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  • Lenovo’s ThinkSmart Hub 500 for boardrooms arrives in South Africa

    Lenovo has today launched its latest Skype system device for your company's swanky meeting room. Dubbed the ThinkSmart Hub 500, the device is geared towards smaller office spaces. "The Lenovo ThinkSmart Hub 500 tackles conference room complexities and helps companies embrace the digital transformation of modern workspaces," the company explained in a release. "With the ability to simply connect remote and local participants to Skype for Business meetings and shared content, it eliminates the hassle of sharing personal laptop screens and messing about with cables." The ThinkSmart Hub 500 is effectively an all-in-one computer, featuring a 11.6 inch screen that can rotate, Dolby...

  • Snapdragon 855 benchmarks leak: is it faster than the Kirin 980?

    The upcoming Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 has reportedly been profiled and benchmarked on Geekbench. Scores published to the benchmark site earlier this week allegedly parades some of the chipset's hard performance numbers. The American chipmaker's new silicon outpaces the current Snapdragon 845 by around 50%, scoring 3697 on its single-core performance run. The 845 scores around 2400. Additionally, the 855's multi-core performance numbers is now pushing 10000 points. 10469 to be exact. How does this compare to its rivals? The 855 will be quicker than the HiSilicon Kirin 970, which powers the Huawei P20 Pro and Mate 10 Pro. The latter is considerably slower, scoring...

  • Samsung debuts ‘bezel-less’ curved gaming monitors at Gamescom 2018

    Samsung has today announced new "affordable" gaming monitors at Gamescom 2018, dubbed the CJG5 series. "The newly-developed CJG5 32-inch (C32JG5) and 27-inch (C27JG5) monitors feature key gaming technologies such as WQHD high resolution, curved display, 144Hz refresh rate and a high contrast ratio," the company announced in its release. The company also touts its curved displays, featuring a "three-sided bezel-less design", a "1800R curvature" and a contrast ratio of 3000:1. Both screens will be available "globally" in the third quarter of 2018. The company has yet to announced more granular regional pricing information just yet. Feature image: Samsung    

  • Beastly Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti stars in leaked graphics card lineup

    For those who just bought their Nvidia 1000 series graphics cards, you may want to look away now. A list of preliminary specifications has leaked citing a few numbers and launch dates of the incoming Nvidia 2000 series cards. Notably, the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti leads the line, and its numbers are frightening. Based on the 12nm Turing architecture, the GPU will have at least 6 MB of L2 cache, 4352 CUDA cores and 11 GB of GDDR6. A memory bandwidth of 616 GB/s thanks to a 352-bit bus completes its CV. According to WCCFTech, the price should peak at around...

  • How to breathe new life into old PCs and laptops

    Chances are high if you're a tech lover that you have a senior laptop or computer occupying garage space. It's certainly true for me. I'm writing this piece from an eight-year-old Fujitsu AMILO. It's been with me through university, and for much of my Memeburn career. And it's still going. But it has been though quite a bit. It no longer runs Windows. I've had to add more RAM, and change the original hard drive. But even after this, it remains a loyal friend and backup work machine. What's my point? Well, for one, there's no need to throw out old...

  • Seagate debuts consumer Barracuda SSD range

    Hard drive stalwart Seagate is now making consumer SSDs. It has previously dabbled in enterprise hardware, focussing specifically on business performance and "instantaneous data availability", but its now looking at your PC perched atop your desk. Bearing the Barracuda name and set to debut in a pretty crowded sector of the PC hardware market, the SSDs will be available in 250GB, 500GB, 1TB and 2TB variants. Unlike Samsung, Seagate isn't crafting the flash memory inside these SSDs. Speeds are also pretty standard using the SATA interface, with reads up to 540MB/s and writes 20MB/s slower than that. The real kicker is the warranty...

  • Qualcomm’s gunning for Intel’s ultrabook market share with 1000 series

    Smartphone processor king Qualcomm is reportedly coming for Intel and AMD's desktop throne. According to a report by German site WinFuture, the company's readying a chipset called the SDM1000 -- or Snapdragon 1000 series -- for use in larger computing systems, like laptops and ultrabooks. Although the company's already working on the Snapdragon 850 -- a chipset for "always connected experiences" -- it's simply a higher-clocked version of the 845, the chip you'll find in smartphones like the Sony Xperia XZ2 and LG G7 ThinQ. The Snapdragon 1000 seems to be the firm's first proper crack at the laptop market. According to WinFuture,...

  • Intel and AMD revive the multi-core wars at Computex 2018

    Apart from manufacturers doing all sorts of strange things with screens, this year's edition of Computex has seen the revival of the core wars. Silicon giant Intel played its hand first on Tuesday, announcing an upcoming single-socket 28-core CPU. But it's not for servers really. The company was sure to mention that it can run at 5GHz, dwarfing the likes of AMD's current Threadripper CPU. Celebrating 40 years of 8086 computing with the 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8086k Limited Edition. #Computex2018 #IntelGaming https://t.co/BBAYRZVBuR pic.twitter.com/RoeY144ObR — Intel (@intel) June 5, 2018 The company also gave scant details regarding the chip's architecture of whether it...

  • mCable: an HDMI cable that does anti-aliasing too?

    A new HDMI cable on the market claims to implement anti-aliasing in games, and it actually seems to have an effect. According to Eurogamer, the Marseille mCable, which retails for between US$120 and US$150, features an "ASIC processor" that handles the anti-aliasing. This is potentially a boon for console games that have no anti-aliasing, or for PC gamers wanting anti-aliasing without a performance hit. Then again, in the case of the latter, you might as well spend the cash on a better graphics card... The publication explains that the cable is powered by USB port, topping out at 1080p screen support. So those wanting...

  • Mi Box 4 Android TV box to come to South Africa, but when?

    Xiaomi distributor MIA Group has delivered a decent variety of products recently, including the Mi A1 (review), Mi 6 and the Redmi 4X (review). But there are plenty of other products under the Xiaomi umbrella that could do with a local release, starting with the Mi Box Android TV device. We managed to nab the Mi Box 4K HDR from Gearbest, being suitably impressed with the streaming gadget. Now, an MIA Group representative has confirmed to Gearburn that the recently revealed Mi Box 4 will be coming to local shores. A launch date hasn't been nailed down just yet, but the...