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  • Watch: PS3 emulator on PC making dramatic improvements [Update]

    Update, 24 July 2017: The developers of the RPCS3 emulator have shown off another high-profile PS3 game running at playable speeds. Yep, Demon's Souls is the latest title to see a big leap in performance, with the developer noting that stability problems have recently been fixed. "Although performance is not optimal even on an i7-6700k the game is fully working and runs stable. Therefore it is considered playable, but perhaps not fully enjoyable," read an excerpt of the video description. Check out the clip below. Original article: The PS3 might just be the Sega Saturn of today's generation when it comes to...

  • Why do mobile brands keep using the Snapdragon 625 processor? [Opinion]

    Between Qualcomm, MediaTek and other brands, there are loads of processors for mobile manufacturers to choose from. However, the Snapdragon 625 seems to have become the darling for mid-range handsets in the past year or so. It's not hard to see why, due to its solid graphics hardware, 4K recording capability and ridiculously frugal battery life. The latter was achieved thanks to a 14nm manufacturing process and eight low-powered A53 cores. As a result, we saw the Moto Z Play (review) and its 3000mAh battery eke out impressive two day endurance. Nevermind a handset with a 4000mAh or 5000mAh pack. The...

  • Samsung outs official reveal date for Galaxy Note 8

    We all know that the Galaxy Note 8 is coming later this year, following Samsung's cycle of a flagship phone in the first half of the year and a Note device in the second half. Now, the Korean firm has revealed a launch date for what we presume is the phablet. Samsung used Twitter to confirm that it will be holding an Unpacked event on 23 August 2017, showing the outline of a thin bezel smartphone and a stylus in an attached image. "Do bigger things," reads the tagline on the image, presumably alluding to a larger phone. Find out what...

  • F1 2017: here are all the classic cars that will appear

    The last time we saw classic cars in a Formula One game was F1 2013 on previous generation consoles. So we're glad to see F1 2017 bringing some of these iconic cars back into the fold. And the final batch of retro cars have been revealed by Codemasters. This week saw Codemasters reveal that four McLaren F1 cars would be in F1 2017, in the form of the 1988 McLaren MP4/4, the 1991 MP4/6, the 1998 MP4/13 and 2008's MP4/23. The MP4/4 was arguably the most dominant F1 car of all time, winning 15 out of 16 races and giving Ayrton...

  • Full Throttle and Leap On: 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. Bored with your current mobile games selection? Or maybe you just want some variety? Either way, we've got some solid picks for you. Our favourite picks this time include a LucasArts classic and an RPG-focused Humble Bundle. Check out the full rundown below. Full Throttle Remastered (paid - iOS) We've seen Grim Fandango get the remastering treatment, but now LucasArts adventure fans have another title worth getting again. Full Throttle Remastered is essentially the...

  • Smartphone shipments: Samsung steals crown from Apple again

    Apple edged out Samsung in Q4 2016 smartphone shipments, according to statistics by the IDC. But now, the analytics firm's Q1 2017 stats show that Samsung is back on top. According to the IDC, Samsung saw its marketshare jump from 18% in Q4 2016 to 23.3% in Q1 2017 -- no doubt helped by the Galaxy S8 and its 2017 mid-range devices. Meanwhile, Apple, which traditionally enjoys a strong Q4 thanks to iPhone launches, dropped from 18.2% in Q4 to 14% in Q1 2017. Huawei and Vivo also saw slight drops in marketshare from Q4 2016 to Q1 2017. Huawei dropped from...

  • New PS4 firmware coming: here’s how to sign up for beta testing

    Sony and Microsoft both allow you to sign up for beta testing of console firmware, giving users a sneak peek at new features and tweaks. Now, Sony has announced that it's looking for testers for its new PS4 firmware update. Of course, you won't just be playing with new features, as you're strongly encouraged to suggest changes/features and give feedback on the state of the firmware. "As with previous updates, we're recruiting for beta testers to get a head start with these new features, road-test them with us and provide feedback to help fine-tune and improve the way you play on PS4,"...

  • Forza Motorsport 7: first batch of cars revealed

    Forza Motorsport 7 is shaping up to be a technical tour de force when it launches later this year, owing to its 4K/60fps output on Xbox One X, for one. But what about the all-important car collection? Turn 10 Studios and Microsoft have revealed the first 160+ cars out of 700 to make it to the final game. So what should you expect? For one, Microsoft and Turn 10 have highlighted a few specific models, such as the 2014 Porsche 918 Spyder, the 2011 Lamborghini Sesto Elemento and the 1967 Ferrari Spa 330 P4. Otherwise, some of the more notable reveals include...

  • 15+ excellent old games for your low-end computer

    Who wouldn't love a monster gaming computer, right? After all, being able to play the latest titles at stupendous resolutions and with a smooth framerate is a fantastic experience. But unfortunately, many people have to settle for a low-end computer. Still, that doesn't mean that you can't play games on your old laptop or ancient desktop with integrated graphics. We pick a few titles for your ageing computer. For the sake of clarity, we're defining a low-end/ancient computer as anything with an Intel HD3000 or lower. Deus Ex Easily one of my favourite games of all time, 2000's Deus Ex managed to combine...

  • Data too expensive? Offline app stores are a thing in Cuba

    Between constant updates and large file sizes, apps can be a major data hog for your smartphone. This is especially apparent in developing markets, where the price of data is often expensive for the local populace. One cool solution, as reported by free software activist Torsten Grote, is an app "store" or repository that doesn't require data at all. And this solution is being used in Cuba to fascinating effect. According to Grote, the open-source F-Droid app store for Android has an "app store kit" that allows anyone to create their own repository that runs over a local WiFi network. The activist...