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  • Turn your Android or iPhone into a Windows Phone now!

    iPhone and Android users, feeling left out of the Windows Phone party? Fear not, for Microsoft has now launched a Windows Phone emulator which runs a browser-based demo on competing mobile operating systems. I tested it out on my iPhone 3GS and the experience is pretty much a flawless Windows Phone interface on the devil's phone. HTML5 powers the Windows Phone demo and allows users to tiptoe through the Metro-UI, enjoying basic functionality such as flicking through screens and selecting contacts. The primary feature of the...

  • Video Review: Vodafone Webbook

    It's cheap, it's cheerless, it's the Vodafone Webbbook. It's aimed at the lowest end of the market, as a functional, utilitarian device that lets people that wouldn't have Internet access get online. So the only question is, did it need to be quite so nasty? The Vodafone Webbook feels cheap, runs slowly and seems to offer very little value outside of its pocket-friendly price tag. Can it possibly compete with the lower-priced tablets currently available such as the Kindle Fire? Gearburn digs into the Webbook, and wonders if you can't get better value elsewhere.

  • No cussing, no long face or the Kinect 2 will know

    Emotion detection and lip reading are just two of the new features being built into the Kinect 2, say insiders. The original Kinect has barely begun to tap its full potential and now details of the future product have slipped under the door. Sources revealed to Eurogamer that the Kinect 2, "tracks the pitch and volume of player voices as well as facial characteristics to measure different emotional states." The current Kinect is restricted by the data limits of its USB interface. As things stand, the amount of data from the Kinect sensor is limited to 15MB/s, owing to an...

  • Review: Samsung NC215 sun-lovin’ netbook

    Save the planet, have infinite battery life, and look good while you're at it. Samsung has produced a 10” netbook with a big ol’ solar panel on the back to let you work and work and work and work. It’s got “green” written all over the promotional flyers, and “green” written into every line of code of the Eco Mode app that lets you be really rather green. Getting back down to earth, it’s a US$400 netbook with a really, really long battery life that looks quite good. It’s a bit of an odd product – it’s been out in...

  • Review: Skyrim’s an elephant of a game

    Big and clunky, awesome and funky - Skyrim poses a bit of a conundrum. Its sprawling size affords unparalleled immersion, but the game is hampered by performance and user interface issues. Its features definitely make it worth your time and money, but the mountainous road will be full of bumps along the way. Feature Length Skyrim is packed with features, some adapted or improved from the previous Elder Scrolls games, others completely new. Here’s a quick run-through of the most exciting features in the latest edition.   Dragon Souls In Skyrim, you don’t want dragon hides; you want dragon souls. Hide doesn’t go for...

  • iPhone blazes as Oz plane touches down

    An iPhone left in the overhead locker of a Regional Express flight from Lismore to Sydney in Australia caught fire creating an emergency situation in the cabin. According to a report from the airline there was no open fire, but lots of smoke and red glowing going on. The over-excitable iPhone went into meltdown on landing, and cabin crew rushed to extinguish the inferno in a teacup. From the image supplied by the airline, the phone is an iPhone 4. It’s been handed over to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau for analysis. Regional Express operates Saab 340 twin-engine turboprops...

  • LG’s Ice Cream Sandwich first loves

    LG announced via its Facebook page that the Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) version of Android will be first released on four of its most recent high-end smartphones: the Optimus 2X, the Optimus Black, the Optimus 3D and the Optimus LTE. According to LG, more of its smartphones may see ICS after review to ensure that "it is compatible with the functionality, features and performance of other LG smartphones to make the ICS OS available on as many LG smartphones as possible". Ice Cream Sandwich is the latest major release of Android, with a skein of under-the-hood changes to improve support...

  • Battlefield 3 banned in Iran

    “Battlefield 3 is banned,” says Iran. "All computer stores are prohibited from selling this illegal game.” The message was handed down by members of the country's security and intelligence department. The ban comes due to sensitivity over a fictional attack against Tehran in Electronic Art's latest instalment of the Battlefield franchise. An IT union based in Tehran said that all stores should honour the ban. The scenario which caused the Battlefield 3 ban is just one of many similar urban firefights which (virtually) devastate popular global locations such as New York and Paris. Battlefield 3 is one of EA's biggest hits...

  • Arkham City’s Paul Crocker spills the beans on Batman

    Paul Crocker, lead narrative designer for Batman: Arkham City sat down with Gearburn.com to discuss the deep, dark storyline of the latest smash release in the franchise and the challenges of bringing a driven but tormented superhero into the game environment. UPDATE Tweeted: "Brand new DLC coming December 20th with all new Batcave. Jokers carnival and the iceberg lounge also available to download then!" Ryan Gordon: As the story arc is different from the mainstream media version of Batman, do you find you can be more creative with the character? Paul Crocker: Creativity is a weird thing, because we can be...

  • Review: Epson PX720WD for designers and photographers

    Big, black and glossy. Stylish too, in a big, black, glossy, oblong way, with sci-fi illuminated controls. The Wi-Fi enabled Epson Stylus Photo PX720WD is aimed at the creative professional or photographer - it's not too great at churning out the office documents, but it has a superb scanner and superlative six-colour inkjet printer for better-than-lab printouts onto glossy paper. Somewhat oddly for a non-office printer it has a duplexer for double-sided print. Epson position this device as the all-in-one “to complement your home” – although it’s strengths are definitely for the creatives. While it may do double-sided prints, blacks...