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  • Next Xiaomi phone set for SA? Redmi 4A listed by retailer

    The latest Xiaomi smartphone to hit South Africa might just be the Redmi 4A, it would appear. According to a listing on Incredible Connection's website, the metal-clad handset will be sold for R1999 -- putting it just R1300 below the Redmi 3's price tag. The Redmi 4A looks like a solid follow-up to the R1800 Redmi 2 rather than a successor to the Redmi 3 -- at least judging by the price and specifications. The handset packs a very budget-minded quad-core Snapdragon 425 chipset, 2GB of RAM, a 5-inch 720p display, 16GB expandable storage (via hybrid SIM slot) and a decent 3120mAh battery. The Xiaomi Redmi...

  • Final Fantasy XIV’s 3.5 patch adds a tonne of content, changes

    It's time to download a new patch for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn and while it only weighs in at just over 900MB (on PS4), the update adds an incredible amount to the game. Firstly, if you don't have it yet, go and purchase the Heavensward expansion right now. Why? The new patch adds a slew of content to said expansion. Entitled The Far Edge of Fate, patch 3.5 adds a range of new high-level quests (Diabolos is back!), beast tribe quests, side-stories, and more goodies for the taking. There are also a slew of gameplay and UI tweaks in order to make the...

  • Where’s the Google hardware love for SA? [Column]

    We've seen a slew of hardware from Google in 2016. There were the Google Pixel smartphones, the Google Home speaker and even the Chromecast Ultra peripheral. And all of these devices were pretty well-received by international media. But if anything, the products once again prove that the Mountain View firm doesn't take South Africa and the rest of the continent as seriously. Don't believe me? Well, the company confirmed to Gearburn this week that it has no plans to launch hardware on the continent any time soon. On the one hand, it's understandable, as South Africa is a small market. So why devote much resources...

  • Scientists use Lumia 1020 to sequence DNA on the cheap

    Scientists from UCLA and Sweden have successfully sequenced DNA using a modified Lumia 1020 smartphone. In a press statement, the institution said that DNA sequencing typically sees samples being sent to well-equipped facilities far away, representing a challenge for developing countries and underserved communities. But the smartphone-based microscope, developed by researchers at UCLA's California NanoSystems Institute and scientists from Stockholm University and Uppsala University, could reduce the need for expensive equipment. The device takes the form of a lightweight, 3D-printed optical attachment, fitted to the back of a Lumia 1020 and used in conjunction with the 41-megapixel camera. "The device can image and analyse specific DNA sequences...

  • LG smartwatches, Android Wear 2.0 date leaked

    LG is teaming up with Google to reveal two new smartwatches next month, it has been reported. According to VentureBeat's Evan Blass, LG and Google plan to reveal the Watch Sport and the smaller Watch Style. The watches are purportedly set to launch alongside Android Wear 2.0 on 9 February. VentureBeat adds that the smartwatches will go on sale in the USA a day after launch. But one of the more notable nuggets of information is that the watches will apparently copy Apple and include a Digital Crown wheel for navigation. Android Wear is due for an upgrade, and it appears that LG...

  • No Google hardware in SA or Africa anytime soon

    Google has been on a tear lately in the hardware department, launching a variety of gadgets in the past few months. But South African and African consumers shouldn't expect these devices to be officially available anytime soon. "Google says it has no immediate plans for hardware in SA or the broader continent," a local representative told Gearburn in response to an email query. The Google Store, which stocks the firm's hardware, is currently available in the USA, Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, India, Hong Kong, Taiwan and South Korea. The online store features a variety of hardware, including Pixel smartphones, the...

  • How does Nintendo Switch launch library compare?

    The Nintendo Switch event on Friday provided some much-needed details surrounding the new console, offering release information (including SA) and much more. But one of the biggest concerns was the launch library, featuring five titles for PAL territories and nine if you include Japanese releases. So how does it stack up to previous Nintendo consoles then? Wii U Starting with the Switch's predecessor, the Wii U actually had a launch library far bigger than the Switch, numbering over 20 (24 in the UK). There were multiplatform titles such as Assassin's Creed III, Arkham City, Skylanders Giants, Black Ops 2, Epic Mickey 2, Just Dance 4,...

  • Nintendo Switch: 5 things the console needs to nail

    The Nintendo Switch event made for an entertaining watch on Friday, as the Japanese firm revealed a price and release date for the hybrid console. However, it's clear that there are a few sticking points to be had at this stage, with the launch library looking very thin, for one. But what about the device and associated online service? Here are a few things Nintendo needs to nail with the Switch itself and online functionality. A proper cloud-based account system Nintendo has always been one step behind the competition when it comes to online functionality. While the original Xbox and PS2 (to...

  • Galaxy S8 to get online doctor appointment feature?

    The Galaxy S8 rumour mill has been working overtime over the past month, purportedly revealing the hardware design. But what about software? Well, it seems like S-Health is getting a useful feature... According to SamMobile, citing "information we've received", WebMD and Amwell will be deeply integrated into the S-Health app, possibly coming to the S8 as well. In addition to searching for symptoms, medication and diseases (via WebMD), the integration will also allow you to schedule video appointments with a doctor (via Amwell). The updated app can apparently store appointment information (including photos and symptoms) as well as prescription details. The updated S-Health app,...

  • New Macbook Pro: thumbs up for Consumer Reports

    Apple's new Macbook Pro has finally received a thumbs up from Consumer Reports, after the tech firm issued a software update for the laptops. The consumer organisation initially tested the Macbooks in December, giving it a thumbs down for wildly variable battery life. One of the more inconsistent results occurred when testing the 13-inch model without the Touch Bar. Consumer Reports found that the model would run for 19.5 hours in one test and then run for 4.5 hours in the next test. The group shared the results and data with Apple, with the tech firm identifying a bug and crafting a fix. The new Macbook Pro...