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Hadlee Simons
Terrible puns make Hadlee Simons difficult to work with, but he brings almost 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.
  • Review diary: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild [Week Two]

    The latest game in The Legend of Zelda series makes for a rather interesting, albeit not unprecedented, situation. During its development, Nintendo decided that the Wii U title should come to the Nintendo Switch as well. It's not the first time that we've seen Nintendo make this decision for a Zelda game, with 2006's Twilight Princess launching on both GameCube and Wii. But Breath of the Wild is far more ambitious than Twilight Princess, owing to its wide-open world, free-form exploration and the constraints of Nintendo's new console. Week one - it's influenced by a lot of franchises I managed to spend...

  • Nintendo Switch: 5 notable titles that are coming soon

    The Nintendo Switch is more than just a means to play Zelda on the go, with a couple of other solid titles as well. In fact, we've seen the likes of Binding of Isaac, Fast RMX and Blaster Master Zero all making their mark. But in case those don't quite tickle your fancy, here are a few other noteworthy titles coming out before the end of Q2. Shakedown Hawaii Coming from the same people behind the sublime Retro City Rampage, this timed exclusive features a similar top-down open-world setting. Set 30 years after Retro City Rampage, we've got a similar pixel art style, some...

  • Nintendo to stick with Super Mario Run payment formula?

    Nintendo's Super Mario Run has finally come to Android this week, following the iOS version when it comes to the payment structure. That means the first few levels are available for free, but you'll need to splash out to unlock all of them. By contrast, Nintendo's Fire Emblem Heroes mobile title is free-to-play, with people being able to make optional in-app purchases. According to Nikkei, the former approach meant that Super Mario Run didn't meet Nintendo's lofty sales expectations. Don't expect a move to the free-to-play formula though. "Heroes is an outlier," a senior Nintendo official told the publication. "We honestly prefer the Super...

  • Nintendo Switch: here’s what to do in SA for left Joy-Con issue

    The Nintendo Switch has enjoyed a load of sales so far, with reports that it was ahead of schedule to meet its first month sales target of two million units. We've also seen a few reports of hardware issues, but the most persistent niggle seems to be a disconnecting left Joy-Con controller. Is it a widespread issue though? "There are no widespread technical problems, and all issues are being handled promptly, including the reports regarding the left Joy-Con Bluetooth connection," Nintendo wrote in a press statement. "The number (of repair orders or replacement requests) is not significant. The total number of repair...

  • Xbox Live Games with Gold for April is okay, I guess

    PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live Gold both deliver a selection of free games every month. Some months can feature an amazing collection of titles, but others... well, they can be like next month. At least in the case of Xbox Live Gold. April's selection of Xbox One titles will see gamers getting the visually striking but repetitive Ryse: Son of Rome (from 1-30 April) and the solid Walking Dead: Season Two (16 April - 15 May). Meanwhile, we've also got two Xbox 360 games as usual (being backwards compatible), in the form of the well-received Darksiders (1-15 April) and Assassin's Creed:...

  • ‘We beat Apple in China because they didn’t adapt’

    Apple was beaten in China by Oppo and Vivo because they failed to adapt to the market, the founder of the two companies claimed. Duan Yongping, the founder of BBK, which is the parent company of both Oppo and Vivo, told Bloomberg that the Cupertino company didn't adapt to local trends. "Apple couldn't beat us in China because even they have flaws," the founder told the publication. "They're maybe too stubborn sometimes. They made a lot of great things, like their operating system, but we surpass them in other areas." Duan is still a fan of Apple and CEO Tim Cook, however. "I've met...

  • Super Mario Run 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. We've got a big-hitting title in this week's roundup of mobile games, but there are a few more noteworthy video games worth trying out. My pick of the lot? Well, I hope Death Road To Canada hits Android... Super Mario Run (free to try - Android, iOS) Super Mario Run first came out in December for iOS, but now, Android users are able to grab it as well. The game has you leaping and...

  • Super Mario Run is now available on Android

    It's taken roughly three months, but Super Mario Run has finally made its way from Apple's iOS to Android. Yes, the side-scrolling platformer can now be enjoyed on the world's most popular mobile platform -- but what should you expect? For starters, the game's first four levels (courses 1-1 to 1-4) are free to play, but you'll need to splash out just over R131 to get all 24 courses. Otherwise, expect one-handed platforming, as you control Mario's leaps through each level. Nintendo has also made a point of allowing players to choose their path through the level at various points, so it's...

  • Bixby: Samsung details virtual assistant, set for Galaxy S8

    The early Galaxy S8 rumours have claimed that the smartphone will be shipping with Samsung's own virtual assistant, dubbed Bixby. Now, the South Korean tech manufacturer has confirmed the existence of the service. In a post on Samsung Mobile Press, Samsung's InJong Rhee says that machines are supposed to adapt and learn from us -- not the other way around. The head of R&D, software and services explains that the interface must be natural enough to "flatten" the learning curve, no matter how many functions get added. "With this new approach, Samsung has employed artificial intelligence, reinforcing deep learning concepts to the...

  • Apple quietly introduces new 9.7-inch iPad

    In what could be a sign of its shifting priorities, Apple has stealthily announced an updated version of its 9.7-inch iPad. The company quietly revealed the new tablet on its website this week, being available in selected markets from Friday 24 March. Expect to pay US$329 for the 32GB WiFi-only model and US$459 for the 32GB WiFi and cellular variant. Want the 128GB model? It'll set you back US$429 for the WiFi-only model and US$559 for the cellular version. As for upgrades, the new iPad packs 2016's A9 processor, originally found in the iPhone 6s and the iPhone SE. So those expecting...