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  • Video Review: LG Optimus Black

    Black and blocky - you're not going to get a much bigger screen this side of a tablet, and it's got some pretty serious innards to power its Androidy goodness. Gearburn weighs up the iffy build quality against the sheer value for money.

  • Pilots ditch paper, switch to iPad for nav and checks

    United Airlines recently announced it was replacing the hefty flight manuals and chart books its pilots have long used with 11 000 iPads carrying the same data. Now instead of ruining their backs carrying 17 kilograms of paper instructions, data and charts, they can ruin their nerves trying to get the devices past TSA security screeners. The popular tablet computer will carry the Mobile FliteDeck software app from Jeppesen, a Boeing subsidiary which provides navigation tools for air, sea and land. "The paperless flight deck represents the next generation of flying," said Captain Fred Abbott, United's senior vice president of flight...

  • Steve’s gone, now what?

    Apple's reign as king of the high-end consumer tech world is assured in the short term but the long-term outlook is hazy without the leadership of visionary co-founder Steve Jobs, analysts said. "The Jobs legacy will continue to influence products for at least two to three years out," independent technology analyst Carmi Levy said. "That's how big the pipeline is of products developed during his watch. "The real test of Apple's post-Jobsian mettle will come after the pipeline of products conceived under his influence runs out," Levy said. "Will Apple still be capable of conceptualising and introducing category-killer products like the...

  • Samsung SMART TV D8000: How awesome is this TV?

    I enjoy paying tribute to the most influential piece of technology in my life, the TV. It’s always been there for me, my television. The fuzzy, nostalgic feeling when I think back to my childhood, the memories of grainy images and needing to adjust the bunny ears just so. It is with a little sadness that I say that those days are long gone – obliterated by a new era of crystal clear imagery and absolute TV awesomeness. Yes! TVs are now just too brilliant to describe. And the height of all-round viewing technology is front and centre in...

  • App of the week: Photovine

    This week I take a look at Photovine, a photo sharing social network that is fast becoming a favourite app amongst iPhonography enthusiasts and casual snappers all around the world. I’m sure most of you reading this will remember the Internet before the digital camera became as readily available as it is today. Back to the days when hardly anyone used a photo of themselves as a profile picture or avatar, not for fear of being recognized or anything like that, but simply because of the cost of technology and the sheer complexity of getting a decent photo of yourself...

  • Movie studio releases flicks to Facebook

    Hollywood studio Miramax has began making some of its films available for online viewing as rentals at social networking powerhouse Facebook. So far it is US-only (although a couple of movies are available in the UK and Turkey (Turkey?), although the FAQ says the service is intended for global reach once rights have been cleared in each country. So don't hold your breath if you're not in a tier-one country. Movie rentals cost three dollars each, with payment accepted in the form of Facebook Credits using Facebook's payment platform, which currently supports payments in most currencies via credit card. The initial...

  • Blackberry unveils three new Curves

    BlackBerry manufacturer Research in Motion (RIM) has announced three new Curve smartphones integrated with the sleek Blackberry 7 OS. The Curve 9350, 9360 and 9370 are fresh out of the oven and ready for action. The new models have been designed for the Blackberry user looking for an affordable phone which suits their more pressing social media needs. RIM president Mike Lazaridis is quoted as saying, "The new BlackBerry Curve smartphones are absolutely stunning and offer a significant performance upgrade with an unmatched mobile social experience for the millions of feature phone users in the market as well as...

  • Motorola ATRIX: The great little phone that should

    The ATRIX has hardware specs out the whatsit, with a one gighertz dual-core NVIDA Tegra 2 processor, a gig of RAM, a four-inch 960x540 qHD display, front- and rear-facing (5MP) cameras and the ability to record in 720p. It offers up to 48GB of storage (16GB internal and optional 32GB MicroSD card), 802.11n support, a 1930 mAh battery, two microphones for noise-reduction and a biometric reader for unlocking your phone at the touch of a fingerprint. The ATRIX’s party trick is, of course, its accessories. Both of the docks, the Lapdock and the HD Multimedia Dock, essentially amplify the phone’s...

  • Hanging out in Amazon now easier with Street View

    Two women washed clothes in the dark water of the Rio Negro as a boat glided past with a camera-laden Google tricycle strapped to the roof, destined to give the world a window into the Amazon rain forest. A "trike" typically used to capture street scenes for Google's free online mapping service launched Thursday from the village of Tumbira in a first-ever project to let Internet users virtually explore the world's largest river, its wildlife and its communities. The project was the brainchild of Amazonas Sustainable Foundation (FAS) which two years ago went to Google Earth with an ambitious vision of...

  • Did the PC fail HP or HP fail the PC?

    The stunning announcement by Hewlett-Packard, the world's top personal computer maker, at the end of last week that it is taking steps to exit the business is the surest sign yet the post-PC era is here -- or at least the end of the PC era that we know. The company that invented the PC, IBM, ditched its loss-making PC business unit by selling it to Lenovo in 2004, focussing rather on higher-margin server hardware, software and professional services. HP seems to be following suit. PC hardeware is increasingly only profitably produced by mass-market consumer electronics manufacturers from Asia, with...