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  • Amazon Fire TV 4K: a cheap HDR-equipped Apple TV 4K rival

    Earlier this month, we saw the Apple TV 4K finally revealed, being the company's long-overdue foray into 4K (and HDR) video content. Now, Amazon has taken the fight to Apple with the Fire TV 4K. It's not the first time we've seen Amazon reveal a 4K-equipped Fire TV device, but the new streaming gadget also offers HDR support, for starters. Other noteworthy features include Dolby Atmos support, 60fps compatibility, Alexa Voice support, 1.5Ghz quad-core A53 processor, 2GB of RAM and 8GB of storage. It's not a bad deal for US$70, especially if Apple's US$179 effort is a little out of reach....

  • WD SSDs are now available in South Africa

    The company has taken its time, but American storage drive manufacturer Western Digital (WD) has finally launched its SSD range in South Africa. Speaking at a media event in Cape Town Wednesday, the company shed some light on the three-tier lineup that is now available in the country. Spanning Green, Blue and Black branding, the drives will be available in 2.5-inch SATA and M.2 PCIe formats. These will stand alongside its existing hard drives. The WD Green SSDs The company's Green branding makes a return as the budget-minded offering in the lineup. It'll be offered in two capacities: 120GB to 240GB, while boasting two-year...

  • AMD back in the fight against Intel with Ryzen?

    AMD made headlines this week after revealing a slew of details surrounding its new Ryzen processor range, claiming that it's the world's "highest-performing and lowest powered" octacore desktop PC chips. "Four years ago we began development of our 'Zen' processor core with the goal to deliver unprecedented generational performance gains and return choice and innovation to the high-performance computing market," said Dr. Lisa Su, president and CEO of AMD in a statement. "On 2 March, enthusiasts and gamers around the world will experience 'Zen' in action, as we launch our Ryzen 7 family of processors and reinvigorate the desktop computing market." AMD...

  • Nintendo Switch: we go hands-on with the upcoming console

    I recently had a bit of hands-on time with the Nintendo Switch before its 3 March international launch. While I only got to spend around two hours with the device, I finally have a better understanding of it. So far, Nintendo's marketing has been spot-on with its new console. The company has learned from past mistakes of the Wii U and has advertised almost everything the new device is capable of (except for the Virtual Console and UI), and what it actually is. But there were a few details the adverts haven't shown off. The weight and feel of the Nintendo...

  • PlayStation 4 finally getting external HDD support in next update

    Oh, and it's getting some other features as well. It seems as though Sony is finally listened to fans and will be implementing external hard drive support for games in its forthcoming 4.50 firmware update. It's not like the Xbox One and Wii U have had that for quite a while now (yeah, we know that neither console has upgradeable internal storage). The feature will be compatible with external hard drives up to 8TB in size and will only work with USB 3.0 devices. Sony also announced a slew of other features included with the update, of which there is no ETA yet. PlayStation 4...

  • LG 5K display, sold by Apple, affected by WiFi signals?

    An LG-manufactured 5K display, sold on Apple's online store, reportedly needs to be placed at least two metres from a router. According to Ars Technica, the LG UltraFine 5K Monitor starts to flicker when placed near the router. Move it right next to the router and the display becomes black and "unusable". It also appears that the monitor, when near a router, could cause Mac computers to freeze, necessitating a reboot. Customer reviews on Apple's website have largely been scathing, with many reporting freezing and crashing issues. "My Mac now constantly crashes, reboots and has strange issues connecting to the new LG 5K...

  • Hybrid gaming smartphone has MediaTek, Intel processors

    A new hybrid smartphone/gaming console promises a slideout gamepad, Android and Windows 10 in one package. The PGS or Portable Gaming System bears a resemblance to a Nokia slider smartphone or Nintendo DS, featuring two analogue sticks, face buttons, a D-pad and four shoulder buttons. The system is divided into Lite and Hardcore variants, sharing several common features. For one, they're both capable of dual-booting between Android and Windows 10. And in a crazy move, there are two processors in the system, in the form of an Intel Atom X7 chip for Windows 10 and a MediaTek Helio X20/X25 for Android. Other common...

  • No Google hardware in SA or Africa anytime soon

    Google has been on a tear lately in the hardware department, launching a variety of gadgets in the past few months. But South African and African consumers shouldn't expect these devices to be officially available anytime soon. "Google says it has no immediate plans for hardware in SA or the broader continent," a local representative told Gearburn in response to an email query. The Google Store, which stocks the firm's hardware, is currently available in the USA, Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, India, Hong Kong, Taiwan and South Korea. The online store features a variety of hardware, including Pixel smartphones, the...

  • Yup, the glacier white PS4 ‘slim’ model is coming to SA

    In an announcement from local PlayStation distributor Ster-Kinekor, the company revealed that the 'Glacier White' version of the PS4 'slim' will be making its way to the country. It will be available in South Africa "towards the end of February". Using the model number CUH-2000 series, the system will be identical to the standard 'slim' model, but with a white finish to the console and packed-in controller. A white version of the original PS4 form factor was previously released. Though the specifications in the press release mention both a 500GB and 1TB model, only the former has been given an RRP for South Africa, coming in...

  • Xbox One crimson limited edition controller review: a bloody piece of kit

    With Gears of War 4 being an exceptional entry into the Gears of War franchise -- and Microsft loving its themed controllers -- it was obvious that the Xbox One would receive a GoW4 themed controller. The question is, is this a controller for the fans or just a bloody mess? Right off the bat, the controllers comes with little fanfare. Included in the box are two AA batteries for first-time use -- you're still going to need additional batteries or a rechargeable pack -- and the usual pile of manuals and safety leaflets that absolutely no one reads. It does include a download...