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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.
  • Samsung debuts ‘bezel-less’ curved gaming monitors at Gamescom 2018

    Samsung has today announced new "affordable" gaming monitors at Gamescom 2018, dubbed the CJG5 series. "The newly-developed CJG5 32-inch (C32JG5) and 27-inch (C27JG5) monitors feature key gaming technologies such as WQHD high resolution, curved display, 144Hz refresh rate and a high contrast ratio," the company announced in its release. The company also touts its curved displays, featuring a "three-sided bezel-less design", a "1800R curvature" and a contrast ratio of 3000:1. Both screens will be available "globally" in the third quarter of 2018. The company has yet to announced more granular regional pricing information just yet. Feature image: Samsung    

  • Beastly Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti stars in leaked graphics card lineup

    For those who just bought their Nvidia 1000 series graphics cards, you may want to look away now. A list of preliminary specifications has leaked citing a few numbers and launch dates of the incoming Nvidia 2000 series cards. Notably, the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti leads the line, and its numbers are frightening. Based on the 12nm Turing architecture, the GPU will have at least 6 MB of L2 cache, 4352 CUDA cores and 11 GB of GDDR6. A memory bandwidth of 616 GB/s thanks to a 352-bit bus completes its CV. According to WCCFTech, the price should peak at around...

  • Watch: Could Fragi possibly build an Earthshatter any quicker?

    A talented Finland team booked its place alongside a rampant South Korea at the Overwatch World Cup finals at this weekend's first qualifying round, but they did so in incredible style. Although they narrowly lost to their Asian rivals in a zinger of a match, they practically stamped all over Chinese Taipei in an exhibition of intelligent and extremely aggressive Reinhart play. Speaking of which, Joona "Fragi" Laine took up his signature role for Finland, wielding the angry hammer-swinging German. But his highlight came just 17 seconds into the match. Opening on Nepal's Village, and some 12 seconds before the Control Point...

  • 3 cheap smartphones for WhatsApp under R1000

    You really don't need a flagship smartphone to enjoy the more common creature comforts technology offers. Sure, it's great having a built in stylus to draw caricatures of your boss, or three cameras to take stellar low light pictures of the cat breaking into your house late at night. But for the simple things -- like using WhatsApp -- often the cheapest device will do. With that said, we revisit our article from 2017 detailing the best budget sub-R1000 smartphones for WhatsApp in South Africa, highlighting the devices that launched this year. Nokia 1 Price: R999 The Nokia 1 props up the Finnish...

  • Acer Swift 5 review: a stylish lack of substance

    Acer's range of Swift ultrabooks are built with affordability in mind. They're relatively cheap compared to Apple, Dell or HP's offerings, but seemingly offer better value for money. That's especially true with the Acer Swift 3 I reviewed late last year. That machine's battery was the real selling point, something that I wholly appreciated while trying to cover IFA 2017, a tech expo notorious for its lack of unoccupied wall sockets. But what about it's bigger -- albeit, much much slimmer -- brother, the Swift 5? It's a question the machine posed to me during my two week review. Simple and elegant On...

  • How to breathe new life into old PCs and laptops

    Chances are high if you're a tech lover that you have a senior laptop or computer occupying garage space. It's certainly true for me. I'm writing this piece from an eight-year-old Fujitsu AMILO. It's been with me through university, and for much of my Memeburn career. And it's still going. But it has been though quite a bit. It no longer runs Windows. I've had to add more RAM, and change the original hard drive. But even after this, it remains a loyal friend and backup work machine. What's my point? Well, for one, there's no need to throw out old...

  • Lenovo ThinkPad P1 announced with dizzying spec sheet

    Chinese laptop giant Lenovo has this week announced its "thinnest, lightest and sleekest mobile workstation" ever, the ThinkPad P1. To match that descriptor, the laptop's specifications sheet is also pretty extensive. Lenovo's GM of workstations, Rob Herman, suggests that the ThinkPad P1 was something of a dream machine for the company and those requiring a powerful mobile machine. "When we set out to create the ThinkPad P1, we knew our challenge was to build a mobile workstation that would carry the legacy of professional power and reliability of our ThinkPad portfolio, but also meet our customer’s need for a thin, light and sleek...

  • Huawei Mate 20’s Kirin 980 chipset detailed in official release

    Although Huawei's Kirin 970 system on chip -- the power unit that commands pixels on the P20 and Mate 10 series -- is just a few months old, the company's developing a new chip for its Mate 20 series. Called the Kirin 980, the Chinese manufacturer detailed the chip more closely in an official release issued to South African media on Tuesday. And yes, the company also confirmed that "the Kirin 980 will power the Mate 20 Series". "Rumors say that the Kirin 980 will feature an octa-core CPU comprising four A76 cores and four A55 cores, with the larger cores running...

  • Lenovo Legion Y520 review: excellent price for unbalanced hardware

    The gaming laptop is a technology genre that makes little sense to me. They're almost always expensive, combine an awkward and lopsided combination of hardware, and more importantly, they're not exactly pretty. Granted, there are a few exemptions. The Lenovo Legion Y520, at least on the surface, isn't one of them. The Chinese manufacturer's Y series is marketed to gamers, in case you didn't quite grasp that through the red keyboard and angular case. It's not exactly ugly, the Lenovo Legion Y520. The company itself calls it "stylishly savage". But it doesn't exactly boast Mona Lisa's smile. There's a healthy dose of...

  • This is when your smartphone will get Android Pie [Updating…]

    It's that time of the year when users frantically mash their update buttons hoping for Google's latest iteration of Android. Android Pie is now officially in the wild and stable, but lacks a slew of features shown off at I/O 2018. While the OS is now available for some devices from today, when can you expect to see a Pie update his your smartphone? We break down expectations brand-by-brand in alphabetical order below. Note: Those manufacturers who took part in the beta programme, may push updates to their devices sooner than others. "Sony Mobile, Xiaomi, HMD Global, Oppo, Vivo, OnePlus and Essential, as...