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  • mCable: an HDMI cable that does anti-aliasing too?

    A new HDMI cable on the market claims to implement anti-aliasing in games, and it actually seems to have an effect. According to Eurogamer, the Marseille mCable, which retails for between US$120 and US$150, features an "ASIC processor" that handles the anti-aliasing. This is potentially a boon for console games that have no anti-aliasing, or for PC gamers wanting anti-aliasing without a performance hit. Then again, in the case of the latter, you might as well spend the cash on a better graphics card... The publication explains that the cable is powered by USB port, topping out at 1080p screen support. So those wanting...

  • Oppo R15 is a slick upper mid-range phone, ruined by (yes) a notch

    Chinese mobile brand Oppo is one of the world's largest smartphone makers, even if you can't find them in South Africa and the USA. Nevertheless, the firm's Oppo R15 is looking like a neat buy for those who can't quite afford a flagship handset. Starting at RMB2999 (R5698 as a straight conversion), you're getting a brand-new Helio P60 chipset (quad-core A73 plus quad-core A53, as well as AI processing unit), 6GB of RAM and 128GB of expandable storage. Other noteworthy additions include a rear fingerprint scanner and 3450mAh battery. Move to the front of the device and you'll notice that it...

  • Android Wear is now called Wear OS because reasons

    The Android Wear family of smartwatches plays second fiddle to the Apple Watch in terms of popularity, but that doesn't mean Google is giving up yet. In a bid to take the fight to rivals, the company has decided to... rename Android Wear to Wear OS. The company justified the rebranding by claiming that its technology and users are evolving. "As our technology and partnerships have evolved, so have our users. In 2017, one out of three new Android Wear watch owners also used an iPhone. "So as the watch industry gears up for another Baselworld next week, we're announcing a new name that better reflects...

  • CoD franchise on sale this weekend via Steam

    Steep discounts on Call of Duty games tend to be rare on Steam. After all, the games are popular enough that people will buy them anyway. But if you're still holding out on buying a few CoD games, then you'll be glad to know that the franchise has been discounted as part of a weekend deal on the PC storefront. The discounts range from the ho-hum (25% off Black Ops 3, 35% off World War Two) to the very attractive (50% off CoD, CoD 2, CoD: United Offensive, World at War, Infinite Warfare, the Modern Warfare games). Not enough of a discount...

  • Watch: Drake plays Fortnite on Twitch, breaks viewer records

    Fortnite is currently duking it out with PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) for title of most popular battle royale game right now. But Fortnite has received a massive shot in the arm after rapper Drake joined in on the fun, streaming via Twitch. The rapper, using the gamertag TheBoyDuddus, joined popular streamer Tyler 'Ninja' Blevins to play Epic's title, attracting over 600 000 viewers on Twitch at its peak. As of writing, the stream, which is still ongoing, had 487 000 viewers. Watch live video from Ninja on www.twitch.tv playing fort nite with @ninja https://t.co/OSFbgcfzaZ — Drizzy (@Drake) March 15, 2018 According to one report, the previous...

  • Super HDR: Vivo’s new HDR mode claims AI smarts, better results

    Between the Vivo X20 Plus UD (with its in-display fingerprint scanner) and the Apex concept phone, Chinese brand Vivo has been making waves in the West lately. Now, its latest innovation is a so-called Super HDR mode. Vivo revealed the new photography mode this week, saying it follows the same principles as traditional HDR, but makes for a better fit in more extreme scenarios. This is because the mode sees 12 images snapped at once for Super HDR, at a range of 14 EV (exposure value). By comparison, Google's latest iteration of HDR+ (seen on the Pixel 2) takes "up to 10 identical...

  • Sony’s excuse for removing headphone jack on XZ2 range is silly

    Sony's Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact mark a turning point for the company -- at least from a design perspective. Gone is the OmniBalance design, being replaced by the so-called "Ambient Flow" styling. However, the company also joined several other manufacturers (such as Apple, Lenovo, Essential and Huawei with the Mate 10 Pro) in ditching the 3.5mm headphone jack. It's an odd move, especially seeing that Sony is a multimedia juggernaut in general. Now, Sony has answered questions on its blog (as spotted by Xperia Blog), explaining why it dropped the jack. "This is part of the shift to our new Ambient...

  • Apple’s WWDC set for 4 June, but what will be revealed?

    Apple's World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) is one of the key tech events of the calendar, as the company shows off its latest software and hardware updates. Now, the company has announced a 4 June date for the conference, set to take place in San Jose. "Developers can apply for tickets from now through 22 March at 10 am PDT via the WWDC website. Tickets are issued through a random selection process, and developers will be notified of application status by 23 March at 5 pm PDT," Apple added. The big mystery is what Apple will actually be announcing at the conference. It's...

  • MIUI 9 hits devices this week, bringing a few new features

    Whether you like it or detest it, you can't argue that Xiaomi doesn't pay some attention to MIUI. The Android skin's features are heavily driven by the community, so Xiaomi owners will be glad to hear that the stable version of MIUI 9 (i.e. not a beta) launches this week. The news (spotted by TechRadar) was delivered by Xiaomi global vice-president and Xiaomi India head Manu Kumar Jain on Twitter. As promised, #MIUI9 is now available for all devices!@XiaomiIndia is committed to bringing the best and the latest OS to all our Mi Fans. That's why we're even updating the phones that...

  • Exclusive: Dual-screen ZTE Axon M, Blade V9 in works for South Africa

    In a crowd of notched Android phones or iterative designs, MWC 2018 also had a few unique smartphones on offer. And probably the most unique device on display was the ZTE Axon M, packing a Kyocera Echo-style dual-screen form factor. The dual screens allow you to either treat each screen separately or as one tablet-style display, making for a unique selling point, if anything. Now, ZTE's South African representatives have confirmed to Gearburn that they're looking at bringing the device to South Africa, along with the mid-range Blade V9. The representative said they were bringing "awesome products like Axon M Dual Screen...