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Computers

  • Look out Raspberry Pi: CHIP is the world’s first $9 hackable computer

    We here at Gearburn are avid Raspberry Pi and cheap, hackable, small computer stuff fans, so no wonder that the CHIP (or awkwardly dubbed the C.H.I.P) quickly popped up on our radars. Currently running a Kickstarter campaign, the little device claims to be the world's first US$9 computer, and yes, it can do a bit more than your age-old pocket calculator. According to the product page, you can use it to play games, tap away at documents, and so on. But that's all the boring stuff. We all know that where the real fun lies is when it comes down to hacking...

  • COUGAR Archon gaming case launches in South Africa

    COUGAR, the German PC gaming peripheral brand, has continued its onslaught on the budget market with its latest gaming chassis, the Archon. The attractive midi-tower features some spiffy orange and black accents with an emphasis on cooling. The front of the case supports up to two 120mm fans up front, one at the rear and another on the case's side panel, which also features a hardware window, a nice touch for a budget case. There are also a number of dust filters surrounding the case -- a welcome added extra. The interior is perhaps the most interesting with some bring orange splashes shrouding...

  • Meet PiKasa: the Cape Town-based all-in-one Raspberry Pi computer [update]

    Update: The PiKasa Indiegogo campaign is officially up and running. The company is looking for US$25 000 to fund the project. Have a look at the campaign here. We've sung the Raspberry Pi's praises many times. It's a wonderfully reliable, practical, and cheap computer with just enough power for a broad range of applications. They double up as great media players too, or consoles for those old emulated games. But what about more practical uses? What if you want to use the Raspberry Pi as a full-blown all-in-one computer? Cape Town-based firm, The Content Company, has crafted a Raspberry Pi housing...

  • Google Chromebook Pixel updates with two USB Type-C ports, beefy Intel chipsets

    We all knew the new Google Chomebook Pixel was coming this year, but we didn't quite know what Google was preparing in terms of hardware, exterior panache and price. Now, the company has finally outed the Pixel, which will be the flagship Chromebook of the fleet. At first glance with the Chromebook's face shut, it's clear that there's a touch of Google in the mix. The strip that runs along the top centre of the screen lid screens ChromeOS, with its now-customary multi-colour scheme. The unit itself is a gun-metal silver, very similar to what you'd find on a new...

  • ‘Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel!’ review: nothing is normal

    With such an unusual name, you can expect a unique game. That is exactly what the new Borderlands is, and in the best way possible. Shoot n’ loot your way across the desolate but flamboyant landscape of Elpis and witness the rise of Handsome Jack from a sharp-tongued coward into an even more sarcastic ultra-villain. Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel! (BLPS), awkwardly nestled between its predecessors, stays true to the odd but winning recipe of excessive bizarreness but does not come without its new twists and turns that keeps the gameplay fresh and exciting. This role-playing shooter is one that is sure...

  • HP, Microsoft reinvent the netbook with fanless $199 Stream machine

    Hewlett-Packard, makers of traditionally high-quality portable machines, has unveiled what it thinks is the future of Windows-based mobile computing -- the netbook, or what it's calling the Stream 11. Although not a completely far-fetched move considering the direction mobile computing is heading -- especially considering the role Windows 8 had in converting non-touchscreen-believers -- the idea of the re-emergence of the netbook -- a device that was ultimately killed by the tablet -- is a tad insane. At the same ironic token, HP is also offering two new tablets, powered by Intel -- one boasting a 7" screen and the other,...

  • Seagate debuts 8TB drive, ideal for storing trillions of cat pictures

    Just like RAM and RRAM manufacturers, hard disk makers are hellbent on providing faster, larger, stronger storage media for consumers' endless data storage need. As a result, Seagate has announced its (and the world's first) 8TB consumer drive. Yep, 8TB -- 16 times what the world was introduced to in 2005. It's a lot of space, and would take a few months of downloading to fill its boots. Seven years prior, the world's first 1TB hard drive was launched by Hitachi. IDC's research manager for HDDs, John Rydning, uttered a few words to PCWorld back then, that seems hilariously...

  • AMD’s new Radeon R9 285 increases power, drops wattage

    AMD on Saturday released its new GeForce killer, the R9 285. It may sound like yet another graphics card in the rebadged world of the R-line, but it comes with some proper upgrades. The company couldn't help having a punny dig at Nvidia either, noting that "the competition is green with envy." Well played, AMD. It replaces the R9 280, which was a fairly good card in its own right, but was ridiculously power hungry. The R9 285 uses 60w less at full tilt, while delivering up to 3.29teraFLOPS of processing power. It will also support DirectX 12, once the eagerly awaited...

  • The flash and the furious: 11 of the internet’s greatest custom computers

    There are few things in this world more entertaining than stripping a device of its guts, just to put it back together again. Building something from scratch also comes pretty close. Fun turns to dread (or in some cases, panicked laughter) when the power button's flick fails to lurch it into life. Failing miserably is, thankfully largely part of the experience. These PC customisers and builders have definitely not failed by any means. From adorning their machines with glowing LEDs and glass panels, to cooling them with aircraft-sized turbines and water-pulsing pipes, building custom computing devices to take over little...

  • Here’s how to build your own killer $500 Xbox One or PS4 gaming PC

    Both the next generation gaming consoles, Sony's PS4 and Microsoft's Xbox One are out and we’ve seen some really interesting performance comparisons. But what if you want a gaming machine that does more than just gaming and media playback? The custom AMD GPUs used in the PS4 and Xbox One are close to a Radeon HD 7870 or an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 Ti at best. Meaning that none of these consoles can run games at resolutions higher than 1080p, let alone things like 4K and many games on these consoles still run at 720p or 900p. Is it possible?I personally...