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  • ‘Civilization’ lets Facebook players rule world

    Facebook friends will be able to conspire together to rule the world in a free version of blockbuster "Civilization" strategy videogame crafted for the online social network. 2K Games on Thursday released a "Sid Meier's Civilization World for Facebook" application online at apps.facebook.com/civworld. "Our team set out to create an exciting 'Civilization' game for Facebook where for the first time, players can join with their friends to build a powerful empire and rule the world," said Sid Meier, director of creative development at Firaxis Games studio. The Facebook game is set in an online world where players collaborate to build the...

  • Apple App Store: 15 billion downloads but doesn’t get name

    Apple announced on Thursday that more than 15 billion applications for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch have been downloaded from its App Store with more than 425,000 free and paid applications for the 200 million iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches in use worldwide. Over 100,000 applications have been developed for the iPad alone, said Apple. "In just three years, the revolutionary App Store has grown to become the most exciting and successful software marketplace the world has ever seen," Apple senior vice president Philip Schiller said in a statement. Apple said it has paid applications developers over $2.5 billion to date. Apple,...

  • Moshi Moshi: Narcissism in phone form

    Review: Native Union Moshi Moshi 01, 02 and possibly 03 - Desiring something that you want for no good reason needs some explaining. Perhaps it is beautiful and honest, doing only what it says. Perhaps it makes your desk look hotter. And it definitely looks hotter to cradle a retro modern soft-touch handset than hold that tiny little cellphone to your ear to talk into like a chimp. The Moshi Moshi telephone handsets are a whole new class of cellphone accessory: designed to be bigger, heavier and less function-rich than the thing they connect to. The two units Gearburn tested...

  • App of the week: Expensify

    This week I take a look at Expensify, a powerful, functional and incredibly good-looking expense reports app. No, not another personal finace tool, this is for the travelling business person, and it's a must-have. With a powerful desktop based web app to support it, Expensify is fast becoming the standard for recording business expense reports whether you’re out for lunch with an important client, or opening another office on the other side of the world. I travel a lot for work, so much so that when I am about to leave for a trip, I have certain rituals that I’ve...

  • Counter-revolutionaries and bourgeois capital strikes back at hackers

    Italian police have detained 15 they believe to be members of an international hackers cabal called "Anonymous" blamed for several major online attacks, says La Republica newspaper. At the same time, beleagured Sony has got its PlayStation Network and Qriocity distribution network to its home turf in Japan back online after more than two months of hacks, patches, obloquy and taunting from hacker groups styling themselves as challengers to big corporate and big government power, or merely anarchist. The suspected Italian hackers, including five minors, were picked up by police, questioned and later released, while authorities also seized dozens of...

  • Vinyl vs Digital: 20-20kHz hindsight

    Not a Review: Listening to music on vinyl – Gearburn is all about the latest and greatest – but to be sure we’re not missing the gorgeous old forest for the shiny new trees, we also look backwards to see if we’re moving forward. LP vinyl records were what your parents listened to, not because they had greater presence and deeper, fuller soundstage with darker blacks between the notes, but because that’s pretty much all they had. Now we have mp3 players and stream music from our phones to our bathroom sinks wirelessly, and the only people that still...

  • HP iPad-killer launches: A dollar short and a day late

    Hewlett-Packard rolled out its new TouchPad tablet computer on Friday, seeking to get a bit of the iPad tablet action and revive its slumping fortunes. Better late than never, eh HP? The TouchPad went on sale in major US retailers such as Best Buy and Walmart as well as on Amazon.com, HP said. It is expected to go on sale shortly in Britain, Ireland, France, Germany and Canada, and later this year it will become available in Italy, Spain, Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand and Singapore. Unlike the iPad, the TouchPad supports Adobe's Flash video format. It runs the webOS operating...

  • On the fly encryption for Facebook, Gmail, the rest

    A small security company called CertiVox has launched a free text encryption service call PrivateSky for use in browser-based messaging services. Despite the manifold risks, many Internet users still pass private, sensitive or embarrasing information over Facebook posts, Gmail accounts, blogs and other insecure public Web services. PrivateSky encrypts text, allowing only a trusted recipient to read it. It takes the form of a one-click encryption plug-in for Internet Explorer (only, at this point) that turns any text entered into a message box into gobbledegook (AES 192-bit with single-key if you want the gory details). The recipient can decypt...

  • The BlackBerry PlayBook: Like dating someone with a drinking problem

    Living with The BlackBerry PlayBook is like dating someone with a drinking problem. When you first meet, things are great. She seems fun. A lot of fun. I mean fun, like she can drink you under the table, and sometimes when you're under it, she'll be dancing on top of it. After a while though, the violent mood swings and the smell of whiskey on her breath at noon on a Monday isn't endearing anymore. She's a hot mess, and you're sort of over it. And yet, when you're holding her hair while she vomits onto the sidewalk, you can't help...

  • Skype video calling comes to Android

    It may be a little late to the video calling party, but as the 800-lb gorilla, Skype can be. The VoIP behemoth has just introduced video calling in its latest version of the Skype client for Android phones - although as is so often the case with Andoid apps that use peripheral hardware, device support is still a bit spotty. Currently video calls are only supported on Video calling supported on the following handsets: Samsung Google Nexus S, HTC Desire S, Sony Ericsson Xperia neo, Sony Ericsson Xperia pro. Skype is promising to add more soon. Also new is...