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  • SPACE VR app turns the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift into a productivity hub

    Virtual reality's marketing tune so far has hummed around the gaming and entertainment advantages, but there are a few nifty productivity uses too. SPACE, launching in beta today, is one of these. It's a Windows-based program that allows the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive to double as a productivity hub. It effectively turns these headsets into virtual multi-monitors, mimicking a traditional multi-monitor setup but without the need for more physical screens. The press release explains that "SPACE allows users to open and work among six pages of content (for the beta version) displayed as large screens which can be viewed at...

  • LEGO Dimensions is officially coming to South Africa (finally)

    That's right, Lego's minifig video game is finally (and officially) hitting SA shores on 26 August. Make sure your credit cards aren't maxed out for this ever expanding series. Confirmed in a press release from Ster Kinekor, the company will be distributing LEGO Dimensions in SA. "Building on TT Games’ track record for exceptionally popular, engaging games, LEGO Dimensions expands our LEGO videogame franchise with a breakthrough, immersive interactive entertainment experience that will redefine the toys to life games category," writes senior vice president of TT Games, Jeff Junge. The game is an amalgamation of different properties, such as Back to the Future, Dr....

  • Huawei Mate 8 conversational review: a fat, phat phablet

    Review by Hadlee Simons with additional words by Andy Walker. We really liked the Huawei Mate 7, offering a massive battery, solid performance and that slick fingerprint scanner. The Huawei Mate S, on the other hand, felt like a bad compromise between the Mate range and the premium P series -- essentially being a bigger P8 with none of the Mate line's battery benefits. So then, we were glad to see the Huawei Mate 8 launched earlier this year, being a proper follow-up to the polished Mate 7. Is it a worthy successor though? Well, Gearburn stalwarts Andy Walker and Hadlee Simons...

  • Samsung to supply Xiaomi, LeEco with dual-camera modules?

    A new report claims that Samsung's Electro Mechanics unit will be supplying several Chinese manufacturers, including Xiaomi and LeEco, with dual-camera modules. "The South Korean firm will be begin supplying the modules to Xiaomi and LeEco beginning in July," an "industry source" told the Korea Herald. The publication noted that Samsung already sells single camera modules to Xiaomi, but said that the dual camera module would likely be fitted to the upcoming Xiaomi Mi 5S smartphone. Little is known about the new Xiaomi handset, although some rumours claim it will feature a pressure-sensitive display (similar to Apple's Force Touch) and an ultrasonic fingerprint...

  • Total War: Warhammer review: meticulous attention to detail

    To start off, I think it's important to mention that I’ve never been a great fan of strategy games. That's probably because I’ve always severely sucked at them. Now take that into consideration coupled with my head-over-heels love for this title, and I would say that’s a fair reflection of its brilliance. The aptly named Total War: Warhammer was born out of the alliance of two legendary strategy franchises, Total War and (you guessed it) Warhammer. The Total War games are known for historically-based famous war campaigns such as the exploits of Napoleon or Attila the Hun. So you can imagine...

  • Freedom 251: India’s about to get a R60 Android smartphone

    The Freedom 251 will very likely become the cheapest mass-produced smartphone ever once it begins shipping to the Indian public on 3o June. While nothing special on the specs front, its real appeal lies in its ridiculous price tag. That's Rs 251 rupees, just US$4, and even more impressively, just R60. Manufacturer Ringing Bells has previously come under the spotlight for misleading the public, but the phone is ready for its big debut at the end of the month. And according to the CEO Mohit Goel, each phone will be sold at a R30 loss. The phone had been earmarked for February...

  • Google Cast heading to select Bang & Olufsen speakers by June-end

    The premium audio genies at Bang & Olufsen have announced a new partnership with Google that allows users to stream music to its supported wireless speaker sets via Google Cast. Google Cast -- the same WiFi-based tech Google uses to beam information wirelessly to its Chromecast dongle -- will soon be supported by the BeoSound 35 and BeoSound Essence. The technology lets "you enjoy entertainment streaming services such as Spotify, Deezer and TuneIn directly casted to the network speaker," claims B&O in a presser. Google Cast also uses a pair-free, Bluetooth-free system, which allows multiple users to connect to the same...

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, Redmi 3 Pro heading to South Africa ‘soon’

    Good news, Xiaomi fans. Two new smartphones will be hitting South Africa before long, chief importer MIA Africa today confirmed. "We’re getting ready for the launch of another two high-spec, well-priced smartphones - the Redmi Note 3 and Redmi 3 Pro," read the press release. While note much more information has been given, we are nudging MIA Africa in the side for more information. We'll be sure to update this piece accordingly. In the meantime, both the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 and the Xiaomi Redmi 3 Pro will be arriving shortly, and both cater for slightly different markets. The Redmi 3 Pro boasts...

  • How Lara Croft cured my Clash of Clans addiction

    She’s always in search of relics, whether venturing through murky swamp waters or abandoned desert ruins, there’s something about this game that has me hooked, but we'll get to this later. For now, let me describe my now-deserted and destitute Clash of Clans village. Notice (from the image below) that I haven’t collected my gold or elixirs. This is quite unusual for someone who typically gathers these daily and stores in the relevant vessels. Another sign that my village has been neglected is the beautiful border of trees and bark along the edge of the frame -- probably not a picturesque...

  • Hide your credit card: Steam’s big summer sale is here

    There's a new Steam sale, which can only mean one thing... It's time to buy more cheap games you won't ever play. Yep, the Steam Summer Picnic Sale went live last night, resulting in Valve's servers being rather overloaded. In fact, some people saw error pages, complete with a Valve message noting that the website was under "heavy load". Still, there are plenty of great games available for sale. Games in the LEGO franchise are available at a discount of between 30 and 75%, with 11 titles available for just R54 each. Indie game fan? This War of Mine is also available for R54, Stardew...