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  • 5 indie games you should look out for in 2015

    Indie games have always been dwarfed by the bigger gaming companies, both in resources and execution. But times are changing. There is now an abundance of easy-to-use game developing software and publishing plat forms available. Indie games have never been more accessible and widespread than today. But that also led to an overflow of games. Each year we are faced with an overwhelming amount of indie titles to choose from and, to such an extent, that most of us will never have the time to play through them all. So we here at Gearburn have taken it upon ourselves to research and identify...

  • 6 awesome and cheap last minute gifts for the technophile in your life

    Oh no, just look at the date. You’ve left it a little late again, haven’t you? That might as well be me soliloquizing in the mirror. It’s not a fun prospect: hunting for a Christmas gift through the jungle that is the local mall, or scrolling pages upon pages just to find that one great deal that won’t empty and burn your credit card. All the gifts mentioned below are under R300. This Christmas gift shopping thing isn’t easy, but we’re here to help. Below are a list of simple but awesome little last minute Christmas gifts for those in your life...

  • Tizen, quantum dots and 8 things we can expect at CES 2015

    Another year, another slew of conferences and exhibitions taking centre stage in the first quarter of 2015, and kicking off the year in true flash Vegas style is CES. The International Consumer Electronics Show takes place this year between 6 and 9 January, and we’re already planning for some massive announcements from some of the biggest names in the tech sphere. Last year (2013) we saw some massive announcements from the likes of Sony and Panasonic’s 4K OLED launch, Bill Clinton coming out with support for Samsung (of all companies) and who can forget Nvidia’s debut of its “Project Shield” gaming...

  • Watch this six-legged robot crawl into your nightmare

    Although we’ve seen all kinds of impressive advances in robotics this year, perhaps none inspire as much fascination, and creepiness, as Hector, a six-legged walking robot that mimics the movement of stick bugs. Developed by researchers at the University of Bielefield, Germany, Hector’s ability to crawl across gravel and clamber over raised wooden blocks eerily resembles the movement of real-life spiders. Although the video clearly demonstrates an extremely slow moving robot, this is typical of most robots when they are in the early stages of development. Nevertheless, the engineering behind Hector represents new barriers broken in the world of robotics. What...

  • ‘Amphora’, ‘Shovel Knight’ and the top indie games of 2014

    Without indie game studios and their creations, the gaming world would be filled with nothing but generic and money-hungry blockbuster titles. Over and over again these AAA-titles greedily empty our wallets with the same addictive explosions and blood-soaked tales. Indie game studios are without massive resources and have to rely on creativity, brilliant narratives and fresh game play (the ingredients that any game should be made of) to capture our attention. They are the rule-breakers, the weavers of innovation that give gamers more than look-a-likes and sequels. They provide us with that unique and stimulating escape from reality that can only be evoked...

  • Meet the PlayStation Vita VR headset designed by Beatshapers

    Did you happen to buy a PlayStation Vita handheld gaming system when it launched back in the dying days of 2011 to realise that it’s not really all that fun? Well, things are looking up for you and your bad purchasing decisions. Ukranian stalwart gaming developer Beatshapers, has created a rather canny contraption which it has duly called the PlayStation Vita VR headset. And yes, it’s as cool as it sounds. Although Sony’s frantically developing its Project Morpheus VR headset behind the scenes, some people just can’t wait for the company to out it. So, the next best thing was strapping...

  • Google’s Project Ara outs new Nvidia Tegra K1, Marvell quad-core modules

    Google’s latest venture into the Mariana Trench of the technology world is its Project Ara, it’s rather ingenious modular smartphone concept. Although it’s no Google Glass (a failure), it certainly needs a bit of a marketing kick to entice the masses to stop and take notice. The latest news outed by the company might just be the kick it needs. The latest modules supported by the smartphone comes courtesy of chip manufacturers Nvidia and Marvell: the Tegra K1 CPU and the 64-bit Marvell quad-core PXA1928 CPU. In other words, loads of horsepower. Outed on a Google+ post over the weekend written by...

  • ‘Dying Light’, ‘Star Wars’ and ‘GTA V’ Heists: this week’s TGIF video roundup

    TGIF, and we really shouldn’t be at work, but that won’t stop us from gandering through the week’s best tech, gadget and gaming videos, now will it? Although we’re nearing the end of 2014, this week was another blockbuster for YouTube game trailers and people doing the pleasant cocktail of strange and brilliant things. Featuring this week, among others, is the trailer for Rockstar‘s latest hilarity experiment — GTA V Online Heists. That’s right, now you can finally rob banks as a seagull. Devil May Cry: Definitive Edition also comes under the spotlight in a more gameplay-based trailer, showcasing the ridiculous speed...

  • Microsoft’s Lumia Denim update gives snappers 4K video recording

    Microsoft‘s Lumia Denim update has arrived just before Christmas, and with good reason, bringing with it improvements to imaging, the introduction of 4K video recording and an all-round faster camera app. Unfortunately the update’s only arriving for users of the Lumia 830, 930, 1520 or Icon in India and Europe at the time of writing. What those lucky users do get however is a slew of new camera refinements, including a “faster and more intuitive Lumia Camera app” and “Rich Capture” mode to simplify snapping in HDR, with Dynamic Flash and Dynamic Exposure. Perhaps the most interesting update is the “Moment Capture”...

  • 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...

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