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Staff Reporter is the stranger in the fog, the wanderer of the wasteland, the most beloved author at Gearburn.
  • How TV has evolved [Sponsored]

    Just what does a 21-year-old living without electricity have to do with what most people do in the evening? The very first electronic television was invented by Philo Taylor Farnsworth, who lived in a home without electricity until the age of 14. The first image he transmitted was a line, but he later managed to transmit a dollar sign after a potential investor asked when he would begin to see some dollars. However, inventor John Logie Baird is touted as one of the major inventors of the television and was involved in mechanical as well as electronic television development...

  • 12 Far Cry 5 screens that should be your next wallpaper

    Oh Far Cry 5. How gorgeous you are. With your plentiful pixels and bounty of god rays. You really are the best looking game of the year thus far. In celebration, and in our spamming of the screenshot button, we've gathered some of the more memorable stills from our Far Cry 5 review published earlier this week. These don't feature any gameplay elements. Just good ol' Hope County in its purest form. (There's also a sneaky picture of Mr. Seed lurking in there somewhere.) You can download the images by clicking on the individual pictures. Or read our entire Far Cry 5...

  • How to have a movie night to remember [Sponsored]

    As the weather gets colder, the nights get longer. Going out is becoming a hassle and you want nothing more than to curl up by the fire and soak up the warmth. At the same time, you want a little more excitement during these cozy nights in. Well, we have the answer. Time to turn on your QLED TV, turn down the lights and grab some popcorn -- it's movie night! And what better way to get lost in the movie world than with the immersive experience of 4K HDR, HDR 1500, and HDR10+ in one screen? 4K HDR takes you...

  • 4 battery benchmarks that prove the Mate 10 Pro is king [Sponsored]

    The Huawei Mate series has always been an endurance champion, as almost every device delivered a large battery. The Mate 10 Pro is no different then, sporting a 4000mAh battery that's bigger than most high-end phones out there. In conjunction with the phone's AI chipset, you can expect two days of battery life from the Mate 10 Pro. Don't believe us? Here's what some of the leading websites reported after testing. GSMArena One of the most popular tech websites on the internet also runs a comprehensive battery test on major smartphones, the Mate 10 Pro being no exception. This benchmark sees a phone...

  • Choosing the right Moshi cover for your phone [Win one of three iPhone covers!]

    The much-anticipated local launch of the iPhone X is upon us. Apple's 10th anniversary offering is loaded with plenty of high-end hardware and new features, including Face ID that unlocks the phone when users look at it, and wireless charging. But getting the latest smartphone in-hand is only half the battle won. Sure, you'll have the best technology at your fingertips, but all that will mean nothing if your device is not adequately protected -- and personalised (a floral touch is not for everyone, after all). Moshi, a San Francisco-based lifestyle brand, and a global leader in mobile accessories, gives you the lowdown...

  • 7 reasons why the Mate 10 Pro has the best mobile camera ever [Sponsored]

    The Huawei Mate 10 Pro pushes mobile technology to new boundaries, owing to a variety of innovations in its sleek design. But it's perhaps the camera department that's seen the most attention, making the phone a strong contender for 2017's best device for photos. Record-equalling aperture in a smartphone A smartphone camera's aperture is an important factor, most notably for low-light shots. Think of the aperture as the pupil if the camera is the eye. A larger aperture (expressed as a lower number) means that more light enters the camera and hits the sensor, resulting in brighter images than a phone with a...

  • Spec comparison: Huawei Mate 10 Pro vs iPhone X [Sponsored]

    Huawei's Mate 10 Pro is the definitive Huawei phablet in many ways, offering the same large battery and screen that the Mate series is known for. But Huawei's biggest contender is arguably Apple's iPhone X, packing a number of interesting technologies as well. So how does Huawei's phablet stack up to Apple's device? We take a look. Horsepower Say what you will about Apple, but the company is at the cutting edge of chip manufacturing right now. The firm's A11 Bionic chip is a hexacore design that features two high-powered cores and four lightweight cores. In terms of benchmark scores, the A11 is the...

  • Check these 5 heavily discounted phones from Gearbest [Sponsored]

    Black Friday has arrived and Gearbest is also getting in on the discounted festivities, offering deals on a variety of gadgets. Gearbest offers a variety of eclectic brands, but what if you're looking for a big discount on popular smartphones? Here are some of the better discounts you should check out. Huawei Honor 6X (from $244 to $190) The Honor range is renowned for being cheaper than Huawei's standard phones anyway. But the brand new Honor 6X sees an even bigger discount. Opt for this phone and you're essentially getting a turbocharged version of the P8 Lite 2017. It's got the same Kirin...

  • 5 great smartphones under $200 from Gearbest [Sponsored]

    Gearbest is one of the world's most popular online retailers for smartphones, offering a wide variety of brands at affordable prices. Don't believe us? We've picked some of the best phones available from the website for under US$200. Blackview BV7000 Pro (US$166) Looking for a smartphone that can withstand a dunking in water? Then Blackview's BV7000 Pro is for you, coming in below US$200. For your money, you're getting an IP68 design, octacore processor (MT6750), 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage and a 5-inch full HD screen. Other features include a fingerprint scanner, 13MP main camera and 8MP front camera. Buy the BV7000 Pro here. Oukitel...

  • The Gearburn Podcast #21: Samsung DeX, and the future of converged computing

    Welcome to the fortnightly Gearburn Podcast, where we postulate on the biggest happenings in the current tech world. This week, Hadlee Simons and Andy Walker chats converged computing, focussing on the Samsung DeX. Huawei's Mate 10 -- featuring AI smarts and a PC mode -- also gets a mention, while Microsoft's Continuum Dock, and it's ever-unsure smartphone programme, is also touched upon by the duo. For this, a dash of opinion, and predictions regarding the future of the converged computing phenomenon, listen to the full podcast below. If you like what you hear and would like to comment, add a suggestion or share...