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  • Android Oreo: has your phone received it?

    Android Oreo has been pushed out a while back, appearing out of the box on the Pixel 2 and Huawei Mate 10. But when will other brands deliver the update? We'll be periodically updating this page as brands roll out Oreo. Note: We'll be updating this article as brands reveal Oreo plans and as major phones receive the update. Asus Earlier this year, the company revealed that it would be "gradually" rolling out updates to compatible phones until the end of the first half of 2018. No word if the green button has been pushed yet, signalling the start of the rollout. As for compatible...

  • Words with Friends 2 and Corporate Salmon: this week’s top mobile games

    Welcome to Gearburn's Mobile Game Picks of the Week, a weekly series in which Hadlee takes a look at the latest, most entertaining, or time-consuming mobile games on portable screens. We're once again looking at the world of mobile games, casting the net far and wide to bring you the best picks. Upon checking our net, we found a Corporate Salmon! Anyway, check all five entries below. Downwell (paid - Android, iOS) It's not a new title, but a discount on a quality game is always worth celebrating, isn't it? Downwell is a "2D platformer vertical shmup rogue-like-like-like action game", according to the developers....

  • iPhone X SA price revealed, get it next week

    The iPhone X might be the most eagerly anticipated high-end smartphone in South Africa (and globally), but with a 24 November launch looming, how much will it cost? Well, the iStore has delivered the goods, confirming that prepaid prices start at R20 499, topping out at R23 999. For the record, the Huawei Mate 10 Pro costs R17 999, while the Mate 10 Porsche model has a R26 999 price tag. "New cellular contracts and upgrades for iPhone X on Vodacom, MTN, and Telkom will be available at all iStores from the week of 24 November 2017," the iStore adds in a...

  • iFrogz Coda wireless headset: great sound, but imperfect

    The iFrogz Coda wireless headset is a neat little piece of technology that, while producing great sound, is far from perfect. Let's start with the basics. The Bluetooth headset comes packed with a short charging cable and three sets of ear tips. The plastic device is made to clip onto your collar, and the wires are just over 30cm long. The body itself is light yet sturdy, and I -- a very accident prone individual -- have never worried about breaking it. At first blush, the magnetic clip seems worryingly weak, as if a small tug will pull it off your collar...

  • OnePlus 5T revealed, packing tall display, new dual-camera setup

    We sort of knew for the past week or two that OnePlus was working on the OnePlus 5T, following in the footsteps of the OnePlus 3T. Now that the curtain has been peeled back, what do we have then? You'll first notice the 18:9 "optic AMOLED" display (2160x1080), being taller than its predecessor and following the path set by LG and Samsung. The other big change is in the camera department, as the OnePlus 5T eschews the second telephoto camera in favour of a 20MP f/1.7 secondary shooter. The firm says that the change results in better portrait mode shots and improved...

  • EA disables Battlefront 2 micro-transactions… for now

    Star Wars Battlefront 2 might be the most controversial game released this year, following the negative reception to unlocking hero characters and the prevalence of micro-transactions. EA's response to concerns became the most-downvoted comment in reddit history, going a long way to illustrating frustration with the publisher and game. Shortly after the comment, the company opted to reduce the requirements for unlocking the hero characters, but the micro-transactions stayed. Now, in a new update on the Battlefront 2 website, the publisher has revealed that it's putting a hold on these in-game purchases. "We hear you loud and clear, so we're turning off all...

  • You can now print smartphone photos with this Moto Mod [Update]

    Update, 17 November 2017: Lenovo/Moto have come back to us -- looks like you'll have to import the mod. "Motorola is not planning to bring the Polaroid mod to SA," a representative told us via email. Original article: Lenovo's Moto Z smartphones and Moto Mods have done a good job of bringing hardware add-ons to the smartphone world. Sure, the add-ons might be a little pricey, but between power banks, speakers and gamepads, there's a Moto Mod for everyone. Now, the company has revealed its latest add-on, in the form of the Polaroid Insta-Share Printer Moto Mod. And it does exactly what you think,...

  • Got a 1080p TV? 4 reasons to get Xbox One X anyway

    4K displays are seeing much more demand owing to the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X. But what if you've only got a full HD TV? Fear not though, because the Xbox One X brings a few features that 1080p TV owners can appreciate as well. Supersampling Microsoft has already said that the Xbox One X will produce better results on a full HD TV, via the miracle of supersampling. This technique sees the console rendering an Xbox One X game internally at a higher resolution and then outputting it to the full HD screen for a sharper image nonetheless. But does this...

  • Buying a second-hand smartphone? Use these tips [Tech Savvy SA]

    Tech Savvy SA is a series of articles on Gearburn and Memeburn that aims to deliver useful, locally relevant advice to the average South African. This time, we dish out a few tips when buying a second-hand smartphone. We can't all afford the latest and greatest brand-new smartphone. But the second-hand market often has some pretty enticing deals if you take a look. Still, there are certainly a few risks that you take when taking this route. Here are a few tips to keep in mind... Use Gumtree's smartphone price tool The popular second-hand marketplace is usually the first port of call for those...

  • Golf Story review: you should get Switch’s indie treasure

    While big titles like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey have dominated coverage of Nintendo Switch games, the console has a few lesser-known titles that are absolute gems. One such game is Golf Story, an indie RPG by the small studio Sidebar Games. Unlike many indie titles on the console, it was developed solely for Nintendo's platform. The term "console seller" is usually reserved for major exclusives, but Golf Story is an exclusive that will unexpectedly sneak into your heart and make you glad you bought the console. So, after many hours playing this unexpected entry, how did the game measure up? Errr…...