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  • Technology predictions for 2011

    2010 has been an amazing year for technology. We’ve seen an explosion of tablets, the rise and rise of Android, the saturation of location-based services, not to mention set-top boxes from Google and Apple, 3D TVs, Microsoft Kinect, and the first mainstream movie about a website, The Social Network. Mobile technology also continued to race forward at light-speed, with many advances in mobile payments, augmented reality and high speed networks. But don't expect it all to end there. 2011 is already holding some intriguing and exciting possibilities.Let’s take a look at some the technologies and gadgets in store for...

  • Why the Murdoch-Jobs iPad alliance may be headed for choppy waters

    Reports that Apple is working with Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. to produce an iPad-only newspaper, called the "Daily," sets a troubling precedent. It has not done the same with music, TV or movie studios. Reports the Guardian: "The collaboration, which has been secretly under development in New York for several months, promises to be the world's first 'newspaper' designed exclusively for new tablet-style computers such as Apple's Apple's iPad, with a launch planned for early next year. "...there will be no 'print edition' or 'web edition'; the central innovation, developed with assistance from Apple engineers, will be to dispatch the publication...

  • Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II [Xbox 360 Review]

    Being a long time Star Wars geek and big fan of the first Force Unleashed game, I could hardly contain myself when I heard that a sequel was to be released this year. And at first glance my enthusiasm seemed completely justified. But before long, I was quickly reminded that things are not always as they seem. The core experience of The Force Unleashed II remains basically unchanged. Once again, you play Starkiller, secret apprentice to Darth Vader, and bringer of preposterous amounts of destruction through wielding the force as you have never seen it before... unless you played the...

  • The Memeburn iPhone 4 review: Please just go get it

    I'm no Apple fan boy. I'm a Vaio user and a big fan of Windows 7. In fact on a philosophical level I dislike Apple, the company. It's a company that is terminally arrogant, and increasingly shortsighted when it comes to building business ecosystems. (Read: Why the iPhone is in trouble) But you know what? I don't care. They make brilliant products. The iPhone 4 is an uber gadget. It's a future device that doesn't quite belong in today's world. I often wondered whether Apple could keep raising the bar with every iPhone iteration. But they seem to do it almost...

  • Blackberry Pearl 9105: Entry-level form meets high-end function

    If you’re a BlackBerry purist, you might view the Pearl 3G 9105 with its T9-style keyboard as blasphemous; the result of an unholy union between a Nokia "candybar-style" handset and a traditional QWERTY-style BlackBerry smartphone. Look closer however, and you’ll find a powerful device that cleverly bridges the gap between run-of-the-mill feature phones and high-end BlackBerry smartphones. A wolf in sheep's clothing, the Pearl 9105 comes packing top-tier features, including a 624 MHz processor, high speed HSDPA connectivity, Bluetooth 2.1, Wi-Fi, GPS and Research In Motion’s advanced SureType technology for hammering out text on a compact, yet gorgeous 360 x...

  • N8: Nokia almost delivers a really great phone

    Let’s get right to the question you’re begging to have answered. Because if you’re not asking it, you’re probably already into iPhones or Blackberries or some other hippy-open-whatchamacallit-wotsit made by HTC. The question on everyone's lips is, of course: "Is the Nokia N8 any good?" Which really means, "Should I, as a Nokia loyalist (or disenchanted refugee from some other phone that’s just pissed me off one time too many) buy one, and keep the torch burning for the clever little elves deep in the cold wintry wastes of Espoo?" In a word, yes. The N8 is a bloody good...

  • Cubans unimpressed by ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops’ storyline

    Cuba's state-run media and bloggers are not amused at "Call of Duty: Black Ops," a new videogame in which the player can join a secret operation in the 1960s to assassinate former leader Fidel Castro. "What the United States government did not manage to do in 50 years, now it attempts to accomplish by virtual means," said comments Wednesday on the website Cubadebate, where Castro regularly publishes opinion pieces. The site was referring to the numerous plots to kill the Cuban president, which the government said numbers 638. The latest installment of the hit "Call of Duty" franchise went on sale in...

  • Android now second biggest smartphone platform after Nokia, says Gartner

    Google's Android mobile operating system surged past Apple's iPhone and RIM's Blackberry in the third quarter to become the second biggest smartphone platform after Nokia's Symbian, research firm Gartner said Wednesday. Gartner said Finland's Nokia sold 29.5 million smartphones during the third quarter of the year for a 36.6 percent share of the worldwide market, down from 44.6 percent a year ago. Sales of Android-powered smartphones soared to 20.5 million units, giving the Android platform a 25.5 percent market share, up from just 3.5 percent a year ago, Gartner said. Apple's iPhone was next on sales of 13.5 million units for a...

  • Instagram: the retro-social photography app

    My first camera was a little Kodak Instamatic, with a fixed-focus lens and a revolving cube of flashbulbs on top, that my father bought me on the eve of a school trip to the Kruger Park. Even way back then I was an irritating early adopter, the only kid on the bus pointing and shooting out the window as we wound our way past the wonders of the wild. My pictures were fuzzy and blasted with glare -- an elephant skull at Shingwedzi, a giraffe, a distant herd of impala -- but in retrospect, they captured the light with a...

  • Enslaved: Odyssey to the West [Xbox Review]

    I’m a sucker for post-apocalyptic sci-fi action, so when a post-post-apocalyptic storyline comes along, I tend to geek out hard and immerse myself in the ensuing tale. With a truly unique storyline, awesome boss-men, kickass wardrobe and incredibly rich character development, Enslaved: Odyssey to the West is an honest to Kratos, O.G. (original game). Storyline: You begin the saga in a cryogenic holding pod, suggesting that your avatar is a prisoner or slave of sorts. After a malfunction of unknown origins, the futuristic prison/slave transport ship holding the convict begins to crash and the resulting mayhem sees the character breaking free...