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  • 5 biggest No Man’s Sky complaints from the gaming community

    No Man's Sky is finally out in many parts of the world, and scores of gamers are taking to Hello Games's labour of love. Between the near-infinite number of randomly generated worlds, space combat and planetary exploration, it's hard not to be captivated by the title. It's really something that the small team of developers can be proud of, at least on a technical level. In saying so, there have been a few complaints levelled against the game... The inventory system is problematic One of the biggest complaints we've seen was that the size of both the player and ship inventory was far...

  • 5 more decent Android & Windows smartphones under R1000

    About a year ago, we took a look at seven decent smartphones available for under R1000, but have times changed since then? We decided to revisit the topic, listing some capable smartphones that don't breach the one grand barrier. Vodacom Smart Kicka 2 Last month saw the red network introduce the Smart Kicka 2, the sequel to 2015's cheapest and most capable smartphone in South Africa. It's still unclear exactly what kind of specs we're getting with the new handset. If it's anything like the Smart First again, expect a budget Spreadtrum quad-core A7 processor, 1400mAh battery, 512MB of RAM, 2MP camera and 4GB...

  • Sony kills Henkaku with new PlayStation Vita firmware 3.61

    Sony has issued a firmware update for the Vita and PlayStation TV, killing the landmark Henkaku exploit. Firmware 3.61 was pushed out to Sony's handheld console and streaming box over the weekend, wololo.net reported, so those wanting to keep Henkaku will need to decline the update. "Again, to make it clear: if you want to use HENkaku, do not update to 3.61. The hack is patched in this firmware, and there is no downgrade possible, no 'trick' to make it come back for you," the website wrote. The Henkaku exploit was a pivotal moment for the Vita homebrew scene, granting full access...

  • No Man’s Sky day one update: Hello Games spills the details

    Exploration game No Man's Sky is just a few days away from release, but that hasn't stopped developer Hello Games from working on a day-one update for the blockbuster title. The studio's Sean Murray has detailed the update, which delivers huge improvements and tweaks across the board. Related: No Man’s Sky: here’s what you should know before launch day Murray explained that they were under a "pretty intense spotlight" and care "deeply" about people's first impressions of the space-faring video game. "In fact most of us were back here the day after we went gold, working on this update. We're already proud...

  • Windows 10 Mobile Anniversary Update features and release date?

    Microsoft has already released the Windows 10 Anniversary Update for PC and Xbox, but what about the company's mobile platform? Neowin reports that the Lumia India Twitter account has revealed a 9 August launch date for the new update. The tweet has since been deleted and replaced with a vague "gradual rollout from 2 August" response. @prasumoholkar (1/3)That's a great question! Microsoft roll out the new update August 2 gradually, meaning it will take time for the update — Lumia India (@LumiaIndia) August 3, 2016 What should Windows Phone users expect from the update? A few of these features have been detailed on...

  • Xiaomi Redmi 3 gets priced for South Africa, not as cheap as Redmi 2 Pro

    Xiaomi distributor MIA Group (Mobile in Africa) announced earlier this year that the budget-minded Xiaomi Redmi 3 smartphone would be coming to South Africa. Now, we have a price tag for the device, coming in at R3299 according to MIA's own website. This is over R1000 more than the Redmi 2 Pro, which came in with a R2000 price tag -- so what does the extra cash get you? The Redmi 3 will be available in gold in South Africa, sporting a Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 processor (octa-core ARM Cortex-A53 cores), 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, expandable via a hybrid SIM slot. The phone...

  • Intel issues immediate fitness watch recall due to ‘burns’

    Intel has issued an immediate safety recall of its Basis Peak fitness tracker due to heating issues. The chipmaker said the fitness watch gets so hot it could cause burns or blistering. Back in June, the company told users to stop wearing the device while they explored software-based solutions. Now, Intel has revealed that software updates won't fix the issue, resulting in a more drastic solution. "We had hoped to update the software on your watch to address the problem. Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, we aren't able to develop such a solution without completely compromising the user experience. As a result, we are asking that you return your Basis...

  • Looking for a festival phone? Here are 5 cheap & simple options

    The last thing you want to do when at OppiKoppi, Rocking The Daisies or the local bar is lose your smartphone. And with a top-flight handset having R10 000 price tags and above, it can easily make for a heavy loss. So instead of taking your metal-clad, deca-core 4K display-toting phone to Long Street or Darling, consider buying a cheap mobile phone for the occasion. We picked a few you should consider. Nokia 105 This is about as cheap a price point as you're going to get, delivering a rudimentary Nokia feature-phone with no camera, GPS or internet capabilities. The latter means there's no WhatsApp either. But...

  • Big Bang Racing and Perchang: 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. Wednesday was a public holiday, but that doesn't mean we're skimping on the mobile games. Here are a few of our top picks this week. Personally? I quite like Perchang and Big Bang Racing - view the full list below. Mobius Final Fantasy (free - Android, iOS) It's been available in Asian markets for a while now, but the latest Final Fantasy mobile game has now been released for the world at...

  • BlackBerry brings its suite of apps to all Android Marshmallow users

    BlackBerry's array of apps and services is nothing to scoff at, especially for business and enterprise users. We've already seen its Android apps leaking online though, but now the company is making it official with the release of BlackBerry Hub+. "BlackBerry Hub+ for Android is a new suite of apps that should be familiar to any BlackBerry 10 user. It helps centralise all of the user's communications into a single, unified interface, as well as help streamline many other productivity tasks such as Calendaring, Passwords, and many others," the company explained in a blog post. The suite is available as a 30-day trial,...