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  • HTC Flyer gets Honeycombed at last

    The HTC Flyer, the company’s first entrant into the Android tablet market, finally gets Honeycomb. Launched back in February, it’s watched most of its major competitors steam ahead with Honeycomb, which is the tablet-centric version of the platform. It’s a staggered rollout, starting in France yesterday and spreading to other markets. Currently it’s for the 3G version, with the WiFi only version ‘coming soon’. HTC didn’t pull the hyperbole in its announcement on Facebook Ready for some ‘sweet’ news? The GSM version of the HTC Flyer tablet, available in Europe, is beginning to receive updates to Honeycomb beginning today! Honeycomb brings...

  • Jailbreak iOS 5.0.1 now!

    A sickly feeling crawls up my spine as my iPhone refuses to reboot. Damn you Apple, damn you for making it so difficult to Jailbreak iOS 5.0.1. Three days and a hundred reboots later, the Cydia icon happily nests on my iPhone's desktop, the sign of a successful Jailbreak. For hackers, it seems that no wall is too high too climb and no version of iOS is too tricky to crack. Jailbreaking iOS 5.0.1 Apple is proud of its latest iOS, especially its over-the-air (OTA) updates which limits the amount of time iDevice users spend updating their hardware. This is what...

  • Video review: Samsung Galaxy Note

    It's the best phone I've ever used, says Gearburn's Steven Norris. In this video review Gearburn looks at the highs and lows of this Android 'phablet' from Samsung - more than a phone, more than a tablet, more of a handful. The Note is one of the most powerful, versatile and all round fantastic mobile phones of 2011. Does it have what it takes to knock over the Samsung Galaxy S II from the top spot and is this the start of things to come, or a "jack of all trades, master of none?" Gearburn investigates.

  • Xbox update – top feature roundup

    The Xbox 360 dashboard update of late 2011 brings with it a complete redesign of the console's interface, as well as some engaging new Kinect tricks. The reviews have been overwhelmingly positive and at Gearburn we generally agree with what the rest of the Web has been saying. The dashboard update, now all Metro and shiny, promises to “change living room entertainment forever.” So, will it? Dashboard Engadget 's Sean Buckley says, “Core content hasn't changed much, but the way you access it has, with yesterday's single-file tiles retired in favour of single page Metro layouts, packing more than twice as...

  • Clock ticking: cheap 50x faster memory

    Every year or two there’s an announcement from researchers of some MASSIVE REVOLUTION in storage. So here we go with a new crop – this time there’s three. Glass, class and sparse. And all promise to be out in the market in a year or two. The first is the least interesting: an ultra-sparse interface for flash memory-based hard drives – an ultra-skinny standard, removable Serial-ATA hard drive unit measuring only 51x30x4mm and eight grammes, and can be bought in up 512GB capacities. This is aimed at ultraskinnying the PC ultrabook market even more to keep up with Apple’s Macbook...

  • App of the Week: This Day in Pink Floyd

    This week I take a look at This Day In Pink Floyd, a digital companion to (and a concise encyclopaedia about) Pink Floyd, the greatest band in modern existence. That is, of course, just my opinion (though it's true). We all have our favourites. You know what I'm talking about: that absolute gem of a group that you can listen to over and over again, that talented bunch of musicians that could never disappoint you, the band that you will evangelize about and defend until you breathe your last breath. Okay, maybe not all of you are as intense about...

  • Google engineer leaks first phone to get ICS as update

    The Nexus S, Google's powerful LTE smartphone, may be the first Android device already out in the market to receive the gift of Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) as an update, this is according to (rapidly redacted) status updates from employees at the big G. Hackers are also hard at work to get a version out for modders -- more details below. Now, getting back to the Nexus S. Google employees will test Ice Cream Sandwich internally before it filters down to the Galaxy Nexus S. This process is known as “Dogfooding”, and is essentially when employees wring out the bugs...

  • Eight household items your smartphone’s made redundant

    There are items common only a few decades ago we'd simply not recognise if they were put in front of us. A fleem. A wringer. A carpet beater. A warming pan. Our kids are going to look the same way at these eight devices – all replaced by the smartphone. 1. Remote control - Have media centre, have smartphone? Then download something like Gmote (Android) or Air Mouse (iPhone). Sit on your couch, browse your collection, pick what you want. If you don’t use a media centre and want to control your non-smart devices you can buy an IR...

  • Smartphone snooping firm denies snooping

    The California-based Carrier IQ, makers of the smartphone software that security researchers insist is snooping on users has been hit with a slew of lawsuits - and has stepped up defence of its creation. By Friday last week, lawsuits totalling hundreds of millions of dollars had been filed in three US states against Carrier IQ and smartphone manufacturers HTC and Samsung, accusing the companies of breaking privacy and wiretapping laws and demanding they be made to pay. The company is also facing tough questions from US Sentator Al Franken. A suit filed in a federal court in the Silicon Valley city...

  • First impressions — Windows 8 Developer Preview

    When you have been using multiple versions of Windows over a two decade period, it's not difficult to write an unbiased review about Windows 8, it's impossible. Thankfully, this is the Windows 8 Developer Preview, Build 8102, therefore I can rip it apart if it doesn't meet my ridiculously high standards. It's Windows, but not quite. How so? Think of it as an exceptionally well crafted alpha version of Microsoft’s latest magnum opus. It's fast, it's slick and it makes my heart beat wet, noisy thumps of happiness. Note: of course, myriad operating systems have now evolved well past...