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How-To Guides

  • Rocking the Daisies: the Gearburn tech survival guide

    It's almost that time of the year once again, when hordes flock to Darling in the Western Cape for the annual Rocking the Daisies music festival. This year's edition takes place from 6-9 October, giving you plenty of time to get your bags packed and provisions sorted. What about tech products to take with to the event, though? We've got you covered with our survival guide. Power banks Short of turning your smartphone off for half the time, one of the only other options is to get a power bank. And these can be had for R300 or less at quite a few...

  • How to play Xbox One games on your Windows 10 phone

    We've already seen Microsoft implement Xbox One game-streaming to desktop Windows 10, making for a rather convenient party trick. What about phones though? Sony has Remote Play on its Xperia devices, but what about phones running Windows 10 Mobile? That's where MS Power User comes in though, having discovered an internal Xbox app that enables streaming to your Windows 10 Mobile handset. How to grab and use the app MS Power User recommends that you visit the app link (here) on your phone, search for any free app from the top search bar, visit the app listing for the free app and then quickly...

  • Here’s how to install Pokemon Go on your Android phone

    Mobile game Pokemon Go has been a long time coming. From its beta earlier this year to its launch in several markets this week, many gamers are rather eager to get their hands on it. Unfortunately, South Africa isn't one of those launch markets this week, but there is a solution at hand. The ever-reliable APK Mirror website has uploaded an APK (install file for Android) and in our testing, we've found that it actually works. Here's how to get and install Pokemon Go First of all, you'll want to visit the settings menu on your phone and enable installations from unknown sources. This is either found...

  • How and where to find retro games & consoles in South Africa

    When it comes to modern video games and consoles, we've got it pretty good in South Africa. Old-school gaming though? Well, that's a different story. It can be rather tough to find the likes of the Super Nintendo or SEGA Dreamcast if you don't know where to look. Here are a few places to check out before going the Amazon/eBay route. The Gaming Source An online store, The Gaming Source was established in 2009, offering a variety of new and second-hand games and consoles for sale. The website's stock is rather varied, featuring current-generation products and the ever-important retro goodies. A quick visit to...

  • 9 awesome gadgets and gift ideas for mom this Mother’s Day

    Sunday 8 May 2016. It's the day that we'll honour the most important people in our lives -- our mothers. Yep, it's Mothers Day, and what better way to celebrate their existence than to get them something extremely geeky and cool? Here at Gearburn, we've been known to find the odd and pretty cool geeky gift from time to time, so if you're in need of some ideas, be it genuine possibilities or mere inspiration, take a look at our last minute techie Mothers Day gifts below. TomTom Go500 Getting lost in South Africa is pretty easy, but as the Jimmy Carr...

  • 5 nifty tips that make the LG G5 easier to live with

    The LG G5, like every other phone, has its share of problems. Although some of them are game-breakers, most of them can be fixed with a few savvy pointers, changes, and tweaks. Here's a list of the five most annoying things about the LG G5, and how you can fix them in a jiffy. Problem: There's no app tray and it's driving me nuts Solution: Download a new launcher The LG G5 ships without the usual central app tray button, that hides all the apps from the desktop. It's a dumb omission but it can easily be fixed. The solution's as simple as...

  • 5 last minute April Fools Day pranks for the office

    Here's a scenario: you get to office late after spending the entire morning in the office, and plop down on your chair to hear that all too familiar fart cushion noise emanate across the entire office floor. Embarrassing, I know, because I've been a victim of that before. But laughing it off just isn't enough when revenge is so much sweeter. So to prank the pranksters, we've put together a list of the best last minute April Fools Day sneak attacks to play on the offending office jester, or perhaps even your boss. The dead desktop: screenshot the desktop, set as...

  • Watch Apple’s iPhone 6S launch on Windows and beyond

    It's that time of year again when Apple's livestream will likely drop erratically, features random Chinese audio translations mixed over Tim Cook, or more ludicrously, won't be available to countless prospective Apple customers running Windows or non-Apple platforms. That is until now. Apple has announced that Microsoft Edge, the Redmond company's new Windows 10 browser, finally has the savvy to support Apple's livestream format. The browser supports Apple's HLS technology, so finally the software suite can interpret the incoming message and spit it out in the form of Apple's livestreamed launch. Like those running OS X and iOS, Windows 10 users can...

  • 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...