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How-To Guides

  • Lock down and back up: 5 essential ways to secure your devices and data

    Losing your data or dealing with stolen devices is a terrible thing, but commonplace in this wonderful country. It often causes mass disruption to the quality of life, the quality of work or the quality of your sanity. It's also rather idiotic to think that "it will never happen to me" because complacency is the worst attitude to have, especially if you happen to carry a smartphone on your person all day. There are ways to bring peace of mind should a phone snatcher or tablet terror infiltrates your personal life, or if you happen to abandon your device on...

  • Here’s how to check if you have the ‘public’ version of Windows 10

    For all Windows 10 related views, breaking stories and deeper analysis, visit our comprehensive Windows 10 Hub before and after Microsoft’s big launch. Update: To avoid all the faff and fuss, grab the Windows 10 installation tools here (32-bit) and here (64-bit). Open the tool, and select the "Upgrade the PC" option. Alternatively, you can also download the OS using the same tool and write it to a disc or flash drive. Microsoft's Windows 10 has finally been launched to 190 countries publicly, which means those with Windows 7 and later PCs can install the update. Luckily, if you were part...

  • Can you upgrade to Windows 10? Here are 4 key questions

    For all Windows 10 related views, breaking stories and deeper analysis, visit our comprehensive Windows 10 Hub before and after Microsoft's big launch. It's the question everyone with middle-aged PCs are asking: can I upgrade to Windows 10 once it's released? Although the operating system will be available for free to all those running Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and of course, Windows 10 Technical Preview, there's a large chance that computers created earlier than 2010 won't be able to run the latest OS. But don't worry, we've crafted a nifty little check list to help guide you through the new...

  • How to watch Apple’s WWDC 2015 keynote live stream on Windows, Android [update]

    Update: Our WWDC live blog is now in progress. Follow it here. Apple's conferences are always special events, but it's a real pity that the company hates alternative platforms. If you happen to be running Windows, Android, Linux or anything that isn't associated with fruit, you'll be fresh out of luck if you fancy watching tonight's WWDC 2015 keynote. Or are you? If you're running iOS or OS X on an Apple product, watching the event, kicking off at 7pm South African Standard time, is as simple as hitting up Apple's site and streaming it there. For streaming to function correctly though,...

  • 5 quick and nifty Apple iPad tricks

    There is something to be said for the ease and simplicity of use of Apple products. Most of the time, they just offer elegant and extremely user friendly solutions. Here are five useful tricks to enhance your experience with the Apple iPad. 1. Enable ‘Send Last Location’ to make it easier to find your iPad Find my iPad is now enabled by default (during the initial setup process), rather than asking users to enable it manually. This is a very useful feature when you’ve lost or misplaced your iPad. Set up a free iCloud account and you will be able to locate,...

  • 6 awesome and cheap last minute gifts for the technophile in your life

    Oh no, just look at the date. You've left it a little late again, haven't you? That might as well be me soliloquizing in the mirror. It's not a fun prospect: hunting for a Christmas gift through the jungle that is the local mall, or scrolling pages upon pages just to find that one great deal that won't empty and burn your credit card. All the gifts mentioned below are under R300. This Christmas gift shopping thing isn't easy, but we're here to help. Below are a list of simple but awesome little last minute Christmas gifts for those in your life...

  • 6 gadgets and tips to save power and beat load shedding

    "Load shedding" is fast becoming a vulgarity in South African vocabulary. While it's a necessary evil, it's a massive annoyance for those who need electricity for work and other essential activities. Considering that Eskom -- South Africa's national electricity provider -- has mentioned that this energy crisis might go on for a good while yet (possibly another year), it's time for citizens to hunker down and brace for the worst. We here at Gearburn have formulated a little cheat sheet, featuring devices, tips, tricks and hacks that might help you through the problems. Purchase a powerbank and ensure that it's always juiced Right,...

  • Gearburn’s 2014 Christmas gift guide to trendy gizmos and gadgets

    It's that time of year again. Unfortunately (or fortunately for those receiving gifts) the Holiday Season comes with its own set of headaches and charms. One of the latter is definitely not gift shopping. So, to help you out on your quest, we here at Gearburn have compiled a Christmas gift guide for you, yours and others. These products may not be for everyone, and some might not be available in your country but it's a great guide to take heed of what possible gifts are out there. We break the list down into a few categories as well, including gifts for the...

  • 7 ways to make a dumb home smarter

    The buzzword "smart home" fits nicely alongside terms like "The Internet of Things". But the smart home is tangible, it is something. Best of all, it's something well within the reach of us, the little people. First off, what is a smart home? Explaining  A smart home is home automation. Remote surveillance, WiFi-enabled stoves, automated porch lights, flush-aware toilet bowls, stuff like that. With an internet-enabled device connected to a smart home appliance, the possibilities are fairly endless. Think of a remote control for your gate at home, but on a grand scale, and contained within an app on your phone...

  • With a PS4 gamepad and DS4 to Xinput wrapper, the console vs PC arguments are officially over

    How do you nullify the console versus PC debates? By combining the best of both worlds: a gaming PC with a PS4 gamepad. While the PS4 may be a bit of a paperweight these days (except for the lush Destiny), it has one of the best controllers yet invented. But getting it to work as a gaming controller for the PC is a mission onto itself. Simply connecting the PS4 to a computer via USB will install the PS4 drivers, but as many of you have found out, most games won't work with Sony's wunder-controller. What does work on...