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Hadlee Simons
Terrible puns make Hadlee Simons difficult to work with, but he brings almost seven years of tech journalism experience to the table. When he's not at work or watching motorsport, he's in the foetal position on a jiu jitsu mat.
  • Is this the LG G6? Apparently so… [Photo]

    Mobile World Congress is just a few weeks away, with the LG G6 set to be one of the most high-profile device reveals at the exhibition. But it appears as if we've just gotten a first proper look at the device. The Verge has peeled the curtain back on the new handset, revealing a tantalising glimpse of the phone's top half. And what we've got is a phone that looks visually appealing -- at least to this writer. The phone appears to have a rather fetching metal and glass design, with multiple antenna lines as well. But fans of the G2,...

  • Which Chromebooks have/will get Android apps?

    When Google announced that Android apps would be coming to Chromebooks last year, the initial list of supported devices only stood at three. But the firm has since confirmed that all Chromebooks released in 2017 would be running Android apps. Then again, the real question is which older models are supported... Now, Google has quietly announced details on its Chromium blog (via Ars Technica), revealing an exhaustive list of Chromebooks/ChromeOS devices that have or will be getting Android app/Play Store compatibility. Google Chromebooks are cheaper and arguably less resource-intensive than PCs, with Android app compatibility making it stand out as well "While we won't...

  • Xbox One Creators Update starts rollout: what to expect?

    Microsoft has announced that the Creators Update for Xbox One is slowly making its way to gamers enrolled in the Insider Programme. Now, we've already covered some of the key features, such as tapping the Xbox button once to open the guide, but there are a couple of less notable features too. For one, the Home screen has received a fresh coat of paint, with the goal of making it intuitive and faster. "You’ll notice the main tile for what you’re currently playing has changed. Now, you’ll see a smaller icon for the game and a few options to dive deeper...

  • Samsung reveals final cause of Galaxy Note 7 fires [Infographic]

    Samsung held a press conference in Seoul, South Korea on Monday morning (3am SAST), where it revealed the full results of the investigation into Galaxy Note 7 fires. The company said that its investigation, as well as three independent investigations found the batteries to be the cause of the problem. However, the big takeaway was that two separate issues were experienced -- the battery from the first recall had a different issue to the battery from the second recall. The first battery's negative electrode was "deflected" in the upper-right corner of the battery pack, Samsung explained. The company added that an additional factor...

  • Asus Tinker Board: a 4K-capable rival to Raspberry Pi

    The Raspberry Pi's success has been rather phenomenal, but Asus thinks it can get in on the action too with the Tinker Board. Spotted by Hexus and Liliputing, the Asus Tinker Board offers a 32-bit quad-core A17 CPU (Rockchip RK3288), 2GB of RAM and a Mali T764 GPU for graphically demanding tasks. Otherwise, microSD expansion, WiFi, Bluetooth, a Gigabit LAN port, 3.5mm audio jack, four USB 2.0 ports and HDMI connectivity round out the package. The card-sized computer also touts support for 192Khz/24-bit audio and 4K video, making it ideal for multimedia on paper. As for operating systems, it doesn't have the...

  • iPhone 8 rumour roundup: next iPhone to boast OLED screen?

    The iPhone 7 range has barely been on the market for three months (at the time of writing), being well-received by critics for the most part. Still, there are always murmurings and leaks about the next iPhone -- even when the current one has just been pushed out of Apple's doors. So it's for this reason that we saw it fit to publish an iPhone 8 or iPhone 7S rumour roundup, gathering some of the more notable rumours and reports in one convenient location. We'll only really know what to expect when the phones are actually launched, but die-hard fans starved for...

  • Sky Dancer and WorkeMon: 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. Another week means another look at the world of mobile games -- so what do we have for you this time? Our top picks this week include Sky Dancer and the Pokemon-inspired WorkeMon, but we've got two other nifty titles as well. Sky Dancer (free - Android, iOS) One of the newer and more notable entries this week, Sky Dancer is an endless runner with a rather slick visual style. The title sees you...

  • Breath of the Wild will be last first party Wii U game

    The Legend of Zelda: Breath of Wild will be the last first-party title for the Nintendo Wii U, the company reportedly said. "From a first-party standpoint, there's no new development coming after the launch of the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild," Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime told Polygon. "We really are at the end of life for Wii U," he added, while saying they had no immediate plans to end Wii U game sales or online services. "The ongoing activity from an online standpoint on (Mario) Kart and Splatoon is significant. We're going to continue to support that." Of course, you won't...

  • Galaxy Note 7 results to be announced on 23 January

    Samsung will announce the final results of its Galaxy Note 7 investigation on 23 January, the South Korean company confirmed. "Following several months of comprehensive investigations, Samsung executives will announce the cause of the Galaxy Note 7 incidents and quality enhancement plan during a press conference in Seoul, South Korea, on January 23, 2017 at 10am(KST)," the company wrote in a press release. The company will also detail new measures it implemented in response to the saga. What's the cause of the Galaxy Note 7 fires? Samsung will reveal all on Monday Samsung issued a recall for the Galaxy Note 7 late last year,...

  • LG G6: MWC invites sent, but what should you expect?

    The LG G6 is just a few weeks away from being revealed, as the company claims in a YouTube video. But event invites have reportedly been sent as well. According to ZDNet, the South Korean company has sent out invites for an event taking place a day before Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Last year saw the G5 (review) being revealed a day before the exhibition as well. "See more. Play more," was the tagline on the invite, the publication explained, adding that the invite had an 18:9 ratio. LG has already confirmed that the G6 will have a 5.7-inch, 2880x1440, 18:9 display....