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  • The Rand Show to host Fornite tournament and dance competition

    The 2019 Rand Show has announced that it will host the Fornite Gaming Tournament and Dance Off, with R100 000 in prizes up for grabs. This comes as part of the 125-year-old event's new Gaming Entertainment Pavilion, an attempt to appeal to a younger demographic. "We have purposely re-injected on trend content into the experience, to appeal to a wider range of visitors. Gaming is an extremely important part of youth and even family culture now," explained the organisers in a press release. According to the announcement, the Gaming Pavilion will be "an immersive environment of gaming, cosplay and dance". Potential players can...

  • South Africa’s smartphone market grows 7.2% in 2018 to R35bn

    South Africa's smartphone market is now worth slightly less than R35-billion, this according to data from GfK. The research firm noted that smartphone sales in 2018 grew overall by 7.2% compared to 2017, even though sales slowed during Q4 2018. However, it's not so much the growth of the market that's key, but the well defined split governed by price points. "GfK’s data for the year reveals that while the high-end smartphone segment (R6000 and above) accounted for 9.7% of smartphone unit sales during 2018, it contributed almost 50% in value," the firm revealed in a new report. That's particularly interesting for the...

  • I got hands-on time with the Samsung Galaxy Fold, and these are my thoughts

    Foldable smartphones are officially here. Samsung on Wednesday announced its new Galaxy Fold, a device that kicks off the tsunami of bendable, transforming devices we'll see this year. The company wasted no time peacocking it either, pushing it to the top of its launch roster, much like what Apple did with its iPhone XS Max last year. But unlike the XS Max at launch, this phone is still tightly under wraps. And we mean it. At its satellite launch in Johannesburg, Samsung set up a secure conference room with some ten of the devices, made us hand in our phones at the...

  • Sony’s simplifying its naming scheme with the royal purple ‘Xperia 1’

    According to serial leaker Evan Blass, Sony is set to simplify its confusing smartphone nomenclature with its latest flagship. The Sony Xperia XZ4 will reportedly be called the Sony Xperia 1 from now on. Simple as you like. Blass also posted a render of the device in purple. And not the usual shimmering colours we're used to seeing on modern phones. No. Deep, glorious purple. https://twitter.com/evleaks/status/1098647371544780800 Other specifications haven't been updated in new leaks, but expect a 21:9 screen which will feature 4K resolution (woof) and HDR support, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset, 6GB of RAM, and at least 128GB of internal storage. The...

  • Samsung’s most expensive Galaxy S10 phone will cost R35999

    Hate it or, well, hate it, but smartphone prices are inflating like a helium balloon in South Africa. Samsung on Wednesday revealed the pricing of its Galaxy S10 range, and in the process, reminded us of just how much we pay for devices. The cheapest version of the S10, namely the small Galaxy S10e, will be priced at R15 999 -- R500 more than the Samsung Galaxy S9 it replaces. The Samsung Galaxy S10 will start at R18 999 -- the launch price of last year's Samsung Galaxy Note 9. And finally, the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus -- the creme de la creme...

  • Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus vs Galaxy Note 9: did Samsung just kill the Note?

    Dear smartphone user, you've been put into a horrifying position today thanks to Samsung. The company on Wednesday launched its Galaxy S10 Plus, a phone that's probably more similar to a high-end PC than a calling and messaging machine. But if you already have Samsung's other large but older flagship, the Galaxy Note 9, do you upgrade? Is the jump between the S10 Plus that big? For one, the S10 Plus is slightly smaller, but it trumps the Note 9 in almost every other specification. The screen resolution is denser, the processor is newer, it has two additional cameras. Moreover, the S10 Plus...

  • Confirmed: Huawei P30 will be unveiled at a Paris launch in March

    Huawei has announced that it will officially launch its P30 smartphone at an event in Paris this March. In a tweet, the company coyly announced that "Rules were made to be rewritten," alongside the venue and date of "Paris, 26.03.2019." https://twitter.com/HuaweiMobile/status/1097684284352094208 The short video shows detailed zooming into several historical buildings, suggesting that the device's camera is going to show off some updated optical features. All will be confirmed however come 26 March.  Feature image: screenshot, Huawei via Twitter

  • South Africa’s hottest tech deals of the week (18-22 Feb)

    Shopping for technology is an even bigger nightmare than clothes. But unlike clothing, finding the correct stick of RAM isn’t a question of it being too big or small, but just too damn expensive. In a weekly series, Gearburn trawls the South African online shopping space to find the best deals, from DDR4 for your rig to cans for your ears. Be sure to bookmark this page and check back in throughout the week, as we update this article regularly with new deals as they’re made available. Added 18 February: Fallout 76 standard edition for PC, PS4 or Xbox One -...

  • Everything we know about the Samsung Galaxy S10, S10e and S10 Plus

    This week opens the year's most frantic smartphone launch period. Before the month is through, we'll see devices from Sony, LG and Nokia, just to name a few. But before any of those devices are tied to exorbitant mobile network packages with SMSes you'll never use, Samsung will steal the limelight. As always, the Korean firm will launch its wares, namely the Samsung Galaxy S10 family, in San Francisco a few days before Barcelona's MWC 2019 smartphone expo. And yes, "family" because the company's planning more than just a duo this time. How many phones are we talking? According to a flood of rumours,...

  • South Africans really, really want local Apex Legends servers

    You've probably heard the news, Respawn-developed Apex Legends is already a hit and its only been out in the universe for two weeks. This can be confirmed by 25 million players who joined Electronic Arts' battle royale in its first week. Me included. Now, a player named Ruan Van Vliet has started a petition to get African servers for the game, as spotted by Glitched. "This is a petition for public servers on the continent, for all platforms. We love the game, we want to invest in it. We want to experience it the way it was meant to be experienced," Van...