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All posts by Myolisi Sikupela: Staff Reporter

Myolisi Sikupela: Staff Reporter
Myolisi Sikupela was born in the Transkei in the village of Zikhovane. He is interested in the politics of technology.
  • Fujifilm X70 brief review: small in stature, expensive in industry

    Petite and durable are two words you can use to describe the Fujifilm x70. It's small but is fitted with an all-metal body with a tilting LCD that allows for users to take high quality selfies. The x70 forms part of Fuji's X series. As such the camera offers nothing new excerpt the petite body and the new function, touch screen, Fujifilm's first, and a tilting screen. The Fujifilm X70 has fixed-lens APS-C compact camera that has a 16.3MP X-Trans sensor and a fixed 18.5mm lens. The X70 supports the digital tele-converter mode and users can select mount either a...

  • Canon EOS 80D vs Canon EOS 70D: a worthwhile improvement?

    The Canon EOS 70D was an impressive camera and naturally its updated version, the EOS 80D had a lot to live up to. The EOS 70D capabilities, with its Dual Pixel CMOS AF and touch screen, allows one to simply tap the screen and move focus to a different point in the frame, were not gimmicks but important features. And now comes the EOS 80D, a camera that looks identical to its predecessor which itself looked similar to the 60D. The 80D has kept all the good features of the 70D and has added a few of its own, but...

  • Fujifilm XT10 review: analogue aesthetic meets modern muscle

    The Fujifilm XT10 is one of the best mirrorless cameras in the market right now. Released in 2015, after the release of the Fujifilm XT1, its functionality, old-style design and size are without much fault. There are issues with the design, that is namely in terms of button spacing from each other, but this is largely a problem only those with enormous hands will face. Often my thumb accidentally bumped buttons whilst trying to get a good grip on the camera, but once my thumb knew where to rest, this was not an issue. Fujifilm XT10: petite sibling of XT1 The XT10...

  • Special Podcast #13: we talk Mobile World Congress 2016

    This week we bring you yet another edition of  Special Podcast, as the Garburn team discusses the ongoing Mobile World Congress (MWC 2016) in Barcelona. Senior Reporter Stuart Thomas talks to Gearburn Editor Andy Walker about this year's announcements, including launches from Samsung, LG and Huawei, to name but three. MWC is the world’s biggest and arguably most influential mobile event, and this year it runs from 22-25 February. It's where big and small companies in the tech space showcase their newest devices and technologies, from the smart home space to smartphones and tablets. Have a listen to the podcast below, and...

  • Red-E 4000mAh powerbank review: for the GoPro toter

    It's now operating standard for manufactures (and consumers) that smartphones ought to do more. Each new device launched needs to be packed with even more features and functionality. Of course, not all these features are great, some are't even needed, but the common denominator among all these features, is that they almost always demand more from the battery. One wonders why some manufacturers have been adopting the trend of shrinking the battery in their newer models. Under heavy use, smartphones, with the exception of a few, cannot see users through the day and it should not be. Take the iPhone 6S...

  • Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro review: a jack of all trades

    Design and innovation seems to flow in phases and trends when it comes to popular technology genres, so for certain spells devices just look the same, feel the same and practically are the same. Don't believe us? Have a look at last year's tablet lineup. A company that has been trying to buck this trend though is Lenovo. It has launched some seriously quirky machinery of late, including the Lenovo Yoga Pro 2 ultrabook that crosses and blurs the boundaries between tablet and wafer think laptop. Another device from the same Yoga family is this curious tablet. The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2...

  • Innerexile Hydra for iPhone 6 review: phone protection made sexy

    There's an old photograph of my parents sitting beneath a tree, as my mother's looking away (probably wishing the damn photo could be taken already) and my dad owning the moment, posing with his oversized mobile phone pouch. The pouch is fastened to his belt but its so incredibly unsubtle its impossible to miss. It is not that my father was trying to show off though -- the early 1990s pouches were simply too big to fit into his pocket. This got me thinking about today's smartphone pouches and protective covers. Cases have undergone a massive redesign from their gigantic designs into...

  • Olloclip for iPhone 6 review: the Instagram generation’s must-have accessory

    The Olloclip is a clip-on lens for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus presumably for the selfie lover and camera phone photographer. In many ways, it aims to enhance the iPhone's already stellar camera, by giving users more variety and control over the likes of fish-eye effects and macro imaging. Sounds great, doesn't it? Well, it's a mixed bag. Receiving and unboxing the Olloclip is a great experience, thanks to its curious multi-part design, quirky covers and the promise it brings. It's essentially a 4-in-1 lens, consisting of a fisheye lens, wide-angle lens and a 10x and 15x macro...

  • LG’s bendable smartphone concept ‘curves’ into a smartwatch

    LG has been awarded a patent for a smartphone that curves backwards almost completely from head to toe. The Design Patent D726,140, was awarded to LG by the US Patent and Trademark Office last week. We have seen curved screens to an extent on the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, the original LG G Flex and the new LG G Flex 2 but LG's latest patent is dreaming up a completely bendable phone. This is for now only a design patent, is without a doubt a leap into the matrix. Of late, there has been news about the iPhone 6 Plus and Samsung...

  • Vodafone Smart 4 Turbo review: sweltering LTE, lacklustre UX

    The budget smartphone space is becoming a little universe on its own. A lot is going on in the space: competition, innovations, deals, and new releases almost on a weekly basis; pretty much everything that's happening with high-end smartphones. The budget smartphones might be without the lights and explosions of the high-enders, nevertheless, great things are happening. Cellular moguls MTN, Vodacom, retailing giants Edcon, and industry giants like Samsung, LG, and Microsoft have released low end smartphones in the past few months. The latest device on our table comes from Vodacom in the form of the (Vodacom) Vodafone Smart 4 Turbo,...