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  • Penny drops on new Honeycomb display tech

    After a blog post to the Android developers blog, the penny has dropped why the Honeycomb 3.2 update is actually a big thing. It allows proper support for 7" screens. Until now, mid-size tablets fell into the cracks between smartphones and full-size tablets, with apps often unable to swap smoothly between portrait and landscape, or not displaying properly. When the latest version of Google’s tablet-centric Honeycomb operating system was announced, even the dev team was low key: "Android 3.2 is a minor feature update that includes new APIs that allow you to better target your layouts for specific screen sizes...

  • Windows Phone ‘Mango’ released to manufacturers

    Microsoft has RTMed the new "bet the farm" version of its Windows Mobile platform to manufacturers, with device shipments expected in stores September earliest. According to Microsoft it features over 500 new features and faster browsing with Internet Explorer 9. Its novel interface design has attracted a mixed, but generally favourable response, and the Mango release is expected to improve integration with cloud services such as Bing and Facebook. There is still little detail on SDKs for software developers. "This marks the point in the development process where we hand code to our handset and mobile operator partners to optimize...

  • Jack White – you’re a musical genius but you’re wrong

    A piece is doing the rounds in muso and music lover circles – Jack White of the White Stripes and side-projects explains why producers master albums the way they do. Mr White is an interesting man, and gives his inside story of the makings of his albums, as well as going to bat for Vlad the Impaler, but commits three grievous sins: mixing "levels" and "loudness", being pretty smug about how smart the engineers he uses are, and perpetuating the groupthink lie that louder records sell better. This is how it all started, in a post that went up in...

  • App of the week: TweetBot

    This week I take a look at the most popular of the infamous Tapbots app range, Tweetbot, a stylish, easy to use and cleverly designed Twitter client that blows all its competitors out of the water. To start off, Twitter has, and will always be, a very weird and interesting part of the Internet for me. Millions of people posting pics, sharing stories and having conversations in 140 characters or less. Rich Mulholland once said, and I still believe it is the most apt description of the micro-blogging service, that tweets are like those cardboard newspaper headlines tied to the...

  • America’s appetite for online video jumps again

    Seventy-one percent of online Americans were using video-sharing sites such as YouTube and Vimeo as of May, up from 66 percent a year ago and 33 percent five years ago, according to the survey by the Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project. Twenty-eight percent of US adult Internet users are using a video-sharing site daily, up from 23 percent a year earlier, Pew said. "The rise of broadband and better mobile networks and devices has meant that video has become an increasingly popular part of users' online experiences," said the report's author, Kathleen Moore. "People use these sites for...

  • LG’s Optimus prime-time smartphone

    Review: LG P970 Optimus Black. It’s big and it’s black. And really skinny. The obvious conclusion is that LG is going head to head with iPhone with the P970 Optimus Black by eschewing any exterior adornment. LG also clearly decided that it was going to go with one big stick: size counts. The display is BIG and BRIGHT. Instead of the iPhone’s relatively cramped 3.5", you get a giant 4" slab of pixelly action. But LG was also building to a lower price-point, so you get 480x800 pixels but only 233 pixels per inch. The iPhone’s 960x640 gives you 326ppi....

  • I’m SO into this, right now

    Not a Review: Immersive games. If you read Andre's review of FEAR 3 then you know that we think it’s a great game. It has tight and unexpectedly varied gameplay, pretty good graphics and an all-encompassing sense of immersion. That last bit is the most important part of a good game, because if a game immerses you, if it can get you involved in its… vibe (I suppose is the right word), then it’s a lot easier to overlook whatever flaws it may have. And make no mistake, FEAR 3 had its fair share of flaws. A slightly unusual...

  • BlackBerry goes shopping for video skillz

    Research in Motion has acquired a small video editing startup called JayCut. The seven man Swedish team has been developing a Web-based video editing suite for the past few years – free to use for casual users, with the technology also being licensed to other companies. The reason for the acquisition seems to be RIM's fixation on making the BlackBerry Playbook more consumer-competitive against the iPad. RIM has faced a barrage of criticism of the PlayBook, with weak sales requiring a sharp knife be taken to forecasts. Chief amongst the kibitzing has been the slow growth of available apps for...

  • Drool over the new Mac goodness

    Apple has got the wind behind it -- its just launched a slew of new products, many if not all absolutely drool-worthy, and also exceeded Wall Street expectations by announcing yet another record quarter of US$7.31-billion in profits and gross margins of over 40%. Gearburn takes a look at some of the products which have recently slammed their way onto every Mac fan's wishlist. The latest version of OS X came roaring out, although much of the sound and fury was that of a paper tiger. The operating system (which anyone that knows anything...

  • Loot? Hello! Dungeon Siege 3! I want my loot!

    Review: Dungeon Siege 3. Since my school days, I've a secret guilty pleasure in staying home on rainy winter Saturday nights to hack-n-slash my way through hordes of evil baddies, collecting treasure upon treasure. The game that started all that? Diablo. It had everything - graphics, storyline and, most importantly, a never-ending stream of loot. Many a happy weekend was spent crawling dungeons, looking for a fight with Baal and then having an epic throw-down where I cast his scaly red ass back to the pit from whence he came. As much as I wish it was, this is not...