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  • Reviewing The Classics: we play Dino Crisis (1999)

    Stand by for retro reviews done right, folks. Reviewing The Classics is a series where Gearburn staff play some of their most loved retro games from bygone consoles and PCs with floppy drives. This week, Graham has a look at Dino Crisis, Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami's twisted dinosaur devastation game. It’s difficult to rate older games by today’s standards. With the advancements in technology, we're spoiled by improved graphics, control methods, and storytelling techniques. Not to mention the temptation to wear nostalgia goggles when reviewing older games. All I can do is try, right? The survival horror genre has been...

  • The Gadget Shop now offering Star Wars flavoured powerbanks

    It's probably a little too late to buy Christmas gifts for 2015, but it's never too early to stockpile for 2016. The Gadget Shop, a South African gadget and geekery retailer, has announced that its now offering Star Wars flavoured powerbanks for those who seriously can't get over how cool The Force Awakens was. To be fair, everyone needs a powerbank in today's battery-torturing device climate. Phones don't last as long as they should thanks to our addictive usage habits, and usually you're left without critical charge at important moments of your day. The powerbanks pack around 2600mAh worth of juice, or...

  • Garmin Vivosmart HR fitness tracker now available in South Africa

    Garmin has announced that its new Vivosmart HR activity tracking wristband is now available in South Africa. The device is more fitness tracker than smartwatch, but it does feature a large always-on "sunlight readable display" that displays messages received, calls and the time, alongside the company's new heart rate monitoring technology. "This is the first activity tracker from Garmin with Elevate wrist heart rate technology that monitors your heart rate, offering more feedback on your daily activity, calories burned, workouts and sleep," explains Walter Mech, Garmin's sub-Saharan Africa MD. "Thanks to the vívosmart HR’s high-resolution display which remains on throughout the day,...

  • Microsoft ends Windows 8 security support

    Microsoft today ends it support for Windows 8, which effectively means the company will no longer supply security and stability patches to the operating system. In other words, Windows 8 is about as dead as Windows XP. While a long time coming -- especially considering Windows 10's arrival -- this does put around 41-million Windows 8 machines in an awkward and insecure position. Microsoft generally releases a support timeline after a new OS launch to indicate the  maintain legacy OSes. After all, not every user can upgrade to the new OS immediately, especially enterprise users. However, the real issue is Microsoft's vague branding. While...

  • This Nintendo 3DS XL runs Windows 95 without any shame [video]

    Would Microsoft and Nintendo ever shake hands on a joint venture? Perhaps not, but that doesn't stop dedicated fans and coding gurus from dreaming. Back in 1995, Windows 95 was a pretty awesome OS. It debuted with a usable-by-everyone graphical interface, and made simple tasks like word processing that much easier. But how far has today's hardware progressed? Has twenty years really made that much of a difference? Can a New Nintendo 3DS XL run Windows 95? Well, yes. Yes it can. In a bizarre video published on YouTube by Shutterbug20001, the 3DS XL boots into Windows 95 quite happily but it...

  • We review: Dr. Langeskov, The Tiger, and The Terribly Cursed Emerald: A Whirlwind Heist

    Last year, William Pugh, co-creator of the very unique and eccentric The Stanley Parable, announced the opening of his new game studio, Crows Crows Crows. Along with this news he also released a mysterious and rather complex mini-game that he claimed was a teaser for his latest soon-to-be-released title. This teaser game took you on a detective style browser adventure filled with various hints and clues, some very hidden, to solve a grand mystery. With the fact that this was supposed to be a teaser for the new game in mind, most drew the conclusion that the actual title will...

  • Alcatel OneTouch Pixi 3 now available in South Africa

    Alcatel OneTouch has announced that its PIXI 3 (4.5) is finally available in South Africa from Vodacom outlets. It will retail for R899 at launch, and will also be available on a uChooseFlexi 200 for around R179/pm. The device will arrive in Edgars, Game and Ackermans stores at a later date. "Our vision focuses on ease, convenience and affordability for our customers and the PIXI 3 family has delivered just that. Our new PIXI 3 (4.5) smartphone makes mobile internet available to everyone, while offering on innovation and style," explains Ernst Wittmann, Country Manager Southern Africa at Alcatel OneTouch. The phone runs...

  • 3 of Motorola’s best mobile phone hits

    When Lenovo bought Motorola from Google in 2014, we didn't quite know what the Chinese technology manufacturer had in store for the once prolific smartphone brand. Founded in 1928, the company was responsible for the first real mobile phone -- the DynaTAC -- in the mid Eighties. In the late Nineties and early 2000s, the company experienced some of its greatest sales hits and the peak of its brand appeal with preppy, polished, and stylish devices. But sadly from this year, the Motorola name will no longer be used on smartphones. Instead Moto will be one of two sub-brands under Lenovo's...

  • Xiaomi Mi 4 review: how is this thing so damn cheap?

    Note: After this review was published, the review unit decided that it would be a good time to install a MiUI update. The below review device ran MiUI 7.0, however I'll be sure to report if MiUI 7.1.1 does improve the user experience. Here's a quick exercise: close your eyes and think off all the products in your house that have been "Made in China". Come 2016, that number will likely grow, especially if you love your technology. More and more products are being made in the land of the Great Wall and awesome ping-pong players, and more still are the...

  • Mario Kart 8 toys now included with SA Happy Meals

    I've not ashamed to admit I watch out for McDonalds Happy Meal toys from the yellow and red restaurant. In previous years, we were given SEGA LCD games, featuring Sonic and friends play sports, which were great fun to collect. Now, the these kiddies meals will be including characters in go-carts from the popular Nintendo series, Mario Kart. These new toys include Donkey Kong, Mario, Luigi, and Toad, but, unfortunately, no Princess Peach or Bowser. Of course, there is a chance you'll receive one of the 'lame,' or less interesting toys, which consist of boats. Kids want Nintendo icons, not...