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  • Outlast 2 review diary: part one

    The original Outlast still remains one the best horror games I’ve experienced (and was in fact one of the first titles I reviewed for Gearburn). Now, three and a half years later, Canadian indie studio, Red Barrels, has released the next chapter of their sinister franchise, Outlast 2. But how will it hold up to its predecessors? The previous two entries were quite unique at the time but, by now, the Outlast formula has been established: “Run, hide or die”. In this review diary I will be documenting my experience as I search for these answers… hopefully effectively supressing my fears...

  • AMD reveals laptop CPU details, monster Threadripper CPU

    AMD seems to have got its mojo back in a big way earlier this year with the launch of its Ryzen line of desktop processors. Spanning the Ryzen 7, 5 and 3 range, the product line has been praised for its performance and price. In any event, AMD isn't stopping there, announcing a new processor for the "extreme desktop" market, called Threadripper. The new processor features up to 16 cores and 32 threads, going head to head against Intel's own super-premium consumer chips. Threadripper launches in summer 2017, the chipmaker added. Speaking of chip availability, AMD added that the Ryzen 3 range...

  • All the major Android and Assistant news from Google I/O 2017

    We've already covered all the major announcements from Google I/O 2017 last night. But there's quite a bit of news to sift through nonetheless. Android and Google Assistant got a solid amount of attention during the keynote address, so we've gathered some of the more relevant tidbits for you. Those Android O features detailed We didn't really get a peek at previously unannounced features here, as Google already detailed Android O's tentpole features before. Still, we got a closer look at these features nonetheless. There's picture-in-picture mode, Chrome's Autofill functionality coming to apps, a new homescreen for Android TV, smart text selection (highlight...

  • 13 life lessons we learnt from The Sims

    The Sims has been around for 17 years, and the popular life simulation video game franchise shows no sign of stopping (The Sims 5 is rumoured to be coming out in 2019). It has let players become gods in their own way, allowing them to create virtual beings from scratch and, admittedly, to put their Sims through less-than- nice scenarios (*cough* placing them in empty rooms without doors, for one). After playing the four instalments for hours on end, we've picked up a few lessons from the series that we, as humans, have learnt -- and could still learn -- from...

  • F1 2017 gets first trailer, classic cars reappear

    Codemasters confirmed a few months ago that F1 2017 was a thing, revealing little else about the title at the time. Now, the studio has published the first trailer for the game, also revealing that classic cars will return to the franchise. The trailer shows off three classic cars, in the form of Senna and Prost's McLaren MP4/4, Nigel Mansell's Williams FW14B and the Ferrari F2002. Codemasters has since confirmed that the McLaren MP4/4 will be a preorder bonus, but will also be available as paid DLC. The studio revealed that there will be a total field of 12 classic cars,...

  • Google I/O 2017: all the major news

    Google's annual I/O 2017 developer conference kicks off today. But it's not just for developers obviously, as CEO Sundar Pichai delivers his keynote address. So what does Pichai and the company at large have to share with consumers? Pichai started off by dishing out statistics for some of its more popular services. For one, Google Drive now has 800 million monthly users, Google Photos now boasts 500 million monthly users, and there are now over two billion active Android devices. Smart Reply comes to Gmail Gmail is also seeing some love, as Google's Smart Reply feature, first seen in Allo, will now be...

  • Google I/O 2017: check out the livestream here

    The annual Google I/O developer conference kicks off today, with the expectation that Google will reveal major updates and more during the keynote address. We've already laid out a few predictions this week, ranging from Android O and Android Wear to Google Daydream VR and ChromeOS. Google isn't giving much to go on either, merely saying that the company's Sundar Pichai will be talking about "product and platform innovation at Google". Want to tune in to the livestream of the keynote? Simply check out the embedded player below or visit Google's I/O website here. The keynote kicks off at 10am PT, or 7pm 6pm SAST...

  • LG V30: next flagship to use OLED screen from LG Display?

    LG Display has apparently been ramping up production of OLED screens for a while now. In fact, recent reports claim that both Google and Apple are trying to make (or have made) lucrative deals for OLED screens. Now, Korean-based publication The Investor reports that the LG V30 will also jump on the OLED bandwagon. The publication cites industry sources for the news, with these sources saying that the new phone is expected to launch in September. It would mark the first time that LG uses an OLED screen for its recent flagships. The G series and V series have traditionally used LCD...

  • Ubisoft confirms flurry of games, but no details

    Why reveal new games one by one when you can simply do an entire blowout? That's what Ubisoft did, announcing a series of entries in popular franchises. For starters, we've got a new, as yet unnamed entry in the Assassin's Creed franchise. The franchise's UK Twitter account didn't give much to go on, aside from a GIF that says "a new era begins". The second game announced by Ubisoft was The Crew 2, being a sequel to the original free-roaming racing title. Aside from a logo, we don't have any other details here either. Prefer a shooter? Then you'll be glad to know...

  • Iris scanners on phones are neat, but here’s how they can get better [Column]

    The Samsung Galaxy S8 has a ton of great tech packed into it. There's that gorgeous screen that experts are calling the best mobile display ever. Then there's the high screen/body ratio and great camera experience (so far). It's not perfect though, with the fingerprint scanner being in a ridiculously silly place. Fortunately, you can forego the fingerprint in favour of an iris scanner on the front. But again, things aren't ideal here either. Truth be told, the Galaxy S8 has the best mobile iris scanner on the market right now. But that's not saying much, given the number of iris scanner-equipped...