Gearburn

10 games to look forward to in 2012

Look, 2011 was a great year for gaming, but it’s over now, and all that’s in the past. It’s time, therefore, to look forward and see what 2012 has on offer. The industry continues to flourish and develop in these exciting times for virtual entertainment, and it seems this year will be no different. With some of the most exciting sequels coming out in years, here is our list of the most anticipated games of 2012.

Gearburn

Review: The cheap, chunky, sometimes funky Gobii eReader

A load of gadgets recently came into the ‘burn offices. You’d think we’d be a little jaded by now, but we still tend to act a little like small children on Christmas morning. The boxes were unpacked with glee, I was handed the action camera...I had requested it after all. A moment later, the collective heads of the editorial team popped up in unison. “You don’t really do any kind of action activities do you?”, said one member of the ...

Innovation

Keen to test the strength of a solid state drive? Smash it

If Alan Frost of Intel's NAND Solutions Group loves solid-state drives so much, why does he relish throwing them, smashing them and, yes, even cooking them? "Awareness," said Frost, and he doesn't mean for himself. Although these solid-state drive (SSD) beatings are available on YouTube for the world to see, he doesn't want star billing. "It's all about the SSD," said Frost. For the uninitiated, solid-state drives are a storage device without moving parts, making them significantly less susceptible to damage from ...

News

Google+ still ‘growing much faster than Facebook’

Think Google+ is in decline? Think again. According to internet research firm Experian Hitwise, Google's largest social effort to date is experiencing massive growth. "Google+ total US visits reach more than 49 million in Dec-11, biggest month to date & up 55% compared to Nov-11" the company tweeted. It added that Google+ had experienced visitor growth, in the US at least for "8 out of the last 9 weeks". Analyst Paul Allen recently told the Daily Mail ...

Gearburn

iPhone 4S and iPad 2 iOS 5.0.1 untethered jailbreak imminent

Owners of the iPhone 4S and iPad 2 running iOS 5.0.1 on their devices will soon be able to join the jailbreak party. The iPhone hacker, Pod2G who successfully created an untethered jailbreak for older iPhones and the iPad 1 running iOS 5.0.1, is responsible for the iPhone 4S and iPad 2 hack. According to a Pod2G tweet, the untethered jailbreak is due later next week. Pod2G is confident that any iPad 2 and iPhone 4S running iOS 5.0.1 can be jailbroken ...

News

International websites banned in Belarus

Residents of Belarus, an eastern European country, are now forbidden from accessing foreign websites. Any citizen who breaks the new law is liable to face a fine of up to US$125. All entrepreneurs and companies in Belarus will now have to register as part of the compliance for the new law. If the company or private individual offers commercial services, only local email, hosting and payment providers can be used. This vaguely authoritarian decree is excessively harsher than the US' ...

General Tech

Memeburn’s top tech fails of 2011

epic_fail I sometimes wonder if there is any industry with more pantomime, histrionics, and at the same time, sheer brilliance than the technology industry. It’s the stuff of Hollywood movies, front page fodder, back page gossip, and in some form or another affects and permeates the lives of just about every living being on earth. At the end of a year, we often reflect with the good intention to do better next time, so without further ado, let’s take a look at ...

Advertising & Marketing, Viral videos

5 Great online video marketing campaigns from 2011

social media marketing There’s no doubt that online video is becoming more and more of an important medium for brands. Here are some of the best campaigns we saw in 2011. 1. The Inside Experience (Intel and Toshiba) You know that experience when you’re watching a horror film and the heroine starts doing something obviously stupid (like running up the stairs) and you yell at the screen trying to tell her what to do? Well, Intel and Toshiba created an experience where your interactions could ...

Twitter

Ten big names to join Twitter in 2011

Black Twitter 2011 was the year Twitter truly came into its own -- from being a key tool in the deposing of dictators, and essential to democracy's "primal scream" --- users of the social network shooting out bursts of 140 characters have made the service much more than anyone ever imagined it could be. While the service has reached these heights, to its future investors, what has probably been most noteworthy has been how it has grown. 2011 saw it finally cracking the ...

Google

Memeburn’s favourite Google doodles of 2011

Google doodles bring a special brand of happiness to a person's day. A well done doodle has the potential to unleash a procrastination session of epic proportions. Google has kept us captivated with its ability to translate the simplicity and pure elegance of its logo into the doodles. "In 1998, before the company was even incorporated, the concept of the doodle was born when Google founders Larry and Sergey played with the corporate logo to indicate their attendance at the Burning ...

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