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  • Hands on with the Motorola Xoom

    The XOOM was, of course, the first tablet to run Google's official tablet OS. If you buy it later this month, you'll get it with Honeycomb 3.0, but an immediate upgrade to 3.1 is available, which includes the software necessary to enable the XOOM’s SD card reader. The XOOM has an NVIDIA Tegra 2 1GHz dual-core processor, 1 GB of RAM and a 10.1-inch 1280x800 widescreen HD display. HDMI out allows you to hook the XOOM up to your HDTV and a 5MP rear-facing shooter captures 720p video, while the 2MP front-facing shooter enables video chats using Google Talk. The XOOM...

  • BlackBerry sends official Rugby World Cup app onto the field

    BlackBerry has released its Official Rugby World Cup 2011 App before the tournament starts on 9 September 2011 in New Zealand. The App will feature live match text commentary and score updates, half time and full time video highlights, tournament news, statistics and much more. This will give fans a chance to stay on top of all the Rugby World Cup 2011 action in real time. BlackBerry says its 'Official App' includes Blackberry-tabulous features such as a native calendar and messaging integration which provides automatic match reminders and the ability to forward reminders to friends so users can keep abreast...

  • LG, Philips and Sharp to build interoperable TV apps

    LG Electronics has tied up with Dutch giant Philips and Japan's Sharp to co-operate on the production of interoperable applications for internet-powered televisions. The glaring omission in this consortium are the two TV leaders, Sony and Samsung. The three TV vendors will jointly create software development kits, which will be distributed to third-party developers to write TV applications, said LG. It is the first such collaboration in the smart TV sector, LG said, adding the three would complete software development kits by the end of this year. They will use different operating systems for their smart TVs, but the applications will become...

  • Nielsen confirms it: Android now most popular smartphone

    Forty percent of all US smartphone customers now carry an Android device. According to data from a July 2011 poll, Android has the market share, with Apple coming in second at 28 percent, Blackberry with 19 percent and Windows Mobile 7 with seven percent. The poll continues by saying that of everyone polled, a third are considering an iPhone. The other third are considering an Android device. Android again leads when it comes to the question, "what is your next desired operating system?" The report is in line with the current market share statistics which give Google a 41.8 percent share,...

  • App of the week: Air Display

    This week I take a look at Air Display, an app that allows you to turn your iPhone, iPad or Macbook into a wireless, additional monitor. When I was younger, I used to love watching documentaries and movies involving high-tech computers and robots. I used to marvel at the innovations and brief glimpses into the future, wondering if I'd ever live to see, let alone use, some of the gadgetry that was being used in these movies. Of course, if I look at where we are now, we're all pretty much using these things on a daily basis and taking...

  • Razer Blade brags top laptop gaming chops

    "PC gaming is not dead." So intones the Razer Blade, a gaming laptop due to hit the streets at the end of the year. The manufacturer pitches it as "the world's first true gaming laptop." Other gaming laptop makers may disagree, and at US$2800 it costs ten times as much as an Xbox or Playstation 3. Or five times the price of a capable gaming PC. What's the fuss? The Razer Blade is 3.1kgs of blisteringly-fast gaming power combined with a full-sized "gamer's" keyboard and an OLED touchpad to do gaming stuff with. The Razer weighs less than competing...

  • Video Review: Canon SX30 IS

    The most insanely long lens that would amaze pros sitting snapping Wimbledon, but in a convenient and luggable bridge-camera form factor. Crazy long lenses (800mm equiv here!) have become a bit of an arms race to nowhere, but Canon still pulls out some amazing engineering to produce a very versatile daddy camera, good for action photies of the kids in the play park or the kill in the safari park. Just don't expect flawless image quality. Gearburn takes the Canon SX30IS for a spin.

  • Samsung simplifies mobe monikers

    Samsung will be renaming its Galaxy range of smartphones which had become more than a little confusing. From now on, the Galaxy phones will fall into one of four classes: "S" for Super Smart -- these devices represents the very best mobile phone Samsung currently offers, such as the Galaxy S II. "R" for Royal or Refined -- these devices represent a combination of speed and power, combined with the added productivity of useful applications. "M" for Magical -- wallet-friendly phones with high-end features. "Y" for Young -- phones aimed at the emerging market or at younger buyers, and will be...

  • Nokia developer forum database hacked

    Nokia said Monday a database for a developer forum it operates had been hacked and some member information accessed. Information hacked from the developer.nokia.com forum included email addresses and some usernames, birth dates and URL addresses. "However, they do not contain sensitive information such as passwords or credit card details and so we do not believe the security of forum members' accounts is at risk," Nokia spokesman Doug Dawson told AFP. The hacking of the forum was made possible through "security flaws" on the website, Dawson said. The attackers have been reported to have used a SQL injection attack. Nokia said...

  • Rumour mill: Amazon Android tablet soon

    It's a lot of "sources familiar with the matter" reporting, but both Wall Street Journal and New York Post are predicting that Amazon will step up from the hugley successful Kindle and release a full scale tablet within the next month or two, based on Android. This has got the analysts very excited, as until now threats to Apple's iPad hegemony have been feeble. Forrester Research analyst Sarah Rotman Epps, in a blog post accompanying a report released Monday, said Amazon taking on Apple is a "bit like David taking on Goliath." But Rotman Epps said Amazon's "willingness to...