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  • 4 alternatives to Microsoft’s dying Sunrise calendar app

    Microsoft will soon shutter Sunrise, the calendar app it bought back in February 2015. If you were an avid user of the rather brilliant calendar app, you're probably hunting for an alternative that doesn't suck. Luckily for you, we've scoured the Play Store to find you five possible alternatives. Google Calendar If you're on Android, this is probably the no-brainer alternative. The new Calendar app boasts plenty of colour, clean Material Design and the typically simple Google app setup. Multiple viewing options compliment the options to quick-add events with Google Maps integration, and search events across all calendars. Being it a Google product,...

  • Lara, Jade and Samus: 7 of the most badass female characters in gaming

    Playable female characters in video games have been over-sexualised and under-represented for years. Recently, there has been greater attention drawn to this imbalance within the video game industry, and a drive to include more female characters as protagonists. While on some levels I'm a little conflicted about writing this list,. There is a part of me that looks to these characters as strong and inspirational role models (insofar as you can consider a digital, fictional character a role model). While the term “strong female protagonist" is somewhat overused and ambiguous, it does provide us with an entry point to discuss...

  • Asus ROG Strix GL502 laptop flaunts GTX 980M, 32GB RAM & NVMe SSD support

    Asus has announced its latest addition to the Republic of Gamers' laptop line -- the ROG Strix GL502. Strix is generally associated with the company's range of graphics cards, but the branding has been used on keyboards, headphones and other desktop towers in the past. But now, it comes to yet another laptop. So what's so special about this one? Let's talk I/O. There's a single HDMI port, a mini DisplayPort 1.2, a new-age USB Type-C 3.1 port, and finally three USB 3.0 slots. There's none of that USB 2.0 nonsense here. And it's about as modern inside as it is out...

  • Samsung aims to bring virtual touchscreens to wearables using projectors

    Samsung has been a pioneering force in the smartwatch world, so it's not really a surprise that the company's working towards the device's betterment. It's latest pending patent suggests that the company's really looking for novel ways to solve the smartwatch's issues, including projecting an extended screen onto the user's wrist, arm, or any nearby wall. According to the patent's abstract, the wearable "includes an image projector configured to project a virtual user interface screen" along with a camera to capture any user inputs or provide visual information for the projector's scaling requirements, and a co-processor that makes sense of it...

  • Xbox One backwards compatibility gets multiple disc support for Xbox 360

    The ability to play Xbox 360 games on the Xbox One is a rather impressive technical feat, but it's not without drawbacks though. One of the biggest issues was the lack of support for games that spanned multiple discs. Fortunately, Microsoft's engineers have solved this problem, as Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut is the first multiple disc title to be backwards-compatible. Microsoft's Major Nelson confirmed the news on reddit. "I can confirm that the BC  team has done work to support multi disc scenarios. Be sure to thank the BC engineers," Nelson was quoted as saying. The news means...

  • Project Spark to be shut down by Microsoft

    Project Spark, Microsoft's game-building experience, will be shut down, the company has announced. As of 13 May, the game will no longer be available to download on Xbox or PC. Already downloaded the game? Well, online services for the title will be discontinued from 12 August. "Without services, players will no longer be able to download user-generated content or upload their own creations. If you want to access user-generated content offline, you will need to download this content prior to 12 August. Be sure to download your favourite community creations and your own uploads if they are not saved locally," read a...

  • Acer Predator 8 review: obnoxious, underpowered yet oddly attractive

    As device reviewers here at Gearburn, we're always tasked with making sound judgements based on facts, figured with a splash of our own feelings thrown in for good measure. But often the latter bit outweighs all logic, and you're left wondering why you really like a device. That's the situation I find myself in with the Acer Predator 8. Now, Acer's Predator line has long been established as the company's gaming moniker. It's what AMG is to Mercedes, or Yeezy to Kanye. By any means, it's what Acer usually sells you if you're looking for an "enlightened state of gaming with...

  • 6 key takeaways from Eurogamer’s Lionhead Studios story

    It's hard to believe that Microsoft-owned studio Lionhead shut down last month, being responsible for the iconic Fable franchise. So what kind of legacy has it left behind? What was it like to work for Microsoft? Where did it go wrong? Eurogamer has published a must-read feature on the studio this week, covering everything from the studio's name, to the Microsoft takeover and the cancelled Fable Legends game. It was originally going to be called Red Eye Peter Molyneux, Tim Rance, Steve Jackson and Mark Webley co-founded Lionhead in 1997 after working at UK developer Bullfrog, but the original name was set to be Red...

  • 5 stellar budget camera phones for Instagram lovers

    You're pretty much guaranteed to have a great camera experience on your high-end, R12 000 smartphone. Budget phones are a different matter though, as the camera is usually the first department to be affected. It doesn't have to be that way though, because we chose several budget-minded phones that don't compromise on the camera. Xiaomi Mi 4 The Xiaomi Mi 5 is already confirmed for South Africa, but it's going to cost R7999 -- so we'd heartily recommend the R3799 Mi 4 for the job. The device packs an ageing but still capable Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, while 3GB of RAM translates to a...

  • Dark Souls 3 review diary: the final entry

    Dark Souls 3 is the latest entry in the famously grueling and difficult video game series. We at Gearburn have had a chance to review the game, but since none of my co-workers are Dark Souls 3 enthusiasts, the task lay with me. Boy, was I in for some interesting times. Let’s get something straight: I’m not a Dark Souls person. I’ve played around an hour of Demon’s Souls, but apart from that, I've never played any other titles in the series before this. I’m what you’d call a newbie, or "n00b" for the "l33t." Over the next few days, I’ll be...