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  • Rage 2014: what to expect from Africa’s craziest gaming expo

    It’s that time of the year again when the E3 of Africa takes place. NAG’s rAge is just a few days away, taking place at Johannesburg’s Coca Cola Dome this weekend. It’s the twelfth iteration of the expo that has quickly become southern Africa’s biggest technology, gaming and gadget expo, and an event we always tend to look forward to. Naturally, Gearburn will be there to prowl the floor, reporting on the latest and greatest games, gadgets and trends from the world of tech, but that’s a vague and rather generic explanation, isn’t it? Crave a little bit more? Well, stay...

  • Hyrule Warriors review (Wii U): a hack and slash masterpiece

    Hyrule Warriors, the latest release for Nintendo’s Wii U gaming console, proves that with just a little bit of faith its beloved franchises will be safe when placed in the right hands. Koei Tecmo has done a masterful job of fusing the design, story, and characters of the Zelda universe with the exciting gameplay of Dynasty Warriors. Without giving too much away, Hyrule Warriors features a typical Zelda story where the princess is kidnapped and Link is in charge of finding and rescuing her. Link discovers that a great evil has spread across the realm of Hyrule and it is up to...

  • HTC’s Desire Eye shoots 13MP selfies from front-facing snapper

    HTC’s Desire Eye (a definite selfie-related pun is lurking somewhere in that moniker) is the company’s latest handset, but unlike any other before it. Sporting a 13MP camera up front above the screen, it’s sole purpose in life is to take cute pictures of new haircuts and cheeky pouts. Gone is the puny VGA resolution video calling cameras we’ve all grown accustomed to, and in is a sensor large enough to keep a moderately annoying Instagram user entertained for hours. It’s seemingly the largest sensor we’ve seen on a front-facing camera to date, and it’s physically enormous too. Interestingly, it’s not...

  • This mind-controlled robotic arm can easily crack an egg using bone communication

    A Swedish amputee has became the first person to be fitted with a prosthetic arm that can be controlled with his mind. Awesome, right? In a report published by doctors Max Ortiz-Catalan, Bo Håkansson and Rickard Brånemark of Sahlgrenska University Hospital, they explain that they’ve “developed a percutaneous osseointegrated (bone-anchored) interface that allows for permanent and unlimited bidirectional communication with the human body.” In other words, they have developed a method so that an artificial limb can communicate with the prosthesis’ wearer’s mind through skeletal attachment. “With this interface, an artificial limb can be chronically driven by implanted electrodes in...

  • The Vanishing of Ethan Carter Review: true detective

    “This game is a narrative experience that does not hold your hand.” These are the opening words of The Vanishing of Ethan Carter (TVEC) and they should not be taken lightly. Enter a beautiful but strange world and unearth a twisted conspiracy that takes place in the fictional town of Red Creek Valley. TVEC is a title that was produced by The Astronauts, a small independent game company from Warsaw, Poland. But once you enter its brilliantly constructed world you wouldn’t even know that you’re not playing a big budget, AAA-title. Story Time TVEC is immediately mysterious. This First-Person-Mystery-Solving-Adventure-Game (a long...

  • Meet Flatev: the world’s first tortilla food replicator

    Nespresso coffee machines, with their fancy pods and sleek design have pretty much taken over the tech-hipster scene. Remember grinding coffee by hand, packing it, filling the coffee machine and hoping for the best? Us neither. The most appealing part of the process is the immediacy of it all. Drop in a coffee pod, press a button and and instant store-grade coffee. It’s time for the pod to make its way to other foods, and tortilla is next on the list. That’s the concept of the Flatev, a dough-filled pod that makes instant tortilla’s at the touch of a...

  • Kano custom PC makes coding awesome for kids, technically-challenged adults

    We’ve probably all heard the term “square-eyes” passed around a lot back in the Nineties, when TV and computer screens were still boxes spurned from the bowels of the devil himself. But two decades on and children are now encouraged to use computers to learn as much as possible. Kano, a novel Kickstarter project, takes this one step further. Kano is a computer that, according to the developers, anyone can build, learn to code on and “create the future”. It’s largely aimed at kids who love things with screens and electricity, but its now available for everyone. Powered by the ubiquitous...

  • iOS 8 review: incremental iDevice improvements

    Apple announced iOS 8 during WWDC 2014 and was released to the public two days ahead of the iPhone 6 launch. One thing that you must know is that iOS 8 doesn’t bring any drastic changes that we’ve come to know from iOS 7, which brought a complete new UI design. The design of the latest update is largely based on iOS 7’s new flat and colourful design theme. iOS 8 is more about adding subtle changes and refinements to existing features but the most interesting bit about iOS 8 is that Apple is finally opening up to third-party...

  • Assassin’s Creed Unity is 900p/30fps on PS4 and Xbox One to avoid ‘debates and stuff’ says smug Ubisoft

    In 2013, Ubisoft released Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag for Xbox One, PS4 and other systems. It was the company’s first game for the new consoles and as such, each version ran at 30 frames per second and at a 900p resolution, not the legendary 1080p/60fps combo next-gen hopefuls were pining for. Ubisoft managed to patch in 1080p support for the PS4 version later on, but the Xbox One remained 1080p-less. Fast-forward one year as Assassin’s Creed Unity prepares for its 14 November launch. Has Ubisoft learned from its mistakes, will the latest Assassin’s Creed reach the 1080p/60fps milestone?...

  • Watch this: Android Wear out, Windows 95 in

    When users booted into their Windows 95 desktops for the first time back in 1995, I imagine that there was quite an air of excitement in the room. Internet Explorer 1.0 came bundled with the OS for the first time, and at the dawn of the dial-up era, the internet was now finally a consumer possibility. Roll on 20 years, and technology has grown so voracious that Windows 95 can now run on a user’s wrist. This is both a product of technological folklore and mad science, but it is wholly possible to port Windows 95 to an Android Wear-based...