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  • The Gearburn Podcast #20: The good, bad and overpriced of Google’s launch

    Welcome to the (sometimes) fortnightly Gearburn Podcast, where we postulate on the biggest happenings in the current tech world. This week, Hadlee and Andy sit down to discuss Google's underwhelming launch that gave us all slight déjà vu to a launch of Apple past. From the overpriced Google Pixel 2 to the funky Google Clips and the questionable Pixelbook, Google has presented products that we aren't quite sure we buy into. We discuss why in the podcast below. If you like what you hear and would like to comment, add a suggestion or share your valued opinion with us, catch us on Twitter @gearburn. Feel free...

  • Xbox One X gets SA price, ‘early December’ launch

    Microsoft South Africa has finally confirmed local pricing and launch details for the Xbox One X. "The console is expected to go on sale through local retailers in early December, for a limited pre-order price of R7499. Pre order date will be announced over the next few weeks," the company wrote in an emailed press statement. In other words, the price tag used by Microsoft South Africa at E3 2017 is indeed correct. "We are excited to give South African gamers a chance to experience true 4K gaming, enabling environments and characters to become more realistic than ever, with more detail and...

  • iFROGZ Coda HP review: wireless headphones on a budget

    Budget Bluetooth headphones are becoming more common as the price of the technology drops. But that still doesn't mean I've found a set of wireless headphones I love. Enter the latest contender: the iFROGZ Coda Bluetooth headphones. These cans are manufactured by ZAGG, a company based in Salt Lake City, USA, and also incidentally responsible for the Mophie brand. ZAGG is re-emphasising its push into South Africa, introducing a number of new products to our shores. Notably, I grabbed myself a review unit of the Coda headphones, and before I knew it, I was headbanging to Tay-Tay while penning this review....

  • Cuphead review: a ballet of bullets

    Cuphead has been out for a few days on PC and Xbox One. And, let's be honest, if you were going to purchase it then you already have. This review, however, is aimed at those who are still on the fence or may fear the game is too difficult for them. I am one of those people and found Cuphead to be an exceptionally difficult title, but it's mostly my fault. Even so, it's one hell of a fantastic game. Does Cuphead have a story? Yes, yes it does. The game isn't just about shooting anything and everything in sight. On...

  • BlackBerry Motion leaked, set to be all-touch, water-resistant

    TCL has done a decent job with the BlackBerry brand thus far, launching the capable (yet pricey) KeyOne earlier this year. But the company still has one more device up its sleeve, and it could be another solid smartphone. Serial leaker Evan Blass has revealed a render of what's called the BlackBerry Motion, showing an all-touch phone with mostly stock Android. Goodbye, Krypton. Hello, BlackBerry Motion pic.twitter.com/lBsdpORHW4 — Evan Blass (@evleaks) October 5, 2017 The render also shows off a USB Type C port, earphone jack and a home button with BlackBerry logo (could it be a fingerprint scanner too?). But we also see a...

  • Nokia 8 review: a cheaper flagship (and it shows)

    Apple and Samsung aside, has there ever been more hype around a smartphone than HMD's Nokia 8? The first Nokia-branded flagship since 2014's Lumia 930, the phone sets out to make a statement of note. Eye-catching design? Check. Carl Zeiss branding like the phones of yore? Righto. Powerful internals? Indeed. Pure Android? Do you even need to ask? Let's start with the aesthetics then. It might be the first flagship under HMD, but the Nokia 8 certainly makes a case for fitting right into the Nokia mould. It feels like a Nokia The phone is carved out of a block of aluminium and...

  • Here are all the other gadgets that Google announced last night

    The Pixel 2 phones were the main attractions at Google's event last night, but the company had a lot more to show off. From new smart speakers to smart earbuds and everything in between, here's what else Google had to reveal. Google Home Mini It was leaked before the event, but Google now has a rival to Amazon's own Echo Dot smart speaker. Much like the Echo Dot, the Google Home Mini is a smaller version of the larger smart speaker, delivering the same core functionality. So that means voice queries, reminders, playing music and more. And much like the Echo Dot, the Home Mini...

  • Google Pixel 2: here’s what you should know

    The dust has finally settled following last night's Google event, which saw the company reveal a host of hardware, including the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. But what is there to know about the company's two new smartphones? We've gathered some of the more important details... No headphone jack True to the rumours, Google's smartphones omit the headphone jack in favour of Bluetooth or USB Type-C audio. It's extremely cheeky, given the fact that it mocked Apple for doing the same at the original Pixel launch. Want to use your legacy 3.5mm accessories? There is an adapter in the box, but otherwise,...

  • 5+ great smartphones to get for emulation

    Scores of people use their smartphones for emulation, allowing them to play the classics of yore (you'll want to own them, of course). But if you're in the market for an upgrade and emulation is your thing, which phone should you get? We pick a few... Nokia 8 We're putting the finishing touches on your Nokia 8 review, but we can already say that the HMD flagship is the cheapest Snapdragon 835-toting phone on the market, at just under R10 000. For your cash, you're getting the chip, 4GB of RAM and a 2560x1440 LCD screen. The Snapdragon 835 is the best smartphone silicon you...

  • LG K7i is a smartphone that ‘repels’ mosquitoes [Update: no SA release]

    Update, 5 October 2017: LG South Africa has confirmed that the K7i won't receive a local release. "This device will not be coming to SA," a representative told Gearburn. Original article: Who says smartphone innovation is dead? No, I'm not talking about dual selfie cameras and slightly faster fast charging. Instead, the LG K7i has recently been announced, packing mosquito repellent technology. Spotted by Stuff and PhoneRadar, the smartphone seems to be a bog-standard budget buy at first. But the South Korean firm has added "Mosquito Away" tech in the form of a rear cover that uses ultrasonic frequencies to drive the pests...