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  • SuperSport commits to eSport, begins ELeague broadcast this week

    Back in March 2016, South African sports channel SuperSport broadcast highlights of the IEM World Championship. We thought it would be a one hit wonder, but it turns out that we were thankfully wrong. The channel has now announced a fatter eSports lineup in the form of the CS:GO-based ELeague. The Atlanta-based eSports competition will boast "18 elite Counter-Strike: Global Offensive teams from around the globe competing over 10 weeks," the channel states. This also happens to be the ELeague's first season, after the idea of the league was realised by Turner Broadcasting and William Morris Endeavor. The ELeague's prize fund stands...

  • Apple readying Google Home, Amazon Echo rival report suggests

    Well, that didn't take long. Less a week after Google announced its Home smart hub speaker system, rumours suggest that Apple's about to do exactly the same at its own developers conference, WWDC. The news comes courtesy of The Information and "a person with direct knowledge of the effort," Apple's competitor to Google Home and the originator Amazon Echo, will use Siri. The company is said to be working on an open SDK for the personal assistant too, which will allow third party companies and developers to craft additional features to the service. Additionally, it's not farfetched to imagine that Apple's...

  • Xiaomi Mi 5: available in South Africa next week for R7999

    Mobile In Africa (MIA), the company responsible for importing Xiaomi products into South Africa, has announced that the Xiaomi Mi 5 is hitting South African stores next week. In a refresher sent to Gearburn by MIA, the latter stated that the phone will be available from the MIA site, Makro, DionWired, Game, Takealot and Incredible Connection. The Xiaomi Mi 5 was initially debuted at *MWC 2015, and boasts a 5.15-inch screen with 1920x1080 pixels, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, and 3GB of RAM. The Android-based phone also boasts a 16MP rear camera, along with a 4MP selfie snapper up front, and...

  • Watch Hadlee talk Google I/O 2016 on SABC’s Expresso Show

    Last week saw Google make plenty of announcements at its I/O developer conference, ranging from a concerted VR push to a WhatsApp competitor in the form of Allo. But if you were out of the loop, SABC 3's Expresso TV show was on-hand to bring you up to speed, interviewing our very own Hadlee Simons to nail down the most important news. The segment covered Allo, Daydream VR, Android N and the Google Home smart speaker. Have a watch below.

  • Uncharted 4 ships 2.7m copies in week one, Sony oh so happy

    Uncharted 4: A Thief's End was always going to be a big game. It's the end (if you believe that) of a saga that has spanned nearly a decade, and has a following that's probably a lot longer than that too. But it seems that Naughty Dog's latest game has surprised even Sony. Sony's SIE division has announced that the game has shipped 2.7-million units in its first week. Notably, it's now the fastest selling first-party title on PlayStation 4. "Thank you to the team at Naughty Dog for delivering Uncharted 4, a stunning experience that sets a new bar for...

  • 3 ways the Nintendo Wii U is better than the PlayStation 4 & Xbox One

    When we talk about the "console wars" there's only really two sides mentioned: the green of Microsoft's Xbox One, and the blue of Sony's PlayStation 4. We've made mention before of how the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 is better than the other, but what about Nintendo? The company's practically owns the handheld console segment abroad, and has just now announced a brand new smartphone games strategy, suggesting it has a leg up in that segment as well. But what about its home consoles? Although the Nintendo Wii U is not my favourite console for a number of reasons, it does definitely do...

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 6 rumour roundup: iris scanner trademark raises eyebrows

    Now that the initial wave of flagship smartphone launches are done for the year, we eagerly await the next wave of uber-sized phablet devices. Huawei's Mate 8 kicked us off (in South Africa at least), but there's a much older kid on the block due for an upgrade pretty soon -- the Samsung Galaxy Note 6. With that in mind, we take harvest the rumours, official news and word on the street so you don't have to in our rumour roundup. Samsung's recent iris scanner trademark hints at Galaxy Note 6 inclusion -- 23 May It has been relatively quiet on the Samsung...

  • iPhone 7 rumour roundup: four speakers heading to next iPhone

    iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, whatever. All we know is that there's a new iPhone arriving this year and there are plenty of things flying around about it. The world isn't small enough nor is it big enough to render Apple fan's squeaks inaudible, so while the company ripens in the Cupertino sunshine, the rumours will flow. That's why we've decided to introduce an entirely new iPhone rumour roundup article, encompassing what is likely to be the new iPhone 7 series. Of course, there's no real way to know in all certainty that Apple is planning an iPhone 6S upgrade, so...

  • Houdt launches swanky wooden 2016 MacBook covers

    Houdt, a South African accessory marque noted for its love of wood, has announced a new series of 2016 MacBook covers. "Inspired by the functional beauty of nature, the Houdt MacBook Cover range is designed to protect the top of your MacBook from everyday spills, bangs, bumps and scratches," the press release reads. The company's not exactly foreign to draping Apple products in wood either, as it has previously crafted covers for iPhones, as well as Samsung and Huawei devices too. The new MacBook covers though is perhaps the most expensive device the company has gone for thus far. Sizes covered range from 11.0-inches to the 15.0-inch...

  • Google I/O 2016 live blog: the conference comes to an end

    Welcome to Gearburn's Google I/O 2016 live blog. Be sure to stay locked onto this page for updates, news, and chitter-chatter from the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, CA. This year, we await the launch of Google's next Android OS, and a few more hardware goodies including the likes of its own VR headset, and its smart home management system. An hour prior to, and for the duration of I/O 2016, we'll be hosting a live blog at the bottom of this page, so be sure to stay locked on for that. Additionally, if you have any comments about the incoming...