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  • Watch: all the PSVR trailers from Paris Games Week

    We've already covered some of the big-hitting PS4 titles coming out of Paris Games Week, but what about PSVR? Well, the headset needn't gather dust for much longer, as we saw quite a few PSVR titles being announced or shown off. Check them out below.

  • Watch: all the new PlayStation reveals from Paris Games Week

    Paris Games Week has kicked off and, while it's not as massive as E3 and the like, it still plays host to some noteworthy reveals and trailers. Sony used the event to reveal a few new games, such as Spelunky 2 (coming first to PlayStation and PC) and Ghost of Tsushima. Check them out below.

  • Watch: how is Hitler censored in German version of Wolfenstein 2?

    Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus is finally out worldwide, bringing Nazi-killing action to gamers everywhere. And that includes Germany too. Of course, true to German law, the game is censored on account of the whole Nazism thing. But how exactly do the developers censor Adolf Hitler? Check out the clip below, courtesy of Censored Gaming (skip to 2:15 for the German version of the cut-scene).

  • Tested: Apple’s Portrait Lighting feature is DEFINITELY in beta

    The iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X both step up the use of machine learning to improve photos. We saw these smarts used for portrait mode, but Apple has since turned its algorithms loose on 'Portrait Lighting'. The Cupertino company makes a point of slapping the beta tag on the feature -- at least on its website -- and it certainly shows. We took a few shots with our iPhone 8 Plus review unit, using all the Portrait Lighting options at our disposal (natural light, studio light, contour light, stage light and stage light mono). The results? Check my awkward mug out below (click on...

  • India overtakes US to be second biggest smartphone market

    It's taken a little bit of time, but the latest smartphone stats from Canalys show that India has overtaken the United States for smartphone shipments. According to the tracking firm, India is now in second place, hitting the 40 million mark for the first time as well. "There are close to 100 mobile device brands sold in India, with more vendors arriving every quarter. In addition, India has one of the most complex channel landscapes, but with low barriers to entry. Growth will continue. Low smartphone penetration and the explosion of LTE are the main drivers," said Canalys analyst (heh) Ishan...

  • This neural network can enhance your low-quality photos [Update]

    Update, 8.10am, 31 October 2017: Project member Andrey Ignatov has revealed more details on what the neural network improves. "Enhanced images improve the non-enhanced ones in several aspects, including (but not limited to) colorisation, resolution and sharpness," Ignatov told Gearburn via email. "The degree of improvement typically depends on a particular camera model: the lower the original quality is, the higher improvement can be introduced (sic)." Does the introduction of AI chips in smartphones mean we could see this feature come to mobile devices? "We believe that it would be possible soon to run such algorithm directly on a mobile device, since the...

  • Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 coming to SA – report

    The Xiaomi Mi Mix caught our eyes last year, popularising the current-trend of high screen/body ratio smartphones. Unfortunately, we didn't receive the phone in South Africa, but that could change with the Mi Mix 2. In an interview with MyBroadband, MIA Group CEO RJ van Spaandonk said that the Mi Mix 2 is indeed coming to the country. It's believed that the phone will have a price tag in the R10 500 range. "That is what Xiaomi tries to do -- it offers premium features, but comes in 40% to 50% cheaper than current flagships," van Spaandonk was quoted as saying. The Mi...

  • Animal Crossing and Sheltered: 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 look at the world of mobile games. And we've got a few noteworthy titles in our roundup. Highlights include a South African title and Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp (sort of). Check out all five picks below. Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp (free - Android, iOS) It's officially available in Australia only (a wider release is set for November), but enterprising gamers can unofficially try out the first Animal Crossing game on...

  • Watch: does Samsung’s ad take subtle jab at Pixel 2 XL screen?

    Google received a ton of negative attention after several tech publications reported screen burn-in on the Pixel 2 XL display. The phenomenon is to be expected, but these publications reported burn-in after less than two weeks with the device. Now, Samsung has uploaded a new 30 second advertisement to YouTube, "coincidentally" touting the screen quality of the Galaxy S8 (review) and Galaxy Note 8. In a smart move, the advertisement merely consists of prominent tech reviewers praising the display quality. Prominent channels featured include MKBHD, MrMobile and Unbox Therapy. It's not just a subjective thing either, as benchmarking website DisplayMate gave the "best display"...

  • Google Pixel 2 XL drama: Google announces two year warranty

    The Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL haven't enjoyed the smoothest smartphone launches ever, owing to several reported issues. It's clear that the Pixel 2 XL has more negative press though, after numerous tech websites reported that their review units were suffering from screen burn-in. The burn-in was even more glaring as it occurred after less than two weeks with the review units. Now, Google has announced some findings. And you might be surprised with the results... "Regarding differential aging , we put all of our products through extensive quality assurance before launch and in the manufacturing of every...