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  • Mother’s Day: 5 cool gadgets for Mom

    Today being Mother’s Day, we decided to bring you five gadgets that your mom would probably love. The gadgets we selected have crossover appeal, so your mom doesn’t have to be a bona fide geek to appreciate these. Take some notes, our selection would make great birthday or Christmas gifts too. BookBook by Twelve South BookBook cases are truly special. Made from leather and styled to resemble vintage books, they are the perfect protection for your mom’s iPad, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air or iPhone. Monogram Vertical Tote by Michael Kors Not only is this a beautiful handbag with contemporary styling, by blending fashion...

  • SloPro: Capture beautiful slow motion video at 60 FPS on your iPhone 4S

    Slowing down video recorded on your iPhone at 30 frames per second (FPS) makes the playback appear jittery. With an iPhone 4S running SloPro, the frame rate is doubled. Your video is recorded at 60fps, so when you slow the video down, it looks as smooth as a video running at normal speed. The result is stunning and it really works as advertised -- there are no software tricks, so no rendering delay -- although the resolution of your videos are forced down to 720p. Using the SloPro editor, you can select the slow motion speed and the sections...

  • Amazon set to launch colour eReader by mid 2012

    Amazon is set launch a colour eReader later this year. That’s the skinny from industry watchdog publication Digitimes, which bases its report on industry insiders saying the manufacturers have been shipping in related parts. The reports also says the new colour Kindle will come standard with multi-touch capacitive touch panels instead of the infra-red touch panels found on the current line of Kindles. As TechCrunch notes, this puts Amazon in the slightly weird place of running the full gamut of devices from black and white eReaders to fully fledged tablets. What isn’t clear is how going full colour will...

  • Can the Vodafone SmartTab 7-inch beat its brethren? [Review]

    Steve Jobs was never all that big on seven inch tablets calling them "dead on arrival". Here at Gearburn, we're not so sure. We like the ultra-cheap Netsurfer Touch and we really like the BlackBerry PlayBook now that it's rocking OS 2.0. So, can Vodafone's seven inch offering match up to these two beauties? One thing is for certain -- it won't have as difficult-a-task of pleasing us as its 10-inch sibling. After all, that was starting to get into iPad and Galaxy Tab price territory without delivering anywhere near their specs. Everything that was discordant on Vodafone's...

  • Extreme tech: Magnets implanted into wrist to hold iPod nano

    How much do you love your iPod nano? Do you want to carry your beloved music player on your wrist, but you feel like watch bands are tacky? If your name is Dave Hurban, then the answer to those questions are "a damn lot" and "hell yes". Hurban drilled holes into his wrist and plugged them with magnets to hold his iPod nano. He calls his invention the iDermal. It's fantastic and it blurs the line between art and utility. I remember reading a story on Wired years ago, about "body-mod" artists that implant tiny magnets into their fingers...

  • Spotify is cool, but jamming to it with your friends is cooler

    Hey, remember the days when you used to go round to a mate’s house with the latest CD that you just had to share? Well they’re back, thanks to something called the Social Jukebox. The brainchild of design student Andrew Pairman, the Social Jukebox (kids, a jukebox was a large machine you stuck coins in and played music) is an Andruino-based music player that lets people share playlists embedded in RFID-enabled wooden tokens. The device links to Spotify to load random songs from each of the playlists. Oh, and there’s no skipping function. So if you happen to have...

  • Nokia Asha 201 — the opposite of excellence [Review]

    First impressions last the longest and if the Nokia Asha 201 was a person, I'd have slapped the taste out of its mouth the second it started speaking. Straight off the bat I can see that the Asha wasn't made for me. It's for the teens/tweens you know? The young at heart, the carefree who don't give a damn about responsive touchscreens, a decent camera, a fast display, a modern look or anything of that ilk. Onto the review. "Not terrible" is the phrase I'd associate with the design of the Asha. "A total clone of the BlackBerry Curve" is another....

  • Reason #57 to divorce your iPhone: Get Flipboard for Android now

    Some time ago, iPhone users walked around haughtily brandishing their Instagrams and Flipboards, but no more. Instagram launched officially on Android recently and now Flipboard has leaked out too. Flipboard was set to launch exclusively for the new, hyped-to-the-extreme (and then some), Samsung Galaxy S III, but it would be only a matter of days before the enterprising Android community skimmed the APK and released it into the wild. Over at the XDA Developers forum, you can now download the APK to run the world's best social newsreader app on any Android handset. It looks like an early build of Flipboard, but...

  • Pioneer HUD adds a dose of awesome to your commute

    This is cool -- especially if, like me, you spent large chunks of your youth playing various titles from the Need For Speed franchise. It's the latest head up display from electronics company Pioneer. The laser-projected Augmented Reality (AR) system (how cool does that sound?) comes packaged with the company's new range of "Cyber-Navi" head units, alongside in-car entertainment, GPS and DVD playback. Here's how it works. You get a translucent visor that clips into where your sunshade would ordinarily be. From there the MicroVision laser projector kicks in, plotting a virtual GPS navigation path to follow in real...

  • Who needs iOS 6 when you have a Jailbroken iPhone?

    Apple's WWDC, which is set for June features among other tech goodies, the release of iOS6. iDevice users are gonna jump on a new iOS like white on rice, but who needs it? With a jailbroken iDevice, any OS update seems perfunctory at best. It's like Apple tying a baby bird to an iPhone and saying look, here's a flying phone. Jailbroken devices have wings that are fully spread. And here's why. Management nightmares solved with SBSettings We hate the "double-click swipe-swipe long-press close app" task management Apple has vomited onto us. It's the pits. Ice Cream Sandwich and Honeycomb have...