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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.
  • Want a custom ROM for Android? Check this cool comparison tool

    Slapping a custom ROM on your phone is one of the best things about Android, effectively giving you a new operating system to play with and breathing new life into an old phone. But there are loads of these available, so how do you go about picking the best one? Fortunately, Android enthusiasts have created a handy comparison tool (as spotted on XDA), showing you the ROMs that are compatible with your smartphone, for starters. Simply hit the "devices" tab and choose your phone to get a quick overview of compatible ROMs. Right now, the database supports 280+ phones, according to...

  • Xiaomi Mi 5X gets revealed: is it essentially a Mi 6 Lite?

    Xiaomi is well known for launching multiple variations of its phones. Take a look at the Mi 4, coming in vanilla Mi 4,  Mi 4C and Mi 4i flavours. Now, it's time for another addition to the Mi 5 (review) family, in the form of the Xiaomi Mi 5X. The Chinese firm revealed the full specs today, a day after showing off a hardware design that revealed a dual camera layout and rear fingerprint scanner. As for the actual specs, you're indeed looking at a Snapdragon 625 chipset that Xiaomi is obsessed with, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of expandable storage, a...

  • Twitch Bait: 7 games that unashamedly cater to streamers

    Ever heard of Oscar Bait? Apparently it's used for movies that were created almost solely with the intention of earning a nomination at the Oscars. What about Twitch Bait though? There are quite a few games these days that were designed almost expressly with streaming in mind. We pick a few standout titles. Breakaway A game made by Amazon's game studios? Yep. It's also designed to have deep integration with fellow Amazon company Twitch, believe it or not. A four-on-four action title, you'll need to essentially grab the "Relic" and slam it into your opponent's base. So it's basically a combat title meets American...

  • Xbox Games with Gold for August revealed

    Got an Xbox Live Gold subscription? Then of course, you can expect up to four games at no extra cost every month. So what can we expect from Games with Gold for the month of August? Xbox 360 gamers have the choice picks this month, as Platinum's Bayonetta makes its way to Games with Gold from 1-15 August. Action fans will also be happy with the inclusion of Red Faction Armageddon, from 16-31 August. Fear not, Xbox One owners, because all Xbox 360 Games with Gold titles are backwards compatible with the new console, so you can still download these two...

  • BlackBerry Keyone gets South African price courtesy of Cellucity

    The BlackBerry Keyone is coming to South Africa pretty soon. In fact, BlackBerry Mobile/TCL's local representatives sent out a 1 August "save the date" for media interviews surrounding the new phone. It's unclear if the phone is launching on 1 August then, but Cellucity has already published a preorder page for the device. A price wasn't revealed on the preorder page, but a quick call to the retailer has revealed a prepaid price of R7999. The BlackBerry Keyone has a mid-range but power-efficient Snapdragon 625 processor, a 3505mAh battery (BlackBerry Mobile claims 50% capacity with 36 minutes of charging), 3GB of RAM,...

  • K10000 Max: Oukitel’s rugged phone can go a week without charging

    The Oukitel K10000 broke records in late 2015 when it was revealed, packing a monstrous 10 000mAh battery into its brick-like chassis. Who cares if it weighed a ton and could hold down a body in a river (let alone your pants), if it lasted for a week and could charge other phones? A few months back, we saw the K10000 Pro, packing a leather back, full HD screen, 3GB RAM, 32GB storage and MT6750T (octacore A53) processor. It made for quite an evolution over the original model, which had 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, a 720p screen and...

  • MIUI 9: what’s Xiaomi bringing to the table for its Android skin?

    Xiaomi is almost ready to push out MIUI 9, being the latest version of its take on Android. So what should you expect from the new skin? For starters, the Chinese firm notes that MIUI 9 will come with three new default themes (seen in featured image), although no English names have been given for them just yet. A revised lockscreen shortcut screen has also been introduced, being accessible by swiping right from your lockscreen. From here, you'll find shortcuts for the torch, Mi Remote and other tools. Split-screen multitasking, first introduced on the Mi Max 2, has also finally made...

  • iPhone 8 rumour roundup: the most expensive iPhone ever?

    There are always murmurings and leaks about the next iPhone -- even when the current one has just been pushed out of Apple's doors. So it's for this reason that we saw it fit to publish an iPhone 8 or iPhone 7S rumour roundup, gathering some of the more notable rumours and reports in one convenient location. We'll only really know what to expect when the phones are actually launched, but die-hard fans starved for info will definitely get their fix here. Forbes claims finalised design for tenth anniversary iPhone - 24 July 2017 The respected publication says it has worked with case...

  • Moto Z2 Play coming to South Africa ‘very soon’ [Exclusive]

    Last year saw Lenovo bring the Moto range of smartphones to South Africa, in the form of the Moto Z and Moto Z Play (review), to name a few models. We've got a new crop of Moto phones this year though, with the Moto Z2 Play arguably leading the charge. Now, Lenovo's South African representatives have confirmed to Gearburn that the Moto Z2 Play will indeed be coming to the country. In response to a query, the representative said that the device "will be available in SA very soon". The representative added that they didn't have an "exact date" as yet....

  • Watch: Ryzen 5 1600 vs Core i7 7800X in 30 game battle

    AMD's Ryzen range of processors might be the computing and general tech story of the year. Coming after years of a virtual monopoly by Intel, AMD's new chips manage to pack great performance in a cost-effective package. Now, YouTube channel Hardware Unboxed as decided to conduct a 30 game comparison of the Ryzen 5 1600 against the Intel Core i7 7800X. It seems like a somewhat unfair comparison at first glance, because surely it should be Ryzen 7 vs Core i7, right? But AMD's Ryzen 5 1600 sports six cores and 12 threads, much like the 7800X. The kicker is in...