Gearburn

8 TV and game mashups that need to happen

TVgame-lead Combine popular TV shows with games and what do you get? These possible game and TV mashups. Cool TV demands an even cooler game, as a wise person, who may have been me, once said. Once upon a time Once is a special show and would be an excellent game, if Telltale Games, makers of The Wolf Among Us steps in. Once is all adventure, talking, tears and little action, so as a cell-shaded episodic game it would be an instant hit. Read ...

Design

How SodaStream is proving that you can still differentiate through good design

SodaStream_PLAY_2-thumb-620x365-67377 Despite current political woes, you have to give SodaStream kudos for having somewhat of a renaissance recently design-wise. You know the drill, ordinary water gets fizzy with the ultra satisfying blasts of compressed CO2 injected into it. Experience (and the environmental positives) aside, the biggest area of improvement is the design thanks to a hefty partnership with interior designer Yves Béhar. Béhar is no stranger to brand work working with Herman Miller, Puma, Samsung (amongst others) however ...

News

World’s geeks go weak at the knees as Elon Musk donates $1m to The Oatmeal’s Tesla museum

Tesla Museum If you cast your minds back a couple of years, you might recall that The Oatmeal, the popular cartoon site run by Matthew Inman, was running a crowdfunding campaign aimed at raising funds to save a historic landmark used by history’s greatest geek Nikola Tesla. Wardencliffe Tower — built in Long Island, New York — was intended an early wireless transmission tower designed by Tesla and intended for commercial trans-Atlantic wireless telephony, broadcasting, and to demonstrate the transmission of power ...

Social media

#mealforameal: Virgin will turn your foodgrams and hashtags into real meals

Food shot Love taking shots of your artistically-arranged meal before you pick up that fork and chow down? Well, now you have even more motivation to photograph before you eat: Virgin Mobile is willing to donate a meal to someone in need for every #foodgram you take. The campaign, launched by the company's Australian arm, promises to hand over a plate of food for every food shot uploaded to social media and tagged with #mealforameal. It'll be tracking mentions of the hashtag ...

Video

This tiny birthday party for a hedgehog is the cutest video you’ll see today

Hedgehog birthday Sometimes, in a mysterious and lesser-known corner of YouTube, brilliance emerges. Case in point: this video of a tiny hedgehog and two golden hamsters faceplanting into a tiny pink birthday cake. Yes, you read that right. Following on from the success of a hamster eating a tiny burrito (which passed 7-million views), social media agency Denizen has put together another tiny food video featuring three tiny critters and a lot of icing. From the baking of the tiny cake (which is ...

Gearburn

5-TILES keyboard review: the Qwerty pretender

5 tiles Call me a Neanderthal, but I miss typing on a phone with a physical Qwerty keyboard. Nothing quite beats the tangible feedback a springing key with defined edges provides. BlackBerry’s now largely extinct Bold range had the best example but now, although touchscreen smartphones are more powerful than we could ever have anticipated then, typing anything of length on one is an unwanted chore. Enter the third party keyboard app that hopes to kill Qwerty for good — ETAOI Systems’s 5-TILES ...

Social media

Can this Kickstarter help selfies leave the Earth?

Space Selfie If you're the kind of person who's constantly determined to outdo their friends in the selfie game, then the idea of taking one from space probably sounds pretty darn appealing. But until Sir Richard Branson actually gets his arse into gear and gets Virgin Galactic off the ground, that means going through the whole palaver of becoming an astronaut right? Well, if you want your physical body to be in space, sure, but if that's something you're willing to compromise ...

Africa, News, Samsung

New Samsung Android handsets in Nigeria to feature Celltick Start-based UI

celltick start Celltick, creator of the Android lockscreen replacement app Start, has announced a new partnership with Samsung West Africa that will see it develop a custom Start-based Galaxy 11 interface for all Android-based Samsung smartphones in the region. Additionally, Start will be the launcher of choice, trumping Samsung's and Android's native offerings. Founded in 2000, Celltick has endeavored to morph the smartphone's usually barren lockscreen into an "interactive personalized billboard." Start comes pretty close to this. If the app's appearance is anything to ...

Design

Motivation, ability and triggers: 3 keys to effective behaviour design

User Behavior UX Designers are increasingly being tasked with the design of an application that fulfils a perceived greater need, one that influences or changes behaviour. To do this effectively, you need to fully understand the motivation, ability and triggers that are required to meet your objective. This is the advice of BJ Fogg, a Stanford innovator and psychologist with a focus on behaviour change and persuasion via technology. He says if you’re missing one of these behaviours, change will not occur. For ...

Motorburn

Renault Sandero Stepway review: it’s about more than affordability

Renault Sandero There was a time, not so long ago, when South Africans wouldn’t touch Renault products. While this is a sweeping statement, and such statements can be dangerous, it is to most extents the truth. They were and are still fighting a poor brand image – fighting off criticism of poor quality, expensive to service and lethargic and disinterested after sales service. To its credit Renault South Africa (and Renault worldwide) have accepted wrongdoing in the past and have set about instituting ...

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