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  • 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...

  • Gears of War 4 hits Xbox One 11 October, beta begins 18 April

    Gears of War 4 finally has an official release date, after The Coalition's Adam Fletcher today announced new details on the Xbox Wire. That date is 11 October 2016, however, the multiplayer beta will still kick off this month, 18 April, for those who purchased Gears of War: Ultimate Edition on Xbox One or Windows 10. Additional Xbox Live members will be allowed to join on 24 April. It's clear that The Coalition and Microsoft are scrupulously micromanaging the information released about the game. There's not much else to report at present, and largely since the game's first public outing at...

  • 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...

  • HP Spectre swings at the Macbook with three USB Type-C ports, swanky exterior

    HP's calling its latest Macbook challenger the "world's thinnest laptop," and its hard to argue against that. The company's new HP Spectre 13 is just 10.4mm at its thickest point and weighs a mere 1.11kg. It's quite the ultraportable then, and as a result, it's aimed squarely at Apple's range of in-flight friendly machines. The HP Spectre might be an older name in the laptop fraternity, but the new version is quite a step forward in terms of design. Aesthetically, it's about as flash as a hip hop video, with the company also offering designer finishes courtesy of Tord Boontje (above)...

  • Nintendo closing down the DSi Shop in 2017

    Do you still own a Nintendo DSi console? It may be time to start thinking about upgrading before you lose access to the store. Announced on the Nintendo.com website, the company says it'll finally close down the Nintendo DSi Store in 2017. Users can still purchase points until 30 September and spend them up until 31 March next year. The company has yet to decide when the hammer will fall on the store, and recommends users upgrade to a newer product in the Nintendo 3DS family -- but, of course they do. Related: New Nintendo 3DS XL review: pry it from my...

  • 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...

  • BlackBerry PRIV review: steeped in potential, lacking in polish

    You might be wondering why on earth there's a BlackBerry review on Gearburn in 2016, but rest assured, the clock hasn't wound back ten years, nor is the company dead. In fact, it's experiencing something of a mantra change. Last decade, the Canadian company was the one challenging Apple for the world smartphone hierarchy. It was selling more phones than Samsung, and it was doing a damn fine job in the process. But since then, the company has fallen from grace, so much so that in 2016, it has done the unthinkable: it has turned to Android. Now, I was pretty...

  • LG G5 burnt, scratched and bent in gruesome torture test [video]

    There are some things you really shouldn't do to your smartphone, and that includes deliberately scratching it with a knife, burning its screen with a lighter, and bending it to death with the raw strength of human fury. But that doesn't mean it isn't funny to watch other people doing it to their phones. While this probably isn't his smartphone, YouTuber and phone tester JerryRigEverything decides to take his anger and curiousity out on a defenceless LG G5, because well... some body has to do it. The phone is subject to severe physical scrutiny, and largely stands up to the torture...