• BURN MEDIA
    • Memeburn
      Tech-savvy insight and analysis
    • Motorburn
      Because cars are gadgets
    • Ventureburn
      Startup news for emerging markets
    • Jobsburn
      Digital industry jobs for the anti 9 to 5!
  • You know that Earth-like star system? Elite Dangerous had it

    Remember the TRAPPIST-1 solar system, whose discovery was announced by NASA late last week? You know, that solar system that has seven Earth-like planets, including three in a habitable zone? Well, it turns out that space-faring video game Elite: Dangerous already has a near-identical solar system modelled in its galaxy. For the uninitiated, the developers based the in-game galaxy on our own Milky Way, using real-world NASA data as well as a hefty amount of procedural generation. This creation tool is known as the Stellar Forge by Elite studio Frontier Developments "Even with Hubble, the fainter M class red stars [the TRAPPIST-1...

  • Xbox Game Pass: all you can eat gaming for $10/month [Update]

    Microsoft has announced Xbox Game Pass, a subscription-based service that delivers unlimited access to a host of games for US$10 a month. Set to launch "later this spring", according to the official Xbox website, Xbox Game Pass has over 100 Xbox 360 and Xbox One games in its library. "One of the best things about Xbox Game Pass is that you can discover and download the full titles directly on your Xbox One. That means continuous, full-fidelity gameplay without having to worry about streaming, bandwidth or connectivity issues," Microsoft's Phil Spencer explained. By contrast, Sony's PlayStation Now subscription service is a streaming service,...

  • MWC 2017: you may have missed these smartphones

    Mobile World Congress (MWC) has seen all the big players reveal their smartphones, with the likes of Huawei, LG, HMD Global and more delivering the goods. But the event is massive and, inevitably, some phones fall through the cracks. With that in mind, we look at a few devices you may have missed. Sony The Xperia XZ Premium may have received all the attention, owing to its 4K HDR screen and 960fps super slow-motion capabilities, but the Xperia XZs deserves some love as well. Sony's other high-end phone at MWC sticks with a 1080p display, but keeps the 960fps slow-motion feature and 19MP...

  • Avoid Early Access disappointment with these tips

    While Steam's Early Access programme and crowdfunding sites have been a huge boost for indie developers, they have also resulted in many disgruntled gamers losing their money or ending up with a game very different from the one they invested in. From seemingly endless in-development purgatory (here's looking at you, Star Citizen), to games which are simply cancelled with no refund; there's a lot that can make you regret your early purchase. However we have some tips for avoiding this kind of disappointment. 1. See how long the game has been in development While games do take a while to develop, there...

  • Xiaomi Mi 5c: first phone with Xiaomi-designed processor

    We've known for some time now that Xiaomi was hard at work on its own processors. After all, mobile giants Apple, Huawei and Samsung all have their own in-house chips. Now, the company has revealed its first silicon as well as the first phone to run it, in the form of the Mi 5c. The Mi 5c packs Xiaomi's octacore Surge S1 chip, comprised of one cluster of A53 cores at 2.2Ghz and another A53 cluster at 1.4Ghz. As for other specs, it features a relatively capable but budget-minded Mali T860 MP4 GPU and is designed on an older 28nm...

  • Oppo, using a prism, gets 5x lossless zoom on phones

    Chinese brand Oppo might not be very well known locally, but it's a rather innovative smartphone manufacturer in China. We've seen the company launch a smartphone camera on a swivel (who needs a separate selfie camera?), VOOC wireless charging and a host of other cool things. However, Oppo used MWC 2017 to reveal its latest innovation, in the form of 5x lossless zoom and more effective optical image stabilisation (OIS) for smartphones. Interestingly enough, Oppo says the new tech is only 5.7mms thin, which means it should easily fit in today's phones. The new take on smartphone zoom uses "unique periscope-style...

  • Huawei P10: what else to know about their 2017 flagships?

    Huawei took the wraps off the P10 and P10 Plus yesterday, coming just a few hours after LG unveiled their G6. Now, we know the Huawei phones pack the same camera setup as the Mate 9, as well as the same chip... But what else is worth knowing about the new Huawei handset? We've got a few pointers. Huawei lifts Meizu's navigation system Well, the first thing you'll notice is that Huawei has shifted the fingerprint scanner to the front of the device, turning it into a home button as well. However, the company has also been heavily inspired by Meizu, allowing you...

  • Sony Xperia XZ Premium brings 960fps video, 4K HDR display

    The Mobile World Congress (MWC) announcements keep on coming and Sony may have just won the show with its Xperia XZ Premium handset. The Japanese firm's new smartphone features a 5.5-inch 4K HDR screen, with Sony specifically citing Amazon Prime Video as viewable in 4K HDR. But another big feature is the super slow-motion capabilities, shooting a ridiculous 960 frames per second at 720p (four times slower than the Pixel, iPhone and Galaxy flagships). And it seems like this isn't software trickery, akin to the Lenovo ZUK Z2, with Sony saying it's the real deal. Speaking of camera capabilities, Sony has opted...

  • LG G6 revealed: 6 more things to know

    The LG G6 was announced yesterday by the Korean firm in Barcelona, featuring that 18:9 screen and dual 13MP camera setup. We were fortunate enough to play with the device before its reveal too, but there's a lot more to cover. So with that in mind, we looked at six important things to know about the firm's new flagship. The price is a big question mark The G6 is using last year's Snapdragon 821 chipset, as the Snapdragon 835 isn't available just yet (Qualcomm ostensibly made a deal with Samsung). Now, the older chip is still powerful, but it does make you wonder...

  • Nokia 3310, more smartphones at MWC 2017

    We've known for a while that Nokia and HMD Global were planning to reveal more Nokia-branded smartphones at MWC 2017. But what did the company reveal then? Let's be honest, you want to know whether the 3310 made an appearance -- it did indeed. For 49 euros, you're getting a feature phone with a basic camera as well as a 30 day standby time and 22 hours of talk time (not bad for a 200mAh battery). Other 3310 details include a new version of Snake being preinstalled, a 2.4-inch polarised display for outdoor visibility, 2MP camera with LED flash and 16MB...