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  • SA gets official date, price for Nokia 5, Nokia 6

    We've previously covered MTN's pricing for the Nokia 3 and Nokia 5, while Cell C's leak earlier this week gave us tentative Nokia 6 pricing as well. HMD Global has since launched the Nokia 3 in South Africa, but what about the 5 and 6? At the HMD Global/Nokia launch event in Johannesburg, we got all the official details, starting with the Nokia 5. The Nokia 5 will indeed have a R2999 recommended price tag, being available from 28 June 2017. Your cash gets you a Snapdragon 430 chip, 2GB of RAM, 16GB expandable storage, an 8MP selfie camera, 13MP main...

  • What do reviewers think of OnePlus 5?

    The OnePlus 5 has only just been launched, but international reviewers have had it for a while now. So what do they think of the new smartphone then? We've gathered a few thoughts... Ars Technica The website's Ron Amadeo noted that it was the "best sub-$500 phone you can buy" right now. The writer points to the great "near-stock" Android software, speedier scrolling than the Galaxy S8 and US$479 price tag as being some of the upsides. However, Amadeo notes that the camera post-processing can be finicky (adding that low-light focusing is a problem) and that you'll be waiting for software updates that might...

  • ‘iPhone exists because Jobs hated Microsoft executive’

    Steve Jobs's hatred for a Microsoft executive drove him to create the iPhone and iPad, it has been claimed. "It began... because Steve hated this guy at Microsoft. That is the actual origin of it..." former iOS chief Scott Forstall told an audience at the Computer History Museum in California. "Steve's wife had a friend who was married to a guy who worked at Microsoft. Every time Steve had any social interaction with the guy, he'd come back pissed off," the iOS architect explained. The executive apparently boasted to Jobs that Microsoft had "solved" laptop and tablet computing, as well as stylus-driven computing. "Steve...

  • Alan Wake retro review: Twin Peaks meets Stephen King

    As most of us have probably heard by now, the narrative-driven horror shooter known as Alan Wake has been removed from all sales platforms following the expiry of various music licences. Fortunately, in light of this news the developers, Remedy Entertainment (Quantum Break, Max Payne), gave the game a ninety percent discount for a limited time, allowing users one last chance to grab the game before its indefinite withdrawal. If you're reading this and did not jump at that opportunity, I unfortunately have to inform you that the chance has passed. If you visit the Alan Wake Steam page right now,...

  • Cell C reveals prepaid price for Nokia 6

    Nokia-branded smartphones have come back to South Africa this month, with the Nokia 3 already available from networks. We also have Nokia 5 information, but what about the Nokia 6? Well, a Gearburn reader tipped us off to the appearance of the handset in Cell C's catalogue, coming in at a prepaid price tag of R4299. The tipster points out that Cell C's prices for the Nokia 3 and Nokia 5 are slightly more expensive than MTN's prepaid pricing. The yellow network listed those two handsets at R2199 and R2999 respectively, while Cell C charges R2499 and R3599. In other words, the Nokia 6...

  • How big are MediaTek phones in Africa?

    Qualcomm is generally considered the big dog when it comes to smartphone processors, but MediaTek has been making waves in the budget space over the years. Powering everything from white-labelled devices and upcoming Chinese brands to established manufacturers, the chipmaker represents a stiff challenge for Qualcomm. But how does it fare on the continent, in terms of marketshare? "Although (it's) sometimes difficult to establish exact numbers based on market research, the estimated MediaTek marketshare in South Africa and Africa is approximately between 40% and 45% for smartphones," said Dominique Friedl, head of corporate sales for South and Sub Saharan Africa, in an...

  • OnePlus 5 fully revealed: 7 things you should know

    OnePlus isn't shy about drawing out the marketing for its flagship smartphones, giving enthusiasts a drip-feed of information and then fully revealing the handset. The same treatment was given to the OnePlus 5, which saw its processor and design being disclosed before the full reveal last night. So what did the launch event tell us about the new high-end smartphone? We've got x things you should know. Horsepower will definitely tick boxes We know that it's packing a Snapdragon 835, but OnePlus has also revealed that their new phone comes in 6GB of 8GB RAM flavours. By comparison, many other high-end phones on...

  • Huawei Watch 2 hits South Africa, but what about price?

    We found out back at the Huawei P10 launch that the Huawei Watch 2 would be coming to South Africa. Now, the company has indeed launched the device in the country. The watch stands out thanks to a water resistant design, LTE connectivity and Android/iOS support. Other notable features include a Snapdragon Wear 2100 chip, NFC/GPS/WiFi/Bluetooth and a range of preinstalled fitness apps. Huawei is also pushing the standalone nature of the watch, thanks to the aforementioned LTE capabilities, allowing you to use standalone apps or call/text contacts without a tethered phone. Why tether your phone to your smartwatch? That's the thinking...

  • Nintendo Switch 3.0 update brings some small but welcome features

    The Nintendo Switch is enjoying very healthy sales, thanks to the likes of Breath of the Wild and Mario Kart. However, it's not a perfect console, with the biggest complaint being the barebones nature of it all. Nevertheless, Nintendo is hard at work on crafting system updates, with the latest version 3.0 update being pushed out last night. So what does it bring to the table? For starters, you can now get news for specific games (news>find channels), add friends from your Wii U and 3DS friend lists (my page>friend suggestions) and get alerts when your friends go online/offline (system settings>notifications>friend...

  • Watch: OnePlus 5 launches today, what to expect?

    OnePlus is scheduled to launch its OnePlus 5 smartphone today, delivering what should be a capable device at a lower price than Apple and Samsung. But what do we know about the upcoming handset thus far then? For starters, the Chinese firm has already said it will be packing a Snapdragon 835 processor, delivering a punch that matches today's top devices. It's also expected to pack a ton of RAM, with The Verge claiming it will have more RAM than you might find in a laptop. So over 4GB and up to 8GB is our assumption then. OnePlus claims that touch latency will...