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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.
  • Street Fighter V beta begins for PlayStation 4 users tomorrow

    The long wait is over, well, at least in terms of beta play for all you non-Mortal Kombat fans. We haven't seen a Street Fighter game in a good while, and now Capcom is bringing a five-day long beta to the PlayStation 4 tomorrow. The Street Fighter V beta will begin on 1am SAST (or 4pm PST) on 29 August and run until 2 September 4pm SAST (or 7am PST) and will be a worldwide test. Although the game looks pretty damn polished for such a youthful venture, Capcom has suggested that there could be connectivity issues. "Outside of the servers being...

  • Firefox will get Chrome extension support, multi-processing threads come December

    If you're a Mozilla Firefox fan you're in for quite a rude awakening when Mozilla practically overhauls the browser from the ground up come December. Mozilla has announced that it will be adopting a new extension API, which will allow Google Chrome and Opera extensions to run within the Firefox browser. Moreover, this also means that the old-style extensions we've come to know and love will fall by the wayside, unless they're recompiled. It's particularly sad news for those who can't afford to rewrite entire extensions. Other changes include Mozilla Firefox's move to a more Chrome-like multi-process makeup, which Mozilla's calling "Electrolysis."...

  • Faulty iPhone 6 cameras subject of Apple’s ‘iSight’ recall project

    Has your iPhone 6 been taking particularly blurry and unsightly photographs lately? Don't worry, your world is still as beautiful as it has always been. It's Apple's best-selling smartphone that has a few issues. The defect it seems, affects a few iPhone 6 models' cameras, which results in blurry photographs. The phone's also unable to focus on a target in manual or automatic guises and, for the most part, fails to utilise its OIS system. Apple has announced that with its new "iSight" recall project, it will repair certain iPhone 6 devices purchased between September 2014 and January 2015 that feature...

  • Xiaomi is bringing its smartphones to Africa in September

    Here's some huge news, especially for Africans waiting for more Chinese devices to hit the continent. Xiaomi, the world's fourth largest smartphone producer, is heading to the continent in September, a new Forbes report suggests. The company, previously plying its trade in China and India among other smaller markets, sees ample opportunities in the continent that's experiencing a massive mobile device boom. According to the report, Xiaomi has employed the services of Mobile in Africa as a sole distributor for the "50 countries that constitute sub-Saharan Africa," so it seems that South Africa is on Xiaomi's list as well. Read more: Xiaomi smartphones...

  • WD My Passport X is a 2TB drive for Xbox One, PC gamers

    In light of the next-generation console games, space on consoles is fairly limited. We filled up a 500GB PlayStation 4 is just under two months, so we completely understand why companies are rushing to be the first to provide a cheap and solid solution to external console storage. While the PlayStation 4 doesn't boast this feature yet, the Xbox One does, and WD -- one of the world's leading hard drive producers -- has launched a drive specifically marketed to gamers on the console. It's called the WD My Passport X and is dscribed by its creator as "simplest and...

  • BlackBerry’s Android-powered smartphone GIFs leak on Twitter

    We love a good GIF, and even more so when its of BlackBerry's purported Android phone. That's right, the BlackBerry Venice has been spotted yet again, this time in video, thanks to @evleaks, or Evan Blass. The leaker extraordinare posted twin GIFs of the phone's button layout, sliding mechanism and camera composition, among others, which lends credence to previous leaks that this is, in fact, something BlackBerry is definitely working on. Back at CES 2015, BlackBerry CEO John Chen did reveal a sliding phone, but the real question is: is this it? Another pertinent query is: will it really run a version of...

  • ASUS Zen Festival roundup: ZenFone 2 Laser, ZenFone Max and ZenFone 2 Deluxe debut

    While Gamescom 2015 is keeping half of Germany (and the globe) occupied, ASUS was in subcontinental Asia hosting its ZenFestival event in New Delhi. With it, came three new ZenFones and a glimpse into the company's immediate mobile future. With that said, even though the event was a big bash, the devices weren't causing much shortage of breath. ASUS ZenFone Max One of the more promising devices was the ZenFone Max. We hate smartphone companies that craft smarter, faster and sexier devices without improving the battery, and it seems that Asus has heard out moans. While Samsung is downsizing batteries in its newer models,...

  • Paralo PLAY: a virtual reality headset compatible with 30+ phones

    We've seen virtual reality come into its own in the latter half of last year. Although Oculus has become one of the stalwarts of the industry, there's always space for cheaper, more versatile and more portable technologies. Paralo, a Brooklyn, NY-based virtual reality company has launched a Kickstarter project for its latest virtual reality effort dubbed PLAY. Inspired by Google Cardboard and in some ways the Samsung Gear VR headset, Paralo PLAY is compatible with a plethora of devices, including the likes of the Nokia 808 PureView, the HTC One M7 and the Oppo Find 7. The phone in question slides...

  • 14-million devices running Windows 10 within first day, notes Microsoft

    For all Windows 10 related views, breaking stories and deeper analysis, visit our comprehensive Windows 10 Hub before and after Microsoft’s big launch. Setting a target of 1-billion devices running Windows 10 within the first two to three years is no small feat. We've noted that thanks to the free upgrade system, Microsoft might've given itself a head start and that seems to be exactly the case. The company has announced that in its first day on the street, Windows 10 is now running on 14-million devices which is a massively impressive figure, even though many of these are probably upgrades...

  • Microsoft celebrates a new beginning at Windows 10 Johannesburg launch

    Microsoft has opened a new chapter in its operating systems logbook when it launched Windows 10 at a carnival-like event in Newtown, Johannesburg. Mary Fitzgerald Square, historically a site for mass gatherings, was commandeered by Microsoft for one of 13 launches across the planet including the flagship event in Nairobi, Kenya, attended by none other than Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella. Along with inviting hundreds of local school children to experience Windows 10 for the first time, the company also opened the gates to traditional Windows fans, prospective users, and those curious enough to discover just what Windows 10 is all about. Anthony...