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Reviews

  • Reviewed: Linux Ubuntu 12.04 — the pipe dream

    For years now Linux faithful have touted that year as the year of Linux. With every new version of Linux (called Distros) be it Mint, Ubuntu and others more people get hyped up over what the possibilities are for the platform. I’ll be looking into the latest Ubuntu 12.04 and giving my opinion on the matter. Ubuntu is a lot of things. Linux is a lot of things. For one thing that everyone can agree on -- including the ones that hate Linux -- is that it is probably the best server operating system available. The problem with it is...

  • Reviewed: Galaxy S III — the only phone you will ever want

    When you pick up the successor to the best phone of the year in 2011, you expect something special. The minute we unboxed the Samsung Galaxy S III at Burn HQ, something special happened. The hallelujah chorus resounded and we all stared at the device that is sure to change our lives -- it is after all the most anticipated phone of the year. Overall design The Galaxy S III, as Samsung touts it, is "inspired by nature -- it sees, listens, responds, and allows you to share the greatest moments," and that theme is ever present when you turn on...

  • Reviewed: BenQ Joybee G2 Pocket Projector

    When data video projectors first made their appearance in the early 90’s, they weighed about 35kg’s and were generally transported around in aluminium flight cases with wheels and retractable handles. They squirted out (then), an astounding 200 to 300 ANSI lumen and along with Power Point, were pretty much revolutionary in the presentation market (no more 35mm slide carousels). But that was then, and this is now. This means that there are units that can weigh as little as 1kg and punch out as much as 2500 ANSI lumen, which is respectable in almost any presentation or home theatre environment....

  • Reviewed: Windows 8 Release Preview — there goes my hero

    I’ve been using Windows 8 permanently since the first Developers Preview in September last year. I was interested to see how the latest iteration of Microsoft's iconic OS would function in a day-to-day desktop environment. A lot has changed since the first preview and Windows 8 is starting to look like a viable platform and upgrade if you’re using Windows 7. Humble beginnings From day one everyone, including me, was extremely jarred by the new Start menu. It was in your face, the apps were lacking or non-existent and it was just plain ugly. Fast forward to today and it's definitely...

  • Reviewed: A real life thriller in The Dream Machine

    With an unusual art style of clay and cardboard, people might be put off The Dream Machine. What a shame that would be, because between the oddball visuals and the rough-around-the-edges gameplay lies an engrossing story that is both dark and surreal. Dr. Who? Not unlike the popular Machinarium, The Dream Machine (Cockroach Inc.) has the guise of a straightforward point-and-click adventure, yet it has startling aspects that make it well worth your gaming while. Coming out episodically in five chapters of which three are already available, the game’s unusual claymation aesthetic, its eerie atmosphere, not to mention its dark and...

  • Reviewed: Epson MegaPlex Projector — 60″ HD glory

    First thoughts: this thing's a goddamn monster. It's the size of two Xboxes squashed together, makes a hell of a noise when it's on and blinds you with its 3LCD display. But then I plug in my laptop via the HDMI port, run a copy 1080p copy of Tron: Legacy and everything's as right as rain. It's big, it's black, it's Epson's MegaPlex projector. To quote its full name, it's the Epson MegaPlex MG850HD Home Projector. I like to call it "my little cinema". If you're a smart shopper, you can grab it for roughly US$650 online and my fellow...

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus — inches of irritation [Review]

    The Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus is the kind of device that you try to like. Dual Core Processor, a Gig of RAM and a very convenient size for reading books, watching video and surfing the web. It just about fits in your coat pocket too. Unfortunately, it falls way, way short on expectations. The setup requires a computer scientist with Linux skills and just using it requires training, tutorials, handholding and the kind of time that busy dads and business folk like me simply don't have on hand. In short, do not buy this for any of your family members unless...

  • Reviewed: OLX Classifieds for iOS is a newsy app with bite

    This week I take a look at OLX Classifieds, an app that brings the much publicised web classifieds' service to the iPad. Even though OLX only launched a few months back, it feels as if it has been around forever. Everyone has seen the ad (especially if you're a YouTube junkie); a slightly out of shape dad gets ridiculed by his honest, entrepreneurial daughter for holding onto an exercise machine that he's used once, until she tells him how much she can get for it on OLX, and he sells it. It's a situation that we've all experienced and can...

  • Reviewed: iPad Speaker Stand – class without crass

    In swag-factor alone, Logitech's iPad Speaker Stand succeeds. The iPad (or iPhone if you're daring or stupid enough) cradles into the dock, charges and blasts music out of the ultra-loud speakers. For US$60 or so, it is a worthy purchase. Best part, the click when the iPad is rotated in place. Here, I've filmed it for posterity. Why's my arm so hairy? The speaker is stable, pumps out incredibly loud music without distortion and turns the iPad into a hot, sexy display of tech goodness. Sound is full stereo, the arm of the base is pitch adjustable and looks damn...

  • Pantone iPad Book Case [Review]

    The iPad is a lightweight device with minimalist design. The Pantone iPad Book Case is bulky, fairly heavy and covers the iPad like a piece of armour. Its great for keeping your investment safe and protected, but the device no longer feels sleek and sexy. The iPad fits into a sleeve, which has all the holes necessary for you to access the device's switches plus there's a cutaway for the camera to peek through. The stand works fairly well, with grooves in the leather that hold the iPad upright. The magnet is fairly weak and doesn't hold the cover closed...