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  • What’s the iPhone 7 Plus portrait mode like? Check these Instagram shots

    Apple has pushed out the iOS 10.1 public beta to those enrolled in the programme, delivering the much-hyped Portrait Mode to iPhone 7 Plus users. The mode, which resembles Huawei's aperture adjustment mode on the P9, allows users to take photos with a pleasant depth-of-field effect. However, Apple's execution differs in that it's been marketed as a tool for taking portraits. In fact, the company claimed that it uses machine learning, facial recognition and depth maps to accurately generate the effect. So what are the results like then? Well, Instagram is showing some great photos, with well-defined edges for the most part (the...

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 review: the best budget phablet in SA?

    Local Xiaomi distributor Mobile In Africa (MIA) is in a rather tight situation with the Redmi Note range. The firm launched the Redmi Note 2 (review) earlier this year, despite the Note 3 already being launched in China and a few other markets. At R2999, the Redmi Note 2 offers excellent value for money, but is the R3799 Note 3 that big of an improvement? What are you missing out on if you opt for the Note 2? We peel the curtain back on the Redmi Note 3. A thick, pleasant smartphone The first thing I noticed about the phone was how thick it...

  • Ode to Spring: 6 fun games oozing with new life

    Spring is well and truly here. In fact, even before we hit the 1st of September, the cold was becoming a distant memory and not only could we feel it, but the plants had a pretty good idea about it too! Luckily for you this isn't a musing on the seasons, but rather a tribute to the onset of Spring in the best way we know how -- by listing our favourite video games that incorporate amazing landscapes -- the most iconic symbol of Spring. Flower Released in 2009 on PlayStation 3, this is probably one of the most beautiful indie...

  • Huawei, Leica join forces for research, innovation lab

    Thought Huawei and Leica's partnership was limited to the P9 and P9 Plus smartphones? Well, this might surprise you, then. The two companies have announced a jointly operated "research and innovation centre", dubbed the Max Berek Innovation Lab. "The new lab, located at Leica's global HQ in Wetzlar, Germany, will drive further development of optical systems and software-based technologies to improve imaging quality in a wide range of photographic and mobile device applications," the duo said in an emailed press statement. "Additional outcomes will include the creation of computational imaging, augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) solutions." The Huawei and Leica lab will research photographic technology...

  • Xbox Games with Gold: October picks are meh

    Microsoft has announced October's Games with Gold lineup, but those expecting AAA blockbusters might be a tad disappointed. Got an Xbox 360? Then you'll be receiving motocross title MX vs ATV Reflex from 1-15 October. From 16-31 October, Xbox 360 gamers can download Ubisoft's polarising survival title I Am Alive. Of course, these titles will also work on the Xbox One. Speaking of Microsoft's newer console, the two Xbox One picks are Super Mega Baseball: Extra Innings and jailbreak title The Escapists. The latter will be available from 16 October to 15 November while the former is available throughout October. Last month's picks were far more...

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided [PS4] review: that unfinished feeling

    Game developer Eidos Montreal has finally released its latest edition to the Deus Ex franchise titled Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. This widely anticipated game might not be all it's cracked up to be. But, it certainly tries its best. Mankind Divided incorporates the same gameplay mechanics as its predecessor Deus Ex: Human Revolution but doesn’t seem to be as impactful with regards to the story. However, that doesn’t necessarily make it a bad game. The story of augmented apartheid Two years have gone by since the multiple endings to Human Revolution (no matter what ending you received, it doesn’t seem to affect...

  • 4 drone examples that push the boundaries of technology

    In the past two decades, the world has witnessed an immense evolution in the sphere of drone technologies. What use to be the stuff of science-fiction has become one of the fastest growing industries in the world. From commercial camera drones to man-killing hunter drones, this hi-tech gadget with its endless array of possibilities for real-world applications is rapidly integrating itself into human society. In this article, we will explore some of the most interesting drone designs out there so that you can get an idea of what the future might one day look like. Lily Drone: a drone for autonomous selfies,...

  • Xiaomi Mi 5s teased: what should we expect?

    The Mi 5 (review) might just be the most affordable flagship smartphone in South Africa right now, starting out at R7999. By comparison, high-end devices from Samsung, Huawei, Apple and others all breach the R10 000 mark. But rumours have been running rampant for a few months now that Xiaomi was working on a Mi 5s handset, much like the Mi 4 (review) received a Mi 4s model last year. Now, the company has teased the Mi 5s, Chinese publication CC Time reports, with a new image displaying the figure "164 119". This figure is believed to be the Antutu benchmark...

  • iPhone 7: how much does it actually cost?

    Another iPhone has launched in the form of the iPhone 7 range, so that means another teardown to reveal the "true" cost for the smartphone. IHS Markit has conducted a thorough inspection of the 32GB iPhone 7 and its parts, revealing a bill of materials (BOM) cost of US$219.80. This rises to US$224.80 when US$5 in manufacturing costs is added to the total. The new phone also carries a higher bill of materials cost than last year's iPhone 6s had at the time. "This preliminary estimated total is $36.89 higher than the final analysis of the iPhone 6S published by IHS in December 2015," IHS wrote...

  • Don’t Starve beta and Vertigo Racing: 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. Itching for a new mobile game to play? We've got the goods, featuring four titles this week. Our favourite titles in this edition are Vertigo Racing and the Don't Starve Beta on Android. Scroll down for the entire roundup! Batman - The Telltale Series Episode 1 (R100 - iOS) Telltale has become one of the industry's most prolific developers, churning out oodles of episodic adventure games over the years. Now, it's Batman's time to get...