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  • Live TV on my iPad: Hands-on with the Drifta

    The idea of being able to watch live satellite TV on my iPad, iPhone and laptop sounded just too good to be true. So it wasn’t long before I had the Drifta, DSTV’s much-publicised DVB-H mobile TV decoder, in my hands. It’s an amazing little innovation, designed locally, that brings nine selected DSTV channels like SuperSport, ENews and others to your laptop, iPhone, iPad or selected Nokia phones. There are also future plans to bring the broadcast to Android phones and other phones that support the DVB-H signal. The real wonder of the device is what it could be, unfortunately not...

  • Lenovo X1 – so close, but so far

    This has to be the most leaked-about product launch ever. The PC industry has not had a great answer to the Macbook Air. The Samsung Series 9 is pretty close, but too expensive (although much more powerful and flexible). The Lenovo X1 has been on the radar screen for months now, and is now out^H^H almost soon out^H^H^H should be… agh. Industry reports said May 17th, but it’s still not in the wild. Specs released so far (anlaysed here) suggest it will be the ultralight laptop to beat for the corporate market. It (reportedly) packs an i5 2.5GHz...

  • Video review: LunaTik Strap

    Take the iPod Nano, add case and strap (or LunaTik strap to be precise) -- and what do you get. You get a very advanced and cool-looking watch. It's a great conversation starter. Wow, what a cool watch! It’s not a watch, it’s my iPod Nano. Wow! That’s awesome (Smugly) I know. (End of conversation.) And the creators have certainly done a very good job of integrating the design of the case and strap with the Apple look. Roger Hislop reviews the LunaTik Strap.

  • Video review: RedBull HD

    Red Bull is the master of branding and has conquered virtually every market of cool. However with its recent venture into the mobile world, it is still uncertain as to whether its risky play will pay off. Ryan Gordon takes a look at RedBull mobile’s flagship phone, The RedBull HD, in an attempt to uncover what it is that make undertaking different.

  • Long, Light, Looks Like a Leica

    Gearburn Review: Leica V-Lux 2 There are two kinds of photographers. Those that buy Leica cameras because those clever gnomes in the heart of Germany make some of the finest image capture instruments money can buy, and some buy Leica because they have money and can buy. In particular, they want to buy that infinitely desirable big red spot that says, “I. Am. Premium.” And so when I opened the surprisingly pedestrian box the Leica V-Lux 2 came in, I was surprised a second time to find a rather plasticky, rather pedestrian-looking bridge camera inside it that didn’t say to me,...

  • Best of Android packed into “Ice Cream Sandwich”

    Google said it is packing the best of its Honeycomb tablet computer software into a new "Ice Cream Sandwich" version of Android for mobile devices. The California-based Internet titan planned to release Ice Cream Sandwich by the end of the year and promised that it is being designed to run smartphones, tablets, and any other Android gadgets. "Our top priority for Ice Cream Sandwich will be one operating system that runs everywhere," Android engineering team chief Mike Claron said at a Google developers conference in San Francisco. "We are taking all the good stuff we added to Honeycomb for tablets and making...

  • Google notebooks challenge Microsoft

    Notebook computers powered by Google software are heading to market in a direct assault on the Windows operating system at the heart of Microsoft's technology empire. The California-based Internet colossus partnered with electronics makers Samsung and Acer on notebook computers essentially crafted as portals to online applications or services reached through Google's Chrome Web browser. "Whether it be Microsoft or other operating system vendors, the complexity of managing your computer is really torturing computer users out there," Google co-founder Sergey Brin said during a press briefing. "That is a flawed model," he said. "Chrome notebooks are a new model that doesn't put...

  • Why it’s a good time to be developing mobile apps in Africa

    The African mobile developer community should be smiling right now, what with being ideally placed to take advantage of a number of factors that currently make the region one of the most exciting digital spaces on the planet. Mobile is massive Mobile take-up across Africa took a lot of people by surprise; in hindsight it was obvious. Infrastructure-lag left a gaping chasm of consumer demand wide enough for mobile technology to swoop in and satisfy the need for telecommunications. South Africa now has more active SIMs than it has people. Across the region communication, banking, healthcare, education and many more...

  • The tablet: A fringe gadget

    Tablets are fringe gadgets. Once we acknowledge this simple truth, Apple’s dominance with the iPad makes perfect sense. In 2011, we still tend to debate the necessity of a tablet computer in our lives. It’s an auxiliary device that we may choose to aspire to beyond the foundations of our basic gadget pyramid of needs: smartphone and laptop/desktop computer. What beggars belief then, is the fashion in which the world’s most powerful technology companies continue to approach tablet production. Unlike Apple that released a polished, if basic, product at launch, a sense of mass hysteria caused competitors to knee-jerk unfinished copycat...

  • Microsoft buying Skype for $8.5 billion

    Microsoft is buying Internet phone service company Skype for $8.5 billion dollars in a move aimed at carving out a bigger presence in an online arena dominated by Google and Facebook. The acquisition of Skype, which had reportedly also attracted interest from Cisco, Facebook and Google, is the largest ever by the US software giant. "Skype is a phenomenal service that is loved by millions of people around the world," Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer said in a statement early Tuesday announcing the purchase. "Together we will create the future of real-time communications so people can easily stay connected to family, friends,...