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  • Amazon Echo crams a voice assistant into a $199 Bluetooth speaker

    After the Fire Phone became this year’s biggest hardware gaffe, Amazon felt it necessary to follow it up with the Echo — a speaker with a tiny voice assistant trapped inside. No one saw this one coming. The Amazon Echo is basically a Google Now or Siri clone encased in the mould of a Bluetooth speaker. You ask it a question, it spits out an answer (except it’s slightly cooler than that). For some reason, “Alexa” is the keyword that allows users to request music from Spotify, iTunes and Pandora, weather information, news, and other commands like adding events to a calendar...

  • Apple iPhone 6 Plus review: enter the iPhablet

    Apple has finally set its foot in the phablet market this year with the iPhone 6 Plus. It took Apple about four years to understand that people do like big screens, no matter how awkward they are to handle with one hand. The iPhone 6 Plus is Apple’s biggest leap since the iPhone 4. It features a large 5.5-inch screen, completely different exterior design, a more open software platform with iOS 8, and a massive battery. Let’s see how Apple’s phablet performs. Design and build quality Apple has shifted to a completely new design with the iPhone 6 series. As the screen size...

  • ‘The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask’ hits Nintendo 3DS this Spring

    The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D is coming to Nintendo 3DS and 2DS this Spring (March 2015, we guess). Announced earlier this week during a Nintendo Direct session, Nintendo’s promising a remade version that will “maintain the original level of challenge while keeping the game accessible for anyone.” For those who don’t know of The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask, you’ve missed out on a sizable chunk of childhood memories. Of course, many of us never had the chance to play it, as it was released on the cult Nintendo console, the N64. This console never made it to South...

  • A call to rehab: 5 addictive video games series you know and love

    “Am I addicted to video games?” This is a question that serious gamers probably know all too well. Have you ever had to get up early for work the next day but stayed up gaming until three in the morning? Has your family or partner ever made multiple attempts to make you cut down on your gaming? Has anyone ever suggested that you seek professional help? If your answer is yes then you will surely be familiar with some of the titles named on this list. Now, before some of you tear me apart because your favourite game is not on this...

  • Gold Edition Apple Watch will cost at least $4000, report suggests

    During the usual post-September Apple lull, things get a bit stagnant in the world of Apple. Although the iPhone range, the iPad range and the Mac range have all seen some major updates of late, it’s still the Apple Watch spurning the most news. Why? Well, those desiring a gold or pink gold “Edition” example of Cupertino’s timepiece will need to fork out at least US$4000 (probably around R50 000, after import tax). We’ll give you a few seconds to count those coins. According to previous reports from Apple’s mouth, the range was slated to begin at a modest US$349 (probably around...

  • Unboxing the Blackberry Passport [Video]

    When we first heard of Blackberry’s unconventional phone release roadmap, never in our wildest dreams did we imagine a mostly square, buttoned-touch-screened block of technology such as the Passport. It’s probably the most polarising handset released this year, or this decade in fact. Our editor for one, has quite a fancy for the phone, while others in the office think that it’s too bulky, heavy and largely unsuitable for everyday practical tasks — putting it in your pocket is a common concern. Nevertheless, it’s here to stay and so are Blackberry’s future quirky plans. As far as those go, investors seem to...

  • New Far Cry 4 story trailer proves that we’re born to be wild

    Far Cry 4 launches fairly soon, 18 November to be accurate. And the best way to get hyped up about any game has to be through an official launch trailer. From what’s happening here, we can see that Far Cry 4 is going to be a heck of a lot more epic than the previous entry in the series. The trailer quickly shows us hero Ajay Ghale who’s come back home to Kryat to scatter his mother’s ashes. The problem though, is that Ajay’s old hometown has now been overtaken by a despotic dictator, King Pagan Min. This trailer is fairly...

  • Rockstar confirms GTA V First Person Mode with chaotic kickass new video

    If you thought you were excited for GTA V before, wait until you feast your face on this new video. First-person mode is something not associated with the GTA series, but my, it has been needing it — not because GTA is useless fun either. Since gaming has evolved, and the power of consoles has increased exponentially, first-person mode is the perfect way to immerse the gamer in the chaos — exactly what any GTA fan wants. GTA is really a drunk-on-freedom FPS in hiding. The video blurb highlights the new additions and features available on GTA V and GTA Online: …a new targeting...

  • What’s in a traffic cone? An abridged biography of VLC Media Player

    We often get carried away with our gadgets here at Gearburn, but we also believe that the software running on these brilliant little things also deserve recognition now and then. VLC Media Player has been around for nearly 17 years now, back when people were using Windows 95 as their primary operating system and 16MB RAM was enough. Now it’s one of the first programs I download on Windows, and the first app for video playback on Android. It has come a long way from its humble college project roots to being one of the world’s principle media players on...

  • PS4 update 2.00 placing some Sony consoles into ‘Coma Mode’

    Firmware updates for the PS4 are lovely (and free). Most of the time, we get some decent changes such as themes, software fixes and bolstered online stability. This was the crux of PS4 update 2.00, which hit our machines late October. But, the update added a feature that’s leaving most PS4 owners quite frustrated. The new “Rest Mode” replaces Standby Mode and lets users turn their PS4’s off while still allowing their games to download, and their controllers to charge. The issue though is that some PS4’s (like mine) wouldn’t wake up or ever worse, it prompts a disc scan when it...

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