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  • Apple update fixes iPhone tracking ‘bugs’

    Apple on Wednesday released updated software for iPhones to fix "bugs" that resulted in location data being unencrypted and stored for up to a year. A note included with the update said that the cache of saved data on devices was reduced and that location information would no longer be backed up at iTunes on people's computers. Turning off the location services feature on an Apple gadget will cause location data to be deleted, the update promised. The changes came in an iOS 4.3.3 software update for iPhones, iPads, and iPod touch devices. According to British researchers, iPhones and iPads running iOS 4,...

  • Intel Chip Fabrication Goes 3D-ish

    Intel says it has found a way to commercially produce integrated circuit chips in three dimensions, with “Tri-Gate” transistors that are built upwards as well as side-to-side. No, it’s not the Holy Grail of 3D chip fabrication where you can connect between layers laid on top of each other as well as within them, which would mean radically shorter and simpler signal paths for dramatically more speed, less power consumption. Rather, Tri-Gate means the channel the current passes through has appreciable height, not just width, allowing Intel to be able to commercially fabricate chips in a new 22-nanometer process, down a...

  • First-time iDevice buyers: Buy now or wait?

    If you’re big on Apple products, chances are you’re already intimately familiar with the Mac Buyer’s Guide maintained by MacRumors. If you’re a first-time buyer, the guide simply provides recommendations based on product cycles and rumoured release dates for new products and refreshes. Though not 100% accurate, the Mac Buyer’s Guide is a great resource to consider if you’re ever in two minds about buying a particular Apple product right now, or to wait a few months for the new version. Here follows a quick summary for all major Apple products to date. iPod classic Apple didn’t release an update for the...

  • Operation Flashpoint: Red River [Hamper Giveaway]

    Stand a chance to win some limited edition Operation Flashpoint: Red River Gear as well as two copies of this brand new, cutting edge, strategic military shooter for you and a fellow brother in arms. Between Afghanistan and China, the world’s next flashpoint is about to erupt. The valleys, towns and mountains of Tajikistan will become bloody frontlines for the might of the People’s Liberation Army, insurgent guerilla fighters and the United States Marine Corps. To stand a chance to win a double copy of Operation Flashpoint: Red River and a set of limited edition Red River t-shirts and...

  • Enter the new, slim ‘Bold’ with OS 7

    Research In Motion (RIM) has unveiled a pair of slim, powerful new handsets as its latest entry in the fiercely competitive smartphone arena. BlackBerry Bold 9900 and 9930 models are set to hit the market mid-year and will run on a new generation of the Canada-based firm's smartphone operating system. "The new BlackBerry Bold smartphones and BlackBerry 7 OS are inspired by millions of customers around the world who want the ultimate combination of performance, functionality and style," said RIM president Mike Lazaridis. "These fully loaded and beautifully crafted smartphones offer a highly refined user experience with blazingly fast performance, a brilliant...

  • 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...