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  • Skype video calling comes to Android

    It may be a little late to the video calling party, but as the 800-lb gorilla, Skype can be. The VoIP behemoth has just introduced video calling in its latest version of the Skype client for Android phones - although as is so often the case with Andoid apps that use peripheral hardware, device support is still a bit spotty. Currently video calls are only supported on Video calling supported on the following handsets: Samsung Google Nexus S, HTC Desire S, Sony Ericsson Xperia neo, Sony Ericsson Xperia pro. Skype is promising to add more soon. Also new is...

  • World of Warcraft free for 20 levels

    As online game developers struggle to find better business models, the shifting between paid-for and free games becomes ever faster. World of Warcraft developers Blizzard has announced that the first twenty levels of its popular multiplayer online role-playing game are free in a “Starter Edition”. This is a change from its previous ‘get ‘em hooked’ system, where new players could spend up to 14 days playing before having to decide whether to move to a paid-for account or not. This new Starter Edition gives occasional gamers, or those that need a bit more time to get into the popular fantasy...

  • OMFG it’s a white iPhone

    OMG! I mean, like OMFG! Is that a white iPhone 4? A real one. Oh yeah baby, Gearburn got one. And rushed to review it. Except that after two weeks the best we could come up with was “It’s an iPhone 4. That’s white. Mmm. Pretty.” No good. So we had to try harder. We are hardened professionals that easily shake of the bedazzlement of black turtleneck magic. We would find the story behind the story. What we did, good people, is go out on the streets and ask you what you thought of it. Is it girly? Is it...

  • App of the week: Money IQ

    This week I take a look at Money IQ, a personal finance app that has quickly taken my app world by storm and become an essential part of my daily life. A couple weeks back I reviewed Moneybook, another personal finance app that I loved for its simplicity and beautiful design. You’ll recall though that I did have one or two issues with the app, one being the fact that it didn’t allow you to create your own categories (which has now been changed in the last update), and the other being the way it dealt with income – not...

  • Every day 500,000 more Androids active says Google

    More than 500,000 devices running Google's Android software are being activated every day, a senior Google executive said on Tuesday. Andy Rubin, creator of the Android operating system and a Google vice president for engineering, made the announcement in a message on his Twitter feed, @Arubin. "There are now over 500,000 Android devices activated every day," he said. Rubin said the number of Android devices being activated is growing at 4.4 percent week on week. Google announced during a developers conference in May that 400,000 Android devices were being activated every day, up from 300,000 in December. A number of leading handset manufacturers use...

  • Google takes on Facebook head-to-head

    Internet search giant Google has launched its rival to Facebook, a new social networking service called Google+. "Online sharing is awkward. Even broken. And we aim to fix it," Google's senior vice president for engineering Vic Gundotra said in a blog post. "We'd like to bring the nuance and richness of real-life sharing to software," Gundotra said. "We want to make Google better by including you, your relationships, and your interests." Google+, located at plus.google.com, is currently being tested by a small number of people, but Google said in a message on the site that it "won't be long before the Google+...

  • The Ninth Life of Mortal Kombat

    Review: Mortal Kombat 9 - It’s hard to imagine a world without Mortal Kombat, the nasty little fighter which attempted to steal the thunder from Street Fighter's legion of followers. Many of us have grown up with Mortal Kombat, peering over the shoulders of the older boys in the arcades as they fought for their lives with a cigarette hanging off their lower lip. We’ve all grown up now, the arcades are dead, smoking will kill you, and Mortal Kombat (the ninth in the series) for the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 is back, baby. This is not a lazy...

  • Harry Potter’s world comes to e-books

    Harry Potter creator JK Rowling has taken her lucrative boy wizard into the digital age, revealing that his adventures will now be sold as e-books for the first time through a website that contains new material and assorted Pottery merchandise. True fans can get into it from July 31, the rest of us must wait until October. After years of restricting the phenomenally successful series to print form, Rowling said that from October she would sell them direct to consumers, bypassing not only bookstores but also online retailers like Amazon and Apple. The free-to-access website, www.pottermore.com, will also feature an "online...

  • Jabra’s extreme hyperbole

    Review: Jabra Extreme bluetooth headset - Mystifying. To go to so much effort to engineer such a device, make it look nice and put it in a smart box. A pair of $5 'buds with one side chopped off will do much the same job. So much technology, so little point. It sure looks the part. All black Cylon hi-tech styling with a range of differnt clips to suit every cranny of every ear. But then you use it, and deep existential questions rear their uncomfortable heads. Why so much, to do so little? You have to use the supplied Bluetooth...

  • What will be in iPhone 5: Gearburn predicts

    We’re starting to get some whiffs of the iPhone 5, some real, some imagined. It is supposed to release in September, and bets are that Apple will once more comprehensively conquer the cool end of the smartphone market. Gearburn has sniffed around, and come up with our predictions of what will be in and out in the fifth generation of the phone that made Apple’s fortunes. We are so delighted with our top-of-the-line gadgets, content even. But the instant an upgrade appears it becomes about as appealing as a pork sandwich in a kosher deli. For close to a decade...