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  • ZTE’s Axon 7 is another Chinese flagship that brings the goods

    ZTE is no stranger to powerful, aesthetically pleasing smartphones - look at the Nubia Z9 for proof. But the Chinese company is putting the mobile industry on alert with its latest handset, the Axon 7, which was revealed yesterday. For starters, the Axon 7 looks like an HTC One thanks to that aluminium design, complete with antenna strips on the back and front-facing speakers on the front. In a rather interesting move, the company teamed up with BMW subsidiary Designworks to design the handset. The device is very competitive in the power department, delivering a flagship-quality Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM...

  • Experience ‘mechanical Apartheid’ with new Deus Ex: Mankind Divided trailer

    Deus Ex: Human Revolution was an excellent return to form for the series, delivering the open-ended gameplay and conspiracy-laden narrative the series is known for. A sequel, Mankind Divided, is roughly three months away though, and Square Enix has issued a new trailer, curiously titled 'The Mechanical Apartheid'. As the trailer's name suggests, discrimination is a key story element in the new game as laws are enacted against augmented people to keep them separated from others. The trailer draws a plenty of inspiration from current affairs, featuring anti-augmentation protests (much like anti-immigration pickets), radical political rhetoric (much like Donald Trump and far-right politicians in Europe) and even a guy who bears...

  • Now more rumours claim Xbox Slim, Xbox One upgrade coming

    There have been murmurings about an Xbox One upgrade since earlier this year, when Xbox head Phil Spencer suggested a different way of approaching hardware upgrades. Now, Kotaku and Polygon have reported that Microsoft is set to reveal two consoles, with one being announced at E3 2016 and the other being revealed next year. So what should we be expecting though? A slimmer Xbox One Both websites, citing their sources, say that Microsoft will reveal a slimmer, cheaper and lighter Xbox One at E3 next month. The publications also managed to snag more details, with Kotaku reporting that this model will feature a 2TB hard...

  • Why spend R159 per month on Xbox Live when you can do this?

    News of Microsoft increasing the price of Xbox Live Gold in South Africa has not been received positively. Then again, when do price hikes ever get a good reaction? Anyway... the increase from R50 a month to R159 a month has seen many lash out at Microsoft - and rightfully so. Sure, the pricing ostensibly brings us in line with the exchange rate, but when the competition is much cheaper, it's cause for alarm. With that in mind, I wondered what else you could get for R159 a month... Get a PlayStation Plus account Got a PS Vita, PS3 or PS4? Then at...

  • Pinchworm, Vector 2 & more: 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. We're back with a gander at some of the latest and most notable games for your mobile device, so let's get on with it. Highlights in this edition include Vector 2, an addictive tennis title and a game from former Facebook employees. Pinchworm (free - iOS) I didn't get a chance to actually try this out, but Pinchworm stands out thanks to its creators, being former Facebook employees who decided to create the...

  • Pebble 2, Pebble Time 2 and all-new wearable hit Kickstarter

    Pebble's all-conquering smartwatches hold jaw-dropping records on Kickstarter. The original Pebble sits at number three on the website's all-time "most funded" list, at US$10.2-million. The Pebble Time campaign, launched last year, is the most-funded Kickstarter project of all time, sitting at a massive $20.3-million. Now, the Pebble team is back, revealing the Kickstarter for the all-new Pebble 2 and Pebble Time 2 smartwatches. It's already blown past its US$1-million goal, hitting US$5.8-million as of publication. So what's new this time? What should you expect? Much like the original Pebble, the Pebble 2 features a black and white always-on "e-paper" display, water-resistance (to 30 metres) and...

  • Xbox Games with Gold for June includes XCOM, Goat Simulator & more

    Microsoft has announced its selection of Games With Gold titles for next month - and it's not Bioshock Infinite or Red Dead Redemption like those rumours claimed. Xbox One fans can look forward to bonkers physics-heavy game Goat Simulator (all month) and racing title The Crew (16 June until 15 July). Xbox 360 gamers are set to receive hard-as-nails platformer Super Meat Boy (from 1-15 June), as well as XCOM: Enemy Unknown (from 16-30 June). Of course, the Xbox 360 titles are backwards-compatible with the Xbox One, so owners of Microsoft's current-generation console should have no shortage of games to play. Unless you played...

  • Batman: Return to Arkham gets SA pricing, release date

    Ster-Kinekor Entertainment and Warner Bros. Entertainment have announced local launch details for Batman: Return to Arkham. Return to Arkham bundles remastered versions of Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City in one package, set for release on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Warner Bros. Entertainment has also confirmed that the titles will now be powered by Unreal Engine 4, featuring "upgraded models, environments, lighting, effects and shaders". The collection will also deliver all Game of the Year content and downloadable content. SKE has confirmed that Return to Arkham will have a R699 price tag and will launch locally on 26 July. Arkham Asylum was originally released...

  • Watch Steam games run on a hacked PlayStation 4

    Who thought we'd ever see proper Steam games running on the PlayStation 4? Well, a new YouTube video shows Valve's service in action. According to YouTuber OsirisX, the feat first requires a PlayStation 4 running firmware version 1.76. So in the unlikely event that you haven't updated your machine since 2014, you might be in luck. The uploader then installed Arch Linux on the PlayStation 4, as well as graphics drivers ported by the fail0verflow hacking team. The video shows the uploader booting up Arch Linux and eventually logging in to his Steam account. From here, the uploader visits the system settings page, showing...

  • Here are the inaugural Google Play Award winners

    Apple has held mobile app/gaming awards for a few years now, but Google has decided to do the same this year, announcing the winners today. The Best App award went to Houzz Interior Design Ideas, which allows you to browse over ten million photos of home interiors/exteriors (categorised by rooms, style etc). The app even connects you with architects, designers and other experts. The award for Best Families app was clinched by logic puzzle title Thinkrolls 2 (R39) which delivers over 270 levels for kids between the ages of three and nine. The Best Game nod went to Supercell's mega-popular Clash Royale, which really needs no...