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All posts by Hadlee Simons

  • PlayStation 4 vs Xbox One: What’s the SA price breakdown?

    Missed the news? Microsoft will be increasing its Xbox Live rates to R159 a month, making for a massive increase compared to the current R50 a month rate. That got us thinking, though... How much does it cost for a Xbox One and PS4, along with the necessary items (i.e. extra controllers and online subscriptions)? Console In this department, we first opted to look at a console and game bundle, focusing only on the 1TB variants. So what did we find out? Well, BT Games stocks the 1TB Xbox One along with The Division for R5999. By comparison, Takealot has a limited special on a...

  • A 16MP selfie camera with OIS? Sony reveals Xperia XA Ultra (update)

    Sony Mobile has been rather quiet lately, aside from its Xperia X "super mid-range" phones. So we're happy to see the company announcing a rather unique handset in the form of the Xperia XA Ultra. The phone's biggest selling point is easily the 16-megapixel front-facing camera, complete with optical image stabilisation (OIS) for judder-free video and blur-free shots. The selfie shooter also packs a flash for those late-night shots around the braai or at (heaven forbid) Tiger Tiger. Related: Sony Xperia X series sports flagship-killing specs, ‘that’ 23MP camera Otherwise, look at the back and you've got a 21.5MP main camera, being similar...

  • Xbox One backwards compatibility gets multiple disc support for Xbox 360

    The ability to play Xbox 360 games on the Xbox One is a rather impressive technical feat, but it's not without drawbacks though. One of the biggest issues was the lack of support for games that spanned multiple discs. Fortunately, Microsoft's engineers have solved this problem, as Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut is the first multiple disc title to be backwards-compatible. Microsoft's Major Nelson confirmed the news on reddit. "I can confirm that the BC  team has done work to support multi disc scenarios. Be sure to thank the BC engineers," Nelson was quoted as saying. The news means...

  • Project Spark to be shut down by Microsoft

    Project Spark, Microsoft's game-building experience, will be shut down, the company has announced. As of 13 May, the game will no longer be available to download on Xbox or PC. Already downloaded the game? Well, online services for the title will be discontinued from 12 August. "Without services, players will no longer be able to download user-generated content or upload their own creations. If you want to access user-generated content offline, you will need to download this content prior to 12 August. Be sure to download your favourite community creations and your own uploads if they are not saved locally," read a...

  • 6 key takeaways from Eurogamer’s Lionhead Studios story

    It's hard to believe that Microsoft-owned studio Lionhead shut down last month, being responsible for the iconic Fable franchise. So what kind of legacy has it left behind? What was it like to work for Microsoft? Where did it go wrong? Eurogamer has published a must-read feature on the studio this week, covering everything from the studio's name, to the Microsoft takeover and the cancelled Fable Legends game. It was originally going to be called Red Eye Peter Molyneux, Tim Rance, Steve Jackson and Mark Webley co-founded Lionhead in 1997 after working at UK developer Bullfrog, but the original name was set to be Red...

  • 5 stellar budget camera phones for Instagram lovers

    You're pretty much guaranteed to have a great camera experience on your high-end, R12 000 smartphone. Budget phones are a different matter though, as the camera is usually the first department to be affected. It doesn't have to be that way though, because we chose several budget-minded phones that don't compromise on the camera. Xiaomi Mi 4 The Xiaomi Mi 5 is already confirmed for South Africa, but it's going to cost R7999 -- so we'd heartily recommend the R3799 Mi 4 for the job. The device packs an ageing but still capable Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, while 3GB of RAM translates to a...

  • Meet Gboard, Google’s keyboard for iPhone users

    Apple took a page out of Google's playbook when it announced support for third-party keyboards on iOS 8. This of course meant that fan-favourite keyboards Swiftkey, Swype and more were no longer the sole domain of Android. One notable omission has been Google's native keyboard, but the Mountain View company has now released a rather feature-filled app in the form of Gboard. The biggest feature is integrated Search functionality, which should make for a more streamlined approach, the company said in a blog post. Google said that until now, users had to leave the communications app and then open Google Search to find relevant...

  • Angry Birds, sharks and Pokemon: 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're always on the hunt for new mobile video games, and there have been quite a few solid releases in recent days. So let's take a look at some of the more notable titles you should consider downloading this week... Hungry Shark World The Hungry Shark games are one of the more popular mobile franchises out there, so the latest release has quickly shot up the charts. Is it any good though? Hungry Shark World...

  • Xiaomi Mi Max debuts with 6.4-inch screen, MiUI 8

    Remember the Samsung Galaxy Mega and Xperia Z Ultra monstrosities? Well, it seems like Xiaomi certainly does, as it's decided to launch a 6.0-inch+ phablet in the form of the Mi Max. In fact, the device packs a 6.4-inch full HD screen that brings it closer to small tablets than smartphones, really. It wouldn't be a Xiaomi device without having a reasonable price, so what's the damage? You're looking at 1499RMB (R3504 as a straight conversion) for the 3GB RAM/32GB storage variant, 1699RMB (R3973) for the 3GB/64GB iteration and 1999RMB (R4673) for the 4GB RAM/128GB storage model. What else are you getting for the...

  • 4 apps that’ll make face-swapping adventures even funnier

    The past few months have seen face-swapping applications explode in popularity, making for some entertaining (and freaky) moments. Which ones are worth downloading though? We picked several face-swap apps that are worth a look. Snapchat Okay, so it's not a dedicated face-swap app, but Snapchat's augmented reality effects include a face-swapping option in it. All you have to do is hold anywhere on the screen and then swipe to the face-swap mode - make sure a friend is right next to you, of course. Snapchat is free to download on Android and iOS. Face Swap Live This little app catapulted up the charts a few...