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  • Toshiba launches ‘world’s first’ SDHC memory card with built-in NFC

    Toshiba Corporation today at CES announced the launch of the world’s first SDHC memory card with built in NFC (Near Field Communication) capabilities. The NFC enables the user to view the contents of the memory card without the need for a PC, laptop or digital camera. The memory card utilizes NFC technology to exchange data over-the-air. User do have to install an app called Memory Card Preview however, but once installed users hold an NFC-enabled Android smartphone over the memory card which then lets users preview the available storage space, as well as thumbnails of the photos stored in the card. Read...

  • ‘The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt’ will push high-end PCs to their limits

    Well here's something that might make budget PC gamer's rigs cry out in agony. Polish video game developer, CD Projekt RED, has released the specifications for the The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and good grief, either the developers are getting a bit lazy or PC games are getting more taxing. Below are the minimum requirements as tweeted quoted by the developer: Minimum: Intel i5-2500K 3.3GHz AMD Phenom II X4 940 GeForce GTX 660 Radeon HD 7870 RAM 6GB 64-bit Win 7/Win 8(8.1) DX11 HDD 40 GB — The Witcher (@witchergame) January 7, 2015 And here are the recommended numbers tweeted a few minutes after...

  • Visions of the future: virtual reality will feature big players in 2015

    Virtual reality is looking to re-imagine the future. Imagine putting on a goggles and being instantly transported to another time, or another country altogether. That is the promise that the technology aims to deliver. As a medium, the idea behind virtual reality, or VR, has its roots in the late 80s and early 90s, but the existing technology at the time wasn’t powerful enough to create the sort of ultra-realistic environments that are essential in simulating what virtual reality has to offer. That isn’t the case anymore. The field of virtual reality hit a series of vital strides this year that will see...

  • COUGAR 200K budget gaming keyboard launches in South Africa

    After roaming the international wilderness for a good while, the German gaming peripheral company COUGAR has finally brought its 200K budget gaming keyboard to South Africa. For the most part, it's a rather sleek-looking keyboard and looks a good deal more expensive than its fairly modest R377 price tag. Features include COUGAR's scissor switch technology that links the key caps to the business end of the board. The company's claiming that it offers a "quiet and faster" response and sports anti-ghosting of up to 19 keys. As with most gaming peripherals nowadays, the 200K is also backlit with up to seven different...

  • Riot Games crafting dedicated ‘League of Legends’ network

    We love CES, but the overload of new devices can get tiresome and a tad mundane. That's why when companies not associated with the event announce some world-changing news, we unanimously rejoice. Who am I talking about? Riot Games, of course. The company has announced that it will build its own dedicated League of Legends network. Say goodbye to heavy lag forever, we hope, at least for those on the East Coast of the US. The explanation as to why Riot is spading out troughs of greenbacks on this project is also relatively obvious and logical: Currently, ISPs focus primarily on moving...

  • Intel Curie is the button-sized wearables platform of the future

    Intel is no stranger to the realm of silicon, and the company needs no introduction on that part, but it has struggled to play a primary role in devices below the 7" screen mark. Although the company's tiny US$50 Raspberry Pi-like Edison board has been available for developers of wares for over a year, Intel has announced a new challenger to the sub-sized micro-board market, and its much, much smaller. The Intel Curie carries a 32-bit Quark microprocessor fit with 384kb flash memory, Bluetooth LE, motion sensors and the ability to charge its host. In essence, it's Intel's Internet of...

  • Apple’s new Macbook Air is so thin, it could ditch USB ports

    Apple is taking drastic measures as it prepares to release a slimmed down 12-inch version of its already very slim Macbook Air. The most severe of these measures could see it ditching the USB and other ports that we've all become so accustomed to in recent years. According to Mark Gurman at 9to5Mac, the 12-inch Macbook Air won't just slot neatly between the 11 and 13-inch models, but will also dump USB ports, MagSafe connectors, and SD card slots in favour of a thinner body and a higher resolution display. Size-wise the new model won't be all that different from its...

  • 20+ free and essential Windows programs for your new PC

    It's 2015, and the time has come for a new PC, at least that rings true for me. While Windows machines are largely functional out-of-the-box, the OS still lacks the functionality power users and some novices desire. I can think of a few issues with Windows 8 for example that third party freeware can fix immediately, but what if you just need a comprehensive arsenal of apps for every given situation from file management to multimedia playback? What are some of the essential Windows program every user should have? We at Gearburn have had a look at our program logs, curating...

  • Parrot Pot knows when to water your plants and does it for you

    Among the many devices and technologies unveiled at this year's CES, this is probably the most impressive and unnecessary. Parrot Pot (yes, from the company that usual makes drones), is a pot plant container that automatically waters and cares for its occupant. The Bluetooth device tells the owner when the plant needs a drink and waters it for you. Pot has built in sensors that can read the level of nutrients, temperature and level of moisture in the soil and will notify you when the plant needs water, food or warmth. The container can hold two litres of water and pours...

  • LG G Flex 2 bends competition with curved body, Snapdragon 810 chipset

    Among the spate of announcements coming from LG at the company's big CES press conference, there was one device in particular that really stood out. Or, turned a corner. The LG G Flex 2 is both the most exciting and innovative phone launch of the year so far, but before the launch I was a bit sceptical. "Do we really need another curved phone LG?", I questioned. Judging by the company's argument, I'd now say a resounding "why not?" When LG isn't making phones, the company's investing millions in the manufacturing and development of OLED technology, but it seems that bendable...