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  • Siri-like competitor understands ‘Singlish’

    Siri, the Apple iPhone 4S personal assistant now faces a rival from Singapore-based telecommunications giant, SingTel. The primary reason for development? Singaporeans needed a device which could understand "Singlish". Singlish is a localised form of English, with words that have been taken from various Asian languages. SingTel's new app, called DeF!ND will assist citizens of Singapore who wish to use a Siri-like application which actually understands them. When the iPhone 4S was released in Japan earlier this month, content began to circulate which showed how the new phone from Apple is unable to handle the unique nuances of the local language. SingTel...

  • Game review — Batman: Arkham City

    Batman: Arkham City is everything you want in a superhero title and more. While its predecessor Arkham Asylum was an incredible game -- possibly the best of 2009 -- Arkham City accelerates the possibilities of exploration, creating an unrivalled adventure which lesser titles will have a tough time eclipsing. Storytelling As much as the gameplay, graphics and sound sucks you into this insanely detailed world, the story lets it down with its half-baked plot. Outside of the heart-wrenching ending, the very muddled tale of good-versus-evil is simply not as tight as the original Batman game. Hugo Strange is now the chief...

  • Video review: Is Samsung ‘convergence’ real?

    One of Samsung's biggest selling points with its latest crop of products is the "convergence" between them. Gearburn was lucky enough to get it's hands on the Samsung Galaxy SII running Android's Gingerbread OS, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 running Honeycomb OS, and the Samsung D8000 55" LED 3D TV more commonly known as the Samsung Smart TV. With all these devices on hand, it was time to test whether or not they truly work together in a harmonious amalgam.

  • Grand Theft Auto V announced

    Open-world series Grand Theft Auto has announced its latest title,Grand Theft Auto V. On its official website, a trailer is promised on 2 November. Outside of this very little information about the new title is available. Fans have only the hastag "#GTAV" to hang on to as they patiently wait for the merest inkling of information. The Grand Theft Auto series is not without its spectacle and every game in the lengthy history of this violent, yet deeply enjoyable open-world extravaganza has sold millions of copies. What will we find in Grand Theft Auto V? Each series has been a touchstone of...

  • Samsung to award US$1 000 000 in prizes to best bada app developers

    Samsung is looking at budding bada 2.0 developers to "develop their best app yet". A global competition will reward the best bada app creator with prizes to the value of one million dollars. The competition is hosted at the bada development site and is now in its second year. The bada Power App Race will be the official launch of bada 2.0 for mobile app developers who are interested in creating software with the new SDK. Ten apps will be chosen, five gaming and five non-gaming. Developers who are willing to participate in this thrilling competition should register directly on the...

  • Never lost again. We review TomTom’s GoLive 1000

    Convergence is the combination of similar devices into a single platform. Digital cameras, books and GPS devices are products which now generally exist on smartphones like the Nokia N9 and the iPhone 4. The GPS in particular is at home on the touchscreen display and long battery life of the modern smartphone. So why then bother with a non-converged device? Why should I spend money on a GPS which only does one thing? You do it because the TomTom GoLive 1000 is one of the best navigation systems on the market and a must for your car. Designed well It's built to...

  • A decade of iPod

    Ten years ago, Apple released the first iPod to an unsuspecting public. It only took a decade for the iPod to become the world's number one media player and this week, the iPod celebrates ten years on top. Despite mixed reactions for Apple products, it is hard to deny the cold hard facts. Over 300-million iPods have been sold worldwide, with rivals such as the Zune, Sony Walkman and the multiple SanDisk players unable to knock the champion off the charts. Proof of its success shows in its design. To this day, the current 160GB iPod remains largely unchanged from...

  • Golden Joystick award winners crowned

    The superlative game of 2011 was awarded to Portal 2 at the Golden Joystick awards. The London Park Plaza was the venue for the glitzy event which saw hundreds of the year's best games competing for the coveted prizes. Portal 2, the mind-bending action-adventure from the creators of Half Life won "Ultimate Game". Creating portals, navigating a dying production plant and combating the hateful AI called "GlaDOS" turned out to be an experience that every gamer could sink their teeth into. While Portal 2 was crowned best game, there were no titles which managed to completely dominate the award show. Other notable...

  • Review: Living with the Motorola XOOM

    What is there left to say about the Motorola XOOM that you don’t already know? Released way back in February of this year in the US, it has finally found its way to African shores. There are literally hundreds of reviews of the Motorola XOOM by now, so instead of boring you with tedious minutiae, I'll try to convey just what it's like to welcome to XOOM into your home. A quick refresher course To recap, the XOOM was Motorola's first tablet, and the world's first tablet to run Google's Honeycomb tablet-specific OS. Even 8 months after its introduction, it still packs...

  • Win a Kindle e-Reader with Gearburn and Wantitall!

    THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED. The Kindle is undoubtedly the world's leading eBook reader. Slick, intuitive and lightweight, the Kindle feels like a real book in your hand. The e-ink technology creates the look of a paperback novel and as such, the Kindle can be read in even the most glaring of light. The Kindle with ads can be yours, thanks to Wantitall and Gearburn! WantItAll.co.za is an online shopping site that has been bringing over 14-million products to the South African market, since June 2006. Want to win the Kindle e-Reader, valued at ZAR1500? Follow the instructions below to claim this...