• 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

  • What do reviewers think of LG V30?

    The LG V30 looks like a beast of a smartphone on paper, doesn't it? There's a top-end Snapdragon 835/4GB RAM combo, a 6-inch OLED screen with 2880x1440 resolution, IP68 water/dust resistance and fantastic audio credentials. So what do reviewers think of the phone thus far? We highlighted three reviews for your convenience. TechRadar (4.5 out of 5) The publication heaped praise on the "gorgeous" OLED display, design and "interesting" camera improvements, to name a few. However, it criticised the lack of Android Oreo, expensive price and low-light photography/selfie results. TechRadar elaborated on the display side of things. "When it comes to watching movies, LG...

  • Major WiFi vulnerability found in WPA2 protocol, affecting many devices

    WiFi is arguably one of the most pervasive forms of wireless protocols around, but a security researcher has discovered a flaw in the WPA2 security standard used in most modern devices. The discovery was made by Mathy Vanhoef -- so what does it entail? "An attacker within range of a victim can exploit these weaknesses using key reinstallation attacks (KRACKs). Concretely, attackers can use this novel attack technique to read information that was previously assumed to be safely encrypted," read an excerpt of a post on the KRACK Attacks website. The post added that this technique could be used to obtain credit card information, passwords,...

  • Huawei Mate 10 coming to South Africa in November

    Update: Huawei has released a press statement, giving us a 6 November launch date in the country. "Consumers will be able to pre-order their devices online after our local launch on 6 November 2017," said Likun Zhao, GM, Huawei Consumer Business Group SA, in the statement. The statement also adds that South Africa will be receiving the Mate 10 Pro and the Mate 10 Porsche Design edition. Original article: The Huawei Mate 10 has just been announced in Munich, but of course, we wanted to know when the phone would be coming to South Africa... Traditionally, the Mate phablet is announced at the end...

  • Huawei Mate 10 revealed, packing AI smarts and more

    After months of leaks and teases, Huawei has finally peeled the curtain back on the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro. So what should you expect then? There's a Kirin 970 processor with a neural processing unit (NPU) for AI functions, 4000mAh battery and a "FullView Display". The Mate 10 Pro differs by having IP67 water/dust resistance and a 2160x1080 OLED screen instead of a 2560x1440 display. Meanwhile, the standard Mate 10 packs IP53 spill/dust resistance and a 2560x1440 LCD screen. Both displays are HDR-capable, using the HDR10 standard. The Mate 10 Pro also differs by having slightly slimmer bezels, leading to...

  • Naughty Dog bites back over sexual harassment claim

    In the wake of headlines regarding sexual harassment by Hollywood bigwigs, prominent studio Naughty Dog is now in the spotlight following claims from a former employee. Former Naughty Dog designer David Ballard issued a series of tweets, saying that he had been harassed by a colleague in a more senior position. "In late 2015, I was sexually harassed at Naughty Dog by a lead. My work environment became extremely toxic afterward," his first tweet reads. In late 2015, I was sexually harassed at Naughty Dog by a lead. My work environment became extremely toxic afterward. 1/ — David Ballard (@DBal) October 14, 2017 Ballard says that...

  • Razer smartphone ‘leaks’, but is it overhyped already?

    The past few days have seen a few leaks pertaining to Razer's upcoming smartphone, as well as a 1 November reveal date touted by the firm. Benchmark tests have purportedly found their way online too, showing a phone with a Snapdragon 835 processor, 2560x1440 display and a mammoth 8GB of RAM. The last stat has gained a ton of headlines, even though phones with 6GB or 8GB of RAM aren't really doing much with that. Heck, VR and video editing might be the only real uses for 6GB or 8GB of RAM at this point. In any event, aside from the RAM,...

  • Watch Huawei Mate 10 live-stream here at 1pm

    We all know that Huawei is planning to launch the Mate 10 in Munich today, the hype train having gone into effect months ago. We're expecting a phablet with a "FullView Display", tiny bezels, 4000mAh battery (or better) and a dual-camera setup on the back, for starters. We're also expecting two variants, in the form of a standard and Pro model -- don't be surprised if a Porsche variant and mid-range Mate 10 Lite are also revealed. Of course, the company has already revealed the Kirin 970 chip which will power the Mate 10. And we've got loads of details regarding the...

  • Watch: Lewis Hamilton’s role in Gran Turismo Sport

    We're but a few days away from the 17 October release of Gran Turismo Sport, arguably one of the most important releases in the franchise's history. Featuring a heavy esports emphasis, it represents somewhat of a departure compared to previous entries. Now, developer Polyphony Digital has released a new video, detailing triple F1 champion Lewis Hamilton's involvement in the new game. "It has been announced that the three time F1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton will be appearing in 'Gran Turismo Sport' as the mentor and Maestro who will lead and guide the players," read an excerpt from the video description. Gran Turismo Sport...

  • iPhone 8 preorders kick off at iStore, starting at R13 499

    The iStore has announced that preorders have kicked off for the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus in South Africa, starting at R13 499 for the 64GB iPhone 8. The preorders are only for cash purchases however, it must be noted. Need more space? Then you'll want to spend an extra R3000 for the 256GB iPhone 8, coming in at R16 499. Want the iPhone 8 Plus? Then that'll cost R15 499 for the 64GB version and R18 499 for the 256GB variant. The iPhone 8 will be competitively priced compared to the Galaxy S8, Huawei P10 and other rivals The iPhone 8 and iPhone...

  • Sailfish X: would you spend €50 an alternative, incomplete mobile platform?

    Don't care for Android, iOS or the comatose Windows 10 Mobile? Then what about Sailfish X? Yep, the mobile platform, coming from former Nokia employees, is now available for the Sony Xperia X. Bringing Android app support, a Meego/BlackBerry 10-style multitasking screen and a dedicated screen for social media, it's certainly different, to say the least. However, there are a few caveats that only make Sailfish X a curiosity at this stage... For starters, platform holder Jolla is charging an eye-watering €49.90 for this particular flavour of operating system -- you can get full-fledged smartphones at that price. "The basic image of Sailfish OS...