• BURN MEDIA
    • Memeburn
      Tech-savvy insight and analysis
    • Motorburn
      Because cars are gadgets
    • Ventureburn
      Startup news for emerging markets
    • Jobsburn
      Digital industry jobs for the anti 9 to 5!
  • Awear debuts Coffee: Android Wear’s ‘first touch-based’ messaging app

    Android Wear is quite an immature OS by any stretch of the imagination, so simple features like typing and sending messages still hasn't been perfected yet. Silicon Valley company Awear, funded by incubator Studio 9+, has largely solved this issue though with a brilliantly simple and free app. It's called Coffee, and it makes replying to message notifications on an Android Wear smartwatch rather simple, involving no typing and no dictation at all. It's the "first touch-based smart messaging app" for Android Wear, that allows the users to send "hundreds of different type of SMS messages". "With Coffee, you can stay in...

  • Slated for stardom: Gearburn’s top 6 tablets for Christmas 2014

    Tablets are an indispensable part of modern day living. We use them for entertainment, for business, for pretty much everything and during the festive period, chances are they'll be one of the top tech stocking fillers this year. Although devices like the iPad are often foremost in our minds, it is certainly not the only way to go when it comes to tablets. There are plenty of devices out there that offer an experience equally as good. But with this in mind, this doesn't mean that the iPad doesn't hold an exceptionally strong position in the market. More often than not it comes...

  • BlackBerry Classic: a reheated Bold for those stuck in the past

    Did BlackBerry just launch a new phone, or have they found a Bold at the back of a fridge, popped it in the microwave and sprinkled some coriander on top? To me, and probably every other human being, it seems that the Canadian company has just relaunched its past. I'm not exaggerating either. The BlackBerry Classic has a full QWERTY keypad, not the abbreviated version we find on the Passport. It even has a track pad. Yes, the iconic track pad that drove Curve users insane when it used to malfunction. Internally it's a little fresher but it still features a...

  • ‘Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End’: what we know so far

    Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is the latest upcoming title to be released by developers, Naughty Dog. Information on this highly anticipated title has been rather scarce. But just like a certain amount of crack-cocaine can send you into a downward-spiraling abyss of addiction, so the snippets of information that has been released in tactically perfect portions has got us undoubtedly hooked, and foaming at the mouth. In the likeness of Nathan Drake, the Uncharted hero, we here at Gearburn have sifted through the various hints and clues to unravel the new titles mysteries. This is what our great expedition has...

  • ‘Assassin’s Creed Unity’ Patch 4 is huge, even larger for Xbox One users

    Assassin's Creed Unity is one of the buggiest games in recent memory. When I first played it back in September, I thought it was a PS4 glitch that caused the console to choke. After playing the game on Xbox One though, it clearly wasn't just a Sony problem. Unity's essentially a termite mound of pop-in issues, frame-rate hitches and poorly finished graphics on anything lower than ultra (I'm talking PC now, of course), but Ubisoft has released a shiny new patch today that will hopefully fix everyone's moans and groans. At least we hope so. Hilariously though, and perhaps the most...

  • Christmas decorator uses the Force for epic ‘Star Wars’ light show [Video]

    Getting into the holiday spirit? We sure are, and this guy definitely is too. Around this time of year, we usually see the overzealous few put on spectacular lighting shows to annoy their sleeping neighbours and drive their electricity bills skyward, but this is taking it to the awesome extreme. Instead of the customary Santa, Rudolph and company we expect to see in December, this bloke has gone with a more interesting theme -- Star Wars. That's right, even the Sith is allowed to celebrate Christmas. Covering his house and front garden in over 100 000 lights and using 12 500 lighting channels...

  • Sony’s developing a Google Glass-like wearable to make dumb glasses smart

    Sony has today announced that it's developing a detachable single-lens display module, or in layman's terms, a competitor to Google Glass. Google's Glass smart wearable has proven to be a failure for the Mountain View company but Sony seems to think it can venture into the territory, make an alternative and can make it popular with consumers. Sony describes the awkwardly named "SmartEyeglass Attach!" as a "Compact, Lightweight Single-Lens Display Module with OLED Technology". The device clips onto your existing pair of glasses and “can turn eyewear of varying designs into smart devices”. The compact display tech consists of a 0.23" High-Resolution...

  • Huawei launches twin-camera Honor 6 Plus, does iPhones better than Apple

    Huawei makes some good handsets without copying any of its rivals, so when the company launches a phone that's pretty much an iPhone 6 Plus imitator -- from its name to it's physical appearance -- you're inclined to scratch your head. At least I am. The Huawei Honor 6 Plus is a gorgeous phone in its own right though (don't get me wrong) and hilariously, is probably a better bargain than the phone it takes its name from. Unveiled to the world this week in Beijing, the Honor 6 Plus may sound like it's rival and look like it's rival, but...

  • 6 gadgets and tips to save power and beat load shedding

    "Load shedding" is fast becoming a vulgarity in South African vocabulary. While it's a necessary evil, it's a massive annoyance for those who need electricity for work and other essential activities. Considering that Eskom -- South Africa's national electricity provider -- has mentioned that this energy crisis might go on for a good while yet (possibly another year), it's time for citizens to hunker down and brace for the worst. We here at Gearburn have formulated a little cheat sheet, featuring devices, tips, tricks and hacks that might help you through the problems. Purchase a powerbank and ensure that it's always juiced Right,...

  • Tonino Lamborghini 88 Tauri is the $6000 iPhone 6-killer from Italy

    We've seen some stupidly beautiful smartphones this year from the likes of British luxury brand Vertu and BlackBerry's Porsche partnership but another marque has joined the fray -- Tonino Lamborghini. Although it might seem like car manufacturers are now getting in on the mobile devices game, Tonino Lamborghini has been around for quite a while. The great Ferruccio Lamborghini -- the founder of the bull-inspired car marque -- can thank his son for the luxury accessories brand. Although the company's latest phone, dubbed the 88 Tauri -- won't cost the same as a Lamborghini with four wheels, it's sure goes like...