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  • iPhone 4S to land in South Africa on 16 December

    “Please Santa, stick an iPhone 4S in my Christmas stocking,” say the hopeful South African Apple lovers. Santa may not be real, but Vodacom and MTN will be spreading iPhone 4S joy come 16 December. Available now for pre-order from Vodacom (and soon on MTN), the iPhone 4S is Apple's latest addition to its smartphone family. It's a dual-core phone, with an A5 CPU, an "all-new" 8MP camera, iOS5 and everyone's favourite personal assistant, Siri. Users can select from the 16, 32 or 64GB iPhone 4S options but the real story is, can Apple's latest smartphone compete with the likes of...

  • Nine major changes in Ice Cream Sandwich

    Version 4 of Google’s industry-shaking mobile operating system has hit the streets in the form of the Galaxy Nexus, just shipping now in the US. This has given us the first good looksee at Ice Cream Sandwich in its finished form. Gearburn pulls out the nine biggest user interface changes in ICS that’ll have you begging your handset manufacturer for the upgrade for your handset. Your 24 month contract up yet? 1. It unifies the look and feel of Android across phones and tablets – Gingerbread meets Honeycomb meets a big black koki pen in dark and brooding hues...

  • Now spying on you — Android phones

    If you thought that Apple's secret tracking of the iPhone cell tower and WiFi access point location information was the be-all and end-all of mobile privacy concerns, think again. It turns out that some Android phones are doing the same - and worse. Carriers in the US and their OEM handset manufacturers are adding rootkit software to the Google OS to potentially record every single action mobile phone users take - from connection information to individual keystrokes. The use of the tracking software by networks in other countries is as yet unknown. The story first broke a week or so...

  • Not so secure PlayBook say crackers

    Three security researchers have created a tool called DingleBerry that lets users get root access on their BlackBerry PlayBooks. The exploit is not yet public, but the three promised to reveal the technique via the rooting tool within a week or so. BlackBerry maker Research in Motion is talking to the trio, and feverishly working on a fix. This is a major issue for RIM, as "jailbreaking" the PlayBook would threaten the firm's reputation for iron-clad security - the main differentiator that makes it attractive to its corporate customers. The PlayBook runs on a version of QNX that is legendarily...

  • LTE almost definitely for iPhone 5 and iPad 3

    LTE lovers, your iPhone 5 and iPad 3 are expected to feel the heat of (theoretical) 300MBS wireless Internet. Apple rumours pass by our news desk on a daily basis and are blown off like autumn leaves on a neatly-cropped lawn. This one, however, holds particular weight. The reliable Nikkei Business has reported that both new Apple products, the iPad 3 and the iPhone 5, will rock LTE 4G innards. Once we wrangled the details from Google Translator, we discovered that Tim “not Steve Jobs” Cook has already been in meetings with the chief executives of Japan’s largest mobile...

  • The Ten Best Shooters of 2011

    2011 was an exceptionally strong year for shooters. The lineup below will be hard to top come 2012. OK, we say that every year: best game ever, how do you top THAT? And they do. But really, 2011 was an amazing year for shooters. How can they top these bad boys? Read on, for our top shooters of 2011: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Selling millions of copies and remaining as the number one cross-format videogame is no reason to call this “the best game ever”. It deserves that praise based purely on butter-smooth gameplay, razor-sharp multiplayer and addictive-as-crack...

  • Turn your Android or iPhone into a Windows Phone now!

    iPhone and Android users, feeling left out of the Windows Phone party? Fear not, for Microsoft has now launched a Windows Phone emulator which runs a browser-based demo on competing mobile operating systems. I tested it out on my iPhone 3GS and the experience is pretty much a flawless Windows Phone interface on the devil's phone. HTML5 powers the Windows Phone demo and allows users to tiptoe through the Metro-UI, enjoying basic functionality such as flicking through screens and selecting contacts. The primary feature of the...

  • Video Review: Vodafone Webbook

    It's cheap, it's cheerless, it's the Vodafone Webbbook. It's aimed at the lowest end of the market, as a functional, utilitarian device that lets people that wouldn't have Internet access get online. So the only question is, did it need to be quite so nasty? The Vodafone Webbook feels cheap, runs slowly and seems to offer very little value outside of its pocket-friendly price tag. Can it possibly compete with the lower-priced tablets currently available such as the Kindle Fire? Gearburn digs into the Webbook, and wonders if you can't get better value elsewhere.

  • No cussing, no long face or the Kinect 2 will know

    Emotion detection and lip reading are just two of the new features being built into the Kinect 2, say insiders. The original Kinect has barely begun to tap its full potential and now details of the future product have slipped under the door. Sources revealed to Eurogamer that the Kinect 2, "tracks the pitch and volume of player voices as well as facial characteristics to measure different emotional states." The current Kinect is restricted by the data limits of its USB interface. As things stand, the amount of data from the Kinect sensor is limited to 15MB/s, owing to an...

  • Review: Samsung NC215 sun-lovin’ netbook

    Save the planet, have infinite battery life, and look good while you're at it. Samsung has produced a 10” netbook with a big ol’ solar panel on the back to let you work and work and work and work. It’s got “green” written all over the promotional flyers, and “green” written into every line of code of the Eco Mode app that lets you be really rather green. Getting back down to earth, it’s a US$400 netbook with a really, really long battery life that looks quite good. It’s a bit of an odd product – it’s been out in...