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  • This duo flies across Dubai’s skyline using jetpacks, wingsuits [video]

    Where do I start? How do I explain this? There's no easy way so I am just going to come out and say it. Move over Dubai, you aren't that cool anymore. Earlier this week, the UAE's skies were graced by former Swiss pilot and owner Yves Rossy and Vince Reffet in two jet pack-propelled flight suits. The jetpack is a combination of super light carbon fiber wings that are about the size of a door, four Jetcat P200 engines providing 22kg of thrust propelling its wearers at well over 300km/h on a decent for up to 13 minutes. I don't know...

  • The good kind of bad: 5 of our favourite gaming villains

    The heroes of our games would be nothing without their contrasting counterparts. A villain drives the hero forward, gives meaning to his cause. A hero becomes a hero because of the villain. That is why today we want to celebrate these malevolent and sadistic individuals, these slayers of men and admirers of torment. Now before I get burnt at the stake, this list is in no way the conclusive final say on the matter. Rather consider it the starting point of a discussion. Do you agree these bad guys deserve a spot on this list? Who do you think are the greatest...

  • Ster-Kinekor extends South African ‘Mortal Kombat X’ Cup registration

    Ster-Kinekor has announced that "due to the massive response to the South African Mortal Kombat Cup, the registrations for more competitors to participate have been re-opened." The Cup is a local competition organised by Ster-Kinekor that will see the best from Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg duke it out to find the best Mortal Kombat X player on South African soil. The tournament will consist of three qualifying legs, and a grand final taking place in Johannesburg on 6 June. The winner will receive a 20th Anniversary Edition PlayStation 4 and a share of R30 000 in prize money. They will...

  • 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...

  • Acer Aspire V17 Nitro review-in-brief: powerful but uninspiring

    Choosing a gaming laptop is a very personal affair, even more so than building a gaming rig. When drawing up specs for a built machine there's room to breathe with specifications and options. Manufacturers dictate what goes into a gaming laptop, so there's ultimately more sacrifice involved. Alienware, MSI, and Asus are all big names in the space, but Acer has been crafting some interesting gaming-inspired products recently, especially with the Predator range. We're looking at a slightly toned down device from the Taiwanese company though -- the Acer Aspire V17 Nitro -- which could easily pass as an office...

  • COUGAR, Raru partner to bring budget bundle to PC builders

    Those of you counting pennies towards your next gaming rig will probably understand just how ridiculously expensive gaming hardware is at the moment. Thanks to the exchange rate (among a number of other factors), building on a budget is more of an art today than it has been in the past. German peripheral brand COUGAR is now offering its ARCHON case and its RS-550W PSU for a not-too-shabby R1099. The deal is courtesy of Raru and aims to "to help you get your new computer build up and running," according to the presser. We've profiled the ARCHON case before on Gearburn,...

  • Toast marshmallows to death metal with these pyro-crafted speakers

    Danish designers Markus Buch, Matt Ward and Christian Fisker recently announced a new Kickstarter campaign for their portable, Bluetooth-enabled portable speakers that spew and sputter flames to the beat of music. Last year, these pyromaniac Dutch designers and engineers became famous when videos of their Pyro Board music visualizer went viral on the web. Consisting of 2,500 Bunsen burners that emit flames when synchronized to the sound of music, the Pyro Board dazzled viewers for its intricate fire dancing patterns. According to its creators, the Pyro Board can “turn your music into a moving fire pattern” depending on the type and speed of the selected music. Smaller, fire...

  • These 50 apps let you track your life one bit at a time [infographic]

    Technology is slowly creeping its way into every part of our lives, through smartphones and the internet of things alike. While the latter is still a little way off from becoming a fixture in every household, the humble smartphone has infiltrated pretty much every dwelling in every continent on earth. With that said, there's plenty of opportunities to use the smartphone as a life log -- a device that's more than a mash-up of plastic, glass and silicon. In the infographic below, kindly provided by Vouchercloud, lists some 50 apps that can all play a part in tracking your life, whether...

  • Is the Apple Watch a crazy fad or the next iPad?

    On 10 April, the Apple Watch became available for preorder and within the day, an estimated one million people purchased the tech accessory. By comparison, it took more than two months for Apple to sell one million iPhones — a product that everyone seems to own today. Looking at the early numbers, it’s safe to say that Apple is going to redefine and take the lead in the wearables market — like it did with the computer, music, and mobile markets. The stylish wearable is set to outperform fitness trackers from Nike and Jawbone, which collectively sold 3.3-million units between...