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  • Vodafone Smart Tab [Video]

    Gearburn TV tests yet another Android tablet, the Vodafone Smart Tab. Does this 10-incher have the chops to take on the iPads and PlayBooks of the world? Can the Smart Tab put on it's big boy pants and dominate the competition? Stuart Thomas gives the Vodafone Smart Tab the once over.

  • Samsung NX200 — rolling with the big boys [Review]

    In an ever-evolving digital age where everything seems to get smaller, it just makes sense that manufacturers of cameras would be right there in the thick of it. Thing is, they have to miniaturise the equipment at the same time as trying to maintain the quality of modern DSLR cameras.  Over the past few years this led to the development of a whole new breed of cameras, called compact system cameras, or CSC’s as they are referred to in photographic circles. These cameras have the benefit of interchangeable lenses, which gives much more flexibility and better quality than the point-and-shoot...

  • Doctor Who’s sonic screwdriver replicated… sort of

    If you're a fan of popular British science fiction show, Doctor Who, you know no act is too 'out there'. Fans of Doctor Who will do anything and believe in anything. So it's not surprising that Scottish scientists have replicated the Doctor's signature sonic screwdriver, reports Gizmodo. A sonic screwdriver you ask? Part Tricorder and part lock-picker, the Doctor's screwdriver is an all-in-one device that can do anything. Doctor Who is a television show that follows the adventures of a Time Lord, a time-travelling, humanoid alien, known only as the Doctor, who explores the universe in a sentient, telepathic time machine...

  • iPhone 4S vs Samsung Galaxy Note: Six months on

    *With additional reporting by Stuart Thomas Six months on, the flagship smartphones of Apple and Samsung, the iPhone 4S and Galaxy Note continue to amaze us. Both phones are powerful, crammed with features and built to endure the stress of modern, graphic-heavy apps. Which is the clear winner, which phone would we rather have after six months of intense testing? Steven Norris covers the iPhone, and Stuart Thomas has the Note. Gearburn weighs in. 4S: Immaculate. Apple hasn’t changed a damn thing since the iPhone 4. Much like how Sony’s PlayStation controller has remained in stasis since the nineties, Apple knows that it’s...

  • Halo 4 tea-bags its way into your living room 6 November

    It’s Halo 4, and it’s coming 6 November 2012. Microsoft is calling this “the year’s most anticipated video game release” and for once, it’s hard to argue with the Big M’s marketing speak. Onto the game. First off, spoiler alert. For the 15 people (mostly likely PS3 fans) who don’t know the ending to Halo 3, Master Chief defeated the Flood and placed himself in a cryogenic state as his ship floated endlessly into the void. There are no details regarding the plot or gaming gimmicks surrounding Halo 4. Phil Spencer, VP of Microsoft Studious says “We are beginning a new saga...

  • Are these images of the Galaxy S III?

    Are these the first pictures of a Samsung Galaxy S III take in the wild? According to Gizmodo.com (who were the first to get its hands on the iPhone 4), it is. The Brazilian branch of Gizmodo took these sneaks snaps of the purported Galaxy S III. The quality is dire, owing to the fact that the images were taken with an iPad. The website even nabbed the serial number, “Samsung GT-I9300” which points to a phone other than the S III, according to this site. So what we have here is a phone that may or may not be the...

  • Huawei Ascend P1 launches May in Australia, Taiwan, Hong Kong

    The Huawei Ascend P1 launches this May according to a press-release from China’s largest mobile phone maker. It’s a super-styling phone to boot. The Ascend P1 has a dual-core 1.5Ghz CPU, a 4.3-inch screen, an 8-megapixel camera and surprisingly, very decent sound with the Dolby Mobile 3.0 speaker system. The PR calls it a “home theatre experience in the palm of your hands”. We’d like to call it a breath of fresh air. The Ascend P1 plans to launch first in Australia, Taiwan and Hong Kong. Latin America and Europe follow suite with a launch in June. Let’s pick the press release...

  • 4 Essential business apps for iOS

    I find that these days I am using my Macbook less and less when I am out of the office as it really is a mission to switch on and work like i used to. The mass introduction of smart phones and tablets in business has streamlined and standardized certain methods of how we do business with each other and increased my productivity for the most part. I have selected four essential business apps that I use on a daily basis, and that I can't imagine going without. TripIt - Free Last year, I spent an unhealthy amount of time traveling...

  • SnapNPlay for Android reads sheet music and plays it back to you

    One of my earliest memories is sitting in front of a piano. Although I had a wonderfully patient teacher I just never made a deep connection with the piano. I love music though and have collected various instruments over the years including an electronic keyboard. Every now and again I’ve attempted to brush up on my sheet music, but like a language not spoken often, my grasp of musical notation waxes and wanes. With SnapNPlay for Android, you to take a picture of a piece of sheet music and the app plays it back to you. Even in its early...

  • For US$650 this iPhone 4S case can stop a bullet

    We've got two iPhones at camp Gearburn and both are scratched to hell and back. If only we had the US$650 bulletproof iPhone 4S case, it'd lap up our tears with steel and aluminum joy. From Japanese developers Marudai comes a case capable of stopping a .50 caliber bullet. But it's damn heavy and weighs a pocket-bursting 2.1Kg. The site even recommends that "Because of the weight, please call with both hands". The lens is made of acrylic and the case is a composite of machine anodized aluminum and plate armour. This is a beast of a case which "small children...