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  • Activision Blizzard’s purchase of King could be the acquisition of the year

    Candy Crush Saga (CCS), yes that game, is probably one of the most well known titles in modern pop culture. It's the Super Mario Bros. of the mobile era, if you will, and has accrued just about as many downloads as stars in space. And that's probably a good point at which to start talking about King. Based in Ireland but founded in Sweden, CCS developer King is being snapped up by Activision Blizzard for a cool US$5.9-billion. That's including taking out a US$2.3-billion loan, mind, and at a price of US$18 a share. Since the announcement, King's share price...

  • Nexus 7: how to replace a faulty USB port [Video]

    It's a terrible experience when one of your beloved devices breaks, and even more so when you find out how much it'll cost to repair. Our resident Sales Executive, Nick Thomson shows us how he fixed his Nexus 7 tablet without the need for any repair centres. You don’t always have to take your device into a repair shop, or find a supplier willing to help you. Fixing a broken product yourself can save you a bit of cash and time, but this all depends on what exactly is wrong with the unit. If it is still under official warranty...

  • Xiaomi Mi 4, RedMi 2 available in South Africa this month

    After much huffing and puffing and a big delay, Xiaomi is finally ready to sell its wares in South Africa, bringing two mid-range devices to our shores from the middle of November. In partnership with MIA Group, a key South African mobile importer, the Chinese brand will offer its Xiaomi Mi 4 and the Xiaomi RedMi 2 to consumers, both retailing for under US$320, or R4000 locally according to Forbes. Xiaomi products will also be available in Nigeria and Kenya. Speaking of the company's move in South Africa, Xiaomi's global strategy director Raymond Tian noted that the continent is a prime...

  • Garmin Oregon 650 GPS review: a hiker’s best friend

    We don't usually review GPS units, but when we do, we're usually planning something adventurous. Rather fittingly, it was my turn, and my adventure? Hiking Namibia's Fish River Canyon in the south of the country. It's the world's second largest canyon and quite probably the oldest too (although no one really knows that for sure). Moreover, it's fairly easy to find yourself lost in the midst of the tall canyon walls, the meandering river and the honey badger staring you down at the other end of the hard place. It's not for the faint of heart, and that's primarily why Garmin...

  • Sony Xperia M4 Aqua review: should you wait for the Xperia M5?

    Annoyingly, before I could really sink my teeth into my first Sony Xperia M4 Aqua, it was stolen from my grasp. Of course, while I'm good and happy that it was just the phone that was stolen (and not my entire life), I was also rather annoyed that this would mean phoning up Sony and asking for another. Thanks in part to the company's stellar local PR management, here I am, with another go at Sony's mid-range waterproof smartphone. It should be noted, that since its launch, Sony has practically replaced this device with the Sony Xperia M5, banishing the "Aqua"...

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops III trailer wants you to find your inner Kevin [video]

    In case you didn't know that there are games other than Rise of the Tomb Raider and Fallout 4 releasing this month, Activision just gave the world a great reminder. Call of Duty: Black Ops III is one of those "you either hate it or love it" titles, but we bet everyone will love this live action trailer. Starring Michael B. Jordan, Cara Delevingne, and Marshawn Lynch, the trailer follows the in-game tactics of a chap called Kevin has he lays havoc and slices robotic heads from shoulders. It's pretty badass, and gets even more so when Cara Delevingne shows up. The title...

  • Happy Halloween: the 3 must play horror games of 2015

    It’s that time of the year again when fear and terror is not something you avoid but actively seek out. Halloween is just around the corner and will soon bear its nasty face, ready to fill your day with unimaginable horrors. In the spirit of this auspicious day of twisted terror, we here at Gearburn have decided to round up some of the best horror games of 2015 to ensure that you have a Halloween filled with all the fear you can handle. If you think there are other tiles worthy of a mention, feel free to add your two cents...

  • 5 possible reasons why the PlayStation 4 is outselling the Xbox One

    Sony this week announced at its massive Paris Games Week presentation the latest sales figures for the PlayStation 4 console, and they're scary. Especially if you're a Microsoft or Nintendo employee. According to Sony's Worldwide Studios VP Michael Denny in an interview with GamesIndustry, PlayStation 4 now has a global install base of over 25-million, with just below 30-million units shipped in total. That's around 10-million more than any other console in this generation. But why is the PlayStation 4 selling like hotcakes while the other two consoles flounder? What's the device's appeal? And if it's Sony's brilliance, what exactly about the...

  • New Apple TV coming to South Africa early November

    After the iPhone 6S, the iPad mini 4 and the Apple Watch have arrived in the country, Core Group, Apple's major local importer, has announced that the Apple TV will reach South African shores early November. The device, one of the big surprises at Apple's September launch, features a more intelligent Siri, a new touch remote that integrates with the voice assistant, and better hardware. And of course, Apple was also quick to note that you can game a fair bit on it too. The 3rd generation Apple TV as a result, will also see a price drop, now sitting at...

  • Haunted Colosseum is Dota 2’s Halloween-inspired custom mode [video]

    Everyone's getting into the Halloween spirit this weekend, and not surprisingly. On that note, Valve has also joined in the fun announcing a new game mode for Dota 2 players dubbed Haunted Colosseum. Read more: Happy Halloween: the 3 must play horror games of 2015 It's a little different from the regular Dota 2 formula, and forces two teams to combat one another along one path. Along said path lie five Control Points. "Own three Control Points and your team’s score will rise," notes the announcement. "Own more than three, and your team will score points even faster!" Effectively, the long and...