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All posts by Andy Walker: Editor

  • Meet Alice’s Dystopia: South Africa’s first all-female ‘League of Legends’ team

    In a world dominated by males between the age of 15 and 25, League of Legends suffers from an identity crisis. Although it's one of the world's most popular MMOs, about 90% of the user base roots itself in this static demographic, so coming across a group that bucks this trend is both refreshing and groundbreaking. MaDHatter's Alice's Dystopia, as noted on the team's offical page, is "the first all female League of Legends team in South Africa to climb their way up the ranks of the League elo," and my, they kick ass. At rAge 2014's three exhibition matches,...

  • Marc Marquez, Pechito Lopez send records flying: 7 moments you missed in motorsport this weekend

    There are just too many 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. Right. Here we go again. Another weekend has passed by like Marc Marquez on his hot lap, or Jari-Matti Latvala on a special stage. It's unfortunate that the weekend couldn't be four days long instead of three, because there are just not enough hours in a day to soak up all the motorsport action taking place on this planet....

  • 8 essential apps every budding technology journalist needs

    Apple likes a tag-line or two, doesn't it? Remember that "There's an app for that" quip that instantly turned into a meme? We're all for that line. In fact, we believe that you should be equipped with an app for every potential situation one should find oneself. And you know what? There is an app for every situation out there -- from being lost in a big African city to snapping that perfect picture of a yellow daisy. The possibilities are endless. As journalists, we also have a habit of equipping ourselves with a plethora of apps, just in case....

  • Future Nokia devices will be branded as Microsoft Lumia, company confirms

    So it seems Microsoft has finally stuck the dagger into Nokia's ailing heart. The company once famed for making those indestructible Nokia 3310s we could never seem to destroy, will not have its branding on future Lumia phones. Instead, the brand will be known as Microsoft Lumia. We all knew this was coming, but we're pretty sad, nevertheless, to see this iconic name die. While there are currently no Microsoft Lumia devices on the market, Tuula Rytilä, Senior Vice President of Marketing for Phones at Microsoft noted that she is "looking forward to unveiling a Microsoft Lumia device soon." Interestingly, she also...

  • The evolution of the motorbike: steam, gasoline and World War One

    The Evolution of the Motorbike takes look at how the humble motorcycle has evolved over time, from the early concepts to the present, and what lies beyond. In the second edition of this nine part series, we uncover the infant motorbikes of the past, what technologies these astounding machines employed and the role the First World War in particular played on their development. Last week we focused on the engine-less, pedal-powered predecessor of the motorbike -- the bicycle -- to gain a fundamental understanding of how this contraption shaped the future of its engined-cousin for years to come. This week,...

  • Cybercriminals use Ebola fear to exploit Windows machines via email

    There's more than just the physical Ebola virus roaming sections of the world today. Cybercriminals, have jumped on Ebola's fear tsunami, and are currently riding the wave into the inboxes of the masses. That's right -- Ebola's now an issue on the world wide web too. Thanks to the heightened desire for information regarding the virus and the resultant epidemic, masquerading as an Ebola-warning email from the venerable World Health Organisation itself is perhaps the most effective way to infiltrate an unsuspecting user's machine. The email includes an attachment which, once opened, executes a line of code containing the DarkComet Remote...

  • Lion’s Head, Devil’s Peak and Northcliff Hill spark SA’s latest Twitter war

    Twitter's a cavalcade of strange people with even stranger opinions. Take the #ThingsLongerThanOscarsSentence trending hashtag yesterday after the Oscar Pistorious verdict if you need a yardstick. But perhaps even more strange are inanimate yet famous natural monuments that have garnered their own voices on the social network. I'm talking about Lion's Head, Devil's Peak and the Signal Hill noon gun -- part of Cape Town's distinguished silhouette. For those not familiar with the city's skyline, Devil's Peak and Lion's Head flank the flat facade of Table Mountain, while Signal Hill's noon gun is famous for firing a shot at noon daily. These...

