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  • Intel announces smartphone play at CES

    Intel is probably best known for its pc and laptop processors, but the tech giant announced that it is making a play in the smartphone market here at the renowned Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Intel announced that its chips will first be available in the Lenovo K800 smartphone. As with most things in life, however, there is a catch. The phones will only be available in China. Well, at first anyway. At the launch event, Liu Jun, senior vice president of Lenovo joined Intel’s CEO Paul Otellini on stage to reveal exactly what we can expect...

  • USB 3.0 set for smartphones, tablets by end of 2012

    USB 3.0, the blazing-fast data transferral medium which promises theoretical speeds of 625MB per second will migrate to tablets and smartphone by the end of 2012. Sick of the standard 5-10MBps transfer rates of USB 2.0? Imagine an iPhone which can pump 600Mbps or more. That future is now. At CES 2012 Rahman Ismail, CTO of the USB Implementers Forum spoke of the inherent speed of USB 3.0, “What takes 15 minutes will roughly take 1 minute and 10 seconds,” Ismail notes that new specifications will have to be implemented for the global USB 3.0 integration. “We’re coming out with...

  • Video review — Samsung MV800

    The MV800 is a touchscreen, 16MP, flip-out display from the masters of point-and-clicks, Samsung. Is the flip-screen a mere gimmick, or does it contain a "the right stuff" to rocket this phone to the top of the sales charts? With a powerful imaging sensor, a 5X optical zoom, beautiful aesthetics and 3D image capabilities, the MV800 may just be the best digital point-and-shoot you ever buy. Roger Hislop, resident Samsung fan, sinks his teeth into the Samsung MV800.

  • Gearburn’s pick — top MMO’s

    Almost every game is now online-enabled, but the likes of Modern Warfare 3 and Battlefield 3 lack the gentle interaction and community aspect of massive multiplayer online games, better known as MMO's. We've picked the very best of the current crop of MMO's. World of Warcraft Eight years of success and hundreds of updates have produced an MMO which the competition continues to lovingly emulate. Its latest update, Cataclysm increased the level cap to 85 and recently, WoW became free-to-play. Cost: Free to play until level 20, then US$14 per month. Star Wars: The Old Republic Hyped to the nth degree, did SWTOR live...

  • Razer to possibly announce new gaming tablet at CES 2012

    Razer, creators of the gaming peripherals such as gaming mice, have released a teaser trailer for a PC with a “new form factor,” deftly named “Project Fiona”. All signs point to Project Fiona being the much-anticipated reboot of the Razer Switchblade, a gaming tablet which was rumoured to come out in 2010. Project Fiona employs a variety of “revolutionary technologies” which are yet to be released. The preview video shows it running high-resolution graphics far beyond the kind of a standard tablet. The video can be viewed on this website. Users can also subscribe to the website and “be the...

  • Logitech presents the Cube, a mouse that is a presenter

    Dynamite comes in tiny, chocolate sized packages with the advent of the Logitech Cube. Scepticism be damned, the Cube is a mouse cum presenter. As a mouse, it fits snugly in the palm of your hand. Lift it off the surface and it changes to presenter mode. The Cube is an optical mouse, with the scrolling wheel removed. Navigating a page involves running your finger up or down the rippled surface of the Cube. According to Logitech, the Cube is small enough to fit in your pocket and ideal for meetings. Todd Walker, Logitech Brand manager explains further, "With its sleek...

  • Not a Review: Verbatim Netbook USB drive so small it’s almost not even there

    Not a cricket chirped. Not a tumbleweed rustled in the chill wind. I sat contemplating the tiny little Verbatim Netbook USB solid state drive squatting on the mound of the fleshy part of my thumb. It sure is tiny -- imagine you take the metal bit of a USB plug in hand, and with a sharp lightsaber cut off everything but a little plastic nubbin to grab hold of, and you would have the Netbook USB drive. I looked up, bemused. I should get moving, they would maybe come back. Around me the corn plants were rustling, their turgid yellow...

  • Gorilla Glass 2 to debut at CES 2012

    Without it, your fancy smartphone would have been cast to the back draw of your gadget graveyard years ago. It’s installed in a half-billion phones globally. It’s Gorilla Glass and version two is coming out at CES 2012. Corning, the manufacturer of Gorilla Glass announced its latest iteration, Gorilla Glass two. Gorilla Glass protects against scratches and the floor, which it seems most smartphones are magically attracted to. There is no word on what Gorilla Glass two will deliver, but senior VP of Corning, James R. Steiner promises significant improvements. "Corning Gorilla Glass has been a tremendous success for Corning, enjoying...

  • Meet Acer Aspire S5, world’s “thinnest, lightest” ultrabook

    Acer has lifted the lid on the Acer Aspire S5, a 1.5cm supermodel, thinner than a MacBook Pro (1.7cm). At CES, the “thinnest and lightest” laptop which “sets the bar for the rest of the ultrabook vendors” moved into the bustling ultrabook spotlight. With a 13.3 inch screen, 15mm thickness and weighing just 1.35kg, the Acer Aspire S5 is a razors edge in a world filled with dull knives. The Aspire S5 is wrapped in an alloy chassis, named “onyx black”, it comes with a 10Gbs Thunderbolt connection described to be twice the speed of USB 3.0, and Intel’s new Ivy...

  • 10 games to look forward to in 2012

    Look, 2011 was a great year for gaming, but it's over now, and all that's in the past. It's time, therefore, to look forward and see what 2012 has on offer. The industry continues to flourish and develop in these exciting times for virtual entertainment, and it seems this year will be no different. With some of the most exciting sequels coming out in years, here is our list of the most anticipated games of 2012. Max Payne 3 (PS3, XBOX 360, PC) I’m a huge fan of the Max Payne series -- it really spoke to the angst-ridden teenager inside...