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All posts by Andy Walker: Editor

  • CES 2015 roundup part two: from Nvidia to ZTE

    In case you missed it: CES 2015 roundup part one: from Acer to MSI The earliest and (arguably) most important technology extravaganza of the year has come and gone, and while the theme of CES 2015 seemed to be wider, thinner and shinier is better, there were some genuinely exiting technologies that left our mouths agape. Arguably, the latter half of the alphabet holds companies that have really set the bar high at CES 2015, but the customary onslaught of TV screens with more than a necessary quota of pixels were also abundant. Read more on Gearburn. var vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var t=e.createElement(a);t.type="text/javascript",t.async=!0,t.src="//cdn.viglink.com/api/vglnk.js";var n=e.getElementsByTagName(a);n.parentNode.insertBefore(t,n)}(document,"script");

  • CES 2015 roundup part one: from Acer to MSI

    The earliest and (arguably) most important technology extravaganza of the year has come and gone, and while the theme of CES 2015 seemed to be wider, thinner and shinier is better, there were some genuinely exiting technologies that left our mouths agape. Considering that the internet of things, 4K resolution screens, curved screens, quantum dot screens, ridiculously thin screens (just, many screens, essentially) and a number of interesting products were well represented at this year's fiesta, CES 2015 was predominantly the year of the couch potato. There were some more interesting launches catering for the casual gamer, the mobile media...

  • Mini dominating the Dakar Rally: 5 moments you missed in motorsport this weekend

    There are just too many great motorsport events and series to fit into a comparatively short weekend. Sadly because of this, many exciting moments go unnoticed to the oblivious racing fan. But that’s a thing of the past, thanks to Motorburn’s weekly roundup. The festive season is drier than Christmas turkey if you're a motorsport fan, and with the lack of tyre squeal and the smell of freshly burnt petroleum in the air, many people were homesick. Now that the Dakar Rally is in full swing, the WRC's Monte Carlo Rally is just around the corner and the first Formula...

  • Cougar 700M Black Edition review: best gaming mouse under R1000?

    I’m particularly glad to see Cougar plying its trade this side of the Atlantic. Although the market is rather saturated with peripheral companies all outdoing each other on seemingly insignificant details, in the end, price and value will always win out on features. The more the merrier too — you can never quite suggest that competition in the industry is a bad thing.var vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var t=e.createElement(a);t.type="text/javascript",t.async=!0,t.src="//cdn.viglink.com/api/vglnk.js";var n=e.getElementsByTagName(a);n.parentNode.insertBefore(t,n)}(document,"script");

  • 20+ free and essential Windows programs for your new PC

    It's 2015, and the time has come for a new PC, at least that rings true for me. While Windows machines are largely functional out-of-the-box, the OS still lacks the functionality power users and some novices desire. I can think of a few issues with Windows 8 for example that third party freeware can fix immediately, but what if you just need a comprehensive arsenal of apps for every given situation from file management to multimedia playback? What are some of the essential Windows program every user should have? Read more on Gearburn.var vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var t=e.createElement(a);t.type="text/javascript",t.async=!0,t.src="//cdn.viglink.com/api/vglnk.js";var n=e.getElementsByTagName(a);n.parentNode.insertBefore(t,n)}(document,"script");

  • Tizen, quantum dots and 8 things we can expect at CES 2015

    Another year, another slew of conferences and exhibitions taking centre stage in the first quarter of 2015, and kicking off the year in true flash Vegas style is CES. The International Consumer Electronics Show takes place this year between 6 and 9 January, and we’re already planning for some massive announcements from some of the biggest names in the tech sphere. Last year (2013) we saw some massive announcements from the likes of Sony and Panasonic’s 4K OLED launch, Bill Clinton coming out with support for Samsung (of all companies) and who can forget Nvidia’s debut of its “Project Shield” gaming...

  • 5 moments that defined Mercedes’ 2014 Formula 1 season

    It was a landmark year for the Mercedes AMG team, for hybrid-turbo technology and for Lewis Hamilton, eventual winner of the most hotly contested season in quite a while. Rolling back the years for many fans of the sport, watching the two Mercedes team mates have at it was a glimpse back to 1988, when four-times World Champion Alain Prost and three-times World Champion Ayrton Senna were at it almost every weekend in what was then the most successful Formula 1 car ever constructed. Roll on a few years, and the introduction of hybrid-turbo technology introduced the largest gulf in performance...

