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  • Weekly Round #53: Facebook Reactions, Boston Dynamics’ Robot, MWC, Far Cry

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation and news from the last few days. This week on BurnCast, Senior Reporter Stuart Thomas talks to Gearburn Editor Andy Walker and Reporter Graham van der Made. The team talks about the Facebook reactions, Boston Dynamics engineering a robot, abusing it and risking a robot takeover, Mobile World Conference developments, smartphones disabling app installs onto the micro SD cards, and Far Cry. The team speaks about what they are watching, reading and listening to. As for the Tweet of the week, Kanye West takes it and we hope he...

  • Weekly Round Up #50: Alphabet beats Apple, Travelstart’s $40m, Uber’s new logo, smartphone rumours

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation and news from the last few days. This week on BurnCast, Senior Reporter Stuart Thomas talks to Gearburn Editor Andy Walker and Reporter Jacques Coetzee. The team talks about Alphabet becoming the most valuable company in the world, Travelstart raising a cool US$40-million from Amadeus Capital Partners and MTN, Uber's new rather bizarre looking logo and the new round of rumours when it comes to smartphones. The team speaks about what they are watching, reading and listening to. And the Tweet of the week has something to do with South...

  • IDC: people are still buying smartphones in their billions

    The rate at which smartphones ship is incredible. And with more and more people joining the list of smartphone owners, the shipment of phones is going to grow. Not only that but it appears it is influencing the invention of cheaper handsets with manufacturers casting their nets wider instead of making only premium models. In the latest preliminary data from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Phone Tracker, smartphone vendors shipped a total of 399.5-million units during the fourth quarter of 2015, recording a 5.7% year-on-year growth. In the year 2015, according to the IDC, a total of...

  • New Amnesty International report links Apple, Microsoft, Samsung to child labour in mines in DRC, Africa

    Ever wondered how your smartphone is assembled and where all the minerals that make up its tiny component pieces come from? Not many people do, but a new report suggests that maybe you ought to. The report, published by Amnesty International, claims that Cobalt mined by child labourers in the Democratic Republic of Congo is being used by companies such as Apple, Samsung and Microsoft as well as auto manufacturers like Volkswagen and Daimler AG. Mark Dummett, Business & Human Rights Researcher at Amnesty International, said “Millions of people enjoy the benefits of new technologies but rarely ask...

  • Android triumphs in the US for June quarter, assisted by Samsung S6

    The race between Apple and Android continues and has been going on for a long time and still not a clear winner. This quarter the one OS wins, the next quarter the other one does. According to new research, Android appears to be edging Apple slightly, at least in the US. The research from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech looks at the last three months ending May 2015. The research shows that Android continues to reclaim market share in the US, increasing by 2.8 percentage points to 64.9%. The same research also point out that Android is not doing as well...

  • Chromebook sales will reach 7.3m units in 2015, says Gartner

    Chromebooks might not be widely popular as yet but it appears that they are starting to claim an increasingly large portion of the market. According to Gartner, Chromebook sales to end users are on pace to reach 7.3-million units in 2015. This is a 27% increase from 2014. At the center of these estimates is education. In 2014, the education space represented 72% of the global Chromebook market. "Since the first model launched in mid-2011, Google's Chromebook has seen success mainly in the education segment across all regions," said Isabelle Durand, principal analyst at Gartner. In the business market, Chromebook sales...

  • China sees its first smartphone shipment decrease in six years

    According to International Data Corporation (IDC), smartphone shipments in the last quarter decreased for the first time in six years in China, one of the largest and most contested markets in the world. IDC’s latest Mobile Phone Tracker shows that China’s smartphone market decreased by four percent year-on-year. The market decreased by eight percent quarter on quarter. IDC says that in the first quarter of 2015, about 98.8-million units were shipped. The IDC report also echoes Apple’s financial result a few weeks ago which showed that iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are the most shipped smartphone in China....

  • Samsung reclaims throne from Apple, ships 83.2m units in Q1 2015

    Samsung might have posted less than impressive financial results for its first quarter but it would appear that it's not all gloom for the company. According to the latest research by Strategy Analytics, Samsung has reclaimed the smartphone shipments crown in the first quarter of 2015. Going by the latest figures, smartphone shipments saw a growth of 21% in globally, reaching 345-million units in the first quarter of 2015. In this quarter, Samsung overtook Apple to reclaim the title of the world’s largest smartphone vendor by volume. The South Korean company shipped 83.2-million smartphones in total worldwide and captured 24% market...

