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  • Samsung Galaxy S III revealed, launches 10 May #Aprilfools

    Thanks for taking part in our April Fools joke. You're all beautiful people and when the Galaxy S III really launches, Gearburn.com will be there to cover it in its glory. The following story is a fabricated work of whimsy. God, finally. Thanks be to the mighty ones at Samsung for making this real. Come 10 May, the Samsung Galaxy S III is prepped for launch. Samsung has even gone the whole hog and confirmed a ton of technical details. Prepare to salivate for a month or so until the inventible launch occurs. The true dream machine These are specs that none...

  • Xperia Play snags Android 4.0 Beta

    Android 4.0 continues to roll out in drips and drabs to eager smartphone owners, with the Xperia Play becoming the latest phone to receive the coveted Ice Cream Sandwich OS. The beta of Android 4.0 needs the user to jump through a few hoops to get setup. Only "advanced developers" should install ICS according to Sony, and unlocked phones are the only devices which will work. Google apps like Maps and Gmail wont work for the time being. Finally, and most irritatingly, Wi-Fi will be disabled. A metric ton of Xperia Play users are still going to perform the update though, damn the...

  • HTCSense.com renovates, shuts down all services

    Kill it with fire says HTCSense.com. From today, until the end of time (or possibly earlier), HTCSense.com is "undergoing renovations to improve the services and value we deliver to customers like you." Yes, YOU! Users who could previously backup and sync call history, messages, contacts and Footprints can no longer do so. If you want to grab your data, get it before 30 April 2012. Users can snatch up their data by following these steps easy steps: Mosey on over to http://htcsense.com Enter your HTCSense.com details into the log-in section Download your file from the Account Overview section Done and dusted. HTCSense promises that YOU,...

  • App of the Week — PressReader

    This week, we look at PressReader, a dandy little offline newspaper reader available not only for iPhone, but practically every platform under the sun. For my purposes, I tested it first on the iPhone, then the iPad. Despite the blisteringly clear screen of the iPhone 4S, magazine content seems trapped on the tiny screen. On the iPad however, the app opens up the user to a world of offline and online content. Let's get into into. The every-man eReader The issue of reading magazines on any digital format is that the scanned in pages rarely take advantage of the medium they reside...

  • Kenyan Ultrabooks splash-down care of Intel

    Kenya will be the lucky recipient of reasonably priced Intel Ultrabooks, made especially for the emerging market. Earlier this week, Intel launched six Ultrabooks for the eager Kenyan market, ranging from Kshs 60 000 (US$725) to 90 000 (US$1087). Danie Steyn, Intel East African General Manager says the new laptops are “an evolution”: “Ultrabook devices represent the next step in the evolution of the PC. There is a hunger for a device that can act like a tablet, but that allows for a full computing experience -- this is exactly what Ultrabook devices deliver.” Steyn hopes that the Ultrabooks will deliver an alternative to...

  • Surprise! Nokia TV enters the fray

    Nokia TV was bound to happen and according to this leak, TV services are due for release on the company's range of Lumia phones. With Nokia TV, users can view local video broadcasts and the first country to receive this blessed gift will be the home of Nokia itself, Finland. Channels included in the launch will be Nelopen, MTV3 and YLE, the oldest television channel in Finland. The report says that the TV channels will only be available on a Wi-Fi connection, which makes sense given the heavy speech and video requirements intrinsically linked with TV streaming. Let’s get to the...

  • Review — Verbatim Bluetooth Audio Cube

    Verbatim’s Bluetooth Audio Cube is utter tosh. It’s too bulky, the buttons are too fiddly and it needs 4 AA batteries to run if you want a cord free music experience. But, it sounds decent. Stuff the positives. Let’s tear it apart I say. Boxy sound For roughly US$35, the Audio Cube pumps out 2 Watts of pure portable power. Whether corded, connected to your laptop or mobile phone via the A2DP Bluetooth standards, the Audio Cube smoothly rubs out audio, pumps bass and generally behaves rather well, that is until you max the sound out. Trouble rears its head on maximum...

  • Ubi-Camera: Turn your hands into the viewfinder

    The Ubi-Camera is new, but it seems familiar the moment you see it. The ad hoc viewfinder is a throwback to the classic pose you’ve seen film directors strike to frame shots and it also bears semblance to the work done by Pranav Mistry on the Sixth Sense project. The prototype device by researchers at Japan's Institute of Advanced Media Arts and Sciences is an experiment in designing a miniature camera without skimping on the viewfinder. There’s no LCD, instead, you slip the tiny camera onto your index finger, frame a shot with your L-framed hands and adjust the focus...

  • Indie darling Fez drops onto XBLA 13 April

    We've harped on about Fez before on Gearburn. Simply put, it's one of the most exciting independent games ever made. On 13 April, Fez will launch on Xbox Live (XBLA) for the price of 800 Microsoft Points, or US$10. No other platforms have been considered, for now. Fez is all about the Zen-like trip through three-dimensions. The adorable pixel art plays to the strengths of Fez, letting the player rotate the 2D world on a 3D axis to solve intricate puzzles. For well over five years, Fez has been locked inside development hell. Announced in April 2007, it is...

  • Review — Parrot Minikit+

    The Parrot Minikit+ is the Bluetooth, hands-free kit you've always wanted, but never knew you needed. Confused? So am I. Talking on your mobile while driving is illegal in some countries, so it makes a modicum of sense to employ a hands-free kit. Some use the voice-free option on their phones, shouting loudly into a tiny speaker as they drive. Other less fashionable drivers use the headphones which come standard with their mobile. But I roll with a different, tech-infused crowd and prefer to embrace the future, yo. Parrot style The look and feel of the Minikit+ is stellar. The device is...