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  • Infamous 2: Do good guys come first?

    Review: The first inFamous for PS3 was a great showcase for the power of the PS3 that showed off the machines capabilities brilliantly. Beyond that, it was also a good game in its own right, with tight gameplay and a reasonably good story. The inevitable follow-up could easily have been a cut and paste job and still be considered a good game. Thankfully the development house, Sucker Punch, doesn’t roll that way. When they make a sequel they make sure it’s better, as can be seen with their wholly under-appreciated Sly Cooper series. Taking all the originals goodness and...

  • New cellphone-cancer link study says “nej”

    After the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) announced that it was officially rating cellphones as a possible carcinogen category 2B (along with certain types of pickles, coffee and carpentry) the mediasphere lit up, with a mixture of luddites saying “See! Ban them!”, and a mixture of gadgetophiles saying, “They’re just hedging their bets, it proves nothing”. Now a study in the American Journal of Epidemiology has examined incidence of tumours of the brain in 2.9 million adult Danes that have been using mobiles for 11 to 15 years. The study found no evidence that shows...

  • Apple releases patch for PDF vuln

    Apple has released a software update to patch a vulnerability that hackers could use to break into the company's popular iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch devices (reported on Gearnburn here). The flaw made it possible for hackers to infiltrate Apple mobile devices by duping users into opening PDF document files booby-trapped with malicious computer code. Although no attacks have been observed, it was feared that hackers would exploit the weakness. The update to iOS software running Apple mobile gadgets fortified defenses. The update was available free at Apple's online iTunes shop - users should connect, and check for updates. -AFP

  • Olympus XZ-1 goes big glass for low light snapping

    Review: It’s been a long time since Olympus gave us a ‘proper’ compact – that hard to define small, compact point & shoot that’s designed for the serious picture taker that wants something that’s small enough to always be on them. The re-introduced PEN interchangeable lens quasi-viewfinder cameras showed Olympus' revival of interest in this market, and the ten megapixel XZ-1 takes us the rest of the way. The US$500 XZ-1 looks serious. Little adornment, and a clever selection of materials and textures means it looks like a sturdy metal bombproof camera of yore (i.e. about 1980), although most of...

  • China whiz builds homebrew D-I-Y-pad

    An enterprising Chinese man has come up with a solution for gadget-crazy people who desperately want Apple's popular iPad tablet computer but cannot afford it - DIY. In a 20-minute video posted on Chinese video site Youku (original here, YouTube copy here), Liu Xinying demonstrates how to assemble an iPad lookalike using computer parts, a touch screen and a case with a keypad, to the sound of Linkin Park. While you can fault his taste in video soundtrack, you can't fault his Do-It-Yourself skills. At the end of the video dubbed "DIY IPAD 3", the IT whizz shows off...

  • Sony drops $20-mil into games for PlayStation Network

    Sony Computer Entertainment America has revealed a plan to invest $20 million in unique games tailored exclusively for PlayStation Network (PSN). The money will be distributed during the coming three years to Sony affiliated studios as well as to independent game makers chosen for backing by a "Pub Fund" the Japanese entertainment colossus established in 2009. The move is part of a strategy by Sony to win more fans to its online PSN for PlayStation 3 videogame console users by providing enticing games unavailable at rivals such as Xbox Live. This investment comes as analysts try estimate the cost to...

  • App of the week: Pocket Hipster

    This week I take a break from the seriousness and formalities of personal finance apps, business expense recorders and news feed readers to take a look at a music discovery and recommendation app that I have stumbled upon recently. An app that amuses, entertains and pokes fun at pretty much the entire youth demographic of today, in a tongue-in-cheek kind of way. Pocket Hipster is simply what it says, an annoying, totally non-conformist, unique, creative ‘individual’ on your phone that thinks he (or she) is better and cooler than you because he listens to music that you haven’t even heard...

  • Ubisoft buys into free online gaming

    Ubisoft, the French developer of several smash-hit games including Ghost Recon and Rabbid, is making a play for the online gaming world by buying Owlient, a startup that has built a business creating free-to-play Internet games. The long game for Ubisoft is to crack open the potentially massively lucrative (or massively convertible to paid-for console gaming) world of tablet, social media and mobile phone gaming. Some of this strategy was already on the wind when it announced a free, online version of its successful "Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon" military game last month, along with other titles such as "CSI...

  • HTC tells Apple to get lost on patents

    Taiwan's leading smartphone maker HTC has dismissed fresh patent infringement claims by US giant Apple as the legal battle between the rivals escalated. Apple Monday filed a complaint against HTC with the US International Trade Commission (ITC) -- which is already reviewing three other disputes between the two -- over five cases linked to technology used in the iPad and iPhone. It has also lodged a suit in a US District Court in Delaware. "HTC is disappointed at Apple's constant attempts at litigations instead of competing fairly in the market," said HTC general counsel Grace Lei in a statement. "HTC strongly denies all...

  • F.E.A.R. 3 – F*%$ing Run! Ruuuuuun! Aaaaagh!

    FEAR 3 REVIEW (PC) - Good horror takes you on an exploration of your own fears and doubts. It takes you by the heart and drags you down to the dark places of your soul, forcing you to face your inner demons or end up broken and scarred for life. FEAR 3 took me to a dark place - a place where well-armed and well-organised soldiers, tough as they are, were merely of passing interest. This dark place wasn't inhabited by people, soldiers or otherwise, but with creeping, crawling, face-sucking demons that appear and disappear in puffs of ominous smoke....