  • 5 times you wish you had the Samsung Galaxy S6 gold edition [SPONSORED]

    By combining class and performance, Samsung South Africa and Vodacom are offering two world-class devices made to fit your lifestyle all year round. Introducing, the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. If you haven’t given into temptation already, here are a couple of times you’ll really want to have the Samsung Galaxy S6 as your companion: 1. On a night out on the town The Samsung Galaxy S6 is a sexy companion. And what better way to compliment a good night out with a flashy smartphone like this. The S6 welcomes the perfect combination of metal and glass for the...

  • Samsung’s net income plunges as smartphone competition heats up

    Samsung released its first quarter results and, in spite of the launch of its flagships, the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, it is not looking great for the South Korean company. It's worth noting though that it might be too early to the results of the two flagships. Samsung of course expects to see strong mobile demand. The first quarter results show that Samsung’s net income has plunged by 39%. The company reported that its first quarter income was 4.63 trillion won (US$4.35-billion), compared to 7.49 trillion won one year earlier. Sales were down by 12% from a year earlier to 47.12...

  • Smartphone shipments grow in Middle East, Africa as affordable devices become popular

    Smartphone shipments to the Middle East and Africa, according to a Q4 2014 Handsets tracker released by analyst International Data Corporation (IDC), experienced an unprecedented year-on-year growth of 83% in 2014. The growth was primarily caused by the increased availability of cheaper models and dual-SIM devices. In 2014, smartphones accounted for 41.9% of all mobile handset shipments to the region, up from 27% in 2013. The growth of more affordable smartphone, though a positive thing, has negatively affected feature phones. Year on year in 2014, feature phone shipments were down by 4.5%. Smartphones priced under US$100 captured 20% share of...

  • Global smartphone shipments reach 291.2m units in Q1 2015

    The global smartphone shipments for the first quarter of 2015 reached 291.2-million units, a drop of 9.2% compared with the prior quarter, according to the latest research by TrendForce. Samsung is dominating the smartphone market with a market share of 27.8 % in the first quarter of 2015, improving from 24.7% in the fourth quarter of 2014. Apple came in at number two on the list with a market share of 19.9%, its share declining from 23.2% from the fourth quarter. The success of Samsung is owed mostly to its flagship, the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge proving to...

  • Apple’s reuse and recycling programme now accepts Android trade-ins

    Apple has announced that its iPhone trade-in programme will now include select Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone smartphones. The trade-in programme, available both on the company’s online and in-stores, includes certain models of Samsung, HTC, LG, Nokia, Sony, and BlackBerry devices. Upon trading in a device, customers receive credit for their old smartphones. The credit comes in two ways, an Apple Store gift card or bank transfer, that must be used toward purchasing of a new iPhone 5c, iPhone 6, or iPhone 6 Plus. Read more: Apple sold more smartphones than anyone else in Q4 2014 For now, the trade-in...

  • Xiaomi acquires 3% of Chinese games and software giant Kingsoft for $68M

    Xiaomi, the world's third largest smartphone distributor, has acquired 2.98% of Kingsoft, a games and software company, for HK$527 million (~US$68 million). The Xiaomi investment in Kingsoft is expected to be completed at the end of January. The company bought its shares from internet giant Tencent, which reduced its stake in Kingsoft to 9.6%. Xiaomi has been on a fierce trajectory since it broke onto the technology scene in 2010. It has taken its dominance of the smartphone scene in China and expanded effectively into other markets. Xiaomi became the world’s third largest smartphone company based on sales last year....

  • Samsung reveals poor earnings, bets on the Internet of Things

    Samsung has released its Q4 earnings results, revealing a rather big drop in profit. That said, it's not all that doom and gloom. The world's largest smartphone manufacturer is changing its course in a mission to develop an internet-connected device ecosystem or dominate the Internet of Things (IoE). In line Bloomberg analysts predictions, the South Korean electronics giant's operating profit for the quarter will be 5.2 trillion won (over US$4.7-billion). This means that Samsung is earning 37% less than one year ago. Despite this fall, the company still managed to beat the predictions of most analysts. According to analysts,...