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  • 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...

  • Exploring the Tokyo Digital Content Expo

    The Digital Content Expo in Tokyo opened with a round of applause, from a pair of robotic hands clapping. The hands are called the Ondz and are part of one of the thousands of products on show at this awe-inspiring event. What makes the hands so special is that they are coated in organic flesh made from urethane, with the bone and joints casted in aluminium. When the two are combined, an “organic clapping motion” is created. Masato Takahash, creator of the hands said, "I want the audience to enjoy the creepy and surreal feelings this product gives as entertainment". Possible...

  • Lytro lets users shoot now, focus later

    Technology moves at a breakneck pace, with the digital camera seemingly being left behind to lap up the sloppy-seconds of digital innovations. New startup Lytro is hoping to change all that by "focusing" its efforts on creating a camera which lets people snap shots, adding in the focus later. Eight years of hard work has led innovator Ren Ng to the release of his product. His idea of "Shoot now, focus later” will be pushed to the extreme as eager buyers grab this advanced device. The funding for the startup, rumoured to be in the realm of US$50-million came from...

  • Review: The Samsung NP600 middling mid-range workhorse

    The Samsung NP600 is an entirely excellent notebook PC, which is to say about as special as a fried eggs on toast dinner. There's nothing wrong with it, plenty right, and even pretty tasty and filling. This guy is mostly anything you could want in a US$1000 midrange machine, plus top-notch build quality and a magnesium casing to protect the screen, supposedly able to take a small truck driving over it. Great gobs of horsepower, nice bright screen, looks damn snazzy in a matt black way. A massive rant is coming up about the dead end of current PC notebook...

  • It’s official: Droid RAZR is Motorola’s stunning new comeback

    Our predictions for the Motorola Droid RAZR were spot on it seems. Yesterday, Motorola teased a brand new RAZR, a smartphone will hopefully take on the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S II and iPhone 4S' of the world. The Droid RAZR is a beast of a phone, but we already spoke about the internals, so let's highlight the features which Motorola officially released. Not quite bulletproof When we mentioned that the RAZR is Kevlar-coated, dreams of utilising the phone as a makeshift nightstick swam around in our heads. In truth, the threaded Kevlar coating is on the backing plate of the...

  • Google serves up Ice Cream Sandwich, Galaxy Nexus

    Google gave its customers two launches in one when it unveiled its highly anticipated Ice Cream sandwich operating system, along with an all new smartphone, the Galaxy Nexus, which it says "takes the smartphone to beyond smart". The phone, developed in conjunction with South Korean technology giant Samsung, is also the first designed to run Android 4.0. "Beaming a video with a single tap or unlocking a device with only a smile sounds like science fiction. Now, you can actually do these things (and more) with a phone that fits in the palm of your hand", said Andy...

  • PS Vita US launch date confirmed, will ‘redefine traditional gaming’

    The United States and Latin America will receive the coveted PlayStation Vita on 22 February, 2012. That's according to Sony chief executive Jack Tretton. Tretton believes the "PlayStation Vita will redefine traditional boundaries of gaming and blur the lines between entertainment and reality". "Its launch will serve as a pivotal point in the history of portable gaming and create a new fan base of PlayStation gamers for generations to come," he said at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco. Features of the PS Vita include a five-inch multi-touch OLED screen and a pad on the back for "touch, grab,...