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  • LG X venture revealed: new budget champ for rugged phones?

    LG isn't well known for its water-resistant phones, but the G6 certainly makes a splash (heh) in this department. Then there was the Asia-only LG V34, being a smaller, water-resistant version of the V20. Now, the company is looking at mid-range territory for the LG X venture, featuring IP68 water and dust resistance. But the phone also stands out as a rugged device, thanks to a durable design that's passed 14 different MIL-STD 810G tests, according to LG. "In addition to measuring resistance to extreme temperatures, shock and water, the LG X venture was repeatedly immersed in 1.5m of water for up to...

  • 3 video games that use surveillance as a mechanic

    In George Orwell’s novel 1984 he wrote "Big Brother is Watching You", and while that is true in the modern era of the NSA and Prism, what about video games? For a few decades now, select video games have used surveillance in one form or another as a core mechanic to instil fear in the player. While the majority of these games are controversial, below is a short list of titles that use video wall controllers, picture in picture, or even cheap hacking to add tension to your video game. Night Trap Night Trap is a game that garnered much controversy in...

  • Watch: Far Cry 5 heads to Montana, USA

    The Far Cry franchise has travelled to tropical islands, the Himalayas and prehistoric times. Now, four teaser trailers for Far Cry 5 have revealed the new game's setting. The latest game in the series will be travelling to Hope County, Montana, in the United States. So can we expect Winnebago vehicles, quad-bikes, open country and other rural trappings? Well, the trailers don't really tell you anything just yet. However, Ubisoft has confirmed that Friday 26 May will see the game's proper reveal. Check the playlist out below.

  • Latest Humble Bundle a platforming treat for Android gamers

    If there's one key advantage Android has over iOS, it's in the fact that you don't have a walled garden to deal with. This is especially true when it comes to apps and games, allowing you to use third-party download sources. And one of the best marketplaces for Android is the Humble Store, regularly offering pay-what-you-want Humble Bundle deals for Android users. Now, the latest bundle has been revealed, in the form of the Epic Platformers bundle. Pay US$1 or more and you'll get Devious Dungeon and Devious Dungeon 2, as well as Eggggg - The Platform Puker. Beat the average (set...

  • Moto Z2 Play specs revealed on China regulatory body

    There have been a few leaks already for the Moto Z2 Play, being the sequel to the long-lasting Moto Z Play. Now, China's TENAA regulatory body has published details of the phone to its website. The filing shows a phone with a 5.5-inch full HD AMOLED screen and a 2820mAh battery (seemingly reduced from the original's 3000mAh pack). Other specs include 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, Android 7.1.1, a 12MP main camera and a 5MP selfie shooter. However, Lenovo claims on Twitter that the phone will indeed be packing a 3000mAh battery. Interesting... It's unclear what kind of chip the handset...

  • 5 solid smartphones under R5000

    Smartphones have come a long way in the past decade, from the awkward but capable Symbian camera phones to the modern era's large-screened marvels. And nowhere is this more keenly felt than in the budget arena. It can be argued that the R4000 to R5000 arena represents the best balance of features and price, delivering some flagship-level functionality at a more wallet-friendly price. We picked a few standout picks in this bracket. Huawei P9 Lite The P8 Lite did fantastic numbers in South Africa last year, laying a claim to being the most popular handset, aside from flagship devices. Fortunately, the P9...

  • Samsung Galaxy S8: check these photo samples

    We quite liked the Galaxy S7 Edge, producing some fantastic photos in all lighting conditions. So even though the Galaxy S8 has the same 12MP f/1.7 main camera, you really shouldn't be too disappointed in the first place. In fact, Samsung makes use of multi-frame image processing to reduce blur and produce a better photo. It's a similar idea behind Google's Pixel, which uses a near-identical camera but featured drastically improved HDR+ software smarts to spit out better results. Has Samsung improved matters with the Galaxy S8 in the same way? It's tough to say, but these snaps are definitely on...

  • Huawei P10 Lite, P8 Lite 2017 prepaid prices revealed

    Huawei launched the P10 Lite and 2017 version of the P8 Lite last week, being released in the same week as the P10 and P10 Plus. At the time of the launch, we only got contract prices for the budget phones, coming in at R199 per month for the new P8 Lite and R299 a month for the P10 Lite. Now, in response to a Gearburn query, a Huawei representative has confirmed prepaid pricing for the new mid-range handsets. Expect the P8 Lite 2017 to have a recommended retail price (RRP) of R3799, while the P10 Lite packs an RRP of R5299. The new...

  • Google Daydream 2.0 is official: what to expect?

    Google's Daydream is still that for many a smartphone owner (heh), owing to a paltry selection of compatible phones and a lack of peripheral availability locally. Still, the company announced that LG's upcoming smartphone, presumably the V30, will be getting compatibility with the VR suite. And then there's the announcement that Samsung's Galaxy S8 and S8+ would receive the suite via a software update. The other recent news was that Google would be producing standalone Daydream headsets, with partners including HTC and Lenovo. In addition to Daydream 2.0 Euphrates, Google's VR drive has also seen it recently purchase the team behind Job...

  • Watch: Destiny 2 gameplay revealed in new trailer

    Destiny may have had a somewhat shaky start, but thanks to downloadable content and developer support, it's turned into a phenomenon of sorts. It's clear then that expectations are high for the sequel, Destiny 2, having been officially announced last year. Fortunately, we've got the gameplay reveal trailer, showing you... well... gameplay... "Experience an all new cinematic story campaign, innovative cooperative gameplay, and intense competitive multiplayer as you journey across unexplored worlds to discover an arsenal of weapons and devastating new combat abilities," reads the video's description. But without any further ado, here's the actual trailer, complete with an 8 September release...