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  • The Gearburn Podcast #1: Is No Man’s Sky the game it ought to be?

    Here's a question: are you happy with No Man's Sky? We're pretty much on the fence here at Gear HQ, and we know a lot of others are too. But looking at the game solely on its merits -- sentiment aside -- is it the title it should've been? We're we promised unicorns and rainbows only to get sentinels and plutonium? That's the question we try to answer in our very first Gearburn Podcast. Is No Man's Sky the game it ought to be? We try to answer that question Although No Man's Sky got off to a flying start, boasting a nifty...

  • Update: No Man’s Sky update 1.07 heads to PlayStation 4

    Update: 28 August, 11.03am: According to recently posted patch notes on Steam, No Man's Sky has a slew of incoming updates. Although the below notes are only valid for those on Steam's experimental patch programme, Hello Games in a tweet suggested that "these changes and more are inbound for Steam, GoG and PS4 in an upcoming patch". Have a look at the experimental fixes below, that might come to the PlayStation 4 in the next few weeks: Objectives and stuck without Hyper-drive Issues Player no longer able to redeem your pre-order ship at a point which would then prevent you learning...

  • Pokemon Go’s popularity shows first signs of decline

    Just as the world reaches peak hype for No Man's Sky, Niantic's Pokemon Go is discovering that life on the top of the mobile gaming charts doesn't last long for some. According to Axiom Capital Management in a Bloomberg report, Pokemon Go's user base is currently experiencing a dramatic drop. Peaking at around 45-million active daily users worldwide in mid-July 2016, the game lost nearly 15-million active users in a month ending 17 August. Google Search data tends to corroborate these dropping figures, with search term "Pokemon" seeing a fairly steep drop after its momentous rise in July 2016. But that's not...

  • Update: 90% of No Man’s Sky’s PlayStation 4 issues fixed thus far

    Update, 24 August 2016, 11.30am: Hello Games has taken to its Twitter account to finally explain the mass of No Man's Sky updates that have hit the PlayStation 4 this week. The British developer explains that PlayStation 4 crash dumps -- sent to the developer whenever the title blue screens the console -- have helped it solve some 87% of reported issues with patches 1.05 and 1.06. If a PS4 crashes, it sends us a crash dump. Over the last week since the game came out we categorised and fixed these in order of priority. — Hello Games (@hellogames) August 24, 2016 "This...

  • Gamescom 2016 trailers megalist: all the new trailers you might’ve missed

    It's August in Cologne, Germany. The smell of overheating consoles fills the air. The crunch of a particular brand of corn chip fills the ambience. It must definitely be Gamescom again. The world's largest gaming expo kicked off on Wednesday 15 August, and some of the globe's most-loved companies have already had their say. But often, Gamescom is the most difficult conference to cover and follow simply because so much happens in such a brief period of time. All those unwatched trailers... *sniff* Well, look no further. If you've missed any trailers this week, chances are high that we've included it...

  • Play Halo, Forza on airplanes with the Xbook One S laptop

    You might remember our older posts about portable Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles, fit with bespoke flip screens in a laptop form factor. The man behind those, Ed Zarick, is back again with his latest invention. The Xbook One S is everything you'd expect it to be, based on Microsoft's newer, slightly quicker Xbox One S console. But Zarick decided that it just didn't offer the user enough. Related: The PlayBox shoves a PS4, Xbox One into one portable DIY system As a result, he took one of these beauties, slapped a flat-screen monitor on it, reworked the chassis, and turned...

  • Huawei Mate 9 images leak, to possibly introduce Kirin 960

    Great news, phablet fans. New images and fresh specs have leaked detailing what could be the Huawei Mate 9. Chinese publication Juggly obtained two interesting snaps from Weibo that look a lot like a Huawei device in sheep's clothing, fit with typical Mate-like lines and dimensions. Specs suggest that a 5.9-inch screen will front the device boasting a swathe of 1920x1080 pixels. There's also the rumoured inclusion of the HiSilicon Kirin 960 chipset, boasting a choice of 4GB or 6GB of RAM, with 64GB of internal storage. Beyond that, the phone will sport a 16MP rear camera, and not dual-lenses like...

  • Rumour: PlayStation 4 Neo could debut on the same day as iPhone 7

    Whether it'll be called the PlayStation 4 Neo, the PlayStation 4.5 or the PlayStation 4K, Sony's latest console could be detailed on 7 September. According to various reports, the console may be the main event at an official Sony PlayStation meeting in New York City in a month's time. Although the console might be revealed (not simply announced), there's no imminent global launch date scheduled. Related: PlayStation 4 Neo vs Xbox Project Scorpio: which is more powerful? Previous rumours suggest that the PlayStation 4 Neo will sport enough power to run games in 4K resolution, much like Microsoft's upcoming Project Scorpio console....

  • Is SA ready for the new world of work? [SPONSORED]

    The days of landing a job and staying in a company until retirement are gone. Indeed, for the new workforce, this old-fashioned approach holds little reality, writes Jane Steinacker. Last year, Millenials (roughly defined as those born from the early 1980s) became the largest generation in the workforce. This, says Lee Naik, MD of Accenture Digital, is significant for two reasons. "First, because Millennials will soon become the predominant source of human capital, and, second, because businesses stand to benefit greatly from the technology acumen and talent this generation (also known as 'digital natives') possesses." The greatest workplace disruptor, digital transformation, is changing not just the way...

  • What innovation really means for business [SPONSORED]

    Innovation, like any good words appropriated too many times for too many purposes, has become something of a cliché, says Adam Oxford of htxt.africa, a company looking to claim back the word by inspiring action. We might understand innovation better “if we could define it a little more clearly”, says Oxford, htxt.africa’s editor in chief. That’s easier said than done, but one simple definition comes from WeThinkCode’s Camille Agon, who believes "innovation is finding solutions to problems". WeThinkCode is a new peer-to- peer tech institution that opened in South Africa in 2016. It aims to identify and train people between the ages of 17 and 35...