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  • Gearburn’s definitive guide to MediaTek smartphones

    We've already done a Snapdragon smartphone guide, but what if you're leaning towards a MediaTek-powered phone? There are loads of processors from the Chinese firm out there, but how do you know which one is worth your cash? You can use our guide for this, as we demystify the MediaTek range of chips and give pricing recommendations in the process. For our definitive guide to Qualcomm Snapdragon smartphones, have a look at the piece linked below. Gearburn’s definitive guide to Qualcomm Snapdragon smartphones From general tasks to 4K video support, your smartphone’s processor plays a big part in the overall experience. And Qualcomm’s Snapdragon range...

  • This Is The Police [PC] review: ingredients don’t make the recipe

    This is the Police is a narrative-driven police management game created by Weappy Studio. It's the first title to come from the Belarus-based company and while it is by no means a badly developed title, it's not without its shortcomings. While my time with this title wasn’t necessarily a waste, I have to admit that it has a bit of an identity crisis. At one end, it wants to be a police management sim and on the other, a gritty piece of interactive fiction. While both of these approaches could have been great games on their own, fusing them together did...

  • Hisense announces extended smartphone warranty plan

    Chinese electronics manufacturer Hisense has announced it will now offer new smartphones purchased in South Africa with a 24 month warranty. This is in effect for all devices purchased from 1 September 2016. According to the company's SA brand manager, Ryan Curling, the warranty ensures that the company continues building its brand in the country. "For the past 20 years, Hisense has worked hard to build strong brand loyalty and trust in South Africa. This 24-month warranty on newly purchased phones shows that we are confident to put our money where our mouth is, providing customers peace of mind when buying...

  • Andromeda: Google to reveal unified Android, Chrome OS?

    We've seen Microsoft move towards a converged mobile/desktop environment with Windows 10, as well as Canonical and Ubuntu. But could Google be next to reveal a similar plan on 4 October? According to Android Police, citing an almost year-old Wall Street Journal report, Google is working on a unified Android and Chrome OS platform. This unified platform will apparently codenamed Andromeda by the Mountain View company. The old report claimed that Google is planning to "fold" Chrome OS into Android and that Google would show it off in 2016 before a 2017 launch. The dots have been joined for a possible Andromeda...

  • LG launches new 4K OLED TV ranges in South Africa

    September is clearly the month to launch televisions in South Africa. With Hisense kicking things off earlier this month, it was Korean electronics giant LG that unveiled its new wares at an event in Johannesburg's Cradle of Humankind Thursday. The company announced that four of its new premium 4K OLED TVs will arrive in South Africa, handpicked from its 2016 LG G6 and LG E6 ranges. The screens, which boast some novel innovations and marketing pointers, were used to showcase photography from Tanja and Cory Schmitz, two astro-photographers who look for the skyward light in the darkest of South African towns. And...

  • What’s the iPhone 7 Plus portrait mode like? Check these Instagram shots

    Apple has pushed out the iOS 10.1 public beta to those enrolled in the programme, delivering the much-hyped Portrait Mode to iPhone 7 Plus users. The mode, which resembles Huawei's aperture adjustment mode on the P9, allows users to take photos with a pleasant depth-of-field effect. However, Apple's execution differs in that it's been marketed as a tool for taking portraits. In fact, the company claimed that it uses machine learning, facial recognition and depth maps to accurately generate the effect. So what are the results like then? Well, Instagram is showing some great photos, with well-defined edges for the most part (the...

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 review: the best budget phablet in SA?

    Local Xiaomi distributor Mobile In Africa (MIA) is in a rather tight situation with the Redmi Note range. The firm launched the Redmi Note 2 (review) earlier this year, despite the Note 3 already being launched in China and a few other markets. At R2999, the Redmi Note 2 offers excellent value for money, but is the R3799 Note 3 that big of an improvement? What are you missing out on if you opt for the Note 2? We peel the curtain back on the Redmi Note 3. A thick, pleasant smartphone The first thing I noticed about the phone was how thick it...

  • Ode to Spring: 6 fun games oozing with new life

    Spring is well and truly here. In fact, even before we hit the 1st of September, the cold was becoming a distant memory and not only could we feel it, but the plants had a pretty good idea about it too! Luckily for you this isn't a musing on the seasons, but rather a tribute to the onset of Spring in the best way we know how -- by listing our favourite video games that incorporate amazing landscapes -- the most iconic symbol of Spring. Flower Released in 2009 on PlayStation 3, this is probably one of the most beautiful indie...

  • Huawei, Leica join forces for research, innovation lab

    Thought Huawei and Leica's partnership was limited to the P9 and P9 Plus smartphones? Well, this might surprise you, then. The two companies have announced a jointly operated "research and innovation centre", dubbed the Max Berek Innovation Lab. "The new lab, located at Leica's global HQ in Wetzlar, Germany, will drive further development of optical systems and software-based technologies to improve imaging quality in a wide range of photographic and mobile device applications," the duo said in an emailed press statement. "Additional outcomes will include the creation of computational imaging, augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) solutions." The Huawei and Leica lab will research photographic technology...

  • Xbox Games with Gold: October picks are meh

    Microsoft has announced October's Games with Gold lineup, but those expecting AAA blockbusters might be a tad disappointed. Got an Xbox 360? Then you'll be receiving motocross title MX vs ATV Reflex from 1-15 October. From 16-31 October, Xbox 360 gamers can download Ubisoft's polarising survival title I Am Alive. Of course, these titles will also work on the Xbox One. Speaking of Microsoft's newer console, the two Xbox One picks are Super Mega Baseball: Extra Innings and jailbreak title The Escapists. The latter will be available from 16 October to 15 November while the former is available throughout October. Last month's picks were far more...