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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.
  • FES is the 24-in-one smartwatch the fashion world’s been waiting for

    E-ink isn’t exactly a new technology. Amazon has been using it for ages in its Kindle e-reader range and Pebble has been crafting smartwatches from the peculiar substance for the past few years. Although the latest e-ink watch isn’t exactly a smartwatch in the purest sense, it’s probably the most spectacular. Fashion Entertainment‘s FES e-ink watch is all fashion. The screen essentially extends into the straps, which are also slathered in e-ink. At the touch of a button, the watch can rearrange its face and strap design within a few seconds. 24 of these presets are available, so one for every...

  • Jolla Tablet sets Indiegogo alight with Intel processor, custom Sailfish OS

    Nokia’s making all the headlines this week with the unveiling of its gorgeous N1 Android Lollipop tablet. And although those two (along with Intel) make a dream partnership in many minds, it’s not the only Finnish manufacturer making waves on the tablet scene. In just over 120 minutes, Finnish smartphone manufacturer Jolla has smashed an Indiegogo target to pieces with its Sailfish OS, Intel-inside, Jolla Tablet or “the world’s first crowdsourced tablet”. Read more: Nokia N1 is the company’s swanky $249 Android Lollipop tablet That’s right — Android’s nowhere to be seen on this device. Sailfish is Jolla’s OS based on a Linux...

  • Apple’s OS X Yosemite update does nothing to solve WiFi issues

    Citing users’ complaints about the rubbish WiFi connectivity, Apple has issued an update to OS X Yosemite. Labeled as update 10.10.1, the patch hoped to fix a host of issues, but primarily a bug that killed any established WiFi connection every few minutes. But has the patch done anything to solve this issue? Apparently not. We hope Apple has checked its forums today, because they are awash with users’ frustrations. The pick of the bunch by RichardX720 reads as follows: What kills me is that apple doesn’t seem to be giving ANY information out, no acknowledgement, and certainly no fix yet. I feel...

  • Hearthstone $10 000 tournament hit with chat message controversy

    Blizzard’s mobile collectible card game, Hearthstone, has proven a wildly popular game, to the point that there are competitions where the prize money can be as much as US$10 000. One such tournament, hosted by DreamHack, ended yesterday, but the winner Radu ‘RDU’ Dima has come under a cloud judgement due to some dubious messages he received from friends during the finals. Here is the full match The final score was 3-0, but during the second game Dima received messages from his friends on his Battle.net account. One such message revealed Dima’s opponent’s, Team Liquid’s Jason ‘Amaz’ Chan, hand. Translated the message...

  • Makerbot unveils 3D Scanner [SxSW]

    3D printing specialist MakerBot today announced the development of a new Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner prototype at South by Southwest Interactive. The MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner adds to MakerBot’s 3D Ecosystem that includes MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers, Thingiverse.com, MakerWare, MakerCare, and the apps inside Thingiverse. The 3D Scanner shown at SXSW is a prototype model and MakerBot will spend time testing, scanning, and printing in 3D the items...

  • Meet the Lumia 620: Nokia’s $249 WP8 powered smartphone

    Nokia unveiled its latest Windows Phone 8 offering at Le Web in Paris earlier today. The Finnish manufacturer says this newest addition to its smartphone lineup is designed to appeal to younger consumers. Key aspects in the 620’s design has seen Nokia “softening the roundness and radius of the product” in an attempt to create a more tactile and organic feel, according to the company’s Executive Vice President of Design, Marko Ahtisaari. Specs for the Lumia 620 include a 3.8-inch WVGA display supported by a Qualcomm S4 processor clocked at 1Ghz and 512MB RAM. Other features see the Lumia 620 fitted...

  • Windows 8: The sound of awesome

    Sixteen-million beta testers, 1 year. That is what it took to build one of the most interactive, entertaining, integrated, secure, content first experiences Microsoft has ever released. And today is the day we have all been waiting for: Windows 8 is officially available. So let’s start at the beginning. Windows 8 is completely new, from the ground up. The first thing you will notice? Well, the awesome speed improvements. This new operating system will breathe new life into your ageing machine, and if you’re like one of those lucky few who got their hands on the new touch enabled...

  • In honour of Jack Tramiel: the best 10 Commodore 64 games

    In honour of the passing of Commodore founder, Jack Tramiel, age 83, Gearburn compiled a top 10 list of our favourite C64 games. If these instill a sense of nostalgia, be sure to pick up a C64 emulator and download some of your favourite games from sites like Commodore Apocalypse. Elite — The very template for 4X games, Elite is a genre on its very own. Sone Of Blagger — A very decent Mario clone before Mario came into his own. Spy Hunter — Wonderful, pixel-perfect arcade action before Midway blew it’s load on Mortal Kombat. Little Computer People — Before The Sims, there...

  • New BlackBerry 10 OS looks to be iOS, Android and Windows Phone mashup

    Going by new images that recently emerged of the BlackBerry 10 OS, RIM seems to be drawing design inspiration from all three major competing operating systems. The images come via a 14 page leaked document from one of RIM’s external ad agency partners and outlines some upcoming BlackBerry 10 features and advertising campaign ideas. The images show what appears to be BlackBerry 10 running on the Torch 9860 and 9810. Despite being showcased on two OS...

  • Bangladesh releases $130 laptop

    First India unveiled a US$45 tablet. Now Bangladesh has unveiled an Android-powered US$130 laptop. This locally made laptop, like the uber-cheap tablet will hopefully bring advanced learning into even the most rural of areas. The prime minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina released the Doel (meaning Magpie) at an unveiling ceremony in the capital city of Dhaka. Hasina said that by 2021, the Doel would help Bangladesh to become a middle-income nation. The Doel...