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Andy Walker
Camper by day, run-and-gunner by night, Andy prefers his toast like his coffee -- dark and crunchy. Fuelled by his belief that PvZ: GW2 is 2016's game of the year, Andy also dabbles in the odd hard news story over on Memeburn.
  • South Africa’s hottest tech deals of the week (18-22 Feb)

    Shopping for technology is an even bigger nightmare than clothes. But unlike clothing, finding the correct stick of RAM isn’t a question of it being too big or small, but just too damn expensive. In a weekly series, Gearburn trawls the South African online shopping space to find the best deals, from DDR4 for your rig to cans for your ears. Be sure to bookmark this page and check back in throughout the week, as we update this article regularly with new deals as they’re made available. Added 18 February: Fallout 76 standard edition for PC, PS4 or Xbox One -...

  • Everything we know about the Samsung Galaxy S10, S10e and S10 Plus

    This week opens the year's most frantic smartphone launch period. Before the month is through, we'll see devices from Sony, LG and Nokia, just to name a few. But before any of those devices are tied to exorbitant mobile network packages with SMSes you'll never use, Samsung will steal the limelight. As always, the Korean firm will launch its wares, namely the Samsung Galaxy S10 family, in San Francisco a few days before Barcelona's MWC 2019 smartphone expo. And yes, "family" because the company's planning more than just a duo this time. How many phones are we talking? According to a flood of rumours,...

  • South Africa’s hottest tech deals of the week (Feb 11-15)

    Shopping for technology is an even bigger nightmare than clothes. But unlike clothing, finding the correct stick of RAM isn’t a question of it being too big or small, but just too damn expensive. In a weekly series, Gearburn trawls the South African online shopping space to find the best deals, from DDR4 for your rig to cans for your ears. Be sure to bookmark this page and check back in throughout the week, as we update this article regularly with new deals as they’re made available. Added 11 February: (Expired) JBL E55 Bluetooth headphones - R1299 (OneDayOnly) These wireless cans offer...

  • The Xiaomi Mi 9 could be 2019’s most beautiful smartphone

    The Xiaomi Mi 9 was only supposed to be unveiled next week, incidentally on the same day as Samsung's Unpacked event. But not to be outdone by its Korean rival, the Chinese brand's SVP Wang Xiang posted a few teaser snaps to Twitter. Long story short: the Xiaomi Mi 9 will be anything but boring visually. https://twitter.com/XiangW_/status/1095978888902017026 There will seemingly be three cameras at the rear, with one on the far right clearly highlighted by a colourful ring. There is a flash present, so it's not clear if this is simply a design cue or a piece of tech yet to be unveiled. The...

  • Super Mario Maker 2 is heading to the Switch in June

    Super Mario Maker 2 is coming to the Nintendo Switch, Nintendo announced on Thursday. The sequel to the 2015 Wii U game will sport a number of landscape enhancements, including SLOPES! The game will arrive in June 2019, so there's plenty of time to dust off that Wii U and relive some of those impossible Super Expert levels. Watch the trailer below. Feature image: screenshot, Nintendo via YouTube

  • You can now reserve your Samsung Galaxy S10

    If you're in the United States and hungry to get your hands on an upcoming Samsung Galaxy device, you can now reserve your device. The rumoured three upcoming devices, all set to take variations of the S10 moniker, can be preordered ahead of the launch on 20 February. To reserve your device, you'll need to create, or already have, a Samsung account. Samsung also gives users the option to trade in their current device, which could cut up to $550 from the S10's price. Feature image: Samsung

  • 3 of the best-rated UPS in South Africa for load shedding

    Load shedding is a reality we tech people have to face with battery backups. These UPS, or uninterruptible power supplies, are key for anyone using equipment on dirty power, but also if you need to keep your tech running if Eskom switches off the plug. Taking a look at reviews from users on Takealot, we list the best rated UPS units in three different price ranges: sub-R750, sub-R1200, and sub-R1700. Note: we're using Takealot's user reviews because of the sheer number of reviews on the site for these units. We have however listed prices and availability info from a number of other online...

  • Fitbit debuts a health tracker only your company, insurer can buy for you

    Fitbit quietly launched a new health tracking wearable that comes with a bit of a disclaimer: unlike its other device lines, the Inspire and Inspire HR are not available for purchase. Instead, the wearables are chiefly available through Fitbit's Health Solutions which deploys its fitness products in the corporate environment. This means that if you really want one, you'll need to ask your boss or insurance company. "These special release trackers are available exclusively through Fitbit corporate, wellness, health plan, and health systems partners and customers of their organizations, participants, and members," the company explains on its marketing page. As their names suggest,...

  • The hottest tech deals of the week (4-8 February)

    Shopping for technology is an even bigger nightmare than clothes. But unlike clothing, finding the correct stick of RAM isn't a question of it being too big or small, but just too damn expensive. In a weekly series, Gearburn trawls the South African online shopping space to find the best deals, from DDR4 for your rig to cans for your ears. Be sure to bookmark this page and check back in throughout the week, as we update this article regularly with new deals as they're made available. Added 4 Feburary: Kingston DataTraveler 100 64GB flash drive - R181 (Loot) Everyone needs a reliable flash...

  • LG K12+ mid-ranger leaks, will feature Mediatek chip, no notch

    Earlier this week, LG South Africa promised us that mid-range devices would be unveiled by the company in 2019. Today, a global leak suggests that one of those devices will be a new phone from its K series. The LG K12+ has been spotted by Tigermobiles, and is set to feature a octacore Mediatek Helio P22 (MT6762) chipset, 3GB of RAM, and a 1440x720 screen. Interestingly, there's also no notch in sight. It's not clear what the LG K12+'s killer feature will be, but the device will likely launch alongside the LG G8 ThinQ, a phone which is set to debut with a...