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  • Last Wii U to be made this week – report

    The Wii U is Nintendo's biggest sales flop since the Virtual Boy and, with the Switch closer to release, the firm has reportedly decided to end production of the ill-fated console this week. According to Eurogamer, citing multiple sources, the company's Japanese production line will cease operations this week after the deadline for orders passed. It's understood that a small number of orders were placed for the final production run. The company has only sold 13.3 million Wii U consoles, compared to the Nintendo GameCube's estimated 21.7 million units sold. It's a rather sobering figure for Nintendo, especially when the GameCube was...

  • The Gearburn Podcast #4: is Nintendo Switch console gaming’s saviour?

    If you're still pinching yourself after the Nintendo Switch announcement, worry not, because we are too. It's not every day that Kyoto announces something hardware related. Hell, it's not every day we get a new title announcement from the company. But last week, we saw the Nintendo Switch and a slew of new non-Nintendo titles running on it. It was one of the most exciting three minute trailers we've seen in ages. Learn more about Nintendo’s new home gaming system at the Nintendo Switch Presentation, streamed LIVE on Jan. 12 https://t.co/0c7gOJasA2 pic.twitter.com/5aR7MBH2C5 — Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) October 27, 2016 In The Gearburn Podcast this...

  • Camera comparison: Lumia 950 vs Sony Xperia XZ

    We attended the Cape Town press event for the Sony Xperia XZ and X Compact smartphones this week. Now, the actual release information has been available for a while now, but the event did give us the opportunity to compare the camera to my personal Lumia 950. So then, does the Sony smartphone blow Microsoft's device out of the water? Well, check out the gallery for our very unscientific test. The Xperia XZ does have a higher resolution 23MP camera though, compared to the 950's 20-megapixel shooter. But it still makes for an interesting comparison. We disabled the 950's Rich Capture trickery and...

  • LG V20 gets SA release date, prepaid price tag

    We've known about the launch month for a while now, but the LG V20 has finally received a 7 November release date in South Africa. The new smartphone will be coming as a Vodacom-exclusive device, LG Mobile South Africa announced. So what can you expect from the handset then? Well, for starters, it's the first non-Google phone to feature Android 7.0 Nougat. But otherwise, it's packing a powerful Snapdragon 820 chip, 4GB RAM and 64GB of expandable storage. The phone also packs a similar camera setup to the LG G5, so that means a 16MP f/1.8 main camera accompanied by a 8MP...

  • What can the MacBook Pro Touch Bar be used for?

    Last week, Apple revealed its latest MacBook Pro lineup, complete with a Touch Bar replacing the row of function keys. "The Touch Bar places controls right at the user's fingertips and adapts when using the system or apps like Mail, Finder, Calendar, Numbers, GarageBand, Final Cut Pro X and many more, including third-party apps. For example, the Touch Bar can show Tabs and Favorites in Safari, enable easy access to emoji in Messages, provide a simple way to edit images or scrub through videos in Photos and so much more," Apple wrote on its website. But what else can you do...

  • No digital games for you! EA Origin banned in Myanmar

    In years gone by, if video games were put on the embargo list for a country, then as long as you had the physical titles, you could still play them. What about today's digital age though? Well, EA has banned gamers in Myanmar from using its Origin gaming storefront, it was revealed on Reddit. The situation was reported by redditor trivial_sublime, living in Myanmar. EA Games and Origin quietly bans an entire country - or, why you shouldn't take digital distribution for granted. from gaming "Origin is kicking an 'Access Denied' message to all of us. You can't access ANY games or...

  • Lenovo Moto prize bracelet: the worst fitness tracker I’ve ever used

    Recently, I was invited to a Moto launch event in South Africa. Lenovo was bringing the brand back to the market, starting with the Moto Z. When guests arrived, they were given white bracelets with no specific purpose mentioned. Later on, the bracelets glowed blue for plebs and then red for 'fortunate' people who won their own Moto Z. It seemed a waste to just throw the bracelet away, so I decided to test it out. Firstly, it fits quite well on my large wrists. The device uses a basic watch-strap design with holes and nobs slotting into said holes. Sure, the...

  • Titanfall 2 campaign first look: BT and me

    In Titanfall 2, the relationship between you -- protagonist Jack Cooper -- and your first Titan -- BT -- is reminiscent of the partnership between Drax and Quill from Guardians of the Galaxy. And it's just as awesome. While the game was installing, I had the option to play the same training run which we first saw in the beta. In the fear of getting bored, I put the control down and waited for the title to install fully. Once I could access the full game, I was introduced to the beautifully metallic visuals of BT's former pilot, Tai Lastimosa rushing into...

  • 8 essential gadgets for ghost hunting this Halloween

    In celebrations of All Hallows’ Eve (that’s Halloween if you didn’t’ know) we have decided to take a look at some of the cutting-edge tech being used in the ethereal realm of “paranormal investigations”, better known as “ghost hunting”. We might still be a long way from the “proton packs” and “ecto goggles” of Ghostbusters fame but that doesn’t mean the way present day equipment is being used in ghost hunting is any less intriguing. Also, I will have to admit that my knowledge of these paranormal affairs are a bit lacking so if you know if any other crazy gadgets...

  • You can’t directly connect your iPhone to new MacBook Pro

    Apple held its MacBook Pro event last night, revealing few surprises if you were keeping up with the rumour mill. In an interesting move, the new MacBook Pro laptops sport four USB Type-C ports, moving away from the single Type-C nonsense of the vanilla MacBook. These new laptops don't have full-sized USB ports however, which means you can't actually connect your iPhone directly to the MacBook. The solution is to splash out US$25 on a USB Type-C to Lightning cable, available from the Apple online store. The new MacBook Pro line has some lovely features, but iPhone users will be in for a tough time Fortunately,...