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  • Naughty Dog bites back over sexual harassment claim

    In the wake of headlines regarding sexual harassment by Hollywood bigwigs, prominent studio Naughty Dog is now in the spotlight following claims from a former employee. Former Naughty Dog designer David Ballard issued a series of tweets, saying that he had been harassed by a colleague in a more senior position. "In late 2015, I was sexually harassed at Naughty Dog by a lead. My work environment became extremely toxic afterward," his first tweet reads. In late 2015, I was sexually harassed at Naughty Dog by a lead. My work environment became extremely toxic afterward. 1/ — David Ballard (@DBal) October 14, 2017 Ballard says that...

  • Razer smartphone ‘leaks’, but is it overhyped already?

    The past few days have seen a few leaks pertaining to Razer's upcoming smartphone, as well as a 1 November reveal date touted by the firm. Benchmark tests have purportedly found their way online too, showing a phone with a Snapdragon 835 processor, 2560x1440 display and a mammoth 8GB of RAM. The last stat has gained a ton of headlines, even though phones with 6GB or 8GB of RAM aren't really doing much with that. Heck, VR and video editing might be the only real uses for 6GB or 8GB of RAM at this point. In any event, aside from the RAM,...

  • Watch Huawei Mate 10 live-stream here at 1pm

    We all know that Huawei is planning to launch the Mate 10 in Munich today, the hype train having gone into effect months ago. We're expecting a phablet with a "FullView Display", tiny bezels, 4000mAh battery (or better) and a dual-camera setup on the back, for starters. We're also expecting two variants, in the form of a standard and Pro model -- don't be surprised if a Porsche variant and mid-range Mate 10 Lite are also revealed. Of course, the company has already revealed the Kirin 970 chip which will power the Mate 10. And we've got loads of details regarding the...

  • From VR to Pro support, here’s what to know about Gran Turismo Sport

    The latest entry in the mega-popular Gran Turismo franchise is but hours away from release, and many series fans will have already preordered Gran Turismo Sport. But what if you're on the wall about the title? Here's what you should know There is single-player content, but... Don't expect there to be a similar career mode as previous entries, as GT Sport is pretty much focused on online multiplayer. Esports is all the rage etc etc. We have a campaign mode, comprised of a driving school (think license tests), mission challenge (complete various racing challenges and compare results with friends), Circuit Experience (which has you...

  • Oukitel K10000 Pro review: a cheap, unspectacular, long-lasting brick

    I've been wanting to get my hands on the Oukitel K10000 for a long time now, ever since it was announced a year or so ago. After all, how many phones pack a massive 10 000mAh battery? That puts it in "power bank with a phone attached to it" territory. Then we saw the K10000 Pro being released (available for US$180 via Gearbest), featuring a camera bump and spec upgrade. But otherwise, the headline-grabbing battery size still remained. Of course, with such a massive battery, it's difficult to make a smartphone with a svelte body... Hardware Unbox the K10000 Pro and you've got...

  • Watch: Lewis Hamilton’s role in Gran Turismo Sport

    We're but a few days away from the 17 October release of Gran Turismo Sport, arguably one of the most important releases in the franchise's history. Featuring a heavy esports emphasis, it represents somewhat of a departure compared to previous entries. Now, developer Polyphony Digital has released a new video, detailing triple F1 champion Lewis Hamilton's involvement in the new game. "It has been announced that the three time F1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton will be appearing in 'Gran Turismo Sport' as the mentor and Maestro who will lead and guide the players," read an excerpt from the video description. Gran Turismo Sport...

  • iPhone 8 preorders kick off at iStore, starting at R13 499

    The iStore has announced that preorders have kicked off for the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus in South Africa, starting at R13 499 for the 64GB iPhone 8. The preorders are only for cash purchases however, it must be noted. Need more space? Then you'll want to spend an extra R3000 for the 256GB iPhone 8, coming in at R16 499. Want the iPhone 8 Plus? Then that'll cost R15 499 for the 64GB version and R18 499 for the 256GB variant. The iPhone 8 will be competitively priced compared to the Galaxy S8, Huawei P10 and other rivals The iPhone 8 and iPhone...

  • Stranger Things and Thimbleweed Park: 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. There's never a shortage of mobile games, it must be said. But good mobile games? That's another matter, really. In any event, we've scoured app stores for the latest and greatest games worthy of your time and bandwidth. Our highlights this week? Well, it's a blockbuster week actually, with Stranger Things and two PC to mobile ports. Stranger Things (free - Android, iOS) How better to celebrate season two of Stranger Things than...

  • Sailfish X: would you spend €50 an alternative, incomplete mobile platform?

    Don't care for Android, iOS or the comatose Windows 10 Mobile? Then what about Sailfish X? Yep, the mobile platform, coming from former Nokia employees, is now available for the Sony Xperia X. Bringing Android app support, a Meego/BlackBerry 10-style multitasking screen and a dedicated screen for social media, it's certainly different, to say the least. However, there are a few caveats that only make Sailfish X a curiosity at this stage... For starters, platform holder Jolla is charging an eye-watering €49.90 for this particular flavour of operating system -- you can get full-fledged smartphones at that price. "The basic image of Sailfish OS...

  • 8 last gen games that would benefit from an HDR upgrade

    HDR, along with 4K, has become the latest graphical feature to be targeted by console manufacturers and game developers. Promising more vivid colours, better contrast between lights and darks and better lights and darks, it looks poised to deliver a solid upgrade for games. But that got us thinking... What about last-generation games that would benefit from the technology? GTA V Technically speaking, it saw a current-generation release as well, but the last GTA game looks tailor-made for an HDR update. Between the pastel hues, pseudo-California setting and the great weather effects, it practically screams out for an update, doesn't it? Oh yeah, and...