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  • Weekly Round Up Podcast #88: Nintendo Switch, Fitbit, Amazon Go & more

    Welcome to Weekly Round Up, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation, and news from the last few days. This week, Hadlee Simons plays host to Andy Walker. In this edition of the Weekly Round Up, the team talks about the Nintendo Switch's possible GameCube compatibility as well as Samsung ditching the 3.5mm audio jack for its Galaxy S8. The duo also discuss Fitbit's surprise buy of smartwatch maker Pebble and Amazon's new checkout-less grocery store Go. Finally, we chat a bit about South African GT racer, David Perel. What are we watching, reading, playing: Andy is working his way through The Last...

  • Weekly Round Up Podcast #85: US Elections, Samsung Gear Fit 2 & more

    Welcome to Weekly Round Up, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation, and news from the last few days. This week, Hadlee Simons plays host to Andy Walker and Matthew Alexander. In this edition of the Weekly Round Up, the team talks the newly-reviewed Samsung Gear Fit 2, and WWE 2K17. In light of the US Elections, we also talk the social impact of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton on Twitter, Facebook and Netflix. The US Elections caused massive traffic spikes for Facebook and Twitter, but overall bandwidth usage drops in North America With the Supermoon due on Monday, we also mentioned...

  • 20 world airports that utterly hate Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7

    Samsung's having a right old crappy year. After the promise of its featured-packed Samsung Galaxy Note 7, its hopes to challenge Apple and others has quite literally gone up in smoke. Global recalls of its flagship phablet has resulted in a damaged brand image, huge financial losses and the possibility of a permanently shelved Note range. But that's just the tip of the iceberg. For the past two months, users of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, and innocent bystanders in airports across the world, have been tweeting and Instagramming pictures of how airports and carriers are addressing the perceived threat of unstable smartphones. This...

  • Weekly Round Up Podcast #81: Samsung’s woes, SA’s media landscape & Netflix’s growth

    Welcome to Weekly Round Up, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation, and news from the last few days. This week, Hadlee Simons and Graham van der Made are the co-conspirators in the studio. Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 woes continue, while Netflix, Bioshock and SA's media landscape also get a mention We discuss the ongoing and seemingly never-ending Samsung Note 7 disaster. We also talk about Hadlee's four step gameplan for Netflix's growth in emerging markets. Sticking with media, we touch on South Africa's media landscape, and how it will likely evolve into a completely different beast by 2020. And finally,...

  • Samsung to buy artificial intelligence startup Viv

    This is big. In light of Google Assistant's move to its new home, Apple's Siri finding refuge on the iPhone 7 and Microsoft's Cortana slowly breaking its PC chains, Samsung is also in the market for an intelligent voice assistant. And it seems that it has found the perfect candidate. The company has announced that it has acquired artificial intelligence platform and startup Viv, a company that has Siri's co-creator -- Dag Kittlaus -- at the helm. "Viv has developed a unique, open artificial intelligence (AI) platform that gives third-party developers the power to use and build conversational assistants and...

  • Quadrooter: 900m Qualcomm Android phones vulnerable to security flaw

    The latest set of smartphone nasties floating around the internet has a pretty cool name, but could very well leave your own phone at risk. Dubbed Quadrooter, the set of four flaws affect all Qualcomm-powered smartphones running Android, which means around 65% of the LTE smartphone market, or 900-million smartphones in total. According to CheckPoiunt, the vulnerabilities could leave users' devices rooted, and open to remote access. These vulnerabilities can be targeted through the installation of a malicious app. But only one vulnerability needs to be exploited. In that event, an "attacker can trigger privilege escalations for the purpose of...

  • Weekly Round Up #72: Samsung Galaxy Note 7, Suicide Squad review, Instagram Stories & more

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation, and news from the last few days. This week, Hadlee Simons plays host and talks to Matthew Alexander, Graham van der Made and Andy Walker. The team discusses the newly launched Samsung Galaxy Note 7 launch, the reviews for Suicide Squad, the latest PlayStation Vita hack and Instagram's new Stories feature. What are we watching, reading, playing: Matthew is playing Furi, Graham has trouble remembering what he's watching, Andy recently picked up (and literally threw) Mirror's Edge Catalyst once again, and Hadlee has been entertaining himself watching old Formula 1...

  • 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...