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How to guides

  • 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...

  • The updated Xbox One vs PS4 buyer’s guide

    Of course the age-old (not really, but it sounds better) rivalry between Microsoft’s Xbox and Sony’s PlayStation is still alive and well. But six months down the line, what exactly is the current situation in terms of sales and potential peripherals? Umpteen announcements have been made, and with E3 fast approaching, no doubt we’ll see even more of them in the upcoming weeks, attempting to persuade the public why they should buy a specific console. Of course, the first thing to remember is that unless you’ve imported it, the Xbox One still isn’t available in some territories, with South Africa...

  • 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...

  • ‘Dark Souls II’ help: questions, answered

    Dark Souls II is a beautiful game. It's already proven itself to be a slicker, more accessible sequel, but one that's no less difficult than its predecessor. The help below should set you off on the right path and please note that this article is filled with spoilers. Please add another question in the comments below, as the game is enormous and our guide simply scrapes the bottom of a rather large barrel. I'm running out of Eustus flasks, life gems, Human Effigy's. Help. It's too hard First off, relax. A major proportion of the reviews I read are fear-mongering....

  • 6 apps that have proven themselves awesome for streaming film and TV

    Streaming movies and TV are the future when it comes to entertainment, no doubt. People love the ability to watch their favourite films and series while they're on the go, waiting in line, lying in bed, or traveling. Recognising this, many developers now have free and paid apps that allow streaming. Whatever your device and wherever you are, you too can use these apps to get your favourite flick fix or binge-watch House of Cards, Game of Thrones or True Detective (or just stick with True Detective, it's for the best). Get Multimedia on Google Play Movies (click for list...

  • 11 gadget lifehacks you can’t do without

    Love gadgets, but hate it when complications arise? So do I, so does everyone. But that's what this article is for, to help you manage frustrations and to possibly make that special gadget in your life even happier. Boost a router's WiFi Antenna signal with a parabolic trough antenna   Boosting a routers WiFi signal is a fuss-free affair. By fitting a homemade antenna on top of the router's aerial, signal range is dramatically increased. This is my homemade one, but there's an excellent DIY recipe over at Instructables. It took ten minutes to construct, if that, and greatly boosted...

  • Old Mac, new Mac: refurbishing an older Apple for a brighter future

    There’s both a sad and exciting cycle of life between modern computers. While we’re able to hold on to our intrepid digital companions for at least five good years of use, sooner or later we’re forced to overcome the limits of present day technology and embrace the future. While Apple’s line of MacBooks, iMacs as well as Mac Pros and Minis do offer great mileage for the money, recent advancements in Mac OS X have drawn a noticeable border between future-proof Macs and those less fortunate. A noticeable example is the aluminium Macbook of 2008’s ability to run OS X...