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All posts by Andy Walker: Editor

  • GetOne and ErgoPROP combo review: soothe my aching back

    Not all gadgets have sparkly screens or buttons that transform them into talking, walking robots. Some are more mundane and down-to-earth, but these can often be more important and detrimental to your life than those that sparkle. Ergotherapy Solutions, a South African company focused on turning the office space into a more comfortable environment, courteously gave us two of its new products to review, namely the GetOne ergonomic office chair and the ERGOProp ergonomic laptop stand. 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");

  • Ware of the Week: Yolify

    In our weekly series, Ware of the Week, we showcase our favourite organised lines of code from the world of mobile and desktop computing. In today’s edition, we profile an evolved bucket list app that embraces YOLO like no other — Yolify. If you missed our previous Ware of the Week winner, catch it below. It's fairly easy to get stuck in a rut, even with that bucket list quietly sitting untouched in your dressing room cabinet. At some point, you'll have to address those ambitions and dreams and punch them in the face. 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");

  • April Fools’ 2015: the best stories from the date we hate

    April Fools' Day is upon us and need I say more? Although media houses (we'll turn a blushing cheek here) love to publish hoaxes for the sake of good fun and spikes in traffic, there are a lot of hilarious pieces published by brands and companies themselves during this period. Often, these companies have the sense of humour to poke fun at themselves, even if that is what journalists do to them in the other 364 days of the year. 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");

  • Ware of the Week: Vivaldi browser

    In our new weekly series Ware of the Week, we showcase our favourite organised lines of code from the world of mobile and desktop computing. In today's edition, we profile a browser that will look to challenge the likes of Firefox and Chrome as web browsing's top dog -- Vivaldi. Right now you're probably thinking, "Oh no, not another web browser to join the likes of Internet Explorer, Project Spartan, Chrome, Firefox, and god only really knows what other browsers there are," right? Well, rest your fettered head, because Vivaldi is a slightly different take on the web browsing experience. Read...

  • BlackBerry Classic review: expensive nostalgia

    Ah BlackBerry. Probably the most misunderstood technology companies on the planet was once a tour de force on the mobile device world stage. Since its massive decline of a few years back, Waterloo has slowly clawed itself back on the map, and in other segments like network backends and security. At present, the company is thriving. It's easy to get nostalgic when pondering the days of BBM, BIS and all sorts of B-related acronyms, but it seems BlackBerry has a harder time letting go than the rest of the world. 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");

  • ‘Bloodborne’ first impressions: you died

    "Run away, man!" I shouted at the controller as it was callously ignoring my panicked button mashing. Finding the first monster after a mere two minutes of game play is unnerving, and something that you just don't see in mass-appeal AAA games often. Begin easy, frolic with the gamer hand-in-hand until another deus ex machina joins the party for intermittent words of wisdom -- that's the usual formula. Gaming has really become a bit of a nanny sport, but From Software's Bloodborne tells this unwanted tradition to sod off quite emphatically. 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");

  • ‘The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D’ review: a frustrating but rewarding adventure

    Some games have dynastic chips on their shoulders. Some are remasters trying to survive in a modern, graphics-intensive gaming world. Majora's Mask 3D definitely falls into both of these categories. For the record, I didn't have the privilege of playing the original game when it was launched in 2000 for the Nintendo 64, but the game has become one of the most successful and most loved titles in the Nintendo stable. It was a massive hit for the company, and still leaves many gamers with twitchy fingers and dodgy nightmares. Flash forward to 2015 and The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask...

  • WD Green 2TB review: affordable secondary storage

    There are hundreds of forums across the internet with consumers pondering the difference between WD's array of colour-named drives. Currently, consumer offerings consist of the Black, Red, Blue and Green line, with each geared for slightly different usage scenarios. The Black drives are for the performance enthusiasts or those with money in the bank, while the Red drives are mainly used for network storage or reliable data retention in RAID arrays. The Blue drives are probably the closest to the bog-standard drive, and then come the WD Green drives. 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");

  • Microsoft might be killing Internet Explorer, but it’s far from dead

    Microsoft's Internet Explorer really should doff its cap and take a bow, because it has been one of the most influential pieces of code ever written even if it is the most maligned. With news that Microsoft will soon be killing the Internet Explorer brand after a long struggle with its waning brand image, we're not quite sure if Internet Explorer will go out with a bang, or fade away like Microsoft's other legacy headache -- Windows XP. So, what does this announcement really mean for Internet Explorer? 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");

  • Mercedes dominates Melbourne: 7 moments you missed in motorsport this weekend

    There are just too many great 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. Formula 1 is back, and it's as boring as ever. We round-up the weekend's events from Melbourne. The V8 Supercars hosted a non-Championship event around the streets of Albert Park too. Elsewhere in Europe, the 24H Series got its second event underway in Mugello this week, with the 12 Hours of Mugello. 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");

  • Sony SmartBand SWR10 review: easy to lose, easy to forget

    The fitness craze -- it's a thing that's not going anywhere anytime soon. Just like the selfie movement and the LOLcats phenomenon before it, it has gripped the world by the scruff of the neck, or well, the arm with authoritative clamour. It's here to stay, and while that might be a fortunate thing for those wishing to get their resting heart rate down to zero, for us tech reviewers, it means a lot of things clasping to our arms begging for affection. 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");

  • Verssed W1 review-in-brief: finally, something different

    We've been bombarded by a barrage of low-cost smartphones recently and we're pretty damn bored of them all. As a consumer, it's a puzzling time to be rummaging through the smartphone marketplace, and as a first-adopter looking for that first handset, it's even worse. Although Android phones below the R1000 threshold are all unamusing and largely uninspiring, there are a few other devices out there that force us to sit up and take note. 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");

  • ‘Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate’ review: a marvellous creation

    If you're new to the Monster Hunter franchise (like I am), jumping into a game as dense and time-consuming as Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate is quite an investment. For once, the game demands a fair amount of graft for rather feeble initial rewards, but there's one thing I should definitely mention from the offset: it's difficult to put down. Taking off from where the Monster Hunter series ended back in 2013, the Ultimate version adds a dense layer of 3D to the running, slaying, returning, running, slaying, returning methodology. That might sound a bit boring, but it genuinely isn't. Read more...

  • Apple Watch: all you need to know about Apple’s digital ticker

    In a typically stylish Apple event held in downtown San Francisco, Apple finally launched its Apple Watch to the world after spending the past six months teasing the general public. The Apple Watch, which will be available in two sizes (1.5-inches and 1.65-inches), three guises (average Joe, Sport and "Watch Edition") and a plethora of strap options, will likely put a cat amongst the Huawei, Samsung and LG pigeons of the wearable world. The device, however will start at a base price of US$349 and climb to a ridiculous US$10 000 for the overly-flashy, obnoxious gold edition. Read more on Gearburn....

  • The PlayStation Company: where has Sony been hiding this MWC

    While HTC, Huawei and Samsung were all competing for the media's attention this past week, Sony had launched the latest two devices in the Xperia range without anyone really noticing or giving much of a hoot. Although the Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet was leaked just a few days before the official unveiling, it didn't exactly receive a swathe of attention. It wasn't because of the leak either, and this is something Sony should be quite worried about. 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");