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  • Raspberry Pi founder teases official 7″ touchscreen, updated A+ board

    It’s not too difficult to understand why, but Raspberry Pi micro-computing boards are still selling like chocolate eclairs at a school cake sale. By now, most new devices fade into the background to some degree, but here they are, as fresh as ever. And they’re about to get even fresher. Showcased at TechCrunch’s Disrupt in London this week, Eben Upton — the Pi’s founder and spirit animal — unveiled a new touchscreen display for the company’s three boards and announced an upcoming, updated A+ board. We’re excited. Why? Well, because people can now build Raspberry Pi-based tablets for funsies. They won’t...

  • Microsoft to drop free Xbox Music streaming service in December

    If you’ve been using Xbox Music on you PC for the last two years, you’d better start exporting your playlist or cough-up the dough. Microsoft will be discontinuing its free Xbox Music streaming service on 1 December 2014. As it stands, users can either opt to pay a monthly fee of US$10 for an Xbox Music Pass, download songs at set prices individually, or use the free PC version that includes ads. The latter will be scrapped. Ever since its inception on 2012, the music service has tried to take on online streaming giants like Spotify and Apple’s iTunes....

  • iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will retail via Vodacom South Africa from tomorrow

    Vodacom has announced that it will offer Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models both in physical South African stores and through its online channel from tomorrow, 24 October 2014. While these phones have been out for the best part of two months in the international market, Vodacom is the first service provider to offer the handsets in the country. The latest iPhones will only be available, initially at least, on contract or as an upgrade. Cue the hmphs. As for the launch, well, the company’s planning a big soiree tonight at it’s Vodacom World premises in Midrand, Johannesburg. (For...

  • 5 games that broke our hearts

    Irving Stone once wrote “There is no love without pain.” Admittedly he probably didn’t have gaming in mind but it applies just as much. For all our love of gaming and the amazing experiences it has provided us with, there are just some titles that horribly failed us and left us with a dull and unsatisfying emptiness. This list serves as a sort of anti-ode to these blasphemous titles. In essence, it serves to remind us that our wonderful world of gaming does not come without its flaws and disappointments. Further, it is a reminder that we should be...

  • Unboxing the Lenovo Yoga Pro 3 [Video]

    Earlier this month, Lenovo launched a whole slew of new Yoga devices and Gearburn was there to see them unveiled. In the wake of the launch, we’ve managed to get our hands on the top device in the range, the Lenovo Yoga Pro 3. This sleek ultrabook packs some serious processing power, as well as some of the prettiest looks we’ve seen on any device, from any manufacturer ever. With a 13.3-inch QHD screen, the device is capable of being used in three modes: ordinary notebook mode, tent mode (perfect for watching series in bed) and tablet mode (for when you...

  • iPad Air 2 meta-review: extremely powerful, thin and probably the best out there

    As soon as the iPad Air 2 hit the stores and shores of the US, it became judgement day. If you scan the headlines, you’ll see phrases like “best tablet ever” being flaunted around a lot. Is Apple’s latest, thinnest iPad as good as our fellow reviewers make it out to be? We’ve rounded up some of the web’s most popular gadget sites. As ever, The Verge paints the Air 2 in a stunning light. “At the most basic level, the iPad Air 2 is a monumental achievement in the field of iterative improvement,” writes Nilay Patel. Apart from the...

  • Toshiba’s Satellite Radius boasts 360-degree hinge with five modes

    These convertible “netbooks” are popping up like daisies in the springtime, aren’t they? It’s reminiscent of the netbook craze prior to the turn of the decade, and considering these new machines’ specifications, they’re not too dissimilar in philosophy either. While companies like Lenovo are gunning for big-time business bosses, Toshiba is looking at the other end of the spectrum — and this is possibly where the market is at its most exciting. The company’s latest product, dubbed the Satellite Radius 11, is a budget convertible boasting some ultrabook-level features. It’s rather affordable too at US$329. To cover the basics, the touchscreen’s...

  • Beyond periphery: Logitech promises a ‘big year’ for South Africa in 2015

    Logitech‘s a rarity at the moment — it’s a technology company on the rise. Revenue has increased year on year (pdf), and that trend is set to continue into the next fiscal quarter. It’s looking to become a key player in the South African market, as well as the world, building beyond But what is the company’s secret and what, more importantly for us, can South African expect from this computer gear giant in the coming years? Well, it turns out quite a bit in fact. Gearburn sat down with Logitech’s Country Sales Manager for South Africa, Robert Anderson, to find...

  • Xbox One November update brings achievement art backgrounds, TV trending lists

    The wizards behind Microsoft‘s ever-improving Xbox One console have previewed the latest update due for release next month, and it seems that there’s a larger focus on TV, personalisation and Store improvements. So what can users expect then? UI customisations According to Xbox’s Major Nelson, users will finally be able to customise their background with a “custom color or achievement art”. More interesting customisations are promised later down the road — thank goodness. This was the most requested feature according to Xbox One’s complaint’s box. Secondly, gamers can also now share bios and location on their profiles, and display a carousel of favourite...

  • This Hendo hoverboard is very real, could be yours for a massive $10k

    Hoverboards are stuff from Back to the Future Part II, right? This might be starting to change as a startup, called Arx Pax from California, have recently discovered. The board doesn’t hover in the traditional sense (by traditional, I mean Back to the Future-style plastic skateboard). Similar to magnetic rails used in Shanghai, China, the hoverboard relies on a copper field which pushes the board away from the surface. This means that you need to stay on a copper or aluminium fields, and won’t be able to scale mountains, cityscapes and rivers. The so-called Hendo board floats 1-inch (about 2.5 centimetres)...