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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.
  • Nvidia Shield is a $200 Android TV gaming console for fence-sitters

    It has been a long time coming but finally chip maker Nvidia is making firm strides into consumer’s living rooms, with the announcement of the Shield Android TV-powered set-top box console. For around US$200, the users gets a 4K streaming box, a powerful mobile gaming console (powered by Nvidia’s Tegra X1 chip, with 256 Maxwell GPU cores and 3GB of RAM) and a rather small armadillo like footprint. There’s only 16GB of internal storage available but there is a microSD card slot and two USB 3.0 ports for expansion drives. Additionally, there’s an HDMI port at the rear. The console, being...

  • Acer Liquid Jade Z, Liquid Leap+ introduced as first devices of MWC 2015

    No, it’s not quite the dawn of MWC 2015 yet, but already companies are launching products to the press before the showroom floors open for all. Acer is the first company to show its hand, releasing a gaggle of new smartphones running on Android and Windows. Perhaps the two most interesting are the Liquid Jade Z and the “Windows 10 ready” Liquid M220. The Liquid Jade Z is billed as a mid-ranger, but really is a sleek-looker with a circular speaker at it’s rear (which should go nicely alongside 24-bit audio support), and a large 5.0-inch IPS screen slathered in Gorilla...

  • Xbox Live Gold games for March includes ‘Rayman Legends’, ‘Tomb Raider’ and ‘BioShock Infinite’

    There are some seriously great games coming to Xbox Live Gold in March, including the likes of Tomb Raider, BioShock Infinite and Rayman Legends. Not a bad line-up at all if you ask us. For those who have Microsoft’s Xbox One console, you’ll be getting Rayman Legends but Xbox 360 users will be getting the latter two games, that could easily take up a weekend of ravishing couch play. Read more: BioShock Infinite review: the sky’s the limit While online subscriptions are the bane of the gamer’s existence, the Xbox Live Gold subscription definitely has its benefits when taking Games with Gold’s...

  • BlackBerry 10.3.1 brings Assistant, Blend and Android app support [update]

    Update: The full device list that will receive the BlackBerry’s latest OS update has been outed, and includes the following devices: BlackBerry Passport, Z30, Z3, Z10, Q10, Q5, Porsche Design P9983 and P9982. Additionally, the BlackBerry Classic’s software has been updated to 10.3.1.1565. BlackBerry has pushed updates of its BlackBerry OS 10.3.1 on Thursday, giving users of the Z10, Q10 and Z30 a chance to upgrade to the latest software platform. The company’s newest phones, including the BlackBerry Classic and BlackBerry Passport already have the latest version installed, which allows users to access and install Android apps and a host of...

  • AMD outlines Carrizo’s new power efficiency tech, performance gains

    AMD‘s processing units usually don’t have the same respect for energy as other chip makers’ silicon, but the company wishes to change that when it launches the Carrizo APU line later this year. New technologies, processes and designs have emerged claiming to make the APU 40% more efficient over its previous iteration. APUs, or system-on-chips (SoC), house both graphics and logical processing units in one chip, and are thus more practical for use in smaller to ultraportable devices, including tablets and low-powered laptops. This area has largely been dominated by Intel in the past, but AMD is hoping that Carrizo...

  • HTC One M9 sounds like one hell of a phone, according to new leak

    While Samsung‘s due to launch its new flagship Galaxy S6 on 1 March, HTC will also be in Barcelona following in Samsung’s stead and stealing its spotlight. The Taiwanese company is set to unveil its HTC One M9 to the public on the same day, and thanks to a new gaggle of leaked images and specs we can paint a more vivid picture of the new device. Read more: Samsung Galaxy S6 rumour roundup MobileGeeks spotted the phone listed on a German retail site, and duly rang the alarm bell. But interestingly, the upcoming handset seems to embrace the “don’t fix...

  • Huawei Ascend Mate7 available for South African pre-order through Cell C

    If you fancy shiny smartphones made in China, then Cell C is probably your best bet this month. The cellular network has announced that the beautiful Huawei Ascend Mate7 phablet will be available to pre-order on its network and will also be available in an exclusive finish Kanye and Kim can duly support — gold. The Dual SIM Amber Gold version is the more lavish version of Huawei‘s flagship, looking to compete with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and the iPhone 6 Plus. From the offset, the deal is available for R449 per month for two years, but includes...

  • Bye-bye passwords: Windows 10 now supports FIDO biometric authentication

    Passwords will be a thing of the past very soon, at least if Windows 10 has anything to say about them. Microsoft announced that Windows 10 — the company’s upcoming operating system — will support a new biometric identification and authentication standard, as laid out by the FIDO Alliance. It might sound like a pet food brand, but FIDO is instrumental in pushing the “passwords are a terrible idea” agenda to the world’s technology. The Alliance outlined its new standard in a few brief words back in December 2014: The specifications outline a new standard for devices, servers and client software, including browsers,...

  • TrackTag shatters Kickstarter funding goal by fivefold in first few days

    There are some deliciously interesting tech ideas on Kickstarter but often the most successful projects are the most simple or the ones that solve mundane day-to-day problems. Backers clearly lose things more often than not if the TrackTag‘s overnight popularity is a gauge. Funding out of Copenhagen, Denmark, but based in the Indian city of Pune, the company known as TrackTags is making a splash on the crowdfunding platform. In just a few days, the project has already amassed around five times its initial goal. It’s promising growth, but it isn’t a device or a concept that hasn’t been thought...

  • ‘The Legend of Zelda’ live action TV series coming to Netflix, report suggests

    Here’s some news that die-hard Nintendo fans will either love or loathe. In a joint project between the streaming content company Netflix and the Kyoto gaming giant, The Legend of Zelda franchise could soon find its way onto television screens in the near future, but not as a game, as an original series. According to a recent report from The Wall Street Journal, Nintendo and Netflix are looking to bring a “Game of Thrones” type series to family audiences. The series plot will allegedly follow the standard adventures of protagonist Link on his usual quest to find and rescue Princess Zelda...

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