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  • Battle Bay and Injustice 2: this week’s top mobile games

    Welcome to Gearburn's Mobile Game Picks of the Week, a weekly series in which Hadlee takes a look at the latest, most entertaining, or time-consuming mobile games on portable screens. We're back with a bumper edition of mobile games this week, featuring something for everyone. Our standout titles? We quite liked Battle Bay and Injustice 2. Check out all five titles below. Crosswords with Friends (free - Android, iOS) Words with Friends was one of Zynga's biggest hits, but the company is back with another title, dubbed Crosswords with Friends. As the name implies, you'll be completing crosswords, but the best part is that...

  • Yes, iTunes is coming to Windows Store

    Microsoft's Windows 10 S is a rather interesting take on the platform, essentially being an entry-level Windows 10 variant. The biggest problem however, is the fact that Windows 10 S only allows apps from the Windows Store. That immediately got us thinking about legacy apps that Microsoft needed on the Windows Store. And iTunes was one of the first examples we could think of, being essential for iPhone owners and multimedia consumers. Now, Microsoft has announced that Apple's program is indeed coming to the Windows Store by the end of the year. iTunes is coming to the Windows Store, being one of the first...

  • Windows 10 picks up Apple Handoff-style functionality

    One of the best things about owning a Mac and iPhone is how well they play with each other. The ability to seamlessly finish a task or copy/paste info across platforms is one of Apple's biggest strengths. Now, Microsoft has decided to implement some of this functionality on Windows 10 and mobile platforms, called Pick Up Where You Left Off (how imaginative!). This feature, as the name implies, allows users to start a task on one device, and continue it on another. The feature, enabled by Cortana, works across Windows, Android and iOS devices. "Imagine logging off your PC and having the doc...

  • Spec comparison: Huawei P9/Plus vs Huawei P10/Plus

    The Huawei P10 and P10 Plus launch in South Africa today, so you'd obviously expect the phones to be an improvement over the P9 and P9 Plus But just how big is the difference between the four phones then? We've got a spec comparison for you. Battery The P9 wasn't bad in the battery department, featuring a 3000mAh pack that's about standard for a flagship phone these days. Meanwhile, the P9 Plus offered a notable 3400mAh battery. The P10 ups the capacity somewhat, moving to a 3200mAh pack. The P10 Plus sees a jump from 3400mAh to 3750mAh. Combine the slightly larger batteries...

  • Huawei Q&A: water resistance, Huawei Watch 2 and more

    Huawei held the launch event for its P10 and P10 Plus this week, also revealing that the P8 Lite 2017, Huawei Watch 2 and P10 Lite would be coming to the country. We also interviewed SA consumer business group GM Zhao Likun and senior director for smartphone product line marketing, Justin Zhang. Both the Galaxy S8 and LG G6 are water resistant, and Huawei CEO Richard Yu initially claimed water resistance at the P10 global launch. Unfortunately, this wasn't quite the case, but Zhang has clarified the comments. "The reality is that we do want to have everything in the phone, but...

  • Exclusive: OnePlus 5 set for July launch in South Africa

    The OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T were two of the more affordable flagships of 2016, making their way to South Africa via Takealot. Of course, it was recently announced that the OnePlus 5 was indeed coming. It's not called the OnePlus 4 as the number is considered bad luck in China, the manufacturer explained. Now, Takealot has confirmed to Gearburn that the OnePlus 5 will be launching locally as well. "We should have our first batch arrive in South Africa in July; dates are not 100% confirmed but could be as early as the first or second week in July," a representative...

  • Huawei P8 Lite 2017, P10 Lite, more to hit SA

    We already know that the Huawei P10 and P10 Plus are coming to South Africa on Friday. But the Chinese company also confirmed that two budget devices would be released at the same time. The company's Zhao Likun told press that the Huawei P8 Lite 2017 would be making its way to South Africa alongside the P10 and P10 Plus. A tidbit from interview: P8 Lite 2017 and P10 Lite are coming to SA. R199 and R299 a month, if memory serves us correctly. #P10isHereSA — Gearburn (@gearburn) May 10, 2017 Prefer the P10 Lite to the new P8 Lite? Then you're in...

  • Huawei P10, P10 Plus launch in South Africa

    Huawei has launched the P10 and P10 Plus in South Africa, being available from Friday 12 May. The company previously confirmed the price of the two phones, coming in at R12 999 for the P10 and R13 999 for the P10 Plus. The two phones share the same powerful Kirin 960 processor (four A73 cores, four A53 cores), but differ in a number of key areas. The P10 features a 5.2-inch full HD screen, 4GB of RAM, a 3200mAh battery and 64GB of expandable storage. Meanwhile, the SA version of the P10 Plus packs a 5.5-inch 2560x1440 screen, 6GB of RAM, a...

  • Xiaomi Mi Mix cloning continues with Elephone S8

    Earlier this week, we reported on three Chinese smartphone brands who were unabashedly cloning the Xiaomi Mi Mix design. Now, we've got another phone to add to the list, in the form of the Elephone S8 (spotted by Gizmochina). Elephone is another brand going under the radar, pushing out well-priced, MediaTek-equipped phones that seem like great value for money. So, pretty much every third tier manufacturer in China then. In any event, the Elephone S8 offers a near-identical design to Xiaomi's innovative phone, featuring a sliver of bezels on three sides, and a prominent chin. Heck, there's a chin-mounted selfie camera as well,...

  • Smartphones: what else should you expect in 2017?

    The smartphone industry has seen a ton of high-profile launches already. We've had the LG G6, Samsung Galaxy S8, the Huawei P10 and a host of other devices launch globally and/or in South Africa. The year isn't over yet though, and there are quite a few more announced/unannounced smartphones set to launch as well. We take a look at some of the obvious and not so obvious devices... Apple It's inevitable that Apple will launch a new iPhone in September or October, having done so for the past four or five years at the very least (the iPhone SE was the most recent...