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  • New FFT math could equal 10X faster LOLcat downloads

    I feel like we take compression for granted. It’s like the bass player in a band. While the lead guitarist or singer gets decorated with undergarments from the ladies, the unsung bassist grooves in the background, playing the vital role of filling out the low end of the frequency spectrum and blowing your hair back. Compression technologies and the network infrastructure upon which they function are key to delivering our LOLcats, Nyan Cats, Honeybadgers and Rebecca Blacks, but with all the attention given to terrestrial broadband and 4G, it’s easy for new advances in compression techniques to slip under...

  • Absinthe is here — jailbreak iPhone 4S and iPad 2 running iOS 5.0.1 now!

    The jailbreak for both A5 iDevices running iOS 5.0.1, namely the iPad 2 and iPhone 4S has landed. Absinthe runs on both Windows and Mac PCs and is seemingly the easiest jailbreak process yet. Pod2g is the self-confessed "iOS security researcher" who developed the jailbreak along with Team Chronic. A simple process The jailbreak works on the iPad 2 running iOS 5.0.1 and the iPhone 4S running iOS 5.0.1 or iOS 5.0. Step 1: Download the Windows or Mac build of Absinthe, depending on your setup. Step 2: Backup your iDevice now in iTunes. If there is any error such as a software failure and the...

  • App of the week: AVPlayer HD

    This week I take a look at AVPlayer HD, a fully functional and easy to use video player for the iPad that completely blows away the competition with its uncluttered usability and unrivalled format support. I'll be honest, when I first decided to get an iPad 2, I justified it to myself by saying that it would be a great addition to my working life and be used to take and effortlessly share notes in meetings, present strategies to potential clients and be my main work device while travelling. In reality, in the back of my head I was already...

  • Only in Japan — Cloud-based, Wi-Fi enabled LED lights

    Convergence is a brutal mistress, lovingly embraced by Samsung and hurriedly implemented by others in less-than successful gadgets. In Japan though, where "weird" is seemingly the norm, a company called Net LED Technology has now combined LED lights with Wi-Fi devices. It’s what you always dreamed of. A smartphone that can control your light source. NetLED is beautifully simple in its execution, but brutally expensive. For roughly US$780, a user can install the netLED router which acts as the digital middleman between the smartphone and the lights. But that’s not all. For an additional (read: required) US$260, Wi-Fi-enabled 40-watt LED arrays...

  • ICS released for XOOM Wi-Fi, here’s what’s new

    Having once been the world's first device to receive Google’s tablet tailored OS -- Honeycomb --, the Wi-Fi version of the Motorola XOOM now also becomes one of the first tablets to receive an official update to the latest version of Google's venerable gadget operating system, Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS). Motorola released a changelog for its ICS update, and, as with Honeycomb, you can expect as close to a plain vanilla Android 4.0 experience as you can hope for. According to Moto' the update includes a refined user interface, numerous enhancements and "innovative new features". XOOM owners in the...

  • DStv Walka — Plastic fantastic

    It feels cheap, the sound quality is dire, and the signal is rarely clear. But hell, I love the DSTV Walka. It’s compact, low-res and filled with charm. But is it worth dropping R600 plus the R36 per month subscription? Clear and present danger The DStv Walka is a handheld TV with a dubious name, but oodles of personality. The screen is tiny -- a mere 320p by 240p resolution which can by no means compete with the full HD capability of DStv's PVR offering. It's not meant to appeal to that crowd though. The Walka is for the guy who wants...

  • Whited00r delivers custom iOS 5-like ‘downgrade’ for iPhone 2G and 3G

    The need for speed, or lack thereof, is how the iOS 5 update "punished" older iPhone models. iPhone 3GS users reported a slower interface. iPhone 2G and 3G users reported nothing, as iOS 5 is incompatible with these models. Enter Team Whited00r, a hacking group who have taken a custom version of iOS 3.1.3 and upgraded it with iOS 5 features. Welcome to the party, iPhone 2G and 3G users. Feature rich Whited00r 5 is an incredible effort and a colossal change from the stock-standard iOS 3. Features include: Multitasking -- As with iOS 4, multitasking works with a long-press of the...

  • Canadians buy iPad 2s, find clay slabs instead

    We all love getting new gadgets. Every time something new comes into the ‘burn offices we’re like five-year old kids on Christmas morning. Unlike an unsuspecting group of Canadians, we can only imagine how it would feel if, if an unboxing revealed something a lot less noteworthy than what we were expecting. According to renowned tech site Engadget, the unlucky Kanucks were presented with slab of clay after “buying what they believed to be an iPad 2”. The buyers turned out to be the unlucky victims of a scam in “crooks purchased real iPads, replaced them with terra-cotta tablets,...

  • Gearburn’s BlackBerry Torch 9810 Review

    It feels like RIM’s current range of products is dwarfed by the melodrama of a flailing company desperately trying to reinvent itself. Pundits are looking ahead to RIM’s first OS 10 device, the “London”, hailing it is as the smartphone maker from Ontario's final chance at redemption. Meanwhile, oblivious consumers, especially in RIM's stalwart EMEA regions, continue to walk into carrier outlets and ask for the BlackBerry brand. If they want the best RIM has to offer, a sales representative will brandish a Torch 9810 and acquaint them with a line akin to: “it has the best of both worlds:...

  • Samsung: We are not interested in buying RIM

    The Boy Genius Report rumour that RIM is in talks with South Korean electronics giant, Samsung, for an outright sale of its entire business, is false. That’s according to Samsung spokesman James Chung who stated that Samsung hasn’t considered acquiring the firm, is not interested in buying RIM, nor has RIM approached Samsung for a sale. Notably, RIM’s share price spiked 10% when the rumour dropped, so it’s either an indication that investors are pushing for a sale, or someone made a few bucks on the back of an unsubstantiated rumour. Whether or not the rumour is true, it would be...