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  • Pinchworm, Vector 2 & more: 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. We're back with a gander at some of the latest and most notable games for your mobile device, so let's get on with it. Highlights in this edition include Vector 2, an addictive tennis title and a game from former Facebook employees. Pinchworm (free - iOS) I didn't get a chance to actually try this out, but Pinchworm stands out thanks to its creators, being former Facebook employees who decided to create the...

  • 5 great affordable smartphones with above average battery life

    You might be wondering what phones you should be buying for your specific usage case. Want a swanky body, a brilliant camera or an extremely hardy battery? Look no further. Today, we look at the latter. We round up the best phones for the job, starting with the top five phones with extra long battery mileage. In no specific order, here they are. Huawei Mate 7 Easily going two days without seeing a wall socket, the Mate 7 is one of the most enduring phones we've ever reviewed. At 6.0-inches, the huge body hides a 4100mAh battery -- one of the biggest...

  • See Faith run in the latest Mirror’s Edge Catalyst trailer

    Mirror's Edge developers at DICE just love running with a pun, don't they? Sorry. With that said, Mirror's Edge Catalyst, the sequel to the 2008 sleeper hit, is just around the corner, and Electronic Arts has given us a brand new trailer. Taking us through the initial sequences of the game (that you may, or may not, have seen during the game's beta period), Faith Connors once again finds herself running through the City of Glass. "Experience the origin story of Faith and master her momentum to traverse the city and fight back against the oppressive powers," the press release reads. "Exploring the...

  • Xbox One and PC gamers can finally play Rocket League together

    After Microsoft's announcement in March, Rocket League now finally supports cross-network play on PC and Xbox One. Yes, that means right now. Players can now include players from with Xbox One or PC on their public and private games from the Rocket League options menu. "Cross-network play has been something that Xbox One gamers have been asking us for since the day we launched, and thanks to Microsoft's new cross-network policies, we're proud to give it to them," writes VR of Psyonix Jeremy Dunham, is a press release sent to Gearburn. Psyonix's Rocket League has been 2015's biggest sleeper hit, racking up...

  • Apple readying Google Home, Amazon Echo rival report suggests

    Well, that didn't take long. Less a week after Google announced its Home smart hub speaker system, rumours suggest that Apple's about to do exactly the same at its own developers conference, WWDC. The news comes courtesy of The Information and "a person with direct knowledge of the effort," Apple's competitor to Google Home and the originator Amazon Echo, will use Siri. The company is said to be working on an open SDK for the personal assistant too, which will allow third party companies and developers to craft additional features to the service. Additionally, it's not farfetched to imagine that Apple's...

  • Spider-Man character pack is free for LEGO Marvel Avengers

    For any fans of Spider-Man (and really, who wouldn't be?) there's a new web-slinging character pack for LEGO Marvel Avengers.  The best part is that it's free. Available on pretty much every console the game was released on, the pack includes these six characters: Spider-Man (Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War) Spider-Man (Peter Parker) Spider-Man (Mile Morales) Spider-Girl Iron Spider ...and my personal favourite: Scarlet Spider (Ben Reilly, not Kaine) Read more: LEGO Marvel Avengers review: just another brick in the wall This is the first add-on for Lego Marvel Avengers that has been available for free, besides the Thunderbolts pre-order incentive. All...

  • Pebble 2, Pebble Time 2 and all-new wearable hit Kickstarter

    Pebble's all-conquering smartwatches hold jaw-dropping records on Kickstarter. The original Pebble sits at number three on the website's all-time "most funded" list, at US$10.2-million. The Pebble Time campaign, launched last year, is the most-funded Kickstarter project of all time, sitting at a massive $20.3-million. Now, the Pebble team is back, revealing the Kickstarter for the all-new Pebble 2 and Pebble Time 2 smartwatches. It's already blown past its US$1-million goal, hitting US$5.8-million as of publication. So what's new this time? What should you expect? Much like the original Pebble, the Pebble 2 features a black and white always-on "e-paper" display, water-resistance (to 30 metres) and...

  • Xbox Games with Gold for June includes XCOM, Goat Simulator & more

    Microsoft has announced its selection of Games With Gold titles for next month - and it's not Bioshock Infinite or Red Dead Redemption like those rumours claimed. Xbox One fans can look forward to bonkers physics-heavy game Goat Simulator (all month) and racing title The Crew (16 June until 15 July). Xbox 360 gamers are set to receive hard-as-nails platformer Super Meat Boy (from 1-15 June), as well as XCOM: Enemy Unknown (from 16-30 June). Of course, the Xbox 360 titles are backwards-compatible with the Xbox One, so owners of Microsoft's current-generation console should have no shortage of games to play. Unless you played...

  • Do you agree with the 2016 Video Game Hall of Fame inductees?

    The Video Game Hall of Fame is an international hall of fame that celebrates and recognizes various electronic game titles (arcade, computer, console, handheld, mobile) that “exerted influence on the video game industry or on popular culture and society in general”. This hall of fame was established on June 4, 2015 by The Strong’s National Museum of Play, a highly interactive and collections-based museum based in Rochester, New York. It is currently one of the largest museums in the United States and boasts the world’s greatest collection of historical materials related to the art of “play”. For a title to be...

  • Xiaomi Mi 5: available in South Africa next week for R7999

    Mobile In Africa (MIA), the company responsible for importing Xiaomi products into South Africa, has announced that the Xiaomi Mi 5 is hitting South African stores next week. In a refresher sent to Gearburn by MIA, the latter stated that the phone will be available from the MIA site, Makro, DionWired, Game, Takealot and Incredible Connection. The Xiaomi Mi 5 was initially debuted at *MWC 2015, and boasts a 5.15-inch screen with 1920x1080 pixels, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, and 3GB of RAM. The Android-based phone also boasts a 16MP rear camera, along with a 4MP selfie snapper up front, and...