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All posts by Hadlee Simons

  • The Chinese mobile march continues with the Meizu M3 Note

    Everyone knows about Xiaomi and Huawei, but Meizu is another Chinese firm that's quietly been making a name for itself. In fact, South African consumers can get Meizu phones from the Orange Store in the form of the capable M2 Note handset. Now, the Chinese firm has revealed a successor to this budget phablet, in the form of the (surprise!) M3 Note. When it comes to the all-important specs, we don't see too many significant changes though. There's a capable but budget-minded octa-core processor (MediaTek P10) and 2GB of RAM for starters, just like the M2 Note. Then there's a similar...

  • Watch 100 minutes of Mortal Kombat fatalities over the years [NSFW]

    Whether it was the digitised sprites or the puddles of blood, Mortal Kombat made quite the impact upon its release in 1992. It's the gruesome fatalities that kept the franchise in the limelight over the years though, differentiating the series from Street Fighter 2 and other properties. Just how many fatalities are there though? Well, YouTube channel IZUNIY has done the legwork, creating a Fatality compilation that lasts for almost two hours. The 100 minute compilation covers everything from the 2D Mortal Kombat games to the latest current-generation titles. Watch it below, but do bear in mind that it's NSFW.

  • Yep, Huawei announced the P9 and P9 Plus flagships

    Were you expecting something else? Huawei announced the P9 and P9 Plus at an event in London on Wednesday. True to the leaks, the P9 line offers a dual-camera setup with Leica lenses (two 12-megapixel sensors with F2.2 aperture), a front-facing 8MP/F2.4 shooter and a rear-mounted "3D" fingerprint scanner. A big focus (hah!) on the cameras Huawei is claiming a world first for the dual-cameras, as one camera features an RGB sensor and the other features a "monochrome sensor". The company says that this will go a long way to improving low-light performance and producing richer colours. Huawei also touted the P9's autofocus technology, revealing that the...

  • Here are your mobile gaming picks of the week

    Welcome to a new feature here at Gearburn, where we pick some of the more notable mobile games to be released in recent days. Say what you will about mobile gaming, but maybe some of these picks will change your mind. Flipped Out: The Powerpuff Girls Match 3 Puzzle/Fighting Action Game Yes, it's another match-three puzzle game, but The Powerpuff Girls' new mobile title has received plenty of love from critics and mobile gamers. The new game manages to innovate by delivering a match-three game when in portrait mode and a beat 'em up game when in landscape mode. I'm not sure if any...

  • Here’s what we should expect from the Huawei P9

    Huawei will be unveiling its latest high-end smartphone (or smartphones) in London today, in the form of the Huawei P9. What should we expect from the device though? Well, between numerous leaks and the Mate 8 launch several months back, we can paint quite the picture... It's expected to have dual cameras HTC and LG aren't the only companies to dabble with dual-cameras, as Huawei's Honor 6 Plus did the same back in 2014, featuring two 8-megapixel cameras on the back. This function allowed users to refocus after taking a photo and also produced pictures with a 3D parallax effect - so what are the odds of...

  • How much does the Apple iPhone SE cost to build?

    We all know that an iPhone doesn't really cost US$600 to build, as Apple has quite a profit margin on their smartphones. But how much does it cost to build the US$399 iPhone SE? Well, IHS Technologies did the hard work and came up with a figure of... US$160. Related: iPhone SE: the 4-inch iPhone 5S upgrade you’ve always wanted "The US version of an entry-level iPhone SE with 16 gigabytes of NAND memory carries a bill of materials of $156.20, which rises to $160.00 when the manufacturing cost is added, according to results from the IHS teardown of a phone purchased...

  • Is the LG G5 better than the Galaxy S7? Here’s what reviewers are saying

    The first reviews for LG's G5 have been published online, so just what are they saying about this radical product? For starters, Phone Arena's review says that, despite the specs and features, something "isn't feeling exactly right" with the handset. "Objectively, it's a competent flagship and even a decent improvement over its predecessor in some ways, but it feels like it's just way too round in character. There are no sharp edges, nothing that jumps out, no area where the G5 is, or at least appears to be, significantly better than what the competition has to offer," the review reads. The write-up also...

  • New PS4 update launches tomorrow, brings PC/Mac Remote Play

    Sony has been hard at work with its latest PlayStation 4 update, but it's finally ready for primetime. The 3.50 update gets pushed out tomorrow, Sony's Jayne Murphy said in a blog post, so what can we expect? Easily the biggest feature is Remote Play for PC and Mac computers, allowing users to stream games from their PS4 to a computer. This mirrors Microsoft's own solution, which allows gamers to play Xbox One games on a Windows 10 PC. As for minimum requirements, Sony merely recommends a PC with Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 and a Mac with OS X 10.10 or 10.11. Sony...

  • 10 Xbox 360 games you should get for your Xbox One

    Microsoft shocked the gaming world last year when it revealed that Xbox 360 games are backwards-compatible with the Xbox One. The company has done a solid job of adding games to the backwards-compatible catalogue, so which ones should you get then? We've got ten titles you should pick up. Battleblock Theater Indie developer The Behemoth found massive success with 2008's Castle Crashers, but some would argue that Battleblock Theater is an even better title. The side-scrolling puzzler takes place on an island ruled by cats, as you negotiate various fiendish levels for the amusement of the feline population. The title has tons of replay...

  • Windows 10 is now the most popular OS for Steam users

    There's no doubting the fact that Windows 10 is seeing some big numbers - even if Microsoft is taking an aggressive stance in pushing the update to users. Gamers are taking to the update in a big way as well, according to the latest Steam Hardware and Software Survey. As of March 2016, the 64-bit flavour of Windows 10 is the most popular operating system on Steam, gaining 2.96% compared to the previous month. This leaves it with 36.97% of total OS marketshare on Steam. The jump came primarily at the expense of Windows 7 64-bit (sitting at 32.99%), having lost 1.22% compared to...