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Reviews

  • Reviewed: Nokia Lumia 900

    I had some time with the recently launched Nokia Lumia 900 last weekend. As an avid Windows Phone fan, I’ve been looking forward to using the latest and greatest Nokia. The Lumia 800 was a slight disappointment on launch as it had less features than my HTC HD7 with the stock version of Windows Phone. To be honest I was very surprised to find that the Nokia Lumia 900 came with the latest software out of the box. Microsoft updated all Lumia devices last week to software version 8773 which included things like internet sharing et al. Setting up the...

  • Nexus 7 review roundup: Android’s answer to awesome

    It's a US$200, 7-inch-Android 4.1 tablet with a dimpled back and lo, it is called the Nexus 7. Bask in its wonders. We've yet to get our Nexus 7, but we'll provide you with the next best thing: namely us picking apart reviews from across the web. Buckle up. Mashable Usually, Mashable's style of reviewing grates us. It simply never digs deep enough into the core of the gizmo. For the Nexus 7 though, Mashable comes up with some true nuggets of gadget gold. The user experience is "like butter" according to Mashable. With Android 4.1, or Jelly Bean, Google's gone and...

  • Reviewed: Bang & Olufsen BEOLIT 12

    It’s a bit disconcerting walking down the road with this lunchbox-looking speaker knowing that if you get held up, you are going to have to explain exactly how you lost an US$800 product. It’s not a particularly fancy looking speaker. In fact it doesn't even really look like a speaker. But the stylish Bang & Olufsen BEOLIT 12 really is a piece of work. You either are intrigued by it or find it plain ugly. Features The BEOLIT 12 is B&O’s Airplay speaker offering. This means that you connect it to your Wi-Fi and play music through your iOS device through the...

  • Reviewed: Google Chrome for iOS

    Screw Safari. I'm tired of it. I'm tired of the shiny loading bar, I'm tired of the Apple sheen applied to every facet of the UI and I'm tired of poorly-rendered websites. So here's Google Chrome for iOS. It's lean, mean and hunkering for your love. And this is why I love it. Charmingly minimal Have you downloaded Chrome for iOS yet? No? Then stop reading and go grab it for the App Store. Now, let's...

  • App of the Week — TuneIn Radio Pro

    This week I take a look at TuneIn Radio Pro, a streaming radio app that blows open the world of Internet radio and places it at your fingertips in a well-designed and easy to use package. To be honest, when it comes to the world of internet radio, I am a complete novice. I just didn’t see it having a place in our digital, instant satisfaction world. If I wanted to hear a song, I’d find it on Grooveshark, buy it off iTunes or get it from someone I know. That way I could listen to it when I wanted...

  • Reviewed — Magic: The Gathering 2013

    Magic: The Gathering, released in the early 1990s, is the most widely played trading card game in the world. With numbers in the region of 12-million players and fans, Magic has expanded each year with new cards, rule tweaks, global tournaments and, more recently, tapping into the digital market. The aim of the game is to take out your opponent(s) by casting spells, creatures and artefacts to ultimately reduce their life to zero. The decks of cards come in different colours: green, red, blue, white and black -- these represent the type of mana a deck uses. For example, white...

  • 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...

  • 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,...

  • Reviewed: Logitech G510 Gaming Keyboard

    Gamers around the world know that to successfully kill those gaming fiends out there, you have to become a gaming fiend. First step: get the equipment necessary. And what says, "I’m a gamer" more than a dedicated keyboard? Ok, maybe a dedicated computer. But just short of buying a new computer solely for the purpose of terrorising the online community, a keyboard will suffice. Features The Logitech G510 is one of the top contenders for gaming keyboard champ. Its biggest selling point is its LCD screen that has "Core Intel". This displays server, player info and the notifications of the game your...

  • Reviewed: Verbatim USB Audio Bar

    Let's begin with the positives: it's inoffensively small, makes a loud noise and probably works with any laptop/desktop computer on the market. As for the negatives, it's a chocolate bar-sized piece of crap and it's yours for US$20, give or take. Onto the review. A poor start I can't compliment a two-watt speaker barely able to fart out an MP3. It's impossible to recommend a portable speaker which won't clip into the top of a laptop. And I sure as hell won't recommend an audio device that is sans volume control. Seriously, how can a company release an audio device...