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  • Huawei reports 25% spike in smartphone shipments in H1 2016

    Chinese company Huawei has been on a roll over the past couple of years, seeing ever rising numbers and eclipsing established manufacturers in several markets. Now, the company has revealed more good news, thanks to its financial results for the first half of the year. "Sales revenue in the first half of 2016 increased by 41% year-on- year to US$11.6-billion. Smartphone shipments stood at 60.56-million, a year-on- year increase of 25%," the company explained in an emailed press statement. Global smartphone shipments in general for the first half of 2016 grew by 3.1%, Huawei said, citing IDC information. "We saw particularly fast growth in traditionally...

  • R5499 LG X Cam coming to South Africa in August

    Korean tech giant LG has announced that its latest mid-tier smartphone for the South African market. Dubbed the LG X Cam, the phone boasts two cameras on its rear, and a sleek aesthetic similar to the LG G5. The phone was officially launched in Johannesburg yesterday, and boasts a MediaTek MT6753 SoC, with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage (with option to expand that figure via microSD card). There's also a 2500mAh battery powering a 5.2-inch 1920x1080 screen. But clearly, the phone -- by name and design -- is aimed sternly at photography enthusiasts. Related: LG X Cam, X Screen...

  • Overwatch, Uncharted & Dark Souls: the 10 best games of the year (so far)

    We are now half way through the year -- can you believe it? It always kind of sneaks up on you, and in this industry, the games that you thought were so far away from release are suddenly upon you, taunting you with their price tags… There have however been some pretty spectacular ones so far, and this is that list! Overwatch Honestly, Overwatch is not particularly original. It’s a multiplayer FPS with some standard archetypes. It is however, a ridiculous amount of fun! The cartoon styling looks beautiful, the action is fast paced and actively promotes teamwork. DOOM DOOM has a long history...

  • Xiaomi reveals dual-camera Redmi Pro, Mi Notebook Air laptop

    Chinese technology colossus Xiaomi said it would have some stuff to announce today, and it didn't disappoint. The company revealed the Redmi Pro smartphone, coming in three variants. The first two options feature the ten-core MediaTek Helio X20 processor and 3GB of RAM, while the top-end model has a slightly upgraded Helio X25 chip and 4GB of RAM. The entry-level 32GB Redmi Pro will cost RMB1499 (R3212 as a straight conversion), the 64GB model will have a RMB1699 (R3940) price tag and the 128GB option has a price of RMB1999 (R4279). All devices come with a hybrid SIM slot, allowing you...

  • Humble Bundle and Rooms of Doom: 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. Looking for something meatier than Pokemon Go? Or maybe you just want a change of pace? Either way, we've got some picks for you. My favourite game this week? I'll have to say Rooms of Doom, but only because I own some of the Humble Bundle titles already. Rooms of Doom - Minion Madness (free - Android, iOS) The latest game from the people behind Crossy Road is another endless-runner - so how...

  • Nintendo NX leaks: how powerful is the Nvidia Tegra X1?

    Eurogamer has published a rather massive story this week, revealing more about the mysterious Nintendo NX console. We already heard murmurings of a hybrid home/portable console, but the publication has received confirmation from its own sources. The confirmation is that it's a portable console with detachable controllers and the ability to dock for home usage. Another very big reveal was Eurogamer's claim that the device would be powered by an Nvidia Tegra processor, most likely being the Tegra X1 or perhaps the new Tegra X2. Finally, the publication corroborated earlier rumours that the device will feature memory cards in lieu of discs, making for...

  • BlackBerry DTEK50: a secure Android phone for $300?

    Secure Android smartphones, such as the BlackPhone range, haven't had much success in the market. Still, that hasn't deterred BlackBerry from releasing the DTEK50, being a full-touch Android smartphone with no physical keyboard. The new phone features a number of security and privacy features, such as the DTEK security software (to track permissions and when apps access certain functions) and modifications to Android Marshmallow 6.0. Aside from Android and a touch-only keyboard, the device also packs in a 5.2-inch full HD display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor, 16GB of expandable storage, a 2610mAh battery and 3GB of RAM. In an interesting move,...

  • Nintendo NX will be portable, home console hybrid powered by Nvidia – report

    Big news in the upcoming console war: the Nintendo NX will be a portable-home console hybrid, Eurogamer reports. The media house's sources confirmed that the Japanese company's console will be unlike anything we've seen this decade, and will likely put the cat among the pigeons in the upcoming generation. According to the report, the console will be powered by the Nvidia Tegra X1 SoC, while the screen will be "bookended by two controller sections on either side, which can be attached or detached as required." For those users gaming on the go, "when you get home, the system can connect to...

  • No Man’s Sky: here’s what you should know

    It's been over two years since Hello Games announced No Man's Sky at E3 2014 and has since become one of the most highly-anticipated and hyped titles ever. That comes as no surprise though, as the recipe for this super space exploration sim provides us with all the ingredients a modern gamer seeks, and more. Exploration, discovery, ownership, combat and space… lots and lots of space. Related: Latest No Man’s Sky trailer showcases zany space-fighting mechanics To say that No Man's Sky is an open world game is a severe understatement. The sheer magnitude of its universe almost rivals our own, and...

  • Xbox Games with Gold for August revealed

    It's time for Microsoft to reveal their Games with Gold titles for next month, and we've got decent picks for August. Xbox Live Gold subscribers receive two free games on Xbox One and two free games on Xbox 360. However, the Xbox 360 titles are backwards-compatible with the Xbox One. Anyway, Xbox One fans will receive Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate (1-31 August) and WWE 2K16 (16 August to 15 September). As for the older console, you can expect tough platformer Spelunky (1-15 August) and classic adventure title Beyond Good and Evil HD (16-31 August). It's not too late to pick up a few...