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  • How to breathe new life into old PCs and laptops

    Chances are high if you're a tech lover that you have a senior laptop or computer occupying garage space. It's certainly true for me. I'm writing this piece from an eight-year-old Fujitsu AMILO. It's been with me through university, and for much of my Memeburn career. And it's still going. But it has been though quite a bit. It no longer runs Windows. I've had to add more RAM, and change the original hard drive. But even after this, it remains a loyal friend and backup work machine. What's my point? Well, for one, there's no need to throw out old...

  • Seagate debuts consumer Barracuda SSD range

    Hard drive stalwart Seagate is now making consumer SSDs. It has previously dabbled in enterprise hardware, focussing specifically on business performance and "instantaneous data availability", but its now looking at your PC perched atop your desk. Bearing the Barracuda name and set to debut in a pretty crowded sector of the PC hardware market, the SSDs will be available in 250GB, 500GB, 1TB and 2TB variants. Unlike Samsung, Seagate isn't crafting the flash memory inside these SSDs. Speeds are also pretty standard using the SATA interface, with reads up to 540MB/s and writes 20MB/s slower than that. The real kicker is the warranty...

  • Qualcomm’s gunning for Intel’s ultrabook market share with 1000 series

    Smartphone processor king Qualcomm is reportedly coming for Intel and AMD's desktop throne. According to a report by German site WinFuture, the company's readying a chipset called the SDM1000 -- or Snapdragon 1000 series -- for use in larger computing systems, like laptops and ultrabooks. Although the company's already working on the Snapdragon 850 -- a chipset for "always connected experiences" -- it's simply a higher-clocked version of the 845, the chip you'll find in smartphones like the Sony Xperia XZ2 and LG G7 ThinQ. The Snapdragon 1000 seems to be the firm's first proper crack at the laptop market. According to WinFuture,...

  • Intel and AMD revive the multi-core wars at Computex 2018

    Apart from manufacturers doing all sorts of strange things with screens, this year's edition of Computex has seen the revival of the core wars. Silicon giant Intel played its hand first on Tuesday, announcing an upcoming single-socket 28-core CPU. But it's not for servers really. The company was sure to mention that it can run at 5GHz, dwarfing the likes of AMD's current Threadripper CPU. Celebrating 40 years of 8086 computing with the 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8086k Limited Edition. #Computex2018 #IntelGaming https://t.co/BBAYRZVBuR pic.twitter.com/RoeY144ObR — Intel (@intel) June 5, 2018 The company also gave scant details regarding the chip's architecture of whether it...

  • mCable: an HDMI cable that does anti-aliasing too?

    A new HDMI cable on the market claims to implement anti-aliasing in games, and it actually seems to have an effect. According to Eurogamer, the Marseille mCable, which retails for between US$120 and US$150, features an "ASIC processor" that handles the anti-aliasing. This is potentially a boon for console games that have no anti-aliasing, or for PC gamers wanting anti-aliasing without a performance hit. Then again, in the case of the latter, you might as well spend the cash on a better graphics card... The publication explains that the cable is powered by USB port, topping out at 1080p screen support. So those wanting...

  • Mi Box 4 Android TV box to come to South Africa, but when?

    Xiaomi distributor MIA Group has delivered a decent variety of products recently, including the Mi A1 (review), Mi 6 and the Redmi 4X (review). But there are plenty of other products under the Xiaomi umbrella that could do with a local release, starting with the Mi Box Android TV device. We managed to nab the Mi Box 4K HDR from Gearbest, being suitably impressed with the streaming gadget. Now, an MIA Group representative has confirmed to Gearburn that the recently revealed Mi Box 4 will be coming to local shores. A launch date hasn't been nailed down just yet, but the...

  • Nvidia announces BFGD: swanky monitors with integrated Shield

    CES 2018 has kicked off this week in Las Vegas, and it was Nvidia that held a pre-show conference to announce its wares. And the headline consumer announcement was its BFGD (big format gaming displays) range of monitors. Created in partnership with Asus, Acer and HP, the BFGD monitors combine "a high-end 65-inch, 4K 120Hz HDR display with Nvidia G-Sync technology together with Nvidia Shield", read an excerpt of the announcement on its website. Between the large screen size, G-Sync tech, 4K support and HDR capabilities, it seems like the BFGD range isn't skimping on specs then. But it's the Nvidia Shield integration that also makes...

  • LG reveals more robots ahead of CES 2018

    We saw LG introduce a variety of robots at CES last year, including several commercially focused gadgets, such as a robotic lawnmower, airport cleaning robot and an airport guide robot. Now, the company has revealed three more commercial robots, in the form of the Serving Robot, Porter Robot and Shopping Cart Robot. It adds that the trio are part of LG's new CLOi brand -- yes, it's pronounced KLOH-ee. The Serving Robot is meant to "deliver meals and drinks to guests and customers at hotels and airport lounges quickly and efficiently", LG notes on its website. What about the Porter Robot? It's...

  • A (non) update on Amazon Alexa coming to South Africa

    Earlier this year, we got word from LG that it was targeting Alexa-enabled appliances for South Africa in 2018. The Korean firm quickly distanced itself from these remarks though, saying it can't confirm the local timing for Alexa-enabled appliances. At the time of the news, we attempted to contact Amazon's representatives to get the story from the horse's mouth, but to no avail. In any event, we've since circled back for another attempt, finally getting an answer of sorts. "I understand you're curious to learn about whether Alexa is heading to South Africa in 2018. Thanks for your interest," an Amazon...

  • 6+ solid tech gifts for R500 and under

    You don't have to spend thousands to get a tech-focused gadget for a loved one. Hell, R500 will do just fine for a few categories. From gaming to VR and beyond, we take a look at some gadgets that won't break the bank account. Headphones (wireless and wired) The move to drop 3.5mm jacks means that wireless headsets and headphones are more important than ever. And yes, you can find Bluetooth accessories for R500 and under if you hop online. You can find wireless earphones for as cheap as around R258 on the likes of Raru, all the way to the R500 mark. Do check...