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  • [Update] Another Overwatch League player has been suspended indefinitely

    Update: Boston Uprising on Monday confirmed that the team has terminated Jonathan 'DreamKazper' Sanchez's contract. The Boston Uprising has terminated the contract of Jonathan “DreamKazper” Sanchez. — Boston Uprising (@BostonUprising) April 9, 2018 Original article: Blizzard Entertainment's Overwatch League may be breaking new ground for esports, but its athletes aren't doing it any favours. Boston Uprising DPS star Jonathan "DreamKazper" Sanchez has become the latest player to get an indefinite suspension after he allegedly pursued a relationship with a minor. This comes after screenshots of the texts between DreamKazper and the minor emerged online.   Statement from the Boston Uprising: pic.twitter.com/N06NmoDgfI — Boston Uprising (@BostonUprising) April...

  • Say hello to Apple’s new Red iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus

    Okay, so they're not exactly "new". What you're getting here is Apple's iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus in their launch specifications. But look at them! They're red! The Cupertino company on Monday launched its iPhone 8 series (PRODUCT)RED Special Edition, keeping up a lengthy tradition of relaunching their devices coated in scarlet. But it's not all about the colour. "This special edition (PRODUCT)RED iPhone features a stunning red and black color combination and also offers customers the opportunity to make an impact in fighting the spread of HIV and AIDS," wrote Greg Joswiak, Apple's VP of product marketing. Read more: iPhone 8...

  • Apple’s Red iPhone 8 series could make its bow later today

    Do you love the colour red? If you're a bull and deeply vested in the Apple ecosystem, the company might make purchasing an iPhone 8 a little more worthwhile on Monday. Rumours -- stemming from an internal Virgin Mobile memo -- suggests that a Red iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus could make their debut later today. According to AppleInsider, the memo suggests that Virgin will have stock of the devices as soon as the announcement breaks, but phones may only be available the following month. Notably, the notch-screen dual-camera iPhone X is not mentioned. Although the Red variant looks pretty damn snazzy,...

  • Here’s how much you’ll pay for the new 9.7-inch iPad in South Africa

    The new 9.7-inch iPad geared towards education will retail from R4999 in South Africa, the iStore confirmed to Gearburn. Marketed towards schools and students, the 9.7-inch iPad is a notable refresh from the outgoing model, sporting Apple Pencil support, the A10 Fusion chipset, and a host of education-orientated apps. The iStore is offering the device in three colours, namely silver, space grey and gold, and two storage options: 32GB and 128GB. Additionally, users can also opt for WiFi only and LTE and WiFi options. Read more: The new, cheaper 9.7-inch iPad now supports the Apple Pencil The most expensive version of the tablet,...

  • Huawei: great smartphone photography is not about ‘the number of lenses’

    It's not about how many cameras you can shove into a smartphone's body, but rather how you use them, Huawei's Gene Jiao told Gearburn in an interview. "It's not about the number of lenses," Jiao stressed, this from a company that brought the world a three-camera smartphone, and specifically reviving the megapixel war with a 40MP sensor in one lens. "You have one camera and to focus it's very easy. You have two cameras, it's not easy to focus," Jiao notes. To solve this, in addition to exploring new camera technologies, Huawei has also dedicated an entire laboratory to its smartphone photography...

  • 5 map sets worth rewatching from Overwatch League Stage 2

    Stage 2 of the Overwatch League is now done and dusted. New York Excelsior, London Spitfire and Philadelphia Fusion stood out at this stage's top teams, but what were some of the map sets that really stood out for us? We take a look at five notable performances from the above, and the Overwatch League's supporting cast. Philadelphia Fusion vs London Spitfire As the stage two semi-final, this was obviously a must watch match. But it's the ridiculous ebb and flow map per map that makes it worth the watch. Fusion is the undoubted underdog against Stage 1 Champions, but this set...

  • Steam Machines relegated from front page, Steam app

    In 2014, we wrote a piece asking if the world really needed Steam Machines. Four years later, and it seems that Valve is finally giving us an answer. According to PC Gamer, Valve has stripped the dedicated Steam Machines section on Steam, fueling speculation that the gaming company will do away with the gaming box concept altogether. Interestingly, the page remains accessible, but it's not longer listed on the Steam app or the Steam home page. But the move was a long time coming. Debuting in 2015, the Steam Machines were Valve's attempt to get big PC players -- like Alienware -- into...

  • Here’s how much you’ll pay for the Huawei P20 Pro on contract

    After South Africa's collective tech ears pricked yesterday at the news of the Huawei P20 Pro's fairly modest prepaid pricing, retailer Cellucity is at it again this time divulging the phone's contract pricing. According to an email sent to Gearburn, Cellucity will offer all three P20 devices -- that is, the Huawei P20 Lite (feature image), the Huawei P20, and the Huawei P20 Pro -- on Vodacom contracts. The damage is as follows: Huawei P20 Lite -- from R299 per month on a uChoose Flexi 120 contract Huawei P20 -- from R579 per month on a Smart S contract Huawei P20...

  • Apple Watch Series 4 may feature a 15% larger screen, more bells and whistles

    Hot on the heels of its refreshed 9.7-inch iPad announcement, rumours abound today suggest that the Apple Watch Series 4 will feature a number of tweaks and buffs over its predecessor. Debuting in September 2017, the third Apple Watch refresh featured LTE connectivity, and Apple Music on your wrist. But the fourth iteration is said to review the current Watch formula entirely. Everyone's favourite Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, cited by 9To5Mac, suggests that the Series 4 will be bigger in some aspects, last longer and boast improved health monitoring. The report isn't very granular, but the analyst does suggest 15% more screen real...

  • Huawei P20 Pro will retail for R15799 in South Africa, says Cellucity

    While Huawei South Africa is still being coy regarding pricing for the newly launched P20 series, local smartphone retailer Cellucity spilled the beans for them last night. And those beans are priced extremely competitively. Read more: Huawei P20 Pro revives the megapixel war with four cameras In a tweet, the retailer detailed that the Huawei P20 Lite will retail for R5499 (including free wireless earphones). But more notable is the P20 and P20 Pro's pricing. The standard Huawei P20 -- with two cameras and a 5.8-inch LCD screen -- will retail for R11499. That slots it in the midst of previous generation flagships,...