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All posts by Hadlee Simons

  • Doggy Dessert and Exosphere: this week’s top mobile games

    We took a wee break over the festive season, but it's time to find those mobile gaming gems once again. So, what did we find in this edition? Our standout titles this week include Silly Sausage: Doggy Dessert and The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth finally coming to iOS. But we've got five picks in total. Exosphere (free - Android) First spotted on the AndroidGaming subreddit, Exosphere is a puzzle title produced by a two man team, reminiscent of Super Monkey Ball to an extent. Much like Sega's franchise, you'll be controlling a ball through a variety of stages, shooting between platforms and navigating...

  • What’s new on Xbox One backwards compatibility list?

    Microsoft has been on a roll when it comes to making Xbox 360 games backwards compatible on Xbox One. In fact, the company has roughly 300 compatible games. But the past week has seen quite a few more titles added to the backwards compatibility list, starting with EA games. EA faithful will be glad to know that Dragon Age: Origins, Battlefield: Bad Company 2 and Battlefield 3 (disc only) are now compatible. EA isn't the only publisher getting in on the action though, with The Splatters, Ghostbusters, Strania and Scrap Metal also joining the fray. Xbox One backwards compatibility has grown in leaps...

  • Android Nougat only accounts for 0.7% of devices

    Google has released its latest statistics for Android distribution, revealing some interesting insights into the most popular versions of the platform. The company tallies devices running the latest Google Play Store app, which is compatible with Android 2.2 and above. The stats, as of 9 January 2017, show that Android 2.2 is finally not a factor anymore. Google drops Android versions with less than 0.1% marketshare from the chart. Android is nowhere near as fast as iOS when it comes to speedy updates -- unless you have a Nexus/Pixel How about the latest version of Android? Well, Android Nougat (7.0 and 7.1) only account for 0.7%...

  • Did you know these smartphone brands are in SA?

    We've seen Apple and Samsung rule the roost for a while now, but emerging market brands have taken over the world. South Africa is no different, with Huawei taking the top throne and Xiaomi making in-roads as well. But did you know there are more emerging brands that are actually available or will be available in South Africa? We pick a few you should keep an eye on. OnePlus One of the more popular brands at the moment, OnePlus popularised the idea of a more affordable flagship smartphone. Currently available as a Takealot exclusive, the OnePlus 3 is a beast of note, packing a...

  • Apple fixes dodgy battery bug in new Macbook Pro

    Apple has issued a software fix for its newest Macbook Pro laptops, coming just weeks after Consumer Reports failed to recommend the new computers. In December, the consumer organisation ran the new Macbooks through a series of tests to determine their battery life, revealing highly variable results. "For instance, in a series of three consecutive tests, the 13-inch model with the Touch Bar ran for 16 hours in the first trial, 12.75 hours in the second, and just 3.75 hours in the third. The 13-inch model without the Touch Bar worked for 19.5 hours in one trial but only 4.5 hours in...

  • Meizu Pro 6 reviewed: will this Chinese flagship Ameizu?

    When it comes to Chinese smartphone brands, Huawei and Xiaomi are on the tip of most tongues these days. But Meizu is another respected brand in the country, slowly making its way around the world. South Africa is the latest launch nation for the company, in partnership with 2C Telecoms, and the Pro 6 is Meizu's flagship product. Well, technically there is the Pro 6 Plus, but in a local context, the Pro 6 is its top-flight device. At a prepaid price of R7999, the Pro 6 has the same price tag as the Xiaomi Mi 5 (review). But does it...

  • HTC to release smartphone with ticker display? [Photos]

    The HTC 10 is one of the more underrated smartphones of 2016, featuring a great camera, beefy internals and solid design. But HTC is already hard at work a few handsets for 2017, VentureBeat reports, in the form of three phones with "Ocean" codenames. There's the Ocean Note, Ocean Master and Ocean Smart. And at least one phone has seemingly surfaced on Weibo, in the form of the Ocean Note. And if the photos are real, then we can expect a device with a secondary ticker display, akin to the LG V10 and V20. The photos also seem to show a very Galaxy...

  • Scalebound: Xbox One exclusive has been cancelled

    In news that has taken the industry by surprise, Microsoft has cancelled Xbox One exclusive Scalebound. The open-world action/RPG had been in development for at least four years, having made a major appearance at E3 2016 as a big-hitting Xbox title. Now, in a statement first sent to Kotaku obtained by Gearburn as well, Microsoft has confirmed the game's cancellation. "After careful deliberation, Microsoft Studios has come to the decision to end production for Scalebound," the company wrote. Scalebound, in development by Platinum Games as a Microsoft exclusive, has been cancelled Microsoft added that it still had a variety of exclusives planned for the year. "We're...

  • CES 2017: Razer’s triple-display laptop prototypes stolen

    One of the coolest products at CES 2017 was Razer's Project Valerie laptop, being a gaming notebook with three displays that automatically fold out. In fact, the three displays are all 4K-quality, giving users a truckload of pixels to play with. The laptop is powered by a GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card and supports Nvidia's Surround View tech for gaming at 11 520 x 2160. Now, Razer co-founder and CEO Min-Liang Tan has confirmed that two prototypes were stolen from the show floor. It's unclear whether this was a case of simple theft or espionage, but Razer definitely wants its laptops back "I've just been informed that...

  • Xiaomi-backed Yi Cam 4K+ offers 4K/60fps video [Update]

    Update: Yi Technology's Facebook page said that a South African release is in the pipeline, as the Yi Cam 4K+ is set to be a global release. But it might still take a while for the device to make its way here, a local representative told Gearburn in an emailed statement. "At the moment, the YI 4K+ is not available on the market yet and we are just planning to develop our sales in the South African market, so stay tuned!" Original: Xiaomi-backed Yi Technology has gained a cult following thanks to its Yi Cam range, being solid alternatives to GoPro....