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  • 5 tech gifts you should get for kids this holiday season

    I’m a big believer in educational toys for my kids. Yes, we all know those moments when they're desperate for whatever the latest trend is. But I do feel there needs to be a balance between getting them something they desperately want because it's popular and getting them something that will teach them skills and grow their minds. Sometimes kids tech does this, sometimes it doesn't. For example, I have watched my eldest son's fine motor coordination improve when he began playing video games – this doesn't mean I want him to spend all day playing video games, but I...

  • How do Intel’s new budget chips compare to Qualcomm laptops?

    Last week saw Qualcomm and partners finally peel the curtain back on Snapdragon-powered Windows 10 laptops at the Snapdragon Summit. We saw the Asus NovaGo and the HP Envy X2 devices, packing Snapdragon 835 processors, hybrid designs and touting lengthy battery life. This week has seen Intel strike back in a sense, revealing the Pentium Silver and new Celeron chips. But you have to wonder whether these are viable challengers to Qualcomm's laptops just yet. They'll probably be more powerful... To be fair, the Snapdragon laptops are still a largely unknown quantity at this point in the performance department. We spent a bit of...

  • Pippa’s guide to tech gifts on a budget

    We all know that buying gifts for a million people is tough. Especially at this time of year – there are just too many people to buy for! I try and keep my gift buying to a minimum to be honest – I buy for my kids and my immediate family because in today’s economic climate it’s just too expensive to buy for everybody! So what do you do when you’re strapped for cash but you just can’t possibly leave someone out? You go with one of these budget options of course… Gift cards I know gift cards might seem lame to...

  • Pippa’s guide to the 5 best gaming gifts this festive season

    Games are always a good buy for THAT person in your house (my household is full of them!), because it means they'll get hours of enjoyment out of them, especially if there's someone they can play them with. You know your partner/really close friend you don't mind spending money on/child is desperate for a new game this Christmas but you have NO idea what to get them. Maybe they've just got a new console and they need games to play on it, or maybe they're just finished playing everything else on their list and are searching for something new and...

  • FEZ and Life Is Strange: 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. We missed out on last week's mobile gaming rundown, owing to our Snapdragon Summit coverage. But we've got a few solid picks this week. Our favourites include a sequel to last year's excellent Reigns and a mobile version of iconic indie title FEZ. Reigns: Her Majesty (paid - Android, iOS) Reigns was one of my favourite mobile games last year, as you struggled to stay on the throne and made decisions using a Tinder-like...

  • Skyrim Switch review: should you hold it in high RedGuard?

    Say what you will about Skyrim being available on almost every platform known to man, but it's one of the better releases on the Nintendo Switch. Yes, it's an old game. But in a launch year that's seen a ton of goodness come to the Switch, Skyrim on the go is yet another tantalising prospect for owners of the console. In fact, I've only been playing it in portable mode, the Switch keeping me company on a recent transatlantic trip. Haven't heard of Skyrim? The latest core game in The Elder Scrolls series, 2011's Skyrim is an action/RPG set in a medieval-style open world, with...

  • 6+ solid tech gifts for R500 and under

    You don't have to spend thousands to get a tech-focused gadget for a loved one. Hell, R500 will do just fine for a few categories. From gaming to VR and beyond, we take a look at some gadgets that won't break the bank account. Headphones (wireless and wired) The move to drop 3.5mm jacks means that wireless headsets and headphones are more important than ever. And yes, you can find Bluetooth accessories for R500 and under if you hop online. You can find wireless earphones for as cheap as around R258 on the likes of Raru, all the way to the R500 mark. Do check...

  • Signs point to Galaxy flagship with under-display scanner

    Biometric firm Synaptics is no stranger to the mobile sector, producing fingerprint scanners for a variety of smartphone brands around the world. Now, its latest statement (spotted via r/Android) confirms that it's bringing "world first in-display fingerprint scanners" to a "top five OEM" in the near future. "Designed for smartphones with infinity displays, Synaptics' Clear ID in-display fingerprint sensors magically activate in the display only when needed," an excerpt reads. Of course, Samsung calls their latest screens "infinity displays", suggesting it's the Korean firm. It's widely believed that Samsung's awkward placement of the fingerprint scanner on the Galaxy S8 (review) was due to the...

  • Nintendo Switch hits 10m units sold, closing in on Wii U

    The Nintendo Switch has enjoyed a fantastic launch year thus far, being the most popular console in the USA for several months running. Then there were the games, offering everything from Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey to Golf Story and Doom. It's hard to argue that the console isn't the hottest thing in gaming. And this week, Nintendo announced that the console has hit the 10 million unit sales mark, crossing the line after less than a year on the shelves. Thanks to you, #NintendoSwitch has sold 10 million units worldwide in 9 months! Here’s to an amazing 2018!...

  • The best indie games of 2017

    This is always a hard list to write. With the sheer amount of indie games released on a daily basis, it's humanly impossible to get your hands on all of them, let alone play them! Fortunately, fuelled by my borderline-ludicrous obsession with indie games, I've managed to cross a good few from my backlog. As this year draws closer to its end, bidding its final farewell, it is time to look back and celebrate our beloved industry and the breathtaking and captivating titles it has birthed. Each game on this list deserves it place and I'll do my best to present...