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  • App review — iTomato

    So it's the New Year, a time to wipe the slate clean and start afresh, to look forward in a positive manner to where we'll be this time next year (if the Mayans turn out to be wrong), but most importantly, a time to kick bad habits and work on developing new, healthier ones. Which is exactly what I am focusing on this year. Starting with bad habit number one: procrastination. After doing a little research and chatting to a couple friends, I thought I'd tackle the problem with a little time management strategy. Which is why this week...

  • Jailbroken today — the iPhone 4S and iPad 2 running iOS 5.0.1

    The iPhone 4S has been jailbroken. The video below is proof of concept, clearly showing an iPhone 4S booting untethered into a jailbroken state. The user, a friend of famed iPhone hacker Pod2g loads Cydia and plays around in the app which is designed to work on jailbroken phones only. The phone also displays a clear network signal as a sign that its carrier is still operational. This means two things. One, not only is the iPhone 4S capable of being jailbroken, but the iPad 2 as well. Both share the A5 CPU which threw up a brick wall in...

  • Rydeen is backing Android to win the in-car infotainment battle

    Almost a year ago, we asked “Will Android dominate the new in-car infotainment battleground?”. Walking around the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) last year, it was clear that cars would be the new battleground for operating systems. Microsoft’s Windows Embedded Automotive was the choice of Ford, Kia, Fiat and Nissan, while General Motors were onboard with Research In Motion’s QNX. We saw our first glimpse of Android in cars with the Roewe 350’s Continental AutoLinq system, and a year later it seems Android is gaining momentum. At CES 2012 a company called Rydeen showed off a close to be...

  • 2012: The year of the everyman tablet

    While tablets have dominated tech news ever since the launch of the first iPad, it seems likely that the frenzy will begin to die down in 2012. Crucial questions such as “What is it for?”, “Will they find a market?” and “Do I need one?” have slowly faded away. Now, you either want one or you don’t. Apart from the media firestorm which will greet the release of the next generation iPad sometime in 2012, most tablets will simply arrive on the scene and live or die depending on how well they perform. Consolidation is under way. Increasingly, companies, NGO’s and...

  • Mimbo, the iPhone robot emulates facial movements

    The human world is unprepared for emotive robots. Japanese robots with human-like faces which smile, cry and shout only create a larger gap in the uncanny valley. Enter Mimbo, a cardboard creation which more gently resembles human expression thanks to an emotive iPhone as its visage. Mimbo is a simple cardboard design wrapped around an iPhone. Anyone can cut it out, prop an iPhone inside and turn it on. Eyes, eyelids and a mouth are cartoon-like in nature, but easy enough to produce recognisable emotions. Mimbo’s mouth is akin to a DJ’s fader and it smiles or frowns with a...

  • Getting to grips with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus

    The Samsung Galaxy Nexus was pretty big news when it launched. It holds the honour, after all, of being the first phone to come preloaded with Android 4.0, better known as Ice Cream Sandwich. At CES International 2012 we managed to get our hand on it for the first time. First things first, it’s big. With a 4.5" screen, it’s a little bit smaller than Samsung’s hybrid phone tablet offering, the Note, but it’s still not what you’d call discreet. This small size difference will, of course, mean that comparisons with the Note are inevitable. Thing is, nearly everyone in the...

  • Hands on with Wikipad: ‘World’s first 2D & 3D tablet without glasses’

    There are plenty of tablets on offer at CES International 2012. Some of them are from big players such as Samsung, while others are from small outfits, looking to find a place in an already crowded market. The Wikipad, however, is the only one I've seen so far that is taking on 3D and serious gaming right off the bat. A representative of the company showed me the prototype of the of the 3D tablet which, apart from being a little thicker because of the 3D overlay, functions like any other Android device of the breed. Then again, that’s pretty...

  • What Hi-Fi announces Stars of CES 2012

    What Hi-Fi Sound and Vision announced its top 10 products of CES International 2012 in Las Vegas. Those of you not in the know might be thinking "big woop, so what?" Anyone who knows about the magazine, however, knows its opinion matters. The gadget reviews in the 35-year-old magazine are read by people in 50 countries around the world, its website receives well over 9-million unique visitors a month. It’s also the only non North American media partner at CES. Although in its first iteration, to be one of What Hi-Fi’s stars of CES definitely carries clout for any...

  • 5 Solar gadgets at CES

    Not so long ago, your choice when it came to solar-powered gadgets was pretty much limited to calculators and seriously expensive wrist watches. Here at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, however, there’s a plethora of solar gadgets on offer. Here are a few that Gearburn came across. Solar lighted cover for Kindle The Kindle’s e-ink technology is great for your eyes, but it’s not so hot if you want to read at night without turning on a light (to avoid disturbing the person sharing a room with you, for instance). This product, from a company called SolarFocus, claims to...

  • Waterproof your mobile life with Liquipel

    Quickly, what is the number one bane of mobile phone owners? The answer: water. Dropping a phone in coffee, the pool or the kitchen sink creates a shiny brick, and one sad owner. Now, Liquipel has announced at CES that it has created a clear coating which protects mobile phones from most forms of water damage. Nanotech and nothing else It's not a case, it's a clear coat of pure nanotech, bled into each and every part of the phone. Regardless of what model the phone is, the coating will not “fatten” the profile of the device. Danny McPhail, co-president of...