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  • Don’t invite this beer pong playing robot to your NYE party [Video]

    Beer pong is the king of New Years Eve and St. Patrick's Day games, not so? If you so happen to be an evil scientist (or just a gaggle of robotics majors at university), you'd probably want to build a beer pong machine to rule them all. And that's exactly what these chaps have done. Empire Robotics, a company based in Boston, MA, has just built the Shaquille O'Neal of beer pong playing robots. It's called the Versaball and it makes the game that seems easier than it is seem even easier than it is. But how does it work? Empire...

  • Nvidia Tegra X1 ‘superchip’ brings desktop performance to mobile

    Nvidia had a great 2014, forcing many Wall Street gurus to scratch their heads in pleasant disbelief. In November, the company announced higher-than-expected quarterly revenue figures, and it seems that that was just the tip of the iceberg for Santa Clara. The company has now launched a new mobile chip just months after outing its GTX980 desktop monster -- the Tegra X1. Right, so it seems that Nvidia has simply slapped an "X" over its Tegra "K1" platform, correct? Not entirely. The X1 is based on the company's Maxwell architecture -- the same platform that many of its new desktop GPUs...

  • What was the best next-gen console of 2014?

    If you had asked me in January which console would be the best performing of 2014, I might have hedged my bets, but in all honesty I would have been leaning towards the PS4. Sony handled the launch of its new next-gen console a million times better than Microsoft did the Xbox One. In fact Microsoft made so many mistakes and handled the PR so poorly when launching the Xbox One, that I did wonder if they would ever recover, in much the same way that Nintendo's Wii U underperformed in terms of sales. I am absolutely and wholeheartedly pleased to...

  • Two to tango: 5 top multiplayer games to pass the holiday humdrum

    Nothing strengthens the bonds between human beings like the spirit of competition. It’s a game of pride and self-recognition we have carried with us since our ancient primal days. It started with war, which then in turn inspired competitive sports and today it has evolved into the magnificent world of multiplayer gaming. Here, in this virtual realm, victory can be claimed without the loss of lives and, those of us who aren’t that particular about “breaking a sweat” can enter a world that was usually meant for the fit, burly and bearded. Let us pay our respect to the spirit of...

  • Gearburn’s early 2015 tablet buyer’s guide

    After the release of Apple iPad, tablets have become an integral part of our lives, especially for someone who like to consume a lot of media, bet it web browsing, or videos, or even games. A tablet is a great device for such usage, and it even lasts much longer than smartphones. The 2015 is here and you might be looking to gift a tablet to someone in your family, or a friend, or even to yourself. Best compact tablet: Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display I think the Apple has reached a perfect tablet screen size for most people. The Apple iPad...

  • Gearburn’s smartphone awards: the best and worst of 2014

    Silently, we're all "fanboys". We all have our personal preference, from screen size to OS, to more pertinently, the manufacturer and model name. Consumers can't get away from it, and that's okay. As a result, we get to choose a winner and loser in a cut-throat world that often has us (journalists) tossing and turning at night, or staying up all night to get the latest scoop. Looking back on the year that was, 2014 was probably one of the most competitive years for smartphone manufacturers in a good while. It's not just Apple products on the radar of the trendy, and that's...

  • 10 iOS games that got us hooked in 2014

    Although for the most part I have long moved over to Android, I do still keep an iOS device handy almost exclusively for the purpose of playing games. Impractical perhaps, but there are so many games exclusive to that platform that I would be kicking myself if I missed out on any of them. There were some pretty awesome ones released in the last year (some of these are cross platform) and you need to download them now or run the risk of being, well... just lame. I'm aware that some of these were technically released in 2013, but since they were...

  • 5 indie games you should look out for in 2015

    Indie games have always been dwarfed by the bigger gaming companies, both in resources and execution. But times are changing. There is now an abundance of easy-to-use game developing software and publishing plat forms available. Indie games have never been more accessible and widespread than today. But that also led to an overflow of games. Each year we are faced with an overwhelming amount of indie titles to choose from and, to such an extent, that most of us will never have the time to play through them all. So we here at Gearburn have taken it upon ourselves to research and identify...

  • 6 awesome and cheap last minute gifts for the technophile in your life

    Oh no, just look at the date. You've left it a little late again, haven't you? That might as well be me soliloquizing in the mirror. It's not a fun prospect: hunting for a Christmas gift through the jungle that is the local mall, or scrolling pages upon pages just to find that one great deal that won't empty and burn your credit card. All the gifts mentioned below are under R300. This Christmas gift shopping thing isn't easy, but we're here to help. Below are a list of simple but awesome little last minute Christmas gifts for those in your life...

  • Tizen, quantum dots and 8 things we can expect at CES 2015

    Another year, another slew of conferences and exhibitions taking centre stage in the first quarter of 2015, and kicking off the year in true flash Vegas style is CES. The International Consumer Electronics Show takes place this year between 6 and 9 January, and we're already planning for some massive announcements from some of the biggest names in the tech sphere. Last year (2013) we saw some massive announcements from the likes of Sony and Panasonic's 4K OLED launch, Bill Clinton coming out with support for Samsung (of all companies) and who can forget Nvidia's debut of its "Project Shield" gaming...