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  • Ware of the Week: Button Savior

    In our weekly series, Ware of the Week, we showcase our favourite organised lines of code from the world of mobile and desktop computing. In today’s edition, we profile an app that allowed me to use a phone with broken hardware buttons -- Button Savior. If you missed our previous Ware of the Week winner, catch it below. Read more: Ware of the Week: ShedAlert load shedding alerts I wouldn't really call Button Savior a new app. After prowling the Android landscape for nearly five years, it has garnered a good reputation as one of those apps you definitely don't want...

  • Ware of the Week: ShedAlert load shedding alerts

    In our weekly series, Ware of the Week, we showcase our favourite organised lines of code from the world of mobile and desktop computing. In today’s edition, we profile ShedAlert, an app that's keeping South Africans ahead of the load shedding schedule. If you missed our previous Ware of the Week winner, catch it below. Read more: Ware of the Week: Yolify There are a few words in the English language synonymous with South Africa, but unfortunately not all are celebrated. I can mention one particular phrase that incites rage and anger from all walks of life. Yep, you guessed it,...

  • Ware of the Week: Yolify

    In our weekly series, Ware of the Week, we showcase our favourite organised lines of code from the world of mobile and desktop computing. In today’s edition, we profile an evolved bucket list app that embraces YOLO like no other — Yolify. If you missed our previous Ware of the Week winner, catch it below. Read more: Ware of the Week: Vivaldi browser It's fairly easy to get stuck in a rut, even with that bucket list quietly sitting untouched in your dressing room cabinet. At some point, you'll have to address those ambitions and dreams and punch them in the...

  • Ware of the Week: Vivaldi browser

    In our new weekly series Ware of the Week, we showcase our favourite organised lines of code from the world of mobile and desktop computing. In today's edition, we profile a browser that will look to challenge the likes of Firefox and Chrome as web browsing's top dog -- Vivaldi. Right now you're probably thinking, "Oh no, not another web browser to join the likes of Internet Explorer, Project Spartan, Chrome, Firefox, and god only really knows what other browsers there are," right? Well, rest your fettered head, because Vivaldi is a slightly different take on the web browsing experience. The...

  • Microsoft’s ‘Spartan’ browser may support Google Chrome extensions

    It's no secret that Microsoft's Internet Explorer was a massive flop this decade, taking a beating from the likes of Chrome and Firefox in the power user stakes. Realising this, Microsoft has been developing its next-gen browser behind closed doors to form part of its Windows 10 ecosystem. Codenamed "Spartan", piece of code will likely go a long way to rectifying IE's terrible street cred, and news has surfaced of Microsoft's cunning plan. Read more: 10 things you should know before Microsoft’s Windows 10 mobile event Neowin has today reported that Spartan and Google Chrome extensions may hold hands in the future,...

  • 20+ free and essential Windows programs for your new PC

    It's 2015, and the time has come for a new PC, at least that rings true for me. While Windows machines are largely functional out-of-the-box, the OS still lacks the functionality power users and some novices desire. I can think of a few issues with Windows 8 for example that third party freeware can fix immediately, but what if you just need a comprehensive arsenal of apps for every given situation from file management to multimedia playback? What are some of the essential Windows program every user should have? We at Gearburn have had a look at our program logs, curating...

  • Torrent the internet with BitTorrent’s ‘Project Maelstrom’ browser

    With the recent upheaval net neutrality has caused and the most popular torrent host, The Pirate Bay, shutting down, it seems more people are gunning for an open, equal internet and content distribution. BitTorrent is one such company and is subsequently building its own way to that goal. Project Maelstrom is "a web browser that can power a new way for web content to be published, accessed and consumed," the presser notes. Essentially, it works on the principles of the BitTorrent philosophy of distribution to create "an internet powered by people." Don't get me wrong. This browser won't make it easier to...

  • Dacuda’s 3D camera app turns your phone into a 3D scanner

    Software developers and cellphone makers are rushing to bring holographic and 3D display technology to your smartphone. Already, several devices and prototypes exist that offer such features, albeit with limited functionality. So far, the undisputed 3D king is Nintendo’s 3DS handheld console that features stereoscopic cameras that take stunning 3D images and provide a 3D gaming experience unlike anything else currently on the market (virtual reality headsets like the Oculus Rift and Sony’s Project Morpheus are not yet available to consumers, and remain confined in the hands of developers) There is also the HTC EVO smartphone, whose two stereoscopic cameras take fairly decent 3D...

  • 8 essential apps every budding technology journalist needs

    Apple likes a tag-line or two, doesn't it? Remember that "There's an app for that" quip that instantly turned into a meme? We're all for that line. In fact, we believe that you should be equipped with an app for every potential situation one should find oneself. And you know what? There is an app for every situation out there -- from being lost in a big African city to snapping that perfect picture of a yellow daisy. The possibilities are endless. As journalists, we also have a habit of equipping ourselves with a plethora of apps, just in case. So we've...

  • 6 easy steps for turning that old-school PC into an arcade emulator

    To truly appreciate the gaming world of today, we need to experience the gaming world of yesterday. Titles of the past play an enormous role in the evolution of gaming and are honestly just as fun as anything we are playing today. PlayStation is currently working on an emulation system that will enable you to play PS1/2 games on the PS4. This alone shows you how much of a demand there still is to play old school titles. While PlayStation is busy working on this, you can take your own older PC and use it to emulate a plethora of...