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  • ‘Come and meet the next Galaxy’ 3 May says Samsung invite

    Sweet baby Jesus, this could be it. Samsung has sent invites bearing the words, "Come and meet the next Galaxy". The event is set to take place at an undetermined location 3 May. Minus a few splashes of blue and white oil-paint, there is precious little information on the invitation, with Samsung being even cagier than Apple was with its new iPad launch invite. The event will fall under the "Samsung Mobile...

  • Boeing Android smartphone to take off in late 2012

    All the reports about Malware on Android got you paranoid about your phone’s security? Well there might be an answer, and it comes from an unlikely source: Boeing. Yup, that’s right the company that builds planes, helicopters, and satellites is joining the smartphone party with a high security encrypted device. According to National Defnese Magazine, the phone is near the end of its development cycle and is set to launch later...

  • HTC Incredible 4G leaks images, specs

    Android keeps rolling on, with HTC Incredible 4G images leaking out to confirm this beast’s presence. HTC’s Droid Incredible 2 set the template for the Incredible 4 which bests the previous model in every area. It takes a leaked set of images to reveal the truth though. Outside of the fancy images, this site says it has hardware details of the Incredible 4G. Purported details include a 1.2Ghz dual-core CPU, 8Mpx camera, 1GB...

  • BlackBerry Curve 9380: Death by touch screen [Review]

    When the BlackBerry Curve 9380 arrived, it sat quietly on my desk for about five minutes, just looking beautiful. The soft light from the nearby window hit its silver edging and the screen in a way that made it look like it was gently glowing. I think this, along with its sleek curves and menus that transitioned seamlessly as I happily swished around on the touch screen, induced a stupor that convinced me to say something along the lines of “I’m never giving this phone back”. An hour later, I was contemplating what a satisfying sound it would make...

  • Samsung Galaxy S III revealed, launches 10 May #Aprilfools

    Thanks for taking part in our April Fools joke. You're all beautiful people and when the Galaxy S III really launches, Gearburn.com will be there to cover it in its glory. The following story is a fabricated work of whimsy. God, finally. Thanks be to the mighty ones at Samsung for making this real. Come 10 May, the Samsung Galaxy S III is prepped for launch. Samsung has even gone the whole hog and confirmed a ton of technical details. Prepare to salivate for a month or so until the inventible launch occurs. The true dream machine These are specs that none...

  • Xperia Play snags Android 4.0 Beta

    Android 4.0 continues to roll out in drips and drabs to eager smartphone owners, with the Xperia Play becoming the latest phone to receive the coveted Ice Cream Sandwich OS. The beta of Android 4.0 needs the user to jump through a few hoops to get setup. Only "advanced developers" should install ICS according to Sony, and unlocked phones are the only devices which will work. Google apps like Maps and Gmail wont work for...

  • Hands on with the Samsung Galaxy Beam

    When I first read about the Samsung Galaxy Beam, I was incredibly excited. A phone, with a built-in projector. Too cool. Naturally I leaped at the chance to get hands on with it. To understand why I was excited, you have to understand that one of my favourite ever TED talks is by Pranav Mistry and involves him demonstrating Sixth Sense, a device that combines motion sensor technology with a wearable projector and pint sized computing. When I first watched Mistry’s talk, I thought it was the future of personal computing. A couple of hundred articles and some hard...

  • Nexus user ‘smokes’ Windows Phone, loses, then promptly wins

    What’s the Microsoft Challenge? It isn’t seeing how many times you can smack Steve Ballmer before he falls over. No, the Microsoft Challenge is finding out if your smartphone can “Smoke a Windows Phone” or not. Predictably, the competition was heavily biased towards Windows Phones. Let’s explain. In the US, customers with non-Windows Phones can win a US$1 000 HP laptop if their smartphone can beat a Windows Phone in a defined task....

  • Samsung Galaxy S III leaked images, specs — 22 May launch?

    For Samsung in 2012, it’s all about the Galaxy S III and how it’s going to hopefully crush the iPhone 5. Numerous leaks this week have subtly confirmed various details regarding the new Samsung Galaxy S III, some predictable, some lusted-after. Let’s dig into the details. Leak 1, care of Reddit The first leak delivered a virgin image of the Samsung Galaxy S III. It’s the type of shot which wouldn’t be out of...

  • How does the Sony Xperia sola’s ‘floating touch’ work?

    Sony would have you believe it’s “magic”, but if you’ve been wondering how the “floating touch” technology on the new Xperia sola works, Sony released an in-depth explanation to sink your teeth into. Here are some bullet points on floating touch. It lets you interact with your phone by hovering a finger over the display. It lets your phone sense your finger up to 20mm above the screen and it can detect finger X/Y co-ordinates, as well as distance. As with all capacitive displays, an X/Y grid of sensors cover the display. When a finger is near the electrodes, the capacitance changes and...