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  • 5 failed challengers to Nintendo’s mighty handheld throne

    Nintendo doesn't have the best of fortunes in the home console market, but when it comes to handhelds, the company is a beast of note. From the original Game Boy to the current 3DS, the Japanese firm has seen off quite a a variety of rivals. We all know about Sony's PSP and Vita, but what about lesser-known consoles that tried and failed to knock Nintendo off its handheld perch? Atari Lynx Image: Pete Slater via Flickr One of the earliest rivals to the Game Boy was 1989's Atari Lynx, bringing colour screens to portables at a time when it was virtually unheard of. While the Lynx also delivered network play and an...

  • Revealed: Notable Xbox deals for tomorrow’s Ultimate Game Sale

    Microsoft's Ultimate Game Sale kicks off tomorrow (5 July), but you don't have to wait until then to see the discounted wares. The company's Major Nelson has published a list of cut-price Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC games that will be featured in the promotion, including a few notable entries. The deals are separated into several tiers, namely 67% off (75% off for Gold members) and 60% (67% for Gold subscribers), all the way to 10% (15% for paid subscribers) and 15% (25% for Gold users). What's on sale for Xbox One? There are plenty of games receiving a 67%/75% discount, including F1 2015, Lego Marvel...

  • Microsoft’s latest Windows 10 upgrade plea goes full-screen

    If you haven't ditched Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 for Windows 10 just yet, Microsoft's going to remind you once more whether you like it or not. After it's questionable tactics to grow its Windows 10 user base, this is likely the company's final throw of the dice. And it's arguably more annoying than ever before. Appearing as a full-screen notification, this dark-blue screen of annoyance rather politely reminds users of that free upgrade offer, which ends on 29 July. "Sorry to interrupt, but this is important. Windows 10 free upgrade offer ends July 29," the message states. The screen will popup after...

  • Motorola will return to South Africa before the end of 2016

    A new report from MyBroadband suggests that Lenovo-owned Motorola will relaunch in South Africa after a long hiatus. According to Lenovo Africa's MD Graham Braum, cited in the report, the Chinese company will be "bringing this technology to South Africa before the end of 2016." This corroborates statements made by Lenovo's EMEA president Eric Cador earlier this year. While this is certainly positive news for Motorola fans, we've heard this all before from Lenovo. The company first hinted at Motorola's return to South Africa back in 2014. Nothing happened. We were again given affirmation of the brand's return by Lenovo's then-EMEA president Aymar...

  • Fujifilm X70 brief review: small in stature, expensive in industry

    Petite and durable are two words you can use to describe the Fujifilm x70. It's small but is fitted with an all-metal body with a tilting LCD that allows for users to take high quality selfies. The x70 forms part of Fuji's X series. As such the camera offers nothing new excerpt the petite body and the new function, touch screen, Fujifilm's first, and a tilting screen. The Fujifilm X70 has fixed-lens APS-C compact camera that has a 16.3MP X-Trans sensor and a fixed 18.5mm lens. The X70 supports the digital tele-converter mode and users can select mount either a...

  • Big surprise (not really): Bioshock collection is now official

    After numerous leaks, 2K Games has finally let the oxygen-deprived cat out of the bag. The Bioshock games are coming to current-generation consoles in the form of remastered titles. Bioshock: The Collection features remastered versions of Bioshock 1, Bioshock 2 and Bioshock: Infinite, as well as all the single-player downloadable content, for $60. The collection will also play host to a new video series, called "Director's Commentary: Imagining BioShock", which features insights from team members Shawn Robertson and Ken Levine. Can't wait to get your hands on it? Well, you'll need to wait until 13 September in the USA (or 16 September internationally) to...

  • Her Story, LEGO Star Wars & more: 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. It's mid-week (kind of), which means we've rounded up a few noteworthy mobile games for you. What stands out this week though? Our top picks in this edition are Satellite Command and popular PC title Her Story coming to Android. Pocket Arcade Story (paid - Android, iOS) Kairosoft made a name for itself with Game Dev Story, being a title about managing a fledgling video game studio. Now, the company has gone back to its...

  • One less app: Steam hits Windows 10 Mobile

    In a week that has seen Microsoft support tease Snapchat on Windows Phone (although I'm a bit skeptical still), we can officially cross one big-name app off the list. It's taken a few years, but Valve has finally released a Steam app for the platform. The app means that Microsoft fans don't have to rely on third-party offerings to authenticate their accounts anymore. On Memeburn: Snapchat is coming to Windows 10 phones… soon As for other features, the app lets users send and accept trades with friends, sell virtual items via the Steam community and browse the storefront. In a cool touch,...

  • Review round-up: is Inside a lock for Game of the Year?

    Playdead established itself as a studio to watch when it released the critically acclaimed platformer Limbo back in 2010. Now, the company has unleashed a new game in the form of Inside, for Xbox One and Windows. It follows a similar puzzle/platformer formula to Limbo, complete with black and white visuals and side-scrolling perspective. So what are reviewers saying about the title then? That ending? Ryan McCaffrey of IGN gave the title a 10/10, saying it manages to be "beautiful, haunting and terrifying", occasionally at the same time. He also praised the game's level of detail, using dust particles suspended in the air, raindrops and rays of sunlight...

  • OnePlus, ASUS & Lenovo: 6 new smartphones that pack 6GB of RAM

    Thought 3GB of RAM was a ridiculous amount? Then you might not want to hear that 6GB of RAM is actually a thing this year. Believe it or not, but these handsets are out in the wild already. What would you do with this much memory though? Who knows, but here are a few phones that deliver in this regard. OnePlus 3 The most recent entry on the list, the follow-up to last year's disappointing OnePlus 2 is looking like a very capable smartphone. There's a Snapdragon 820 processor, 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, so you shouldn't be wont for more horsepower then. Otherwise,...