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  • Rumour mill: iPhone 5 in June, iPad 3 for March?

    Is 2012 another breakthrough year for Apple, the world’s third largest mobile phone manufacturer? Apparently so, as according to various analysts , they have “promised” that the iPhone 5 is coming in June, and that the iPad 3 is scheduled for March. Analysts from Daiwa Securities have revealed that the new iteration of the iPhone will hit the streets June 2012. As for the iPad 3, a well-known Japanese blog released this nugget of gold: I reported that Apple was going to hold Special Event in early February according to Asian supplier and source from United States, but this report told...

  • 5 Great puzzlers for iOS

    Touch technology has given new life to the puzzler. Phones and tablets afford these games a crisp resolution that puts Mario to shame, great sound through your headphones, and a compactness that means you can solve away anywhere you are. It is this new intimacy of gaming that inspires our list of the top five iOS puzzle games. Contre Jour -- artistic design for the eyeball in everyone Hot on the heels of Cut the Rope, comes publisher Chillingo’s latest offering -- Contre Jour. Put on your headphones and indulge in an interactive experience that is both challenging and a...

  • Headphones of the future won’t care if you mix up left and right

    The story about these headphones reminds me a lot of the urban legend about the space pen, but you know how you sometimes put the “L” bud in your right ear and the “R” in your left? Researchers at the Igarashi Design Interfaces Project in Tokyo, Japan have solved that. Instead of getting some headphones with distinct ear buds, spending a few seconds identifying which bud goes where, or you know, just not caring about the stereo mix -- blasphemous I know, sorry audiophiles --, a pair of "Universal Earphones" that automatically switch audio channels when placed in the wrong ear...

  • Windows 8 phone, codenamed: ‘Apollo’ detailed

    We loved the last range of Windows phones from the ever-hopeful Nokia, namely the Lumia range. Windows 8 phones though, are hotter than the surface of the sun and twice as sexy as a champagne bubble bath filled with supermodels. This site has managed to eke out a full list of features which the new Windows 8 phones will be rolled out with. The platform has been clandestinely named “Apollo” by Windows Phone manager Joe Belifore who says, “The overarching theme with regards to the Windows 8 Phone hardware ecosystem will be scale and choice.” Translation: there will be expensive...

  • The Gobii 12MP camera turns you into an ‘almost pro’

    A little while ago I sat with the Gobii 12MP camera box on my desk, about to open it and thinking to myself how cleverly named and packaged it was. On opening the box, I found all the usual contents neatly packaged: the camera itself, a fake suede camera bag, strap, Li-ion battery, battery charger, Kingston 4GB SDHC card and a USB cable to connect it to your computer. Above all, a neat and fairly comprehensive manual is included, as well as a software CD. The little camera feels solid in the hand and boasts a 4X optical zoom and...

  • Video: Samsung NC215 Notebook

    Roger Hislop, part-time tech reporter and full time cynical journalist unleashes his fury on the Samsung NC215, a handy notebook with the power behind it to support both the businessman's needs and the casual gamer's demands. One of its key features is the solar-power panel located on the top of the device. Can it draw enough of the suns energy to charge the laptop throughout the working day? Is the device worth its salt? Can it pass our stringent Gearburn tests? How will it stand against the barrage of words which our tech journalist directs at it? Find these...

  • Kinect for PCs — grab it now!

    Kinect, the hands-free gaming device originally exclusive to the Xbox 360, is now available for Windows. At CES, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced that Kinect for Windows would ship on February 1. Today, version 1.0 of the runtime and SDK are ready for download. Eager users can grab Kinect for Windows at a price of US$249, or US$149 for qualifying educational customers. Many improvements have been made since beta 2 of the SDK launched last year. These include: Four Kinect sensors can now be plugged into the same computer. The mind boggles at this possibility, owing to the fact that Kinect already has...

  • Samsung Galaxy S3 delayed and rumour roundup. Caught on video?

    Bummer. It doesn’t seem like the Galaxy S3 will be making its appearance later this month at MWC 2012 as rumoured. Samsung told Techradar that there will be a separate launch for the S3 in the first half of this year: Samsung is looking forward to introducing and demonstrating exciting new mobile products at Mobile World Congress 2012. The successor to the Galaxy S2 smartphone will be unveiled at a separate Samsung-hosted event in the first half of the year, closer to commercial availability of the product. Samsung stays committed to providing the best possible mobile experiences for customers around the...

  • Olympic Navigator app — augmented reality and the 2012 London games

    Our app of the day (but not quite) is the Olympic Augmented Reality Navigator for iPhone and Android. From developers AR-works comes a nifty app with the ability to overlay past and present Olympic information in real-world locations. It’s actually a “3 in 1” navigator, as the application covers the 2012 London Venues, Olympic Flame locations and Olympic cities dating back as far as 1896, and extending into the future date of 2016. Do you know the dates and cities of the 26 previous games? My answer is a resounding “maybe” and with the app, Olympic venue knowledge can be infinitely...

  • New Nikon Coolpix P310 aims to take on Canon PowerShot S100

    Nikon announced the 16.1MP COOLPIX P310 today -- 1 February 2012 -- which is the successor to the P300. The Canon PowerShot S95 and more recently the S100 are the benchmarks for pocket-size, high quality cameras offering extensive manual control, but the P310 is a very compelling option priced a full $100 cheaper than the S100. Similar to the P300, the P310 has an ISO of up to 3200 and a lens that offers the same fast maximum aperture of f/1.8. New features include a lens-shift vibration reduction (VR) function which offers camera shake compensation equivalent to a four-step increase...