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  • Review: Skyrim’s an elephant of a game

    Big and clunky, awesome and funky - Skyrim poses a bit of a conundrum. Its sprawling size affords unparalleled immersion, but the game is hampered by performance and user interface issues. Its features definitely make it worth your time and money, but the mountainous road will be full of bumps along the way. Feature Length Skyrim is packed with features, some adapted or improved from the previous Elder Scrolls games, others completely new. Here’s a quick run-through of the most exciting features in the latest edition. 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");

  • New Google+ ad: A love story in circles

    Fresh on the heels of a Thanksgiving commercial that bored audiences, Google has released another Google+ television commercial. But have they hit the mark this time or is it another miss? The ad encompasses everything that is Google, it's simple, slick, and presents the social network's features in a somewhat humorous manner. The previous ad was built on nostalgia and people's need to connect and share with the right people. This new ad looks at the evolution of social connections using the social networks circle feature. The ad, which is called Circles Love Story, plays out in the form of...

  • Google explains its search evolution [Video]

    If there’s one thing Google’s never failed at, it’s search. Googling has, after all become synonymous with performing a web search. As such, it’s not all that surprising that it's something of an authority on the subject. In celebration of this, Google has released a video chronicling the evolution of its online search products. According to the official blog post the video is posted in, it highlights "some of the most important milestones from the past decade—and a taste of what’s coming next". The six-minute-long video takes viewers right back to the early days of online search, when Google was...

  • Facebook reportedly warming to 2012 IPO

    Fresh whispers of a date for Facebook’s long-awaited initial public offering have emerged. According to the Wall Street Journal, the IPO could come as early as the first half of 2012. This despite Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently saying he was in no hurry to take the social networking giant public. According to the Journal, Facebook hopes to raise around $10-billion in the IPO which would see it valued somewhere around the US$100-billion mark. That is around twice the current value of technology stalwart Hewlett Packard. Many view the Facebook IPO as a defining point in the current online...

  • Twitter buys Android security specialists

    The tech industry is scratching its collective head about a new acquisition by Twitter of a startup company that develops security software for Android smartphones. Whisper Systems, founded by the larger-than-life Moxie Marlinspike, a security researcher, cryptographics specialist and manic maritime enthusiast. The fit seems strange as Whisper focuses on on-device security software for Android phones – although Twitter may be looking for brains, not products, as it has taken some stick for the lack of security on its globe-spanning microblogging service. No terms were announced, and the only word from Twitter was: “The Whisper Systems team is joining Twitter starting...

  • ‘Modern love story’ Australian gay rights ad goes viral

    Only a handful of nations have ratified the right of members of the LGBT community to marry. This means the fight for marriage equality is still one of the most important civil rights battles being fought across the world. That a video produced for the Australian marriage equality campaign went viral is proof of this. Australian activist group Get Up!, produced the video to be flighted on Australian television as part of its support for Australia's fights for marriage equality. The group also posted the video, with the slogan “Marriage Matters,” on video sharing site YouTube. In one weekend, the...

  • Five elements needed to attract startup funding

    Raising funding can be potentially expensive, as it requires resources, and time-consuming experience. Done correctly, it can yield valuable results and a substantial financial investment to grow your business. Enthusiastic entrepreneurs that want to go this route should be well prepared and display these five key essentials that funders look for when considering investing. 1. Know your market Clear and thorough market and competitor analysis is the mainstay of any successful business concept -- even more so when seeking funding. Understanding who you’re selling to, what pressing need you’re addressing and what competition you’re facing enables the funder to evaluate the...

  • Undersea cables set to launch African bandwidth explosion

    Many years ago, I worked for UUNET Internet Africa in South Africa. I remember sitting in the Operations room and looking at an international undersea cabling map, which showed each and every cable connecting the different continents of the world. It used to amaze me that South Africa's connection to the rest of the world was so fragile. If I remember correctly, we really relied on one or two undersea cables at the time. I believe one of them was SAT-2, which had a total bandwidth of 560Mbps to carry all of our international telecommunications and internet traffic. Meanwhile,...

