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  • 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...

  • Review: The cheap, chunky, sometimes funky Gobii eReader

    A load of gadgets recently came into the 'burn offices. You'd think we’d be a little jaded by now, but we still tend to act a little like small children on Christmas morning. The boxes were unpacked with glee, I was handed the action camera...I had requested it after all. A moment later, the collective heads of the editorial team popped up in unison. "You don’t really do any kind of action activities do you?", said one member of the team. "Well unless you count..." I began. "Shut up! This is a family site," said my erstwhile editor, "You...

  • iPhone 4S and iPad 2 iOS 5.0.1 untethered jailbreak imminent

    Owners of the iPhone 4S and iPad 2 running iOS 5.0.1 on their devices will soon be able to join the jailbreak party. The iPhone hacker, Pod2G who successfully created an untethered jailbreak for older iPhones and the iPad 1 running iOS 5.0.1, is responsible for the iPhone 4S and iPad 2 hack. According to a Pod2G tweet, the untethered jailbreak is due later next week. I made a step today for the A5. With some luck we could expect a release in a week.— pod2g (@pod2g) January 3, 2012 Pod2G is confident that any iPad 2 and iPhone 4S running iOS...

  • 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...