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Stuart Thomas
Stuart Thomas joined the Burn Media team in 2011 while finishing off an MA in South African Literature. Eager to prove his geek credentials, he allowed himself to be thrown in the deep and did his best stay afloat. When not fused with his keyboard, you can find him running the streets and off road trails in and around Cape Town. He is yet to go viral.
  • LG X Cam review: is one big feature enough?

    LG hasn't always had the easiest time in the smartphone space. Consistently overshadowed by Samsung, its chief Korean rival, the company just hasn't managed to build a device that truly excites the market. While its latest mid-range offering -- the LG X Cam -- is very good, it's unlikely to change that. Then again, that probably isn't the idea. Instead, the LG X Cam is part of the wider X Series. This is an LG strategy which involves betting that as long as the rest of the device works as desired, people will be sold on an individual feature. In the...

  • Apple cuts Watch entry price, updates TV

    While everyone may have been at Monday's Apple launch event to see the new 4.0-inch iPhone SE, there were other announcements -- including a couple of neat updates to the Apple Watch and Apple TV. The Apple Watch got a couple of new straps, including a new woven nylon band. More importantly though, its entry price dropped to US$299. That'll make it a lot more enticing to people who were initially put off by the price and is bound to consolidate its position as the world's most popular smartwatch. Also at the event, company CEO Tim Cook announced a number of...

  • BB-8 by Sphero review: strictly for the fans

    Droid sidekicks have always played an important part in the success of the Star Wars franchise. What, after all, would the original trilogy have been without R2-D2 and C3PO? When the latest installment arrives in the shape of The Force Awakens, it'll come with a new droid: BB-8. And almost inevitably, a toy version made it to shelves before the film got anywhere near a cinema. For those of you who've been wilfully ignoring anything to do with Star Wars over the past few weeks, here's how Wookiepedia describes the spherical droid: BB-8 was an astromech droid who operated approximately thirty...

  • AG Ghost review: you can do better for less

    Here's the thing about the AG Ghost: as tempting as it is to review it as a R5000 phone, you just can't. That's not what it is. If you want to review it fairly, you have to review it as a R5000 package. Even with that in mind though, I can't say it'd be high up on the list of devices I'd recommend to my friends and family. When seen as a comprehensive package, the Ghost simply isn't good or different enough to really stand out from the competition. And, with a little effort, you could probably do better. The whole package If...

  • Garmin Fenix 3 review: worth the money

    As a (relatively) young tech journalist, you often find yourself reviewing gadgets that you could never feasibly afford on your salary. It's something you try not to think too much about -- you'd go mad if you did. Despite my best efforts though, it's something I couldn't stop thinking about during my two weeks with the Garmin Fenix 3. And for the most part, that's because I also couldn't stop thinking about how much I want this device to be a permanent part of my life. From a purely technological point of view, there's no reason why that should be...

  • This company is bringing the fitness tracker to wheelchair users

    This is pretty cool. Chaotic Moon Studios, an Austin-based tech startup, is developing a fitness tracker for wheelchairs. Called the Freewheel, the tracker was developed by Chaotic Moon’s BASE innovation lab and is the result of a suggestion put forward by Tyler Hively, a content strategist at the company who uses a wheelchair himself. According to TechCrunch, the team continued to consult with Hively during the product's development. The Freewheel reportedly uses Hall Effect Sensors,a barometer, a gyroscope and an accelerometer to measure things such as speed, acceleration, incline, and decline. Read more: 5 useful but fashionable fitness gadgets...

  • Former Google, Apple employees ready to launch Nextbit smartphone

    A new player is about to enter the smartphone space. Yawn right? Except that this particular smartphone company, called Nextbit, comprises Google, Apple, Amazon, and HTC veterans and they're aiming right at the high end of the market. In an interview with CNET, the self-described technology rebels announced that they will be launching their first Android smartphone on 1 September. According to CEO and Android Veteran Tom Moss, the new phone will cost between US$300 and US$400 and will be "friggin' awesome." The company also claims that the phone will only get better with time. "Your phone will perform...

  • MIT builds rescue robot that looks perfect for single combat

    Unless you're the Earth's last hope, we would never advise getting into a fight with a robot. Still it's useful to know what the latest developments in robo-combat. For instance, a group of researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed something that looks perfect for the kind of human-controlled robo-battles we've only seen in movies to date. It's called Hermes and, while it looks fairly innocuous, it looks capable of doing serious damage. Perhaps the most unique thing about the bot, which is controlled using a full body suit, is that its controller feels physical feedback...

  • Ubuntu Phone finally goes global

    The people of Europe and China have been able to enjoy the Ubuntu Phone experience for a good few months. And now, thanks to Spanish smartphone maker BQ, the rest of the world can too. The company has announced that it has begun shipping its Aquarius E5 Ubuntu smartphone across the globe. With a price tag of €199.90, it should hardly be surprising that the phone comes with fairly basic specs including a 5-inch 720 x 1280 display, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of memory (although you can bump that up with a Micro SD card), and a...

  • Samsung Gear Circle review: a runner’s delight, a fashionista’s fright

    If you've ever connected earphones to your office laptop or desktop, you probably know all to well the resultant carnage when you accidentally get up still wearing them. In a bid to combat cable-related injuries, a number of wireless earphone products have come into the market in recent months. The Samsung Gear Circle, while not perfect, is one of the more viable options. Like most of its competitors, the Gear Circle uses Bluetooth to communicate with whatever compatible device you choose. It also allows you to listen to music, make and receive phone calls, and perform voice commands on your...