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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.
  • 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...

  • Microsoft reintroduces ‘Solitaire’ to latest Windows 10 build

    Procrastinators, listen up. If you were gravely saddened by Microsoft‘s hasty removal of the much loved Solitaire suite from Windows 8, the company has (finally) felt your pain. A new tweet, initially spotted by The Verge, has revealed that Redmond will be returning Solitaire to its rightful, pre-installed place in the Windows 10 ecosystem. Although the game was previously available for those scouring the Windows Store, not everyone using Windows understood how to access these apps. Spotted by Irish gaming developer on Twitter, Steven Troughton-Smith (who has been giving the internet a run down of new features on the latest Windows 10 build),...

  • Nvidia GTX 980 Ti coming in May, GTX 980 ‘Metal’ edition to follow

    If you’re in the market for a graphics card upgrade, you can look forward to lush summer, thanks to Nvidia (and hopefully AMD fairly soon). The company is reportedly launching its GTX 980 Ti in May, and will line up as lieutenant behind the general GTX Titan X, this all according to a Chinese source. With that said, the GTX 980 Ti will be looking at a release window between 16 and 26 May and like its big brother, it will be based on the GM200 graphics core platform. This means, the GPU will sport 3072 stream processors, 192 texture units,...

  • Windows 10 will arrive in July 2015, according to AMD

    In a bit of a faux pas, AMD announced that Windows 10 will likely come bursting through the door before the North American back to school rush. Read: July. An earnings call held by the American silicon manufacturer let the detail slip, all thanks to company CEO Lisa Su. The tidbit, spotted by KitGuru, reveals a few of Microsoft‘s plans. What we also are factoring in is, with the Windows 10 launch at the end of July, we are watching the impact of that on the back-to-school season, and expect that it might have a bit of a delay to the normal...

  • Microsoft Lumia 540 Dual SIM packs capable camera tech in budget body

    That’s right. The world has indeed gained yet another Microsoft Lumia smartphone, but it’s not a flagship. The Microsoft Lumia 540 Dual SIM bolsters what is already a sardine-packed tinned can of devices from the company, with many boasting extremely similar specs. The Microsoft Lumia 540 does, however, pack some Lumia optical imaging goodness into a US$150 shell. The star of the show is that 8MP snapper on the phone’s rear, featuring an autofocus system and a dedicated LED flash. Around the front of the phone, there’s a 5MP camera too. Microsoft’s clearly positioning this device as a capable mid-range snapping...

  • Droplet reminds users to take meds, feed the dog using the Cloud

    Monotonous tasks are easy to forget because our brains are meant to be constantly entertained and challenged, but boredom is necessary. No, I’m not talking about watching Keeping Up With The Kardashians while pondering the meaning of life, I’m talking about those tasks that are detrimental to our daily lives that often go forgotten. Taking pills on time, remembering to put the trash out and feeding Fred the goldfish (poor Fred) can easily fall from memory, but a new Kickstarter project called Droplet is aiming to keep Fred healthy and your tasks completed. While it might seem a bit esoteric at...

  • Telkom plans to make gamers poorer with 14% line rental tariff increase

    If you’re in South Africa, own a telephone and haven’t heard the news, then brace your wallets because Telkom is joining Vodacom in hiking its prices. Only this time, the Telkom tariff hike will likely affect all gamers across all platforms. Current line rental prices are a result of a hike Telkom issued in August 2014, from R155 to R166. That was costly for some, but the next pending hike, scheduled for 1 May, will see prices jump to R189. If you’re an internet user leasing a line from Telkom, this effectively mean a premium of R23 more each month on...

  • Vodacom VoLTE launches in South Africa with Samsung Galaxy S6

    Here’s some pretty big news. Vodacom will be opening its consumer doors to VoLLTE (voice over LTE) in South Africa, a move that will see it become the first cellular network to do so at the tip of Africa. So why the sudden move? Samsung’s recent launch of the Galaxy S6 duo has prompted the move, and considering the cost of these handsets (ranging from R8800 to R16 100), one would expect some type of new technology being brought to the table. “VoLTE is now officially up and running in SA thanks to these new handsets,” comments Andries Delport, Vodacom’s Chief Technology...

  • Next Windows 10 build for phones to debut tomorrow

    For anyone mildly interested not running and Android or iOS device, Microsoft is planning to launch the next preview build of Windows 10 for phones tomorrow, Friday 9 April. In case anyone missed the announcement on Windows Weekly: We’re targeting Friday @ 10:00AM PST for next phone build. — Gabriel Aul (@GabeAul) April 8, 2015 That’s straight from the Windows Insider program head’s mouth, so expect a few more features compared to the previous February launch. While Microsoft has broadened the scope of phones supporting Windows 10, it seems strange that flagship devices, including the Nokia Lumia 930, and Lumia Icon won’t make...

  • Canon EOS C300 Mark II devours 4K cinematic with 48kHz audio

    Canon has today launched its new cinematic-minded video camera, the Canon EOS C300 Mark II, which is geared towards the future of broadcast and cinematic resolutions. Both broadcast and cinematic 4K is compatible, with 3840×2160 and 4096×2160 resolution options offered. In addition to recording internally at high bit-rates, the camera can also spit RAW 4K content onto an external recorder, which makes the filming process more streamlined and the content once recorded easy to access. The camera is able to record “10-bit 4:2:2 files internally at up to 410Mbps in 4K, or 10/12-bit 4:4:4 files in 2K/Full HD,” allowing film makers to...

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