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  • Gearburn’s pick — top 16 multiplayer iPad games

    The iPad is custom-made for full-screen, HD multiplayer titles. Casual titles work exceedingly well on the world's most popular tablet and, given the lack of physical controls, these "pick-up-and-play" games work even better with swipes and flicks. There are four types of multiplayer: same device (where two or more players share an iPad), local multiplayer (via a wireless ad-hoc or Bluetooth connection), online multiplayer (peer-to-peer, where one user remotely hosts a gaming session) and massively multiplayer (one server which hosts a large amount of users). In this article, I'm going to focus on the first three types of multiplayer. Multiplayer: same...

  • PowerTrekk — Power anywhere, just add water

    So this is interesting. Swedish fuel cell technology company, myFC, is bringing the world’s first portable hydrogen fuel cell charger to market. It’s called PowerTrekk and it’s aimed at outdoor enthusiasts who spend time away from the electricity grid. It’s actually a 2-in-1 charging solution combining a fuel cell and a portable battery pack. The fuel cell is called a PowerTrekk Power Puck and converts hydrogen into electricity. The puck remains dormant until water is poured into the fuel cell’s water tank -- approximately a tablespoon is needed. The chemical process instantly creates 5W of electricity which can charge any...

  • LikeBelt: NFC-enabled sharing

    The physical manifestation of social statuses is made real with what developers Deeplocal are calling, the “LikeBelt”. Being poked, in reality, can lead to bruises or perhaps a sexual assault charge. The LikeBelt, as seen in the insanely hilarious video, takes it a step further. It’s hard to describe the levels of social awkwardness the LikeBelt promotes. The NFC-enabled belt is linked to a smartphone which turns the user into a physical representation of social activities. It’s going to take some work though, the kinks in the system mean that RFID (radio frequency identification) chips need to be manually implanted into points...

  • Review: Logitech Pure-Fi Express Plus – Has… potential

    Within the confines of the audiophile spectrum exists a passel of audio listeners with varying degrees of auditory discernment. Somewhere, an insomniac just likes to hear the voice of the 3AM DJ on a kitchen radio, in the apartment below some hipsters are having existential debates about 1Q84 and streaming Bon Iver’s latest over a Bluetooth speaker, while further down the street a bass woofer with a car passes a bunch of guys busting moves to the beat of Run DMC on an old boombox from the 80s. Then there’s the iGeneration. Until the iPod came along, a simple 3.5mm...

  • Fujifilm: X-Pro1 available in Japan on February 18th

    The hotly anticipated retro-style, mirrorless X-Pro1 camera from Fujifilm is making its debut on the 18th of February in Japan. According to The Verge, pricing looks set to be around $705 50,000 yen (about $1,929) for the body alone, and then 54 800 yen (about $705) for the 18mm f/2 or 35mm f/1.4 lens, or 59,800 yen (about $770) for the 60mm f/2 macro. The X-Pro1 is Fujifilm’s response to the unprecedented success of the FinePix X100, which despite its flaws, seemed to strike a chord with serious photographers around the world. Its juxtaposition of old school dial-based operation and modern...

  • Xbox Live may be coming to Android and iOS

    Microsoft could be on the verge of launching Xbox Live for devices running Android and iOS. The move has the potential to put the Redmond-based company’s online gaming service into the hands of a vast number of new customers. To date, Xbox Live has only been available on phones running Microsoft’s Windows Phone OS -- which holds a relatively small share of the smartphone market. Speaking to Forbes, a Microsoft representative recently said the company was open to running the service on other devices but refused to confirm any possible release date. “While the Xbox Live experiences and games...

  • New iPhone 5 rumour: He said, she said

    And so it begins yet again. 9 to 5 Mac has a source that says Foxconn is gearing up for iPhone 5 production and that the new model will have a 4 inch, or slightly larger display. The same source confirmed an iPhone 4S and not an iPhone 5 before last year’s event and despite various prototype samples floating around, confirms some characteristics they all seem to have in common. Most notably: a larger, 4 inch display longer and wider dimensions symmetrical thickness, so no “teardrop” shape new form-factor that deviates from the iPhone 4/4S design Despite still being a long way from launch, Seth Weintraub...

  • Three (indie) reasons to use Steam

    Steam has transformed the industry. As the most comprehensive games digital distribution platform available, they’ve created a space for indie developers to flourish. Recent years have seen some fantastic indie titles get the exposure they deserve, simply thanks to Valve and Steam. Here are three games that best portray the value of the mighty indie and give good reason for why big studio titles aren’t the only way forward. Gemini Rue (Available through Steam or on the official site) Gemini Rue came out officially in February 2011. After being launched at the 2010 Independent Games Festival it picked up a publisher...

  • Bwahaha… Sorry. Just. Bwahaha… The US$2 350 BlackBerry P’9981

    I'm not paying $2 350 for a BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930 in drag. With a repugnant design and even worse looking BlackBerry OS 7 theme, I'm sorry, if you bought one, what were you thinking? If you own one, I apologise for offending you, but you probably have way more money than I do, so you'll feel better once you've splashed water in my face with your Carrera GT when you pass me on the street. Holy hell... Ugh, I actually feel insulted by it. We've seen it stinking up the blogosphere since the last part of 2011, but Engadget got its...

  • Best phone of CES 2012: Motorola Droid Razr MAXX

    21.5 hours of talk time, 15 hours of native video playback, 10 hours of GPS navigation, and six hours of HD streaming. On an LTE device. Impressive Motorola, very impressive. Shown off at this year's CES, Motorola says the Razr MAXX will be hitting Verizon USA in the “coming weeks”. We’ll be watching to see if Motorola can deliver on its promise once the phone is cast into the wild. The Razr MAXX is another version of Motorola’s Droid Razr which set the record for being the thinnest Android smartphone to date. At 9mm, the Razr MAXX is 1.9mm thicker...