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  • Next-gen console madness from Sony and Microsoft

    How many years have we been speculating about the release of Sony and Microsoft’s next-gen consoles? Five years? Ten? How long have the rumours been flying around not only about their specs, but their names? PS4, Orbis, Xbox 720, Infinity, Durango, Loop -- we’ve heard them all. Let's be honest, we really don’t know much about these consoles at all, but we can speculate 'til the cows come home based on bits of information we gleaned while scouring the internet for official press releases. Let us begin with the PS4. Codename: Orbis The Latin name Orbis means “ring” or “circle” and coupled...

  • Further Exynos security updates being pushed OTA to Galaxy owners

    Just two weeks ago Gearburn reported on the security issue that affected Galaxy owners with Exynos processors (and probably other devices with the same processor) causing the device to open itself up to hacking. Samsung was quick to respond to users fears and delivered a patch to fix the problem, and today another patch is rolling out for the Galaxy Note II. The fix promises to "improves security and provides bug fixes". The...

  • Asus looks to Windows Phone OS for the next-gen Padfone

    Taiwanese PC maker Asustek Computer Inc. is apparently in talks with Microsoft could become the latest Asian manufacturer build a Windows Phone device. At this point it looks like the Padfone is the most likely device to get the Microsoft treatment. according to a Wall Street Journal report, vice president of mobile communication products at Asus Benson Lin said that Asus is "interested in making Windows Phones." While we can not really...

  • ZTE’s U956 phablet exposed

    Pictures of a possible bang-for-your-buck phablet from ZTE, called the U956, has been leaked on Sina Weibo. If an illustrious smartphone is not in your price range, this could be the more affordable option. It is not yet confirmed, but rumour has it that the device would sell for around US$240 when released. According to certain reports, the smartphone will pack a lot of the features that most of its well-known counterparts have....

  • iPhone owners: snag free phone calls with updated Facebook Messenger app

    Facebook’s released an update to its Messenger app and so, users can now send quick voice messages and best of all, make free phone calls with an integrated VoIP client. Here’s the best part: since practically everyone we know and love is on Facebook, the messenger app has inadvertently become a feasible replacement for cellular calls. So it’s not Skype, which crashes more often than it should on our iPhones, it’s something else entirely. We usually concern ourselves with gadgets, but this is a gadget replacer. The little phone icon next to the users name is where the magic happens Making a...

  • PS4 update: Sony will deliver ‘great news’ at E3

    E3 is mere months away, but will we see the PS4 at gamings greatest event? This is what Hiroshi Sakamoto, Sony's vice president of home entertainment said when he was questioned about the upcoming PS4: That's still a big secret, but our friends are preparing Sony PlayStation. I can only say that we are focused on the E3 gaming event, scheduled for June. announcement may be in that minute or even...

  • Leaked BB10 training manual totes ‘best in class’ HTML5

    A leaked PowerPoint presentation of the Blackberry 10 (BB10) training manual for Rogers employees (a retail electronics store in the US) has shed light on the new BB10 specs and the promise of about 70 000 QNX apps that will be available in the new re-named Blackberry World. The training manual apparently contains some screenshots of an online course for sales people. A few specs on the BB10 phone also slipped through in the documents,...

  • Apple TV lands in South Africa

    Apple has announced that South Africa will be the latest country Apple TV lands in come 18 January. The product, which was launched in its current iteration alongside the third generation iPad, is meant to make it easy to enjoy iTunes video, music and photo libraries from your computer on your HD TV through iCloud. It also allows you to access content purchased on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. iTunes Match customers can meanwhile now play their entire music library from iCloud — even songs they've imported from CDs. They can also control Apple TV with their...

  • Kite HD super-tablet dual boots Ubuntu and Android

    This year promises to be an explosive time for tablets. From the get-go we have seen a host of new tablets from previously quiet manufacturers, and the latest one is the Kite HD from Italian company Da Vinci Mobile. While not much different from most of the tablets out on the market, it changes things slightly by running two OS', namely Ubuntu 12.04 and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Ubuntu entered the...

  • Korean scientists working on bendable battery technology

    While most manufacturers have used the term "lighter and thinner" to death, some have opted to include the word "bend". We reported last year of Samsung's idea to delve into the area of flexible phones, and following in its footsteps comes researchers at the Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology in South Korea who have developed malleable polymer electrolytes that would make the bendable battery a reality. The polymers that they developed behave...