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  • MWC 2016 preview: the numbers, the launches, the rumours

    It's February, and that for techies means Mobile World Congress. Sunny Barcelona hosts the 30th edition of what is arguably the world's most important mobile device showcase, where some of the biggest names in the smartphone manufacturing market announce and launch new products. So what's in store this year? Well, we like to have our readers covered for all eventualities, so welcome to our MWC 2016 cheat sheet, where all you need to know about the conference is covered, explained and then covered again. MWC's history Born in Cannes, France in 1987, it's safe to say that MWC is the largest exhibition of...

  • LG G5 rumour roundup: always-on screen confirmed

    We're gearing up for MWC 2016, and with it comes a lot of smartphone rumours and tidbits. While LG devices don't usually pique the interest of the mass media to the extent of Samsung and Apple's launches, the Korean company seems like it has a pretty impressive device on its hands. And with that said, have a look at the rumours, news and confirmations regarding the company's latest yet-to-be-launched flagship, the LG G5. Likely specifications (based on previous rumours): Display: (Primary) 5.5-inch, 2560×1440, 534ppi; (Secondary) +/- 2.1-inch, 160x1040, 501ppi, always-on with possible OLED technology Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 quad-core | quad-core 2.2GHz Qualcomm...

  • Want a life-size BB-8 Droid? Build one yourself [video]

    Ed Zarick, you might remember, was the chap responsible for shoving an Xbox and PlayStation into a laptop sized body for funsies, but his latest will definitely appeal to all you Star Wars lovers out there. Fancy building a full-sized BB-8 Droid? Well, Zarick has, and it's one of the most impressive DIY projects we've seen on the web in a long time. Included are the lights, whistles and cat calls which made BB-8 a living, breathing character favourite in the movie, and of course, a self-built remote. But we can only tell half the story. Have a look at the video...

  • Weekend News Recap #1: iPhone error 53, Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro and Titanfall 2

    It's Monday, in case you didn't know. And while that six-letter noun might strike fear into the hearts of even the toughest CEOs of the world, it really doesn't have to. At least not anymore. Relive the weekend in our new Monday morning segment -- the Weekend News Recap: 7-8 February Edition. Kicking us off is good ol' Apple. The company's in the naughty corner once again, thanks to something called error 53. iPhone users who have their faulty home buttons repaired by unofficial repair centre, run the risk of bricking their devices permanently, The Guardian discovered. It's a new...

  • Mirror’s Edge Catalyst looks incredible in new story trailer

    Electronic Arts has quite a few games on its plate this year, and I'm not even including all those boring sports titles either. I'm talking about the likes of Mirror's Edge Catalyst. For anyone who hasn't played the first instalment, Mirror's Edge is a series about a woman who can effectively out-Batman Batman using a secret recipe of superhero parkour and dune buggy shock absorbers for legs. But as the new story trailer suggests, Faith is about more than just gymnastics. The new title will tell the story of our protagonist fighting against the proverbial "man" in a quest to write...

  • iPhone 7 rumour roundup: new iPhone 7 renders are gorgeous

    Feature image: iphone-tricks.com via Flickr iPhone 6s, iPhone 7, whatever. All we know is that an upgraded iPhone is coming later this year and there are plenty of things flying around about it. The world isn't small enough nor is it big enough to render Apple fan's squeaks inaudible, so while the company ripens in the Cupertino sunshine, the rumours will flow. That's why we've decided to introduce an entirely new iPhone rumour roundup article, encompassing what is likened to be the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. Of course, there's no real way to know in all certainty that Apple is...

  • Doom reboot finally gets a release date

    The long, long awaited Doom reboot has finally been given a launch date, and that's 13 May for everyone of you holding pens near a calendar right now. As with all Doom games, this one in particular promises to be as gruesome as it gets, and we have a trailer to prove it. For one, the gameplay is definitely much faster in the 2016 title compared to it's nearly 12-year-old ancestor. And that'll ensure the millions of things to shoot are all extremely difficult to shoot. Bethesda will include a multiplayer and single player campaign, and handily, a tool for all those...

  • Fitbit Alta: a fitness band for trend sweaters

    Update: Fitbit has confirmed that the Alta will be available in South Africa from April 2016. It's safe to say that previous Fitbit products haven't been the most stylish tech accessories, but the company's slowly addressing this. At CES 2016, we saw its first smartwatch, which many compared (some in disdain) to the Apple Watch, and now there's a new fitness band on the block. It's called the Fitbit Alta, and the company's clearly marketing it towards haute couture-aware tech enthusiasts. "Fitness and fashion on display" is one of its marketing quips, which sums up the Alta succinctly. It resembles a slimmer...

  • Samsung Galaxy S7 rumour roundup: S7 Edge mistakenly confirmed?

    Feature image: Kārlis Dambrāns via Flickr Samsung has been enjoying some Apple-like rumour attention in recent years, and we're not too sure if its thriving as a result, or cursing that its phones' specifications are seeping through the cracks before launch. Nevertheless, the latest rumours suggests an exciting prospect that will likely be the Samsung Galaxy S7. Have a look at some conformed news from Samsung HQ's back alley below, and further below, have take a look at all the rumours and potential features we've uncovered thus far. Confirmed news: Samsung will launch the Samsung Galaxy S7 at its Unpacked 2016 event, a day...

  • You can still run Windows 95 with this nifty browser trick

    We get nostalgic now and again at Gearburn, whether it's chatting about great BlackBerry smartphones of years gone by, or wondering how some savvy individuals get Doom running on Apple Watches. But this time around, we're talking about one of Microsoft's benchmark operating systems, Windows 95. Last year we saw Windows 95 running on the Apple Watch and the New Nintendo 3DS, but this time, we look at a platform a little closer to home. The Windows that I first experienced as a wee little boy can now be run on modern hardware courtesy of a web browser and some nifty...