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All posts by Nur Bremmen: Staff reporter

Nur Bremmen: Staff reporter
Nur is an enigma with a passion for creating words. He recently entered a love affair with technology and chorizo sausages. He travels a lot -- you catch him, if you can, at a Silicon Cape event every now and again.
  • Huawei’s LiteOS will aim to power the smallest Internet of Things

    Huawei is a company riding the crest of a wave, especially when one considers its recent smartphone offerings. The Huawei Mate 7 was one of the best phablets we've used this year, and the new devices like the P8 are gunning for big brass to from the likes of Apple and Samsung. But the company isn't just stopping there. It's jumping head first into the Internet of Things space with a new, tiny operating system. Huawei's calling it LiteOS, and with good reason -- it weighs in a just 10kB or smaller than many Twitter avatars in comparison. The company's betting...

  • LG G4 series welcomes G4 Stylus, G4c flagship variants

    A few weeks ago, LG revealed its G4 flagship in the flesh after a number of rumours seemingly dented the hype of the day. Today the company has announced two new models based on the LG G4, which will cater for those wanting a bigger screen and those looking for a cheaper alternative. It's an interesting move considering that global rollouts of the LG G4 begins this week in many countries, so two new options might give users another reason to pause and rethink their buying decisions. LG G4 Stylus: no Note competitor Starting with the much larger of the two, the...

  • Fancy the Oculus Rift? You’ll need one beefy PC to drive it

    Oculus' long awaited Rift virtual reality headset is readying itself for a Q1 2016 launch, but the company has finally revealed just what hardware consumers will need to drive the computing future. And it's a fair old task for the modest PC. As Oculus' chief architect Atman Binstock notes in the company's most recent blog post, the "Rift will be capable of delivering comfortable presence for nearly everyone," and that seems to be an important notion for the company. Based on these requirements though, it seems not everyone will be able to enjoy the Oculus Rift in its natural habitat. The company's...

  • Kickstarter Cubit lets makers build to their imagination’s content

    Crowdfunding and the Maker Movement go hand in hand, and there have been a number of projects riding on the coattails of this new phenomenon. Remember the likes of Kano and CHIP? Well, there's another device to add to that list, called Cubit. The company's pretty serious about the Movement too, and hopes that users of the Cubit will allow users to "make whatever can imagine -- and fast." Cubit itself consists of three distinct nodes: the Cubit Controller (which is essentially the central piece of the puzzle), Cubit Smartwares (which contains all the necessary servo motors, etc.), and the...

  • Ubisoft’s ‘Assassin’s Creed Syndicate’ announced: here’s what you need to know

    After the shambles that was Unity, Ubisoft really needs the next Assassin's Creed installment to live up to the hype and win back the hearts of its alienated fans. Luckily, the company has today announced that Assassin's Creed Syndicate will be its next major release. Not too long ago, we knew its working title included "Victory", but we're pretty glad Ubisoft changed the name. Leaks were emerging as soon as 2014, with Ubisoft dropping a number of hints on social media from time to time. But finally, we have the next AC installment in writing and from the horse's mouth. So,...

  • Windows 10 will be Microsoft’s Windows OS swansong, reports suggest

    If reports and Microsoft's new service-over-product mindset is to be believed, then Windows 10 will be the company's final iteration of Windows and possibly it's final operating system release. That's right. The OS that practically spanned many of our waking lives will adopt an OS X- or web browser-like update cycle, with Microsoft tweaking bits and bobs instead of overhauling it every five years. Think of it as the final underlying iteration of the OS, which will likely change its hair or summer dress every season. As noted in The Telegraph this week, Microsoft developer evangelist Jerry Nixon practically confirmed this...

  • Intel launches 18-core Xeon monster, Skylake arriving Q3 2015

    Those of you who have waited for Intel to make the first move before planning your next gaming rig and breathe a sigh of relief. The Santa Ana chipmaker has finally revealed its Intel Skylake-S roadmap, which will see a slew of new 14nm desktop processors hit the market. But while this is all beautiful vistas gazing towards the future, Intel hasn't forgotten about its enterprise, server and workstation crowd. It has launched a new Xeon processor family, branded as E7-8800 & E7-4800 v3, based on the Haswell-EX core. The flagship E7-8800 is a behemoth, boasting 18 cores clocked at 2.5GHz,...

  • Vodacom launches new ‘Use & Get’ prepaid promotion

    Vodacom, one of South Africa's largest cellular providers, has announced that it's offering a new prepaid promotion dubbed "Use & Get". Rather refreshingly, the promotion's name actually mirrors what it offers. "Designed to attract new customers and reward loyalty," notes the presser, "Use & Get gives additional airtime tomorrow equivalent to the airtime used today." For instance, if a user purchases a R55 airtime voucher and consumes all R55 during the day, Vodacom will offer that user the same airtime value "back for free tomorrow." There are some clauses though. Bundles like Power Hour and Power Internet do not apply, and the free...

  • Android Lollipop ‘Guest Mode’ coming to Samsung Galaxy S6

    Google's Lollipop 5.1 upgrade willbring with it Guest Mode notes an exclusive by SamMobile. The system was also fully demoed on the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, and looks quite the feature. It has come after a long wait though. The feature was, strangely enough, removed from Android after Jelly Bean, but will make a return after the next update to Lollipop is pushed. Guest Mode will essentially allow multiple users to log into a smartphone, akin to users of a Windows PC. Multiple user accounts, if you will, can be added to the device to turn a smartphone into a home...

  • Is there a round Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch in the works?

    Samsung might've revealed an interesting tidbit regarding its next-generation Galaxy Gear smartwatches, in a new press release outed this week. The company, announcing that its new SDK will be available early to global developers before any products are launched (which is also a first), also flaunted an image of a round watch-like depiction in the release. Whether this is sheer graphic designer coincidence or carefully plotted teaser, it certainly has our ears pricked. Previous generations of the Samsung Galaxy Gear range has featured square faces with slightly rounded edges, slightly longer rectangular screens and hell, even slim slivered screens like those...