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  • Olloclip for iPhone 6 review: the Instagram generation’s must-have accessory

    The Olloclip is a clip-on lens for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus presumably for the selfie lover and camera phone photographer. In many ways, it aims to enhance the iPhone's already stellar camera, by giving users more variety and control over the likes of fish-eye effects and macro imaging. Sounds great, doesn't it? Well, it's a mixed bag. Receiving and unboxing the Olloclip is a great experience, thanks to its curious multi-part design, quirky covers and the promise it brings. It's essentially a 4-in-1 lens, consisting of a fisheye lens, wide-angle lens and a 10x and 15x macro...

  • Tempescope downloads the weather forecast and makes it rain, literally

    Weather is a difficult phenomenon for the average Joe to read. It's erratic, and even more so in Cape Town, so one must be fairly adept at either gauging when it's likely to change. This small box however, dubbed the Tempescope, takes the guesswork out of weather forecasts. It sits on a desk and downloads the weather forecast for tomorrow. Sounds boring right? Not until it actually displays the weather physically within the cube. Lightning, rain, clouds and sun can be reproduced on a miniature scale to bring a little bit of the outside inside. Ken Kawamoto, a software engineer, has been...

  • EGE 2015: fuelling Cape Town’s growing hunger for gaming and tech

    This past weekend I attended the Electronic and Gaming Expo (EGE) at the CTICC, the first major expo of its kind to take place in Cape Town. As a lifelong Capetonian I wasn’t sure what to expect as I have never visited Johannesburg’s fabled rAge expo (or anything in its likeness for that matter). I have heard that there have been many failed attempts at organising a large scale tech and gaming expo in Cape Town and that much scepticism surrounded the success of EGE 2015, especially as a great number of the exhibitors were only confirmed a few months...

  • Samsung Galaxy S6 Active hilariously leaks on Samsung US website

    We all love the smooth, stately lines and finishes of the Samsung Galaxy S6 but it lacks many key features its competitors, and indeed its downgrade, has. With that in mind, it seems two new variants are arriving to world markets. One will attempt to shove all of the S6's guts into a smaller body, but the other, and more interestingly so, will cater to the rougher variety of smartphone user. Leaked before its official unveiling, both by Evan Blass (master Twitter leaker) and Samsung US itself, the Samsung Galaxy S6 Active is a more brash version of the Gorilla...

  • Kalvin Subbadu: Watch out, there’s more to come from WD South Africa

    WD (the hard drive division of Western Digital Corporation) has been a big player in the storage industry since the early 1970s. The Irvine, California-based company has seen spikes in revenue and profits for a few quarters now, and that's backed up by improving prospects in the southern tip of Africa too. At EGE 2015, Gearburn sat down with WD sales manager of components Kalvin Subbadu and Nick de Jager, key account manager for WD's primary partner Frontosa SA, to shed a little more light WD's future in terms of gaming, storage technologies as well as its future in South...

  • Bethesda confirms Fallout 4 and here’s the trailer to prove it [video]

    We all knew it was coming, but we just didn't quite know when. Bethesda recently launched a countdown ticker on its site to warn visitors of an impending announcement, and thankfully, after long last the company has announced that it is indeed readying Fallout 4 for a current-gen and PC launch. Although not much is known about the game at this point, we have a fairly good idea of what we could find. Rumour has it that it's set a little north of the Maryland setting of Fallout 3, around the Boston city area, based on a slew of landmarks...

  • Microsoft’s relaunched Nokia Lumia 105 can last 25 days on one charge

    Smartphone launches are more common than Sundays in this day and age, but we almost never hear of big companies launching new feature phones. Microsoft thinks that this should change, at least based on its latest phone launch -- the simple Nokia Lumia 105. Arriving in single and dual SIM variants, it's feature phone through and through which isn't all bad news. Microsoft notes that it's price range should enable "more people around the world to have a voice, and bringing new mobile opportunities to their fingertips." That's largely what prospective clients will get. It's built like the Nokias of yore...

  • ‘Pro Evolution Soccer’ Finals to be held before UEFA Champions League final in Berlin

    Konami has announced that the greatest Pro Evolution Soccer players will gather in front of Berlin’s iconic Brandenburg Gate where the grand virtual PES Finals will be held, incidentally a few hours before the actual UEFA Champions League final between Juventus and Barcelona. Starting with group stages (just like the Champions League proper) the tournament will then move onto knock-out rounds and all will be played on the PlayStation 4 version. A constant stream of results will be reported live via the official PES League Twitter account while select matches, including the Grand Final, will be streamed live via the PES...

  • Nintendroid dreams: will the Nintendo NX console run on Android? [update]

    Update: Quoted by the Wall Street Journal, a Nintendo representative has rubbished yesterday's rumour suggesting that the Nintendo NX, the company's upcoming console, will use Android as its OS. The spokesperson was fairly adamant but concise, suggesting that "There is no truth to the report saying that we are planning to adopt Android for NX." I guess that's that then. Or is it? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below. There's a massive rumour floating around the internet this Monday. A report from Japanese publication Nikkei suggests that Nintendo could use a more open and tweakable operating system for...

  • ‘Puzzle & Dragons Z’ review: puzzling at first, addictive soon after

    I've never been a Candy Crush fan in any guise. In fact, Tetris for me was always horrifically boring. Gasp and gawk all you want because puzzle games are generally two-dimensional snore fests for those too afraid of commitment. Of course, that's generalisation to the umpteenth degree because GungHo Entertainment's new take on Puzzle & Dragons Z is a bit more up my alley. You start life as a prospective Dragon Tamer, essentially what the Pokemon Trailer is to Dracomancia -- the world you find yourself in. All seems well, until the evil Paradox group, rather inconveniently, decides to destroy...