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  • iOS game of the month — Beat Sneak Bandit

    As a new initiative for Gearburn I’ll be doing a review of the iOS game of the month going on the ratings of aggregator site Metacritic February has just wrapped up so it somehow makes sense to start there, and so with a whopping 93 out of a possible 100 our February iOS game of the month is the rhythm-based puzzle game Beat Sneak Bandit. Game developer Simogo’s latest offering is so cheesy it shouldn’t be accessible. With Beat Sneak’s polished, yet kitsch, presentation along with its ambitious concept to play to the beat, it could have easily tripped over its...

  • Micro review — Sandisk ultra backup 8GB

    Memory sticks litter my desk like spent cartridges. Size is unimportant; a quick fix to copy over Gossip Girl and 350Mbs is all I need. I clumsily rifle through these little black fingers of data and grab hold of the 8GB model from SanDisk. The SanDisk Ultra Backup will do, for now. What’s so special about it? Is it the retractable USB port? The “backup” button which doesn’t seem to do anything? Or is it the orange light which glows like the amber crystal last seen holding dinosaur DNA in Jurassic Park? It’s just another memory stick with nothing to...

  • Samsung GALAXY S II Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade [not] coming tomorrow

    Holy moly, it’s here people. Starting tomorrow, March 10th, the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade will become available for the Samsung GALAXY S II. According to Samsung’s FAQ, you’ll need to make sure you’re running KIES 2.0 as 1.5 won’t support upgrading to ICS, although an over-the-air update will also be rolled out. Samsung highlights the following standard ICS improvements: Face Unlock and Android Beam. New mobile network data usage function. Improved applications, usability and multi-tasking. Samsung warns, however, that ICS drops the High Speed (HS) capability of Bluetooth 3.0 as well as Flash support, so consider that before upgrading. Samsung also warns that...

  • Jailbreak iOS 5.1 now!

    Happy days for Jailbreakers. iOS hacker MuscleNerd has sent out a tweet confirming that iOS 5.1 has been jailbroken. For die-hard non-A5 JBers only, redsn0w now supports a tethered 5.1 jailbreak.See update #1 is.gd/4D1FSK — MuscleNerd (@MuscleNerd) March 8, 2012   A few issues though: it’s a tethered jailbreak (for now) and only works with non-A5 devices such as the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4. To the hack we go! So, qualifying A4 iDevices include: iPhone 4, the original iPad and iPod touch (both third and fourth gen). “Tell us Gearburn, what do we have to do?” I hear your pleas, and this our answer. Incidentally,...

  • Gearburn’s dream gaming list for the new iPad

    The new iPad launched last night, cleverly renamed as the "iPad" and it’s a potential gaming powerhouse. With a new Retina Display of 2048x1536, the iPad's display is better than 1080p (Full-HD). And the A5X dual-core CPU with a quad-core GPU is said to be more powerful than the Tegra 3 and on par with most modern consoles, but that’s yet to be proven. We could wax lyrical all day about the new hardware, but imagine the possibilities. A full console like experience in the palm of your hand. Should Razer’s project Fiona keep one eye open? Probably not, as...

  • Official new iPad introduction video is um…official [Video]

    Is the new iPad "more personal"? Are the graphics now "truly stunning"? Will the iSight camera deliver decent photos with its "state-of-the-art optics?" Let various talking heads from Apple's clutch decide for you as they explain away the new apps, the pin-sharp retina display, the dual-core power and how the new iPad features "the best display you've ever seen." Or, you can decide for yourself if the new iPad is next on your gadget purchase list. View the video and enjoy your daily dose of Apple marketing with the official new iPad introduction ad.

  • Cheat sheet: Apple’s new iPad & Apple TV event in a nutshell

    After much anticipation Apple has unveiled the new iPad. The announcement held at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco also saw CEO Tim Cook introducing a new version of Apple TV, the company's puck-sized digital media receiver. Cook touted the iPad as the "poster child of the post-PC world" arguing that the PC is no longer the center of our digital world. He went on to say that Apple has sold a total of 172-million post-PC devices -- iPod, iPhone and iPad -- in 2011 and 315-million to date. These devices made up 76% of Apple's...

  • New Apple TV unveiled at launch event

    Apple has just unveiled a brand new iteration of Apple TV at its launch event San Francisco. The Cupertino-based tech giant claims the device allows you stream movies from iCloud at a full 1080p. The user interface is a lot closer to that of iOS and people will also have a whole range of new third-part apps to play with. This supposedly includes access to Photostream alongside such stalwarts as Netflix, Flickr, and YouTube. At the event, Apple CEO Tim Cook said the product would ship next week and retail for around US$99. “People are going to love streaming movies and TV...

  • Galaxy Y Pro review: A galaxy far too disappointing

    Before you even begin reading this just understand that I am a big fan of Samsung and the Galaxy range. I think the Samsung/Google marriage is one of the best tech partnerships in a while. So understand that as you read this. Samsung has done a pretty good job with its Galaxy range so far. Recently the Galaxy SII won best smartphone at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. With accolades like that, we expect a certain standard for a phone in this range. Good, I am glad you agreed with me on that point. I think the Y Pro was...

  • iPad 3 launch event [Live Blog]

    Apple launch events send the media and Apple lovers into a wild-eyed frenzy. No other company seems to have the same type of rock-star effect the Cupertino-based tech giant's launches have. Rumours have been dogging Apple enthusiasts for months now. Will the new iPad have Retina Display and LTE? What is in store for iOS 5.1? What is the Fate of Apple TV? We've already reported extensively on the iPad 3 and what to expect regarding any new hardware, we now leave it up to Apple to reveal the gooey, tech goodness. At 8PM in South Africa (and 10AM at the...