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  • MIT builds ‘first ever’ cheetah-like running, jumping four-legged robot

    This week MIT researchers released a video featuring the first ever four-legged robot that can identify and jump over obstacles while running. Thanks to a new three-part algorithm, MIT’s cheetah robot can size up the height and distance of an approaching obstacle and estimate the best placement of its feet right before jumping. The robot is also able to assess how much force it has to exert to clear the obstacle and land safely. "A running jump is a truly dynamic behavior. You have to manage balance and energy, and be able to handle impact after landing. Our robot is specifically...

  • OnePlus, Xiaomi and Lenovo: the 5 best camera smartphones for under $300

    Everyone wants to capture the important moments of their lives, and they want to capture it well. That’s where smartphones are making strides in this digital world, putting digital cameras within everyone’s reach. One would think that all-in-one devices are like jack-of-trades and master-of-none, but that’s enough for most people out there. These are the best smartphone cameras out there within a reachable budget of US$300, and this has shown us that the smartphone industry is moving at a brisk pace, rivalling dedicated point-and-shoot digital cameras. People are usually preferring smartphone cameras over dedicated point-and-shoot cameras, thanks to their speed, smart...

  • [Update] Windows 10 officially launching 29 July, Microsoft urges users to ‘reserve’ upgrade

    Update: Windows 10 will be launched officially on 29 July, according to Microsoft's Terry Myerson on the Windows Blog. The post reads: On July 29, you can get Windows 10 for PCs and tablets by taking advantage of the free upgrade offer, or on a new Windows 10 PC from your favorite retailer. If you purchase a new Windows 8.1 device between now and then, the Windows 10 upgrade will be available to you and many retail stores will upgrade your new device for you. Remember back in January when Microsoft announced Windows 10's free upgrade deal for those running Windows...

  • Nvidia’s GTX 980 Ti brings 4K gaming to the masses

    After many leaks and sneaks from behind the curtain, Nvidia has finally spilled its beans at Taipei's Computex, unveiling the world's best gap-bridging GPU for those who can't afford a Titan X -- the GTX 980 Ti. The company's promising some big things from this card too, claiming that it will spit out games like The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and Project CARS in 4K at playable frame rates. We've seen the likes of the GTX 970 struggle with CD Projekt RED's latest title, so there's a claim we'd love to see met. On the hardware front, it's internals boast support...

  • ‘Halo 3: ODST’ now available on Xbox One

    Along with Halo: Reach, ODST is one of the only core Halo games where you don't play as series' protagonist, Master Chief. Reach still has you playing as Spartans, but ODST is more of a "lower-decks" story. Now it's available to Xbox One owners. Released in 2009, ODST was originally set to be an add-on to the Xbox 360's Halo 3, but eventually released as a stand-alone package. Taking place during the events of Halo 2, you take on the role of Orbital Drop Shock Troopers (ODST), along with Reach, are my two favourite Halo games Halo: The Master Chief Collection...

  • What you missed at EGE Cape Town Day 1 [Gallery]

    It's Cape Town's first real gaming and electronics expo, and people are pretty damn excited. Social media has been buzzing with those too busy to make their way to rAge every year, and those who haven't really had a taste of gaming on a grand scale before. The Electronic Gaming Expo, or EGE, took place this weekend, and Gearburn was there to capture the first day in all its nervous splendour. Some of the more intriguing stands was the Frontosa SA booth dominating the front of the CTICC's Hall 4, the Make Games SA booth, which was showing off locally made...

  • Android M: a more secure, polished and friendly update of Lollipop

    Keep abreast with all developing news as it happens on our dedicated Google I/O live blog. Google I/O 2015 kicked off in San Francisco's Moscone Centre last night, complete with massive rectangular displaces (borrowed from Samsung's MWC 2015 presser, we imagine) and a host of Google's top brass. But the star of the show was undoubtedly Android M. David Burke, Google's VP of Android engineering, had a twenty minute slot dedicated to the upcoming OS, scheduled for official release in Q3 2015. But there wasn't all that much to shout about. Firstly, Android M will be more efficient than Lollipop, but that's assumed...

  • Firefox OS first impressions: no Android killer, yet

    Although Firefox OS 2.1 is the latest stable version, our review unit featured Firefox OS 2.0. It has been a while since we've seen a new mobile operating system out in the wild. Back in 2008, Android tepidly crept into view and back then, it wasn't predicted to become one of the greatest mobile OSes ever crafted. Look at it's mobile device market share today, and you'd wonder why technology analysts and journalists still have jobs. So when Mozilla announced Firefox OS and launched the initial version of it then-called "Boot to Gecko" back in 2013, the world didn't quite prick...

  • HTC One M9 available in South Africa from June 2015

    The HTC One M9 will be available in South Africa from June 2015, a new presser notes. The device will be available on Vodacom as well, but there is no mention of its availability on other networks as yet. "The HTC One M9 is an extension of you as it is attractive, intuitive and highly customisable. We are positive that South Africans will love the many benefits it will bring to their lifestyles with its enriched user experience and fantastic specifications,” mentions Neeraj Seth, HTC's head of marketing in the MEA region. "Our newest smartphone, once again, pushes the boundaries of...

  • Google I/O 2015 live blog: watch the keynote live here

    It's that time of the year again, when Google announces and reveals a few more goodies and coded surprises for its legion of devs and followers alike. Although there might be less hype surrounding this particular edition of Google I/O than before, the company isn't slowing down in its pioneering approach to the tech world. So, were just moments away from the keynote, which will be delivered by Sundar Pichai and at this point we wonder, what does Google have in store for us? We'll live blog throughout the Google I/O weekend and keep you up to speed with all pressing...