Facebook iOS app — a speed demon of social media

    I've been waiting months for this. The new Facebook iOS app, version 5.0 is out and it's a doozy. Grab it here. Why do I love it so? Speed, pure speed. It's more than an update, it's a new goddamn experience built from the ground up. In the beginning The Facebook app iOS users were previously saddled with was like a lethargic slug melting in a pyramid of salt. It sucked, it pissed me off, it pissed others off (if the user comments from the iOS app are anything to go by) and above all, it was slow as balls. But...

  • Two new Nokia handsets and Windows 8 unveiling on 5 September

    Nokia and Microsoft are going to be co-hosting an event on 5 September, and based on what the invitations look like, they are going to be unveiling Windows 8 in all its splendour and hopefully a Nokia handset or two to go with it. In fact, the rumor mill has churned out, via The Verge, two potentially new handsets from Nokia. There are code names for both devices, the high-end device called "Phi" and the mid-range device called "Arrow". AT&T will be the sole provider of the Phi to begin with. The Phi will most likely feature a curved screen...

  • Tencent and TCL join forces to bring iCE SCREEN smart TV to life

    Every screen nowadays is becoming interactive and Tencent wants a piece of the pie. In a joint effort, Tencent and TCL have developed the iCE SCREEN, an Android powered 26 inch TV, for release on 3 September. The screen has a resolution of 1366x768 for its 26 inches. It will be powered by a dual-core Cortex A9 1GHz processor with 4GB of RAM and a slot for a memory card of up to 32GB. Android devices with an OS of 2.2 and up will be able to be used as a remote with a special app, but there will also...

  • Custom ROMs for Jelly Bean, are they really necessary?

    So I’ve always loved flashing custom ROMs on all of my Android devices, but during the past two weeks I’ve come to a bit of a revelation. I think Android has matured to a point where custom ROMs aren’t really necessary any more. SHOCK! RECOIL! HORROR! Now, please don’t misunderstand me. There is validity to its existence, because it offers some fantastic additional functionality over Google’s stock offering, but do we NEED the custom ROMs? No, I don’t think so, not any more. Let me explain. In the past, Android devices were, let’s be honest, slightly underpowered. Speaking from my...

  • Telkom rewards speed-hungry 1MB ADSL users with free 2MB line upgrade

    South African based telecom and parastatal Telkom will upgrade all 1MB (up to 1024k) ADSL users to 2MB (2048k) from 24 August. Don't pick up a phone to dial Telkom though, as the line upgrade is free and seamless. 1MB users will just segue into 2MB without hardware or software changes from their side. There's something for the little people as well, or those who are still stuck on a 384k line. Telkom's upgrading these users to a 1MB connection, as from 1 October. There is a chance that for users of older modems, like those goddamn Billion routers of...

  • South Africa’s E3, rAge ups its game from 5-7 October

    For South African gamers, rAge is the real deal. A giant, "local is lekker" E3 if you will. Gearburn was fortunate enough to attend this magical, sweaty event last year, and we'll down Redbulls to bring the action once more. Here's what you need to know: Dates: 5 October – 7 October 2012 Show times: Friday: 10:00-18:00 | Saturday: 09:00-18:00 | Sunday: 10:00-16:00 Admission: Per person: R60 Weekend ticket: R100 Family pass (two adults and two children): R180 Kids under 6: Free Venue: The Coca-Cola dome, Corner Northumberland Road & Olievenhout Avenue, Northgate, North Riding Outside of gaming, there's cosplay, live eSports, a massive LAN and well, these AAA companies. For...

  • Windows 8 — Our definitive look at the final release

    Note: This review has been completely revised for the Windows 8 RTM release. The final, Release to Manufacturing (RTM) version of Windows 8 is now available to developers, IT professionals and (soon) businesses with volume licences (or to intrepid testers who don't mind an evaluation version that expires after 90 days and can't be upgraded, downloaded from here). The rest of us will have to wait until October when Windows 8 upgrades, new Windows 8 PCs and Windows RT devices will be released - but this is the final version that you'll get then, so we can finally review the full, finished Windows 8...

  • LG quad-core smartphone may come with in-cell touch display

    LG has started mass-producing in-cell touch displays prompting the question as to whether consumers will find the technology in LG's new quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro smartphone. It has been rumoured that the next iPhone will get in-cell touch technology, but with LG actually producing the displays, it should be obvious that its new smartphone would get in-cell touch too. With a release date sometime this fall, the new LG smartphone will have some pretty heavy specifications. It will certainly need to in order to stay on the radar in the high-end smartphone market. The details are still in rumor form,...