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  • iOS 5.1.1 universal jailbreak launches today

    Tomorrow is a historic day for jailbreakers. Pod2g and MuscleNerd are two of the fearless hackers behind most of today's best jailbreaks, such as Absinthe and Corona. At the Hack in the Box conference taking place in Amsterdam, teams of geeks have gathered to announce mobile phone hacks, with the most exciting hack being the universal iOS 5.1.1 jailbreak. According to sources, the "Jailbreak Live" event will be happen in under and hour, and is scheduled for 11:30 for Corona and 1pm for Absinthe. Very little needs to be said, stay tuned to the Gear for news on the imminent universal jailbreak.

  • Press X to hump — when will sex in games grow up?

    Hi. This article is intended for mature readers. There are constant references to sex and because it's me, I won't be holding back and, as such, the article is most definitely NSFW. Onto the digital titillation. The idea for this article struck me after I battled the Kayran in The Witcher 2. Geralt and his on-and-off lover Trish celebrate this victory by having vigorous sex in an enchanted elven rose pool. It was pretty much the most graphic, mature and honest bit of digital intercourse I'd ever seen. Here's the rub: I've been gaming for close to three decades now and this was the...

  • Tesla S to launch late June

    I love cars, always have. But there's no getting around the fact the series of controlled explosions driving most of them is getting a bit long in the tooth. I mean you can stuff them as full of tech as you want, but it'd be stretching it a bit to call petrol cars 'gadgets'. The real innovation is happening in electric cars (no I'm not talking about things like the vile Gee-Wiz). Companies like Tesla are making electric cars that are simple to use, look good and (mostly) just work. Sounds a lot like Apple, doesn't it? If you...

  • Coda 2 web editor launches today at half price

    If you're a web developer, you've probably heard of Coda. Coda 2 has just been released and the guys at Panic are offering its brilliant editor for 50% less until this Friday, 25 May. The original Coda was an all-in-one HTML editor, terminal, CSS editor, file manager and versioning tool. Coda 2 continues to build towards unifying your development workflow with a bunch of new features in one major update. Some of the highlights include a new UI with visual tabs, better text editing with code folding, enhanced file management with the addition of Git and support for S3, better clips...

  • MS Office launches for iOS and Android come November

    We've said it before, and we'll say it again. Office is not suited to the mobile format. But bugger what we say, Microsoft is doing it anyway! November 2012 is the launch month for MS Office for Android and iOS according to sources. The story leaked months ago with what seemed like a legit screenshot. Excel, Word and PowerPoint functionality will make its way to the iPad and Android tablets. There's also the slight chance that MS Office will make it's way to the iPhone and various Android smartphones. That would seem like a stretch as the screen format is...

  • Minority Report is real — welcome to the world of the Leap

    "Shut up and take my money" we say to Leap -- the US$70 Kinect-like device which replaces your mouse. But is it too good to be true? No actually, it's as real as apples and rainbows but at least three times more life-affirming. From Leapmotion comes the Leap, and the company is so confident of its success that it's saying "it's like day one for the mouse." More like it's a super-cheap Kinect for PC. Rock on. It's the size of a flash drive, and is believed to be 200 times more accurate than a mouse. Leap also claims that it...

  • Pantone iPad Book Case [Review]

    The iPad is a lightweight device with minimalist design. The Pantone iPad Book Case is bulky, fairly heavy and covers the iPad like a piece of armour. Its great for keeping your investment safe and protected, but the device no longer feels sleek and sexy. The iPad fits into a sleeve, which has all the holes necessary for you to access the device's switches plus there's a cutaway for the camera to peek through. The stand works fairly well, with grooves in the leather that hold the iPad upright. The magnet is fairly weak and doesn't hold the cover closed...

  • Top 5 Android games for May 2012

    When the HTC One X having landed on our desks at the Gear, we merrily installed a slew of HD titles to test its mettle. We're damn chuffed to report that five games emerged as some of the best mobile titles to date. The list below is this month's collection of Android games we are practically forcing you to install. Dark Legends With gamers gripped in Diablo III fever, titles like Dark Legends pack a true contextual punch. The more popular a title is, the harder it will be emulated. This one's a "vampire MMO", but we like to...

  • Sidecar redefines phone calls on iPhone

    Phone calls are old news, Sidecar is the new black. Want to make phone calls for free (US and Canada only) and use video, photo, location and contact sharing during the phone call? Sidecar lets you do all that. Damn fancy. Sidecar launches today for iOS, but has been available on Android for weeks now. The press release calls it a "fun, engaging, and expressive conversation," and we have to agree, for once. Sidecar is a treat. We tested it on our iPhones and it worked, perfectly. Outside the US though, without the benefit of the free phone calls, Sidecar...

  • Sony’s Xperia S hits the right notes [Review]

    It was the hypnotic, blue background swirl of the Xperia S which first drew me in. Like staring into the night sky, digital ribbons flux merrily on a 342PPI display. It's gorgeous, an apt display of this 1.5Ghz dual-core beast's powers. Sony's gone and pulled an ace out of it's smartphone collection and I'm pleased to say that the Xperia S is one of the better phones of this generation. Nothing is without its flaws though, and minor issues reign the Xperia back from being the next iPhone 4S or Galaxy S III. The design both impresses and disappoints,...