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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.
  • 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,...

  • Samsung’s 60Ghz WiFi ‘removes the gap between theoretical and actual’, has 4.6Gbps transmission speeds

    WiFi speeds are a bone of contention in my home. They just never reach the speeds I expect of them, especially when I wander outside of the living-room WiFi zone range. Samsung wants to change that though, with its new 60Ghz WiFi technology, which should allow speeds of up to a theoretical 4.6Gbps, or 575MB per second according to the makers of mobile phones and washing machines. The current and possible maximum WiFi speeds are 866Mbps, or 108MB per second. These speeds are five times better than what we’re used to: the 2.4Ghz  and 5Ghz WiFi standard will be cast aside for...

  • The next best Android tablet: Nexus 9 expected to arrive Q4 2014 says HTC (accidentally)

    Who’s keen for another Nexus tablet? Well, the Nexus 9 is coming, if this report from Focus Taiwan can be trusted. One of HTC’s presidents, Jack Tong, mentioned during a New York press event that the 8.9″ Nexus 9 is “HTC’s commitment” for reentering the luscious tablet game. HTC launched the first Nexus device (the One) back in 2010, with others following due to the tablets roaring success. The Nexus 9 though, is reportedly being launched 16 October and will arrive first in Taiwan sometime in Q4. A rather prominent Android developer also tweeted the launch date, adding further credence to...

  • Meet Flatev: the world’s first tortilla food replicator

    Nespresso coffee machines, with their fancy pods and sleek design have pretty much taken over the tech-hipster scene. Remember grinding coffee by hand, packing it, filling the coffee machine and hoping for the best? Us neither. The most appealing part of the process is the immediacy of it all. Drop in a coffee pod, press a button and and instant store-grade coffee. It’s time for the pod to make its way to other foods, and tortilla is next on the list. That’s the concept of the Flatev, a dough-filled pod that makes instant tortilla’s at the touch of a...

  • Assassin’s Creed Unity is 900p/30fps on PS4 and Xbox One to avoid ‘debates and stuff’ says smug Ubisoft

    In 2013, Ubisoft released Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag for Xbox One, PS4 and other systems. It was the company’s first game for the new consoles and as such, each version ran at 30 frames per second and at a 900p resolution, not the legendary 1080p/60fps combo next-gen hopefuls were pining for. Ubisoft managed to patch in 1080p support for the PS4 version later on, but the Xbox One remained 1080p-less. Fast-forward one year as Assassin’s Creed Unity prepares for its 14 November launch. Has Ubisoft learned from its mistakes, will the latest Assassin’s Creed reach the 1080p/60fps milestone?...

  • Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS review: knockout king

    Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (yes, that’s its actual name) is what those in the business call “extremely fun”. It’s an incredibly varied, accessible and detailed fighter with more than 50 characters, lovingly crafted to look and feel like the games they’ve been pinched from. Pikachu squeaks when it launches a lightening bolt. Link of Legend of Zelda fame yells as he whirlwinds towards Mario, and Sonic whizzes with the gusto of his Sega Genesis days. Super Smash Bros. is, most of all, a nostalgia trip down the long and storied road of Nintendo’s past and present successes. This game is...