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  • Disney Infinity closure timelines revealed, game officially dies March 2017

    We've known for a while now that Disney Infinity will be discontinued, but we've finally received timelines for various features to be phased out. In a press release sent to Gearburn, the company confirmed that as of 29 July, no in-app purchases can be made in the PC, iOS, Android, Amazon and Apple TV versions of the game. However, owners of the Steam version of Infinity 3.0 can continue to make purchases. Related: Say goodbye to the toy-based Disney Infinity video game series As of 30 September, "the Steam versions of Disney Infinity 2.0 and 3.0 will remain operational with the exception of...

  • PlayStation Vita has been hacked: here’s how to do it

    It's been possible to run homebrew software on the PlayStation Vita for a while now, but pretty much all of these hacks only grant access to the PSP sandbox/environment. In other words, those hoping to harness the Vita's horsepower can't do so, as the hacks are pretty much ports of hacks for Sony's older console. Additionally, many of these hacks require loads of steps or a purchased game to accomplish. Now a new hack has been released, which has jump-started the seemingly tired PlayStation Vita homebrew scene. Dubbed Henkaku, the hack simply requires you to visit the website in question from your Vita or...

  • What do we make of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 teaser trailer?

    We all know that Samsung will be revealing a new Note phablet (likely the Samsung Galaxy Note 7) on Tuesday, and now the Korean firm has uploaded a teaser trailer for the new smartphone. The short video starts off by showing a series of unlocking methods, beginning with a simple fingerprint and moving to complicated pattern passwords. The Korean text overlay alludes to "password complexity". This suggests that those rumours of an iris scanner might not be so far-fetched after all... The video then shows a woman taking a selfie, complete with a bedside lamp being used to illuminate her face. Perhaps pointing to a front-facing camera...

  • The Technomancer review: welcome to Backtrack Simulator 2016

    Take one part Mass Effect, mix it in with some Alpha Protocol and add a heap of Too Human. What do you get? The finished product is a hack-and-slash RPG that clearly shows its budget trappings. We're talking about The Technomancer. Anyway, The Technomancer takes place on a Mars colony that sees corporations running the show. This comes at the expense of mutants, poverty-stricken folk and other unfortunate souls down below. You're a Technomancer, one of the "lucky" mutants though, effectively able to channel electrical powers and imbue your weapons with said powers. This means you'll be a special soldier for said corporations... That...

  • Huawei reports 25% spike in smartphone shipments in H1 2016

    Chinese company Huawei has been on a roll over the past couple of years, seeing ever rising numbers and eclipsing established manufacturers in several markets. Now, the company has revealed more good news, thanks to its financial results for the first half of the year. "Sales revenue in the first half of 2016 increased by 41% year-on- year to US$11.6-billion. Smartphone shipments stood at 60.56-million, a year-on- year increase of 25%," the company explained in an emailed press statement. Global smartphone shipments in general for the first half of 2016 grew by 3.1%, Huawei said, citing IDC information. "We saw particularly fast growth in traditionally...

  • Xiaomi reveals dual-camera Redmi Pro, Mi Notebook Air laptop

    Chinese technology colossus Xiaomi said it would have some stuff to announce today, and it didn't disappoint. The company revealed the Redmi Pro smartphone, coming in three variants. The first two options feature the ten-core MediaTek Helio X20 processor and 3GB of RAM, while the top-end model has a slightly upgraded Helio X25 chip and 4GB of RAM. The entry-level 32GB Redmi Pro will cost RMB1499 (R3212 as a straight conversion), the 64GB model will have a RMB1699 (R3940) price tag and the 128GB option has a price of RMB1999 (R4279). All devices come with a hybrid SIM slot, allowing you...

  • Humble Bundle and Rooms of Doom: 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. Looking for something meatier than Pokemon Go? Or maybe you just want a change of pace? Either way, we've got some picks for you. My favourite game this week? I'll have to say Rooms of Doom, but only because I own some of the Humble Bundle titles already. Rooms of Doom - Minion Madness (free - Android, iOS) The latest game from the people behind Crossy Road is another endless-runner - so how...

  • Nintendo NX leaks: how powerful is the Nvidia Tegra X1?

    Eurogamer has published a rather massive story this week, revealing more about the mysterious Nintendo NX console. We already heard murmurings of a hybrid home/portable console, but the publication has received confirmation from its own sources. The confirmation is that it's a portable console with detachable controllers and the ability to dock for home usage. Another very big reveal was Eurogamer's claim that the device would be powered by an Nvidia Tegra processor, most likely being the Tegra X1 or perhaps the new Tegra X2. Finally, the publication corroborated earlier rumours that the device will feature memory cards in lieu of discs, making for...

  • BlackBerry DTEK50: a secure Android phone for $300?

    Secure Android smartphones, such as the BlackPhone range, haven't had much success in the market. Still, that hasn't deterred BlackBerry from releasing the DTEK50, being a full-touch Android smartphone with no physical keyboard. The new phone features a number of security and privacy features, such as the DTEK security software (to track permissions and when apps access certain functions) and modifications to Android Marshmallow 6.0. Aside from Android and a touch-only keyboard, the device also packs in a 5.2-inch full HD display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor, 16GB of expandable storage, a 2610mAh battery and 3GB of RAM. In an interesting move,...

  • Xbox Games with Gold for August revealed

    It's time for Microsoft to reveal their Games with Gold titles for next month, and we've got decent picks for August. Xbox Live Gold subscribers receive two free games on Xbox One and two free games on Xbox 360. However, the Xbox 360 titles are backwards-compatible with the Xbox One. Anyway, Xbox One fans will receive Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate (1-31 August) and WWE 2K16 (16 August to 15 September). As for the older console, you can expect tough platformer Spelunky (1-15 August) and classic adventure title Beyond Good and Evil HD (16-31 August). It's not too late to pick up a few...