• BURN MEDIA
    • Memeburn
      Tech-savvy insight and analysis
    • Motorburn
      Because cars are gadgets
    • Ventureburn
      Startup news for emerging markets
    • Jobsburn
      Digital industry jobs for the anti 9 to 5!

News

  • Microsoft pauses latest Windows 10 Update over disappearing files

    Last week Microsoft released its latest October 2018 update for Windows 10, which was meant to empower "a new era of personal activity" according to the company. This did not go as planned, however. Instead, Microsofts' community forums were flooded with complaints about personal files having gone missing once the update was installed, with users unable to recover them. Microsoft has since taken down the update with plans on fixing the odd bug. "We have paused the rollout of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update (version 1809) for all users as we investigate isolated reports of users missing some files after updating," Microsoft...

  • Microsoft’s new Surface range includes headphones with 15 hour battery life

    This week Microsoft officially revealed its latest Surface range, including the all-new Surface Headphones. Though there are five other devices in the range, these headphones are stealing centre stage. Microsoft is calling the light grey device “the smarter way to listen”, and it features both active and passive noise cancellation. The device also boasts a battery life of 15 hours, though it only charges within two, and can be used via Bluetooth or through an audio cable. “Surround yourself with adjustable active noise cancellation, on-ear touch controls, and an optimized ear cup design — engineered for rich, clear acoustics,” the company's marketing material...

  • Steam Chat relaunches with Discord-rivalling features

    Steam is today offering gamers a "richer chat experience" courtesy of its updated Steam Chat service. Yes, yes, Discord is already established, and for those who use the service daily shouldn't really see a need to switch to Steam's. But it's notable that Valve sees a need to keep the chat platform's rise in check. Steam Chat is the company's shiny new beta weapon, currently available to test for users of the game distribution platform. It adds a number of tweaks that Discord has had for ages too, including multimedia support, the ability to add friends to a chat session, and the...

  • WeFix’s i2 range brings the iPhone 5S and 6 back to life

    Remember the iPhone 5S? The device debuted in 2013 and was, for its time, quite a monumental product. Apple has since canned production of the phone though, but that doesn't mean there aren't an abundance of second hand models floating around. South African device repair firm WeFix has announced its plan to reinvigorate these old devices. It's set to launc a new range of refurbished devices under the i2 label, giving consumers the chance to purchase "pre-loved" iPhones. "Pre-loved devices are the perfect solution for those who want a quality phone at a lower price than buying new, or for those...

  • This is the gaming news you missed in April

    After multiple reconnaissance missions, back-alley bribes, and a string of other unmentionable activities, we’ve managed to acquire all gaming intelligence that took place within the month of April 2018. The list that follows contains all information our Lord Editor has deemed fit for public consumption. If you feel there is something that needs to be addressed or lacking from this list, please let us know in the comments section below and we’ll be sure to deal with you… I mean, your issue. Valve acquires Firewatch creator Campo Santo In a surprising move, Campo Santo, the developer behind indie hit Firewatch, has recently...

  • Steam Machines relegated from front page, Steam app

    In 2014, we wrote a piece asking if the world really needed Steam Machines. Four years later, and it seems that Valve is finally giving us an answer. According to PC Gamer, Valve has stripped the dedicated Steam Machines section on Steam, fueling speculation that the gaming company will do away with the gaming box concept altogether. Interestingly, the page remains accessible, but it's not longer listed on the Steam app or the Steam home page. But the move was a long time coming. Debuting in 2015, the Steam Machines were Valve's attempt to get big PC players -- like Alienware -- into...

  • Huawei P20: all major rumours before tomorrow’s big reveal

    The Huawei P20 reveal event is set to take place tomorrow (27 March), with expectations high that we'll see some interesting camera tech on show. But what will be revealed at the event? What kind of features will be in tow? Will there be headphone jacks? Here are a few major nuggets you should know... Three models on offer According to regular leaker Evan Blass, the Paris event will see three models on offer at the very least. There's the P20 Lite, standard P20 and large P20 Pro. We've also seen reports of a 512GB Huawei phone, but it's unclear whether this is a...

  • LG’s WebOS now in open-source flavour, available for Raspberry Pi

    WebOS is probably the most underrated mobile platform in modern smartphone history. The Palm-made OS introduced the card-based multitasking menu seen on every platform today and gestures used by the iPhone X. HP eventually acquired the platform from Palm, before LG acquired it for use in its smart TVs. Now, the South Korean colossus has revealed WebOS Open Source Edition (WebOS OSE), as well as a first target device. "Web developers can easily build apps and services for webOS OSE. With the initial release, you can port webOS OSE to Raspberry Pi 3 for use in your own projects. It will be extended in...

  • ARCore 1.0: these are all the supported phones

    Back at MWC 2018, Google announced that its ARCore platform for augmented reality was ready for prime-time, hitting 1.0. Since then, we've seen quite a few AR-toting apps hit the Play Store, but what about compatible phones? Well, that's more complicated... Nevertheless, the full list of ARCore-compatible phones (as of writing) is the Asus Zenfone AR, LG V30 and V30+, Google Pixel and Pixel 2 phones, the OnePlus 5, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8/S8+ and Galaxy S7/S7 Edge. Samsung also used its Unpacked event to confirm that the Galaxy S9 phones would offer ARCore support in the near future. Since the...

  • Honor 2018 flagship coming, to be based on Huawei P20?

    Huawei's Honor sub-brand saw a stealthy launch in South Africa earlier this month, offering the mid-range Honor 9 Lite and Honor 7X. The brand is also known for taking flagship Huawei phones and releasing them under the Honor name, albeit with a different design and a few other tweaks. For example, we saw the Honor 9 in June 2017, essentially being a Huawei P10 in terms of chipset and camera setup. Back in 2016 we also saw the Honor 8, being a Huawei P9 with a few changes. Now, an Honor representative has confirmed to Gearburn that the sub-brand will be offering...