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  • From VR to Pro support, here’s what to know about Gran Turismo Sport

    The latest entry in the mega-popular Gran Turismo franchise is but hours away from release, and many series fans will have already preordered Gran Turismo Sport. But what if you're on the wall about the title? Here's what you should know There is single-player content, but... Don't expect there to be a similar career mode as previous entries, as GT Sport is pretty much focused on online multiplayer. Esports is all the rage etc etc. We have a campaign mode, comprised of a driving school (think license tests), mission challenge (complete various racing challenges and compare results with friends), Circuit Experience (which has you...

  • Oukitel K10000 Pro review: a cheap, unspectacular, long-lasting brick

    I've been wanting to get my hands on the Oukitel K10000 for a long time now, ever since it was announced a year or so ago. After all, how many phones pack a massive 10 000mAh battery? That puts it in "power bank with a phone attached to it" territory. Then we saw the K10000 Pro being released (available for US$180 via Gearbest), featuring a camera bump and spec upgrade. But otherwise, the headline-grabbing battery size still remained. Of course, with such a massive battery, it's difficult to make a smartphone with a svelte body... Hardware Unbox the K10000 Pro and you've got...

  • Watch: Lewis Hamilton’s role in Gran Turismo Sport

    We're but a few days away from the 17 October release of Gran Turismo Sport, arguably one of the most important releases in the franchise's history. Featuring a heavy esports emphasis, it represents somewhat of a departure compared to previous entries. Now, developer Polyphony Digital has released a new video, detailing triple F1 champion Lewis Hamilton's involvement in the new game. "It has been announced that the three time F1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton will be appearing in 'Gran Turismo Sport' as the mentor and Maestro who will lead and guide the players," read an excerpt from the video description. Gran Turismo Sport...

  • iPhone 8 preorders kick off at iStore, starting at R13 499

    The iStore has announced that preorders have kicked off for the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus in South Africa, starting at R13 499 for the 64GB iPhone 8. The preorders are only for cash purchases however, it must be noted. Need more space? Then you'll want to spend an extra R3000 for the 256GB iPhone 8, coming in at R16 499. Want the iPhone 8 Plus? Then that'll cost R15 499 for the 64GB version and R18 499 for the 256GB variant. The iPhone 8 will be competitively priced compared to the Galaxy S8, Huawei P10 and other rivals The iPhone 8 and iPhone...

  • Stranger Things and Thimbleweed Park: 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. There's never a shortage of mobile games, it must be said. But good mobile games? That's another matter, really. In any event, we've scoured app stores for the latest and greatest games worthy of your time and bandwidth. Our highlights this week? Well, it's a blockbuster week actually, with Stranger Things and two PC to mobile ports. Stranger Things (free - Android, iOS) How better to celebrate season two of Stranger Things than...

  • Sailfish X: would you spend €50 an alternative, incomplete mobile platform?

    Don't care for Android, iOS or the comatose Windows 10 Mobile? Then what about Sailfish X? Yep, the mobile platform, coming from former Nokia employees, is now available for the Sony Xperia X. Bringing Android app support, a Meego/BlackBerry 10-style multitasking screen and a dedicated screen for social media, it's certainly different, to say the least. However, there are a few caveats that only make Sailfish X a curiosity at this stage... For starters, platform holder Jolla is charging an eye-watering €49.90 for this particular flavour of operating system -- you can get full-fledged smartphones at that price. "The basic image of Sailfish OS...

  • 8 last gen games that would benefit from an HDR upgrade

    HDR, along with 4K, has become the latest graphical feature to be targeted by console manufacturers and game developers. Promising more vivid colours, better contrast between lights and darks and better lights and darks, it looks poised to deliver a solid upgrade for games. But that got us thinking... What about last-generation games that would benefit from the technology? GTA V Technically speaking, it saw a current-generation release as well, but the last GTA game looks tailor-made for an HDR update. Between the pastel hues, pseudo-California setting and the great weather effects, it practically screams out for an update, doesn't it? Oh yeah, and...

  • Oculus Go revealed: a $199 standalone VR headset

    Oculus has made a name for itself thanks to its Rift headset for PCs, while also teaming up with Samsung for content on their Gear VR mobile headset. Now, the Facebook-owned firm has revealed Oculus Go, a standalone VR headset -- no PC or smartphone needed. Coming in at US$199, the Oculus Go comes with a controller and features a "high resolution fast-switch LCD screen", as opposed to an OLED display. The company adds that the Oculus Go features its "best lenses yet", while speakers supporting spatial audio are built into the headset. Then again, those wanting something more discreet can plug...

  • Xbox One X now available to preorder in South Africa

    South Africans won't have to endure a long wait to get their hands on the Xbox One X, as Microsoft plans to bring the console to the country in December. Now, the likes of Raru and Takealot have started taking preorders for the new console, with both noting that there's "very limited stock" available. "The Xbox One X 1TB Console release date is set for 22 December 2017 but is of course subject to change," reads an excerpt of Raru's preorder page. The 22 December date is corroborated by Takealot's preorder page, also adding that the preorder price (R7499) is down from...

  • An ode to Windows Phone: 5 of the best WP handsets ever made

    One of the bigger news stories this week has been a tacit admission by Microsoft's Joe Belfiore that Windows Phone is essentially dead. The former face of Microsoft's mobile platform confirmed that new hardware and features weren't a focus anymore, adding that he had switched from Windows Phone as well. So with that in mind, we bid adieu to Windows Phone, looking at five of the greatest devices ever released. Nokia Lumia 920 The Lumia 800 and Lumia 900 continued the colourful polycarbonate design pioneered by the Nokia N9, but it was the Lumia 920 that dramatically upped the ante with features and the...