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All posts by Stuart Thomas: Motorburn Editor

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.
  • 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...

  • AG Mobile debuts South Africa’s first smartphone with lifetime warranty

    Update: The Ghost is available exclusively to Cell C. The cheapest contract price is R349 per month on a Chat 150. Samsung, Apple and, somewhat anachronistically, BlackBerry: these are the names that dominate the South African smartphone space. But a number of local brands are starting to lay their claim on the market. One example is AG Mobile has launched the Ghost -- the first Android smartphone with a lifetime warranty. AG Mobile, which has been around since 2007, says it will replace any faulty device for the lifetime of the phone, and three years after the phone has been discontinued....

  • Xiaomi continues global expansion, starts selling devices in Brazil

    Chinese mobile giant Xiaomi has begun selling devices in Brazil, its first market outside Asia. And if media reports are anything to go by, Russia may well be the next country in its sights. The first phone available to buyers in the South Amercian market is the Redmi 2. The device in question will sell for US$160 and will be available from Xiami's online store from 7 July. According to e27, Xiaomi is expecting serious demand for the device and has warned consumers that supplies will be limited. Interestingly, it's also said that it'll be working with Foxconn's Brazilian subsidiary,...

  • TomTom Runner Cardio review: it’s all in the wrist

    The TomTom Runner Cardio came to me at exactly the wrong time. You see, I usually run around four times a week, with a race frequently thrown into the mix. A combination of overseas travel and a chest infection (brought on by said overseas travel) meant that's how many times in total I was able to run during the review period. Still, I put it through its paces as best I could and, for the most part, the future looks pretty bright for performance wearables. Before we get into the review proper though, a little background: a couple of years...

  • HTC One M9 review-in-brief: the same, but better

    Evolution, not revolution: over the last couple of years it's become a kind of creed among smartphone manufacturers. It makes sense too. They've more or less reached the limits of what's possible with the materials available. And if we're being honest there aren't many phones that exemplify that attitude better than the HTC One M9. The M8, which it replaces, was very good in most respects, but let down in a few key areas. Rather than trying to completely re-imagine the smartphone, the M9 seems like HTC's attempt at fixing those errors. That might not make it the most exciting...

  • WWDC 2015: here’s everything Apple announced today

    There was a certain point today where Apple fans the world over stopped what they were doing and flipped switched on the livestream of the Apple keynote from WWDC 2015. Make no mistake though, this isn't a conference for those interested only in the latest hardware. It's a developers conference, meaning that software's in the spotlight. You can be guaranteed therefore that those tuning in are real anoraks (or journalists). If the run up to this year's conference felt a little low-key compared with previous years, Apple did its level best to ensure that it delivered plenty on the night. Here's...

  • Lenovo’s trying to solve the smartwatch’s biggest issue, make projecting smartphones viable

    Smartwatches are everywhere right now, but there's no getting around the fact that screen size is a massive limitation. Lenovo today announced its plan to get around that issue. At the company's TechWorld conference, the company showed off Smart Magic, its concept for a multi-screen smartwatch. The watch, which a way off from launch, contains a standard screen -- so you can view notifications as you would on any other smartwatch -- but also has a second projector-style screen. Lenovo claims that this second screen can project images and videos onto the human eye, so that they appear 20 times larger...

  • Lenovo launches Vibe Shot smartphone

    Lenovo today announced its attempt at a smartphone with high-end camera capabilities. Launched at Lenovo TechWorld in Beijing, the device features an octa-core 64-bit processor, a 16MP camera and tri-colour LED flash. There's also auto-focus, a manual shutter, and the ability to take panoramic selfies and insert yourself at multiple points in the same picture. At the same time Motorola Mobility announced that it would be making its Moto Maker feature, which enables you to build your own phone, available in China. More to follow...

  • Cyanogen inks deal with TrueCaller to let you know who those mystery callers are

    It's not exactly controversial to suggest that most people hate not knowing who's calling them. Even worse is when you answer a call only to be greeted by spam advertising on the other side. It seems pretty promising then that Android mod maker Cyanogen has inked a deal with TrueCaller to ensure that you always know exactly who's calling. According to The Verge, the deal will see TrueCaller's offering baked into its OS rather than than as a pre-installed app. If you agree to use the service (making it an option is another smart move) then the service will apparently sniff...

  • New Disney acoustic tech allows for power-free iPhone accessories

    This is pretty cool. The folks at Disney's Research labs have figured out a way to control fine functions on an smartphone using acoustics rather than electrical signals. Partnering up with a team from Carnegie-Mellon, the researchers have developed something they call Acoustruments, which combines ultra-sonic soundwaves with the phone's speaker and microphone slots. This they say, allows them to build "Passive, Acoustically-Driven, Interactive Controls for Handheld Devices." Confused? Don't worry it's not as confusing as it seems (as long as you don't go into massive amounts of detail). Essentially, the iPhone emits a continuous ultra-sonic sound. Using 3D-printed tubes, the Disney and...