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  • What Hi-Fi announces Stars of CES 2012

    What Hi-Fi Sound and Vision announced its top 10 products of CES International 2012 in Las Vegas. Those of you not in the know might be thinking "big woop, so what?" Anyone who knows about the magazine, however, knows its opinion matters. The gadget reviews in the 35-year-old magazine are read by people in 50 countries around the world, its website receives well over 9-million unique visitors a month. It’s also the only non North American media partner at CES. Although in its first iteration, to be one of What Hi-Fi’s stars of CES definitely carries clout for any...

  • 5 Solar gadgets at CES

    Not so long ago, your choice when it came to solar-powered gadgets was pretty much limited to calculators and seriously expensive wrist watches. Here at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, however, there’s a plethora of solar gadgets on offer. Here are a few that Gearburn came across. Solar lighted cover for Kindle The Kindle’s e-ink technology is great for your eyes, but it’s not so hot if you want to read at night without turning on a light (to avoid disturbing the person sharing a room with you, for instance). This product, from a company called SolarFocus, claims to...

  • Waterproof your mobile life with Liquipel

    Quickly, what is the number one bane of mobile phone owners? The answer: water. Dropping a phone in coffee, the pool or the kitchen sink creates a shiny brick, and one sad owner. Now, Liquipel has announced at CES that it has created a clear coating which protects mobile phones from most forms of water damage. Nanotech and nothing else It's not a case, it's a clear coat of pure nanotech, bled into each and every part of the phone. Regardless of what model the phone is, the coating will not “fatten” the profile of the device. Danny McPhail, co-president of...

  • Seedbook: The double-screened laptop

    Ever thought your laptop could use another screen...on the back? If so, the Seedbook is just for you. Gearburn got a look at a prototype of this innovative, and slightly quirky, gadget at CES International 2012 in Las Vegas. The Seedbook is manufactured by a Brazilian startup called SeedTronic and the company plans to bring out a range of its double screened notebooks later in 2012 -- a small tablet sized model, a mid-sized notebook and a large laptop. At the moment, the product is still in its prototype stage, so the version we saw was pretty chunky. The guys behind...

  • 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...