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  • Xiaomi takes on Apple in USA with… the Mi Box

    The United States represents a big challenge for Xiaomi, as the likes of Apple and Samsung rule the roost over there. The Chinese firm is pushing ahead anyway, but not quite in the direction you think... Instead, Xiaomi has drawn a line in the sand against the Apple TV by launching the newest version of the Mi Box in the country. Available from the Xiaomi USA website and Wal-Mart soon, the Mi Box is a streaming device that packs a ton of features for US$69. For starters, it supports the Google Cast standard, HDR (with Android Nougat update) and Google Voice Search. But it...

  • 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...

  • Huawei, Leica join forces for research, innovation lab

    Thought Huawei and Leica's partnership was limited to the P9 and P9 Plus smartphones? Well, this might surprise you, then. The two companies have announced a jointly operated "research and innovation centre", dubbed the Max Berek Innovation Lab. "The new lab, located at Leica's global HQ in Wetzlar, Germany, will drive further development of optical systems and software-based technologies to improve imaging quality in a wide range of photographic and mobile device applications," the duo said in an emailed press statement. "Additional outcomes will include the creation of computational imaging, augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) solutions." The Huawei and Leica lab will research photographic technology...

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt GoTY patch incoming

    On 30 August 2016, retailers and online outlets around the world will release The Witcher 3: Game of the Year Edition for purchase. To celebrate the release, developer CD Project Red will release the 1.30 update for the game. The patch looks to not only fix a lot of goodies, but improve others for the better. Some of the changes include a fix for the "Without a Trace" quest, level requirement discrepancies, and even controller prompts for the DualShock 4 (PlayStation 4) controller. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt gets a new GoTY edition patch before local launch Though the size of the...

  • EA servers down in Europe, North America [Update: they’re up again]

    Update 4, 17 July, 2.10am: Great news! EA support announced that the "services are available" however "support wait times may still be impacted." EA games & services are available. Support wait times may still be impacted. For 1x1 assistance, please contact us: https://t.co/5ruQb6pQ7D — EA Support (@AskEASupport) July 16, 2016 Update 3, 16 July, 11.30pm: According to EA's seriously busy support team, there's currently no word on when services will return to normal. Some users on its timeline however suggest that a select number of titles are playable, like FIFA 16. So if you can play the latter, please drop us a...

  • 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...

  • Samsung sells more phones than Apple in the US, LG comes in third

    I think we can now say that 2016 has been a pretty torrid year for Apple. After its woes with the FBI, the timid introduction of the iPhone SE, and its recent legal dispute in China, the company has now relinquished its top sales step in the US to its main rival -- Samsung. After close to a year in second place, Samsung has finally sold more of its smartphones in the United States than Apple, a feat that we don't see all that often in the modern era. According to Hong-Kong based research company, Counterpoint Research (spotted by Business Korea),...

  • Pinnacle Africa now sole distributor of Alienware in SA

    Information and communications technology (ICT) distributor Pinnacle Africa has been awarded sole distribution rights for the Alienware brand by Dell. Pinnacle will be the only official distributor of Alienware laptops, desktop PCs, and accessories in the Southern Africa region. "The channel now has a tremendous opportunity to tap into a growing market looking for easy access to high-level performance from their gaming equipment without the fuss of having to build up their rigs themselves," says Pinnacle Africa Dell Brand executive, Rory Green. The company will be holding stock of basic configurations with stock landing early May. According to a Pinnacle representative, these units...

  • RIP: Lionhead Studios is officially no more

    Hammering the final nail into the coffin, Microsoft has officially shut down developer Lionhead Studios. After 20 years and 13 video games, the British-based company is no more. The news first surfaced in March when Microsoft announced the discontinuation of Fable Legends and their discussions with Lionhead employees about the studio's closure. "We can confirm that after much consideration over the six-week consultation period with Lionhead employees, we have reached the decision to close Lionhead Studios. We have nothing but heart-felt thanks for the team at Lionhead for their significant contributions to Xbox and the games industry," writes a Microsoft spokesperson...

  • Weekend News Recap – 14 March: Quantum Break trailer, Jeff Bleszinski on Twitter, EverQuest Next cancelled

    It’s Monday, in case you didn’t know. And while that six-letter noun might strike fear into the hearts of even the toughest CEOs of the world, it really doesn’t have to. At least not anymore. Relive the weekend in our new Monday morning segment — the Weekend News Recap: 11-13 March Edition. Most read articles last week Sony Xperia Z5 review: a show jumping workhorse SEGA Mega Drive console with 80-built in games now available in SA LG G5 will cost R13999 in South Africa, arrive 15 April Remix Mini Android-based PC launches in South Africa Microsoft and Remedy Entertainment are really pushing the upcoming...