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  • Ask Ziggy — Siri’s Windows Phone equivalent

    Siri was the saving grace of the iPhone 4S, and now there's a Windows Phone equivalent in the form of "Ask Ziggy". Ziggy, a free app available now for download from the Windows Marketplace, is one user's attempt to usurp Siri. Although impressive, Ask Ziggy does not have the vocal chops of Siri but makes up for it by offering many of the functions which iPhone 4S users have been privy to: status updates, directions, general queries and even mathematical queries. It’s powerful, and free. What’s not to like? The vocal recognition portion of Ask Ziggy is based on Nuance,...

  • Hi-tech personalities: the winners and losers of 2011

    We’ve reached the end of 2011 – and it’s time to look back on the winners and losers of the year. Those who made our gadget life more awesome, and those that ruined it for everyone. Those that rock, and those that suck. So, without further ado, Gearburn’s Geared and Burned personalities of 2011. Burned Leo Apotheker of HP He was bounced out of HP in disgrace, consoled only by the $25-million payout he trousered for less than a year’s work (a healthy wedge of the US$84-million HP has paid to revolving door chief execs in the past six years), but not...

  • Gearburn’s top iPhone apps of 2011

    December. That time of the year where we all make lists. Lists of what we enjoyed, what we hated, what we achieved, what went wrong and what we are going to do in future to make sure that we keep growing as people. Top 10’s, Top 50’s, Most Promising, the list goes on. As you would’ve picked up over the last few months of reading my articles, I love lists…so without further ado: my Top iPhone Apps of 2011. Apple App of the Year: Instagram A no brainer really. If you have an iPhone and don’t yet have Instagram, leave now...

  • Apple to release 7.85 inch iPad in 2012?

    A new iPad will possibly have a 7.85-inch screen. According to an iPad hardware suppliers, the fourth quarter of 2012 is the expected release period of the smaller iPad. Competition from the US$200 Kindle Fire has spurred Apple to “one-up” Amazon with a slightly more compact model. Manufacturers AU Optronics and LG Display are the preferred developers of iPad screens and have been trusted with Apple's products in the past. What has spurred Apple to possibly create this pint-sized tablet? A number of reasons point towards a more pocket-friendly iPad. 7-inch sells like hotcakes It's no secret that the Kindle Fire...

  • VMware launches for Kindle Fire, Linux, Mac

    VMware, the all-encompassing virtual desktop software is eking its way to the Kindle Fire, Linux and Mac computers. An update has also been added to the iPad and Android clients. Ultimately, the Kindle Fire will soon become an interesting choice for users in an enterprise environment. Sticking the power of a connected Windows desktop on a Kindle Fire is an excellent move. And one which may sway the modding community towards a 7-inch tablet. According to VMware, the company is “doing it for the kids”. Says director Pat Lee, "More and more people want the freedom to...

  • Gearburn’s top mobile phones of 2011

    It’s been a dramatic year for the mobile phone industry. Nokia leaped from a burning platform to became hesitantly convalescent with Microsoft’s aid. Google breathed new life into a floundering Motorola Mobility. RIM continued to bleed with its shares losing more than 70% of their value this fiscal year alone. Apple lost its visionary CEO, while HP killed its WebOS phones, and almost canned WebOS entirely, deciding at the last minute to Open Source it. Amidst all of this, just about every major handset manufacturer was tied up in some form of patent litigation, and topping it all off,...

  • iPad 2 vs Galaxy 10.1: Which one for Christmas?

    I don't know about you but I like fancy toys. I also like design, if the design doesn't grab me there is a chance I won't think twice about a product. This is why a Hermes scarf has the power to undo a person: it's sexy, sophisticated and chic. This is why I love the iPad 2 and Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1. When I began drawing up my list for Santa I found it difficult to decide which of these sexy little babies I wanted. They both have great specs and both look amazing from a design point of view,...

  • PS Vita launches in the land of the rising sun

    Sony's PS Vita launched this weekend in Japan. The Vita launched at the considerably expensive price of 25 000Yen(US$320, without 3G) and 30 000Yen(US$380, with 3G) respectively. It will launch in Europe and the States in February 2012. The PS Vita is a powerful, portable gaming machine with a five-inch, multi-touch LED screen, GPS, dual cameras and wireless internet. The Vita also comes with a back-panel which also responds to touch. The Vita launches just in time for the holiday season. Gamers crowded the streets of Tokyo, such as Akihabara which is famous for being the digital heart of Japan....

  • Video: iPad 2 vs Galaxy Tab 10.1

    Samson versus Goliath, Apple versus Microsoft, Kim Jong Il versus a train. These classic battles are about to be undone by Steven and Michelle, both rocking an iPad 2 and Galaxy Tab 10.1 respectively. The iPad 2 is Apple's mighty tablet, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is the one of the most powerful Android devices currently available. Which one will win the battle of the tablets? Gearburn's foremost gadget lovers battle it out.

  • Do I upgrade? iPhone 4 vs 4S

    The iPhone 4S launched in October, and now here we are in December, ready for its South Africa launch (tomorrow, Fri 16th). Is it worth upgrading? Or switching from another mobile brand? Gearburn does the world's most concise iPhone 4S upgrade guide. Power The 4S is a lot more powerful than the iPhone 4. Moves from single-core A4 to a 1 GHz dual core A5. First-for-iPhone dual core graphics co-processor. You can also now get an iPhone 4S with a thumping big 64GB of storage on board. Still no SD card slot. Boo! Siri The AI, voice-activated interface that you can ask questions...