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All posts by Andy Walker: Editor

  • 6 gadgets and tips to save power and beat loadshedding this festive season

    "Loadshedding" is fast becoming a vulgarity in South African vocabulary. While it's a necessary evil, it's a massive annoyance for those who need electricity for work and other essential activities. Considering that Eskom -- South Africa's national electricity provider -- has mentioned that this energy crisis might go on for a good while yet (possibly another year), it's time for citizens to hunker down and brace for the worst.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");

  • Jamie Whincup wins again: 6 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. Another weekend, another painful lack of motorsport action. As the series conclude and the action dries up, we become thirsty for pitstops and hungry for discarded rubber. But at least there's still one series going strong. 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");

  • WD My Passport Ultra Metal Edition review: stylish, reliable storage

    I'm not partial to devices that put form above function so embellishments (more often than not) don't appeal to me. I'm not a magpie after all, but WD's "My Passport Ultra Metal Edition" drive is a thing of absolute beauty. WD is usually a company known for making no fuss, functional and reliable components. Of course, its Green range of drives have come under flack from various internet sources in the past, but I've never had an issue with any of its 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");

  • Logitech M280 wireless mouse review: the perfect office sidekick

    Like it or not, if you're stuck in an office from nine to five that computer mouse beneath your hand is a rather integral part of your life. Both a seriously depressing and real fact, it means that you should really spend some time deciding what you want and need in a mouse, how comfortable it is and how well it performs. After all, it's about as close a friend you have -- at least that's how I feel about my peripherals anyway. So Logitech's M280, although being a seemingly insignificant release considering their recent gaming peripheral onslaught, is also quite...

  • Watch Lion’s Head ablaze in this beautiful but haunting timelapse [Video]

    Although we love to braai as a nation, as a city, Cape Town simply loathes fires. Since the dramatic blaze of 2006 that came close to claiming the city centre, and in the end, claimed much of Table Mountain, the city has taken extended measures to prevent wildfires in the hot and windy season of summer. Sometimes even the best human efforts are fruitless in the face of nature. One example was this week's blaze on Lion's Head. It was eventually extinguished in the late hours of 2 December, it left a brown scar on the mountain (and it wasn't best...

  • Porsche triumphs, burns at Interlagos: 8 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. It's quiet in the motorsport realm, isn't it? After last weekend's Formula 1 crescendo, the usual December lull has commenced and we can't wait for the Summer antics to begin again. There are tidbits here and there, but we have to look a bit more far afield to find the roar of the odd engine and the squeal...

  • MTN Steppa 2 review: many steps behind

    2014 was the year of the budget Android phone, right? It sure seems like it. Whether that's thanks to OS's popularity, or the dropping prices of budget hardware we're not quite sure, but adoption rates of smartphones in general are firmly on the up. With Africa a main target for manufacturers' budget devices, the likes of telecommunications companies are also getting in on the act, releasing their own branded phones to markets across 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");

  • Logitech G910 Orion Spark review: the best keyboard you’ll ever use

    Can you remember a time when keyboards were nothing more than bottle caps with letters printed on them? Those days are firmly behind us, and gamers can rejoice in keyboards that respond to every flick of the finger. The gaming peripheral industry (a lot like the automotive industry, actually) is as much about pride as technology, so it’s quite important that companies develop breakthroughs regularly, regardless of how tiny they may seem. It’s especially important to develop these before their competitors. Logitech‘s the latest company to develop what it’s calling “the world’s fastest mechanical gaming keyboard.” That’s quite a statement, but will...

  • The Lewis Hamilton-Nico Rosberg saga concludes: 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. This weekend saw the most riveting inter-team batter for quite some time conclude under Abu Dhabi's spectacular lights and glamour. Elsewhere in the realm of Formula 1, drivers and teams are moving and shaking, signing contracts for next year and swapping engines for the second year of hybrid turbos. 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");

  • BirdLasser mobile conservation app takes tweeting to the next level

    There's such a vast range of mobile apps on the market, all aiming to provide that one kick-ass, differentiating service. Over on Gearburn, we recapped a few apps that us journos rely on on a daily basis, but what if you're not a journalist? What if you're a budding conservationist or bird-lover? Well, there's even an app for you. BirdLasser is the brainchild of South African duo William Harris and Henk Nel -- two avid birdwatchers who wanted to bring the convenience technology offers into their favourite pastime. 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");

  • Sony Xperia C3 review: more than just a selfie phone

    Sony's been making some great hardware recently. Its devices' build quality is always exemplary and never seems to disappoint, at least not in the mobile phone department. There's a good reason why the Xperia range is a household name nowadays, and we have the latest phone from the Xperia stable on our testing table -- the Sony Xperia C3, or the, ahem, PROselfie phone. Yep. Even Sony is pandering to the Instagram generation all too ready to sport those ridiculous duckbills without thought of how peculiar they look. 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");

  • Kevin Harvick is NASCAR Champion: 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. As a motorsport fan, you should be feeling quite cheated. This weekend was packed with so many Championships and series heading into their final events, that it just wasn't humanly possible to catch all of them live. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series crowned its new champion in Florida, while the Macau GP, the WEC's 6 Hours of Bahrain...

  • 7 things we know about The Order: 1886 so far

    A huge part of the traditional console war is the list of exclusives each console can boast. Microsoft's Xbox One can attest to titles like Forza Horizon 2 and the hilariously fun Sunset Overdrive. Some will say Redmond's console shades it going into the new year, but those in love with Sony's PS4 will obviously say otherwise. And they should, especially with a title like The Order: 1886 coming up (and let me not get started on Bloodborne too). 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");

  • Who will be Formula 1 Champion come Abu Dhabi? 6 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's been a weird weekend. With most of the Northern hemisphere's Championships coming to an end, there aren't too many series to speak of, except of course, the small matters of the Formula 1 World Championship and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship. 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");

  • D-Link ShareCenter DNS-345 NAS review: enormously simple storage

    It's not often we get a high-capacity storage system in the office to review, but my do we get excited when one comes a-knockin'. The D-Link ShareCenter DNS-345 (as it is formally known) hopes to find a niche in quite a few markets, from personal data moguls to graphic-intensive image editors to managers of small businesses, so pinning it down with one precise verdict became more troublesome than first considered. So how does it fare in the top shelf of an average user's bedroom? 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");