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  • Video Review: Samsung Galaxy S II

    Samsung scored a smash hit with the Galaxy S, a phone that almost single-handedly established it (along with Android) as a viable threat to the iPhone hegemony on big, flat, beautiful, minimalist, keyboardless smartphones. Time passed, other phones came, Samsung got back to work. And now, ladies and gentlemen, live and in the plastic, the Galaxy S II. Roger Hislop reviews the Galaxy S II.

  • BB Bold still the messaging king

    Review: BlackBerry Bold 9780. This is the best BlackBerry you can buy today. But should you buy it? BlackBerry fans looking for a high-end BlackBerry experience have a choice between the 9780 and the Torch 9800, and there's a third contender on the horizon that might steal your heart. The 9780 has amazing strengths, but maybe not the ones you're looking for. The handset itself is handsomely austere. Understated and almost completely black, the 9780 is the most likely weapon of choice for Wall Street types. The build quality, light weight - and of course the fact that it comes...

  • Rockstar gets brooding and intense with LA Noire

    Review: LA Noire - Detective Phelps cuts a sharp figure in the neon light of Los Angeles. Hunched over the scene of a brutal crime, he pensively inspects each inch of a rusted pipe, stained with the blood of an unknown assailant. Music swells in the background, the crime scene has now been swept for clues. Detective Phelps knows that it is time to move on to the interrogation of the witness. Leaning against a ruby-red barstool, she draws back on a cigarette, looks in the detectives direction and casually blows smoke into his face. With uncannily realistic facial movement,...

  • Nokia wins patent skirmish – iPhone buyers pay royalties

    "We are very pleased to have Apple join the growing number of Nokia licensees": Nokia chief executive Stephen Elop. Nokia, still the world's leading mobile phone maker, stated that its competitor Apple had agreed to pay royalties for using Nokia technology in its devices. This will end all of the related ongoing patent disputes. "The financial structure of the agreement consists of a one-time payment payable by Apple and on-going royalties to be paid by Apple to Nokia for the term of the agreement," Nokia said in a statement. The Finnish mobile phone giant said details of the contract were confidential. In...

  • Samsung Galaxy S II: The galaxy strikes back

    Samsung scored a smash hit with the Galaxy S, a phone that almost single-handedly established it (along with Android) as a viable threat to the iPhone hegemony on big, flat, beautiful, minimalist, keyboardless smartphones. Time passed, other phones came, Samsung got back to work. And now, ladies and gentlemen, live and in the plastic, the Galaxy S II. I had lunch with a friend yesterday. She has a Galaxy S. “Oh, you have the new one,” she said a little dismissively. An IT pro, she’s been up and down the tech block, round and round the upgrade carousel. "Whatever," her...

  • Electronic Arts merging big games, gadgets

    US videogame publishing titan Electronic Arts is merging blockbuster titles with social play, popular new gadgets and downloadable content in a changing world of interactive entertainment. "Historically, as a publisher, you developed a game, packed it on a disk, shipped it and then started work on your next game," said EA vice president and managing director of Southern Europe, Pascal Brochier. "The Web has helped us expand with multi-player and downloadable content to extend incredible gaming experiences," he continued during an interview at the Electronic Entertainment Expo this week in Los Angeles. "Multi-platform enables us to follow gamers where they want to...

  • IBM: carbon nanotech coming soon to a phone near you

    A research team from IBM has managed to produce an integrated circuit on a sheet of graphene, a sheet of carbon a single molecule thick. Until now scientists have managed to fabricate discrete components such as transistors, but have struggled to find a technique that allows them to be integrated and fabricated as a wafer. Graphene, like its cousin, carbon nanotubes, exhibits fascinating electrical, optical, mechanical and thermal qualities – but finding ways to use them in commercial technology is elusive. The paper by the IBM team, published in Science (subscription) describes a broadband frequency mixer operating at up to...

  • Video Review: Olympus TG810

    Review: Olympus Tough TG-810. Hard. Proper hard. Waterproof to 10m, drop proof 2m. Dust proof. Crush proof. You could build a house out of them if you had enough. The Olympus TG-810 is designed for the accident-prone and the frantically outdoorsy adventurer. Before we do the Gearburn tear-it-a-new-A-hole (because we’re hyper-critical), let’s first pat Olympus on the back for what it did get right. 10m waterproof. Wow. Ten years back, if you wanted to take pics on a scuba dive you either coughed Greece’s sovereign debt for a waterproof enclosure, or you coughed the USA’s sovereign debt for a Sea and...

  • Tough as a brick shothouse

    Review: Olympus Tough TG-810. Hard. Proper hard. Waterproof to 10m, drop proof 2m. Dust proof. Crush proof. You could build a house out of them if you had enough. The Olympus TG-810 is designed for the accident-prone and the frantically outdoorsy adventurer. Before we do the Gearburn tear-it-a-new-A-hole (because we’re hyper-critical), let’s first pat Olympus on the back for what it did get right. 10m waterproof. Wow. Ten years back, if you wanted to take pics on a scuba dive you either coughed Greece’s sovereign debt for a waterproof enclosure, or you coughed the USA’s sovereign debt for a Sea and...

  • Wii U & Me

    So now we know what Nintendo had up its sleeves: the Wii U controller-tablet hybrid. There was talk that the new Nintendo console would be called simply “Nintendo”. I favoured of that name, since it brought back memories of the days when that word itself was a synonym for video games. Instead, the new Nintendo console is called Wii U, most likely to capitalize on the positive brand image of the original Wii. I was never a fan of the name Wii, and this isn’t lighting my fire either. Name aside, however, I’ll admit that I am intrigued by Nintendo’s...