  • 6 gadgets and tips to save power and beat loadshedding this festive season

    "Loadshedding" is fast becoming a vulgarity in South African vocabulary. While it's a necessary evil, it's a massive annoyance for those who need electricity for work and other essential activities. Considering that Eskom -- South Africa's national electricity provider -- has mentioned that this energy crisis might go on for a good while yet (possibly another year), it's time for citizens to hunker down and brace for the worst.var vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var t=e.createElement(a);t.type="text/javascript",t.async=!0,t.src="//cdn.viglink.com/api/vglnk.js";var n=e.getElementsByTagName(a);n.parentNode.insertBefore(t,n)}(document,"script");

  • Jamie Whincup wins again: 6 moments you missed in motorsport this weekend

    There are just too many great motorsport events and series to fit into a comparatively short weekend. Sadly because of this, many exciting moments go unnoticed to the oblivious racing fan. But that’s a thing of the past, thanks to Motorburn’s weekly roundup. Another weekend, another painful lack of motorsport action. As the series conclude and the action dries up, we become thirsty for pitstops and hungry for discarded rubber. But at least there's still one series going strong. Read more on Motorburn.var vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var t=e.createElement(a);t.type="text/javascript",t.async=!0,t.src="//cdn.viglink.com/api/vglnk.js";var n=e.getElementsByTagName(a);n.parentNode.insertBefore(t,n)}(document,"script");

  • WD My Passport Ultra Metal Edition review: stylish, reliable storage

    I'm not partial to devices that put form above function so embellishments (more often than not) don't appeal to me. I'm not a magpie after all, but WD's "My Passport Ultra Metal Edition" drive is a thing of absolute beauty. WD is usually a company known for making no fuss, functional and reliable components. Of course, its Green range of drives have come under flack from various internet sources in the past, but I've never had an issue with any of its drives. Read more on Gearburn.var vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var t=e.createElement(a);t.type="text/javascript",t.async=!0,t.src="//cdn.viglink.com/api/vglnk.js";var n=e.getElementsByTagName(a);n.parentNode.insertBefore(t,n)}(document,"script");

  • Logitech M280 wireless mouse review: the perfect office sidekick

    Like it or not, if you're stuck in an office from nine to five that computer mouse beneath your hand is a rather integral part of your life. Both a seriously depressing and real fact, it means that you should really spend some time deciding what you want and need in a mouse, how comfortable it is and how well it performs. After all, it's about as close a friend you have -- at least that's how I feel about my peripherals anyway. So Logitech's M280, although being a seemingly insignificant release considering their recent gaming peripheral onslaught, is also quite...

  • Watch Lion’s Head ablaze in this beautiful but haunting timelapse [Video]

    Although we love to braai as a nation, as a city, Cape Town simply loathes fires. Since the dramatic blaze of 2006 that came close to claiming the city centre, and in the end, claimed much of Table Mountain, the city has taken extended measures to prevent wildfires in the hot and windy season of summer. Sometimes even the best human efforts are fruitless in the face of nature. One example was this week's blaze on Lion's Head. It was eventually extinguished in the late hours of 2 December, it left a brown scar on the mountain (and it wasn't best...

  • Porsche triumphs, burns at Interlagos: 8 moments you missed in motorsport this weekend

    There are just too many great motorsport events and series to fit into a comparatively short weekend. Sadly because of this, many exciting moments go unnoticed to the oblivious racing fan. But that’s a thing of the past, thanks to Motorburn’s weekly roundup. It's quiet in the motorsport realm, isn't it? After last weekend's Formula 1 crescendo, the usual December lull has commenced and we can't wait for the Summer antics to begin again. There are tidbits here and there, but we have to look a bit more far afield to find the roar of the odd engine and the squeal...

  • MTN Steppa 2 review: many steps behind

    2014 was the year of the budget Android phone, right? It sure seems like it. Whether that's thanks to OS's popularity, or the dropping prices of budget hardware we're not quite sure, but adoption rates of smartphones in general are firmly on the up. With Africa a main target for manufacturers' budget devices, the likes of telecommunications companies are also getting in on the act, releasing their own branded phones to markets across the world. Read more on Gearburn. var vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var t=e.createElement(a);t.type="text/javascript",t.async=!0,t.src="//cdn.viglink.com/api/vglnk.js";var n=e.getElementsByTagName(a);n.parentNode.insertBefore(t,n)}(document,"script");

  • Logitech G910 Orion Spark review: the best keyboard you’ll ever use

    Can you remember a time when keyboards were nothing more than bottle caps with letters printed on them? Those days are firmly behind us, and gamers can rejoice in keyboards that respond to every flick of the finger. The gaming peripheral industry (a lot like the automotive industry, actually) is as much about pride as technology, so it’s quite important that companies develop breakthroughs regularly, regardless of how tiny they may seem. It’s especially important to develop these before their competitors. Logitech‘s the latest company to develop what it’s calling “the world’s fastest mechanical gaming keyboard.” That’s quite a statement, but will...