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  • PES 2012: Off the pitch winner or on the pitch failure?

    How does Konami's latest football title fare against its arch-rival, and will it convert new followers to the long-running series? If you are a soccer fan, and you like video games, even just a little bit, you’ve probably heard of the EA Sports FIFA series and Konami's Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) series. Five years ago it was easy to differentiate between the two. Fifa was always the Britney Spears of soccer games; easy to pick up and play, easy on the eye, and catered to adolescents. PES on the other hand, was a soccer simulation. It was slower, more realistic and...

  • The Motorola Droid RAZR: Launching a new legacy

    A mere one week after it was announced in the US, Motorola Mobility launched the spectacular Droid RAZR in South Africa last night. This made it just the sixth country in the world to get the RAZR. Vice President and General Manager of International Retail Distribution, Spiros Nikolakopoulos and Megan Nicholas, Country Director for Motorola Mobility South Africa showed off the Droid RAZR. There's no getting around it, the RAZR is one lustworthy device, and a worthy namesake to the original esteemed RAZR that went on to sell more than 130-million units. Instead of the clamshell form factor of yore, the...

  • Nintendo faces billion dollar loss

    Nintendo's US$925 million losses are staggering, with the Kyoto videogame company blaming a lack of stellar titles and an ever-climbing Yen. For Nintendo, this is a full-year loss and for any other company would surely be a nail in its coffin. Nintendo issued a statement preceding the sales report. "Profits suffered due to re-evaluation of assets in foreign currencies, exchange losses totalling 52.4-billion yen (US$711 million) occurred". It piled its gaming eggs into one basket with the then US$249 Nintendo 3DS. It later dropped the price to US$169 and included 20 free games for existing owners. Despite this, inexpensive smartphone and...

  • India to monitor BlackBerry communications

    In an effort to better its Blackberry services RIM has set up a new monitoring facility in Mumbai. The Canadian manufacturer, along with the Indian government will now conduct surveillance checks. Sources say that RIM opened the centre this year in order to deal with the requests from the Indian Intelligence agencies. Recently, the Indian government and RIM have been involved in a battle over privacy, as the BlackBerry services require tighter restrictions according to administrative officials. The city of New Delhi, in particular, fears that extremists could organise terror attacks through instant messaging and emails. The government of India has...

  • Endless choices for gamers this holiday season

    For gamers, the dry season is over. The time leading up to just before Christmas is usually filled with triple-A titles and 2011 is no exception. In no particular order, the following games will be played on consoles across the globe this holiday season. Rage, available for multiple systems is many years in the making and comes from the same stable as Doom and Quake. Id Software has created a startling version of our world, only one set years after a nuclear apocalypse. Rage is currently available. For the Playstation 3, Insomniac Studios delivers Resistance 3, a first person shooter which...

  • Siri-like competitor understands ‘Singlish’

    Siri, the Apple iPhone 4S personal assistant now faces a rival from Singapore-based telecommunications giant, SingTel. The primary reason for development? Singaporeans needed a device which could understand "Singlish". Singlish is a localised form of English, with words that have been taken from various Asian languages. SingTel's new app, called DeF!ND will assist citizens of Singapore who wish to use a Siri-like application which actually understands them. When the iPhone 4S was released in Japan earlier this month, content began to circulate which showed how the new phone from Apple is unable to handle the unique nuances of the local language. SingTel...

  • Game review — Batman: Arkham City

    Batman: Arkham City is everything you want in a superhero title and more. While its predecessor Arkham Asylum was an incredible game -- possibly the best of 2009 -- Arkham City accelerates the possibilities of exploration, creating an unrivalled adventure which lesser titles will have a tough time eclipsing. Storytelling As much as the gameplay, graphics and sound sucks you into this insanely detailed world, the story lets it down with its half-baked plot. Outside of the heart-wrenching ending, the very muddled tale of good-versus-evil is simply not as tight as the original Batman game. Hugo Strange is now the chief...

  • Video review: Is Samsung ‘convergence’ real?

    One of Samsung's biggest selling points with its latest crop of products is the "convergence" between them. Gearburn was lucky enough to get it's hands on the Samsung Galaxy SII running Android's Gingerbread OS, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 running Honeycomb OS, and the Samsung D8000 55" LED 3D TV more commonly known as the Samsung Smart TV. With all these devices on hand, it was time to test whether or not they truly work together in a harmonious amalgam.

  • Grand Theft Auto V announced

    Open-world series Grand Theft Auto has announced its latest title,Grand Theft Auto V. On its official website, a trailer is promised on 2 November. Outside of this very little information about the new title is available. Fans have only the hastag "#GTAV" to hang on to as they patiently wait for the merest inkling of information. The Grand Theft Auto series is not without its spectacle and every game in the lengthy history of this violent, yet deeply enjoyable open-world extravaganza has sold millions of copies. What will we find in Grand Theft Auto V? Each series has been a touchstone of...

  • Samsung to award US$1 000 000 in prizes to best bada app developers

    Samsung is looking at budding bada 2.0 developers to "develop their best app yet". A global competition will reward the best bada app creator with prizes to the value of one million dollars. The competition is hosted at the bada development site and is now in its second year. The bada Power App Race will be the official launch of bada 2.0 for mobile app developers who are interested in creating software with the new SDK. Ten apps will be chosen, five gaming and five non-gaming. Developers who are willing to participate in this thrilling competition should register directly on the...