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All posts by Hadlee Simons

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.
  • 6 questions to ask before buying a gaming console [Tech Savvy SA]

    Tech Savvy SA is a series of articles on Gearburn and Memeburn that aims to deliver useful, locally relevant advice to the average South African. This time we look at the right gaming console for you... Buying a gaming console isn't a mindless endeavour, as they're pricey machines and you don't want to be left regretting your choice of platform. Nevertheless, there are several questions you need to ask yourself before committing to a purchase. What do my friends have? This might be the most important question for socially inclined gamers (and in general). For starters, if you buy an Xbox One and...

  • 4 interesting ARCore apps you should download

    Google's ARCore is finally available to all -- if you have a compatible device, of course. But for those with the Galaxy S7, Galaxy S8, Google Pixel or OnePlus 5 (among other devices), it means you can check out the firm's improved take on augmented reality. But where do you start though? We've got four interesting ARCore apps to play with. BBC Civilisations AR Ancient history seems like a good match for augmented reality, bringing dusty relics and important artifacts to life in a way few platforms can match. So we're glad to see the BBC release the Civilisations app, being a rather polished, content-rich...

  • Early Access hands-on: Descenders is a ‘roguelite’ downhill BMX game

    There aren't many options if you're on the prowl for a downhill BMX title. So that's one reason why Descenders, from indie developer RageSquid, stands out already. The game, currently available on Steam Early Access, has another unique selling point though: randomly generated levels. On paper, this means that you've got an endless number of stages to play through. But games with this feature often fall into the trap of all levels being boring. So what's the verdict? A double-edged sword At this early stage, Descenders falls somewhat into the middle. Players proceed through four environments, comprised of a few levels (with checkpoints) and a boss-level...

  • Huawei P20: all major rumours before tomorrow’s big reveal

    The Huawei P20 reveal event is set to take place tomorrow (27 March), with expectations high that we'll see some interesting camera tech on show. But what will be revealed at the event? What kind of features will be in tow? Will there be headphone jacks? Here are a few major nuggets you should know... Three models on offer According to regular leaker Evan Blass, the Paris event will see three models on offer at the very least. There's the P20 Lite, standard P20 and large P20 Pro. We've also seen reports of a 512GB Huawei phone, but it's unclear whether this is a...

  • LG’s WebOS now in open-source flavour, available for Raspberry Pi

    WebOS is probably the most underrated mobile platform in modern smartphone history. The Palm-made OS introduced the card-based multitasking menu seen on every platform today and gestures used by the iPhone X. HP eventually acquired the platform from Palm, before LG acquired it for use in its smart TVs. Now, the South Korean colossus has revealed WebOS Open Source Edition (WebOS OSE), as well as a first target device. "Web developers can easily build apps and services for webOS OSE. With the initial release, you can port webOS OSE to Raspberry Pi 3 for use in your own projects. It will be extended in...

  • ARCore 1.0: these are all the supported phones

    Back at MWC 2018, Google announced that its ARCore platform for augmented reality was ready for prime-time, hitting 1.0. Since then, we've seen quite a few AR-toting apps hit the Play Store, but what about compatible phones? Well, that's more complicated... Nevertheless, the full list of ARCore-compatible phones (as of writing) is the Asus Zenfone AR, LG V30 and V30+, Google Pixel and Pixel 2 phones, the OnePlus 5, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8/S8+ and Galaxy S7/S7 Edge. Samsung also used its Unpacked event to confirm that the Galaxy S9 phones would offer ARCore support in the near future. Since the...

  • Honor 2018 flagship coming, to be based on Huawei P20?

    Huawei's Honor sub-brand saw a stealthy launch in South Africa earlier this month, offering the mid-range Honor 9 Lite and Honor 7X. The brand is also known for taking flagship Huawei phones and releasing them under the Honor name, albeit with a different design and a few other tweaks. For example, we saw the Honor 9 in June 2017, essentially being a Huawei P10 in terms of chipset and camera setup. Back in 2016 we also saw the Honor 8, being a Huawei P9 with a few changes. Now, an Honor representative has confirmed to Gearburn that the sub-brand will be offering...

  • Steam sale: save on Ubisoft titles this weekend

    Ah, what's a weekend without a Steam sale to go with it? The last time saw Activision's Call of Duty franchise on sale, but now it's Ubisoft's turn for cut-price goodness. Starting with the Assassin's Creed franchise, we see the entire series get price cuts, such as Origins (40% off to R509), Syndicate (50% to R299.50) and Unity (60% off to R159.60). This extends all the way down to R60 a pop for Assassin's Creed and Assassin's Creed 2. Ahead of Far Cry 5's release, the shooter franchise has also received discounts across the board, such as Far Cry Primal (60% to...

  • Nintendo Switch Spring Into Action sale packs some solid discounts

    The Nintendo Switch is already home to a solid library of games, but we can't afford them all, can we? Fortunately, Nintendo is holding the Spring Into Action Sale, which ends on 5 April. We've got some noteworthy deals, starting with the sub-R100 titles. In this tier, you'll find the likes of Toki Tori, Mutant Mudds Collection, Steamworld Dig, Serial Cleaner and Blaster Master Zero. Got just under R200 to spare? Then you've got titles like Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap, Thumper, Jackbox Party Pack 2, Steamworld Dig 2, Axiom Verge, Crypt of the Necrodancer and Rocket League. What about big-name...

  • More Android apps will be able to accurately track your driving, walking

    Driving modes have silently become one of the more indispensable features for smartphone users, allowing users to concentrate on the road. But truth be told, few third-party Android apps have been able to take advantage of this data. This week however Google announced that the so-called Activity Recognition Transition API was being made available to all Android developers. "We've heard from developer after developer that they're spending valuable engineering time to combine various signals like location and sensor data just to determine when the user has started or ended an activity like walking or driving," read an excerpt from an official...