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  • Microsoft-exclusive Crackdown 3 gets shifted to 2018

    The Crackdown series is one of the more underrated Xbox franchises around, delivering high-flying open-world antics and a neat visual style. But don't hold your breath for Crackdown to make its debut on Xbox One this year, as Crackdown 3 has been delayed to 2018. The news was confirmed by Microsoft Studios general manager Shannon Loftis on Twitter. "To clarify: the entire game is moving to Spring 2018. It's super ambitious, and we want to make sure the game delivers," the Microsoft executive tweeted. "It's always disappointing to move a date. We are very committed to shipping @Crackdown 3 to the level...

  • Exclusive: Nokia 8 set for South Africa in September [Update: Vodacom confirms]

    Update, 2:57pm, 16 August 2017: Cellucity isn't the only retailer to confirm that the Nokia 8 will be coming to South Africa in September, as Vodacom has done the same. "The Nokia 8 will launch in September and this will be exclusive to Vodacom," a marketing representative told Gearburn. Original article: HMD Global has done a pretty good job with its Nokia-branded smartphones lately, delivering cheap yet capable Android-powered phones. The company's Nokia 8 is also joining the party though, as it's set to be officially revealed tomorrow. Now, Cellucity has confirmed to Gearburn that the "more premium" Nokia-branded phone will be launching...

  • At least one of the Pixel 2 models will have squeezable edges

    Google's Pixel 2 smartphones are still a while away, but we've already seen images leak as well as other details. Now, official documents filed by HTC have revealed even more information. The documents (spotted by redditors) show that at least one of the Pixel models will have squeezable edges. "Active Edge on, squeeze for your Assistant," reads an excerpt from a screenshot in the FCC filing. The screenshots also show that the phone is running Android 8.0.1 and the Snapdragon 835 (MSM8998) processor. It wouldn't be the first time that the Taiwanese brand added squeezable edges to a phone, with the U11, released...

  • Expect more phones with iris scanning, depth sensing thanks to Qualcomm

    Qualcomm is one of the biggest players in the smartphone space, its chipsets powering loads of devices around the world. Now, the company has revealed updated versions of its Spectra imaging hardware, found in flagship processors. So what does that mean? For one, Qualcomm has updated its "Spectra Module Program", which delivered improved dual-camera support and better zoom in its initial release last year. What does the update bring to the table? "...the camera module program is being expanded to include new camera modules capable of utilising active sensing for superior biometric authentication, and structured light for a variety of computer vision applications...

  • New Humble Bundle sets sights on Sony consoles

    We've already seen Humble Bundles on Sony platforms, now, the pay-what-you-want deal returns to PlayStations with the Humble 2K PlayStation Bundle. The Humble 2K PlayStation Bundle starts with the pay-what-you-want tier (US$1 or more), getting you XCOM Enemy Unknown Plus and Civilization Revolution 2 Plus on Vita, The Bureau: XCOM Declassified on PS3 and Evolve on PS4. Beat the average, currently pegged at US$5.92, and you get Battleborn Trial for PS4 and a host of PS3 games (XCOM Enemy Within, Borderlands, Borderlands 2, Bioshock, Mafia 2 and Spec Ops: The Line). Pay US$20 or more and you'll also receive XCOM 2 on...

  • Wacaco Minipresso review: bold coffee, murky value for money

    It's never a dull day at the Gearburn office. One day you're reviewing the latest smartphone, the next you're hand-pressing an espresso like a seasoned, gadget-wielding barista. As luck would have it, I quite like coffee. So my mood immediately perked when the Wacaco Minipresso landed on my desk for review. It's an odd device as first glance, and it gets stranger the more you fiddle. But in summary, it's a miniature, manual espresso press. It has four distinct parts -- a cup, a water reservoir, the actual business end and a compartment for your coffee. You won't be using any granules...

  • Photo comparison: Galaxy S8 vs XZ Premium

    The Samsung Galaxy S8 has built on the extremely solid foundation set by the S7, featuring the same camera sensor but with a renewed focus on image processing to get quality results. Meanwhile, the Sony Xperia XZ Premium has seen the Japanese firm adopt a cutting-edge 19MP camera sensor with super-fast memory for super slow motion clips. So how do these phones stack up when it comes to photography? We've got a few samples for you to peruse... We set the phones to automatic mode for these shots, generally holding the phones at the same distance and angle from the subjects. Expect...

  • A few neat uses for the Xperia XZ Premium super slow-mo

    The Sony Xperia XZ Premium is certainly one of the most cutting edge smartphones we've ever reviewed at Gearburn. Between the Snapdragon 835 processor and 4K HDR screen, it's clear that Sony packed a ton of tech into the device. But the phone's standout feature is arguably its super slow mo recording (check out our video playlist), delivering a few seconds of 960fps video (equivalent to a tenth of a second in real-world time). The technical limitations are clear then, as you have to be super precise to get the best results, while the video quality isn't always top-notch. Still,...

  • Will Kirin 970 be first to use ARM’s new CPU, GPU cores?

    Huawei's Kirin 970 has apparently kicked off mass production, being expected to power the Mate 10 and a few other Huawei/Honor devices in the coming months. But the reports have also claimed that the processor is set to be marketed as the first "AI chip", which makes us wonder what could be the meaning of this... Last year saw the Huawei Mate 9 (review) marketed as having machine learning smarts, with EMUI 5 (Huawei's take on Android) using the technology to keep the phone brisk over time. So it's not the first time we've seen the company play with the tech. However, we...

  • Huawei’s Kirin 970 chip, set to power Mate 10, enters ‘mass production’

    Huawei's HiSilicon has made impressive strides with its mobile processors. Last year's Kirin 950 saw the company take a big step up in the CPU stakes, while the Kirin 960 took a similarly large leap in graphics performance. Now, it seems like HiSilicon is going all-in on the Kirin 970 chip. According to My Drivers and a post on Weibo, the new chip has entered mass production, as the Huawei Mate 10's release date looms. My Drivers adds that Huawei is readying up to 40 million chips for production, suggesting that Honor devices and the P11 will be using it as well....