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  • Video Review: Olympus TG810

    Review: Olympus Tough TG-810. Hard. Proper hard. Waterproof to 10m, drop proof 2m. Dust proof. Crush proof. You could build a house out of them if you had enough. The Olympus TG-810 is designed for the accident-prone and the frantically outdoorsy adventurer. Before we do the Gearburn tear-it-a-new-A-hole (because we’re hyper-critical), let’s first pat Olympus on the back for what it did get right. 10m waterproof. Wow. Ten years back, if you wanted to take pics on a scuba dive you either coughed Greece’s sovereign debt for a waterproof enclosure, or you coughed the USA’s sovereign debt for a Sea and...

  • Tough as a brick shothouse

    Review: Olympus Tough TG-810. Hard. Proper hard. Waterproof to 10m, drop proof 2m. Dust proof. Crush proof. You could build a house out of them if you had enough. The Olympus TG-810 is designed for the accident-prone and the frantically outdoorsy adventurer. Before we do the Gearburn tear-it-a-new-A-hole (because we’re hyper-critical), let’s first pat Olympus on the back for what it did get right. 10m waterproof. Wow. Ten years back, if you wanted to take pics on a scuba dive you either coughed Greece’s sovereign debt for a waterproof enclosure, or you coughed the USA’s sovereign debt for a Sea and...

  • Wii U & Me

    So now we know what Nintendo had up its sleeves: the Wii U controller-tablet hybrid. There was talk that the new Nintendo console would be called simply “Nintendo”. I favoured of that name, since it brought back memories of the days when that word itself was a synonym for video games. Instead, the new Nintendo console is called Wii U, most likely to capitalize on the positive brand image of the original Wii. I was never a fan of the name Wii, and this isn’t lighting my fire either. Name aside, however, I’ll admit that I am intrigued by Nintendo’s...

  • HP’s TouchPad on sale in US on July 1

    Hewlett-Packard announced on Thursday that its rival to Apple's hot-selling iPad, the HP TouchPad, will go on sale in the United States on July 1. The touchscreen tablet computer, which is powered by the webOS software platform bought from Palm, will be available in Britain, France, Ireland and Germany a few days later and in Canada in mid-July, HP said in a statement. The device will go on sale in Australia, Hong Kong, Italy, New Zealand, Singapore and Spain later this year, the Palo Alto, California-based HP said. No news on African and other Asian markets. HP said the version of the...

  • Ubisoft jumps on Nintendo’s ‘Wii U’

    French videogame titan Ubisoft is throwing its weight behind Nintendo's second-generation Wii U videogame console. Ubisoft chief executive Yves Guillemot and teams working on titles tailored to the new console starred at a Nintendo developers roundtable late Wednesday at the premier Electronic Entertainment Expo. "This is certainly a first during my presidency at Nintendo," Nintendo's global chief Satoru Iwata said as he introduced "a most important partner," Ubisoft. Ubisoft was the first third-party game publisher to have games ready for the original Wii when the consoles that transformed play with motion-sensing wand controls were released in 2006. The company is now pouncing on...

  • ‘Apple created Android’

    "Apple created Android, or at least they created the environment to allow Android to happen." Those were the words of Nokia CEO, Stephen Elop when he addressed the Open Mobile Summit in London on Thursday. The statement seems fairly innocuous until you start asking exactly what the head of the embattled Finnish communications giant meant by this? The statement, made just after denying fresh takeover rumours, suggests that Elop may be trying to justify Nokia’s decision to throw its lot in with his former employers Microsoft and its Windows Phone 7 operating system. If we take the statement to mean...

  • iBorg: three new ways Apple will assimilate you – and you’ll like it

    Apple has done it again – it has an amazing knack of taking technology that’s been on the market for years, packaging it, integrating it, and presenting it to the world as a revolution. While Jobs-haters have a point that Apple has done very little in the way of actual innovation (name almost any Apple technology and you’ll find a non-Apple variant that predates it significantly), the company has the magical ability to make it work. Seamless, easy, intuitive – and cleverly integrated so that it’s so much more than the sum of its parts. There are a host of new...

  • App of the week: Moneybook

    This week I take a look at Moneybook, a simple yet powerful personal finance app that looks great and is unrivalled in ease of use. Pay day: the long-awaited day of the month that sees your bank account being credited for all the hard work that you’ve put in over the last four weeks. For me, the week leading up to this pivotal day is a bit of a weird time, kind of bittersweet, actually. On the one hand I’m excited and planning what I’ll do with my newly acquired funds, but on the other hand it is also a...

  • Nintendo out for all gamers with “Wii U” console

    Nintendo on Tuesday provided the first glimpse of a second-generation Wii console designed to dispel notions its system is not up to the standards of "hardcore" videogame players. "Wii U" builds on the Japanese videogame titan's record of hardware innovation with a controller that combines a tablet computer-style touchscreen with toggles and buttons used for blockbuster shooter or action titles. "The boundaries that once divided players are starting to be erased," Nintendo chief executive Satoru Iwata said as the world got a look at the Wii U at the opening of the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles. "For Nintendo, the goal...

  • iOS5, iCloud: iSee the future

    Apple has announced some dramatic changes to the operating system of their iPhone, iPad and Touch devices. At the core of the new updates is iCloud, a new music-streaming and online data storage service that can be accessed on devices from the iPad to the iPhone. The announcements were made at Apple's Worldwide Developers’ Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco by Apple executives that included a frail-looking Steve Jobs. iCloud essentially demotes the role of the computer to "just another device". Users' data will be stored online, meaning users will no longer have to connect their new iPads or iPhones to a...