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All posts by Julia Breakey

Julia is a UCT film graduate with a passion for dogs, media, and dog-centric media. If she's not gushing about the new television show that you need to watch, she's rewatching The Good Place (which you need to watch).
  • The Gearburn Podcast #14: Who won E3?

    Gaming studios and console manufacturers have descended on LA to showcase their new wares at E3. EA, Bethesda, Ubisoft, Microsoft and Sony all held their conferences this past week, revealing the latest and greatest they have to offer. In this week's podcast, Hadlee Simons and Matthew Alexander talk through their favourite parts of each conference, as well as the biggest letdowns. From the latest Spider-Man game to Microsoft's Xbox One X to the ever-increasing odds of the Nintendo Switch gaining long-term traction, the team discuss it all. If you like what you hear and would like to...

  • Hisense C30 Rock: It’s invincible, but you’ll wish it wasn’t

    The Hisense C30 Rock is indestructible, but its software is so insufferable that you will almost wish it wasn't. Think Edward Cullen: beautiful exterior, strong like steel, but damn if you don't try and fight it anyway. The Rock and I got off to a bad start. The review phone Gearburn had been sent was still set to demo mode, and, every time it was unlocked, played a taunting jingle that haunts my dreams. And while that shouldn't bother the average consumer, I want you to understand the mocking nature of this phone. It promises, then giggles as it takes...

  • The Gearburn Podcast #11: Single v dual cameras

    There are plenty of smartphones coming out this year touting their inclusion of dual cameras, but is it really all it's cracked up to be? In this week's Gearburn Podcast, Hadlee Simons and Andy Walker talk through the advantages and disadvantages of single and dual cameras alike to figure out if the hype is really worth it. On the single camera side, we have one big camera instead of two small cameras -- meaning a bigger sensor, and often, higher quality results. But the dual camera allows for after-the-fact refocusing and beautiful depth of field effects. The team grapple with it all in...

  • The Gearburn Podcast #10: Does the Galaxy S8 our appetites?

    The Samsung Galaxy S8 is the smartphone world's latest talking point, and it's now available for pre-order in South Africa. But is the phone worth the immense sum Samsung is asking? Despite the extensive spec list (from the impressive screen to the iris scanner to the updated selfie camera), the Gearburn team struggle to get too gushy about Samsung's newest device in today's podcast. Bixby's possible integration with Google Now is unclear, the home 'button' is uncomfortable -- and just one exploding battery could spell disaster for the brand. Fresh from the South African Samsung Galaxy S8 launch, Hadlee Simons and Andy Walker talk through...

  • Xiaomi Redmi 4A review: The Little Budget Phone that Could

    Xiaomi has consistently released phones that provide real bang for your buck and the Redmi 4A is no different. It may not have all the frills of a high-end Samsung phone -- or even the Redmi 3 -- but for R1 999, it does everything the average smartphone user needs it to and it does so with ease. Sure, it's got modest specifications, but Xiaomi's Redmi 4A won't ask much of you if you don't ask much of it. The hardware The Redmi 4A is meant to be a cheaper, simpler alternative to the Redmi 3 and its internals revert to specs akin...

  • Screen protection company raises $100k for product that already exists

    ProtectPax, a German company advertising the "World's Best Invisible Smartphone Protection" has raised US$100 000 and counting on its Indiegogo campaign. The company's product is a liquid glass cover that claims to be scratch-resistant and as hard as a sapphire. It's even hygienic -- the nanotechnology reflects UV light and releases highly reactive oxygen that kills bacteria. Application is also easy and efficient. All a user needs to do is wipe the liquid over the screen of any device -- or even their glasses -- and wait ten minutes. Their phone is then protected for an entire year. ProtectPax's campaign goal was...