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  • Whited00r delivers custom iOS 5-like ‘downgrade’ for iPhone 2G and 3G

    The need for speed, or lack thereof, is how the iOS 5 update "punished" older iPhone models. iPhone 3GS users reported a slower interface. iPhone 2G and 3G users reported nothing, as iOS 5 is incompatible with these models. Enter Team Whited00r, a hacking group who have taken a custom version of iOS 3.1.3 and upgraded it with iOS 5 features. Welcome to the party, iPhone 2G and 3G users. Feature rich Whited00r 5 is an incredible effort and a colossal change from the stock-standard iOS 3. Features include: Multitasking -- As with iOS 4, multitasking works with a long-press of the...

  • Canadians buy iPad 2s, find clay slabs instead

    We all love getting new gadgets. Every time something new comes into the ‘burn offices we’re like five-year old kids on Christmas morning. Unlike an unsuspecting group of Canadians, we can only imagine how it would feel if, if an unboxing revealed something a lot less noteworthy than what we were expecting. According to renowned tech site Engadget, the unlucky Kanucks were presented with slab of clay after “buying what they believed to be an iPad 2”. The buyers turned out to be the unlucky victims of a scam in “crooks purchased real iPads, replaced them with terra-cotta tablets,...

  • Gearburn’s BlackBerry Torch 9810 Review

    It feels like RIM’s current range of products is dwarfed by the melodrama of a flailing company desperately trying to reinvent itself. Pundits are looking ahead to RIM’s first OS 10 device, the “London”, hailing it is as the smartphone maker from Ontario's final chance at redemption. Meanwhile, oblivious consumers, especially in RIM's stalwart EMEA regions, continue to walk into carrier outlets and ask for the BlackBerry brand. If they want the best RIM has to offer, a sales representative will brandish a Torch 9810 and acquaint them with a line akin to: “it has the best of both worlds:...

  • Samsung: We are not interested in buying RIM

    The Boy Genius Report rumour that RIM is in talks with South Korean electronics giant, Samsung, for an outright sale of its entire business, is false. That’s according to Samsung spokesman James Chung who stated that Samsung hasn’t considered acquiring the firm, is not interested in buying RIM, nor has RIM approached Samsung for a sale. Notably, RIM’s share price spiked 10% when the rumour dropped, so it’s either an indication that investors are pushing for a sale, or someone made a few bucks on the back of an unsubstantiated rumour. Whether or not the rumour is true, it would be...

  • Samsung promises ‘future proof’ Smart TVs

    South Korean electronics giant Samsung has upgraded its Smart TV range. The upgrades were announced at CES international 2012, Samsung promises "smarter interaction, smart content and smart evolution," or simply put, a better TV. The shiny new additions to Samsung’s Smart TV range include: Remote free options Much like Microsoft’s ultra-successful Kinect, Samsung now wants its TVs to respond to human gestures, face recognition and voice control. The newer TVs will come standard with dual-microphones and an HD-camera. Turning on the TV or changing channels can be done by simply uttering the words “Hi TV” or “Channel up/down”. The volume, meanwhile, can be...

  • Apple rumoured to be launching ‘GarageBand for e-books’

    Apple is rumoured to be on the verge of unveiling “the GarageBand for eBooks”. According to renowned tech news site Ars Technica, the unveiling will take place during a special educational event being held by the Cupertino-based giant. Ars Technica believes that, "Apple will announce tools to help create interactive e-books" at the event, which is at least partially aimed at strengthening relationships between itself and the textbook publishing industry. Apple uses the ePub2 standard for its iBooks platform. Various Html 5 extensions, however, mean that it has been able to include limited interactivity in the form of...

  • Hands on with Nokia’s Lumia range

    To say that Nokia had a tough 2011 would be a massive understatement. There seemed, however, to be a glimmer of hope when the Finnish telecommunications giant announced two new phone ranges at Nokia World in late 2011: The Lumia and the Asha. The latter consisted of a group of devices designed specifically for emerging markets. The former meanwhile, in the shape of the Lumia 710 and Lumia 800 were meant to restore some it kudos in the smartphone market. Gearburn managed to get some hands-on time both of these devices, as well as the Lumia 900 which made...

  • Steve Wozniak: 8 Reasons why Android is better than iOS

    Speaking to Dan Lyons, Steve Wozniak, the engineering genius who co-founded Apple in 1976, had some good things to say about Android. The Woz still thinks the iPhone is the best smartphone overall, especially for the mainstream consumer, but mentions some aspects of Android that he thinks have surpassed iOS. Steve loves the design of his iPhone, but wishes it did all the things his Android does. The Woz says: #1 Voice commands work better on Android. #2 Voice commands deliver better results on Android. #3 Android’s built-in turn-by-turn GPS navigation doesn’t exist on iPhone. #4 The learning curve for Android is a bit...

  • The coffee table of the future, Surface 2, now shipping

    The Samsung SUR40, known as the Surface 2, is a 40-inch surface computer which was revealed at last year’s CES. Finally, it’s ready for shipping at the weighty price of US$8400. This massive table-slash-PC, outfitted with an AMD processor and rocking the Windows 7 OS goes on sale in 23 countries today. It’s a second-gen device and far lighter, thinner and faster than Microsoft’s first Surface. The big M also mentions that it has “better finger tracking”. The official press waffle says, "Both retailers and consumers are adapting to ever-evolving ways of interacting with information and merchandise, and have expressed a...

  • App review — iTomato

    So it's the New Year, a time to wipe the slate clean and start afresh, to look forward in a positive manner to where we'll be this time next year (if the Mayans turn out to be wrong), but most importantly, a time to kick bad habits and work on developing new, healthier ones. Which is exactly what I am focusing on this year. Starting with bad habit number one: procrastination. After doing a little research and chatting to a couple friends, I thought I'd tackle the problem with a little time management strategy. Which is why this week...