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All posts by Andy Walker: Editor

  • RallyX sees closest ever finish: 5 moments you missed in motorsport this weekend

    There are just too many wonderful 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. Motorsport is more than just a few people putting their feet down hard to the floor. It's the culmination of humankind's drive to go faster, further, more efficiently and effortlessly. Essentially, motorsport is the root of automotive technology, from where the branches of transport hardens and flourishes. Showcasing the best of wheel-based technology this weekend were some of...

  • Kicking, kissing and screaming: 8 hilarious FIFA glitches

    Football and gaming controllers go together like a puppet and string. Hilariously, I have a group of friends who often watch football games with imaginary joysticks in their hands, trying to (quite literally) play their sinking team to success. More often than not, it does absolutely nothing. Roll onto 1993, with experience in creating games for crazed American Football and ice Hockey fans, Electronic Arts decided to cater for fans of the black and white mottled ball across the pond. Thus FIFA International Soccer was born.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");

  • Clean tactics: 3 ways Formula E will transform the electric vehicle industry

    I'm a stubborn Formula 1 fan. The series laden with passion, romance, tragic history and manic technical development entrances me every second weekend to no end. It's a sport that many have grown up with, watching the battles between legends like Senna and Prost, Schumacher and Hill and now Hamilton and Rosberg. But it's reign as the premier motorsport on the planet is under major threat from a series that wasn't billed as a challenger at all. Formula E burst onto the scene this weekend, relatively untried and untested especially on the back of slowing electric vehicle sales worldwide. It...

  • Formula E is here: 7 moments you missed in motorsport this weekend

    There are just too many wonderful 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. And it truly has been a weekend for the motorsport fan. We're hard pressed to name our favourite moments from the smorgasbord of action, but included in the recap roadtrip are ventures in Australia (WRC and V8 Supercars), Germany (DTM), China (Formula E), Italy (MotoGP) and lastly, Great Britain (Goodwood Revival). So without any more ado, buckle your...

  • Vodacom Smart Kicka review: tiny phone, big value

    We have yet another "budget smartphone" on our testing table. While the big manufacturers squabble among themselves to fit unnecessarily detailed screens and wildlife photography-capable cameras into 5" bars of soap, the other half of the industry is hell-bent on producing that killer yet extremely cheap smartphone. The recent spate of low cost devices haven't set hearts aflutter, but they have opened new possibilities for first time smartphone buyers looking to access the internet's Giving Tree. 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");

  • Apple’s next iPhone: before the launch, everything you need to know

    A few months ago, we all wondered what exactly the iPhone 6 would embody, what specifications it would boast, and what new groundbreaking ideas it would bring to life. So the questions floating around the internet for the past few months have been to the tune of this: What could Apple possibly do to improve the iPhone 5s? How could a brand that relied so much on the vision of Steve Jobs build another successful device without him? And, would the iPhone 6 be an evolution or revolution? Well, we're about to find out. 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");

  • Hamilton benefits from Rosberg’s blunder: 6 moments you missed in motorsport this weekend

    There are just too many wonderful 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 weekend wasn't quite filled with as many series as last weekend's frenzy, but Formula 1 and the World Superbike Series were back in action. Alongside them, the Blancpain GT Series rolled into to Portimao, Portugal and a few major announcements were made just days before the first Formula E race ever. All in all, the sound...

  • 7 of the sexiest sounding cars of all time and the tech behind them

    There are arguably three important things car lovers consider when purchasing a performance car. Firstly, its speed and prowess around the twisties and in a straight line. Secondly, its exterior aesthetics and overall sex-appeal when parked in pristine beachside locations. But lastly, and perhaps one of the most underrated aspects of the civilian's Batmobile, is its growl. But sound (although exciting emotions not founded in numbers and measurements) is a scientific phenomenon, caused by a combination of factors. At the risk of ruining the romance behind the splutters and the grumbles and the burbles, we have a look at some of the...

  • Will Power conquers IndyCar Series: 6 moments you missed in motorsport this weekend

    There are just too many wonderful 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 new weekly series. The weekend has drawn to a swift close and with it comes Monday (gawk!), a brand new month and a bag-full of great motor-racing action. Although there was no Formula 1 or WEC in session this weekend, the IndyCar Series drew to a dramatic and historic close, the NASCAR Championship rolled on to Atlanta Motor Speedway and...

  • Samsung’s all-metal Galaxy Alpha is 2014’s most pointless phone

    Can you list all the models available in the Samsung Galaxy family today? I just tried, but ran out of fingers. Perhaps it's fitting then that the Korean tech giant should add yet another device to its over-complicated and never-ending lineup, just before the iPhone 6's launch. And wouldn't you know it? The phone Samsung's aiming squarely at its American rival is flaunting a similar jacket and shades, like a less popular kid trying too hard. 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");

  • Flipagram, the photo story app, is now available on Microsoft’s Lumia devices

    Flipagram, the photo-cum-video story app, has today been launched for Lumia devices. The app, previously available on iOS and Android only, allows users to create short videos from photographs. The videos can then be set to music, creating a personalised video photo book. Unlike Vine or Instagram's video feature, Flipagram allows users to meld ready-taken images together, to form a storyboard. The app also lets users narrate the stories, turning the static memories into living pieces of art. For Windows users, it is much like PhotoStory for previous iterations of Windows' desktop operating systems. But Flipagram brings this feature to the...

  • The Hamilton-Rosberg saga continues: 5 moments you missed in motorsport this weekend

    There are just too many wonderful 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. Motorburn presents the first in a new weekly series, recapping the some of the best motorsport moments of the weekend so that you don't miss that vital gear change, the race-changing cloud burst or the famed chequered flag ever again. 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");

  • From Apple to Timex: the A to Z smartwatch guide

    Sick of smartwatches yet? Unfortunately, they're here for the foreseeable future to enslave the wrists of the countless masses. While the technology is debatably still a relatively new breed, there is no shortage of confusing and overwhelming options on the market. From the stylish round-faced traditionalist, to the square button-laden wrist wrecker -- there's essentially a smartwatch suited for everyone, for all styles and all needs. With Microsoft and Apple yet to launch their contenders however, there'll be even more options in the coming months for consumers to gloss over. For now, here is a list of smartwatches from A...

  • Strontium Nitro Plus 64GB microSDXC review: the gold-plated standard

    A storage card is a storage card, right? Well, not entirely. They're integral components in the mobile device ecosystem but are an often overlooked and underappreciated piece of kit. Although each microSD card looks, behaves and typically does the same thing -- which is, store things -- some are faster than others, some are prettier than others and some come with rather great little addons. The Strontium Nitro stakes its claim in the "some" category. 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");

  • Ebola Facts site sees massive traffic spike as epidemic spreads

    Without a doubt, ebola is currently the globes most pressing health issue. Since the outbreak's inception in February, over 900 deaths have been reported. While an experimental drug is doing the rounds and has seen promising results, not all have access to the drug, leaving technology as the last combatant of the virus more notably, Ebola Facts. The simple yet eye-catching website presents visitors with concise yet important facts and prevention steps for those who may come into contact with the virus. It's currently geared towards the West African market, making extensive use of the ballooning technology adoption rate in...