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  • LG G6 to have quad DAC hardware, company confirms

    The LG V20 (review) was an audio beast of note, featuring quad DAC hardware for higher quality sound, as well as high-resolution audio recording chops. Now, it looks like the LG G6 will have similar hardware. The company has announced (Google Translate) that its upcoming flagship will pack quad DAC hardware as well, which delivers better sound than standard audio hardware in smartphones. LG says the new hardware will lower the "distortion rate to 0.0002% of the master audio level", while also granting users more granular control over the left and right side of the earphones. The LG G6 will take an audio-related...

  • Gearburn’s definitive guide to Snapdragon smartphones [Update]

    We'll be periodically updating this article as more Snapdragon chips get announced. From general tasks to 4K video support, your smartphone's processor plays a big part in the overall experience. And Qualcomm's Snapdragon range powers scores of smartphones around the world. Not all of these chips are created equally though, so we looked at what you should be paying for phones with Snapdragon processors. Do bear in mind that some phones might fall above our pricing guidelines, owing to manufacturer greed, notable hardware features or other factors. The entry-level processors: Snapdragon 200 series The Snapdragon 200 series, including the 200, 208, 210 and 212 processors, are the...

  • We talk South Africa’s indie gaming scene with Microsoft’s Clifford de Wit

    Whether it be puzzlers or role-playing titles, there is no shortage of indie video games. As shown by our Digital All Stars pieces on indie gaming companies and the community, there's a significant indie gaming scene in South Africa. Memeburn had a chance to sit down with DPE Lead at Microsoft, Clifford de Wit, at the recent Microsoft Tech Summit event in Johannesburg. Aside from the general information on Azure and systems, we also spoke to him about Microsoft and the indie video game scene. The Windows store "The store is getting unified now and that makes a big difference," explains de Wit,...

  • Grand Theft Auto IV comes to Xbox backwards-compatibility

    Grand Theft Auto V has already made its way to Xbox One, albeit in remastered form, but what about Grand Theft Auto IV? Fortunately, Rockstar Games has confirmed that the Xbox 360 version is now backwards compatible. The publisher made the announcement on its website, revealing that all versions of the game, as well as Episodes from Liberty City, are compatible on Xbox One. Gamers who own the digital version will see it show up in the "Ready to Install" section on Xbox One, while those with a physical copy will need to insert it and then download the compatible version. Hankering...

  • Yakuza 0 review diaries: like a fine wine

    After missing out on much of the Yakuza series (which is a PlayStation exclusive), I'm glad to finally have my hands on the latest entry in the franchise: Yakuza 0. It acts as an overall prequel to the rest of the titles and serves as an entry point for the series' over-arching narrative. While I usually play a game and write up a standard review -- with the exception of Dark Souls 3 -- I've decided to take a different approach to Yakuza 0. Much like Gearburn editor Andy Walker's review of Nioh, Yakuza 0 will be written as a...

  • New Torment: Tides of Numenera trailer shows off crazy story

    A spiritual successor to Planescape: Torment, Torment: Tides of Numenera has been on the lips of almost every CRPG fan for the past few months. This Kickstarter darling shows promise and its popularity only grows with each new trailer. Publisher TechlandGames has released a new trailer that details the backstory to this world. According to the game's lore, there is a man who managed to discover immortality by jumping from one blank body to the next. He thus prolonged his life and became the 'Changing God'. In doing so, he awoke The Sorrow, something old that wants to kill him in order to...

  • PS4 Pro Boost Mode: which games benefit most?

    The 4.50 firmware for the PlayStation 4 finally brings external hard drive support, but PS4 Pro users in the beta programme also got Boost Mode. The feature uses the extra grunt of the Pro model to deliver smoother performance in vanilla PS4 games (that aren't patched for the Pro). So which games benefit most? Eurogamer has done a preliminary round of testing, putting the likes of Project CARS, F1 2016, Knack and Assassin's Creed Unity to the test. It found that Project CARS saw the biggest framerate improvement, "in the region of 35-38 percent". In other words, a full race at Le...

  • Humble Bundle and Spiraloid: this week’s top mobile games

    We've got a solid selection of mobile games for your viewing listening playing (?) pleasure this week, starting with a Humble Bundle for Android. Otherwise, A Normal Lost Phone and Spiraloid are two other notable titles this week. Check out the full rundown below. Spiral (free - Android, iOS) It seems like you can't go a week without a super tough, borderline-unfair game coming to mobile platforms, with Ketchapp's Spiral being the latest. The title sees you controlling a ball rolling down a (what else?) spiral, tapping the screen to hop over obstacles. The one big problem is that the obstacles come before...

  • Hands on: Ghost Recon Wildlands beta

    After a good few hours of playing the Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands beta, playing both single-player and multiplayer modes, I still seem to have mixed feelings about the game. I decided to play the single-player mode before even touching the multiplayer, and what I found was that I was either annoyed or completely chuffed at the way the AI teammates responded. When I was critically wounded, the AI managed to come to my aid incredibly fast, almost abandoning the mission objective and providing cover fire of sorts. However, sending your AI counterparts into specific locations wasn't particularly effective, especially when...

  • New Chrome OS update available, brings material design and more

    Today, Google announced the release of a new update for Chrome OS. While it doesn't bring any major changes, such as the ability to install and use Android apps, it does include a few interesting ones. According to a Google blog post, the 56.0.2924.87 (Platform version: 9000.82.0) update contains a new Material Design for the shelf and system menu and Flash Component updater. Additionally, a "new version of the ChromeVox screen reader is now the default across all Chromebooks". The Asus Chromebook Flip C100PA, Google Chromebook Pixel (2015), and Acer Chromebook R11 will not receive the update. These devices support the Google...