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  • People with big hands rejoice: OG Xbox Duke controller returns

    The Xbox controllers weren't always comfortable devices. In fact, when the original Xbox launched in 2001, it shipped with the gigantic 'Duke' controller. The gamepad was panned by numerous outlets and many consumers -- Microsoft even introduced a smaller 'Xbox Controller 'S' for Asian audiences. The smaller controller would eventually become the standard input method around the world, but it's fair to say that the original gamepad had its supporters. Now, it's emerged that the Xbox One would be receiving a revived Duke Controller, courtesy of accessory manufacturer Hyperkin and Xbox godfather Seamus Blackley. The controller comes with Microsoft's blessing and will launch...

  • HTC U11 EYEs leaks on HTC’s own website

    The HTC U11 wasn't available in South Africa, but it was certainly one of the better smartphones of 2017. Featuring powerful internals, a capable camera and those squeezable edges, it showed that the Taiwanese company still has a knack for creating an appealing phone. The company sought to create a mid-range model in the form of the U11 Life, but 2018 also brings word of another budget-minded variant, the HTC U11 EYEs. The new phone was leaked by HTC's own website (spotted by the Tech Chat YouTube channel and Android Police), retaining a few key flagship features. So that means IP67...

  • Intel CEO delivers open letter in wake of Meltdown, Spectre

    The Meltdown and Spectre exploits have rocked the computing world, as chipmakers scramble to patch the vulnerabilities. Intel was particularly hard hit by the exploits, forcing the firm to double down on security updates for them. Now, following his keynote address at CES 2018, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich has issued an open letter, outlining a three-point pledge to consumers. The pledge starts with "customer-first urgency". "By 15 January, we will have issued updates for at least 90 percent of Intel CPUs introduced in the past five years, with updates for the remainder of these CPUs available by the end of January. We will...

  • Nokia 8 gets DxOMark camera results: it’s not good

    DxOMark has emerged as one of the foremost websites for smartphone photography, attempting to benchmark photos, videos and other aspects of the mobile photography experience. There's been plenty of debate over the company's testing, given the subjective nature of photography in many ways. But the scores are often used by brands and consumers alike to justify the greatness of their phones. In any event, DxOMark has just published their results for the Nokia 8 (review), and it's very disappointing. At a score of 68, it sits way below other high-end phones, with the Galaxy S6 Edge, iPhone 6s and Lava Z25 (wuh?)...

  • Digicape now offers iPhone battery replacements in SA too

    Earlier this week, news broke that the iStore chain of  retailers would be offering battery replacements to affected iPhone owners, falling in line with Apple's own battery replacement programme. The programme came after it emerged that Apple was stealthily throttling older iPhones with depleted batteries, eliciting scorn from Apple users around the world. Now, Digicape has joined the iStore in offering battery replacements at a reduced price in South Africa, coming in at R430 too. "If you suspect that the battery of your iPhone SE, 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, 7 or 7 Plus may need to be replaced, bring your device in...

  • ICYMI: all the Nintendo Switch games from Nintendo Direct Mini

    The latest Nintendo Direct video went live yesterday, giving us a good look at what to expect for the Nintendo Switch in 2018. Missed the video? Here are all the upcoming games that got airtime... The World Ends With You Final Remix TWEWY is one of the best handheld games ever produced, helping to establish the Nintendo DS as a juggernaut too. Now, the action RPG is coming to the Switch, delivering spruced up visuals, a new epilogue and rejigged controls. There's no specific launch date outside of "2018". So we can probably expect more news at E3. Dark Souls Remastered It was leaked in the hours and...

  • Bridge Constructor Portal, Civ 6: 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. It's been a long break, but we're back with a look at the world of mobile games again. And we've got a few big-hitting entries this week. Our noteworthy picks include Civilization 6 and Bridge Constructor Portal. But scroll down for the full rundown! Sid Meier's Civilization 6 (paid - iOS) It's been available on PC since 2016, but December 2017 also saw Sid Meier's latest title come to Apple's mobile platform. Civilization 6 is indeed...

  • 8 VR games to look forward to in 2018

    2016 and 2017 saw a ton of hype around VR in gaming, as Sony launched its PSVR, Google launched Daydream and established PC VR headsets marched on. The hype seems to be dying down now, but what about the gaming library? There are quite a few titles coming out in 2018, so we picked a few noteworthy titles to watch... GORN It's in Early Access already, but we kick things off with South African title GORN, from Free Lives (Broforce, Genital Jousting). The title essentially sees players acting out their gladiatorial fantasies, makes heavy use of physics and gore in the process. At...

  • Galaxy S9 reveal set for MWC – report

    Samsung's Galaxy S9 is one of the most eagerly anticipated smartphones of the year, but when will we actually see it being revealed? Now, Samsung mobile head DJ Koh told Korean press at CES that the flagship would be revealed at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, ZDNet reported. It would mark a return to MWC for Samsung, having launched the Galaxy S7 there, but holding its own event for the Galaxy S8. As for features, previous leaks point to more of the same for the new flagships, featuring a similar high screen/body ratio and tall screen as the 2017 models. However, serial...

  • The Moviphone has budget specs, steep price, but packs a projector

    We've seen smartphones with projectors before, with Samsung's Galaxy Beam being the most prominent example. Now, at CES 2018, we've seen a new phone emerge, dubbed the Moviphone. The top of the device plays host to the laser projector, delivering a 720p image, 50 lumens brightness and the ability to stretch the projected image from 12 inches to 200 inches. The Moviphone is also backed by a 4000mAh battery, enabling the device to last up to six hours when projecting (with the phone screen off). Turn the screen on with max brightness while projecting and the manufacturer claims four hours of juice. As...