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  • Nokia 8: is this the camera app?

    The Nokia 8 hasn't seen the light of day yet, but we've already seen a steady stream of leaks over the past two months or so. Now, the latest report claims to show screenshots of the camera app. According to IT Home, the Nokia 8 camera UI seemingly confirms the dual-camera arrangement. In fact, one screenshot shows toggles for "RGB", "mono" and "dual lens" camera options, complete with corresponding icons. It's not quite clear why HMD is apparently offering RGB and dual lens options. Huawei's pioneering camera arrangement on the P9 didn't offer access to the RGB camera only, as colour...

  • Is Pixel 2 losing headphone jack? Reports say yes

    The Google Pixel 2 has recently leaked, courtesy of Venturebeat's Evan Blass, and it looks like more of the same for Google's flagship range. However, several reports have emerged which claim that the Pixel 2 will omit the headphone jack, becoming the latest smartphone to go this route. The headphone jack issue first popped up courtesy of OnLeaks and My Smart Price last month, posting CAD renders that showed no 3.5mm port. We then saw what seemed to be corroboration on Twitter late last week... "Just got another tip that Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 will both ditch the headphone jack. In...

  • F1 2017: what’s new in career mode?

    We really enjoyed F1 2016 (review), building on the solid but barebones F1 2015 to deliver one of the better approximations of the motorsport in years. It's almost time for F1 2017 to launch, and we already know that there'll be a dozen classic cars. But what about the all-important career mode? Fortunately, Codemasters has recently shed light on this mode, starting with invitational events throughout your career. The studio notes that throughout a season, you'll be invited to one-off events involving the aforementioned classic cars. These events include "overtake challenges, pursuit events, checkpoint, and time attack challenges". Career mode won't...

  • Indie spotlight: five intriguing indies games you may have missed

    Once upon a time indie games were part of an extremely niche market, but they've increasingly expanded their influence and fanbase -- creating some of the best titles we've come to love. In that spirit, it is only natural that we explore the indie sector to find some more interesting titles emerging. Here's a look at five lesser-known indie games from the past few months that we've had the pleasure of trying out… Among The Innocent: A Stricken Tale The first game on our list is a proudly South African product created by former NAG Magazine editor Geoff Burrows. Not only created by...

  • Q&A: Will the new BlackBerry find success in today’s mobile world?

    The BlackBerry KeyOne, available in South Africa from 8 August, represents the first device borne out of a partnership between BlackBerry and TCL Communication (BlackBerry Mobile). But what's their strategy? How will they follow on from the original BlackBerry and can they avoid the same mistakes? We sat down with the company's executives... The first thing that struck me about the BlackBerry KeyOne was how expensive it was compared to the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 and the Huawei Nova. But BlackBerry Mobile senior executive Bob El-Hawary says they're not about a "like for like comparison". "The users who are buying the...

  • BlackBerry KeyOne gets official SA price, release info

    We managed to get the BlackBerry KeyOne prepaid price from Cellucity some time back, but what's the official word? "Starting on the 8 August, next week, it'll be available across Vodacom and other stores," the company's Bob El-Hawary told Gearburn in an interview. "Prepaid, it's R9649. And contract, it's R479 per month on a U Choose Flexi 200..." The KeyOne packs a mid-range Snapdragon 625 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of expandable storage and a 4.5-inch 1080x1620 display. The phone is also one of the few Android devices to pack a physical keyboard, complete with a fingerprint scanner embedded in the spacebar. The...

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 review: it’s less powerful, but…

    The Redmi Note 3 (review) was one of our favourite smartphones of 2016, packing a gigantic battery, powerful Snapdragon 650 chipset and a solid hardware design. You'd expect a phone like this to retail for R6000 or more, but a price tag just below R4000 made the Note 3 one of the best deals of the year. The phablet wasn't without flaws though, with a solid but not great camera being the chief culprit here. Other annoyances include the off-centre microUSB port and the 2GB RAM/16GB storage (before the 3GB/32GB model was introduced). So we're glad to see the Redmi Note 4...

  • Smartphone shipments: Xiaomi grew 52% but still finished sixth

    IHS Markit's smartphone shipment data for Q2 2017 has revealed plenty of growth in the industry, up 7% compared to a year ago. But who were the top performers? Data showed that Samsung, Apple and Huawei occupied the top three positions, growing by 3%, 2% and 20% respectively. Meanwhile, BBK's Oppo and Vivo brands filled out fourth and fifth spots, growing by 39% and 45% respectively. The analytics firm credited Oppo and Vivo's growth to the Chinese market, but the companies have spread to India in recent years. Xiaomi missed out on a top five spot by 0.7 million units, IHS Markit wrote...

  • Humble Bundle and Tales: 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. Another week, another opportunity to gather the best mobile games in one place. So let's get on with it! As for highlights? There's another fantastic Humble Bundle, as well as a follow-up to the Knights of Pen and Paper franchise. Galaxy of Pen and Paper (paid - Android, iOS) Ever played the Knights of Pen and Paper games on mobile and PC? No? Well, you're certainly missing out. Now, the franchise has moved from...

  • LG V30: LG teases curved OLED ‘FullVision’ display

    The LG G6 (review) was one of the better looking smartphones in the past year or so, delivering a pleasant design that could take a tumble. Now, the company is readying the LG V30 for launch at the end of the month, and we've seen one feature revealed already. "The next flagship smartphone from LG Electronics will be the first ever device to feature a plastic OLED FullVision display..." the South Korean brand wrote on its website, adding that it would be the company's first OLED-equipped flagship since the G Flex 2 in 2015. And it looks like the FullVision display...