  • Durex deletes offensive tweets

    Following the controversy around a Durex Twitter account faux pas, the condom maker has apologised and deleted offensive tweets from its Twitter account that caused an outcry over the weekend. Durex posted a message on Sunday saying the "irresponsible" tweets had been removed, although an inappropriate photo showing a naked man was still visible on the account. “Due to the offensive nature and the response received, the irresponsible tweets have respectfully been removed,” read the Tweet. The scandal began late on Thursday following a series of misogynist, sexist tweets that were apparently sent out by Durex's public relations company in South Africa....

  • Arkham City’s Paul Crocker spills the beans on Batman

    Paul Crocker, lead narrative designer for Batman: Arkham City, sat down with Gearburn.com to discuss the deep, dark storyline of the latest smash release in the franchise and the challenges of bringing a driven but tormented superhero into the game environment. UPDATE Tweet:, "Brand new DLC coming December 20th with all new Batcave. Joker's carnival and the iceberg lounge also available to download then!" Ryan Gordon: As the story arc is different from the mainstream media version of Batman, do you find you can be more creative with the character? Paul Crocker: Creativity is a weird thing, because we can be...

  • Facebook, Wikileaks and the Protection of Information Bill

    The people of South Africa recently united to watch a turning point in their country’s democratic history -- the passing of the Protection of Information Bill by Parliament -- perhaps the gravest offence the democracy has seen in all its seventeen years. Those of us opposing the bill dubbed it "Black Tuesday", wearing black in protest and encouraging others to join us in the hopes that the MPs would wake up to the fact that their duty was to vote in the best interests of the people, not to benefit themselves or their back pockets. Many turned to what...

  • Assange tirades against ‘embarrassing’ Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard

    While accepting a Walkley Award for “Most Outstanding Contribution to Journalism” on behalf Wikileaks, Julian Assange launched into a tirade aimed at Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gulliard. A somewhat dishevelled Assange, in a message recorded in the UK where he continues to fight extradition to Sweden where is wanted to face questioning regarding charges of sexual assault , accepted the award described as Australia’s version of the Pulitzer. He began the speech with the expected thank you for the award. That he stood before his backdrop of upside down logos belonging to financial institutions subjecting Wikileaks to an “arbitrary and unlawful”...

  • eBay’s physical stores are giving it the jump on competitors this Christmas

    While most retail businesses this year are pushing to get a bigger slice of the online shopping spend, eBay Inc. has turned the tables on its more-traditional competitors by opening up physical "pop-up" stores in New York, San Francisco and London. Open for only five days (from 1 – 5 December) these stores will allow consumers to touch-and-feel products and purchase the product on the spot by using QR codes and scanning it in with their mobile phones. Traditional shoppers who are not accustomed to buying their Christmas goods online may be tempted to try it out for themselves and experience...

  • Beyond 2012: Predicting the future of tech [Infographic]

    Virtual Reality-only lifeforms will be a reality by 2025, the importance of self-driving vehicles will outweigh their novelty by 2019, and petabytes of storage will become standard by 2024. That’s according to a set of predictions collated by Michael Zappa and first posted on his site Envisioning Technology. Zappa backs up the predictions, released in the form of an infographic, saying: “Understanding where technology is heading is more than guesswork. Looking at emerging trends and research, one can predict and draw conclusions about how the technological sphere is developing, and which technologies should become mainstream in the...

  • Video Review: Samsung D6570 all-in one home theatre

    It's slinky, it's skinny, it'll fit in any room... and a wireless link for your rear surround speakers saves the spaghetti cable runs. Samsung's D6750 all-in-one is a Blu-ray player with a home theatre AV receiver and amplifier built in, feeding some high-tech, ultra-slim column speakers. One box convenience, even the latest and greatest in 3D technology, but with a lot of compromises when it comes to flexibility and audio quality. Gearburn takes a look in this video review. 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");