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How-To Guides

  • 8 essential gadgets for ghost hunting this Halloween

    In celebrations of All Hallows’ Eve (that’s Halloween if you didn’t’ know) we have decided to take a look at some of the cutting-edge tech being used in the ethereal realm of “paranormal investigations”, better known as “ghost hunting”. We might still be a long way from the “proton packs” and “ecto goggles” of Ghostbusters fame but that doesn’t mean the way present day equipment is being used in ghost hunting is any less intriguing. Also, I will have to admit that my knowledge of these paranormal affairs are a bit lacking so if you know if any other crazy gadgets...

  • 10 tips for shooting better smartphone photos

    Mobile cameras have come in leaps and bounds since the VGA-quality snaps of years gone by. Today's mobile cameras use some impressively miniaturised components and loads of horsepower to generate some lovely results. Still, there are loads of useful features and tips to keep in mind when shooting with a smartphone. Turn on the grid Most smartphone cameras have a grid option in the camera settings, offering a 3x3 grid for framing your shot properly. You'll want to use this grid for ensuring that your shot isn't skew or if you'd like to follow the rule of thirds in general. Speaking of framing... Learn about framing,...

  • iPhone 7: non-contract, prepaid pricing in South Africa

    It's iPhone 7 launch day in South Africa, and that means long lines outside stores and very slow online payments portals. But where can you buy an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus in South Africa, and how much will it cost you? Related: Should you buy an iPhone 7? Our handy flow chart might help And what will it cost if you don't want an annoying network provider in on the deal too? We take a look at all the available prepaid and non-contract options below. Digicape Digicape will offer seemingly all variants of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, with prices ranging...

  • rAge 2016: 8 quick tips to keep in mind

    Cape Town has already received rAge this year, but we all know that was a token effort. The real deal kicks off this weekend as rAge 2016 opens up in Northgate at the Coca Cola Ticketpro Dome. You don't want to be unprepared though, so here are a few tips to bear in mind (most courtesy of Graham van der Made!) when packing your bags. Bring a backpack One of the highlights of rAge is the sheer amount of discounted goods on offer. So it stands to reason then that you'll want to bring a backpack to load up on items. Of course, the other...

  • Rocking the Daisies: the Gearburn tech survival guide

    It's almost that time of the year once again, when hordes flock to Darling in the Western Cape for the annual Rocking the Daisies music festival. This year's edition takes place from 6-9 October, giving you plenty of time to get your bags packed and provisions sorted. What about tech products to take with to the event, though? We've got you covered with our survival guide. Power banks Short of turning your smartphone off for half the time, one of the only other options is to get a power bank. And these can be had for R300 or less at quite a few...

  • How to play Xbox One games on your Windows 10 phone

    We've already seen Microsoft implement Xbox One game-streaming to desktop Windows 10, making for a rather convenient party trick. What about phones though? Sony has Remote Play on its Xperia devices, but what about phones running Windows 10 Mobile? That's where MS Power User comes in though, having discovered an internal Xbox app that enables streaming to your Windows 10 Mobile handset. How to grab and use the app MS Power User recommends that you visit the app link (here) on your phone, search for any free app from the top search bar, visit the app listing for the free app and then quickly...

  • Here’s how to install Pokemon Go on your Android phone

    Mobile game Pokemon Go has been a long time coming. From its beta earlier this year to its launch in several markets this week, many gamers are rather eager to get their hands on it. Unfortunately, South Africa isn't one of those launch markets this week, but there is a solution at hand. The ever-reliable APK Mirror website has uploaded an APK (install file for Android) and in our testing, we've found that it actually works. Here's how to get and install Pokemon Go First of all, you'll want to visit the settings menu on your phone and enable installations from unknown sources. This is either found...

  • How and where to find retro games & consoles in South Africa

    When it comes to modern video games and consoles, we've got it pretty good in South Africa. Old-school gaming though? Well, that's a different story. It can be rather tough to find the likes of the Super Nintendo or SEGA Dreamcast if you don't know where to look. Here are a few places to check out before going the Amazon/eBay route. The Gaming Source An online store, The Gaming Source was established in 2009, offering a variety of new and second-hand games and consoles for sale. The website's stock is rather varied, featuring current-generation products and the ever-important retro goodies. A quick visit to...

  • 9 awesome gadgets and gift ideas for mom this Mother’s Day

    Sunday 8 May 2016. It's the day that we'll honour the most important people in our lives -- our mothers. Yep, it's Mothers Day, and what better way to celebrate their existence than to get them something extremely geeky and cool? Here at Gearburn, we've been known to find the odd and pretty cool geeky gift from time to time, so if you're in need of some ideas, be it genuine possibilities or mere inspiration, take a look at our last minute techie Mothers Day gifts below. TomTom Go500 Getting lost in South Africa is pretty easy, but as the Jimmy Carr...

  • 5 nifty tips that make the LG G5 easier to live with

    The LG G5, like every other phone, has its share of problems. Although some of them are game-breakers, most of them can be fixed with a few savvy pointers, changes, and tweaks. Here's a list of the five most annoying things about the LG G5, and how you can fix them in a jiffy. Problem: There's no app tray and it's driving me nuts Solution: Download a new launcher The LG G5 ships without the usual central app tray button, that hides all the apps from the desktop. It's a dumb omission but it can easily be fixed. The solution's as simple as...