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  • Firefox Hello brings accountless video chat to browsers, future smartphones

    Firefox doesn’t get too much love here at Gearburn, even though it’s my favourite piece of software by a country mile. It’s especially sad considering that the Mozilla-built browser flaunts many bleeding-edge technologies, sometimes weeks before any other browser. Take it’s latest innovation, Firefox Hello, for example. It is essentially, a cross-platform HTML5-based WebRTC (an existing web video technology) calling feature, available in Firefox Beta builds from today. But how and why is this relevant? Unlike Skype, FaceTime or Hangouts, users needn’t sign up for an account to use the feature. Although Mozilla notes that to improve its ease of use...

  • The next Apple event preview: Gold iPads, skinnier MacBooks and OS X Yosemite

    What’s coming from Apple‘s 16 October event? Wouldn’t you like to know? So would we, that’s why we dug around for everything that’s possibly coming from camp Cupertino. iPads We all know the deal by now. The new iPad Air will be thinner, lighter, faster and most likely feature TouchID. There’s also some hope that there will be new colours for the iPad Air 2, especially Champagne Gold. Please let there be Champagne Gold. According to the leaks, the iPad Air 2 will only be 7mm thin and will sport a design that’s extremely similar to the iPhone 6 and 6...

  • Apple leaks details about iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3 with Burst Mode, TouchID

    As is tradition, before the official release of Apple’s latest range of iPads, Macs and its new OS X, details about the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 were leaked. The big guy’s just giving us a bite of the apple to whet our appetite for the main event. Well spotted by 9to5Mac, the iPad User Guide for iOS 8.1 temporarily posted in iTunes indicated that the new iPads do in fact have TouchID which was first introduced with last year’s iPhone 5s and carried on with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The guide further...

  • Motorola’s Nexus 6 steals the show as Google launches Nexus 9, Nexus Player

    After what has been ages since Android L was revealed and a few leaks of the device in the wild, Google has today unveiled its Nexus 6 — a flagship smartphone that could very well decapitate the Apple iPhone 6 Plus and Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 in one fell swoop. Launched alongside Android 5.0 L — which will be called Lollipop by its confectionery loving creators — the pocket-stretcher seems to flaunt the best set of specifications on the market right now. From the outset, it rocks a 5.96″ 1440×2560 screen, giving the Nexus 6 an insanely high pixel density (493ppi,...

  • 5 games from rAge 2014 that left us saying ‘more please’

    A weekend of rAge (god damn, I hate how that’s spelled) mayhem has come and gone, leaving many gamers’ hands pain-stricken, stiff and their hearts filled with lust for forthcoming titles. Although there was a ridiculous array of new releases to choose from, one couldn’t quite play them all. But because there were so many, how on earth could you pick which to play? It’s okay, but if you didn’t play these five games, you weren’t doing rAge correctly. These are the pick of the bunch, the five titles that left a lasting impression on me and everyone who seemingly...

  • Pi-Top Indiegogo project lets users 3D-print their own Raspberry Pi laptop

    It’s mind-boggling considering just how many projects find their foundations in the Raspberry Pi micro-computer. From home-rolled custom media centres to Kickstarter home automation kits, the Pi’s uses are seemingly endless. But until now, no one has really given the Pi its own set of wings yet, making it fully portable. The Pi-Top — a Raspberry Pi-based DIY laptop — is the next stage of Pi crowdfunding frontiers it seems, and one of the coolest gadgets we’ve seen for quite some time. At US$249, it’s not cheap by any means considering that many laptops can rival it profusely at its...

  • NASA spiderbots begin construction on ‘Death Star’ in space

    Ok, so perhaps the title is a bit of stretch. But NASA’s plan to use robots in space to build massive space stations, space craft, and satellites is real. It also provides us a clear example of the current state of our nation’s space program, and assurance that the future of space travel and space exploration remain promising. For decades, key hurdles to space exploration has been the enormous cost in lives and dollars of developing and launching space craft. Most of us growing up in the 1980s can remember the horrific experience of watching NASA’s Space Shuttle Challenger disaster. Seven brave crew...

  • Vodacom launches Smart Tab 3G 7-inch tablet aimed at the masses

    Two months after the launch of the Smart Kicka, an entry level smartphone retailing at R549, Vodacom has launched a 7-inch 3G tablet that will cost less than R1 000 and will, if the cellular giant is to be believed, also bring mobile connectivity to a whole new section of the South African population. “Providing access in South Africa is not easy, but our strategy is to deliver access to everyone,” says Vodacom Chief Officer for the Consumer Business Unit Phil Patel. The Vodacom Smart Tab 3G is available from today and can be purchased on a 24 month contract, starting...

  • Civilization: Beyond Earth cinematic spells out hope for humanity’s far-flung future

    Civilization: Beyond Earth‘s new opening cinematic trailer has been released, giving us new hope for Sid Meier’s latest number, but smashes all that’s left for the future of our dearest planet Earth. The video posted by PC Gamer shares the story of a young Middle Eastern girl who gets chosen to be rocketed up into the deep dark space which leaves behind Earth to deal with ever impending doom all by itself. The scene then jumps to what seems to be a Russian priest who blesses other prospective voyagers, emphasising the diversification of culture. “As we race skyward, we carried aloft the...

  • LG Tone Pro review: the best, most discrete wireless headset yet

    I’ve never liked over-the-ear headphones. For me, and many others, it’s an uncomfortable experience. Headphones squish the ears, keeping heat in and muffling noise. I’m an inner-ear music-listening kind of guy and because of that, I’ve been stuck with ugly, wired earphones most of my life. LG has a solution for people like me and it’s called the Tone Pro, a wireless stereo headset. Based on its price (US$69.99), battery life (15-hours plus) and design (it’s both comfortable and styled like a robot’s necklace), LG’s Tone Pro is an absolute winner. Excellent audio The best feature of the Tone Pro is...