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  • HTC U11 is now official, DxOMark calls it best mobile camera

    The HTC U11 was leaked some hours ago, but now, the Taiwanese brand has officially revealed the smartphone to all. For starters, that pressure-sensitive frame (dubbed Edge Sense) is indeed a thing. This allows you to launch apps, the camera, take photos and more with a squeeze or two of the phone's edges. Additionally, users can set the sensitivity, to prevent accidental squeezes. You've also got that same striking finish as the U Ultra, looking like a fingerprint magnet of note, it must be said. But HTC has introduced IP67 water and dust resistance, rating it for 30 minutes of immersion in...

  • Confirmed: Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 set for South Africa

    The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (review) is quite possibly the best budget phablet on the market right now, owing to its large battery, snappy processor and capable camera for the price. It's been a while since the Note 3 launched locally though, while the Redmi Note 4 has launched in China and several other locales earlier this year. Fortunately, local distributor MIA Group has told Gearburn that the company will indeed be bringing the Redmi Note 4 to South Africa. "We have placed an order and are awaiting confirmation on local launch date," a representative told us in response to a query,...

  • Game Critic Awards: ‘Best of Show’ winners of the last decade

    The Game Critic Awards is an annual event that "recognises the games that will shape the future of interactive entertainment". It awards gaming titles that had a hands-on demonstration at Los Angeles’ Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), the winners being determined by various prominent global video game publications. In the next few weeks we will be taking a look at the winners of the various categories, providing us with a glimpse of the changing landscape of games over the last decade. For our first piece, we will be looking at the big guns, the winners of the "Best of Show" award....

  • HTC U11: new flagship gets leaked in press video

    The HTC U Ultra is probably the most disappointing smartphone of 2017 so far. Between the small battery capacity for the phone's size and the lack of a headphone jack, the new smartphone was misstep compared to previous years. We know that the company is working on the HTC U11 smartphone though, and now, a member of the press has inadvertently leaked details, it would appear. According to the video uploaded by the user (with a mirror on DailyMotion), the U11 offers a pressure sensitive frame of sorts. Simply squeeze the edges to launch apps, activate the camera and more, the clip...

  • Google I/O 2017: what are we expecting?

    The annual Google I/O developer conference kicks off on Wednesday and, much like Apple's WWDC and Microsoft's BUILD, you can expect some consumer-focused news as well. Last year saw more Android N news, Google's Daydream VR and a few communication apps. But what can we expect this time? More Android O features revealed We already know that Android O is on the way, bringing battery savings (via more efficient location updates and background services) and notification channels for improved alerts. But Google almost certainly has more features to show here, such as the recently revealed Project Treble for faster updates, expanded support for...

  • What can you expect from your mid-range 2017 smartphone?

    You don't need to spend R10 000 or more to get a good smartphone these days, as there are loads of great devices for half the price. In fact, this year's crop of mid-range smartphones should be killer devices of note, being powered by Qualcomm and MediaTek chips, to name a few. Qualcomm's got its recently revealed Snapdragon 630 and Snapdragon 660 chips, while MediaTek has its P20 (and the rumoured P23) on tap. So what will phones powered by these chips be capable of? Power Qualcomm's Snapdragon 630 is pretty much a slightly more powerful 625, featuring the same octacore A53 CPU...

  • Google promises quicker Android updates (again) with Project Treble

    Updates are the biggest weakness when it comes to the Android platform, owing to thousands of devices running a variety of themes and skins. We've already seen Google try to address this in the past, but it seems like the company is making a bigger effort now, with Project Treble. Announced on its developer blog, Project Treble aims to free Android from the low-level vendor software. Before going into the specifics of the new initiative, the Mountain View firm explained how Android releases currently work. What Project Treble does is effectively reduce the need for silicon manufacturer partners (the likes of Qualcomm...

  • Got a rooted device? No Netflix from Play Store for you

    There are quite a few reasons to root your Android smartphone, such as gaining more granular control over customisations, removing bloatware or even overclocking/underclocking your processor. This will come at a price though, as Netflix has confirmed reports that rooted devices can't download the app from the Play Store anymore. In response to a Gearburn query, the streaming provider said that changes to its multimedia underpinnings forced it to take this route. "With our latest 5.0 release, we now fully rely on multimedia enablers provided by Google services; therefore, many devices that are not Google-certified or have been altered will no longer work with...

  • Windows 10 on ARM: expect laptops, convertibles, more

    Microsoft's BUILD conference this week saw it deliver a variety of news. From Apple-style cross-device functionality to iTunes on the Windows Store, the company had no shortage of news to spare. The company has been rather quiet on the Windows 10 on ARM front since the initial announcement last year, but the conference saw Microsoft open up a bit in a pre-recorded video. So what did we learn? Only one chip for now? Microsoft reiterated that Windows 10 on ARM devices would be powered by Snapdragon processors. But more specifically, the company's slides say that it will be the Snapdragon 835. There wasn't any...

  • Flatout 4 Total Insanity review: coasting on fumes?

    The Flatout series is in many ways a spiritual successor to the Destruction Derby franchise. You've got arcade handling, a variety of race tracks set around various urban and rural environments and, of course, an emphasis on demolition derby hijinks. So then, Flatout 4: Total Insanity has a lot to live up to, but truth be told, I expected more from the game for the price. Where's the gameplay polish? Much like previous games, Flatout 4 has you taking on various tournament races and events. Earn enough points in each race and you win a cup, earning cash in the process. Earn enough cash...