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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.
  • iPhone 8 Plus review: a refined 7 Plus with wireless charging

    Apple's plus-sized iPhone used to be the belle of the ball. Packing a larger battery, improved camera hardware and a dual-camera setup (as of the iPhone 7 Plus), it clearly had plenty of advantages over the smaller device. But the iPhone 8 Plus is in a weird predicament, as Apple positions it as the Johnnie Walker Black of the smartphone world. Sure, it's got the Johnnie Walker name on it, but it's not the iPhone X's Johnnie Walker Blue, is it? Nevertheless, the iPhone 8 Plus looks like a respectable if unspectacular upgrade on paper over the iPhone 7 Plus. Let's start...

  • Galaxy S9 to build on S8, make CES cameo – report

    Samsung's Galaxy S8 (review) is one of the best all-round smartphones of 2017, offering an excellent camera, top-notch screen and water-resistance (just don't mention the fingerprint scanner). The phone also stood out thanks to its high screen/body ratio, featuring those tiny borders popularised by Xiaomi's Mi Mix. Now, Venturebeat and Evan Blass report that the Galaxy S9 and S9+ are set to be an iterative upgrade, currently codenamed Star 1 and Star 2. They're "nearly identical" to this year's flagships, featuring the same 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch curved screen designs (headphone jacks are expected to stay). However, the S9+ is expected to pack a...

  • Gran Turismo Sport gets ‘career’ mode and more in new update

    Gran Turismo Sport features a heavy online racing emphasis, but it does have a modicum of single-player content on offer. There are your bog-standard time trials, those VR races, license tests and a track acclimitisation mode. But the one big absentee was a legacy-style career mode of any kind -- until now. Fear not, because the December update will bring a cup mode of sorts. "Launching as part of our free December update, we'll be introducing a brand new single player mode called the 'GT League'. Based on the old 'GT mode' of previous titles, players can now look forward to racing through...

  • Steam Autumn Sale now live, hide your wallet etc.

    We've seen Microsoft and Sony both kick off promotions on their respective gaming storefronts. Now it's time for Steam to get in on the action, kicking off its Autumn Sale last night. Some of the noteworthy franchise deals include the Resident Evil series (up to 87% off), the Fallout franchise (up to 75% off), DIRT (between 50% and 80% discount) and Sniper Elite (between 50% and 80% off). Other noteworthy deals include Deus Ex: Mankind Divided for R75, Just Cause 3 for R63, South Park: The Stick of Truth for R100, The Witcher 3 GOTY Edition for R200, Doom for R199...

  • Your rolling guide to Black Friday tech/gaming deals

    It's Black Friday week, which means scores of retailers have cranked up their prices and are pretending to give you a deal with a measly 10% discount. Or something. In any event, we'll be updating this article as retailers serve up their Black Friday deals, showing you the most important discounts. Buy a Nokia 8, get a Nokia 5 too Vodacom is set to run a Black Friday special for those wanting to get their hands on a Nokia 8. "Purchase or upgrade to the Nokia 8 smartphone and get the Nokia 5 smartphone free. Plus 20GB data once off at selected Vodashops and Vodacom online...

  • 9 ridiculously safe smartphone predictions for 2018

    Mobile AI hardware? Bah. Dual cameras on cheaper smartphones? Poppycock. More courage? Hahahaha. Here are a few smartphone predictions for 2018 that are so outlandish they just might be true... Mobile processors are going to get faster It's a ridiculous prediction, I know. But something just tells me that smartphones aren't going to get slower in 2018. Who knew that switching to a single-core processor from 2012 wasn't on the cards for next year's flagship smartphones? The cameras are going to get better We've seen 4K video and great low-light performance out of this year's smartphones, but we doubt that VGA-quality cameras will be the...

  • How well do enhanced 360 titles run on Xbox One X?

    Microsoft's Xbox One X is already delivering on its promise of better looking and/or smoother Xbox One games, but what about Xbox 360 titles? We heard earlier this month that seven last-gen titles would be getting the enhanced treatment for Xbox One X. So Digital Foundry put these to the test. Starting with Halo 3, the publication reports that we get a 1920p native resolution (a nine-fold increase in pixel count over the original), not quite being native 2160p/4K. But we also see better texture detail, improved details in general and HDR effects. Gears of War 3 delivers a big step up...

  • Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp now available worldwide

    Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, the latest Nintendo game to hit mobile devices, has been available in Australia for a few weeks now. But the rest of the world can finally see what all the fuss is about today, as the game gets a worldwide release on Android and iOS. Of course, enterprising gamers have been able to switch regions (for iOS) or side-load the APK (for Android) to get their hands on the new title. In any event, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp brings the experience to smartphones for the first time, as you manage a camp of anthropomorphic villagers. Most of the...

  • Forza Motorsport 7 review: more like Forza 6.5?

    We've gotten to the point where a new Forza game is expected every year, as inevitable as a new Call of Duty or Assassin's Creed title. So does that mean Forza Motorsport 7 is a paint-by-numbers entry that shows signs of franchise fatigue? Let's start with the visual department, being a strong point for Forza Motorsport with each entry (save for FM 2 though). This year's title looks as fantastic as ever, featuring 1080p/60fps visuals on the base model Xbox One -- much like Forza Motorsport 6. I'm hard-pressed to point out any particular visual improvement over the previous FM title on...

  • When should you expect OnePlus 5T in South Africa?

    The OnePlus 5 finally makes its way to South Africa this month courtesy of Cernotech, coming as the OnePlus 5T variant is revealed internationally. Weighing in at R12 000 prepaid or R599 a month via FNB, the OnePlus 5 still packs plenty of features. What if you'd prefer the OnePlus 5T instead? Is the distributor going to bring in the new handset as well? "We will be importing the OnePlus 5T once we have finalised Icasa and mobile network testing in SA," Cernotech's Marielle Müller told Gearburn. "We hope for that to be early next year," the representative added. "Pricing will only be confirmed...