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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.
  • The Xbox One no longer excites me [Opinion]

    I've written a similar headline before about the Sony Xperia line last year, but Microsoft's Xbox One is the latest tech product to fall to the wayside in the eyes of this consumer. Microsoft's confused play for the multimedia entertainment arena back in 2013 handed the reins over to Sony, which marketed the PS4 as a pure games machine. Sony's console proceeded to sell by the shipload, dwarfing Microsoft's sales. It's a blow that Microsoft still hasn't quite recovered from, on wobbly legs at this stage of the console race. But the early days certainly played host to a few killer...

  • Android Oreo official: 7 smaller (but cool) features you should know

    Google decided to use yesterday's Eclipse across North America to reveal Android O's name, and yes, it's going to be called Android Oreo. We already know about the big features, such as Project Treble for streamlined updates, notification dots, picture in picture mode and autofilling login details. But here are a few more features Google has listed alongside the Oreo name. 60+ new emoji One of the biggest user-facing changes is the "fully redesigned" emoji library, giving them all a welcome facelift in the process. But Google didn't stop there though, confirming that it's added over 60 new emoji characters to the platform,...

  • LG Q6 launches in SA next month, what about price?

    The LG Q6 was revealed internationally last month, bringing the "FullVision" display to cheaper smartphones. At the time of the reveal, we got word that the phone would be hitting South Africa, with no price or release information shared. Now, the South Korean company has announced that the phone would be coming to the country on 1 September. The Q6 packs a capable but lower mid-range Snapdragon 435 processor, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable storage. The phone also packs the aforementioned 5.5-inch 2160x1080 display, stretching much further than most budget screens, as well as a 3000mAh battery. Don't expect a...

  • Exclusive: Nokia 8 gets SA price, cheapest flagship in market?

    HMD's Nokia-branded smartphones seem to have received a very welcome reception globally and in South Africa, with its budget devices attracting plenty of attention. But all eyes were on the Nokia 8 last week, being the first flagship as part of the new arrangement. We already confirmed ahead of its reveal that the phone would be coming to South Africa in September, making for a swift launch. But what about pricing? Cellucity has come to the table once again, confirming to Gearburn that the device would have a prepaid price tag just below R10 000. "The recommended retail price will be R9499.00," Cellucity...

  • Xbox Game Pass comes to South Africa next month, price revealed

    When Microsoft announced Xbox Game Pass earlier this year, our first question was "will it be available in South Africa?". Unfortunately, as Gearburn exclusively confirmed at the time, the answer was no. Fortunately, at its Gamescom 2017 event, Microsoft revealed that the service would be expanding to eight new markets from 1 September. These are Argentina, Brazil, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Turkey,UAE and yes, South Africa. "Fans in our new markets can start their 14-day free trial from September 1, and enjoy over 100 great games," the company added. So what's the monthly price for South Africa? "Enjoy unlimited access to over one hundred...

  • Android O to be called Oreo? Leaks say yes

    It's about time for Google to give a proper, confectionary-themed name to its Android O update, isn't it? The company will be holding an event later today, but the name has already surfaced: Android Oreo. Yep, according to a Google leak via Android Police and serial tipster Evan Blass, Google will be taking the KitKat route by teaming up with a real brand. The news first came via Blass on Twitter, calling it an "iterative" upgrade. It's a bird. It's a plane. No, it's an iterative mobile platform version upgrade! pic.twitter.com/izDHLXEJgh — Evan Blass (@evleaks) August 20, 2017 This was then followed up more...

  • Samsung teases Galaxy Note 8 dual cameras in new video

    By now we already know that the Galaxy Note 8 will be packing two main cameras, adopting a trend started by the likes of HTC, LG and Huawei. Now, Samsung Korea has released a teaser video ahead of the 23 August reveal date. The teaser shows a woman using her hands as a pair of binoculars, alluding to two cameras. We then see depth-of-field effects applied to a man standing in a crowd (blurring the crowd around him) and to a figurine in a toy store (blurring the other toys). Finally, the teaser shows a close-up photo of a woman on...

  • Is this the final design for Xiaomi Mi Mix 2? [Video]

    The Xiaomi Mi Mix is arguably one of the most beautiful smartphones released in the last 18 months, popularising the current trend of thin bezels. But it looks like the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 might step things up in a big way. Phillipe Starck, the designer behind the original device (and purportedly behind the sequel) has posted a video on Facebook, showing what could be one of the designs for the Mi Mix 2. "Mi Mix 2. Conceptual product design WIP v3," reads a disclaimer in the bottom right-hand corner of the video. In the clip, we see a phone with even thinner...

  • War Wings and Meshi Quest: this week’s top mobile games

    We're looking at our most noteworthy mobile games again. So let's get on with the show. We have four notable titles this week, with War Wings and Meshi Quest being our personal favourites. Check out the full rundown below. Titanfall Assault (free - Android, iOS) Titanfall is one of the top "hardcore" gaming franchises right now, so a mobile port was bound to happen. Titanfall Assault is a real-time strategy game, that has you moving soldiers and Titan mechs around, getting into skirmishes with the enemy. Nothing we haven't seen before then. The game does use a card system for some upgrades though, bringing the inevitable...

  • Kirin 970: have details for Huawei’s next flagship chip leaked?

    Earlier this week, we reported on claims that Huawei's HiSilicon Kirin 970 processor, expected to be used in the Huawei Mate 10 (and probably the P11), had started mass production. Now, a Weibo user (via GSMArena) has posted what could be the specs for Huawei's new flagship chip. So what should you expect? The user's post purportedly reveals that the Kirin 970 will pack an octacore arrangement that's similar to the Kirin 960. So that means four heavy-lifting A73 cores and four lightweight A53 cores -- no next-gen A75 and A55 cores here. But the chip is apparently built on a 10nm process,...