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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.
  • Telkom gives gamers respite, drops DSL and FTTH prices (slightly)

    The price to performance ratio of internet services in this country is quite shocking, especially considering some of the lax service consumers have to contend with, but Telkom has announced that it will be giving its customers some respite from the July price increases, dropping the prices of its ADSL and FTTH (fibre to the home) offerings beginning today. Just a few days ago, the telecoms giant announced that it will drop the pricing of its LTE plans, and this generosity seems to have translated to its fixed line internet offerings too. Bundles are now 15% cheaper according to Telkom, with...

  • Samsung develops new battery tech based on silicon, graphene

    The one issue that marred the otherwise stellar Samsung Galaxy S6 was its paltry battery life, but it seems that the company responsible has quickly found a possible fix. A Samsung-funded project has made an interesting breakthrough in silicon-based battery technology, which is said to result in up to 1.8-times the capacity of a similarly sized lithium-ion battery -- the tech currently used in modern smartphones. After 200 charges, this only drops to 1.5-times, which is where the real improvement can be seen. The thesis is a dense one, but the takeaway is simple. Previous attempts at silicon-based batteries suffered from "large...

  • Tecno WinPad 10 is company’s latest Intel, Microsoft-powered hybrid tablet

    African device manufacturer Tecno has this week launched the Tecno WinPad 10 to the Nigerian market, which is the company's latest tablet hybrid to boast a decent specifications sheet and a smooth lick of style. The WinPad 10 will feature a 10.1-inch screen, an Intel Atom Z3735F quad-core processor (running at 1.83GHz), 32GB of internal storage and 2GB of RAM. There's also a dual camera setup, with a 5MP primary camera at the rear and a 2MP camera at the front, which means video calling is largely possible on this device. "We are indeed excited to bring this product to the...

  • ‘Batman: Arkham Knight’ trailer wants you to ‘be the Batman’ [video]

    Heroes have it rough in the world of comics and motion pictures. Not only are they ridiculed and spat on fairly often, but they also face probable death daily for those who don't really care if they live or die. But we care, at least about Batman (and definitely not Spider-Man). The flying mammal-inspired franchise has seen a number of console game reboots over the years, with the last in the Arkham series arriving in 2011. Today sees the launch of Batman: Arkham Knight, a grittier, darker interpretation of the hero from Rocksteady. As far as trailers go too, this is probably...

  • Windows 10 Insiders will get Windows 10 for free, according to blog post

    We're just over a month away from Microsoft's biggest software launch in many a year, and Windows 10 Insiders have had a substantial role to play in the crafting of the new operating system. For this, Microsoft has announced in a blog post that Windows Insiders, regardless of their Windows 7 or 8 license status, will get the OS for free once its released. The news also suggests that those previously running illegitimate versions of Windows 7 or Windows 8 will get Windows 10 absolutely free, as long as they are Insiders and registered to use Windows 10 with an...

  • Nokia’s planning a smartphone renaissance, according to new report

    After former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop left Microsoft this week, there have been rumours abound suggesting that Nokia might be organising a little reunion, and return to the smartphone business altogether. Even though this was labeled as nonsense just a few weeks ago by the company, an interview published in Germany's Manager Magazin (spotted by Reuters) suggests that it's absolutely a possibility. Nokia (at least according to current CEO Rajeev Suri) is seriously thinking about a smartphone comeback. "We will look for suitable partners," Suri revealed in the interview. "Microsoft makes mobile phones. We would simply design them and then make the...

  • Verizon exclusive Sony Xperia Z4v boasts upgraded Quad HD screen

    Sony's smartphone naming convention is getting a little confusing now, especially when looking at the flagship Xperia Z range. The previous king was the Z3 -- simple enough, right? Now, there's a Z3+, and Z4 and a Z4v, and it's the latter in this melee of abbreviations that we're focused on. The Sony Xperia Z4v is the company's first quad HD smartphone, which betters the previously used 1920x1080 screen used in the Z3 range. As far as the Z4v goes, there's a 2560x1440 in the usual 5.2-inch form factor, which means more pixels shoved into the same screen. Overall, that...

  • AMD launches the R9 Fury, R9 Fury X and R9 Nano graphics cards

    The PC gaming fraternity waited a while for this announcement but finally, at its E3 2015 presser AMD announced its new breed of Fiji GPU based graphics cards -- the R9 Fury and the R9 Fury X. There's no real difference specs-wise between these two cards except that the Fury X is watercooled while the Fury uses good ol' air. You must wonder if watercooling the card allows users to push the GPU to its limit or if this was a "must do" for AMD with its history of cooling troubles. Nevertheless, both cards boast some seriously juicy specs, including the...

  • The new ‘Ratchet & Clank’ is as Pixar-like as games get [video]

    If you haven't heard, there's a Ratchet & Clank movie hitting screens later this year starring the likes of the original Ratchet voice actor James Arnold Taylor, David Kaye (who played Megatron in all Transformer movies) and Paul Giamatti, who needs no introduction. Many don't know that while the movie is drawing to a close (scheduled for release a little earlier in 2016), there's a concurrent game being crafted behind the scenes by Insomniac Games, and it looks an absolute beauty. The storyline is practically the same as the movie: Ratchet and Clank are tasked with saving the galaxy from Chairman...

  • LoveLinkU is the prettier side of Kickstarter’s internet of things revolution

    Today, the internet of things is very much a fad but tomorrow, it might be the next step in humankind's insatiable need to control its environment. The primary issue is that the space is fragmented, with companies all crafting different devices using different technologies. Luckily, Kickstarter projects are becoming the putty between the cracks, and examples like the LoveLinkU are catching the world's attention. Yes, it's yet another home automation device but it does have one thing going for it -- it's quite an attractive little thing. Like seemingly all technologies of this variety, the LoveLinkU controls your home using your...