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  • 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...

  • HP Spectre X2 review: a Microsoft Surface by any other name

    HP's been on a rather impressive streak with laptops lately, delivering the snazzy Elitebook Folio and its latest Pavilion Gaming notebook (review) in recent months. But what if you value a versatile form factor and battery life above snazzy graphics and truckloads of power? Well, then you'll need to take a peek at the HP Spectre X2. Let's start with the hardware Unbox the HP Spectre X2 and you'll instantly notice the distinct form factor, being a convertible tablet akin to the Microsoft Surface line. So that means a tablet with a kickstand and a lightweight keyboard cover. It's not quite a cut-and-paste job...

  • Apple HomeKit: Google’s big challenger to your smart home

    A decade after delivering the iPhone to the masses and changing the communications landscape forever, Apple is at it again. This month, at Apple's WWDC 2016, company executives unveiled ambitious plans for Apple’s HomeKit smart home system. According to reports, HomeKit will have an AI component far better than anything in the works at Google and Facebook, Apple’s two principal competitors in the smart home space. This push dovetails with Apple’s long-awaited Siri upgrade. According to previous reports, Apple will allow Siri to interact with apps made by other companies (including Google) and is experimenting with a concept known as differential...

  • Samsung Galaxy S8 rumour roundup: dual-camera and a 4K UHD bendable screen?

    It's mid-year, and that means we're now into the back-end of the device conference scene. And with the solstice gone, news of Samsung's Galaxy S7 replacement is slowly gaining momentum around the internet. That's right -- the S7 is barely six-months old, and already people are talking about its replacement. But even really good devices are at the liberty of marketing, monetisation and the ever-growing need to remain relevant (as both a consumer and manufacturer). Related: Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge review: meaningful evolution So, what has the rumour mill got in store for us this time? Below we take a look at some...

  • 1979 Revolution, PKTBALL & 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. Looking for the next big mobile game? Or maybe you're just bored? Whatever the case may be, this week's mobile gaming picks might scratch that itch. Our picks this week include a game based on the Iranian Revolution and a rather fun tennis game that delivers local multiplayer for up to four players. PRISM (paid - Android, iOS) This polished puzzler finally came to Google devices a few days ago after being launched on Apple gadgets...