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  • Toast marshmallows to death metal with these pyro-crafted speakers

    Danish designers Markus Buch, Matt Ward and Christian Fisker recently announced a new Kickstarter campaign for their portable, Bluetooth-enabled portable speakers that spew and sputter flames to the beat of music. Last year, these pyromaniac Dutch designers and engineers became famous when videos of their Pyro Board music visualizer went viral on the web. Consisting of 2,500 Bunsen burners that emit flames when synchronized to the sound of music, the Pyro Board dazzled viewers for its intricate fire dancing patterns. According to its creators, the Pyro Board can “turn your music into a moving fire pattern” depending on the type and speed of the selected music. Smaller, fire...

  • These 50 apps let you track your life one bit at a time [infographic]

    Technology is slowly creeping its way into every part of our lives, through smartphones and the internet of things alike. While the latter is still a little way off from becoming a fixture in every household, the humble smartphone has infiltrated pretty much every dwelling in every continent on earth. With that said, there's plenty of opportunities to use the smartphone as a life log -- a device that's more than a mash-up of plastic, glass and silicon. In the infographic below, kindly provided by Vouchercloud, lists some 50 apps that can all play a part in tracking your life, whether...

  • Is the Apple Watch a crazy fad or the next iPad?

    On 10 April, the Apple Watch became available for preorder and within the day, an estimated one million people purchased the tech accessory. By comparison, it took more than two months for Apple to sell one million iPhones — a product that everyone seems to own today. Looking at the early numbers, it’s safe to say that Apple is going to redefine and take the lead in the wearables market — like it did with the computer, music, and mobile markets. The stylish wearable is set to outperform fitness trackers from Nike and Jawbone, which collectively sold 3.3-million units between...

  • Cyanogen inks deal with TrueCaller to let you know who those mystery callers are

    It's not exactly controversial to suggest that most people hate not knowing who's calling them. Even worse is when you answer a call only to be greeted by spam advertising on the other side. It seems pretty promising then that Android mod maker Cyanogen has inked a deal with TrueCaller to ensure that you always know exactly who's calling. According to The Verge, the deal will see TrueCaller's offering baked into its OS rather than than as a pre-installed app. If you agree to use the service (making it an option is another smart move) then the service will apparently sniff...

  • Look out Raspberry Pi: CHIP is the world’s first $9 hackable computer

    We here at Gearburn are avid Raspberry Pi and cheap, hackable, small computer stuff fans, so no wonder that the CHIP (or awkwardly dubbed the C.H.I.P) quickly popped up on our radars. Currently running a Kickstarter campaign, the little device claims to be the world's first US$9 computer, and yes, it can do a bit more than your age-old pocket calculator. According to the product page, you can use it to play games, tap away at documents, and so on. But that's all the boring stuff. We all know that where the real fun lies is when it comes down to hacking...

  • 5 awesome alternative gift ideas for Mothers Day

    It's that time of the year when we honor our mothers by showering them with gifts and showing them our appreciation for all the things they do for us all year long. It's the least we could do. We know that buying a card and a teddy bear in a teacup is probably the cutest thing you could do for her, but why don't you surprise her with something a little different? Perhaps, something that suits the 21st century lifestyle we all know and love? I'm talking about something with buttons and cool electronic circuit boards. Interested? Good. Below is a list...

  • Ware of the Week: Meerkat

    In our weekly series, Ware of the Week, we showcase our favourite organised lines of code from the world of mobile and desktop computing. In today’s edition, we profile an app that took SXSW by storm and challenged the likes of Twitter for the mobile streaming crown -- Meerkat. If you missed our previous Ware of the Week winner, catch it below. Read more: Ware of the Week: Button Savior Live mobile streaming has suddenly become a big potential business. With the current crop of flagship and mid-range smartphones boasting some incredible camera technology, there hasn't really been a better time...

  • Sony Xperia C4 selfie phone is coming to South Africa Q3 2015

    Sony is quickly getting through it's fourth-generation of its current range, with the Xperia Z4 spotted a few weeks ago, and the Xperia E4 and M4 Aqua launched a little earlier this year. Adding to the lineup, the Sony Xperia C4 debuts with a focus on selfies. Tony McNulty, VP of Sony Mobile's value category business management, does a good job of explaining the phone in a nutshell: Xperia C4 caters to consumers that want a smartphone that not only takes great photos, but also packs a punch. Benefiting from Sony’s camera expertise, the 5MP front-facing camera with wide-angle lens lets...

  • New Apple MacBook arrives in South Africa with pricing details [update]

    Update: The new Apple MacBook range is now available for preorder on the iStore website. It's always good to gain word of a new product's imminent arriving in South Africa, but more often than not, Apple products seem to take that much longer than its rivals' offerings. After what has been just a few weeks since its March launch, Apple's South African importer Core has announced that the new 12-inch MacBook will be "available for in-store preview in Apple Premium Resellers on Friday, 8 May 2015." These resellers include Digicape and the iStore, but note, the device will not be available...

  • Intel launches 18-core Xeon monster, Skylake arriving Q3 2015

    Those of you who have waited for Intel to make the first move before planning your next gaming rig and breathe a sigh of relief. The Santa Ana chipmaker has finally revealed its Intel Skylake-S roadmap, which will see a slew of new 14nm desktop processors hit the market. But while this is all beautiful vistas gazing towards the future, Intel hasn't forgotten about its enterprise, server and workstation crowd. It has launched a new Xeon processor family, branded as E7-8800 & E7-4800 v3, based on the Haswell-EX core. The flagship E7-8800 is a behemoth, boasting 18 cores clocked at 2.5GHz,...