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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.
  • Intel Braswell is the new lightweight SoC for ultramobiles, budget PCs

    Without any fanfare, Intel has launched the Bay Trail upgrade, Braswell, to market, boasting a reduced die size and lower power consumption. Intel Braswell is an entry-level chipset, and intended for use on ultraportable machines, low-cost laptops and cheap, compact PCs, with Gen 8 series graphics and up to four cores. That’s pretty spiffy for low cost chips then, ranging between US$107 to US$161. The Intel Braswell line will initially offer four chips, with three labeled as Celeron and one as Pentium, as per Intel’s new naming tradition. All SoCs will boast the new Airmont cores, but the latter will feature...

  • COUGAR Archon gaming case launches in South Africa

    COUGAR, the German PC gaming peripheral brand, has continued its onslaught on the budget market with its latest gaming chassis, the Archon. The attractive midi-tower features some spiffy orange and black accents with an emphasis on cooling. The front of the case supports up to two 120mm fans up front, one at the rear and another on the case’s side panel, which also features a hardware window, a nice touch for a budget case. There are also a number of dust filters surrounding the case — a welcome added extra. The interior is perhaps the most interesting with some bring orange splashes shrouding...

  • Xbox One April Update: better party chat, voice messages coming to preview

    Hot on the heels of Sony‘s PS4 Yukimura update this week, Microsoft Xbox has launched a preview video of what to expect from the April Xbox One system update. Read more: PS4 ‘Yukimura’ update brings social, UI and practical improvements There are three major updates arriving to the Xbox One experience that focus primarily on the social side of the gaming experience. Firstly, Microsoft has announced that it will now offer dedicated servers for Party Chat, as Xbox head Larry “Major Nelson” Hyrb explains in his blog: Parties where players are unable to form direct peer-to-peer connections for party chat will automatically leverage...

  • KSafe locks away temptation so you can reach your goals

    Storing things for rainy days often doesn’t quite work that well, especially since the storage container is easily accessible, and pries open with a simple flick of the chocolate-craving finger. A Kickstarter project dubbed KSafe is determined to change this though, keeping those snacks (or gaming controller) locked and safe until you damn well reach those goals you set yourself. “We know it is much easier to set goals than it is to achieve them,” notes Ryan Tseng of KSafe. “We can start with the best intentions, but then we become distracted, procrastinate or just lose focus. We turned to research...

  • Samsung wants to shove 128GB storage chips into budget smartphones

    Samsung has announced its new 128GB eMMC storage chip, which will look to bring cheaper, denser storage to affordable smartphones in the future. The company notes that its “value-focused” chip will be “targeted at the smartphone and tablet mass markets,” which could see the price of storage in these devices plunge as a result. Dr. Jung-Bae Lee, SVR of Samsung’s memory and applications team, suggests that the move was made to keep ahead of the demand curve. With the introduction of our value-focused, 3-bit NAND-based eMMC 5.0 line-up, we expect to take the lead in the expansion of high-density mobile storage. ...

  • HTC One M9: is it hot or not?

    Back when the Samsung Galaxy S6 rumour mill was in full churn, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 — the company’s flagship chip for the first half of this year — was said to be extremely powerful but rather heat happy as a result. The chip is used in the HTC One M9, and according to new benchmarks radiating from the Dutch site Tweakers, its doing rather well in that phone. How well? Well done. About 15-20 degrees Celsius hotter than its rivals, including the iPhone 6 Plus, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4, the LG G3 and its own older brother, the HTC...

  • Microsoft Lumia 435 available in South Africa [update]

    Update: Microsoft has just clarified that the device shipping to South Africa will be the single SIM Lumia 435 only, which is a tad disappointing. Microsoft has announced that its first 400 Series Lumia, the Lumia 435, is now available in South Africa at a retail price of R1149. Staying true to the Lumia formula in general, the 435 features the bright pastel colours we have come to know from the 535, Windows Phone OS and an emphasis on imaging. The Microsoft Lumia 435 boasts Windows Phone 8.1 with the Lumia Denim update, a 4-inch 800×480 screen, a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 200...

  • Unboxing the BlackBerry Classic [Video]

    We’ve been using the BlackBerry Classic now for over two weeks, and it’s a bag of mixed nuts. Cashews and pistachios though. Clearly BlackBerry has been putting in an inordinate level of care when packaging its devices in modern times, and it shows — the Classic easily has one of the nicest boxes of any 2015 device we’ve seen. The 3.5-inch 720p-squared screen, Snapdragon S4 Plus CPU, 2GB of RAM and 8GB of storage cocktail is protected from roughage by a premium black and silver cardboard shell. When popping the box open, the phone sits snugly on top, with its full...

  • 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...

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