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  • iPhone 8 Plus: what does pro photographer think of it?

    Smartphone photography continues to make great improvements year on year, with the top dogs doing some amazing things. The iPhone range has traditionally been one of the devices to beat, with the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus being released last month. Sure, the average consumer and tech reviewer can give insight into improvements at a surface level. But what about a pro photographer? Austin Mann did just that, taking the iPhone 8 Plus to India for his review. For starters, Mann praised the inclusion of Portrait Lighting effects, giving a variety of studio-style lighting options for Portrait Mode. "After shooting 100...

  • Xiaomi Mi Box review: what to expect from cheap 4K Android TV box?

    On paper, the Xiaomi Mi Box seems like a cheap and viable alternative to the Apple TV, being equipped with 4K and HDR capabilities. Heck, Apple has only caught up now when it comes to these standards. Meanwhile, Xiaomi's streaming box has been on the market for over a year, even coming to the USA via Walmart. Unfortunately, you can't pick it up in South Africa, being one of the few major Xiaomi devices to miss our shores. Still, you can actually pick one up from online retailer Gearbest, so we got a hold of a review unit via the website, being...

  • Google Home Mini leaks, to be revealed at Pixel 2 event?

    The Google Home smart speaker is one of the cooler Google devices released in recent years, offering useful features in a handy format. Between general voice queries, music playback and reminders, it (along with Amazon's Echo) popularised the idea of a smart speaker in the first place. Now, 9to5Google has uncovered evidence of a Google Home Mini device, essentially being a smaller, cheaper version of the original smart speaker. The publication dug through the Google Home app, finding an image of the diminutive gadget. Update: We found a full-res image of the new Google Home Mini in the latest Google Home app https://t.co/m9lxzczRTM...

  • Huawei Nova 2i revealed, packing four (count ’em!) cameras [Update]

    Update, 2.23pm, 3 October 2017: Huawei South Africa has told Gearburn that the Huawei Nova 2i won't be making its way to our shores. "Unfortunately we won't be bringing this device into South Africa," a representative explained. Original article: The Huawei Nova 2 hasn't made its way to our shores yet, but that hasn't stopped the tech company from launching a new model, dubbed the Huawei Nova 2i. Spotted by Android Police and featured on Huawei Thailand's channels, the Nova 2i packs two cameras on the front and two on the back. The front sees a 13MP+2MP pairing for bokeh/depth-of-field tomfoolery, while the...

  • Your September gaming news roundup

    After multiple reconnaissance missions, back-alley bribes, and a string of other unmentionable activities, we've managed to acquire all gaming intelligence that took place within the month of September 2017. The list that follows contains all information our Lord Editor has deemed fit for public consumption. If you feel there is something that needs to be addressed or lacking from this list, please let us know in the comments section below and we’ll be sure to deal with you… I mean, your issues. SAG-AFTRA strike reaches conclusion For the past year, voice-actors of the Screen Actors Guild‐American Federation of Television and Radio Artists...

  • Google Pixel 2 renders leak: your choice of large or thin bezels

    Google is gearing up for its Pixel 2 event tomorrow (4 October), where it's expected to reveal two smartphones in the well-received range. We've already reported on some of the apparent specs, such as a Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB of RAM and full HD or 1440p displays (full HD for the Pixel 2 and QHD for the Pixel 2 XL). Now, Venturebeat's Evan Blass has published renders of the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, showing two phones with differing approaches to bezels/borders. The Pixel 2 XL (seen in the featured image) takes a more Galaxy S8-style route, delivering trimmed borders with...

  • Google Pixel 2 launches this week: what to expect?

    Last year saw the Pixel making its debut, instantly standing out thanks to world-class mobile cameras, powerful internals and a stock Android experience. Now, we're two days away from the Pixel 2 being revealed... There have been loads of rumours regarding the new smartphones, but what are some of the more prominent details we're supposed to expect? Horsepower Early reports initially claimed that Qualcomm would supply a Snapdragon 836 processor for the new phones. But XDA later revealed that the Snapdragon 836 didn't actually exist. So we're expecting the Snapdragon 835 and 4GB of RAM (although 6GB wouldn't be out of the question,...

  • Google Assistant on headphones: Google details how it will work

    We've heard murmurings of Google Assistant coming to standalone headphones, allowing users to quickly make queries and hear results. Now, Google has seemingly confirmed these stories with some informative YouTube videos. As spotted by Android Police, Google has uploaded a few video clips to show how Google Assistant works on headphones. "First, press the Google Assistant button to hear your latest notifications," reads an excerpt from the video. "Second, press and hold the button to talk to your Assistant," the clip continues. "Third, ask your Assistant to help get answers on Google Search or for help with everyday tasks." Subsequent clips also...

  • Exclusive: Huawei Mate 10 could have ‘DeX-like feature’

    Samsung's Galaxy S8 offers a rather handy feature in the form of DeX, enabling the phone to deliver a PC-like experience via an external screen. Now, it would appear that Huawei's Mate 10 could have a similar capability. MirAxess CEO Yanis Anteur told Gearburn that Huawei's new devices, set for 16 October, will tout PC-style functionality. The executive was speaking to us regarding their crowdfunded lapdock, the Mirabook. Read more: Mirabook vs Superbook - crowdfunded lapdocks compared "For now on we recommend to use the Mirabook with the Galaxy S8 for DeX and Windows Phones for Continuum. I also have a secret news for...

  • Flower and Flipping Legend: 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 been a long time since we've done a mobile games roundup! That's what happens when you go on holiday. And when you forget. Anyway, enough with the excuses, let's get on with the rundown! Flower (paid - iOS) Thatgamecompany and Apple have enjoyed a closer relationship in recent weeks, as the formerly Sony-exclusive studio revealed Sky at the iPhone 8 event. But before we get Sky, the studio has quietly published PS3/PS4 title...