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  • Someone peeking at your phone screen? New Google tool will alert you

    Google researchers have come up with a unique tool which alerts you when other people are peeking at your smartphone screen. The tool, spotted by The Android Soul, isn't available yet but is set to be demonstrated at the Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS) conference next week. As for how it all works? The phone's front facing camera is used to detect gazes and faces, doing so very quickly and alerting users in the process. The application draws a red box around the Peeping Tom and also adds a rainbow effect for good measure. "The runtime is 2ms (milliseconds) per face for...

  • 8nm or 10nm: what will next Qualcomm chip have? [Update]

    Samsung and Qualcomm have a close relationship when it comes to mobile chips, as Samsung manufactures Qualcomm's high-end processors and uses them in variants of its Galaxy flagships. This year saw Samsung get first dibs on the Snapdragon 835 processor, being manufactured on a tiny 10nm process for power savings and performance gains (smaller designs generally equal better performance and efficiency). Early rumours claimed that Samsung's next chip will be made on a 10nm process again -- a fact confirmed by the next-gen Exynos 9810's quiet unveiling. So where does that leave Qualcomm's own silicon? Samsung has announced this week that it has started...

  • The Gearburn Podcast #22: Best and worst smartphones of 2017

    It's that time of year where we sit back and reflect on the last twelve months -- and this week on The Gearburn Podcast, we're looking at the world of smartphones. From the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the LG G6 to the iPhone 8 and iPhone X, smartphone users were made a lot of promises. But were they kept? Hadlee Simons and Andy Walker sit down to chat which phones blew them away, and which were more disappointment than digital dream. Listen to the full conversation here: https://soundcloud.com/burn-media/the-gearburn-podcast-22-best-and-worst-smartphones-of-2017 Recommended reading: iPhone 8 Plus review: a refined 7 Plus with wireless charging Nokia 8 review: a cheaper flagship (and...

  • Xiaomi Redmi 5, 5 Plus due for December reveal

    It feels like just a few days ago that the Xiaomi Redmi 4A and 4X came to South Africa, but the smartphone industry waits for no-one and the Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus are set to be announced. Yes, the Chinese brand has confirmed that it'll be doing a proper reveal of the two phones on 7 December. But what should you expect? "The key attractions of this device are 18:9 full-screen display, soft-toned selfie-light, and a large battery," the company divulged. In other words, we see the tall screen trend filtering down to cheaper devices, having started proper with the...

  • Puzzle Fighter and GRID: 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 going to be tough to compare to the previous week's lineup of mobile games, but I think we managed to do a solid job nonetheless! Anyway, our highlights include GRID Autosport, Puzzle Fighter and three more nifty titles. GRID Autosport (paid - iOS) It's great to see recent console and PC titles hit mobile devices, and GRID Autosport is the latest port to mobile. The game obviously has tweaked controls (including tilt control), physical...

  • 7 possible alternatives to lootboxes in gaming

    It seems like you can't visit a gaming news website without hearing about lootboxes and the like. And for good reason, with Star Wars: Battlefront 2, Need for Speed: Payback and several other titles offering this feature. Lootboxes, for the uninitiated, are in-game boxes that contain randomly generated items and perks, for the most part. But the big issue was that these boxes often required a ton of in-game experience/credits or, even worse, real money, to unlock. Then there are the games that allowed you to buy in-game credits with real cash, which in turn can be used to buy...

  • Honor V10 is official, a taste of what to expect with P11?

    The Honor V10 leaked a few days ago, but the London event finally took place last night. So what's there to know about the new smartphone? For one, the phone indeed packs the same Kirin 970 chipset used in the Mate 10. And it's most likely the same chipset that will appear in the P11, as we reported earlier this month. The chipset, which consists of four high-powered A73 cores and four lightweight A53 cores, also packs a Neural Processing Unit for AI calculations. So what's the Honor V10 doing with the machine learning grunt? Well, Huawei's Honor website lists AI voice...

  • Another day, another battery ‘breakthrough’ using graphene

    Samsung has announced a battery breakthrough, using a "graphene ball" to achieve five times faster charging speed and a 45% increase in capacity. "The breakthrough provides promise for the next generation secondary battery market, particularly related to mobile devices and electric vehicles," read a release on Samsung's website. The research was conducted by the Samsung Advanced Insitute of Technology (SAIT), Samsung SDI and the Seoul National University's School of Chemical and Biological Engineering. Researchers found that the battery based on the 'graphene ball' material needs only 12 minutes to fully charge. Most smartphones need at least an hour to 90 minutes to...

  • Call of Duty: WW2 campaign review: heartless, headless, tactless

    For some strange reason (perhaps in preparation for the impending nuclear holocaust), the last 12 months have seen the gaming world remember the Great Wars -- two periods in human history that will never be forgotten. For many, they can't ever be forgotten. They've shaped our current maps, nations, boundaries and demilitarised zones. Statues, capital cities, agreements and accords. They've influenced so many of us, that you'll be hard pressed to find someone without an opinion about one of them. The strongest opinions have however come from game developers. Late last year, EA's DICE released Battlefield 1 -- a game that took a look at World...

  • A ton of Chromebooks now support Android apps [List]

    Google has been pushing Chromebooks in the last year or so, bringing Android app support to the platform via the Google Play Store. Buying a Chromebook with Android app support wasn't easy though, as the functionality took its sweet time to arrive on various laptops. But since our last look at compatible Chromebooks, the list has grown in a very big way. So who has stepped up to deliver? We see stable entries from: Acer (R13, 11 N7, C771, C771T, 14, 14 for Work, CB3-532, CB515-1HT), Asus (C101PA, C202SA, C300SA/C301SA, C302), CTL (NL61, J2/J4), Dell (3180, 3380, 3189), eduGear (K Series, M Series), Edxis (Education Chromebook),...