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  • Telkom expands LTE-A network to 22 more South African suburbs

    Telkom has today announced that it's expanding its LTE-A (or LTE-Advanced) network to 22 more suburbs across the country, which will mean even faster data access to those in these zones. LTE-A has theoretical speeds of 1Gbps, but Telkom had demonstrated that over 380Mbps is achievable at present. That's pretty fast when compared to copper fixed-line internet speeds. Telkom notes that it's comparable to fibre connections, which it has also begun rolling out to select suburbs. If you're wondering if you're lucky enough to fall within these zones, have a look at the suburb break down below. Gauteng: Carlswald, Highveld, Halfway Gardens, Houghton...

  • New Blu-ray format brings 4K to your lounge

    This week, the Blu-ray Association (BDA) announced specifications for its new media, Ultra HD Blu-ray. Licencing for this format will begin later this year. That’s right, you’re going to have to re-purchase Star Wars for the umpteenth time. The new format has been created in order to accommodate Ultra HD content. Ultra HD is marketed as 4K UHD (2160p) and 8K UHD (4320p), though this new format will not natively support 8K. Along with the resolution upgrade the format will also be supporting higher frame rates, a wider range of colours, and new sound formats. Ultra HD Blu-ray discs will be...

  • Boy has his PlayStation 4 confiscated by dad, goes on mini rampage

    Now, if anyone can understand "electronics rage", it's us gadget lovers. I've defenestrated a fair number of phones courtesy of malfunctioning features in my time, and many in this office can attest to punching a monitor from time to time, but we have never gone so far as whipping out a hammer and a baseball bat and destroying our office or homes. This 13-year-old in the Canadian town of Brantford did, and his parents called the police as a result. We imagine having your PlayStation 4 removed from your custody is not a wholesome experience for a child of any age, but...

  • Windows 10 will be Microsoft’s Windows OS swansong, reports suggest

    If reports and Microsoft's new service-over-product mindset is to be believed, then Windows 10 will be the company's final iteration of Windows and possibly it's final operating system release. That's right. The OS that practically spanned many of our waking lives will adopt an OS X- or web browser-like update cycle, with Microsoft tweaking bits and bobs instead of overhauling it every five years. Think of it as the final underlying iteration of the OS, which will likely change its hair or summer dress every season. As noted in The Telegraph this week, Microsoft developer evangelist Jerry Nixon practically confirmed this...

  • 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...

  • Vodacom launches new ‘Use & Get’ prepaid promotion

    Vodacom, one of South Africa's largest cellular providers, has announced that it's offering a new prepaid promotion dubbed "Use & Get". Rather refreshingly, the promotion's name actually mirrors what it offers. "Designed to attract new customers and reward loyalty," notes the presser, "Use & Get gives additional airtime tomorrow equivalent to the airtime used today." For instance, if a user purchases a R55 airtime voucher and consumes all R55 during the day, Vodacom will offer that user the same airtime value "back for free tomorrow." There are some clauses though. Bundles like Power Hour and Power Internet do not apply, and the free...

  • Microsoft’s Windows 10 will embrace reworked Android, iOS apps

    Prior to the announcement made at BUILD, long term Windows watcher Paul Thurrott suggested that Windows 10 could be coerced into running the likes of Android apps on its platform. This has now been confirmed at BUILD, but in addition, Microsoft has also announced that iOS apps will also run on the OS. It's a notion that's in stark contrast to previous Microsoft operating systems, but Nadella's new Windows will let its competitors play on its proving grounds. It's transforming into a developer-friendly platform. We've seen the company experimenting with Windows 10 running on Android devices from Xiaomi a few weeks...

  • PS4, Xbox One price to drop in South Africa come Workers’ Day weekend

    Ster-Kinekor, for the first three days of May at least, will be lowering the recommended retail price (RRP) of the Sony PS4 gaming console by around R700. "For a limited period of 72 hours, take advantage of this deal and grab the most powerful gaming system from your local participating retailer between the 1st and 3rd May 2015," noted the country's PS4 importer. Retailers are jumping at the chance to rack up a few more console sales too, with BT Games, Makro, DionWired, Game, CNA, Incredible Connection and Takealot (to name a few) all joining in on the price reduction. We're not too...

  • Nvidia GTX 980 Ti coming in May, GTX 980 ‘Metal’ edition to follow

    If you're in the market for a graphics card upgrade, you can look forward to lush summer, thanks to Nvidia (and hopefully AMD fairly soon). The company is reportedly launching its GTX 980 Ti in May, and will line up as lieutenant behind the general GTX Titan X, this all according to a Chinese source. With that said, the GTX 980 Ti will be looking at a release window between 16 and 26 May and like its big brother, it will be based on the GM200 graphics core platform. This means, the GPU will sport 3072 stream processors, 192 texture units,...

  • Android Wear updates finally make using apps as simple as checking the time

    Google has rolled out a bunch of features to make your Android smartwatch a bit more hands-off, with a whole new range of gestures and touch shortcuts. In what seems to be the first major update to Android Wear since it was unleashed onto people's wrists about a year ago, Google's focusing more on what it dubs being "fashionable" as well as "functionable". Android Wear watches have always had an always-on-screen -- that battery munching feature that doubles up as a safety light for nighttime cyclists. With this new update, you can extend this feature to your apps so they can stay...