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All posts by Hadlee Simons

  • 10 underrated Xbox 360 games that flew under the radar

    Yes, Microsoft's last-generation gaming console may have ceased production, but it still has plenty to offer. Featuring a game library of over 1000 titles, there really is something for everyone. But what about games then? We picked a few titles that flew under the radar. Blue Dragon This 2007 role-playing title was eagerly anticipated by gamers, as Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi was behind the story and had a hand in its development. The game saw players take part in traditional turn-based RPG action, albeit with a few tweaks (such as speed being a factor and the introduction of a shadow system), making for...

  • Lenovo’s latest phone packs UV detector, blood oxygen sensor

    Lenovo's ZUK sub-brand has quietly been releasing some noteworthy smartphones, but the Z2 Pro might just be the most cutting-edge handset in the world. The company revealed the phone in China this week, showing off a device with a hefty Snapdragon 820 processor, 3100mAh battery and a 5.2-inch full HD screen. In the camera department, you've got a 13MP F1.8 main camera with OIS and an 8MP front-facing shooter. Lenovo and ZUK are claiming that the phone can shoot video at 960 frames per second, but we'll want to check out some samples first. The phone is also available in two variants, one...

  • Here are some things you might not know about the Xbox 360

    Pour one out for the Xbox 360, because Microsoft has announced that its mega-popular console will no longer be manufactured. To mark the occasion, we thought it would be a good idea to look at some lesser known facts about the Xbox 360. Early development kits were actually Apple Mac G5s Believe it or not, but Microsoft initially sent Apple Mac G5 computers to studios who were working on the first wave of Xbox 360 games. Yep, these weren't used solely for development, but also to demo games at the likes of E3 ahead of the console's release. In fact, some lucky people managed to...

  • Sega Mega Drive games get official mod support on Steam

    Between GoG, Steam and other digital platforms, there's no shortage of retro videogames around - but Sega is stepping up in a notable way. The company has already released a host of Mega Drive games on Steam, and now it's announced that these titles will officially support mods via the Steam Workshop. Mod support comes via the Sega Mega Drive Classics Hub, which is a free update to owners of any retro Sega games on Steam. This hub is effectively a front-end for your Sega games, Sega's UK division explained in a press statement. "The new-look system is based on a bedroom of an...

  • Chinese firm LeEco ditches earphone jack for new phones

    The first smartphones from Chinese brand LeEco (then known as LeTV) were rather neat, offering some solid specifications and very familiar hardware designs last year. These phones were also notable as they were the first to feature USB Type-C connections, beating other manufacturers to the punch. Now, the company has taken another first with the launch of three new phones, namely the Le 2, Le 2 Pro and Le Max 2. Where's the audio jack? The Chinese firm has opted to ditch the 3.5mm earphone jack on these new smartphones, so users will need to plug their earphones into the USB Type-C slot instead. In the live-stream for the products'...

  • Here are your mobile gaming picks of the week

    It's that time of the week once again, where we scour the various app stores for the latest and greatest mobile videogames. We've got some solid picks in this week's edition, from an Advance Wars-style title to a neat take on tower defence games. Warbits Platforms: iOS Price: R60 It costs a fair chunk of change, but fans of turn-based strategy games will enjoy Warbits, from two-man studio Risky Lab. The game is heavily inspired by classic Nintendo franchise Advance Wars, so you'll be taking turns to move your various units across the murky conflict zone. Warbits stands out thanks to its nifty multiplayer suite, though, delivering one...

  • Apple updates Macbook line with rose gold option, new chips

    Your grey Macbook not garish enough for you? Well, Apple has stepped up to the plate with its refreshed Macbook line, now including a rose gold colour option. Apple announced the Macbook refresh late yesterday, which brings several more features beyond the loud colour. Firstly, the new laptop features Intel's latest Core M chips as well as faster RAM. Speaking of RAM, Apple has also moved to make 8GB the standard across all models, moving on from 4GB of RAM. What else has the company brought to the table? "New Intel HD Graphics 515 deliver up to 25% faster graphics performance, and faster PCIe-based...

  • Here are 5 great budget smartphones for under R3000

    Who says you have to spend R12 000 on a smartphone? Certainly not us, as there are loads of excellent smartphones for half the price. What about a great handset at a quarter of the price or even cheaper? Well, you might be surprised at what we found... Moto G (3rd Gen) The Moto G arguably popularised the idea of a budget-minded yet capable smartphone, and the latest entry continues this tradition. The handset ships with a slightly unspectacular Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 chip and 1GB of RAM combination, 5.0-inch 720p display and a 2470mAh battery. But a 13MP main camera, 5MP selfie shooter, IPX7 water-resistance and...

  • Did LG just sell people on the Samsung Galaxy S7?

    It's that time of the year again, when the market is flooded with new high-end smartphones competing for your cash. So LG Mobile decided to issue a rather interesting press release, comparing the Galaxy S7 duo to its new LG G5, in an attempt to get consumers to buy a G5. But I can't help but wonder whether the company made the S7 look like a better purchase... The press release starts out well enough, calling the G5's modular design a "new and differentiated user experience" and the S7's design a "slight modification" that's "easier to hold" compared to the S6. Moving on to the battery...

  • New report ‘leaks’ details of upgraded PS4 NEO

    We've heard numerous reports that Sony is hard at work on a more powerful PlayStation 4. The so-called NEO, which is apparently pegged for later this year, is said to be capable of 4K and virtual-reality gaming. Now, Giant Bomb has uncovered tech specifications for the upgraded console, citing "multiple sources" for the information. The PS4 NEO features the same octacore AMD Jaguar processor as the PS4, albeit clocked at 2.1Ghz compared to the PS4's 1.6Ghz clock speed. As for the graphics department, you can apparently expect a better AMD graphics chip with 36 compute units at 911Mhz - compared to the PS4's 18 compute units at 800Mhz. The sources also claim that the...