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  • Reviewed: HTC One X — bright and beautiful

    Let me preface this review by saying that if the lovely people at HTC (or some benefactor with some extra cash lying around) would be kind enough to deliver a nice white HTC One X to the Gearburn office soon, I will reconsider my plan to run away with the review model. Alternatively, I am willing to name my first born child (or my next cat) ‘One’ or ‘X’, if this would suffice as payment. Okay, I am being (slightly) hyperbolic, but if you can spend a day with this phone without thinking it deserves some sort of shrine, please...

  • iPhone enabled robot dog: no mess, no vets

    Robotic dogs have been around for since the introduction of the Aibo in 1999. I can’t say it’s a booming industry, but robotics have come a long way since the demise of the first robotic canine in 2006. If you missed the opportunity to grab an Aibo, here’s your chance to have your very own robotic, furless dog, and I’m not talking about those bald Mexican dogs. The Omnibot I-SODOG mixes all the aspects of actual dog ownership with digital recreation in the Tamagotchi form. You will have to wait till Spring 2013, though, so start saving. The I-SODOG can...

  • Pimp out your Android the easy way

    The world is your oyster... or rather your Android is your canvas, with a ton of gorgeous apps that will leave your Android looking and functioning like an extension of you. Everyone likes to make their belongings their own and with the Android market producing a wide variety of apps to spice up your Android smart phone, you can literally customize everything, depending on what your heart desires. Your Android smart phone can reflect your style, taste and personality as well as feature some apps that will make your phone even better than before. In terms of improving the quality of...

  • Rumored: Microsoft knocking out Windows 8 tablet to smash Apple’s iPad

    And about time too. According to the mystical sources, Microsoft will make a tablet in-house to rival the might of Apple's iPad. It's a funny thing though, because the father of Windows never had any interest in creating its own tablet, so chipping away Apple's market-share is going to be a major uphill battle. Microsoft is expected to reveal its table at an event on Monday in Los Angeles. The company has leaked no information regarding any tablet announcement, saying only that "this will be a major Microsoft announcement -- you will not want to miss it." Okay, so there's no hardware or software details,...

  • Give iOS a facelift

    Are you getting tired of the same backgrounds, icons and emoticons? If you’re in the mood for change then there’s nothing like changing your wallpaper or some icons to suit your personal tastes. Here are some of our recommended apps to give your iOS device a new look and feel! Colour Emoji -- FREE This fun little app adds a whole lot of extra emoticons to your iPhone or iPad! Simply install the app, add it as a new keyboard and every time you’re typing you can spruce up your messages from a selection of hundreds of emoticons. Album Art -- Home...

  • 9 reasons why the new Retina display MacBook Pro sucks

    Apple's new MacBook Pro: a shining light in the murky world of high-end laptops or a US$2200 pile of unrepairable tosh? The Gear goes for the latter. The new MacBook Pro sucks because: The RAM cannot be upgraded, chiefly because it’s soldered onto the logic board. Sure, 16GB RAM is fine for now, but when 32GB becomes the standard, are we expected to chuck everything out and start again? The proprietary solid-state drive memory was supplied by Samsung. Not so much a problem, more of a slap in the face. Samsung is one of Apple's direct competitors who is more than willing to seed...

  • Reviewed: Freedom chair — pricey perfection

    At roughly US$950, the Freedom chair from HumanScale isn't for the the average office bum. No, the Freedom chair is a take-no-prisoners, ultra-comfy piece of office equipment miles apart from standard crappy seating. It's a goddamn evolution of the chair and it would be one of the smartest purchases you ever make. Goodbye manual adjustments The issue with chairs is that they are not made for the human body. Here's my personal experience with office chairs: Arrive in the morning, sit down. Adjust. Readjust. The day goes on and my ass begins to numb. My back pains from leaning over and staring...

  • iOS 6 artificial knob gleam screams ‘perfection’

    We've already detailed the ins and outs of iOS 6 but Apple's latest mobile OS digs deeper into artificial realism then even we could have realised. The metallic slider on the iOS 6 iPod app changes tone as the phone is viewed through different angles. Madness. It actually appears to reflect. Seventies style knobs for the win. That's pretty much the craziest, tiniest detail Apple has ever added to its software. It's also a lunatic idea that we are fully on board with. If this is but one of the incremental visual changes on iOS 6 then we're salivating...

  • Reviewed: Linux Ubuntu 12.04 — the pipe dream

    For years now Linux faithful have touted that year as the year of Linux. With every new version of Linux (called Distros) be it Mint, Ubuntu and others more people get hyped up over what the possibilities are for the platform. I’ll be looking into the latest Ubuntu 12.04 and giving my opinion on the matter. Ubuntu is a lot of things. Linux is a lot of things. For one thing that everyone can agree on -- including the ones that hate Linux -- is that it is probably the best server operating system available. The problem with it is...

  • Cross platform madness — iOS app running on BlackBerry Playbook

    If there's a case as for why you should hang on to your BlackBerry for just a little while longer, this is it. CrackBerry forum member businesscat2000 posted these videos as genuine, honest-to-god proof of iOS apps running on the BlackBerry Playbook. Check it out: Here's what the happy hacker had to say. The CPU isn't emulated on Playbook (though it is on Windows). It works very similarly to how WINE works to run Windows applications on Linux. The app binary is mapped into memory and imports are resolved to point to my own implementation of the various APIs needed. iOS...