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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.
  • Gran Turismo Sport VR verdict: wait for more content

    Gran Turismo Sport has finally crossed the finish line, being the first GT game on PlayStation 4. And it represents quite a technological achievement too, owing to 4K/HDR compatibility and support for the PlayStation VR headset. It's the latter that intrigues us though, as it gives us a reason to use our PSVR headset. After all, games with a fixed seat tend to be best suited for VR, such as racing and flight titles. The game offers one-on-one races using the headset, as you compete against an AI opponent. And the initial results? Well, it gives us a tantalising taste of...

  • Huawei Mate 10 vs Mate Pro: what are the key differences?

    The Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro were announced in Munich by the Chinese firm this week, bringing similar specs to the table. There's the Kirin 970 processor with AI silicon, large 4000mAh battery and 20MP+12MP f/1.6 dual camera setup on the back. Still, the devices do have quite a few differences, it must be said -- we take a look at them. The screen First of all, the Mate 10 opts for a 5.9-inch 2560x1440 "RGBW" LCD display (16:9), while the Mate 10 Pro delivers a 6-inch 2160x1080 OLED screen (18:9). The Pro model also features thinner borders, for what...

  • What do reviewers think of LG V30?

    The LG V30 looks like a beast of a smartphone on paper, doesn't it? There's a top-end Snapdragon 835/4GB RAM combo, a 6-inch OLED screen with 2880x1440 resolution, IP68 water/dust resistance and fantastic audio credentials. So what do reviewers think of the phone thus far? We highlighted three reviews for your convenience. TechRadar (4.5 out of 5) The publication heaped praise on the "gorgeous" OLED display, design and "interesting" camera improvements, to name a few. However, it criticised the lack of Android Oreo, expensive price and low-light photography/selfie results. TechRadar elaborated on the display side of things. "When it comes to watching movies, LG...

  • Major WiFi vulnerability found in WPA2 protocol, affecting many devices

    WiFi is arguably one of the most pervasive forms of wireless protocols around, but a security researcher has discovered a flaw in the WPA2 security standard used in most modern devices. The discovery was made by Mathy Vanhoef -- so what does it entail? "An attacker within range of a victim can exploit these weaknesses using key reinstallation attacks (KRACKs). Concretely, attackers can use this novel attack technique to read information that was previously assumed to be safely encrypted," read an excerpt of a post on the KRACK Attacks website. The post added that this technique could be used to obtain credit card information, passwords,...

  • Gearburn’s guide to Huawei’s Kirin processors [Updated]

    Update, 17 October 2017: We've updated our guide to include the Kirin 970 chip (powering the Mate 10) and the mid-range Kirin 659 processor. Original article: We've already taken a look at Qualcomm's Snapdragon range and MediaTek's family of chips, showing you exactly what you're getting for your cash. Now, our eyes turn towards one of the newer players on the smartphone processor block. Yep, this time, we're looking at Huawei's HiSilicon Kirin chips. What kind of horsepower should you expect? How does a Kirin 960 differ from a Kirin 650? We answer all of this and more. The flagship processors Kirin 910/910T -...

  • Huawei Mate 10 coming to South Africa in November

    Update: Huawei has released a press statement, giving us a 6 November launch date in the country. "Consumers will be able to pre-order their devices online after our local launch on 6 November 2017," said Likun Zhao, GM, Huawei Consumer Business Group SA, in the statement. The statement also adds that South Africa will be receiving the Mate 10 Pro and the Mate 10 Porsche Design edition. Original article: The Huawei Mate 10 has just been announced in Munich, but of course, we wanted to know when the phone would be coming to South Africa... Traditionally, the Mate phablet is announced at the end...

  • Huawei Mate 10 revealed, packing AI smarts and more

    After months of leaks and teases, Huawei has finally peeled the curtain back on the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro. So what should you expect then? There's a Kirin 970 processor with a neural processing unit (NPU) for AI functions, 4000mAh battery and a "FullView Display". The Mate 10 Pro differs by having IP67 water/dust resistance and a 2160x1080 OLED screen instead of a 2560x1440 display. Meanwhile, the standard Mate 10 packs IP53 spill/dust resistance and a 2560x1440 LCD screen. Both displays are HDR-capable, using the HDR10 standard. The Mate 10 Pro also differs by having slightly slimmer bezels, leading to...

  • Naughty Dog bites back over sexual harassment claim

    In the wake of headlines regarding sexual harassment by Hollywood bigwigs, prominent studio Naughty Dog is now in the spotlight following claims from a former employee. Former Naughty Dog designer David Ballard issued a series of tweets, saying that he had been harassed by a colleague in a more senior position. "In late 2015, I was sexually harassed at Naughty Dog by a lead. My work environment became extremely toxic afterward," his first tweet reads. In late 2015, I was sexually harassed at Naughty Dog by a lead. My work environment became extremely toxic afterward. 1/ — David Ballard (@DBal) October 14, 2017 Ballard says that...

  • Razer smartphone ‘leaks’, but is it overhyped already?

    The past few days have seen a few leaks pertaining to Razer's upcoming smartphone, as well as a 1 November reveal date touted by the firm. Benchmark tests have purportedly found their way online too, showing a phone with a Snapdragon 835 processor, 2560x1440 display and a mammoth 8GB of RAM. The last stat has gained a ton of headlines, even though phones with 6GB or 8GB of RAM aren't really doing much with that. Heck, VR and video editing might be the only real uses for 6GB or 8GB of RAM at this point. In any event, aside from the RAM,...

  • Watch Huawei Mate 10 live-stream here at 1pm

    We all know that Huawei is planning to launch the Mate 10 in Munich today, the hype train having gone into effect months ago. We're expecting a phablet with a "FullView Display", tiny bezels, 4000mAh battery (or better) and a dual-camera setup on the back, for starters. We're also expecting two variants, in the form of a standard and Pro model -- don't be surprised if a Porsche variant and mid-range Mate 10 Lite are also revealed. Of course, the company has already revealed the Kirin 970 chip which will power the Mate 10. And we've got loads of details regarding the...