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  • Samsung Galaxy S8 rumour roundup: dual-camera and a 4K UHD bendable screen?

    It's mid-year, and that means we're now into the back-end of the device conference scene. And with the solstice gone, news of Samsung's Galaxy S7 replacement is slowly gaining momentum around the internet. That's right -- the S7 is barely six-months old, and already people are talking about its replacement. But even really good devices are at the liberty of marketing, monetisation and the ever-growing need to remain relevant (as both a consumer and manufacturer). Related: Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge review: meaningful evolution So, what has the rumour mill got in store for us this time? Below we take a look at some...

  • E3 2016 is torn a new one by this hilarious, scathing video review

    Perhaps we're bucking the trend a bit, but we quite liked E3 2016. Apart from EA's conference, the others were laden with gameplay footage from some great looking games. Horizon Zero Dawn, Dishonored 2, Steep, and the new Legend of Zelda were just four from a great few, but not everyone feels this way. YouTuber Kilian Experience is one of them. Slating this year's E3 as "shit", he runs through each conference and highlights the underlying hilarity of each. "Another Year another E3," he notes on his video description. "I thought E3 2016 was bad. Not a lot of new games...

  • iPhone 7 rumour roundup: Home Button to be replaced by touch-sensitive pad?

    iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, whatever. All we know is that there's a new iPhone arriving this year and there are plenty of things flying around about it. The world isn't small enough nor is it big enough to render Apple fan's squeaks inaudible, so while the company ripens in the Cupertino sunshine, the rumours will flow. That's why we've decided to introduce an entirely new iPhone rumour roundup article, encompassing what is likely to be the new iPhone 7 series. Of course, there's no real way to know in all certainty that Apple is planning an iPhone 6S upgrade, so...

  • Bluetooth 5 coming to mobile devices and IoT early 2017

    Bluetooth is a technology we use fairly often to tether devices, transfer data and more. It might seem just fine as it is, but like any tech there's always room for improvement. The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has announced that the latest version of Bluetooth (Bluetooth 5) will be hitting devices early in 2017. The new version will "include significantly increased range, speed, and broadcast messaging capacity. Extending range will deliver robust, reliable Internet of Things (IoT) connections that make full-home and building and outdoor use cases a reality," states SIG in a press release. For SIG, the most important area...

  • E3 2016 live blog: the big news recapped

    Welcome to our E3 2016 live blog, a place where Gearburn staff will keep you up to date with all the happenings from Los Angeles', and the world's biggest gaming convention. This year, the usual suspects of Electronic Arts, Microsoft, Sony and Bethesda will be setting the stage alight with announcements of new games, projects and (likely) some new hardware too. And although the expo officially kicks off on Monday, the usual Sunday day-zero mayhem will ensue. But would we have it any other way? For the complete live stream roundup, have a look at our E3 2016 portal here, or...

  • Looking for an Xbox One? SA will be receiving a four day sale

    If you're looking to pick up a Xbox One, now might be the time. For the next few days, the console will be receiving quite a discount in SA, starting at R4999. The announcement comes from local Xbox distributor, Prima Interactive, in a press release sent to Gearburn. From 16 to 19 June, the 500GB Xbox One with a game will cost R4999, while the 1TB edition will sell for R5499. While no specific stores were stated, the press release stated: "These bundles will be available from all leading South African retailers and e-tailers during the promotion." With the recent unveiling of the...

  • Sony PlayStation E3 2016 recap: here’s what you missed

    Unlike Microsoft, Sony didn't want to make the centre of its conference its hardware. Instead, the company spent a good portion of its 75-minute do on stage showing gameplay demos. And on that note, let's get right into the conference in our game-by-game breakdown. God of War 4 Orchestral opening followed by (a chap who seems to be) Kratos. Seriously Sony? What an opening. Who knew Kratos had a sensitive side? In a good 10-minute gameplay demo of Sony's new God of War title, the big oaf has a son of his own who isn't quite ready to begin killing things. In a...

  • Gears of War 4: gameplay, Elite controller and pricing details revealed

    During Xbox's E3 2016 conference, developer The Coalition showed off some more footage of the next alien-killing cover-based shooter, Gears of War 4. Oh, and it's already up for pre-order on Xbox One and PC at Xbox.com for R749. The Ultimate Edition -- including the game, season pass, and Vintage Del pack -- will set you back R1179. Amazon lists the standard physical edition for US$59.99 and the Ultimate Edition (with SteelBook case) for US$99.99. There is currently no local pricing on the physical releases. The game will be receiving a Collector's Edition for US$249.99. This will consist of the game, SteelBook case,...

  • WWDC 2016: 5 things Apple could reveal at today’s keynote

    For news and announcements as they happen be sure to keep locked on our WWDC 2016 portal for the duration of the conference. It's a busy day in the tech world. For gamers, they're preoccupied with E3 2016, but for Apple fans, WWDC 2016 begins tonight (7pm SAST). The company's annual developers conference will reside once again in San Francisco's Moscone Centre, while tonight's keynote will be held at the Bill Graham Civic. But with such an historic venue setting the scene, can we expect an historic keynote to match? Related: WWDC 2015 live blog: Apple forgot about Dre but reveals Drake,...

  • Titanfall 2 trailer leaked prior to today’s EA press conference [update]

    For the latest news, analysis and banter, stick to our E3 2016 live blog. Update 2: Titalfall 2 will be available on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. Update: EA has done the smart thing and outed an official trailer via Titanfall's Twitter account, just over an hour after it leaked online. Have a look at it below. EA's up in less than three hours to officially kick off E3 2016, but the company's not doing a very good job of keeping its rehearsal a secret. During said rehearsal earlier today, a savvy NeoGAF user noticed that part of it was being broadcast,...