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  • Moto Z Play announced, Hasselblad camera mod steals show

    Keeping track of the Moto Z Play and other launches at IFA 2016? Have a look at our IFA portal right here. We saw Lenovo-owned Motorola announce several new devices in the Moto smartphone range earlier this year, but it's time to add another device to the list. The company used IFA 2016 to announce the Moto Z Play, being positioned as an endurance king of note. This is made possible by the 3500mAh battery powering the device. In other words, it's not the biggest battery in a smartphone, but still stands out from the pack. However, it's the budget-minded Snapdragon 625 processor that helps...

  • Orbit and Justice Monsters Five: 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. Have a hankering for more mobile gaming goodness? Don't fret, because we've got a few noteworthy titles as usual this week. Personally? I've been playing Orbit: Playing With Gravity and, strangely enough, The Hangman. Check these and three more titles below. Line Defense (free - iOS) What happens if you take Missile Command and add some Arkanoid? You get this interesting title, spotted by Touch Arcade. Line Defense has you protecting cities from alien strikes, but you'll need to swipe...

  • Acer Predator 21 X: a VR laptop for gamers revealed

    Keeping track of the Acer Predator 21 and other launches at IFA 2016? Have a look at our IFA portal right here. Conventional wisdom says that gaming laptops are overpriced and offer less bang for your buck. But, if anything, Acer is certainly not skimping on the specs with its new Acer Predator 21 X notebook. This monstrosity comes with a curved 2560x1080 display that features integrated eye-tracking technology, making for a rather innovative design, for starters. Then again, many would probably prefer a higher resolution screen, so it probably is skimping on specs in this regard... Anyway, the machine isn't merely running Intel...

  • PlayStation Now streaming comes to PC, but not South Africa

    Sony's PlayStation Now streaming service is a rather interesting platform, allowing gamers to stream older PlayStation games over the internet. If you're in a major North American or British city, that is. Anyway, the subscription-based service is available on PlayStation 4, Vita and selected Sony TV sets, allowing gamers to play PlayStation 3 titles and more. But you can now add PC support to the fray as well, with the introduction of the PlayStation Now app for Windows. Sony lists minimum requirements as an Intel Core i3 processor or better, Windows 7/8.1/10, 300MB of space, 2GB of RAM and a 5Mbps internet connection. Other...

  • Xiaomi Redmi 2 8GB rewrites mid-range pricing in South Africa

    The Xiaomi Redmi 2 Pro was one of the first Xiaomi smartphones brought to South Africa by MIA Group (along with the Mi 4), coming in at just under R2000. You got a lot of bang for your buck too, in the form of a decent Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor, 2GB of RAM, dual-SIM design, 2200mAh battery and 16GB of expandable storage. Now, Xiaomi has introduced an even cheaper smartphone in the form of the R1499 Redmi 2, ditching the "Pro" moniker in the process. What's different about this model then? The Xiaomi Redmi 2 will retail for R1499, making it the cheapest Xiaomi in South...

  • Apple iPhone 7 event confirmed for 7 September

    It's almost time for the annual iPhone reveal (likely to be called the iPhone 7) and yes, Apple has announced an event for 7 September... The company has published an event page on its website for the date, saying it will "see you on the 7th". "Join us here on September 7 at 10 am PDT to watch the keynote live," Apple added. The Cupertino company is widely tipped to reveal at least two new iPhones in the form of the (surprise) iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus. But aside from the obvious "it's faster" claptrap (did you expect it to be slower?), what else should...

  • Samsung W2017: is this the Galaxy S7 in flip phone form?

    Last year the Samsung W2016 made its debut, which was the company's first flip phone in quite some time. Are we due for the Samsung W2017 then? In a rather interesting move, the W2016 packed most of the Samsung Galaxy S6's internals into the clamshell design, including the beefy Exynos 7420 processor, 3GB of RAM and 16MP/5MP camera combination. Sure, there were compromises, such as the 1024x768 screens (yes, it had two screens) and the 2000mAh battery, but it was effectively a Galaxy S6 in flip phone form. Related: 7 quirky, alternative smartphones we’d love to own What are the odds of...

  • Android Nougat to miss Sony Xperia Z3 range?

    Google has finally released Android Nougat (7.0) to Nexus devices, but third-party manufacturers are another matter entirely. Nevertheless, Sony has stepped up to the plate by revealing which Sony Xperia smartphones will be getting the update. "We will make Android 7.0, Nougat available for: Xperia Z3+, Xperia Z4 Tablet, Xperia Z5, Xperia Z5 Compact, Xperia Z5 Premium, Xperia X, Xperia XA, Xperia XA Ultra and Xperia X Performance," the company wrote on its blog. Sony Xperia Z3 could miss out on Android Nougat, perhaps thanks to the Snapdragon 801 It cautioned that timing and availability of the update will vary by country...

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 4: China’s latest ten-core smartphone debuts

    The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 was released internationally in November 2015, but only made its way to our shores late last month. Now, Xiaomi is pulling a Sony by launching the Redmi Note 4 phablet already. The Chinese firm announced the Note 4 earlier today, offering little in the way of new features, to be fair. The biggest change is the presence of a decacore MediaTek Helio X20 processor (two ARM Cortex-A72 cores, eight A53 cores), replacing the hexacore Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 (two A72 cores, four A53 cores) in the older Note phablet. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 comes just nine months after...

  • Legend of the Skyfish and Flip Divers: 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. Think mobile games are a fad? Or maybe you're just looking to be entertained in general? Either way, these titles might be worth your while. It's tough to follow up with last week's picks, but Flip Diving and Polyforge are just two of the four standout titles. Flip Diving (free - Android, iOS) Prolific developer MiniClip has a reputation for producing some chart-topping games, with Flip Diving being its latest title. You'll be playing...