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  • Chinese ‘Jesus robot’ walks on water

    China has developed a microbot that runs across the surface of water and is creepy enough to make you rethink jumping in that lake. Remember being a kid and swimming in the dam next to your house? Remember those creepy insects that would run across the surface of the water? Well, China's School of Chemical Engineering and Technology has developed a microbot inspired by those insects. The microbot weights just 11 grams and can jump on top of water. This is thanks to the foam coating that is highly water repellant, which keeps it afloat for every 14cm stride that it...

  • ‘Jony’ iPhone concept shots are rich with Sony magic

    Battle lines are drawn in the sand, harsh words are exchanged and pacts are broken. There's no love lost between mobile phone makers and the upcoming trial between Apple and Samsung is proof of this deep hatred. If all's fair in love and war, why blatantly create a phone in the image of Sony, Apple? Here's the Jony, an iPhone concept created in 2006, a year before the iPhone launched, and absolutely stuffed with Sony panache. The name Jony possibly comes from Jonathan Ive, Apple's lead designer behind the iPhone and iPod. Samsung filed documents for the upcoming...

  • Diablo 3 hits arcades 20 years later with custom cabinet

    Watch this video, that is all. And it's all thanks to this man, Dave Niewinski. We all know what MAME is, right? This sucker takes the concept of emulation to the extreme. With a plywood cabinet and custom controls, the Diablo 3 arcade cabinet looks like a treat. How's a mouse-controlled game squeezed into joystick controls though? Niewinski cracked the control code. With a button remapping system written in VB.NET, Niewinski's control scheme is perfectly suited to Diablo 3's play style, with mouse controls mapped to each button on the cabinet. Players can even "run and gun", or move in one...

  • iPad and iPhone concepts that (thankfully) never saw the light of day

    Understandably, Apple messed around with many different designs before it settled on the sleek products that the world now loves. Here are some iPad and iPhone concepts that have surfaced. Imagine the iPad came out with a kick stand. And not anything slim like Microsoft's Surface, but a long cylindrical arm that swiveled on a ball joint. Gross. Another shows what looks like an enormous 4-pin dock at the back. Many of the iPad concepts featured iPod labeling at the back, possibly showing that Apple wanted to use the iPad as an extension of the iPod family. Yet another photo...

  • Philips Fidelio, an Android docking station to be proud of

    This a little difficult for me to admit, but I've always been jealous the docking stations available to anyone with an iDevice. So when the US$200 Phillips Fidelio Android docking station landed in the Gearburn offices my interest was very much piqued. Admittedly most of those docking speaker I was so jealous of were originally intended for iPods. Still, the fact that someone could just plug their iPhone (a top of the line one is more than capable of handling all but the most insane music collections) into a docking station and rock away was a little frustrating. So...

  • Microsoft Surface tentatively priced at $1000, will bleed wallets dry

    When Microsoft unveiled its Surface tablet, the biggest question surrounding it was how it would be priced. A Swedish website has listed prices for the yet to be released tablet, and you're not going to like it. Swedish website Webhallen has listed the Surface on its site with a list price of 6990 kronor, which equates to about US$1003. This is for the 32GB version running Windows RT. The higher end product running Windows 8 and sporting 128GB is ridiculously priced. Are you ready? About US$2150. Apple's new Macbook Pro Retina display starts out at US$2199. Not to mention that...

  • Nexus 7, iPad and Xoom face oblivion — North Korea unleashes the ‘Achim’ tablet

    Obviously the Achim (meaning: Morning), a tablet developed in North Korea ain't going to damage the tech muscle of the iPad, Moto Xoom or Googles Nexus 7, but it's a nice slap in the face from the world's most insanely communist country. There are no specs for the Achim, only a few laughable images. Have a gander: Who's the dude in the image, and is Kim Jong Un's hand up his ass controlling him like a puppet? All we really know is that the Korean Central News Agency says the tablet exists. Will it come with a nuclear launcher app? How...

  • AudioGlove is battery-free audio enhancement made the Kickstarter way

    Innovation, we love it. The iPhone's sound, we hate it. The speakers on our iPhones are some of the most hateful known to mankind. Simply put, they just ain't loud enough. This is where Kickstarter project AudioGlove comes into play. It's a battery free, audio-enhancing solution with so much simplicity and panache it defies belief. And here's why. Self-styled Falco Freeman entrepreneur created the AudioGlove with nothing more than a dream and a ponytail. The case slips over an iPhone 4/4S, protects it from knocks and with a deft flick of the hand, the case slides down creating a resonating...

  • Razer Ouroboros gaming mouse is 50 shades of awesome

    Razer, maker of practically the best high-end gaming peripherals and soon, a kick-ass tablet has launched the Ouroboros, a US$130 pro-gaming mouse that is customisable to the nth degree. You don't have to know how to pronounce the name of the mouse to love its sex-appeal. It's "the most comfortable ambidextrous mouse" says Razer, but until we get our hands on it, it's just a weird looking mouse on a webpage. Most pro-gamers have hedged their bets on Mad-Catz in the past, but now it's Razer's time to shine. Here's why it costs as much as a cheap laptop. It has an adjustable back...

  • Crappy, super-slow iPhone Facebook app being ‘worked on’

    We hate the Facebook iOS app for iPhone. It's slower then a republican's thought process thanks to its Objective-C shell which simply embeds the mobile web experience and packages it into an app. Crap, lame and slow. Time to move on say the former Apple engineers who're working on the slick new Facebook app. This key info comes care of Bloomberg who reported on Facebook releasing its own mobile device in conjunction with HTC. Hidden in its story was the tale of ex-Apple and Palm developers who'll have an initial release of the new app "in a couple of...