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All posts by Hadlee Simons

  • Rocking the Daisies: the Gearburn tech survival guide

    It's almost that time of the year once again, when hordes flock to Darling in the Western Cape for the annual Rocking the Daisies music festival. This year's edition takes place from 6-9 October, giving you plenty of time to get your bags packed and provisions sorted. What about tech products to take with to the event, though? We've got you covered with our survival guide. Power banks Short of turning your smartphone off for half the time, one of the only other options is to get a power bank. And these can be had for R300 or less at quite a few...

  • Google Pixel smartphones leaked by Carphone Warehouse

    Google is expected to take the wraps off a load of stuff at its event tomorrow, including two so-called Pixel smartphones. But what should we expect from them, then? Well, aside from the fact that HTC is making them, there are quite a few things to know, as the UK's Carphone Warehouse has leaked the goods. The Google Pixel XL Pretty much being the Nexus 6P in many ways, the Pixel XL is obviously the larger of the two Google phones. However, the comparisons between the two go deeper than just size though, as the retailer's prematurely leaked spec page shows. Both devices have a large...

  • Is BlackBerry really pulling out of hardware? Yes (but also, no)

    The announcement from BlackBerry that it will no longer be designing or making its own smartphones has been a long time coming, really. The Canadian firm's smartphone sales have been floundering over the past five years, with the switch to Android coming far too late as well. But what does the news really mean? After all, the company announced a partnership with an Indonesian mobile manufacturer... According to Ian Fogg, head of mobile analysis at IHS, BlackBerry-branded smartphones will still be a thing. "The BlackBerry brand will continue to appear on handsets, but increasingly this will be a brand license and the devices...

  • Looty Dungeon and Pumped BMX 3: this week’s top mobile games

    Welcome to Gearburn's Mobile Game Picks of the Week, a weekly series in which Hadlee takes a look at the latest, most entertaining, or time-consuming mobile games on portable screens. It's a little late this week, but we've still got a treasure trove of great mobile games for you in this week's rundown. Personal favourites in this edition include Pumped BMX 3 and Looty Dungeon, but there are two more must-play titles here as well. Legend of the Skyfish hits Android (paid - Android, iOS) We covered this title when it was first released a few weeks ago, but now Android-toting people can see...

  • Apple iPhone 7 SA launch date, price set

    Update: For a look at prepaid pricing in South Africa have a look at our price roundup here. The iStore has announced that it will be launching the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in South Africa on 14 October. As for a price, the chain revealed that pricing will start at R12 999 for the 32GB iPhone 7, R14 999 for the 128GB model and R16 999 for the 256GB variant. Prefer the Plus-sized iPhone? Then you'll be spending R15 499 for the 32GB model, R17 499 for the 128GB variant and R19 499 for the 256GB option. The store chain will also...

  • Alcatel Plus 10: the new budget hybrid king?

    It's tough to find decent Windows laptop/tablet hybrids at the sub-R5000 price point, but TCL's new Alcatel device might just pack the goods. At a suggested price of R3559, you get a budget-minded Intel Cherry Trail X5 processor (T3 Z8350), 2GB of RAM, 10.1-inch 1280x800 display, dual front speakers and 32GB of expandable storage. In the camera department, we've got a 5MP main camera and a 2MP shooter with flash for video calling and selfies. However, TCL has also spiced things up with the addition of a keyboard dock, featuring an extra 2580mAh battery over and above the tablet's 5830mAh pack. The keyboard dock...

  • 5+ excellent, exciting and upcoming virtual reality smartphones

    Between the camera, battery life, general performance and gaming, smartphones have loads of boxes to tick. These days however, it seems like virtual reality (VR) is another box to add to the list. So then, how do you spot a great phone for VR? Well, in a broad sense, you'll need a high resolution display (ideally 2560x1440), preferably an AMOLED screen (fast refresh rates and true blacks), a powerful processor to drive the action and a decent sized battery. With all of these factors in mind, we pick a few ideal smartphones for VR. Samsung Galaxy S7/S7 Edge Two of the best picks for VR are Samsung's...

  • These are the new features coming to Windows 10 Mobile

    Microsoft has been accused by some of neglecting Windows 10 Mobile, but the company has done a half-decent job of issuing a steady stream of updates since launch. Now, the Redmond company has used its Ignite 2016 conference to detail some more features coming to Windows 10 Mobile, NeoWin reported. Several features are improvements to Microsoft's Continuum experience, such as the ability to put your phone to sleep while using Continuum and Proximity Connect functionality. The latter sees you being able to activate Continuum mode while your phone is stowed away in your bag or pocket. The new Windows 10 Mobile update will include...

  • Google planning ‘Pixel 3’ laptop with Andromeda – report

    Earlier today, we reported on Google's apparent plan to merge Chrome OS with Android, in a project codenamed Andromeda. Now, Android Police picked up a scoop of note, reporting that Google is working hard on a laptop running the unified operating system. The publication claims that the so-called Pixel 3 laptop is codenamed Bison and will ship in Q3 2017. It adds that the new laptop would not be marketed as a Chromebook. The Pixel 3 laptop is expected to run Andromeda, the new Chrome/Android platform As for specs, the publication reports that the device will have a 12.3-inch display, an Intel Core M3 or M5...

  • Andromeda: Google to reveal unified Android, Chrome OS?

    We've seen Microsoft move towards a converged mobile/desktop environment with Windows 10, as well as Canonical and Ubuntu. But could Google be next to reveal a similar plan on 4 October? According to Android Police, citing an almost year-old Wall Street Journal report, Google is working on a unified Android and Chrome OS platform. This unified platform will apparently codenamed Andromeda by the Mountain View company. The old report claimed that Google is planning to "fold" Chrome OS into Android and that Google would show it off in 2016 before a 2017 launch. The dots have been joined for a possible Andromeda...