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  • 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...

  • Overwatch gets another free weekend on 22 September

    If you're in the market for a new hero shooter, there's this game called Overwatch that might be just what you need. Thankfully, it seems that Blizzard is thinking that exact same thing. Following a long string of previous free weekends, the game yet another beginning 22 September and running until the 25th. This includes players on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. MUST READ: Overwatch review: if Pixar made a first-person shooter… "For this free weekend, we're making Overwatch's full roster of 25 heroes and 16 maps available for play in a variety of modes, including Quick Play, Custom Games, and...

  • Nintendo’s Pikachu and Poke Ball 2DS consoles are utterly adorable

    Life can't be easy right now for Nintendo's other handheld consoles. If you've forgotten that the Japanese company actually still sells the 3DS and 2DS, don't worry, we can't blame you. But during yesterday's Nintendo Direct stream, the company announced a Poke Ball-themed Nintendo 2DS that's easily the coolest paint scheme we've seen on the handheld to date. The news comes after the announcement of Pokemon Ultra Moon and Ultra Sun, with both titles set to debut on 22 September. If the Poke Ball isn't quite your thing, another edition features a full-faced Pikachi, complete with beady eyes and rosy cheeks. Both consoles...

  • Samsung Bixby US launch reportedly delayed due to ‘big data’ issues

    The Samsung Galaxy S8 might be one of the more impressive flagship smartphones to debut this year (read our review here), but its smart voice assistant Bixby -- to which the phone dedicates an entire hardware button -- is riddled with teething issues. Sure, the service works in Korea, and even raps in Korean if you ask it nicely. But across the Pacific Ocean, it's a completely different story. Samsung has previously said that Bixby would be available to American consumers by May 2017. Of course, the date has since passed, with Samsung only revealing a US beta preview. What's the reason...

  • The Gearburn Podcast #13: should you get the Galaxy S8?

    The Samsung Galaxy S7 was one of our favourite phones of 2016, packing an excellent camera, solid battery life and great performance into a solid package. The Galaxy S8 has a lot to live up to, as a result, but it's probably the most popular high-end smartphone of the year. We've got that same great camera, a battery that delivers, and one of the best displays we've ever used. Read more: Samsung Galaxy S8 review Then there's that eye-catching design, delivering thin borders and a slick dual-curved display. Is it the greatest phone ever produced by Samsung then? Well, not quite... Join Andy...

  • Watch the Samsung Galaxy S8 launch live right here

    We get it. You like watching phone launches on YouTube. Don't worry, because that's totally what we love doing too. And today, it just happens that the Samsung Galaxy S8 will be revealed. Coming live from New York, the Korean company will be debuting the latest device in their fleet. Thanks to the internet and a few people in the know, details have already emerged. Sigh. But fear not. Catch up on the previous Samsung Galaxy S8 news right here. But for those in the present, and looking to see just what Samsung plans to unveil tonight, catch the embedded livestream below,...

  • Battlefield 1 South Africa servers now live

    Great news, South Africa! If you've been slaving away on Irish servers, grinding rank, and avoiding the myriad hilarious but killer bugs, worry no more. Battlefield 1 servers are now live and kicking on South African soil. Game developer DICE, along with the southern tip of Africa, will also be implementing new servers in Hong Kong and Dubai. It's been on the cards for a while, with DICE finally announcing the move in December 2016. But gamers (not at work) can take advantage of the local servers right now. They've been available since 10am. Battlefield 1 servers heading to South Africa, DICE...

  • Puyo Puyo Tetris is coming to PS4, Switch in SA

    The video game series that really should be played by everyone, Puyo Puyo (or Puyo Pop), is coming to South Africa. Puyo Puyo Tetris will be available on the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. Puyo's core mechanics are similar to Tetris when it comes to stacking objects and clearing lines in order to score points. Where the games differ is Puyo's use of colours and block designs -- it makes the game a bit harder. The previous games have also included story modes and use characters with different abilities. Basically, think of Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo. In this latest release, players are able...

  • The Gearburn Podcast #6: all aboard the Nintendo Switch hype train

    We're a little less than two months away from the Nintendo Switch hitting the country. And with that said, it wouldn't be wrong to call many gaming folk in the land excited. The novel console, which is much like Nintendo's 3DS and Wii U consoles rolled into one, will be a hybrid device of sorts. In fact, the drawcard is that it will allow you to either play on the go or dock it to your TV for home play. It's clear that the Nintendo Switch has quite a few areas to improve upon, such as the launch library and the weird...