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  • Watch: Project Cars 2 gets 22 September release date

    The first Project Cars title wasn't perfect by any stretch, but it was a welcome debut for the series. Between the wide-open vehicle/track catalogue and motorsport focus, it did well enough to warrant a sequel. Now, as we're but a day away from the first E3 2017 conferences, Slightly Mad Studios and Bandai Namco have announced a 22 September release date for Project Cars 2. The game, which was previously announced a while back, delivers a number of additions to the formula, starting with multi-class races. Yep, much like real-world sportscar racing and the World Endurance Championship, you have the option of...

  • Nokia 3 officially launches in SA, price confirmed at R2199

    Last week, we were tipped off by a Gearburn reader, who alerted us to the Nokia 3 and Nokia 5 appearing in MTN's smartphone catalogue. The listings also revealed MTN's prepaid prices, coming in at R2199 and R2999 respectively. Now, HMD Global has confirmed that at least one of these phones has already landed in South Africa (on 7 June), in the form of the Nokia 3. HMD's cheaper Nokia smartphone will indeed feature a R2199 price tag -- not bad when you consider the specifications. For your cash, you're getting a budget quad-core MT6737 chip, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of...

  • Smartphone photography jargon: here’s what it all means [Tech-Savvy SA]

    Tech Savvy SA is a series of articles on Gearburn and Memeburn that aims to deliver useful, locally relevant advice to the average South African. In this edition, we're looking at camera-related terms you might find on your smartphone spec sheet. It used to be the case that only a few people had cameras, then cheap point-and-shoot cameras made an appearance and that number ballooned. However, the proliferation of smartphones has resulted in hundreds of millions (if not billions) of cameras being used on the market, with photography being one of the most essential and popular tasks on a phone. There are many terms...

  • Monument Valley 2 and more: this week’s top mobile games

    We're back with a look at the world of mobile games again, featuring a pretty solid roundup this week. As for standout picks? We're going with Sheepwith and a sequel to popular puzzler Monument Valley. Check out all five games below. Sheepwith (free - Android, iOS) Spotted by Android Police, Sheepwith essentially sees you trailing a sheep behind your (presumably Sopwith) aeroplane. The game, which has a side-scrolling perspective, has you collecting sheep with your trailing grappling hook, being careful not to crash as you drop them off at safehouses. Once you've dropped them off, you still have the tricky job of landing...

  • 5 games we want to see at E3 2017

    Here we are once again, eagerly awaiting the arrival of that auspicious occasion known as E3 where we are provided with a glimpse of future digital dreamlands. For those who are not familiar with E3, formally known as the Electronic Entertainment Expo, it is a colossal annual video game expo held in Los Angeles and hosted by the ESA (Entertainment Software Association). What sets it apart from other well-known expos is that only individuals who work in the gaming industry, such as journalists or developers, are allowed to attend. In this piece we're taking a look at a few titles we’re...

  • ‘Expect double the performance from 2018’s budget smartphones’

    We can expect next year's mid-range smartphones to effectively pack double the performance compared to current budget devices. This is according to Laurence Bryant, vice-president of the personal mobile compute business line at ARM. The performance boost is chiefly thanks to ARM's new CPU core designs and new tech for pairing these cores together. ARM is the company behind the architecture and CPU cores used in the vast majority of smartphones worldwide. From Alcatel, Apple and HTC to Sony, Samsung and Huawei, their technology is used by virtually all mobile players to some extent. The company is introducing a new Cortex-A75 CPU core for heavyweight...

  • Leak: is this the upcoming OnePlus 5?

    The OnePlus 5 is one of the more eagerly anticipated smartphones of the year, and we already know quite a bit about it. The latest official news tells us that it'll be launched on 20 June, at 12pm EDT. This comes a few months after Takealot told Gearburn they would be launching the phone in July. But what does the phone look like though? Android Police has published what it says is an image of the upcoming device (seen above), adding that it has corroborated the picture with another source. From the image, it's clear to see that the phone is apparently packing...

  • Download these 10 recent mobile games for the toilet

    It's an impressive achievement to see console games running on today's smartphones, showing just how far we're coming in terms of technology. Yes, these games are great achievements then, but oftentimes, the best mobile games are the ones that offer bite-sized sessions, ideal for when you're in a queue or... on the bog. Sure, many people know about Flappy Bird, Angry Birds and Game Dev Story. But here are a few recent titles you'll want to grab before nipping off. PinOut (free - Android, iOS) From the same people behind glass-breaking game Smash Hit, we've got an updated take on pinball for a...

  • Hisense C30 Rock: It’s invincible, but you’ll wish it wasn’t

    The Hisense C30 Rock is indestructible, but its software is so insufferable that you will almost wish it wasn't. Think Edward Cullen: beautiful exterior, strong like steel, but damn if you don't try and fight it anyway. The Rock and I got off to a bad start. The review phone Gearburn had been sent was still set to demo mode, and, every time it was unlocked, played a taunting jingle that haunts my dreams. And while that shouldn't bother the average consumer, I want you to understand the mocking nature of this phone. It promises, then giggles as it takes...

  • Could ZTE’s Nubia range make it to SA?

    You might not be familiar with the ZTE brand on smartphones, but the company's been making phones for the likes of Vodacom for a while now. It's also got its own brand of capable handsets, with the Axon 7 Mini available in South Africa via MTN. Much like Huawei and its Honor brand, ZTE has its own sub-brand, dubbed Nubia. More recently, the company has launched the Nubia Z17, packing a variety of impressive tech into its waterproof body. There's a Snapdragon 835 chip, up to 8GB of RAM and a 12MP+23MP dual camera pairing. Not too shabby then. But could we see...