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  • Epson L220 printer review: speedy death of the ink cartridge

    Yes, yes. We're reviewing printers now, and it's a better us for it. These often underrated, under-appreciated and laden-under-piles-of-books devices generally sit in the corner for most of their lives until they're called upon. Hell, they're like Batman: when you finally need them, you expect them to be there for you entirely even if they've spent most of their lives in abject solitude. So with that in mind, we gladly took in an Epson printer for a few weeks. Epson has been making printers since 1977, so it's fair to say that it has a few good years of experience....

  • BlackBerry brings its suite of apps to all Android Marshmallow users

    BlackBerry's array of apps and services is nothing to scoff at, especially for business and enterprise users. We've already seen its Android apps leaking online though, but now the company is making it official with the release of BlackBerry Hub+. "BlackBerry Hub+ for Android is a new suite of apps that should be familiar to any BlackBerry 10 user. It helps centralise all of the user's communications into a single, unified interface, as well as help streamline many other productivity tasks such as Calendaring, Passwords, and many others," the company explained in a blog post. The suite is available as a 30-day trial,...

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 7 launches in South Africa in September

    It's tough to keep things a secret these days, and Samsung is no different. Between leaks and Samsung's own teaser, we had a pretty good idea of what to expect from the Galaxy Note 7. Now, the company has officially peeled the curtain back on the phone, revealing a device with the same fundamental design as the S7 and S7 Edge (review), for starters. So that means a water-resistant body (IP68), as well as a water-resistant S-pen stylus. In fact, it's really tough to tell the phone apart from the S range in person, with the aforementioned stylus and larger screen...

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 7 vs Note 5: what’s the difference?

    In case you're too busy casting your vote to care, or wrapped in this glorious public holiday, Samsung launched its new phablet in Johannesburg last night. Dubbed the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 (we're not too sure why the company hates the number six), the phablet boasts a great deal of improvements over the previous device. But what are some of these, and where does the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 fall short? Well, thanks to the creatives over at Samsung, the company has a handy infographic which details the differences between the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and the new Samsung Galaxy Note...

  • Was Cape Town’s EGE 2016 a cut above the rest?

    Last year's Electronics and Gaming Expo (EGE) proved what we already know: there are hordes of expo-starved Cape Town gamers out there. The debut event wasn't on the level of Johannesburg's rAge, as we saw no unreleased games unfortunately. Still, between the local content, gaming-related wares, tournaments and food trucks (it's an attraction, okay!), it made for a decent first event. One of the organisers said at the time that the 2016 event would take place after E3, with hopes that playable code would be available for the expo. So how did the 2016 showing fare on this front? Impressions of EGE 2016? Fortunately, Sony and...

  • Surprise, surprise: tablet sales decline, but Apple increases market lead

    The world's consumer buying habits are extremely odd, and highlighted even further thanks to new data by research firm IDC. This week, it released world tablet sales figures, and unsurprisingly, they're steadily declining. In Q2 2016, tablet sales topped 38.7-million, but that itself is a drop of 12.3% over the same quarter a year ago. That's enormous. IDC's senior research analyst Jitesh Ubrani suggests that users don't consider tablets as a "productive form factor". "The market has spoken as consumers and enterprises seek more productive form factors and operating systems – it's the reason we're seeing continued growth in detachables," he explains. However,...

  • Fallout Shelter (PC) review: Vault-Tec now on PC

    Fallout Shelter is a free-to-play management game that puts you in control of your very own “Vault”, an underground bunker that has been built as a refuge to protect its residents from the plethora of dangers present in a post-apocalyptic world. It was originally released in June 2015 for iOS (August 2015 for Android), just a few months ahead of the critically-acclaimed Fallout 4 and garnered an impressive US$5.1-million in micro-transactions within the first two weeks of its release. Now, a year since its release, Fallout Shelter has finally made its way to PC. But as a game originally meant for...

  • Disney Infinity closure timelines revealed, game officially dies March 2017

    We've known for a while now that Disney Infinity will be discontinued, but we've finally received timelines for various features to be phased out. In a press release sent to Gearburn, the company confirmed that as of 29 July, no in-app purchases can be made in the PC, iOS, Android, Amazon and Apple TV versions of the game. However, owners of the Steam version of Infinity 3.0 can continue to make purchases. Related: Say goodbye to the toy-based Disney Infinity video game series As of 30 September, "the Steam versions of Disney Infinity 2.0 and 3.0 will remain operational with the exception of...

  • PlayStation Vita has been hacked: here’s how to do it

    It's been possible to run homebrew software on the PlayStation Vita for a while now, but pretty much all of these hacks only grant access to the PSP sandbox/environment. In other words, those hoping to harness the Vita's horsepower can't do so, as the hacks are pretty much ports of hacks for Sony's older console. Additionally, many of these hacks require loads of steps or a purchased game to accomplish. Now a new hack has been released, which has jump-started the seemingly tired PlayStation Vita homebrew scene. Dubbed Henkaku, the hack simply requires you to visit the website in question from your Vita or...

  • What do we make of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 teaser trailer?

    We all know that Samsung will be revealing a new Note phablet (likely the Samsung Galaxy Note 7) on Tuesday, and now the Korean firm has uploaded a teaser trailer for the new smartphone. The short video starts off by showing a series of unlocking methods, beginning with a simple fingerprint and moving to complicated pattern passwords. The Korean text overlay alludes to "password complexity". This suggests that those rumours of an iris scanner might not be so far-fetched after all... The video then shows a woman taking a selfie, complete with a bedside lamp being used to illuminate her face. Perhaps pointing to a front-facing camera...