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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.
  • 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...

  • iOS5, iCloud: iSee the future

    Apple has announced some dramatic changes to the operating system of their iPhone, iPad and Touch devices. At the core of the new updates is iCloud, a new music-streaming and online data storage service that can be accessed on devices from the iPad to the iPhone. The announcements were made at Apple’s Worldwide Developers’ Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco by Apple executives that included a frail-looking Steve Jobs. iCloud essentially demotes the role of the computer to “just another device”. Users’ data will be stored online, meaning users will no longer have to connect their new iPads or iPhones to a...

  • Android now second biggest smartphone platform after Nokia, says Gartner

    Google’s Android mobile operating system surged past Apple’s iPhone and RIM’s Blackberry in the third quarter to become the second biggest smartphone platform after Nokia’s Symbian, research firm Gartner said Wednesday. Gartner said Finland’s Nokia sold 29.5 million smartphones during the third quarter of the year for a 36.6 percent share of the worldwide market, down from 44.6 percent a year ago. Sales of Android-powered smartphones soared to 20.5 million units, giving the Android platform a 25.5 percent market share, up from just 3.5 percent a year ago, Gartner said. Apple’s iPhone was next on sales of 13.5 million units for a...

  • X-Box Live and Kinect available in SA from November

    After years of waiting, X-Box Live will be available to South African gamers in November, just in time for the Christmas shopping rush, according to a local X-Box focussed blog. While the offical X-Box website advertises that X-Box Live is fast, free and easy to join, this hasn’t been the case for frustrated South African gamers looking to take part in multi-player gaming, and wanting to download extra content for games, connect with friends and much, much more. Robin Burrowes, a Product Manager for Xbox Live EMEA, revealed the launch date at Gamescon 2010, and claimed that the long delay for...