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All posts by Andy Walker

  • First look: Samsung Galaxy Note 8

    Another smartphone has taken its first, nervous steps into the South African market. It bears the sigil of a well-respected house, but wears a name that has come under fire in recent months. Samsung yesterday launched its Galaxy Note 8 in New York, a launch many billed as the most important for the company in recent years. Not only is the Note 8 the most feature-packed device the company has ever made, but it's also tasked with righting the Note 7's wrongs. Granted, the general public and airports across the world have largely forgotten the fiasco, and Samsung was quick to thank...

  • Galaxy Note 8’s South African price, release confirmed

    Update, 6.02pm: Samsung has confirmed that the prepaid price for the Galaxy Note 8 is pegged at R18 499. The phone will be launching locally on 22 September, Samsung SA's Justin Hume told Gearburn. Original article: Start counting those pennies, people. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will be priced at R18 999, according to South African smartphone and electronics retailer Cellucity. Marketing manager Gavin Geldenhuys confirmed the price to Gearburn in an email. It's not immediately clear whether this is the official recommended retail price or Cellucity's price, however. Notably, three colour variants are also set to arrive in South Africa, akin...

  • Wacaco Minipresso review: bold coffee, murky value for money

    It's never a dull day at the Gearburn office. One day you're reviewing the latest smartphone, the next you're hand-pressing an espresso like a seasoned, gadget-wielding barista. As luck would have it, I quite like coffee. So my mood immediately perked when the Wacaco Minipresso landed on my desk for review. It's an odd device as first glance, and it gets stranger the more you fiddle. But in summary, it's a miniature, manual espresso press. It has four distinct parts -- a cup, a water reservoir, the actual business end and a compartment for your coffee. You won't be using any granules...

  • BlackBerry KeyOne hands-on: a dying donkey, or an inspired dark horse?

    Remember BlackBerry? Remember those budget Curve devices that introduced a slew of people to the internet? Remember BIS? The service that offered users a seemingly uncapped internet service for a set fee each month? We do, and we miss that BlackBerry. Dearly. Current "BlackBerry" isn't exactly what it used to be back in the 2000s. Yes, that ergonomic keyboard hasn't gone anywhere, and much of the spirit of the company lives on through its latest devices. But TCL -- the same company behind Alcatel's phones -- are now making the phones, and simply slapping that fruity embellishment on their rear covers. While...

  • Nigerian hero Doomfist finally hits Overwatch’s PTR servers

    So a small update arrived on Overwatch's PTR servers today, and by small we mean the game's 25th hero Doomfist. Okay, not that small. The long-awaited and much-hyped hero now headlines the offensive roster, and boasts 250HP, combining a remarkably agile movement set with melee combat and short range projectile fire. It's an odd combination, but Doomfist will likely be played in similar fashion to Genji. Game director Jeff Kaplan explains the hero in more detail below. As for those abilities: Rising Uppercut, Seismic Slam, and Rocket Punch allows Doomfist to traverse the map easily, while a four-shot short-range Hand Cannon regenerates ammo...

  • Logitech G433 headphones review: stuck in the middle with you

    Can gaming headphones really be used on the bus, or the train, or even walking to work? That's what the Logitech G433 is trying to answer, the peripheral company's latest every-wear gaming-slanted 'phones for the modern human being. It's an unusual product direction for Logitech, usually known for making ridiculously overdesigned cans that are either laced with LEDs and weird colours or enormous earcups and creaky plastic frames. You wouldn't really want to be seen in public wearing the company's G633s for instance, but the G433 is tamed, somewhat, in both bling, weight and comfort. Hell, it might actually appeal...

  • Update: PS4 gets performance buff, new icons with version 4.70 firmware

    Update: Judging by comments online, the PS4 4.70 version firmware is causing a slew of issues. 4.70 Almost Bricked My PS4 - Anyone Else? from PS4 A Reddit thread is currently documenting the slew of issues plaguing users who updated the firmware today, from black screens, to disconnections to near-bricked PS4 consoles. "Hey, I've just had a very similar problem. The ps4 got stuck on the wavy blue thing and after 5+ restarts it finally got to the main menu. Now I've got no playstation network connection," one user writes. "Not even the safe mode will work since the screen will just freeze...

  • Microsoft rebrands Beam to Mixer, introduces cooperative game streaming

    When Microsoft bought game streaming service Beam back in August 2016, many people were wondering just what the company was planning to do. Back then, Beam allowed viewers of a stream to interact with the streamed game. It was a great idea, and took advantage of the hype created by Twitch Plays Pokemon and the like. Today though, through Microsoft's guidance, Beam has announced a complete rebrand and direction for the streaming service. Now called Mixer, the service keeps much of its popular features and adds a slew more. "Today marks a big evolution of our interactive live-streaming platform and a new name...

  • GT Sport beta: here’s what we love and loathe thus far

    The PlayStation 4's more recent exclusives have looked and played incredibly well. Guerilla's Horizon Zero Dawn is a great example. But what if I don't want to shoot things with arrows? What if I desire fossil fuel-burning madness? The console has had few challengers for best racing simulator in recent months. Sure, we had Assetto Corsa and Drive Club, but the former was a bit too inaccessible for casual players, while the latter was just plain drab. Project Cars is perhaps the one game that stood out in this genre, and with the second edition of this title incoming, Gran Turismo developer...

  • WD SSDs are now available in South Africa

    The company has taken its time, but American storage drive manufacturer Western Digital (WD) has finally launched its SSD range in South Africa. Speaking at a media event in Cape Town Wednesday, the company shed some light on the three-tier lineup that is now available in the country. Spanning Green, Blue and Black branding, the drives will be available in 2.5-inch SATA and M.2 PCIe formats. These will stand alongside its existing hard drives. The WD Green SSDs The company's Green branding makes a return as the budget-minded offering in the lineup. It'll be offered in two capacities: 120GB to 240GB, while boasting two-year...