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  • The Bionic Pancreas gears up to change the face of diabetes, find out how

    Researchers at the University of Boston have developed a bionic pancreas that virtually manages your blood sugar for you. With it, diabetics will be able to live longer, healthier, and more typical lives. The technology works in two parts, one is a continuous glucose monitor inserted under the skin that measures the blood sugar of the user every five minutes and relays this information to an app on the user’s smartphone. The app then calculates any adjustments that need to be made. The second part of the technology is composed of an insulin pump and a glucagon pump, both...

  • Windows Phone 8.1 review: the OS we needed all along

    Windows Phone didn’t get the attention that Microsoft expected it to. Almost four years after its initial release, it is still playing the catchup game with competing platforms; iOS and Android. Windows Phone 8 lacked some really important features such as notifications centre and proper multitasking. Could Windows Phone 8.1 help it to gain the user and developer attention it needs? Microsoft announced the Windows Phone 8.1 update during its BUILD 2014 developers conference earlier this year. It currently comes pre-installed only with Lumia 630, Lumia 630 Dual SIM and Lumia 930 but the update is expected to hit all...

  • Afrihost readying Zest T1 smartphone deal with 12GB free data

    Afrihost, known as one of South Africa's ISPs, has announced that it will offer the Zest T1 smartphone, coupled with 1GB mobile data per month for a R1 999 once-off fee. The phone will be available exclusively in a choice of white or black to Afrihost clients from 18 June, while outside orders will commense a day later. Only 1000 bundles will be available, but lucky early birds will get 12GB free of data for the year, along with a very capable smartphone. The Zest T1 is a South African-produced Android KitKat device and packs dual SIM support, allowing users to...

  • Samsung’s slim Galaxy Tab S pair announced with AMOLED screens

    Samsung has officially unveiled its flagship Galaxy Tab S tablet in both 8.4" and 10.5" guises, with base prices starting at US$399 and US$499, respectively. The Korean electronics giant, after too many leaks to count, has finally lifted the curtain to reveal a lighter, faster tablet duo, with much denser screens. Both Galaxy Tab Ss are a mere 6.6mm deep while weighing in between 465 and 298g for the respective models. The screen is however, the real selling point. The Super AMOLED, QHD 2560x1600 units, enjoy pixel densities of 288ppi for the 10.5" and in excess of 300ppi for the 8.5"....

  • 16 epic snaps of E3 2014 that will make you wish you were there

    The most talked about gaming event of this year, E3 2014, saw Los Angeles filled with some of the best the industry has to offer; from demonic monsters statues, Arkham Knight's legendary batmobile, massive Mario replicas lots of new games, and amped geeks all around. Gearburn managed to take some photos using Sony Mobile's Xperia Z2 at the expo and live to tell the tale. Take a look: Mario playing with fire in all his legendary glory. That's right, they had massive billboards of all the big titles out there. The PlayStation 4 pretty much went all out... So did the Xbox One. One...

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt preview – GTA V meets Game of Thrones

    If there was one blockbuster game at E3 2014 mostly everyone wanted to get their hands on, it was The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Geralt of Rivera continues his bloody walk down his twisted path, carving swathes of monsters and humans into meat-popsicles as he chases down a woman, “who’s like a daughter to him.” During a closed gameplay session by team members of CD Projekt RED, we got to enjoy one of a thousand quests Geralt will be able to complete within this enormous game world. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is a third-person action-adventure-RPG which flows as naturally as...

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare preview is familiar fun

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is the FIFA of shooters. Year after year, its chosen development studio pumps out a bombastic sequel with similar plots attached to linear missions with little to no room for exploration. But this is Call of Duty we’re talking about, so following a successful, if not linear formula is par for the bullet-ridden course. While this years Call of Duty won’t stray far from the course, it is going to appeal to its core demographic: the 99% of gamers who just want to have a good time. Sledgehammer Games, makers of Modern Warfare 3 are at...

  • Hisense HS-X1 review: a smartphone you might as well call a tablet

    Whenever I'm called to pick up a new phone for review, I expect to find something small, economical and light. These are, after all, fairly standard smartphone traits. Not so this time. The Hisense X1 is enormous, and picking it up for the first time I asked a question that I would soon get from other people time and time again. "Is this really a phone?" Indeed, with a 6.8" screen the X1 looks more like a tablet. Hisense might describe it as a phone but it’s so large you can call it what you like: a tablet, a phone...

  • Mozilla to offer $25 Firefox OS-powered smartphones by year-end

    While Google's Android and Apple's iOS compete at the higher spectrum of the smartphone market, Mozilla is aiming a little lower. So low, in fact, that its planning to sell a US$25 Firefox OS smartphone in India and Indonesia before this year ends, according to WSJ. This price largely undercuts the retail price of most feature phones, an indication that Mozilla hopes to capitalise on emerging markets' massive smartphone boom. Rather than marketing their OS for high end phones competing with Android and iOS, it plans to embrace low income adopters, a market area largely forgotten my smartphone manufacturers. Mozilla will...

  • Prepare your face: this Kickstarter gadget lets you 3D print icing and Nutella

    Ever thought your icing gun was just not enough? Wished for more precise placings in your Nutella art? Well, you can now dream bigger -- thanks to a new extruder attachment, it'll be easier than ever to print paste-like substances. It's called the Discov3ry and it's a universal extruder that will fit with existing desktop 3D printers on the market (like the popular Makerbot) and allow them to print materials like silicon, icing, Nutella, wood filler, ceramics and polyurethane. It's currently raising funds over on Kickstarter, where it has already passed its 30 000 Canadian dollar goal by more than...