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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.
  • Samsung will be the main producer of the iPhone’s next-gen A9 chip

    According to a report from South Korea’s Maeil Business Newspaper, Samsung will be mainly responsible for the A9 chip — Apple’s next badass processor. Specifically, the same report notes that Samsung is responsible for 75% slice of orders for Apple’s upcoming A9 chip. Last year, Apple relied on both Samsung and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing for its massive supply in iPhones, so this is a big win for the South Korean tech company. Read more: Samsung Galaxy S6 rumour roundup: dual ‘Edge’ version in pipeline It’s no real secret that Samsung has been behind some of the crucial hardware specs inside Apple’s iPhone. But...

  • Limited edition 20th Anniversary PS4 sells for $130 000

    Stand by for some truly ridiculous news. We made a big noise about PlayStation‘s 20th birthday a few weeks ago, and so did Sony. The company saw a big marketing opportunity by offering a limited batch of originally dish-water coloured PS4 consoles t0 its loyal fans and hordes of opportunists. Thanks to their exclusivity, the consoles sold out in less than a day but they have since made appearances on online e-commerce sites for massively inflated prices. A Japanese man has just played the ultimate game of “I’m richer than you” by buying one of these illusive consoles for a staggering...

  • Snappy Ubuntu Core is Canonical’s new Internet of Things platform

    Ubuntu has long been Linux‘s star distro, competing against the omnipresent likes of Microsoft and Windows ass-kicker Apple in the laptop and desktop OS space. But what about wearables, the Internet of Things and more interestingly, robotics? Well, Ubuntu has launched a push into that arena too and it’s all looking rather promising for Canonical and developers. The company has announced Snappy Ubuntu Core — a smaller, 40MB RAM-occupying distro that will power the likes of drones, vacuum cleaners and perhaps even a smart wearable or two. But why Snappy? Snappy Ubuntu Core is a new rendition of Ubuntu with transactional...

  • iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus to feature faster RAM, iOS 9

    It’s January and already the world has its first iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus rumours. The current iPhone range is just over four months old but already this smartphone obsessed planet wants to see their upgrades as soon as possible. The new report, coming from Forbes, suggests that 2GB RAM is par for the “s” models which doubles the temporary storage currently available in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus at present. What’s more, it will be LPDDR4 RAM which presents a much broader bandwidth than the current and much cheaper LPDDR3 standard. The phones will allegedly also sport iOS...

  • SteamLeft calculates how much life you’ll need to beat your Steam library

    Since the advent of Steam in the early 2000s, gamers have racked up game after game like a squirrel with an acorn addiction. If you’re one of those gamers with too many titles to count or too many to comprehend, you probably wish you knew how long it would take to conquer your massive library. Well, now you can. SteamLeft is a nifty little service that plugs into How Long to Beat‘s playtime averages to calculate how much of your life you could (and really should) spend racking up killstreaks and looting lesser individuals. Insanely enough, the most extensive Steam library tested...

  • Wii U, PS4 and Xbox One celebrate respective sales victories

    Here’s some heart-warming news if you’re a non-biased console gamer. Nintendo has announced that December 2014 was a big sales month for the Wii U console, with a 29% improvement in console sales and a massive 75% increase in games sales compared to the same period last year. That’s some great news, especially since the company has announced some big things for the year ahead, including the introduction of the new Nintendo 3DS XL to the US and European markets on 13 February. Read more: Nintendo Direct: 3DS XL confirmed, games galore coming this year In terms of current games, Mario Kart...

  • Logitech Harmony API brings voice, gesture control to the smart home

    Back in October, we mentioned that peripheral company Logitech had been looking at 2015 as a big year in both the peripherals and smart home spheres, and it has started off with quite a bang with respect to the latter. The company has announced the Logitech Harmony API that will allow developers to plug into the Logitech Harmony platform and create smart home “experiences”. Read more: Beyond periphery: Logitech promises a ‘big year’ for South Africa in 2015 The API will also have command of “more than 270,000 home entertainment and automation devices” and companies like SmartThings, IFTTT, Ivee, Myo, Playtabase...

  • January Patch Tuesday: one critical, seven important updates for Windows

    In what was a landmark Patch Tuesday for Microsoft, and not simply because it was the first of 2015, the company announced that it would not be making its advanced patch warnings public for its Patch Tuesday rosters, and this came into effect this week. While Google and Microsoft have been enjoying their little spat, the latter has pushed patches to Windows this month, with eight in total and one labeled as critical. The latter is namely a hole in the Telnet client, which could allow an attacker to remotely execute malicious code on your machine. It’s pretty detrimental to...

  • ‘Minecraft: Pocket Edition’ hits 30-million download milestone

    Minecraft: Pocket Edition can now hold its head up high alongside its PC and console brothers, as the game has hit the 30-million download mark. We imagine Mojang and Microsoft, the game developer’s new owner, have rather smug looks on their faces at the moment because that’s a boat-load of cash if you consider the game costs US$7 across mobile platforms. In pure Mojang style too, the company outed a blog post celebrating the feat. Here’s our favourite except from it: Let’s put that into perspective: if each Pocket Edition sale was an average sized dog, and you walked said dog every...

  • ‘The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt’ will push high-end PCs to their limits

    Well here’s something that might make budget PC gamer’s rigs cry out in agony. Polish video game developer, CD Projekt RED, has released the specifications for the The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and good grief, either the developers are getting a bit lazy or PC games are getting more taxing. Below are the minimum requirements as tweeted quoted by the developer: Minimum: Intel i5-2500K 3.3GHz AMD Phenom II X4 940 GeForce GTX 660 Radeon HD 7870 RAM 6GB 64-bit Win 7/Win 8(8.1) DX11 HDD 40 GB — The Witcher (@witchergame) January 7, 2015 And here are the recommended numbers tweeted a few minutes after...

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