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  • Samsung introduces its own ‘gateway drug’

    For many, the cost-effective iPod Touch is their first brush with the iPhone OS. In 2009, Chris Foresman at Ars Technica called it the “gateway drug”, popularizing iOS with a younger generation obsessed with social networking and gaming. The theory is that, when the so called “Facebook” generation is ready to upgrade to a smartphone, they’ll be keen on picking the smartphone platform they’re already familiar with. Peter Farago vice president of marketing for analytics firm Flurry, called it “Life Stage marketing”, a term he used to describe the competitive advantage of hooking users to a platform at an early...

  • Geeks move over, families move in — A Kinect review

    In 1978 my Binatone TV Master played pong. You definitely didn’t work up a sweat. Working up a sweat is now de rigueur, since Nintendo introduced Wii in 2006. When kinect hit the scene, Wii and Playstation suddenly looked archaic. Imagine brandishing an actual controller. How retro! With kinect, your body is the controller. So, state of the art interaction. But could I justify forking out a significant amount of money for it? My love of video games and my young family have not been fitting too well together. Shouldn’t I be spending my money on sensible school shoes...

  • Everyone calm down, RIM is going to be just fine

    Research In Motion recently announced a lower than expected outlook for the upcoming quarter, making its investors nervous and dropping its stock price by more than 10% on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Following the Wall Street carnage and RIM’s 2011/2012 roadmap, analysts are calling BlackBerry a “broken brand”, while pundits are now predicting another “burning platform” letter signed by the smartphone giant’s co-CEOs and some even go so far as to parallel RIM to Palm, suggesting that it could turn into the next big prize in the mobile industry’s consolidation. Can everyone please calm down? Money talks RIM shipped 14.9-million BlackBerries...

  • HTC Desire Z: The pocket computer with built-in phone

    There’s one kind of buyer for this phone. Any other owner will be vaguely dissatisfied that you can’t keep it in your pocket if your pants don’t have a belt. That you have to be ultra-careful not to drop it. And that’s it. That’s the very short list of deal-breaking flaws of the Desire Z. It’s heavy, and a little fragile. Are you that buyer of the HTC Desire Z? Yes, if you will tolerate its beastly proportions because you want more than a phone in your pocket. Yes, if you basically want a pocket computer in your pocket that...

  • Redbull HD charges into the mobile market

    Red Bull is the master of branding and has conquered virtually every market of cool. However with its recent foire into the mobile world, it is still uncertain as to whether their risky venture will pay off. Gearburn takes a look at RedBull mobile’s flagship phone, The RedBull HD, in an attempt to uncover what it is that make this undertaking different. RedBull Mobile is essentially picking up where Virgin Mobile left off and is the new mobile virtual network operator in partnership with Cell C. Running off the Cell C backbone means RedBull is able to reduce overheads and pass...

  • Piracy is theft and you know it

    When my brother and I used to game on our beloved Commodore 64 back in the 80s we used to save our Eid money every year to buy new games at the Dion store. As far as we were aware, that was the only place where you could actually buy games. That system of saving up meant we were guaranteed at least two new games a year. If we were really lucky, my dad would add on a few bucks and we’d buy a compilation set, that had five or six games in a pack. That yearly ritual of...

  • Android phones that will enhance your love life

    In August of 2010, OkCupid.com released some vital industry statistics: iPhone users were having more sex than users of any other smartphone brand. BlackBerry users were in second place, and then in third - or dead last if you prefer - were the fandroids. OkCupid extracted EXIF data from photographs to figure out which smartphones 9 785 of their 30-something members were using, and crossed it with all kinds of user behaviors and found data on the number of sexual partners for each major smartphone platform. At the time the research was conducted, male and female iPhone users had an average...

  • Games are from the future, but load times are from the past

    I’m not usually one to be a show-off, because history has shown me that whenever I try to show how cool I am, inevitably the fates, or whatever, decide to knock me back down. Case in point. A few weeks ago I had a bunch of friends over and decided to brag with my new PlayStation Move. I hadn’t had a chance to use it at all myself, so unpacking it was a fresh experience for both me and my green eyed audience. I am meticulous about unpacking gadgets, always taking care to note how everything is placed...

  • Apple debuts iPad 2, gets favourable response from web world

    Apple CEO Steve Jobs made a surprise appearance at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco on Wednesday as Apple debuted the iPad 2. "We've been working on this product for awhile, and I didn't want to miss it," Jobs said before launching into the presentation. The iPad 2 features a new, faster OS (iOS 4.3) with dual-core processor, two cameras (front and back), offered in two colours (black and white) and 1/3 thinner (making it thinner than the iPhone 4).  It also automatically syncs with Apple TV and includes an HDMI output. It's shipping in the United States on March 11...

  • 8 BlackBerry apps for the business folk

    Research in Motion has done a pretty good job marketing the BlackBerry as a business phone with great social media capabilities. As a BlackBerry user, the amount of applications in the "Blackberry App World" still overwhelms me, and I am a social user. It seems I'm not alone -- most of the people I know use the BlackBerry for personal use. However for the business users out there connected to the BlackBerry Enterprise Server, who require their phones to function in the business world, here are a few apps that might help. Not all apps are exclusive to the...