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  • The Vodafone Smart Tab 10: have we seen it all before?

    Ah man, the sense the excitement in the Vodafone boardroom when its latest product was unveiled must have been palpable. A tablet! And a 10-inch one at that! At least one person, caught up in a state of self-congratulatory revelry, must have dared to think: “Look out Apple, here we come”. Good news, Tim Cook and co. The Vodafone Smart Tab isn’t the device that’ll knock your company back to the nightmare days of the late 90s. It’s a decent tablet, but iPad killer it most certainly ain’t. Let me explain: Overall Design Look, there’s only so much creativity you can...

  • HTC Triumph (Titan) becomes China’s first Windows Phone

    China is getting its first official Windows Phone, the HTC Triumph, or the Titan as it is known outside of China. HTC opened its very first Chinese flagship store in Beijing, with the company already taking in pre-orders for the US$700 Titan. Don’t let the naming convention confuse you, the non-Chinese HTC Triumph (known as the HTC Desire) is a totally different mobile to the Chinese Triumph, plus runs Android, not WP 7.5 Slight localisation differences include retrofitting the OS. The HTC Triumph will run Windows Phone 7.5, known as Tango. Why Tango though? As Microsoft said, it’s primarily designed...

  • Video review — Olympus Tough TG180

    Here we go again, a rough and tumble camera for the young at heart, aimed at the hipsters looking to capture images of jellyfish for Instagram fame. Stuart Thomas, resident Gearburn camera expert sets his sights on a very tough camera with its sights aimed squarely at the mid-range happy-snapper. Is the Olympus Tough TG180 worth its salt? Can it compete with other budget land/sea/air camera o the same ilk? Will it survive Stu dipping it into a bowl of water? View the video and make below and make up your own mind.

  • Win a 2GB Walkman with Sony and Gearburn

    The competition is now closed. The lucky winner is Jodeepups with this entry: "Return to Innocence" is the only song I need on a desert island #SONYWALKMAN gearburn.com/2012/03/win-a-… via @memeburn— JoDeen Wolff (@jodeepups) March 10, 2012 Stand a chance to win with Gearburn and Sony -- we are giving away a 2GB Sony Walkman B series to one deserving winner. The Sony Walkman Digital Player is a next-gen iteration of the famous Walkman series made popular in the 80s. This model comes with 2GB internal memory, enough space for close to 700 songs. With 18 hours of battery life, the Walkman has...

  • 5 awesome Windows screensavers from the 90s

    Remember old-school "fattie" monitors otherwise known as CRT displays? Remember how screensavers used to be a very necessary evil and a way of preventing the cancer-like monitor burn? Now that you’re all caught up, let’s take a trip back to the 90s when Bill Clinton was awesome, Kurt Cobain was still positive about life and screensavers were the greatest thing in the world. The Flying Toasters This was the showpiece for any screensaver junkie. A screensaver package known as After Dark let you select myriad screensaver animations, but the most popular was definitely the obtuse Flying Toaster. Flying Objects Keep the windows flying strong...

  • Lume lights up the App Store

    Game Developer State of Play has finally released iOS versions of one of the cutest and most visually appealing casual puzzlers in recent memory. A Paper Treat The lights are out, and it’s up to Lumi to save the day: this is the premise of the cutesy, cardboard cut-out puzzle adventure Lume, literally. The characters and environments in the game were physically made out of paper and cardboard to create a tiny set lit with miniature lights and filmed with a handheld camera to give it a unique visual aesthetic. It’s quite something to behold. The game begins with a little girl...

  • Facebook app for PS Vita back in action

    Were you one of the lucky buggers to grab the free Facebook App for the PS Vita before Sony pulled it? Wipe those tears off your greasy cheeks and rejoice. The PS Vita Facebook app is back in business and ready to be downloaded in abundance. Why was the app pulled? Sources say that the issue was not with Sony’s latest console, but with Facebook itself. This mess happened last week and today, social networking on the handheld console is back on track. Will the app remain in the users and Sony’s good graces? Only the dream team which handles...

  • App review: PocketCloud

    Wyse, a company better known for offering remote desktop solutions to enterprise companies than for its consumer offerings, is now bringing PocketCloud Explore, its app for easily managing files across multiple desktops, operating systems and mobile devices, to the iPhone (it was already available on Android). I got a demo of the app at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week and it's quite an impressive service that indeed works as seamlessly as the company promises. What makes Wyse's solution so interesting and different from what, at first glance seem like similar offerings from Box.net or Dropbox, is that...

  • The Child Pad slate serves up delicious Ice Cream Sandwich for kids

    Ah, children. With their sticky fingers and quietly inquisitive minds, are tablets the ideal platform for these precious little bundles of noise? Archos thinks so and with the release of its first kid-friendly Android 4.0 tablet, the 7-inch Child Pad, children around the world can now experience the creamy goodness of Ice Cream Sandwich. Let’s dig into the hardware specs. The Child Pad has a 1Ghz CPU, a gig of RAM, a “Mobile Parental Filter” and a retail price of US$129. Wondering about the Mobile Parental Filter? The inane press release describes it as “a way of ensuring a safe...

  • Windows 8 to launch with a possible 9 editions

    Windows 8 you filthy boy, why have you chosen to spread across 9 different editions? According to sources who dug through the registry of the recently launched Windows 8 Consumer Preview, Microsoft plans to release 9 versions of Windows 8, which have been handily listed below. Windows 8 ARM edition Windows 8 Professional edition Windows 8 Professional Plus edition Windows 8 Starter edition Windows 8 Ultimate edition Windows 8 Enterprise Edition Windows 8 Enterprise Eval edition Windows 8 Home Basic Edition Windows 8 Home Premium edition Because this list was hijacked from the Consumer Preview, it’s not set in stone. Enterprise Eval Edition, for instance, is preview software and...