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  • When should you expect OnePlus 5T in South Africa?

    The OnePlus 5 finally makes its way to South Africa this month courtesy of Cernotech, coming as the OnePlus 5T variant is revealed internationally. Weighing in at R12 000 prepaid or R599 a month via FNB, the OnePlus 5 still packs plenty of features. What if you'd prefer the OnePlus 5T instead? Is the distributor going to bring in the new handset as well? "We will be importing the OnePlus 5T once we have finalised Icasa and mobile network testing in SA," Cernotech's Marielle Müller told Gearburn. "We hope for that to be early next year," the representative added. "Pricing will only be confirmed...

  • Android Oreo: has your phone received it?

    Android Oreo has been pushed out a while back, appearing out of the box on the Pixel 2 and Huawei Mate 10. But when will other brands deliver the update? We'll be periodically updating this page as brands roll out Oreo. Note: We'll be updating this article as brands reveal Oreo plans and as major phones receive the update. Asus Earlier this year, the company revealed that it would be "gradually" rolling out updates to compatible phones until the end of the first half of 2018. No word if the green button has been pushed yet, signalling the start of the rollout. As for compatible...

  • Words with Friends 2 and Corporate Salmon: this week’s top mobile games

    Welcome to Gearburn's Mobile Game Picks of the Week, a weekly series in which Hadlee takes a look at the latest, most entertaining, or time-consuming mobile games on portable screens. We're once again looking at the world of mobile games, casting the net far and wide to bring you the best picks. Upon checking our net, we found a Corporate Salmon! Anyway, check all five entries below. Downwell (paid - Android, iOS) It's not a new title, but a discount on a quality game is always worth celebrating, isn't it? Downwell is a "2D platformer vertical shmup rogue-like-like-like action game", according to the developers....

  • iPhone X SA price revealed, get it next week

    The iPhone X might be the most eagerly anticipated high-end smartphone in South Africa (and globally), but with a 24 November launch looming, how much will it cost? Well, the iStore has delivered the goods, confirming that prepaid prices start at R20 499, topping out at R23 999. For the record, the Huawei Mate 10 Pro costs R17 999, while the Mate 10 Porsche model has a R26 999 price tag. "New cellular contracts and upgrades for iPhone X on Vodacom, MTN, and Telkom will be available at all iStores from the week of 24 November 2017," the iStore adds in a...

  • OnePlus 5T revealed, packing tall display, new dual-camera setup

    We sort of knew for the past week or two that OnePlus was working on the OnePlus 5T, following in the footsteps of the OnePlus 3T. Now that the curtain has been peeled back, what do we have then? You'll first notice the 18:9 "optic AMOLED" display (2160x1080), being taller than its predecessor and following the path set by LG and Samsung. The other big change is in the camera department, as the OnePlus 5T eschews the second telephoto camera in favour of a 20MP f/1.7 secondary shooter. The firm says that the change results in better portrait mode shots and improved...

  • You can now print smartphone photos with this Moto Mod [Update]

    Update, 17 November 2017: Lenovo/Moto have come back to us -- looks like you'll have to import the mod. "Motorola is not planning to bring the Polaroid mod to SA," a representative told us via email. Original article: Lenovo's Moto Z smartphones and Moto Mods have done a good job of bringing hardware add-ons to the smartphone world. Sure, the add-ons might be a little pricey, but between power banks, speakers and gamepads, there's a Moto Mod for everyone. Now, the company has revealed its latest add-on, in the form of the Polaroid Insta-Share Printer Moto Mod. And it does exactly what you think,...

  • Buying a second-hand smartphone? Use these tips [Tech Savvy SA]

    Tech Savvy SA is a series of articles on Gearburn and Memeburn that aims to deliver useful, locally relevant advice to the average South African. This time, we dish out a few tips when buying a second-hand smartphone. We can't all afford the latest and greatest brand-new smartphone. But the second-hand market often has some pretty enticing deals if you take a look. Still, there are certainly a few risks that you take when taking this route. Here are a few tips to keep in mind... Use Gumtree's smartphone price tool The popular second-hand marketplace is usually the first port of call for those...

  • 5 more great smartphones under R2000

    You don't have to spend R10 000 or R500 a month to get a phone, because there are plenty of cheaper devices on the market right now. In fact, you can get away with spending R2000 or less. We show you a few options... Nokia 2 The Nokia 3 just misses out on the sub-R2000 category, but the new Nokia 2 manages to comfortably fit in over here. Packing a low-end Snapdragon 212 processor, 8GB of expandable storage and 1GB of RAM, it's clear that the phone won't play advanced games or shoot 4K video, but it'll work just fine for social media and...

  • Qualcomm rejects $130bn Broadcom offer, Broadcom poised to go hostile

    Last week saw the possibility of one of the largest tech acquisitions ever, when Broadcom made a massive offer for Qualcomm -- a deal which would've been valued at US$130-billion. The unsolicited offer set the tech world alight, as a successful deal would've resulted in an even bigger, combined silicon juggernaut. Yesterday, the US mobile tech firm has revealed its decision: a unanimous rejection by the board of directors. "It is the board's unanimous belief that Broadcom's proposal significantly undervalues Qualcomm relative to the company's leadership position in mobile technology and our future growth prospects," said Paul Jacobs, executive chairman and chairman of the board...

  • Apple’s Face ID ‘thwarted’ with mask by researchers

    At September's iPhone event, Apple went to great lengths to claim that its Face ID feature was a secure authentication method. In fact, the company said the facial recognition system could distinguish between human faces and masks. Now, Vietnamese security firm BKav has apparently cracked the authentication system, using a mask to do so. The firm's researchers created a 3D printed base then fleshed it out from here. "We used a popular 3D printer. (The) Nose was made by a handmade artist (sic). We use 2D printing for other parts (similar to how we tricked face recognition nine years ago). The skin was also...