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  • Gearburn Award: Best Innovation in Hardware 2011

    As a gadget site we’re not looking at core hardware innovations that shake the world, we’re looking at the awesome innovations that knocked our socks off. Often the impact of radical innovations doesn't become apparent for a few years. Accurate, reliable capacitive touch-screens, for example. So we’re reaching a bit, but these are the innovations we think you’ll look back on in a year and say, “Wow – that’s where our gadget world leaped forward.” Third Runner Up – In-device WiFi This has been coming slowly but steadily, but 2011 is where it started to become a feature you’d kinda expect....

  • PlayStation Vita user interface explored

    The PlayStation Vita, Sony's last-ditch attempt to wrangle in hand-held gamers who have migrated to the infinitely cheaper iOS and Android gaming market, offers innovation via a smartphone-like UI. Hardware and software specifications have been rolling around the Internet, but until now, the Vita's interface has not seen the light of day. Tellingly, the five-inch touchscreen navigates in a similar form to the Android OS. The display, crisp and lag-free, is built on gesture control, with a swipe navigating the animated menus. The home screen is broken up into rows of icons, alternating between three to four icons per row....

  • Review: iPad Camera Connection Kit

    Images. Too many great images amongst the almost-rans - and so much work to sort them on the road. Unless you have an iPad with the Camera Connection Kit. My husband and I recently packed our bags and headed for a wine route. We took the scenic Cape Route 62 that meanders up the east coast interior, a soul-feeding alternative to the tedious N2 highway. It’s a wonderful road trip offering endless photo opportunities – and all the problems that go with storing, managing and sharing all the images. In the past, I’ve just taken a lot of pictures...

  • New BlackBerry — pic leaked

    Images of the Blackberry Milan, the next generation of mobile phones from beleagured manufacturers RIM, have been unceremoniously leaked to the unsuspecting public. While specifications for the Milan are yet to be released, the image paints a clear picture of what to expect from this beautiful-looking BlackBerry. The Milan is part of the new range of smartphones which will rock out with the new BBX OS (now BB10 after losing a trademark spat), first announced at the BlackBerry DevCon in San Francisco. On to the Milan! BlackBerry has once again melded touch with a full QWERTY slider keyboard, last...

  • Kindle Fire firmware update out soon

    Amazon will have a software update out within two weeks to improve the performance of its Kindle Fire tablets. Users had been complaining about Internet browsing speed and wireless connection troubles since its launch in mid-November. Amazon did not released exact sales figures but said that it has sold millions of Fire tablets and that demand remained strong. "Kindle Fire is the most successful product we've ever launched," Amazon said in an email response to an AFP inquiry. "In fact, in less than two weeks, we're rolling out an over-the-air update to Kindle Fire that will improve performance, touch navigation, and...

  • Not a Review: Gobii digital photo frame

    Most of us need a digital photo frame like we need a hole in the head. In the era of flat panel TVs to which we can effortlessly beam images, or into which we can stuff USB cards filled with an endless supply of inane holiday snaps, crossing-the-harrassment-line staff party pics, minute details of bloody baby showers and simpering soft-focus wedding pictures, digital photo frames -- even cheap photo frames such as this one from Gobii -- matter no more than a Kardashian nuptials. What possible reason to stuff this turkey down your Christmas stocking? If digital photo frames are...

  • Review: Energizer ‘energi to go’ USB charging kits

    If you travel much at all you know the sick feeling of dread, panic and ennui that swallows your will to live – you’re in the middle of you don’t know where, and your GPS on your phone is rapidly sucking down the last minutes of your battery life. And you still don’t know where you are. But inside your phone, it’s just a battery, right? So it makes sense a battery company comes to the rescue: Energizer’s ‘energi to go’ Portable Charger. Or the Portable Power Travel Kit. Energizer's certainly not wasting money with fancy packaging – this...

  • Review: Gobii HD Action Cam – at least it’s not expensive

    When we first pulled the Gobii HD Action Camera from its box, there was a lot of mirth in the Gearburn office. Mocking, unfriendly derision. And then we played with it for a while, and even the flinty hearts of Gearburn melted a little. It’s a weird shape, and the plastic feels cracktastic, but it is quite functional and IP68 sealed: no dust, complete, immersion in water. How deep? No idea, they don’t say. The outright urge to Burn it faded with some use, but at a shade over $200 in ‘rip-off’ markets and it could make sense. Or, buy...

  • Nokia’s Lumia 710 landed — Taiwan, then Russia, India, H-K, world

    Taiwanese Nokia fans will be the first to get their hands on the Lumia 710, the surprisingly agile Windows Phone and digital brother to the Lumia 800. The Lumia 710 is priced at US$322 and ships to Singapore, Hong Kong, India and Russia over the coming week, then globally in early 2012. Why should you care about the Lumia 710? As Nokia puts it, the Lumia 710 is an “affordable Windows Phone experience,” based on the surprisingly awesome Windows Phone 7.5 Mango build. It uses a unique design which distances itself from the N9 build of the Lumia 800. It's a...

  • Video Review: Sony Ericsson Xperia neo

    Gearburn's Roger Hislop calls the Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo, "shiny like a Chinese stereo." It's sleek, deeply functional and super-compact - and very desirable, if you can handle the chrome accents. It's not a cheap phone, but packed with features which make it worth a second look as Sony Ericsson gets firmly aboard the the Android horse. With an 8.1MP digital camera (ideal for HD recording) and a 1GHz CPU, it's a decent midrange smartphone for those who haven't got the wonga for an iPhone. Gearburn TV investigates the Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo.