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  • Ready to root? Here are 3 awesome Android ROMs

    If you've ever rooted a Nexus, then the following steps should ring true: adb reboot bootloader fastboot flash recovery touchrecovery.img fasboot reboot-bootloader select recovery install zip from sdcard choose SU.zip reboot The Android landscape is not only fragmented when it comes to the OS version being used, but there are also two distinct categories of Android users. On the one hand, there is the “normal” user. This is someone who got his or her Android handset, connected their Google account, downloaded some apps and began using their phone, as, well, a phone and connectivity tool. This is perfectly fine, because Android offers users a choice of some...

  • Chromebook’s back — welcome the Series 5

    Like the headline says, Chromebook is back in action. Mighty Google, together with Samsung, has unleashed the Series 5 Chromebook on the world. There's a wrinkle though. There's not just a Chromebook, but a Chromebox as well. Google is saying that these cute little numbers are a fully three times faster than last year's über-expensive efforts. Maybe it's the built-in graphics accelerator and the new "more responsive" touchpad. The Chromebabies certainly aren't going to blow us away with CPU speed. The internet hungry-devices will run Intel's Celeron CPUs, with a 16GB SSD and 4GB RAM. But then again,...

  • Nest thermostat available in Apple stores now

    Oh boy, you know you've been waiting for this one. The Nest smart thermostat is now available for purchase in Apple stores. The Cupertino-based tech giant will be flogging the 'learning' thermostat for US$249.95, the same price at which it's available on the Nest website. For those of you who live in countries without central heating, they're the things that control the temperature in your house. Thing is, Nest's product isn't just any thermostat, it's a smart one. Actually, it is pretty intelligent. Having your house at just the right temperature for you is great, but when you're...

  • Apple takes charge with 3D maps for iOS 6

    Google Maps for iOS has long been the staple of iDevice users, but Apple's had enough. With iOS 6, Apple's going to change the game and include its own 3D mapping system, leaving Google Maps to wallow in the dust. Thanks to these sources, we now know that Apple's iOS 6 3D mapping app will rock a new interface, with a silver navigation bar. Fancy. Does this mean that iOS 6 will have a refined, silver interface over the pale blue look of iOS 5? Who knows. Well, Apple does. Apple's new software from C3 Technologies will power the 3D mode,...

  • BlackBerry Playbook gets OS 2.1 update ‘end of May’

    BlackBerry PlayBook fans, we know you're out there (the Gear is one of them) and RIM is still loving you. PlayBook OS 2.1 is coming "end of May" according to a tweet from Michael Clewly, PlayBook product manager: Lots of questions about the #PlayBook 2.1 beta, they will be answered in the blog post when it's available so stay tuned!— Michael Clewley (@MichaelClewley) May 29, 2012 So in two precious days, the PlayBook's going to get even better. Clewly promises that he'll add a blog soon detailing changes to the OS. We're guessing that it's going to be even harder to...

  • Dell’s XPS 27 — an iMac clone minus Apple’s shine

    When we think of Dell, thoughts instantly cross over to "plain, boring, vanilla, office PCs" and so on. "Let's make iMac's instead of Dells" thought the Dell development team (probably). And lo, the Dell XPS 27 was born. For US$1400, go and get one. It's certainly a hell of a lot cheaper than the US$1700, 27-inch iMac with close to the same specs. Let's dig in a little deeper. The XPS 27 is a 27-inch (naturally), full "Quad-HD" or 2560x1440 display, core i5/i7, with 4GB to 16GB of memory and 1 or 2TB hard drive. There's also Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0,...

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus — inches of irritation [Review]

    The Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus is the kind of device that you try to like. Dual Core Processor, a Gig of RAM and a very convenient size for reading books, watching video and surfing the web. It just about fits in your coat pocket too. Unfortunately, it falls way, way short on expectations. The setup requires a computer scientist with Linux skills and just using it requires training, tutorials, handholding and the kind of time that busy dads and business folk like me simply don't have on hand. In short, do not buy this for any of your family members unless...

  • On sale now in 28 countries, Samsung’s Galaxy S III

    The 4.8-inch, Ice Cream Sandwich-running smartphone from Samsung is now on sale in 28 countries. Come July, the S III bumps up its release and explodes onto the scene with another 145 countries planned for this mighty smartphone. Samsung ain't messing around. This is a phone that is expected to sell well over 20-million units. This is the "iPhone" Samsung's been waiting to release. Which countries you ask (we're taking it that you're interested)? Most are in Europe (such as Italy and Germany) and the Middle East. Stats from mobile operator Vodafone show that the S III was the...

  • Love Fruit Ninja? Here’s 10 things you oughta know

    The Gear loves Fruit Ninja. It's literally one of the best games on iOS and Android. Simple, fuss-free and bound to capture a casual gamers attention for a good few hours, Fruit Ninja is a worthy contender for mobile game of the decade (screw Angry Birds). If you have all the achievement points, all the blades and all the backgrounds, there are still 10 things you can learn about Fruit Ninja it seems. The video below explains all.

  • Sharp’s Pantone 5 is a multicoloured, ICS, radiation detecting smartphone

    Colour us impressed. Android 4.0 phones are spewing out into the streets with nary a care. Sharp's Pantone 5 is not a carefree ICS smartphone though. This one comes with the potentially live-saving ability to detect radiation. Radiation levels between .005 and 9.99 μSv/h can be detected, of which 2.0 is the total amount we should exposed to all year long. A level of 9.99 μSv/h equates to the amount of radiation an passenger on a flight draws in. Anything over 5000, and it's lights out. But the Pantone 5 is about looks, not about scaring the bejesus out of...