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  • Apple updates Macbook line with rose gold option, new chips

    Your grey Macbook not garish enough for you? Well, Apple has stepped up to the plate with its refreshed Macbook line, now including a rose gold colour option. Apple announced the Macbook refresh late yesterday, which brings several more features beyond the loud colour. Firstly, the new laptop features Intel's latest Core M chips as well as faster RAM. Speaking of RAM, Apple has also moved to make 8GB the standard across all models, moving on from 4GB of RAM. What else has the company brought to the table? "New Intel HD Graphics 515 deliver up to 25% faster graphics performance, and faster PCIe-based...

  • HP announces Z1 G3 workstation, HP RGS remote session software for Mac

    Announced this week, HP Inc. has released a new version of its HP Z1 Workstation system, a series of computers marketed as the "world's first All-in-One workstation." "The innovative Z1 broke new ground for the industry. We listened to our customers and now are delivering the smaller, lighter low-cost model they want," writes director of commercial and retail solutions at HP, Gwen Coble, in a press release to Gearburn. The HP Z1 G3 is apparently 47% smaller and 51% lighter than the original Z1. It features a 23.6-inch anti-glare 4K display, Intel Xeon quad-core CPU, 64GB of ECC RAM, and an...

  • Here are 5 great budget smartphones for under R3000

    Who says you have to spend R12 000 on a smartphone? Certainly not us, as there are loads of excellent smartphones for half the price. What about a great handset at a quarter of the price or even cheaper? Well, you might be surprised at what we found... Moto G (3rd Gen) The Moto G arguably popularised the idea of a budget-minded yet capable smartphone, and the latest entry continues this tradition. The handset ships with a slightly unspectacular Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 chip and 1GB of RAM combination, 5.0-inch 720p display and a 2470mAh battery. But a 13MP main camera, 5MP selfie shooter, IPX7 water-resistance and...

  • AG#HASHTAG: Cassper Nyovest now has a phone, thanks to AG Mobile

    AG Mobile has announced its first phone co-developed with South African hip-hop artist, Cassper Nyovest. Dubbed the AG#HASHTAG, the company notes that the phone isn't simply an ode to Nyovest. "The AG#Hashtag isn’t just inspired by Cassper - he actually played an integral part in the development, design and specifications of the device over the nine months it took to bring it to market. We’re incredibly proud of what we’ve created – in fact it now stands as AG Mobile’s flagship device," AG Mobile CEO Anthony Goodman explains. The phone itself aims to be AG Mobile's new mid-range contender, effectively slotting below...

  • MXGP2 review: I heard you like mud

    Some people enjoy playing polo on Sunday afternoons, while others fancy crackers and croquet on quiet country lawns. Others on the other hand, love face-diving into a puddle of mud after falling from a spluttering two wheeled demon. Yes, off-road motorcycling, motorcross, or MotoX, isn't everyone's cup of tea, but that didn't stop Milestone from developing MXGP2 -- the "Official Motocross Video Game." That subtitle really shows the acute target audience this game would normally attract, but Milestone hopes to catch a few casual gamers' eyes too. But will it? To answer that, I probably need to explain what this game's...

  • Did LG just sell people on the Samsung Galaxy S7?

    It's that time of the year again, when the market is flooded with new high-end smartphones competing for your cash. So LG Mobile decided to issue a rather interesting press release, comparing the Galaxy S7 duo to its new LG G5, in an attempt to get consumers to buy a G5. But I can't help but wonder whether the company made the S7 look like a better purchase... The press release starts out well enough, calling the G5's modular design a "new and differentiated user experience" and the S7's design a "slight modification" that's "easier to hold" compared to the S6. Moving on to the battery...

  • New report ‘leaks’ details of upgraded PS4 NEO

    We've heard numerous reports that Sony is hard at work on a more powerful PlayStation 4. The so-called NEO, which is apparently pegged for later this year, is said to be capable of 4K and virtual-reality gaming. Now, Giant Bomb has uncovered tech specifications for the upgraded console, citing "multiple sources" for the information. The PS4 NEO features the same octacore AMD Jaguar processor as the PS4, albeit clocked at 2.1Ghz compared to the PS4's 1.6Ghz clock speed. As for the graphics department, you can apparently expect a better AMD graphics chip with 36 compute units at 911Mhz - compared to the PS4's 18 compute units at 800Mhz. The sources also claim that the...

  • Batman Arkham collection to arrive June 2016, excludes some big games

    The first two entries in the Rocksteady Studios developed Batman Arkham series may soon be headed to Xbox One and PS4 in remastered format, according to Eurogamer. Based on marketing materials leaked to the website, the compilation will include 2009's Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City, released in 2011. It will also include all DLC add-ons for both games. The package does exclude last years' release of Batman: Arkham Knight, which released on Xbox One, PS4, and PC. It also excludes Batman: Arkham Origins, which was developed by Warner Bros. Games Montréal. It will also, of course, not include Batman: Arkham...

  • Euro retailer ‘reveals’ Huawei P9 Lite before announcement [pics]

    We're used to seeing smartphone leaks coming from tech websites and insider sources, but retailer leaks are rather rare. Well, a Romanian online store has put the Huawei P9 Lite up for sale before its official reveal, complete with images and tech specifications. The specs, while not confirmed, are certainly in line with expectations... The retailer reports a mid-range HiSilicon 650 processor (an octacore chip with A53 cores clocked at 2GHz), USB Type C, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of expandable storage. As for the screen tech, the store lists a 5.2-inch full HD display. The main camera hasn't received a resolution bump (still at 13-megapixels),...

  • Dark Souls 3 review diary: the journey of a newbie

    Dark Souls 3 is the latest entry in the famously grueling and difficult video game series. We at Gearburn have had a chance to review the game, but since none of my co-workers are Dark Souls 3 enthusiasts, the task lay with me. Boy, was I in for some interesting times. Let’s get something straight: I’m not a Dark Souls person. I’ve played around an hour of Demon’s Souls, but apart from that, I've never played any other titles in the series before this. I’m what you’d call a newbie, or "n00b" for the "l33t." Over the next few days, I’ll be...