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  • ‘Jacob Zuma’ more popular than ‘April Fools Day’ on Google

    President Jacob Zuma tonight took to the Luthuli House podium to comment on the Constitutional Court's ruling regarding upgrades made to his Nkandla homestead. He declared his innocence, and claimed that he did not deliberately act against the Constitution. He also stated that he acknowledges and respects the Constitutional Court's ruling, which will require him to pay for some of these non-security upgrades. Ultimately however, it seems that general sentiment of the country -- at least on social media -- was that the President would resign tonight. That definitely didn't happen. Instead, there's another takeaway, at least for the data lovers...

  • 5 things entrepreneurs can learn from playing Fallout 4

    I know what you’re thinking: how on earth does a post-apocalyptic survival game have any lessons for those running a real-world startup, or maturing as an entrepreneur? To which I would reply, “plenty.” Fallout 4‘s a great game (if you’re interested in a review, Gearburn’s got your back), but it’s also a rather good teaching aid if you take the time to study it.

  • Tesla Model 3 heading to South Africa

    It’s a big day for Tesla and South African electric car fans, as the company announced that its mass-market Model 3 sedan is making its way to our shores. After the car was yesterday unveiled at a press event in the States, the company CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter to announce the additional countries that will see the Model 3. One of which is South Africa.

  • Facebook Messenger becomes airline booking, notification service with KLM

    Facebook Messenger is no longer just an instant chat client after the company announced that its users will be able to book flights directly from the platform from today. The first airline supported is Netherlands-based KLM Dutch Royal Airlines, and will allow its customers to receive flight updates, notifications regarding check-in status, boarding passes and even rebook flights all through Messenger. All this information will be made available through a KLM chat thread when consumers book a ticket, and information will arrive in a messaging-like format. This move is in tune with Facebook's bid to turn Messenger into more than just...

  • Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer review: Martha’s spirit animals

    Nintendo really loves milking its spin-offs, doesn’t it? I don’t even need to mention Mario, because that mustachioed Italian plumber has been in more non-Mario titles than anyone can really remember, or bother to care about. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing though. Some spin-offs are often more enjoyable than the original games themselves, offering new mechanics and a refreshing take on Mario and Luigi’s now very stale gameplay formula.

  • Oculus Rift review roundup: great for gaming but lacking content

    Virtual reality's golden boy, the Oculus Rift, is finally available to the consumer market after years of talk, and boy, the reviews are streaming in thick and fast. The headset itself has been available for eons now, but only in pre-build beta guises for developers and industry henchmen to experience. But this Monday 28 March, the Oculus Rift was made available to the public, with those who pre-ordered taking the first devices home (or having Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey deliver it personally to your door). So, what is the general consensus among the media fraternity? Is the Oculus Rift the real...

  • 7 gorgeous 360 degree videos that will ignite your wanderlust

    Wanderlust is a brilliant and terrible thing. Brilliant, when you're on a boat in the Med plotting your next destination, and terrible, when you're sat in an office mashing out articles all day. We get it, and that's why we love 360 degree video. Essentially, 360 degree video encapsulates a scene in its entirety, and isn't simply limited to the scope of a forward-facing lens. The new phenomenon came to prominence in late 2015, but this year, we're seeing more and more companies build devices to record them. And people have taken full advantage of this. If you need to get out...

  • B&O Play H6 DJ Khaled Special Edition review: you love these gold slugs?

    Splashing the cash on Bang & Olufsen’s latest product will get you more than just a pair of quality cans; it’ll get you DJ Khaled’s blessing too. That’s right. That chap who quips “We The Best” on almost every track he produces now boasts that very phrase emblazoned on a set of gold-tinged Scandinavian headphones. That’s not a bad way to live.

  • Facebook to drop BlackBerry OS app support by end of 2016

    If you're using a BlackBerry that's running any version of BlackBerry OS -- this means all devices up to but not including the PRIV -- you'll likely have to fling it through a window if you're still interested in using WhatsApp or Facebook beyond this year. The social media overlord has announced that it's dropping native BlackBerry app support for Facebook and Facebook Messenger apps on the platform by the end of 2016. Although BlackBerry 10 OS runs Android apps, the system is clunky, and involves a ridiculous sideloading process, which is more of a headache than a solution to the...

  • iPhone SE: the 4-inch iPhone 5S upgrade you’ve always wanted

    Big news everyone: Apple last night launched its new smartphone, and it's a big step backwards for a little leap forwards. I'm talking about the iPhone SE. The phone is effectively a remastered, Game of the Year version of the iPhone 5S, using iPhone 6 internals but shoving them into the latter's shell. It might sound stupid, but there's good reason for this. Those stubborn 35% of Apple users who have yet to graduate to a larger than 4.0-inch screen size are probably rubbing their hands together with glee, so think of the SE as Apple's gentle public hurry up. Read...

  • Di Grassi stripped of Mexican Formula E win: the motorsport roundup

    We're just under a week away from the MotoGP and Formula 1 series kicking off, but don't worry, there's plenty of motorsport action to keep you busy in the meantime. Don't believe us? Have a look at our latest motorsport roundup below. Formula E: di Grassi wins Mexican ePrix, loses it soon after Formula E is getting as controversial as Formula 1, and no, that isn't a good thing. Brazilian Lucas di Grassi drove a stellar race in Mexico City to take the race win and subsequently top the Championship points standings, all but for an hour, after which the driver...

  • State trooper lifts Wonder Woman, Captain America to kid’s birthday party

    Who says that the police is a useless force in the face of superheroes and their awesome power? What if said superheroes' their car breaks down and they have no conceivable clue about the workings of an internal combustion engine? That's what happened to Wonder Woman and Captain America this weekend on an interstate in New Hampshire. On their way to a kid's birthday party (naturally), the duo were met with car trouble, an evil force that no amount of good will, vibranium, or lassos could defeat. So, what did a passing local state trooper do? Pull over, to help the couple out....

  • Bad Blood: Selena Gomez overtakes Taylor Swift as Instagram’s most followed

    Big news in the social media world rankings: Taylor Swift has his week been surpassed by Selena Gomez as Instagram's most followed person. On Monday, Selena Gomez's Instagram follower numbers surpassed Swift's and currently stands at around 69.4-million, or 200 000 more than Taylor Swift, and almost 8-million more than "internet breaking" Kim Kardashian (let's not even mention Beyonce or Bieber here). For the record, Instagram has well over 400-million users globally thanks in part to the popularity of imaging sharing services, the improvements made to smartphone camera technology and the proliferation of Tay-Tay's good feels, of course. But the latter's...

  • Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge hands-on: what a difference a year makes

    Samsung sure knows how to throw a party. At the company’s Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge launch in Johannesburg last week, influencers, resellers and media got the chance to fraternise with each other, swap dance moves with indie dance band Goodluck and experience some interesting and novel gadgets. But while the event was one of the most lavish I’ve ever attended, the real stars of the show were undoubtedly the phones themselves.

  • Android N: what you need to know about Google’s ‘nutty’ OS

    Only this week nearly two-year-old Android Lollipop become Google's most popular mobile OS version, but the company has now released Android N -- it's latest iteration of the OS -- a lot earlier than expected. Traditionally Google announces its new OS iterations at I/O -- its annual developer conference -- but it's dramatically changing tack this year. According to its developer page, it's planning a five stage release roster before the final consumer ready version of the OS is ready in Q3 2016. This week's release is stage one, and sees the alpha version of Android N available to download for...