  • ChefHost brings bespoke professional cuisine to your dinner party

    We've profiled some intriguing startups in the past, but it's not often that you come across a company attempting to meld the limitless world of the internet into the world of premium, bespoke cuisine. Welcome to ChefHost. The brainchild of angel investor and big dreamer Abhinandan Balasubramanian and equally-savvy entrepreneur Yiu Yin, ChefHost is "is an online peer-to-peer marketplace and community connecting chefs and hosts for private dining and exclusive catering." Essentially, it is the venerable Craigslist of cuisine, where chefs can flaunt their skills and needy hosts request said chefs' services. Read more on Ventureburn.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");

  • Beyond periphery: Logitech promises a ‘big year’ for South Africa in 2015

    Logitech's a rarity at the moment -- it's a technology company on the rise. Revenue has increased year on year (pdf), and that trend is set to continue into the next fiscal quarter. It's looking to become a key player in the South African market, as well as the world, building beyond. But what is the company's secret and what, more importantly for us, can South African expect from this accessory giant in the coming years? 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");

  • Rossi takes historic Australian MotoGP win: 5 moments you missed in motorsport this weekend

    There are just too many 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. It has been an important weekend for many drivers, with motorsport series based in Europe slowly drawing to a close. This weekend saw the final race in the DTM Championship and the final Championship round of the FIA Formula 3 Euro series. MotoGP events in Australia, a Blancpain GT Series race in Belgium and the return of NASCAR to...

  • 5 games from rAge 2014 that left us saying ‘more please’

    A weekend of rAge (god damn, I hate how that's spelled) mayhem has come and gone, leaving many gamers' hands pain-stricken, stiff and their hearts filled with lust for forthcoming titles. Although there was a ridiculous array of new releases to choose from, one couldn't quite play them all. But because there were so many, how on earth could you pick which to play? It's okay, but if you didn't play these five games, you weren't doing rAge correctly. These are the pick of the bunch, the five titles that left a lasting impression on me and everyone who seemingly...

  • The evolution of the motorbike: the beginnings of the burgeoning bicycle

    The Evolution of the Motorbike takes look at how the humble motorcycle has evolved over time, from the early concepts to the present, and what lies beyond. In the first edition of this nine part series, we look at the technical underpinnings and historic progression of the motorbike's greatest predecessor -- the bicycle. For standing on two thin wheels, the motorbike as we know it has a staggered and layered past. From its initial timid conception back in the mid 1800s to its current ubiquity, it has become one of humankind's principle forms of transport and leisure. Read more on Motorburn....

  • Mercedes, Hamilton victorious in Russia: 8 moments you missed in motorsport this weekend

    There are just too many 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. Another weekend where motorsport series came to the fore, there were, quite literally, too many to watch. From events taking place in Russia, Australia, Japan and the U.S., there was something...

  • ASUS gadget of 2015 preview: GX500, G551 gaming laptops and R20 ‘console’

    ASUS' booth at rAge this year came complete with a dedicated DJ banging out commercial hits, but one commercial hit at least in the gaming laptop market, is finally coming to South Africa. The Taiwanese-based company showed off for the first time in the country its GX500 -- the flagship model in the G-series of gaming machines -- that looks as sultry as it will be expensive. Unveiled to the world at Taipei's Computex in June, the laptop has already set tongues wagging abroad. Sadly though, it's only arriving on SA shores officially in Q1 2015. Trust me, that's too...

  • Rage 2014: what to expect from Africa’s craziest gaming expo

    It’s that time of the year again when the E3 of Africa takes place. NAG’s rAge is just a few days away, taking place at Johannesburg’s Coca Cola Dome this weekend. It’s the twelfth iteration of the expo that has quickly become southern Africa’s biggest technology, gaming and gadget expo, and an event we always tend to look forward to. Naturally, Gearburn will be there to prowl the floor, reporting on the latest and greatest games, gadgets and trends from the world of tech, but that’s a vague and rather generic explanation, isn’t it? Crave a little bit more? Well, stay...