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  • Super Mario Maker 3DS review: what’s the internet?

    Nintendo and the internet have a notoriously strained relationship. From the GameCube's support for online gaming (only supporting Phantasy Star Online and its sequel) to weird friend code implementation, the company hasn't always kept up with the times. But last year's Super Mario Maker (review) on the Wii U was a triumph, as Nintendo harnessed the power of the internet to bring a fantastic experience. A large part of the game was sharing your created levels with other players, but an even bigger aspect was playing levels made by people around the world. And the results were mesmerising, infuriating, jaw-dropping and just...

  • LG to reveal six smartphones at CES – report

    LG isn't mucking about when it comes to next month's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) - at least if the latest report is correct. According to the ever-reliable Evan Blass, the South Korean manufacturer is expected to announce six smartphones at the expo. Four of the devices are apparently updated entries in its K range, in the form of the K3, K4, K8 and K10. The 2017 K3 will pack a 4.5-inch display (presumably below 720p), a 2MP selfie shooter, 5MP main camera and 2100mAh battery. The K4 features a 4.7-inch screen, 5MP selfie camera, 8MP main shooter and 2500mAh battery. The K8 ups the...

  • Watch Dogs 2 [PS4] review: a better breed of game

    French developer and publisher Ubisoft released the first Watch Dogs game in 2013, being noted for an extremely divisive reception. Now, the release of Watch Dogs 2 brings with it the hope that Ubisoft has learnt its lessons and actually delivered a game to meet expectations. Following the events of Aiden Pierce in Chicago, the game moves to an entirely new map in San Francisco and follows the exploits of a new protagonist, Marcus Holloway. Once Marcus is scouted and recruited by hacktivist group DedSec, he begins the seemingly righteous journey of freeing the public from their blinding technological comforts. DedSec itself comprises...

  • 7 digital Christmas vouchers for the tech-lover in your life

    There are loads of great gift ideas around for the festive season, but vouchers tend to be the safest fallback option if you just don't know what to get. And there are plenty of vouchers for digital services, so we pick a few vouchers you should keep in mind. Google Play Store Available from the likes of Pick N Pay, Checkers and Incredible Connection, Google Play vouchers allow Android owners to purchase digital goods and services from Google Play. These digital goods/services include the Google Play Music All-Access streaming service (for R60 a month), music purchases, game/app purchases and movie purchases/rentals. The Google Play Store...

  • Google Play’s most popular games/apps of 2016 revealed

    It's been another good year for mobile games, featuring a ton of fantastic titles. Don't believe me? Then check out our weekly mobile gaming rundowns. Now, Google has revealed the top five most popular games and apps on the Google Play Store for 2016. So who emerged at the top of the pile? Most popular apps? The top five most popular apps saw Face Changer 2 hit the number one spot. The app allows users to indulge in the face-swapping tomfoolery that's all the rage this year. Otherwise, Lumyer - Photo and Selfie Editor and Castbox - Podcast Radio Music rounded out the...

  • Xiaomi’s latest product? The Mi Electric Scooter

    Xiaomi is well-known for having a pretty eclectic catalogue of products, spanning everything from smartphones and tablets to rice cookers and Segway scooters. Now, the company has revealed the Mi Electric Scooter. The new scooter looks like a traditional push scooter, but packs a 280Wh lithium-ion battery and a top speed of 25 kilometres per hour, according to the official Xiaomi forum. As for range, you can expect a typical distance of about 30 kilometres before the gadget conks out. In a rather cool move, the Mi Electric Scooter also has KERS (kinetic energy recovery system), allowing you to recover energy from...

  • Galaxy Note 7: Samsung to issue phone-killing update

    Samsung has announced that it will be taking another step to encourage returns of the Galaxy Note 7, by effectively issuing an update that bricks US devices. The Korean company revealed on its website that just over 93% of all Galaxy Note 7 handsets have been returned in the US market. "To further increase participation, a software update will be released starting on December 19th and will be distributed within 30 days," Samsung confirmed. "This software update will prevent US Galaxy Note 7 devices from charging and will eliminate their ability to work as mobile devices." Samsung's latest update for the Galaxy Note 7...

  • Dishonored 2 [Xbox One] review: this game is Attano fun

    2012's Dishonored is one of last generation's greatest original titles, offering relatively open-ended level design, an array of innovative supernatural powers and a variety of solutions to tackling enemies. It's a hitherto unseen formula and one that's still a rarity in today's videogame landscape. So there wasn't much that a sequel had to do to in order to stand out. The real question is whether Arkane Studios went above and beyond the call of duty though... New engine, same style Fire up the game and you've got a familiar art style in tow, being somewhat pastel-like yet grounded in reality. In other words,...

  • Bully and Westy West: 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. The year might be winding down, but we're still covering the latest and greatest mobile games though. We've got four titles this week, with Bully: Anniversary Edition and Westy West being two of our favourites. Scroll down for the full rundown. Bully: Anniversary Edition (paid - Android, iOS) Believe it or not, but classic PS2 and Xbox title Bully has made its way to mobile platforms. For the uninitiated, Rockstar's game has you stepping...

  • Watch: Windows 10 running on Snapdragon 820 processor

    We've already covered Microsoft's announcement that it's working on Windows 10 for ARM chips, but the company has now shown footage of the combination in action. In a video uploaded to YouTube, Microsoft showed off Windows 10 Enterprise Edition, running on a device equipped with a Snapdragon 820 processor. The footage shows what appears to be a full-fledged Windows 10 in action, including the ability to join domains, view the task manager, view system properties and more. The system properties menu confirms that the Snapdragon 820 is in use. Microsoft's video also shows a few snippets of various legacy apps in action, namely...