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All posts by Andy Walker

  • Windows Phone 8 devices will get Windows 10 upgrade, Microsoft reveals

    It's official -- Satya Nadella wasn't bluffing when he said that Windows 10 will be the OS for all future Microsoft devices. Replying to a tweet from a curious consumer, the company revealed that all current devices running Windows Phone 8 will be bumped up to Windows 10 in the future. Huzzah! Microsoft clearly doesn't want to upset the masses again with a misplaced OS move, desktop or mobile. Remember how upset Windows Phone 7 users were when they couldn't upgrade to the then benchmark Windows Phone 8? This was mainly due to more than the company's smugness, nevertheless, customers don't...

  • Sony debuts PlayStation Vue: PS4 and PS3 cloud-based, cable-like service

    We thought the Xbox One was meant to this current generation's all-powerful home media box and games console, but it turns out that Sony wants a piece of the non-gaming living room pie too. It today launched its own cloud-based internet streaming service dubbed Vue, which will be taking over TV screens in early 2015. Rumoured for a good while, Sony was always considering bringing more than just gaming content to its consoles, especially since internet-driven content is becoming something of the norm in the States. Will it be available in South Africa however? Sony hasn't said a thing thus far but...

  • Huawei South Africa launches Ascend Mate7 and Ascend G7 smartphones

    While Huawei isn't considered an established household brand in South Africa yet, the company isn't hurting its chances at all. Last night, the Shenzhen outfit unveiled its beautiful Ascend Mate7 phablet and Ascend G7 smartphone, two devices that'll likely take it to the Samsungs, LGs and Apples of this world come 2015. Considering that the last flagship update to the Ascend line came a good few years ago, this is a much needed refresh and my, what a refresh it is. These devices were announced at IFA 2014, but this was the first time South African media were able to...

  • LG G3 wins the Android Lollipop update race, company claims

    The LG G3 has become one of the Korean brand's best handsets in a long while, with its 4K screen and ultra responsive hardware, but its about to get an extra dose of special. Although LG has been mum on Android Lollipop recently, the company has now announced that its lucky G3 patrons will be able to upgrade to the latest edition of Android before anyone else. Starting in Poland (we're not sure why, either), this week's eastern European rollout will "be followed by other key markets in the near future." Hopefully this includes South Africa too in the coming...

  • D-Link ShareCenter DNS-345 NAS review: enormously simple storage

    It's not often we get a high-capacity storage system in the office to review, but my do we get excited when one comes a-knockin'. The D-Link ShareCenter DNS-345 (as it is formally known) hopes to find a niche in quite a few markets, from personal data moguls to graphic-intensive image editors to managers of small businesses, so pinning it down with one precise verdict became more troublesome than first considered. So how does it fare in the top shelf of an average user's bedroom? Simple setup The chaps over at D-Link sure made this one of the most simple, idiot-proof storage systems available. Although...

  • Destiny’s ‘Fate Of All Fools’ exotic rifle belongs to one player alone, thanks to Bungie

    There's nothing quite like a fuzzy Friday feel-good story to set up the weekend. Bungie, creators of all things Halo and Destiny, has given one special gamer the yet-to-be-released Fate Of All Fools exotic scout rifle. Yes, effectively the god of all long-range weapons. Although the rifle will only be featured in a much later DLC for the wider world to enjoy, Bungie has decided that this particular move means more to the gamer in question than most. He is now the only chap in the Destiny universe to lay claim to the weapon. But is this some marketing gimmick Bungie's pulling?...

  • Amazon Echo crams a voice assistant into a $199 Bluetooth speaker

    After the Fire Phone became this year's biggest hardware gaffe, Amazon felt it necessary to follow it up with the Echo -- a speaker with a tiny voice assistant trapped inside. No one saw this one coming. The Amazon Echo is basically a Google Now or Siri clone encased in the mould of a Bluetooth speaker. You ask it a question, it spits out an answer (except it's slightly cooler than that). For some reason, "Alexa" is the keyword that allows users to request music from Spotify, iTunes and Pandora, weather information, news, and other commands like adding events to a calendar...

  • Gold Edition Apple Watch will cost at least $4000, report suggests

    During the usual post-September Apple lull, things get a bit stagnant in the world of Apple. Although the iPhone range, the iPad range and the Mac range have all seen some major updates of late, it's still the Apple Watch spurning the most news. Why? Well, those desiring a gold or pink gold "Edition" example of Cupertino's timepiece will need to fork out at least US$4000 (probably around R50 000, after import tax). We'll give you a few seconds to count those coins. According to previous reports from Apple's mouth, the range was slated to begin at a modest US$349 (probably around...

  • Rockstar confirms GTA V First Person Mode with chaotic kickass new video

    If you thought you were excited for GTA V before, wait until you feast your face on this new video. First-person mode is something not associated with the GTA series, but my, it has been needing it -- not because GTA is useless fun either. Since gaming has evolved, and the power of consoles has increased exponentially, first-person mode is the perfect way to immerse the gamer in the chaos -- exactly what any GTA fan wants. GTA is really a drunk-on-freedom FPS in hiding. The video blurb highlights the new additions and features available on GTA V and GTA Online: ...a new targeting...

  • What’s in a traffic cone? An abridged biography of VLC Media Player

    We often get carried away with our gadgets here at Gearburn, but we also believe that the software running on these brilliant little things also deserve recognition now and then. VLC Media Player has been around for nearly 17 years now, back when people were using Windows 95 as their primary operating system and 16MB RAM was enough. Now it's one of the first programs I download on Windows, and the first app for video playback on Android. It has come a long way from its humble college project roots to being one of the world's principle media players on...