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  • MakerPlane: the open source airplane project looking for crowdfunding love

    Always wanted to build your own plane? Well the team behind MakerPlane is hoping to make that all a little easier with their plans for a two-seater aircraft that can be manufactured at home for less than US$15 000 (R148 000). While amateur-built aircraft isn't a new concept, the MakerPlane crew say that as many as three out of every four projects are left unfinished. To make it easier to get that plane into the sky, they're working on a prototype built from materials and machines which hobbyists can access at home or at their nearest makerspace. Yes, even...

  • Leisure Suit Larry retrospective: revisiting the original loser

    "Ken sent me,” mumbles greasy, sex-starved and balding 80s every-man Leisure Suit Larry. From a monochrome display tied to a grey brick of a PC hummed the most terrible and catchy 8-bit music ever. From this XT desktop I typed furiously into my chunky keyboard as I tried to decipher the clues to this maddening game. I was eight and sex to me meant having my eyes covered by my mom whenever two people started kissing on TV. Larry was the forbidden fruit of my youth. You may have fond memories of Leisure Suit Larry, but those are all quickly...

  • Day One for iOS review: a simple, digital journal for life

    My desk at the office is filled with notebooks of varying sizes, Post-its and scratch pads, all filled from top to bottom with notes and scribbled messages that I thought at some point needed remembering. Everything from calculations that I can't do in my head (read: most calculations) to things I need to buy on my way home. Most of these, often illegible, ramblings have some sort of purpose and do end up being filed in other relevant notebooks, drawers or text files on my hard drive. It is in this manner that I handle the duties and responsibilities...

  • ‘Bioshock Infinite’ nabs first DLC map pack ‘Clash in the Clouds’

    Bioshock Infinite, a thoughtful shooter that exposed the grimiest side of human nature and the random chaos of infinite universes, nabs its first map pack, titled "Clash in the Clouds". For US$4.99 (R55/400 Microsoft Points) Xbox Live gamers can now download another chapter in the Bioshock Infinite universe. This chapter though, is focused squarely on death and destruction, as each level is a series of unconnected scenarios that task the player to shoot first and ask questions later. How about a video to explain what we've just written? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9VjrvOVb9o It's all action, with four brand-new maps and a bunch of enemies...

  • Xbox One, PS4 controllers both cost $60: how do they match up?

    Both next-gen consoles, the Xbox One and the PS4's controllers are available for US$60 on Amazon. Though we currently can't get our paws on these much-anticipated consoles, Sony and Microsoft have decided to give us a taste by making the controllers available online for pre-order. The Xbox controller will be shipped on 27 November while the PS4 controller and the PS4 on 31 December. These aren't the only stuff we need to weigh when considering these two consoles. The Xbox One Wireless controller's specs include the following as listed on Amazon's product page: Trigger buttons with developer-customized rumble feedback-Precision Directional Pad-Supports...

  • China report leaks even more details of budget, plastic iPhone

    In a recent report, there are hints and referrals to the very mysterious (yet not-so-mysterious) lower-end plastic iPhone. This at least, is what All Things Digital is reporting. The report refers to the “scaled-back, less expensive version of the iPhone.” Yesterday, it emerged that Apple supplier Pegatron was allegedly violating international labour laws. Naturally, China Labour Watch investigated and made its report public. The plastic iPhone hasn't been made official by Apple yet. This didn't stop people from conducting their own premonitions about what's to come from the big red fruit. It's kind of like the chicken or the egg dilemma...

  • BlackBerry Q5 video review: still hating it

    If there's one thing Gearburn editor Steven "not biased to BlackBerry" Norris hates, it's the Q5. In his fairly damning review, Norris outlines mostly negatives aspects of what is an overpriced and essentially broken device. His video review isn't much better. What BlackBerry has done is almost insulting: it's taken a flimsy plastic shell and squeezed a crisp display into it. Yet for some reason it also decided to charge us US$450 (R5 000) for one of the biggest mistakes since the BlackBerry Torch 2 9810. Come, join us in a video journey as Norris breaks down BlackBerry's latest...

  • Jabra Revo Wireless review: next-gen headphones

    There are a lot of things I hate in life, but wireless headphones aren't one of them. So when I got the Jabra Revo Wireless in the mail, I was happy. Not "here's free 100MB broadband for life" happy, but happy nonetheless. Wires absolutely suck and the Revo Wireless not only cut the cord on cables, but introduce a gesture-based volume control which essentially cuts all connections to the music player. I can't ask for anything more than that. Well, I can ask for Dolby Digital Plus headphones which the Revo Wireless also happens to be. Pity they're so expensive....

  • SA exclusive mobile shooter ‘Fleet of One’ blasts its way onto iOS, Android

    Fleet of One, the South African-developed game for iOS and Android is now available for Apple's iDevices and will be "released soon" for Google's mighty mobile OS. Developed by Polymorph, Fleet of One is the hard-as-nails lovechild of Space Invaders and Galaga, two arcade-style shooters with little room for error. The enemies show up in waves on the top half of the screen and your five cannons (each one outfitted with a shield) are tasked with annihilating the colourful alien menace. Colin Payen, creative director at Polymorph along with Herman Lintvelt, director and founder, built and designed Fleet of One to recreate...

  • Canary, the hipster’s home security gizmo detects everything

    Criminals are smart, not Oceans 11 smart, but they're getting there. The internet opens up a wealth of opportunities for them, so we just gotta smack them down with smarter crime-stopping methods. That's where this geeky smartphone-connected sentry robot, named Canary, comes into play. Canary is the "world's first" home security device for everyone. So it's for you, and your paranoid neighbour who makes that weird knocking sound at 2am every morning. It's also an Indiegogo project that's been fully funded, so for US$200 you can buy one of these shiny security devices in your pad. Here's why we think...