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  • Why the Wii U is the best console of 2012

    This past year has been pretty barren in terms of consoles hitting the market. Sony released yet another PS3 that went on a diet and the PS Vita has only succeeded in segmenting the company's handheld market share. Microsoft opted to shift its attention to redesigning the user interface and media services of Xbox, in an attempt to increase the cross-platform appeal of Windows 8. It therefore fell to Nintendo to give the public a well needed "junk-punch", and that's why the Wii U is our pick for console of the year. The reason stretches far further than the Wii...

  • BlackBerry’s flagship maybe christened the ‘Z10’, comes in black and white

    With RIM's BlackBerry 10 event a little over a month away, we've been referring to the company's flagship full touch device as the "L-Series". According to a leaked image courtesy of Unwired View, that's no longer the case. The leaked image refers to the new BB10 smartphone as the "Z10". Not groundbreaking news we know, but it does roll off the tongue slightly better than "L-Series". It's also a streamlined shift from the pedantic alpha-numeric handset titles of the past. The far more interesting aspect of this leak, shows off the colour variants the Z10 will be available in. We're all...

  • Potatoes used to test ‘WiFi consistency’ on Boeing airplanes

    This is a fairly exciting combination of gadgets and human innovation. Aerospace corp Boeing has employed sacks of potatoes to replicate the effect of WiFi signals onboard live flights. Let us explain. Boeing, along with close to 10 000 kilograms of potatoes in sacks, is testing to see if WiFi signals remain stable and safe throughout a flight. Potatoes were used because these slick spuds apparently “replicate the way human passengers reflect and absorb electronic signals,” says Boeing. Most hilariously, the project is called SPUD, or Synthetic Personnel Using Dielectric Substitution. Gotta love them acronyms. And as such, using potatoes is...

  • ZTE unveils its U887, a new 5-inch entry-level phablet

    ZTE is the latest manufacturer to enter the 5-inch phablet market with the U887. ZTE's newest phablet offering is designed to appeal to the lower-end user, as the company is set to release higher specced devices sometime down the line. The U887 seems aimed at testing the waters, before the company begins releasing a full-range phablet lineup. The ZTE U887 sports some modest specs, but it should be able to handle the needs of most smartphone users. Its 5-inch screen displays 800 x 480 resolution quality, not enough to compete against the HTC J Butterfly, Oppo Find 5 or soon...

  • Samsung Display to demo 5.5-inch flexible screens at CES 2013

    According to CNET, Samsung Display, a spin-off from Samsung Electronics, is set to showcase a range of 5.5-inch flexible smartphone screens at CES 2013. The development of flexible screens is something that Gearburn has known about for some time, however this demo will be one of the rare occasions where the public would be able to experience these screens first-hand. The demo displays will offer 1280x720 HD resolution, at an impressive 276 PPI. Samsung Display have stated that these screens are intended for smartphone usage. This got us thinking about which device Samsung would be integrated. The 5.5-inch dimensions is...

  • Nokia rumoured to release Windows RT styled tablet at WMC 2013

    It appears rumours surrounding a Nokia branded 10-inch tablet running Windows RT have re(surface)d. Rumours had initially started doing the rounds back in May 2012. The Finnish manufacturer has teamed up with Qualcomm and Compal Electronics, resulting in a 10-inch Windows RT tablet according to Digi Times, who cite Taiwanese supply chain sources. This tablet is said to be making its official debut at the World Mobile Congress, held 25-28 February 2013 in Spain. Nokia had some initial reservations in releasing a Windows RT styled tablet, mainly with the consumer reaction and uptake, which was further exacerbated by the poor first...

  • Huawei Ascend D2, flagship Android ‘phablet’ set for CES 2013 unveiling

    Huawei look set to enter the "phablet" fray, with the scheduled unveiling of the Android powered Ascend D2 at CES 2013. This is the second known device that the Chinese manufacturer will showcase, the other being the Ascend W1 which runs Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 OS. The news broke thanks to a message posted on the Senior VP of Huawei Technology's Sino Weibo page, who sated his concern over the D2's, yet to be disclosed, high price point. He attributed the sizable price tag to the quality of specs that the D2 sports. The specs for this "Dream Phone" include a...

  • The gadget of the year: Satis Advanced toilet

    There are a lot of nations described as crazy. It depends what the situation is, but for the most part the Japanese are considered “crazy" almost all of the time. From the land of zero defect, kamakazis, exceptionally weird game shows and Takeshi's Castle, comes the Satis advanced toilet, the best invention of the year. Well in my book at least... Controllable from your smartphone, the Satis will make life easier, and healthier for you by lifting the toilet seat before you arrive, track your bowel movements and even set targets for you to achieve a healthier lifestyle. Because as...

  • Gradiente unveil ‘iphone’ handset powered by Android

    Brazilian manufacturer Gradiente has recently shown off its latest smartphone, the "iphone Neo One". We know what you're thinking -- this will be the newest addition to a growing list of lawsuits that Apple is involved in. But the interesting thing is, the Brazilian company owns the rights to the name, "iphone", so Apple will have to find another means of attack. The one thing that Apple will not have to worry about is competition from a spec and performance standpoint, as the Neo One is somewhat lacking when put up against the major players. It runs Android 2.3...

  • HTC M7, rumoured Android flagship stuffed to the gills with high-end specs

    It appears that Taiwanese manufacturer HTC is at it again. The smartphone developer has had details of its latest Android project leaked thanks to Unwired View. If this leak is legit, the M7 might be the one smartphone we can't wait to get our hands on. As far as we can tell, the listed specs would see the M7 usurp the HTC One X+ as the company's Android phone of choice. Let's run through the specs, the M7 is rumoured to be powered by a quad-core Snapdragon processor, clocked in at 1.7Ghz which is on par with the One X+. The...