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  • Surprise, surprise: tablet sales decline, but Apple increases market lead

    The world's consumer buying habits are extremely odd, and highlighted even further thanks to new data by research firm IDC. This week, it released world tablet sales figures, and unsurprisingly, they're steadily declining. In Q2 2016, tablet sales topped 38.7-million, but that itself is a drop of 12.3% over the same quarter a year ago. That's enormous. IDC's senior research analyst Jitesh Ubrani suggests that users don't consider tablets as a "productive form factor". "The market has spoken as consumers and enterprises seek more productive form factors and operating systems – it's the reason we're seeing continued growth in detachables," he explains. However,...

  • Fallout Shelter (PC) review: Vault-Tec now on PC

    Fallout Shelter is a free-to-play management game that puts you in control of your very own “Vault”, an underground bunker that has been built as a refuge to protect its residents from the plethora of dangers present in a post-apocalyptic world. It was originally released in June 2015 for iOS (August 2015 for Android), just a few months ahead of the critically-acclaimed Fallout 4 and garnered an impressive US$5.1-million in micro-transactions within the first two weeks of its release. Now, a year since its release, Fallout Shelter has finally made its way to PC. But as a game originally meant for...

  • Disney Infinity closure timelines revealed, game officially dies March 2017

    We've known for a while now that Disney Infinity will be discontinued, but we've finally received timelines for various features to be phased out. In a press release sent to Gearburn, the company confirmed that as of 29 July, no in-app purchases can be made in the PC, iOS, Android, Amazon and Apple TV versions of the game. However, owners of the Steam version of Infinity 3.0 can continue to make purchases. Related: Say goodbye to the toy-based Disney Infinity video game series As of 30 September, "the Steam versions of Disney Infinity 2.0 and 3.0 will remain operational with the exception of...

  • PlayStation Vita has been hacked: here’s how to do it

    It's been possible to run homebrew software on the PlayStation Vita for a while now, but pretty much all of these hacks only grant access to the PSP sandbox/environment. In other words, those hoping to harness the Vita's horsepower can't do so, as the hacks are pretty much ports of hacks for Sony's older console. Additionally, many of these hacks require loads of steps or a purchased game to accomplish. Now a new hack has been released, which has jump-started the seemingly tired PlayStation Vita homebrew scene. Dubbed Henkaku, the hack simply requires you to visit the website in question from your Vita or...

  • What do we make of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 teaser trailer?

    We all know that Samsung will be revealing a new Note phablet (likely the Samsung Galaxy Note 7) on Tuesday, and now the Korean firm has uploaded a teaser trailer for the new smartphone. The short video starts off by showing a series of unlocking methods, beginning with a simple fingerprint and moving to complicated pattern passwords. The Korean text overlay alludes to "password complexity". This suggests that those rumours of an iris scanner might not be so far-fetched after all... The video then shows a woman taking a selfie, complete with a bedside lamp being used to illuminate her face. Perhaps pointing to a front-facing camera...

  • The Technomancer review: welcome to Backtrack Simulator 2016

    Take one part Mass Effect, mix it in with some Alpha Protocol and add a heap of Too Human. What do you get? The finished product is a hack-and-slash RPG that clearly shows its budget trappings. We're talking about The Technomancer. Anyway, The Technomancer takes place on a Mars colony that sees corporations running the show. This comes at the expense of mutants, poverty-stricken folk and other unfortunate souls down below. You're a Technomancer, one of the "lucky" mutants though, effectively able to channel electrical powers and imbue your weapons with said powers. This means you'll be a special soldier for said corporations... That...

  • Samsung Gear Fit 2, Samsung Gear IconX debut in South Africa

    On the back of its leaky Samsung Galaxy Note 7 news, the company still has time to issue press releases of its new wearable products. The company today announced that the Samsung Gear Fit 2 fitness band, and the Samsung Gear IconX wireless earbuds are both heading to South Africa. Well, at least the one is -- the Fit 2 is already available in South Africa. On that note, the fitness tracker is cut from the same cloth as other fitness trackers. It boasts a heart-rate monitor, a 1.5-inch 216x432 curved AMOLED screen, 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage for...

  • 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...