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All posts by Stuart Thomas: Staff reporter

Stuart Thomas: Staff reporter
Stuart Thomas is a product of Rhodes University. Whilst completing his Bachelors in Journalism, Politics and English, he realised he was a bit of a geek, albeit one who isn't afraid of the sun. An honors in English at the same institution failed to curb this. An MA in South African Literature, only made it worse as it gave him even more hours to spend in front of a computer screen. He hopes to go viral one day.
  • 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...

  • Garmin Vivofit review: a step in the right direction

    “What’s that?” It’s a question anyone using any piece of wearable tech becomes used to pretty quickly. That makes sense, given how young the market is. Right now, the most likely answer is a fitness tracker. It also makes sense that people ask, given that the current crop of fitness trackers tend to look like props from the set of a futuristic Sci-fi movie. After a couple of weeks with the Garmin Vivofit though, I reckon things are taking a turn toward the subtle. While my model, which came in grey and black, still elicited a few questions, they were...

  • Hisense Infinity Prime 1 review: can a dual-SIM Android own emerging markets?

    Mention the name Hisense to someone and they’ll probably expect you to start talking about fridges or TVs. That’s hardly surprising given how good a job the Chinese company has done dominating those markets. What they probably won’t expect is for you to start talking about smartphones. Like so many before it, that’s the latest space it’s decided to take on. Somewhat less surprisingly it’s decided to do so with a couple of Android devices, the most recent of which is the Infinity Prime 1. On paper, this five” quad-core device isn’t all that different from a number of its competitors....

  • TomTom Multi-Sport review: the GPS watch comes good

    About a year ago, I was mugged while out running. It wasn’t particularly violent, I wasn’t hurt, but it was a pretty good lesson in why running with your phone in your hand isn’t always a particularly good idea. Since I was unwilling to give up tracking my runs, I’ve had to come up with a few ways of minimising the risk. Strapping my phone to my waist with a running belt (hidden under a vest) has helped. So has making sure I avoid certain areas if I’m going to be running at dusk. None of that however changes the fact...

  • Lenovo Yoga review: is this the future of tablet flexibility?

    There were tablets before the iPad, but none of them really made anything more than a splash in the market. Since then, Apple has sold millions of the things and completely dominated the space. Efforts to erode its market share meanwhile have mainly been undertaken using products that look remarkably like the iPad: flat rectangles. Sure, some of them were a bit smaller, but it only seems very recently that the big manufacturers have taken a look at the iPad and realised what the peripheral industry has known for a long time: the iPad’s design is not without flaws. With the...

  • Meet Upp, the hydrogen fuel cell-based battery charger

    Elon Musk might think hydrogen fuel cells make no sense for cars (and he may be right), but at least one company thinks they could be useful for charging your gadgets on the fly. Technology power company Intelligent Energy today launched Upp, a personal energy device, to charge and power USB-compatible portable electronic devices, such as smartphones, feature phones, eReaders, tablets, portable gaming consoles, as well as digital cameras. The company claims the Upp’s use of hydrogen fuel cell technology means that it can charge and power as fast as the mains. The Upp fuel cell apparently takes hydrogen...

  • SA adventure crawler Desktop Dungeons lands on Steam

    After a good couple of years in Beta, South African fantasy-based adventure crawler Desktop Dungeons has landed on Steam. In an official blog post, the game’s developers QCFDesign acknowledge that its full release “has been a long time coming” but add that building the game “has truly been an unrivalled experience”. According to the creators, anyone who’s bought the Beta version as a pre-order can access a complimentary Desktop Dungeons Steam key. Once they’ve done that, they’ll be able to link their Steam account to their existing game profile and continue from where they left off. The game is available for...

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