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  • Hybrid gaming smartphone has MediaTek, Intel processors

    A new hybrid smartphone/gaming console promises a slideout gamepad, Android and Windows 10 in one package. The PGS or Portable Gaming System bears a resemblance to a Nokia slider smartphone or Nintendo DS, featuring two analogue sticks, face buttons, a D-pad and four shoulder buttons. The system is divided into Lite and Hardcore variants, sharing several common features. For one, they're both capable of dual-booting between Android and Windows 10. And in a crazy move, there are two processors in the system, in the form of an Intel Atom X7 chip for Windows 10 and a MediaTek Helio X20/X25 for Android. Other common...

  • No Google hardware in SA or Africa anytime soon

    Google has been on a tear lately in the hardware department, launching a variety of gadgets in the past few months. But South African and African consumers shouldn't expect these devices to be officially available anytime soon. "Google says it has no immediate plans for hardware in SA or the broader continent," a local representative told Gearburn in response to an email query. The Google Store, which stocks the firm's hardware, is currently available in the USA, Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, India, Hong Kong, Taiwan and South Korea. The online store features a variety of hardware, including Pixel smartphones, the...

  • Yup, the glacier white PS4 ‘slim’ model is coming to SA

    In an announcement from local PlayStation distributor Ster-Kinekor, the company revealed that the 'Glacier White' version of the PS4 'slim' will be making its way to the country. It will be available in South Africa "towards the end of February". Using the model number CUH-2000 series, the system will be identical to the standard 'slim' model, but with a white finish to the console and packed-in controller. A white version of the original PS4 form factor was previously released. Though the specifications in the press release mention both a 500GB and 1TB model, only the former has been given an RRP for South Africa, coming in...

  • Xbox One crimson limited edition controller review: a bloody piece of kit

    With Gears of War 4 being an exceptional entry into the Gears of War franchise -- and Microsft loving its themed controllers -- it was obvious that the Xbox One would receive a GoW4 themed controller. The question is, is this a controller for the fans or just a bloody mess? Right off the bat, the controllers comes with little fanfare. Included in the box are two AA batteries for first-time use -- you're still going to need additional batteries or a rechargeable pack -- and the usual pile of manuals and safety leaflets that absolutely no one reads. It does include a download...

  • 10K video and more: what does HDMI 2.1 bring to table?

    The HDMI Forum, behind the HDMI cable specification, has revealed HDMI 2.1, being a rather notable upgrade over previous standards. If you thought 4K at 60 frames per second was the holy grail, then prepare to change your underwear, because HDMI 2.1 tops out at a ridiculous 10K resolution and 120fps. Otherwise, expect supported resolutions of 8K, 5K and 4K -- all at 50, 60, 100 and 120fps. Another big addition is dynamic HDR, effectively allowing HDR effects to be turned up or down on a more granular basis. "Dynamic HDR ensures every moment of a video is displayed at its ideal values for depth, detail, brightness, contrast,...

  • CES 2017: Nvidia reveals new Shield devices, but…

    Nvidia hasn't refreshed its Shield range of Android gaming gadgets for a while now, but the company has used CES 2017 to finally update its lineup. The company announced the Shield 16GB "streaming media device" and the 500GB Shield Pro box at the Las Vegas expo. But it might not be the leap in power you're expecting... Those hoping for an upgraded chipset will be disappointed with the Tegra X1 processor in both devices, matching the previous Shield device. Otherwise, expect 3GB of RAM, expandable storage, an Android Nougat-based platform, an included remote and 4K HDR support (in addition to 4K, 60fps playback)....

  • Bluetooth 5 announced: what should you expect?

    The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has announced the availability of Bluetooth 5, the latest generation of the wireless standard. As for specific improvements, the group says it offers longer range, faster speed and "larger broadcast message capacity" as key upgrades. However, the group also says the update offers better functionality for fast-growing IoT gadgets. "Key feature updates include four times range, two times speed, and eight times broadcast message capacity. Longer range powers whole home and building coverage, for more robust and reliable connections. Higher speed enables more responsive, high-performance devices. Increased broadcast message size increases the data sent for improved...

  • 5 seriously odd things Xiaomi also sells

    From smartphones and tablets to fitness bands and streaming boxes, Xiaomi sells a wide variety of tech products. Did you know the company sells rice cookers and drones too? Well, here are a few more offbeat products the Chinese firm has in its stable. Mi Qicycle Electric bicycles (or e-bikes) are massive in China, as scores of people zip around city streets instead of walking or taking the bus. So it makes sense then for Xiaomi to release a product of its own in this regard, in the form of the Mi Qicycle range. And by far its most distinctive feature is...

  • PlayStation 3, PS Vita firmware update without much new

    It doesn't look like Sony has forgotten about its two other consoles, or has it? The company has released new updates for both the PS3 and Vita, but they don't bring a slew of features or anything interesting at all. The PlayStation 3 has been upgraded to the 4.81 firmware revision, which Sony states "improves the quality of the system performance". Now if that's not insightful, then we don't know what is . The Playstation Vita (and that PlayStatoion TV thing which Sony pretends doesn't exist) has been upgraded to 3.63, which, you guessed it, "improves the...

  • Samsung CFG70 gaming monitor debuts with quantum dots

    Samsung has today announced the global availability of its first gaming monitor with quantum dots, the CFG70. The screen, which first debuted at Gamescom 2016, is available in 24-inch and 27-inch guises, and also boasts a curved face. Gamer-friendly features are also listed, including a 3000:1 contrast ratio, a 125% coverage of the sRGB colour spectrum and quantum dots. "With the introduction of quantum dot technology to our pioneering curved monitors, Samsung offers a look into the future of gaming, along with a level of picture quality like the industry has never seen before," notes Samsung's SVP of Samsung's visual display...