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  • Far Cry 5: churches, militia, more in announcement trailer [Video]

    We got official confirmation of Far Cry 5 a few days ago, with a few teaser trailers following earlier this week. Now, Ubisoft continues the drip-feed of information with its announcement trailer, giving us a better idea of what to expect? "Discover the world of Hope County, this idyllic place home to a community of freedom-loving people and a fanatical doomsday cult which has been quietly infiltrating every aspect of daily life," read an excerpt of the video description. As for the video itself? Well, we see forest environments, hunting (along with wildlife such as deer and bears), fishing, a religious...

  • Zombie Gunship Survival and 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. Who says that mobile games are trash? There are loads of solid picks out there, if you sift through the noise. We've got some top quality games this week, but our favourites? Well, I'd say Zombie Gunship Survival and Prison Architect Mobile... Check out the full rundown below. Prison Architect Mobile (free to play - Android, iOS) What happens when you combine prison and strategy? You actually get this indie classic, which...

  • Android co-founder teases new phone – does it have a 360 camera?

    Andy Rubin made waves earlier this year when his new firm, Essential, teased a new smartphone with thin bezels. Now, the Android co-founder's company has teased a look at the device, as well as a launch date, saying that "something big" was coming on 30 May. Hi, welcome to our Twitter page. We're here to let you know something big is coming May 30th! Stay tuned... — Essential (@essential) May 25, 2017 So what could it be? Essential later tweeted a silhouette of the device, showing a smartphone with what appeared to be a bulbous attachment atop it. However, it seems like we're looking...

  • Computex 2017: Acer Nitro 5 is one for the gamers

    Computex 2017 hasn't started yet, but Acer has already revealed a few wares, most notably in the form of the Nitro 5 gaming laptops. So what are you getting then, in terms of specs? "You can choose from models featuring up to Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics with 7th Generation Intel Core processors or AMD Radeon RX550 graphics with 7th Generation AMD A-series processors," Microsoft notes on its blog. In other words, if you're waiting for AMD's Zen chips in a laptop, this isn't for you. Nevertheless, these laptops all support up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM. Other notable features include SSDs...

  • Xiaomi Mi Max 2 launches: so what’s new?

    The Mi Max was a ridiculously use armset handset of note, packing a 6.4-inch full HD screen and a large battery too. In any event, the company has seen it fit to deliver a sequel, in the form of the Xiaomi Mi Max 2. In keeping with the Max name, we've still got a huge 6.4-inch full HD screen. However, those on the hunt for thin bezels will be disappointed, as it's still similar to the original phone. But the company has decided to boost the battery capacity though, delivering a 5300mAh pack (from 4840mAh) that apparently lasts for two days...

  • Microsoft rebrands Beam to Mixer, introduces cooperative game streaming

    When Microsoft bought game streaming service Beam back in August 2016, many people were wondering just what the company was planning to do. Back then, Beam allowed viewers of a stream to interact with the streamed game. It was a great idea, and took advantage of the hype created by Twitch Plays Pokemon and the like. Today though, through Microsoft's guidance, Beam has announced a complete rebrand and direction for the streaming service. Now called Mixer, the service keeps much of its popular features and adds a slew more. "Today marks a big evolution of our interactive live-streaming platform and a new name...

  • 5 Asian mobile brands we’d like to see in SA

    Between Huawei's dominance on the continent and Xiaomi's in-roads via MIA Group, it's clear that Chinese smartphone brands are enjoying unprecedented success in Africa. South Africa has quite a few other Chinese brands too, such as Meizu and OnePlus, as well as a few that seem to be on the wall (ZTE, Oukitel). But there are definitely a few more Chinese and Asian brands in general we'd like to see in the country and on the continent at large. Honor Technically speaking, Honor is a sub-brand of Huawei, treated as an independent entity. Sort of like OnePlus being owned by Oppo but...

  • Confirmed: OnePlus 5 to use Snapdragon 835 (surprise!)

    The Snapdragon 835 is one of the most powerful smartphone chips around right now, going toe to toe with Apple's processors and Samsung's silicon. Of course, we're expecting all the major flagships in the second half of the year (or at the end of the first half) to use Qualcomm's new chip, including the OnePlus 5. Now, OnePlus has confirmed the speculation and leaks, saying that the upcoming handset would indeed be packing heat. "We're proud to announce the OnePlus 5 will feature the Snapdragon™ 835 processor, which sets the foundation for smooth, powerful, and efficient performance," a OnePlus representative posted on...

  • Xbox Game Pass has 1 June rollout – except for SA

    Earlier this year, Microsoft announced the Xbox Game Pass service, delivering unlimited access to a slew of Xbox One and Xbox 360 games for US$9.99 a month. At the time of the announcement, an exact launch date wasn't given, but we've finally got one now. The company has confirmed that the service will be launching on 1 June 2017, having gone live yesterday (24 May) for a select few in the Insiders Programme. "That means anyone with an Xbox Live account can start their 14-day free trial and play over 100 games," read an entry by Microsoft's Major Nelson. Back at the...

  • Don’t spend flagship money: here are 4 cheaper water-resistant phones for SA

    We've seen the likes of Apple, LG and Samsung launch water-resistant phones in recent years, having a rather hefty price tag as well. What if you don't have R12 000 or more to spend but still want a water-resistant smartphone? We've got a few picks for you. HiSense C30 Rock/HiSense Infinity KO Our review is still pending, but the C30 Rock is definitely one of the leading choices when it comes to affordable IP67 or IP68 smartphones. The C30 Rock packs a Snapdragon 430, 3GB of RAM, a 5.2-inch full HD screen, a 13MP main camera, 5MP selfie shooter and 32GB of expandable...