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All posts by Hadlee Simons

  • These are Steam’s most lucrative video games of 2017

    It was another bumper year for the gaming industry in 2017, featuring plenty of must-play titles from the likes of Sony, Nintendo and other developers. But PC gamers also enjoyed a pleasant year, as Steam delivered a ton of gaming goodness. Now, the Valve-owned storefront has revealed its top selling titles of 2017, as measured by gross revenue. "We ran the numbers to come up with the list of the games that earned the most revenue during 2017, including all forms of Steam revenue; game sales, in-game transactions, and DLC. So, like last year, the resulting list includes a mix of free-to-play games as...

  • Snapdragon 670: a more powerful processor than Snapdragon 835?

    The Snapdragon 835 was easily the most popular processor for flagship Android phones, beating the likes of Samsung, Huawei's HiSilicon and Mediatek. Now, a Weibo post (spotted by GSMArena) has revealed details of three supposedly upcoming chips, including a processor that looks set to equal or even eclipse the Snapdragon 835 in the power stakes. Snapdragon 670 to beat 2017's flagship? The Snapdragon 670 is the most powerful chip in the report, touting an octacore layout of four high-powered cores and four low-powered cores. This is a similar layout to the Snapdragon 835 at first glance. However, it appears that Qualcomm has swapped...

  • CES 2018 preview: what to expect from tech’s supershow

    The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is the first major event of the tech calendar, promising a first look at major gadgets and a showcase of things to come. CES 2018 is just a few days away so, surprises aside, what should you expect? We take a look at smartphones and other tech set to make an appearance. More Windows 10 ARM laptops One guarantee is that we'll be seeing more Windows 10 laptops running Qualcomm Snapdragon chips. This comes after Lenovo revealed at the Snapdragon Tech Summit that it will reveal a Snapdragon-powered laptop device at CES. Expect this laptop to be a two-in-one...

  • 4 alternatives to WhatsApp on BlackBerry

    Those with BlackBerry or Windows Phone 8 handsets are out of luck if they're regular WhatsApp users. You see, WhatsApp will be killing support for these platforms on 31 December 2017, forcing these owners to get a new phone. But truth be told, BlackBerry owners still have a few solid IM apps at their disposal. We look at some of these alternatives. Facebook Messenger Available for BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10, Facebook Messenger is a logical alternative to WhatsApp. After all, the platform has one billion users, so chances are good that your WhatsApp contacts are reachable. Don't expect the BBOS version to...

  • Now Xiaomi has copied Apple’s gestures

    Xiaomi gained a reputation in its early years as a company that heavily copied Apple, from hardware design and product names to the look of its MIUI Android skin. The company has come a long way since then, revealing innovative wares like the Mi Mix range. But the most recent addition to the MIUI skin is a blatant copy of Apple's iPhone X gestures. Called Full Display Gestures and coming to the MIUI 9 beta, it offers virtually identical gestures to the OLED iPhone. "In the newly introduced full display gestures, if you want to go back to the Home screen, you...

  • Q&A: Xbox’s Albert Penello on exclusives, PC Game Pass and more

    The Xbox One X is out of the gate, giving gamers the chance to get to grips with the most powerful gaming console ever made. But how did the console all come about? What about exclusives? And could we see Xbox Game Pass come to PC? We conducted an email Q&A with Albert Penello, senior director of Xbox console marketing. Truth be told, most of the answers aren't surprising, but it still delivers some interesting insights anyway. Gearburn: When did development of the Xbox One X start? What was one of the more surprising or stranger things you encountered during development? Albert Penello...

  • Wave goodbye to WhatsApp on BlackBerry, WP this week

    WhatsApp is the most popular mobile messaging platform in the world right now, being available on a variety of smartphone platforms. But the mobile world moves at a fast pace and the Facebook-owned service will be killing support for three platforms on 31 December 2017. Yes, WhatsApp users on BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10, Windows Phone 8 (and older) will need a new smartphone if they want to keep using WhatsApp in the new year. Got a Nokia Series 40 phone (like the Asha range)? Then your phone will be supported until 31 December 2018. Got an Android 2.3 (or older) smartphone? You've...

  • By the numbers: Gearburn’s top ten articles of 2017

    We're less than a week away from the end of the year, so it seems like a no-brainer to look at the most popular articles of 2017. We used Google Analytics to figure out the ten most popular stories of the year, so let's get on with the countdown. 10) MTN reveals Nokia 3, Nokia 5 prices HMD brought the Nokia name to Android phones in 2017 (well, we don't count the Nokia X), starting with the Nokia 3, 5 and 6. Featuring great specs for the price and pure Android, these phones quickly made a name for themselves. South Africa, a traditional Nokia...

  • Watch these 5 smartphone brands in 2018

    2017 was a year for tall screens and itsy bitsy borders, delivering high-end smartphones with a distinctive look compared to years prior. Apple, Samsung, LG and others got on this bandwagon, offering a host of other features as well. But what could we expect from these players next year? We look at a few mobile brands you should be watching in 2018. Apple Let's start with the juggernaut. The company enjoyed both a tick and a tock year, offering the otherwise safe iPhone 8 and 8 Plus (review) devices. But it was the iPhone X that really stood out, serving up that...

  • Steam Winter Sale is here, so what’s worth getting?

    Digital game sales are always a great way to add a few gems to your library, and the Steam Winter Sale is no exception obviously. The sale, which kicked off yesterday (21 December) and ends on 4 January 2018, has a number of solid deals right now. So which ones should you consider? For starters, space-faring title Elite: Dangerous has received a 75% discount to R105, but you'll need to splash out R210 on the Horizons Season Pass if you want to explore planets. We've also got a 50% discount on Inside (now R109.50), 50% off Tekken 7 (now R449.50), 90% off...