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  • iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will retail via Vodacom South Africa from tomorrow

    Vodacom has announced that it will offer Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models both in physical South African stores and through its online channel from tomorrow, 24 October 2014. While these phones have been out for the best part of two months in the international market, Vodacom is the first service provider to offer the handsets in the country. The latest iPhones will only be available, initially at least, on contract or as an upgrade. Cue the hmphs. As for the launch, well, the company’s planning a big soiree tonight at it’s Vodacom World premises in Midrand, Johannesburg. (For...

  • 5 games that broke our hearts

    Irving Stone once wrote “There is no love without pain.” Admittedly he probably didn’t have gaming in mind but it applies just as much. For all our love of gaming and the amazing experiences it has provided us with, there are just some titles that horribly failed us and left us with a dull and unsatisfying emptiness. This list serves as a sort of anti-ode to these blasphemous titles. In essence, it serves to remind us that our wonderful world of gaming does not come without its flaws and disappointments. Further, it is a reminder that we should be...

  • iPad Air 2 meta-review: extremely powerful, thin and probably the best out there

    As soon as the iPad Air 2 hit the stores and shores of the US, it became judgement day. If you scan the headlines, you’ll see phrases like “best tablet ever” being flaunted around a lot. Is Apple’s latest, thinnest iPad as good as our fellow reviewers make it out to be? We’ve rounded up some of the web’s most popular gadget sites. As ever, The Verge paints the Air 2 in a stunning light. “At the most basic level, the iPad Air 2 is a monumental achievement in the field of iterative improvement,” writes Nilay Patel. Apart from the...

  • Toshiba’s Satellite Radius boasts 360-degree hinge with five modes

    These convertible “netbooks” are popping up like daisies in the springtime, aren’t they? It’s reminiscent of the netbook craze prior to the turn of the decade, and considering these new machines’ specifications, they’re not too dissimilar in philosophy either. While companies like Lenovo are gunning for big-time business bosses, Toshiba is looking at the other end of the spectrum — and this is possibly where the market is at its most exciting. The company’s latest product, dubbed the Satellite Radius 11, is a budget convertible boasting some ultrabook-level features. It’s rather affordable too at US$329. To cover the basics, the touchscreen’s...

  • Beyond periphery: Logitech promises a ‘big year’ for South Africa in 2015

    Logitech‘s a rarity at the moment — it’s a technology company on the rise. Revenue has increased year on year (pdf), and that trend is set to continue into the next fiscal quarter. It’s looking to become a key player in the South African market, as well as the world, building beyond But what is the company’s secret and what, more importantly for us, can South African expect from this computer gear giant in the coming years? Well, it turns out quite a bit in fact. Gearburn sat down with Logitech’s Country Sales Manager for South Africa, Robert Anderson, to find...

  • Xbox One November update brings achievement art backgrounds, TV trending lists

    The wizards behind Microsoft‘s ever-improving Xbox One console have previewed the latest update due for release next month, and it seems that there’s a larger focus on TV, personalisation and Store improvements. So what can users expect then? UI customisations According to Xbox’s Major Nelson, users will finally be able to customise their background with a “custom color or achievement art”. More interesting customisations are promised later down the road — thank goodness. This was the most requested feature according to Xbox One’s complaint’s box. Secondly, gamers can also now share bios and location on their profiles, and display a carousel of favourite...

  • This Hendo hoverboard is very real, could be yours for a massive $10k

    Hoverboards are stuff from Back to the Future Part II, right? This might be starting to change as a startup, called Arx Pax from California, have recently discovered. The board doesn’t hover in the traditional sense (by traditional, I mean Back to the Future-style plastic skateboard). Similar to magnetic rails used in Shanghai, China, the hoverboard relies on a copper field which pushes the board away from the surface. This means that you need to stay on a copper or aluminium fields, and won’t be able to scale mountains, cityscapes and rivers. The so-called Hendo board floats 1-inch (about 2.5 centimetres)...

  • ‘Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor’ review: my precious

    Once more into Mordor we travel, into a cursed land where all that draws breath seeks to be the harbinger of your death. Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor (SOM) is the best Lord of the Rings inspired game yet and something that should have been done years ago. But I’m glad it happened now at the forefront of gaming technology. This magnificent action-RPG is brought to you by Monolith Productions and Warner Brother’s Interactive (Batman: Arkham Games) and is a brilliant title in every way you look at it. It is beautiful, addictive, potently immersive and ultimately a game...

  • Microsoft’s wearable is coming ‘within weeks’, according to report

    Great, another wearable. After esteemed technology companies, jewelry designers and even sup-par musicians all jumped on board the promising wearable bandwagon, we’ve been wondering where Redmond’s position is in all of this. While we reported back in April that Microsoft is planning a wearable, it was merely just a rumour. But now, reports suggest that we could see a wrist-wrangler straight out of Redmond “within weeks”. But what will Microsoft do differently as opposed to the Android Wear crowd? According to Forbes, the wearable will be cross platform, holding hands with some of the industry’s biggest mobile OS’, including Windows Phone,...

  • Ebola-combatting robots under consideration for West African deployment

    The world’s current Ebola outbreak is quickly turning into the planet’s worst nightmare, and a realization of some of Hollywood’s scariest post-apocalyptic movies, but an equally futuristic solution might be on the cards if robotics experts get their way. According to Computerworld, scientists are developing a new breed of robot that could act as “rolling interpreters, autonomous vehicles that could deliver food and medicine” and even specialised ones tasked with cleansing equipment and burying those who succumbed. This will remove the human element from the treatment and containment of the virus, which may lead to a more effective solution. Taking into...