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  • 5 things you need to know about Android Jelly Bean

    At its I/O developers' conference in San Francisco, Google launched the latest iteration of Android, called Jelly Bean. Mmmm Jellybean. Here's the lowdown on the delicious-sounding mobile OS. 1. It's buttery-smooth Jellybean comes standard with a feature called "Butter", which Google says "makes everything smoother, faster and more fluid". 2. It knows its shit On Jelly Bean, Google can speak back to you. The internet giant claims it can deliver you a precise answer, powered by the Knowledge Graph, if it knows one, in addition to a list of search results. Your move Apple 3. There are elements of SwiftKey Google...

  • Sony encourages cliff jumping

    Extreme sports enthusiasts around the world rejoice! Sony has announced a new camera that will compete with GoPro’s Hero2 domination of the extreme video camera market. It hasn’t yet been released, but Sony has posted some teaser shots of its new offering. It looks rugged and healthy in its plastic armour, and quite appealing too. Sony hasn’t said anything about the specifications of the camera, but expect them to be on par with the Hero2 or better. So that’s at least 11 megapixels and very HD recording. If you don’t know already, extreme sports enthusiasts have been using the GoPro for...

  • Behold: Next-gen BlackBerry 10 BBM screenshots

    Not bad. A day after we reported on the leaked images of Blackberry's new L and N-Series, these dainty images of the new look BBM materialise. Sorry about the low-quality image, and the massive watermark. But hey, proof of concept FTW. This site has all the goods on the BBM leak. Here's what we think: It's all about saving battery-life isn't it? RIM's pulled off a neat trick here. By "slightly adapting the black theme" and "further optimising the OLED display", up to 75% of the battery-life can be saved. So we say, awesome job RIM. Crappy battery life is the hallmark...

  • Apple hacks out podcast app: iPod junkies rejoice

    For all those podcast fiends out there, today is your day. That is, if you own an iPad or iPhone. Because Apple has released a dedicated app for podcasts. Apple says it is a way to 'discover, subscribe to and play your favorite podcasts’. There is a section labeled 'top stations' for the most popular podcasts. You can both listen to audio or watch video podcasts. There's a nice balance of old and new to the look of this app. It has a look akin to the new iOS 6 and at the same time an analog feel with...

  • Reviewed: Linux Mint 13 Cinnamon

    Recently I've reviewed the latest 'consumer' version of Ubuntu, namely 12.04, and found that it was pretty far away from being perfectly consumer friendly. The entire UI was scattered and disorganized, you were met with hundreds of updates and it wasn't very easy to install anything. Then one of our readers suggested I review Mint 13 Cinnamon. I installed this version via USB as well as it is the easiest way to run and test Linux, sometimes it may be slow especially when installing certain apps, but it runs smoothly. After the initial boot up which was way more pleasing...

  • Pompous Samsung ad induces nausea

    Samsung says it has officially designed the Galaxy S III for humans. Mark it on your calendars folks; we get a genuine human oriented product here. What were it's other products designed for? Chimps and tortoises? Its first advertisement for the Galaxy S III is just plain awful. Targeted at the mentally handicapped is the only way I can think of to describe it. There’s no actual information, other than you will get married, have a child and the phone will wait for you to fall asleep. Then what? Does it sneak photos of your family sleeping to send...

  • iPhone 5: The ultimate rumour roundup

    We can taste the iPhone 5 now. It's been a long time coming, but 2012 could be the year of Apple's latest masterpiece. The Gear favours the iPhone 5 and has long been reporting on rumours that have leaked from camp Apple. Below is everything you need to know about the upcoming iPhone 5. iPhone 5 Next-gen iPhone ripped open, pictured, shamed -- 10 August It can only be speculated whether these parts are real, but they all fit together very nicely, don't they? Possible thinner battery for next iPhone could mean big things -- 10 August A thinner battery could mean a slimmer...

  • Ultra-fake jailbreak activator app sneaks into App Store, we say ‘avoid’

    Legal jailbreaking. Let that word roll off your tongue. Sadly, there ain't no such thing. Even this fake Cydia and Activator app which recently popped up in the ol' App Store aren't enough to convince us. Put plainly, these apps are scams, so avoid. What the hell were the apps doing on the App Store in the first place? A legal fake The Activator app, which promises: "How to use multitouch gestures in iPhone/iPod touch; How to change the way of accessing IPhone/iPod touch and How to assume custom buttons or custom gestures for original buttons," is nothing short of utter...

  • Reviewed: Acer Aspire S3 – beefy but boring

    The progress of technology is astounding. Every couple of years, computing power doubles. We keep packing more features into mobile devices. Features such as GPS, Accelerometers, Quad Core Graphics and resolutions so high you cannot distinguish the pixels anymore. My cellphone now has a faster processor than the Windows 7 machine I'm typing this review on. Notebook computers are getting lighter, faster and have more battery life than ever before. So you'd think that these days PC manufacturers would have figured out how not to f**k up the small things. Small things such as a basic build quality, input devices, speakers,...

  • Dream phone edition: The Swiss Army iPhone 5

    In a perfect world, what would you want on your iPhone? I’m not saying how much memory, or what size screen. I’m talking about perfect world outrageousness. Let’s get a bit unrealistic. 1. Zippo lighter For all those times when you need a lighter, a Zippo always works best. 2. Shockproof Quite an obvious and not too far-fetched feature; and one that everyone will want. Taking the cumbersome out of the usual shockproof designs would be key though. Apple could take a leaf out of Sony’s book with its Cybershot. I’m thinking titanium and polycarbonate. 3. Laser pointer Because, let’s face it,...