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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.
  • It’s almost 3 years old, but Android 6.0 is still most popular update

    Apple's executives like to point out that Android lags far behind when it comes to firmware updates. Sure, Apple only has to support a handful of iPhones as opposed to the thousands of Android models, but the point still has merit anyway. Don't believe us? Then take a look at Google's latest statistics (as of 8 January 2018), breaking down active Android devices by update. The company essentially tallies devices visiting the Play Store to get this data. So that means China is missing, but it still gives us a good idea of update adoption. And in pole position is Android 6.0 (Marshmallow),...

  • Q&A: Project Wingman dev on launch window, origins and more

    In case you missed our original report, we stumbled upon the Project Wingman demo late last year, being a fantastic take on the Ace Combat-style formula. Between the fantastic visuals and familiar gameplay, it's tough to believe that this is largely a one-man endeavour. We interviewed developer Abi Rahmani to find out more. Gearburn: How did the idea for Project Wingman come about? Abi Rahmani (AR): Initially I used Unreal Engine to learn about the engine and learn the art side and general 3D implementation of the engine. So I decided to create a little prototype and released it to the public. And...

  • Expect two OLED iPhones, one LCD iPhone in 2018 – report

    The iPhone X was undoubtedly the star iPhone of last year's range, packing a high screen/body ratio and a gorgeous OLED screen from Samsung. But what should we expect from 2018's models? According to KGI Securities (spotted by 9to5 Mac), we can expect two OLED iPhones in the form of an iPhone X successor and an iPhone X Plus. It's believed that the new iPhone X will maintain the 5.8-inch screen size, while the plus model will offer a mammoth 6.5-inch screen size. But Apple is also expected to offer a 6.1-inch LCD model, using a similar design to the iPhone...

  • Hisense P9 confirmed, but what about SA release? [Exclusive]

    Hisense is known for its cheap yet rugged smartphones, such as the C30 Rock (review) and Infinity KO. So we weren't completely surprised to uncover the existence of the P9 on the website of China's TENAA regulatory body. Featuring a dual-camera setup, a mammoth 6GB of RAM, 5.5-inch full HD AMOLED screen and a huge 6000mAh battery, the device certainly stands out. And that's aside from the tough design. We saw previous rugged Hisense phones come to the country, so can we expect the P9 to visit South Africa then? "Regarding the P9 smartphone, Hisense global will select where to launch this outdoor...

  • SA’s own Genital Jousting leaves Steam Early Access [‘semi’ NSFW]

    Genital Jousting certainly stands out as one of the strangest games ever made, being a party game that has you playing as a bunch of penises. Seriously. Now, South African developer Free Lives has announced that the game has left Steam's Early Access programme, becoming a full-fledged release. Along with the release, we also get a single-player story mode, naturally. "Play as John, a dick who wants to find a date for his high school reunion," reads an excerpt of the emailed press release. "He'll need some help along the way. He's wobbly, he's soft. But he wants to be hard....

  • World of Warships and JYDGE: 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've got a solid variety of mobile games for you this week, so you're bound to find something you like. This week's edition is highlighted by World of Tanks Blitz and a port of PC and console shooter JYDGE. Check out the full recap below. World of Warships Blitz (free - Android, iOS) Wargaming is no stranger to online action titles, having delivering the mobile version of World of Tanks. Now, we have...

  • 8+ mods that helped make flawed video games better

    We live in a time where flawed video games can easily be fixed up with a patch or two (or three or four). But that doesn't always mean developers will listen to the fans though. Fortunately, that's where the community comes in, delivering mods that fix the most annoying bugbears or "features". We look at some of the best mods for flawed titles. Far Cry 2 (Dylan's Far Cry 2 Realism Mod) Ubisoft's first Far Cry game was a great title in many ways, delivering a gritty African setting and those cool fire effects. But the one big issue was the fact...

  • These smartphones support HDR streaming on Netflix, Amazon

    Update, January 2018: Netflix has since added the Razer Phone to its list of HDR-compatible devices. Original article: Earlier this year, the LG G6 (review) became the first smartphone to support streaming HDR content on Netflix, being a feather in the mobile brand's cap at the time. It's worth noting that you'll need a top-end Netflix plan (4K, four screens) to actually enjoy HDR content on your phone. So those on the two-screen, bog-standard HD plan will need to upgrade. In any event, we've seen a few handsets join the party since then, in the form of the Xperia XZ Premium (review),...

  • RCS: move to replace SMS gets major boost with Huawei

    The RCS messaging protocol is seen by many as the successor to SMS, offering a variety of advantages over the legacy technology. Google has been a major driver here, rolling out the RCS-compatible Android Messages app and the Jibe RCS platform for network partners to get up to speed. It's been quiet on this front for a while now, but Google has just announced a major partner in the form of Huawei. In fact, the Chinese brand will be integrating Android Messages across its Android phone portfolio "in the coming months". Huawei will also be working with Google to offer the Jibe RCS...

  • Nintendo Labo: a DIY hardware kit for Nintendo Switch [Update]

    Nintendo promised to announce some intriguing news late yesterday, and we've finally got it in the form of Nintendo Labo. The product category, split into two distinct packages, is essentially a DIY cardboard hardware kit that integrates the Nintendo Switch and/or controllers into final creations. The first package (or Toy-Con) is the US$70 Variety Kit, allowing you to make up to five different creations from the included cardboard parts. These five creations include RC cars, a fishing rod, a house, a motorbike and a piano. And all of these integrate the Switch, Joy-Con controllers and included software in varying ways. The second...