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  • Huawei’s Honor Magic is basically a sexier P9

    We've already seen Xiaomi's Mi Mix make its debut, but now it's time for Huawei's Honor sub-brand to reveal a gorgeous handset. To that end, we've got the Huawei Honor Magic. The Honor Magic packs the same capable Kirin 950 octacore processor as the P9 and Mate 8 (four A72 cores and four A53 cores), 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, 2900mAh battery and dual 12MP f/2.2 main cameras. It's a pity it's not using the Kirin 960 then, but it's still a powerful handset on paper. There is one major downside to using the Kirin 950 though (less capable GPU...

  • Meizu in South Africa: what to expect from Chinese brand?

    Meizu isn't the most well-known smartphone brand, but it's definitely one of the more interesting players in the market. Alongside Xiaomi, Huawei and Oppo, Meizu is one of the most popular and respected manufacturers in China, earning a reputation in the Far East for (surprise) well-designed handsets at a solid price. So we're glad to hear that the company has come to South Africa, in the form of an online store and being officially represented by 2C Telecoms. We conducted a Q&A with Ferdi van Niekerk Jr, national sales director for Meizu Mobile South Africa. Van Niekerk confirmed that 2C Telecoms was the...

  • Smartphones in 2017: here’s what you can expect

    The year has seen some stellar and even downright explosive smartphones being released, but the mobile industry waits for no-one though. So what should you expect from next year's crop of handsets though? Let's gaze into the crystal ball and find out... 6GB RAM to be more widespread? 2016 saw 6GB of RAM become a thing and, while it might seem like overkill at first, we definitely expect more manufacturers to get in on the action. Potential benefits of more RAM include better multitasking (do you really need 30 apps running at once though?) and smoother VR experiences (ostensibly owing to the bandwidth required...

  • Lost Odyssey free on Xbox One, Blue Dragon also compatible

    Two of the Xbox 360's best JRPGs are finally available for download on the Xbox One. Both Blue Dragon and Lost Odyssey are available on the South African Xbox Store, with the latter free for a limited time. You have until the end of December to claim your free copy of Lost Odyssey. Even if you don't own an Xbox One, get them anyways as it's an excellent title. Along with Lost Odyssey, both of its expansions, Seeker of the Deep! and Triple Bonus pack, are also available for download but aren't free. The games are a product of Japanese video game developer Mistwalker, which...

  • Meizu smartphones are now available in South Africa

    It's taken long enough, but Meizu smartphones are finally available in South Africa. 2C Telecoms has launched an online store in South Africa, serving as the partner for the Chinese manufacturer in the country. As for devices available from the store, we have the budget-minded Meizu M3 Note and the flagship Meizu Pro 6 handsets. The M3 Note has a R3299 price tag while the Pro 6 has a R7999 price (the same price as the Xiaomi Mi 5). The M3 Note is similar to the M2 Note, packing an octacore (A53 cores) Helio P10 chip, 2GB of RAM, 5.5-inch full HD...

  • Super Mario Run and Snailboy 2: 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. We're firmly in the grasp of the holiday season, but that isn't stopping us from looking at the best mobile games of the week. Our highlights this week? Why, locally developed title Snailboy 2 and Super Mario Run. Scroll down for the full Monty. Hill Climb Racing 2 (free - Android, iOS) The sequel to one of the most popular mobile games around, Hill Climb Racing 2 continues the physics-based escapades of the original. There...

  • Steam gets native PS4 controller support with new update

    Prefer your PS4 controller and want to use it for PC games? Well, support hasn't exactly been consistent, but that looks set to change with the latest Steam update. The PC gaming storefront has introduced native support for PS4 controllers with its latest update. Just how deeply integrated is the support though? Let's just say that it's actually on par with the Steam Controller, owing to gyro and touchpad features as well. "When enabled, PS4 controllers will have access to the same sort of customization/configuration support as Steam Controllers, including native API support," Valve explained in the Steam update notes. PS4 controllers now...

  • No Man’s Sky update 1.13 adds larger space battles

    No Man's Sky is undoubtedly a contender for biggest disappointment of the year, but Hello Games has been hard at work supporting the title after launch. Now, the 1.13 update has been released, introducing bigger space battles. "Space battles will now vary in size more and players should see bigger battles," Hello Games wrote on the title's website. Otherwise, this seems to be more of a bug-fixing update, judging by the release notes, seen below. Fixed a bug that would make the player character small. Space battles will now vary in size more and players should see bigger battles. Fixed the...

  • 7 fighter jets we’d like to see in an Ace Combat game

    The latest Ace Combat 7 trailer has tongues wagging thanks to some laser-based weapons and typical gigantic flying wing aircraft. However, the appearance of the 1960s staple F-104 Starfighter was also eagerly pointed out by fans. So that got me thinking, what other aircraft would we like to see in an Ace Combat title? We chose a few fighters that might make for an excellent fit. MIG-17 Credit: Stuart Seeger The MIG 15 and MIG 17 have never featured in an Ace Combat game, perhaps owing to the fact that they're just a little too basic compared to newer...

  • 5 of the best smartphones for video streaming

    There are a number of factors that go into a great smartphone, but what if you're looking for a great video streaming smartphone? Well, between battery life, internet connectivity and screen quality, there are quite a few factors at play. We sift through the contenders to bring you the best mobile devices for video streaming. Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Featuring a price tag of R3799, the Chinese firm's phablet (review) arguably offers the best value for money on the list. So what are you getting for your cash? For starters, you've got a 5.5-inch full HD LCD display, which makes for a very pleasant...