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Hadlee Simons
Terrible puns make Hadlee Simons difficult to work with, but he brings over seven years of tech journalism experience to the table. When he's not at work or watching motorsport, he's in the foetal position on a jiu jitsu mat.
  • These video games will run at 4K/60fps on Xbox One X

    Microsoft's Xbox One X is easily the most powerful console ever produced, shaping up to be more capable than the PS4 Pro on paper (exclusives are another story though). At its E3 2017 presentation, Microsoft constantly touted games that were enhanced for Xbox One X, with Forza Motorsport 7 leading the way. Packing 4K resolution and 60 frames per second, Forza might be the most technically demanding console game around. But there are a few more titles offering 4K and 60fps on the new console... For one, we've got F1 2017, with Codemasters telling Gaming Bolt that it was targeting 4K and...

  • Sega Forever drops free retro games on Android, iOS

    Who doesn't like the idea of proper mobile ports of classic games? Super Mario Bros with touch controls and optional controller support? How about Crash Team Racing? Well, one major publisher has stepped up to the plate in the form of Sega, launching its Sega Forever programme. The company has tapped its back catalogue to deliver a slew of free retro games on Android and iOS. Expect Sega Master System, Mega Drive and Dreamcast games to receive the porting treatment. But will it be a lazy job or is there actually plenty of work going into them? Sega says the games...

  • Google Pixel 2: have specs been revealed?

    We all know that the Google Pixel 2 is coming, especially after the praise heaped on last year's models. But it seems like have our first leaks of the next-generation Pixel phones. According to XDA Developers, citing a source "familiar with the matter that spent time with at least one of these phones", there will indeed be two models available. The so-called Taimen variant is the XL version, packing a 6-inch AMOLED screen with a 1440p display -- ideal for VR then. The source adds that the display is made by LG, which lines up with earlier reports regarding Google and LG...

  • Interview: HMD Global CEO Arto Nummela

    "It was overwhelming. We went to the meetings and people are coming and hugging, (saying) 'thank god you are bringing Nokia back'." This was according to HMD Global CEO Arto Nummela, speaking to Gearburn at the Nokia/HMD launch event in Johannesburg. The event officially welcomes Nokia-branded smartphones, running Android, to South Africa, Nummela, a long-time Nokia veteran, said that they "couldn't find a country in the world" that was unwilling to bring Nokia smartphones back. The Nokia-branded Android phones are shaping up to be very promising phones in their own right. But the company also launched the Nokia 3310 reboot, coming to...

  • Interview: Mobile kingpin ARM on what’s next in 2018

    Whether it's the architecture or actual hardware, UK-based ARM powers the vast majority of smartphones around the world today. Its architecture is licensed by the likes of Apple (and well, everyone), while their CPU and GPU designs are used by everyone from Alcatel to ZTE. In fact, there's pretty much a 100% chance that you've got a phone using their technology in some form. The company has kept itself busy in recent months, revealing its two latest CPU cores. For starters, we've got the Cortex-A75 core, being the latest in a line of regularly updated heavyweight CPU cores. More importantly for cheaper...

  • After being dumped by Apple, Imagination puts self up for sale

    Imagination Technologies has supplied Apple with graphics hardware for years now, being responsible for the GPUs used in iPhones and iPads. However, news broke earlier this year that Apple was dumping the company to use its own in-house graphics hardware for future iPhones. The immediate effect of that news saw Imagination's shares tank by over 60%. But the saga doesn't end there, as Imagination has announced that it has put itself up for sale. In a press release on its website, the company notes that "over the last few weeks it has received interest from a number of parties for a potential...

  • HMD CEO promises ‘two years’ of Android updates – Nokia 3 included

    The HMD/Nokia partnership has officially kicked off in South Africa, with the launch of the Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 smartphones. These new handsets have a lot going for them, such as pure Android and an attractive price. But HMD Global is also promising plenty of updates for your device. "What we are now committing (to) is that whenever a consumer buys a device, two years from that we will do the updates..." HMD Global CEO Arto Nummela told Gearburn at the South African launch event. The Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 certainly support Android updates, but what about the...

  • SA gets official date, price for Nokia 5, Nokia 6

    We've previously covered MTN's pricing for the Nokia 3 and Nokia 5, while Cell C's leak earlier this week gave us tentative Nokia 6 pricing as well. HMD Global has since launched the Nokia 3 in South Africa, but what about the 5 and 6? At the HMD Global/Nokia launch event in Johannesburg, we got all the official details, starting with the Nokia 5. The Nokia 5 will indeed have a R2999 recommended price tag, being available from 28 June 2017. Your cash gets you a Snapdragon 430 chip, 2GB of RAM, 16GB expandable storage, an 8MP selfie camera, 13MP main...

  • What do reviewers think of OnePlus 5?

    The OnePlus 5 has only just been launched, but international reviewers have had it for a while now. So what do they think of the new smartphone then? We've gathered a few thoughts... Ars Technica The website's Ron Amadeo noted that it was the "best sub-$500 phone you can buy" right now. The writer points to the great "near-stock" Android software, speedier scrolling than the Galaxy S8 and US$479 price tag as being some of the upsides. However, Amadeo notes that the camera post-processing can be finicky (adding that low-light focusing is a problem) and that you'll be waiting for software updates that might...

  • ‘iPhone exists because Jobs hated Microsoft executive’

    Steve Jobs's hatred for a Microsoft executive drove him to create the iPhone and iPad, it has been claimed. "It began... because Steve hated this guy at Microsoft. That is the actual origin of it..." former iOS chief Scott Forstall told an audience at the Computer History Museum in California. "Steve's wife had a friend who was married to a guy who worked at Microsoft. Every time Steve had any social interaction with the guy, he'd come back pissed off," the iOS architect explained. The executive apparently boasted to Jobs that Microsoft had "solved" laptop and tablet computing, as well as stylus-driven computing. "Steve...