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  • CyanogenMod shuts down, LineageOS takes place

    Arguably the most popular Android ROM around, CyanogenMod has revived countless phones and served as the Android community's ROM of choice (right next to the official version of stock Android). Now, the team behind the ROM has shut itself down, moving to establish what it calls LineageOS instead. The move comes several years after founder Steve Kondik created a company to develop and market CyanogenMod. "Yesterday, Cyanogen Inc (Cyngn) announced that they were shutting down the infrastructure behind CyanogenMod (CM). This is an action that was not unpredictable given the public departure of Kondik (cyanogen himself) from the company, and with him...

  • New Macbook Pro: thumbs down for Consumer Reports

    Consumer Reports has refused to recommend the latest range of Macbook Pro laptops for purchase. The influential consumer organisation said that seriously unpredictable battery life was the main reason for users to delay their purchase. "The laptops did very well in measures of display quality and performance, but in terms of battery life, we found that the models varied dramatically from one trial to another," read an excerpt from their website. "Apple says that these computers should operate for up to 10 hours between charges, but some consumers in Apple's support forums reported that they were only able to use their laptops for...

  • 16 innovative mobile video games released in 2016

    The mobile gaming industry saw another healthy year in 2016, playing host to a variety of titles. Sure, there's plenty of shovelware on app markets, but we saw loads of creative and/or innovative titles as well. Don't believe me? We picked a few mobile games that stand out for all the right reasons, featuring some interesting mechanics or a cool concept. Time Locker (free - Android, iOS) What happens when you combine indie shooter SuperHot with everyone's favourite mobile gaming genre (endless running)? Why, you get the rather interesting Time Locker. The game features a top-down view of sorts, as you swipe up to run (the...

  • Countdown sale hits Xbox: some notable titles in tow

    Microsoft kicked off its Countdown sale yesterday, with the first phase running until 28 December, and there are plenty of gaming deals to be had in this round. Some of these titles have been cheaper in the past, but Microsoft is also featuring daily deals, so keep an eye out if the current selection doesn't appeal to you. So are there any decent Xbox One discounts to be had then? Well, the steepest discounts apply to Lego Marvel Super Heroes and Saints Row: Gat out of Hell (67% or 75% for Gold members). Payday 2: Crimewave Edition and Tales from the...

  • Where are the Android apps for dual camera smartphones? [Column]

    Dual-camera Android smartphones have been out in some form or another since 2014. The Huawei Honor 6 Plus and HTC One M8 offered dual-camera functionality back then, although the latter used a "depth sensor" instead of a dedicated second camera, to be fair. In any event, we've seen half a dozen dual-camera Android smartphones being released in 2016, from Xiaomi and Huawei to LG. Heck, even the newer Chinese manufacturers are hopping on the bandwagon. In other words, Apple was definitely a few months late to the party at best, bringing the dual-camera iPhone 7 Plus in September 2016. So imagine my...

  • Super Mario Run hit 40 million downloads in four days

    By now you know that Super Mario Run has become the latest mobile gaming sensation, but just how successful is Nintendo's first proper mobile game? The company revealed that the game has been downloaded over 40 million times in four days. "We are pleased to announce that we have exceeded 40 million downloads worldwide in four days. In addition, Super Mario Run ranks first in the App Store free game ranking in 140 countries and regions..." Nintendo of Japan announced (thanks, Google Translate).  Apple's Phil Schiller said that Super Mario Run broke the previous App Store download record, congratulating the company for the...

  • Dishonored 2 gets New Game Plus mode this week

    We really enjoyed Dishonored 2 (review), being a worthy follow-up to the excellent 2012 original. It's not perfect though, as the lack of a New Game Plus mode was one of our criticisms. Fortunately, Arkane Studios has issued a crucial update (dubbed Game Update 1) for the title this week, bringing New Game Plus to the stealth-action title. "Unlocked once you complete Dishonored 2 with either Emily or Corvo, New Game Plus lets you begin anew with either character, but this time you’ll have access to the full suite of abilities from both of the game's heroes," publisher Bethesda wrote on...

  • Line Defense and Oceanhorn: 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. It might be the height of the festive season, but we're still scouring the web for great mobile games. So what did we find? We've got four picks in this edition, with Line Defense and Oceanhorn's Android port being my personal standouts. Scroll down for all of them. Oceanhorn (paid - Android, iOS) It's been out on iOS, PC and console, but Oceanhorn has finally launched on Android as well. The action/RPG is unabashedly inspired...

  • Buying a 360 camera? Keep these tips in mind before splashing out

    2016 has been the year of virtual reality, by many accounts. But 360 photography has also seen some notable growth alongside VR technology. 360 photography on smartphones is generally a very painful endeavour, but we're seeing quite a few dedicated 360 cameras these days. So what should you keep in mind when choosing a camera? We've got a few pointers for you... Storage One of the biggest factors for 360 cameras is storage space and expansion. Generally speaking, the most popular consumer-level 360 cameras opt for microSD storage instead of internal space. This is the case with the LG 360 Cam and the Samsung...

  • Raspberry Pi: 6 reasons to get one of these for Christmas

    The Raspberry Pi revolutionised the affordable computer sector upon its release in 2012, offering a moderately powerful device that can do just about anything. The latest Raspberry Pi 3 offers an exponential leap in power, but still maintains the original device's flexibility. Thinking about buying one for Christmas? Here are a few things you can do with the card-sized computer... Play old games on it Believe it or not, but you can actually run a variety of old games on the Raspberry Pi 3, with RetroPie being the most popular solution. It builds off existing emulation projects, offering a variety of emulators in a Pi-friendly...