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Stuart Thomas: Motorburn Editor
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.
  • Lenovo launches a trio of quirky devices at MWC 2015

    Chinese technology giant Lenovo has launched a slew of new devices at Mobile World Congress, currently underway in Barcelona. While all are signals that the company is on a mission to own the mobile market in the same way as it has the PC space, it launched three devices today which are particularly attention grabbing. Lenovo kicked things off at MWC in fairly sedate fashion — day one saw it launch two Android tablets, the TAB 2 A8 and A10-70, and a Windows tablet, the ideapad MIIX 300. While they all seem to be improvements on its previous tablet...

  • Alcatel OneTouch bets on Firefox to bring developing countries online

    When it comes to giving people a smartphone experience for as little money as possible, an increasingly large number of manufacturers are betting on Mozilla’s Firefox OS. A case in point is Alcatel Onetouch, which on Sunday launched the Orange Klif smartphone. Despite being an entry-level device, aimed at Africa, the Middle East and the Caribbean, it looks like Alcatel has tried to trick the phone out as much as possible. According to the company, the new device offers connectivity speeds of up to 21 Mbps, is dual SIM, and includes a two-megapixel camera and micro-SD slot. You are however...

  • You could soon play the 3D Sonic game that never was

    The mid 1990s were a pretty exciting time in the development of 3D in gaming. Thing is, one of gaming’s most established figures was missing. While Nintendo gave Mario a new lease on life with Super Mario 64 and Sony made Crash Bandicoot a household name, there was no sign of a certain hyperactive hedgehog. Until now that is. You see, Sega had actually built a 3D Sonic game, it just never got around to actually releasing it. The game, which was set to be titled Sonic X-treme, was meant to be a showpiece for SEGA’s new Saturn console and...

  • Apple will launch its watch on 9 March

    If you’ve been eagerly awaiting the official launch of the Apple Watch since it was first announced back in September last year then you’ll be pleased to know that Apple will be bringing it one step closer to reality with a press event scheduled for 9 March. The event, set to take place at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, should give us more details around how Apple intends to price the watch and, more importantly, how it thinks people should use it. As The Verge notes, it’s also a fairly safe bet that there’ll be another run down...

  • Hands on with the Hisense H6 smartphone and Sero 8 Pro tablet

    Something interesting happens when technology starts to become so ubiquitous that we can’t imagine living without it: the ability for manufacturers to differentiate themselves from the competition starts to slowly diminish. If you’re one of the big Android manufacturers especially, then you’re starting to see it in the smartphone and tablet space in the same way as notebook manufacturers did a few years back. You can try innovating, but someone, somewhere out there can simply copy said innovation at a much lower cost. And let’s be honest, your average member of the public is going to care a lot more...

  • Apple’s new Macbook Air is so thin, it could ditch USB ports

    Apple is taking drastic measures as it prepares to release a slimmed down 12-inch version of its already very slim Macbook Air. The most severe of these measures could see it ditching the USB and other ports that we’ve all become so accustomed to in recent years. According to Mark Gurman at 9to5Mac, the 12-inch Macbook Air won’t just slot neatly between the 11 and 13-inch models, but will also dump USB ports, MagSafe connectors, and SD card slots in favour of a thinner body and a higher resolution display. Size-wise the new model won’t be all that different from its...

  • Unboxing the Lenovo Yoga Pro 3 [Video]

    Earlier this month, Lenovo launched a whole slew of new Yoga devices and Gearburn was there to see them unveiled. In the wake of the launch, we’ve managed to get our hands on the top device in the range, the Lenovo Yoga Pro 3. This sleek ultrabook packs some serious processing power, as well as some of the prettiest looks we’ve seen on any device, from any manufacturer ever. With a 13.3-inch QHD screen, the device is capable of being used in three modes: ordinary notebook mode, tent mode (perfect for watching series in bed) and tablet mode (for when you...

  • Lenovo launches a load of new Yoga devices, builds accessories into its tablets

    If there’s any company capable of muscling in on Apple and Samsung’s dominance of the tech space it’s Lenovo. The Chinese company has, after all, just been named the world’s number one PC company — in terms of units shipped — for the sixth consecutive quarter. And when its acquisition of Motorola goes through (something which it expects to happen by the end of the year), it’ll be the third biggest player in the smartphone and tablet game. But can its new, extended, Yoga range help it consolidate that position? The components of that range, launched on Thursday in London,...

  • The Jabra Sport Wireless+: run away

    The greatest thing any piece of technology can hope for is to solve a problem, to make our lives just a little bit easier. It’s a noble aim and one that has resulted in some of the greatest leaps forward in human history. Trouble is, even the best of intentions can’t save a piece of technology trying to solve a problem that, at best, barely exists. It’s a thought that’s crossed my mind multiple times during my review period with the Jabra Sport Wireless+, a set of Bluetooth earphones that promises much and delivers barely anything. The box comes with an...

  • Smart[Beam] projector review: smart but semi-useless

    Home projectors have come a long way over the years. A few decades back, they were bulky things you hired from specialised shops so that you could show off your home movie reels (such things were still a novelty at that stage) and now you get models so small they can slip into your pocket. But what if you don’t fancy something rectangular and flat? What if the only kind of miniature projector you can face buying is cube-shaped? Well then, we’d like you to meet the Smart. Be warned though, this cube may not be everything you hope it to...

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