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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.
  • 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...

  • 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...