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  • Android 5.0,’Jelly Bean’ may land on dual-boot devices Q2 2012

    Are you part of the one percent of users Loving Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS)? Get ready to pick your jaw off the floor as Android 5.0, dubbed "Jelly Bean" may launch in the second quarter of 2012. According to sources (the supply chain maker itself), Android 5.0 will be “further optimised for PC’s while Google will also integrate its Chrome system functions to push dual-operating system designs. Brand vendors can either choose to adopt only Android 5.0 or add Android 5.0 to Windows 8 devices with the ability to switch between the two OSes without the need to...

  • Olympus Tough TG-810 — Can a camera make you rugged?

    I walked into the editorial office a few days ago, just after a fresh gadget delivery. "Here," said one of my colleagues, "We've got something for you to review". His gym-calloused hands tossed it my way, just missing the bearded man mountain of a writer who sits between us. It was a camera. With the word "tough" in its name. Now let’s just get one thing clear, I cry at the end of Gladiator, and Lord of the Rings: Return of the King. Every time. I use moisturiser. Oil free. With built in sunscreen. I’ve even been known to write...

  • Motorola hits back with an Intel-core, Android 4.0 smartphone

    Motorola is hitting back hard with not only its first Ice Cream Sandwich handset, but with a smartphone running an Intel core. The phone pictured above is an unnamed Android 4.0 device powered by Intel’s new Medfield platform. What we can gather from the image above, is that the new Motorola phone will be button-free , as well as sport a newer version of the MotoBlur UI. And according to sources, the camera will be one of the hardware highlights of the device, offering 15-frame per second burst capture. Medfield though, will be the selling point. It’s all about SoC Medfield is...

  • New BlackBerry 10 OS looks to be iOS, Android and Windows Phone mashup

    Going by new images that recently emerged of the BlackBerry 10 OS, RIM seems to be drawing design inspiration from all three major competing operating systems. The images come via a 14 page leaked document from one of RIM’s external ad agency partners and outlines some upcoming BlackBerry 10 features and advertising campaign ideas. The images show what appears to be BlackBerry 10 running on the Torch 9860 and 9810. Despite being showcased on two OS 7 devices, the BlackBerry 10 OS is widely rumoured to be accompanied by new hardware, so don't get your hopes up about an upgrade path from OS 7...

  • Review: Nokia Lumia 800 – Achingly beautiful

    Writing this review was emotional. I became deeply pensive, and at one stage called my mom to tell her that I love her and that I’ve found the perfect phone for her. It’s what the Nokia Lumia 800 does. It evokes emotive responses. It makes you, for the lack of a better word, gaga. I work with a panoply of personality types, and the Lumia 800 drew superlative praise from everyone. No hyperbole here, just plain, honest truth. Expletives were thrown around, crooning was done, and shrieks of delight were commonplace. I tried to figure out why people were having these...

  • Geek Love — there’s an app for that

    Geek love. If the lads from The Big Bang Theory can do it, anyone can. The theory is resoundingly sound: go online, find a partner, woo them with your collective knowledge of MacGyver, hook up and enjoy life. Easier said than done. At the very least, we can provide you with a collection of smartphone apps which may unlock the possibility of romance and lead to a more streamlined Valentine’s Day. Looking for love Remember when online dating had a stigma attached to it? Us neither. So download apps such as Match.com and discover millions just like you searching for that...

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) officially announced

    Boom! A short while ago Samsung officially updated its Galaxy Tab range with the new 7-inch Galaxy Tab 2 powered by Ice Cream Sandwich. What’s new? Not much, apart from double the RAM -- now at 1GB -- the big story here is ICS. Like the original it has a 1GHz dual-core processor, 1024 x 600 PLS TFT LCD display, 3MP rear-facing and VGA front-facing shooters, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS/A-GPS, microSD card slot and 4 000mAh battery. It comes in both Wi-Fi and 3G (HSPA+) flavours and you also get a new 8GB version in addition to the standard 16GB...

  • App of the Week — Reader X

    This week I take a look at Reader X, a brand new, cleverly designed and simple to use Google Reader client for the iPad. As I've probably mentioned in one of my previous articles, I'm a big fan of Google Reader. I love the simplicity, the ease of use and just the whole idea behind it, although the design does lack a little here and there. Regardless, I love getting into the office early and opening it up for a few quick reads before I start my day. It helps to keep me up to date with happenings and developments...

  • Enter the Spark — a $265 tablet rocking a Linux OS

    In this day and age, US$265 can get you a seriously tasty gadget. A brand new Kindle Fire? Done. A cut-price laptop? Grab one for under US$300. How about a 7-inch, 1Ghz tablet rocking Linux? Yours, in the form of the Spark Tablet. Budget tablets are being vomited out of the stables at a rate of knots, so what makes the Spark tablet so damn special? Peeking under the hood World, listen up. The Spark is the first tablet to be marketed as an open device, with open software and an unlocked bootloader. This means that anyone can jump in, develop...

  • Win the Bloggie 3D with Gearburn and Sony

    Stand a chance to win with Gearburn and Sony. We are giving away the Bloggie 3D to one lucky Gearburn reader. Shooting in 2D is so old-school. Filming in 3D is where it's at and the Bloggie 3D from Sony is the hottest new video camcorder to capture this magic. The Bloggie captures 3D video, as well as still images, allowing the user to view the image on a 2.4-inch lenticular screen (no glasses are required for the previews), record at full 1080p, upload videos and images directly to social media sites and store up to four hours...