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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.
  • 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...

  • HTC One Mini 2 review-in-brief: smaller than an M8, but not as good

    If phone sales were based solely on device quality, then HTC would be sitting right near the top of the smartphone pile instead of scrapping a bunch of has-beens for the minor places. A case in point is the HTC One Mini 2. Not so long ago, if you wanted a smaller version of a flagship Android device, you had to resign yourself to the fact that you were going to end up with, well, less. Less features, less storage capacity, less battery life… you get the picture. More recently that’s started to change. As flagship Android devices have started to veer...

  • John Carmack: Gear VR to get consumer launch with next Samsung update

    Oculus CTO and gaming deity John Carmack has revealed that the Samsung VR will get a full commercial launch during Samsung’s next hardware cycle. Since launching at IFA in September last year, the Gear VR has only been available to developers and enthusiasts. Speaking at GDC, Carmack told the audience that Samsung had actually wanted to make the most recent version of the hardware available but Oculus’ preferred approach was to carry on running with the “Innovator” edition — released in December 2014 — until it felt it was ready to release something that could be made available to the...

  • 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...

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