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  • SanDisk iXpand drive review: selfie backups for your iOS device

    As much as you may love your Apple iPhone or iPad, its limited storage capabilities can be a problem. Like others that have come before it, SanDisk has developed an expandable storage solution for iOS devices. The question is: should you pick it up over the competition? The SanDisk iXpand flash drive is a rather simple device in its presentation and design. The drive has a male USB 3.0 port on one end and a male Lightning connector on the other. These two connections are joined by a bendable plastic hinge. It doesn't move naturally and feels as though it may cause...

  • Houdt launches swanky wooden 2016 MacBook covers

    Houdt, a South African accessory marque noted for its love of wood, has announced a new series of 2016 MacBook covers. "Inspired by the functional beauty of nature, the Houdt MacBook Cover range is designed to protect the top of your MacBook from everyday spills, bangs, bumps and scratches," the press release reads. The company's not exactly foreign to draping Apple products in wood either, as it has previously crafted covers for iPhones, as well as Samsung and Huawei devices too. The new MacBook covers though is perhaps the most expensive device the company has gone for thus far. Sizes covered range from 11.0-inches to the 15.0-inch...

  • Samsung launches $250 256GB EVO Plus microSD card

    Samsung is pushing the limits of mobile storage cards with the launch of its new 256GB EVO Plus microSD card. The additional 56GB boost in standards comes after SanDisk launched its 200GB card in March. While that jump does seem arbitrary, it now means that this Samsung card is now the highest capacity unit in its class. And speaking of class, transfer speeds are fairly brisk as well. "The EVO Plus 256GB raises the bar for capacity and performance of microSD cards thanks to Samsung’s advanced V-NAND technology, offering high read and write speeds of up to 95MB/s and 90MB/s, respectively," the...

  • Thule Gauntlet 3.0 Attache review: more than just a MacBook tote

    Airlines are clamping down on carry-on luggage with their "slimline laptop bag" laws, and while some love their good ol' backpacks using that as carry on, others with smaller laptops and tablets are opting for smaller cases and getting away with two bags on board. This was partly my testing methodology for the Thule Gauntlet. At 13.0-inches, it's meant to fit an Apple MacBook Pro in said form factor, but I didn't have one on hand. Besides, I imagine that Thule would encourage other laptop brand owners to use the Gauntlet (even if its marketing is squarely aimed at Cupertino...

  • Apex Interactive now official distributor of GUNNAR gear in SA

    Announced today, video game and hardware distributor Apex Interactive will now distribute GUNNAR Optiks computer eyewear products in South Africa. The product ranges consist of gaming, outdoor, and prescription eyewear solutions. According to a press release sent to Gearburn, GUNNAR eyewear apparently defends against the short and long-term effects of digital eye strain, as well as Computer Vision Syndrome. "GUNNAR is the only patented computer eyewear recommended by doctors to protect and enhance your vision." The company has "pioneered the only patented lens technology to reduce digital eye strain and fatigue issues associated with computer use." GUNNAR had previously been distributed by Comet Computing in SA. Pricing and...

  • SanDisk announces iXpand storage unit for Apple iOS devices

    One of the biggest problems with Apple iOS devices, besides their insane prices, is the lack of expandable storage. Like many manufacturers before them, SanDisk thinks it's got the product to solve users' iOS storage needs. The company recently announced the SanDisk iXpand for both iPhone and iPad devices. This little flash drive plugs into your device via its Lightnight port. Users can then use the SanDisk iXpand Sync app to back up a range of items on the phone to the flash drive, such as your camera roll, but not DRM content -- you'll have to speak to Apple...

  • Pivothead Kudu review: shades with a third eye

    If smart glasses send suspect shivers down your spine, you might want to skip this review, but for those who fancy becoming members of the Kingsmen, read on. There's something fascinating about the third eye. Some believe in it so wholeheartedly, that often the notion becomes more than just an idiom. In fact, thanks to technology's never ending steamroller of innovation, the third eye is now obtainable, albeit more a camera than an eye (for obvious logistical reasons). Pivothead, a company that made a name for itself in this very space, is now back with a new set of smart glasses...

  • Proline PV-5000 powerbank review: shiny value

    If you found a powerbank nestling in your stocking this Christmas, you shouldn't be too surprised. Popping up like mushrooms, these little life savers have become more and more popular as device manufacturers use more and more demanding hardware in smartphones and tablets. But thankfully, it's also the technology that makes powerbanks possible that's taken a few leaps ahead since the turn of the decade. A few years ago, a 5000mAh battery would've been unheard of, but now the Proline PV-5000, for instance, costs just R229. It's one of the company's new products, and although it bears that "made in...

  • LG G4 Quick Circle Case and AirCharge combo review: round and round

    Remember those smartphone covers, or holsters, that hung from nineties Levi's-fitted to kids who thought they were cool? Those enormous pouches are now practically unseen in today's world, and goodness knows how far we've come. In 2016, there's a larger emphasis placed on technology and fashi0n, and these two either coexist or rip one another apart. Phone covers play an important role here.Their primary goal is exuding style without compromising on functionality, and one of the companies that do this better than most is LG. And the LG G4 Quick Circle Case is one of the best examples. The company has...

  • The Gadget Shop now offering Star Wars flavoured powerbanks

    It's probably a little too late to buy Christmas gifts for 2015, but it's never too early to stockpile for 2016. The Gadget Shop, a South African gadget and geekery retailer, has announced that its now offering Star Wars flavoured powerbanks for those who seriously can't get over how cool The Force Awakens was. To be fair, everyone needs a powerbank in today's battery-torturing device climate. Phones don't last as long as they should thanks to our addictive usage habits, and usually you're left without critical charge at important moments of your day. The powerbanks pack around 2600mAh worth of juice, or...