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  • Astra, Crashing Season & Brothers: 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 over the midweek hump, which means it's time for us to pick some great mobile games! It's a bumper edition this week too, as we've got five titles featured. Our favourites this week include Crashing Season, a port of an indie classic and the weird and atmospheric Astra. Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons (paid - Android, iOS) It's been available on iOS for a while now, but this week saw this indie...

  • Windows Holographic now open to developers, OEMs with ‘mixed reality’ focus

    Catch all of the latest news, analysis and reactions from Computex 2016 right here. "Reality", whether that be virtual, augmented or, you know, actual, is a big deal for Microsoft. The company's marketing its HoloLens augmented reality headset as the forefront of the drive, and thankfully, it's not keeping its technology all to itself. Announced today at Computex 2016, the company plans to open its Windows Holographic platform to other companies, OEMs and developers pioneering the way forward in the space. "Today we invited our OEM, ODM, and hardware partners to build PCs, displays, accessories and mixed reality devices with the Windows...

  • R3999 Sony Xperia E5 launches in South Africa in August

    Did you know that Sony still sells smartphones? If not, you'd be forgiven. The last mobile it launched was back at IFA 2015 in the form of the Sony Xperia Z5 series. But the company's now offering a more cost-efficient mobile to South Africa. The Android Marshmallow-based Sony Xperia E5 is the basement dweller in the company's lineup, but that basement has swelled alarmingly to the R4000 mark. The phone, according to Sony Mobile's Tsutomu Sato, is a "no-compromise approach to smartphone capability at this section of the market". That's a big claim, especially since the lower mid-range market is a hellish...

  • Atari (yes, that Atari) wants to make IoT ware for pets with Sigfox

    Few names in the gaming industry induces more chills than Atari. The company, responsible for the likes of Pong, has announced that it's returning to popular culture in a big, big way. But not that way. Instead of hitting television screens through a new console, Atari is partnering with Sigfox for an Internet of Things play. "The collaboration will cover a wide range of new Atari products, from the very simple to the highly sophisticated, providing customers with an easy way to know at any time where the devices are and what their status is. The initial product line will include...

  • Windows Hello is now open to non-Microsoft devices running Windows 10

    Catch all of the latest news, analysis and reactions from Computex 2016 right here. Windows Hello, Microsoft's futuristic iris login system stolen from year 2050, is now open to other manufacturers running Windows 10 wares. Microsoft, clearly not making enough of an impact retaining the technology on a leash, will now provide the "Companion Device Framework" to other companies. The tech can be bolted onto laptops, tablets, smartphones and possibly even wearables, and can also be used to unlock companion devices. Instead of using a fingerprint reader, blood swab or nasal hair, the Windows Hello system requires a camera that scans the...

  • Sony reveals ballin’ PlayStation Plus game line-up for June

    Sony's PlayStation Plus is practically a must if you've got PlayStation consoles in your household, offering discounts and games as part of the R99 a month subscription. Now the company has revealed its game lineup for June, and there are a couple of decent picks in here. Headlining this month's range is basketball title NBA 2K16 and indie sensation Gone Home, (below) both for PlayStation 4. PlayStation 3 owners can look forward to perspective-shifting puzzler Echochrome and all 12 episodes of Siren: Blood Curse. Got a Vita? Then you'll be getting launch title Little Deviants and PSP title God of War: Chains of Olympus. These...

  • Humble Narrative Bundle arrives with Broken Age, Her Story & more

    Humble's a great place to pick up games relatively cheaply, and its latest Humble Narrative Bundle is a must if you love narrative games. Although Life Is Strange and any of the Telltale titles don't feature, great games like Broken Age and Her Story do. Fair trade off, I guess. You can pay what you like for three games: Her Story, Cibele and Read Only Memories, but the above-average US$4.09 will get you Broken Age, 80 Days or Sorcery! (Parts one and two). Note, that average price will likely fluctuate. Related: ‘Kholat’ and ‘Her Story’ dual review: prepare to sit up all...

  • Samsung Gear Fit 2 ‘confirmed’ with Tizen, to launch June

    Details of the upcoming Samsung Gear Fit 2 have been leaked, and it largely confirms talk that the band will be quicker and more feature packed than its predecessor (above). According to a new "confirmed" SamMobile report, the Gear 2 will boast a 1.55-inch 216x432 screen -- Samsung's retaining the rectangular screen profile -- that'll use sAMOLED technology. The band will also feature a Samsung-made 1.0GHz dual-core CPU, along with 512MB of RAM and 2GB of internal storage. We're not sure if that allows for music storage, or strictly additional Tizen apps. Speaking of Tizen, the Gear 2 will further mirror Samsung's future...

  • Canon EOS 80D vs Canon EOS 70D: a worthwhile improvement?

    The Canon EOS 70D was an impressive camera and naturally its updated version, the EOS 80D had a lot to live up to. The EOS 70D capabilities, with its Dual Pixel CMOS AF and touch screen, allows one to simply tap the screen and move focus to a different point in the frame, were not gimmicks but important features. And now comes the EOS 80D, a camera that looks identical to its predecessor which itself looked similar to the 60D. The 80D has kept all the good features of the 70D and has added a few of its own, but...

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear chips to power wearables for kids, elderly

    Catch all of the latest news, analysis and reactions from Computex 2016 right here. Chipmaker Qualcomm has already launched its first dedicated wearable chip earlier this year, in the form of the Snapdragon Wear 2100. But the company is targeting children and the elderly in particular with its latest bit of silicon. The Snapdragon Wear 1100 is ostensibly a lower end chip when compared to the 2100, but is made with "targeted-purpose" wearables in mind. Qualcomm specifically mentions "connected kid and elderly watches, fitness trackers, smart headsets, and wearable accessories" as part of this market. The US tech firm says the new chip will deliver longer...