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All posts by Andy Walker: Editor

  • Why Google Glass is destined to fail

    "Can technology be something that frees us up and keeps us in the moment, rather than taking us out of it? Can it help us look up and out at the world around us, and the people who share it with us?" These were questions posed by the new Google Glass chief Ivy Ross in an open Google Plus letter this past week. She however failed to answer them in the same breath, simply remarking that "no one has really tried to answer them with a product like this before." There are good reasons for this. Read more on Gearburn.var vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var...

  • 7 of the best: Ayrton Senna’s most memorable Formula 1 drives

    Where there are great racing cars, like the McLaren MP4/4, there are usually great racing drivers sitting in the driver's seat. There were few greater in the modern era than Ayrton Senna. The late Brazilian is idolised in motorsport folklore and canonised in his homeland, lauded for his phenomenal talent, humble persona, ruthless determination and sheer desire to win. He won 41 races from 161 starts, taking 65 pole positions and earning three World Drivers' Championships. The San Marino GP, 20 years ago, marks the weekend that would change Formula 1 forever -- for the better and the worse. Read...

  • Lessons in the Streisand effect: SABC bans EFF ad as DA’s ‘Ayisafani’ gets half a million YouTube views

    The SABC has refused to air a TV advert from the Economic Freedom Fighter's (EFF) one of South Africa's youngest political parties. The ban, confirmed today by party leader and former ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema, comes just days after the Democratic Alliance's (DA) "Ayisafani" ad received the same blanket treatment. Both bans come just weeks before South Africa's national elections, scheduled for 7 May. The advert touches a few contentious political nerves, featuring photographs of the bloody Marikana massacre, where 34 miners were killed by police, and the recent Bekkersdal unrest in Gauteng. But perhaps the most provocative issue of...

  • Logitech Z200 review: stylish speakers, stifled sound

    I’ve been a happy Logitech customer for a while now. Seven years in fact. Its ever popular X-530s are still in my company, tickling my inner ears with its gorgeous sound delivery. But, the speakers are a hassle to keep organised. Some customers desire quality sound without the complications of a 5.1 setup. Essentially, a compact yet stylish pair of table toppers. This is where the company’s new entry-level Z200 comes into play. The tall, twin-driver desk-standing set is available in white or black with inverse accents. 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");

  • 8 legendary, ludicrous and utterly lorn Formula 1 innovations

    Since as far back as the invention of the wheel, humans have felt the need to travel faster and faster, preferably in competition with someone else. In today’s world of Formula 1, this insatiable appetite melds both arcane methods of exploding fossil fuels, extraordinarily talented drivers and bleeding edge technology. Innovations are, and were never too far from the sport. That’s not to say all of these innovations were successful. 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");

  • Windows update: Microsoft finally kills XP, refreshes 8.1

    Tomorrow is a much bigger day for Microsoft than many experts dare to admit. This month's edition of "Patch Tuesday" will see two important moves from Microsoft. Firstly, Redmond will shift the final security patches for Windows XP and Office 2003 before their developers move onto more meaningful endeavours. Secondly, and more crucially for those not living in the past, the long-awaited "Windows 8.1 Update" will arrive to users' universal chants of glee. Therefore Windows 8.1, at least in its current guise, will also face a type of symbolic defenestration. In addition to cumulative patches bundled alongside it, the Windows 8.1 Update...

  • 10 things we’re really going to miss about Windows XP

    On 8 April, Microsoft will finally cease support for its stalwart OS Windows XP. Released to manufacture back in August 2001, the company’s second most popular OS will be kicked out of Redmond well before its thirteenth birthday. But is this a premature move? Well, according to Net Market Share, XP is still used by a massive 29.5% of all PC users -- dwarfing Windows 8 and 8.1’s current share of 6.4% and 4.3%, respectively. This being said, in the natural lifecycle of OSs, support must come to an end sometime. Currently all XP users are greeted by this popup, warning them...