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Steven Norris: Gearburn Editor
Steven Norris is a born writer, living in Tamboerskloof, Cape Town and educated in the ways of graphic design but destined to follow in the footsteps of the worlds greatest authors. He has had many years of experience as an SEO copywriter, learning the ropes the hard way before utterly mastering them. He loves training others to write, how to create stories from nothing and how to deliver them to a wider audience. His passion is gadgets, video games, and sorting jellybeans by colour and weight.
  • Count Super Mario, not sheep: Nintendo announces sleep-monitoring device

    This is not a Nintendo article about how well it’s suddenly doing, this is a story about sleep, and how Nintendo wants to monitor our resting time. Nintendo will in fact, make sleeping fun again as it introduces its very own sleep-monitoring device, according to Reuters. Earlier this week, Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata took to the stage to announce the company’s first sleep-monitoring device (coming before March 2016), developed in partnership with ResMed Inc. Does this mean we’ll be counting jumping Mario’s instead of sheep? Nintendo already has a few fitness devices already cluttering up living rooms, like the Wii Balance...

  • Logitech G402 Hyperion Fury gaming mouse review: weapon of choice

    Input is important. Without a keyboard and mouse (two extremely antiquated but necessary forms of input we’re still clinging onto), a computer is next to useless. Sure, there are gamepads, Kinect and a whack of other peripherals, but computer control is defined by the humble mouse and keyboard. These are also the two objects that are rarely upgraded by the user. Well, Logitech’s impressively named G402 Hyperion Fury gaming mouse is here to change that as it’s most definitely the best mouse for gaming or serious business shite. What I liked The G402 is above all, one of the most responsive...

  • PS4 update 2.0 is here and we can (finally) change themes, play MP3s

    The PS3 is a fantastic media device, as well as a stellar games machine. The PS4 is top-notch gaming console, but a poor media player, chiefly because it can’t stream video and audio like the PS3 can. Hell, the PS4 couldn’t even play MP3s, up until today that is. With the launch of PS4 firmware update 2.0, Sony’s machine can finally play MP3s, change themes, upload video clips direct to YouTube and use a mouse to control certain games. This seems like Sony’s first step in turning the PS4 into a gaming PC, minus the infinite possibilities only a PC can...

  • iPod Classic axed ’cause costs and lack of parts says Apple CEO Tim Cook

    This is a quick story, but a good one. Want to know why the iPod Classic was discontinued? We’ve got the answer right from Apple CEO Tim Cook. Well, a tweet that quotes Cook at the WSJD event held earlier this week. Tweet is at the bottom of the article. Tim Cook: iPod Classic was discontinued because they couldn’t get the parts. And not worth designing a whole new one. — Benedict Evans (@BenedictEvans) October 28, 2014 Fascinating stuff but it’s horrible for public relations. As The Verge says, Apple could force any company to keep producing parts for it but Cook...

  • LG G3 Beat review: just above average

    Think of LG as the anti-Samsung. It’s making good strides with the mobile phone market and doesn’t tend to waste billions on flashy advertising. A few years back, it was virtually unheard of in the portable device market, but it remained the go-to company for home appliances. But it fought back with the incredible LG G2 and G3, two of the best Android phones in the recent years. With great screens, competitive pricing and slick interfaces, LG’s new batch of phones sold well and was generally embraced by the smartphone-hungry market. And now we have the mini-G3, the LG G3...

  • Apple launches iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, 5K Retina Display iMac and new Mac Mini

    Apple kinda launched this event on us with little notice. Today marks the release of the iPad Mini 3 and iPad Air 2. Their components may not even be that much of a surprise this time, as information regarding both the new Apple tablets have been seemingly leaked by the company itself. Here’s an image, as obtained by 9to5mac. It can almost be certain that both will have the TouchID fingerprint recognition sensor, as well as Burst Shot mode. It’s not a revolution, but we also expect much more from camp Apple. Also, we’ll learn more about OS X Yosemite....

  • The next Apple event preview: Gold iPads, skinnier MacBooks and OS X Yosemite

    What’s coming from Apple‘s 16 October event? Wouldn’t you like to know? So would we, that’s why we dug around for everything that’s possibly coming from camp Cupertino. iPads We all know the deal by now. The new iPad Air will be thinner, lighter, faster and most likely feature TouchID. There’s also some hope that there will be new colours for the iPad Air 2, especially Champagne Gold. Please let there be Champagne Gold. According to the leaks, the iPad Air 2 will only be 7mm thin and will sport a design that’s extremely similar to the iPhone 6 and 6...

  • LG Tone Pro review: the best, most discrete wireless headset yet

    I’ve never liked over-the-ear headphones. For me, and many others, it’s an uncomfortable experience. Headphones squish the ears, keeping heat in and muffling noise. I’m an inner-ear music-listening kind of guy and because of that, I’ve been stuck with ugly, wired earphones most of my life. LG has a solution for people like me and it’s called the Tone Pro, a wireless stereo headset. Based on its price (US$69.99), battery life (15-hours plus) and design (it’s both comfortable and styled like a robot’s necklace), LG’s Tone Pro is an absolute winner. Excellent audio The best feature of the Tone Pro is...

  • Hail Destiny: Xbox One beats PS4 in US sales thanks to Microsoft’s free game scheme

    It had to happen some time, didn’t it? The sales battle between the PS4 and Xbox One has been fairly one-sided up until now, with Sony’s machine trumping Microsoft’s console month-after-month. But today there’s news of the Xbox One finally outselling Sony’s console in the US, no thanks to Microsoft’s free game offering, intones a Venturebeat report. There are sales figures as well, thanks to Michael Pachter, a well-known gaming analyst. Pachter predicts that there were 325 000 Xbox One sales, compared to 250 000 PS4 sales. Of course, these numbers are yet to be verified by NDP Group, and we’ll discover...

  • iPhone 6 launches in South Africa, Greenland, Romania and 36 other countries before October ends

    Big news: the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are coming to countries like South Africa, Israel, Kuwait and others before October ends. It’s South Africa we’re most interested in and, come 24 October, iPhone lovers can grab the new and bigger smartphone from various retailers. Apple’s recently announced it, and here are the countries plus their respective launch dates: - Friday, October 17: China, India and Monaco – Thursday, October 23: Israel – Friday, October 24: Czech Republic, French West Indies, Greenland, Malta, Poland, Reunion Island and South Africa – Thursday, October 30: Bahrain and Kuwait – Friday, October 31: Albania, Bosnia, Croatia, Estonia,...