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  • Forza Motorsport 7: first batch of cars revealed

    Forza Motorsport 7 is shaping up to be a technical tour de force when it launches later this year, owing to its 4K/60fps output on Xbox One X, for one. But what about the all-important car collection? Turn 10 Studios and Microsoft have revealed the first 160+ cars out of 700 to make it to the final game. So what should you expect? For one, Microsoft and Turn 10 have highlighted a few specific models, such as the 2014 Porsche 918 Spyder, the 2011 Lamborghini Sesto Elemento and the 1967 Ferrari Spa 330 P4. Otherwise, some of the more notable reveals include...

  • 15+ excellent old games for your low-end computer

    Who wouldn't love a monster gaming computer, right? After all, being able to play the latest titles at stupendous resolutions and with a smooth framerate is a fantastic experience. But unfortunately, many people have to settle for a low-end computer. Still, that doesn't mean that you can't play games on your old laptop or ancient desktop with integrated graphics. We pick a few titles for your ageing computer. For the sake of clarity, we're defining a low-end/ancient computer as anything with an Intel HD3000 or lower. Deus Ex Easily one of my favourite games of all time, 2000's Deus Ex managed to combine...

  • Data too expensive? Offline app stores are a thing in Cuba

    Between constant updates and large file sizes, apps can be a major data hog for your smartphone. This is especially apparent in developing markets, where the price of data is often expensive for the local populace. One cool solution, as reported by free software activist Torsten Grote, is an app "store" or repository that doesn't require data at all. And this solution is being used in Cuba to fascinating effect. According to Grote, the open-source F-Droid app store for Android has an "app store kit" that allows anyone to create their own repository that runs over a local WiFi network. The activist...

  • Nintendo Switch Online: what to know before downloading app?

    The Nintendo Switch Online app is now available to download for Android and iOS, although the servers aren't actually up yet. Of course, it should be available once Splatoon 2 launches on 21 July. Fortunately, Nintendo has published a frequently asked questions (FAQ) guide for the app, so what's some of the more pertinent information you should know? For starters, the app is free to use for now, but come 2018, it'll require a subscription fee (the fee also includes online play). "After the free-trial period, the online play portion of most games and the Nintendo Switch Online app will require a paid online service subscription from Nintendo," the...

  • Splatoon 2: what are the reviews saying?

    The original Splatoon represented a rather whacky and original take on the multiplayer shooter. Featuring kaleidoscopic visuals, unique traversal mechanics and fun paintball-style ink battles, was there any wonder that we'd see Splatoon 2? In any event, the review embargo has lifted, so what do some of the bigger outlets think of the sequel? Ars Technica The publication's Sam Machkovech writes that Splatoon 2 isn't the original game with a number attached to the end of the title. "Splatoon 2 is a bona fide sequel, if barely, but that jump in number matters when I offer it as an unqualified recommendation for the next purchase most Switch...

  • Nintendo Switch Online app finally hits Android, iOS

    The Nintendo Switch has truly been a sales phenomenon since its launch in March 2017, but one of the biggest issues has been the requirement for a separate app to use voice chat. Now, the app in question has finally been pushed out to Google Play and iTunes. The Nintendo Switch Online app comes ahead of this week's launch of Splatoon 2, being an eagerly anticipated multiplayer shooter and one of the bigger Nintendo titles of the year. As for features, the app lets you voice chat and invite social media friends to gaming sessions. However, Nintendo adds that you can...

  • Hisense Laser TV: expect crazy price tag, 2018 release for SA

    Hisense made tech headlines at CES 2017 when it revealed its Laser TV. As the name implies, it's... well... shoot. It's not really a TV but a projector, actually. Featuring a box up close to the screen/wall for short throw projection, the laser TV manages to deliver a sharp, colourful image for a projector. But what if you want to get your hands on one? Well, you'll need to wait a while and have a hefty wallet... "Laser TV in SA, we're probably going to be launching around Feb, March next year," Hisense SA marketing director Claire Noyes-Smith told Gearburn. Hisense is...

  • 4 hacker-friendly gaming consoles you should get right now

    We've seen some great strides towards having proper PS3 emulation on PC, allowing gamers to put the console in the cupboard but still play their cherished titles. But what about the other way around? What about emulation and general homebrew on consoles? There have been a ton of consoles that feature homebrew apps, but these are arguably at the top of the pile when it comes to being bedroom-friendly (for bedroom coders, we mean). Microsoft Xbox The original Xbox was basically a PC in a fancy box, owing to its Intel Pentium chip and 8GB/10GB internal hard drive. So was there any...

  • Remix OS no more: Android/Windows ‘hybrid’ killed off

    We've seen numerous takes on bringing desktop-style functionality to Android, but few were as successful as Jide's Remix OS. The platform delivered Android with loads of Windows-inspired garnishings, such as a start menu, deep mouse and keyboard support, multi-windows and a taskbar. Of course, the Android trappings meant you had access to a ton of apps too. We saw dedicated mini Android boxes and tablets running Remix OS, with the Remix Mini PC being available from Takealot as well. But Jide also allowed PC users to install the platform if they wanted to. Now, the company has announced that it will be...

  • Nokia 8 image leaked: Zeiss branding, dual cameras

    The Nokia 8 has been the subject of many a rumour in the past two months, following HMD Global's successful launch of the budget-minded Nokia smartphones. The reports have delivered two constants at the very least, in the form of the Snapdragon 835 chip and dual camera setup. But what will the phone actually look like? We haven't a clue, until now. Serial leaker Evan Blass has published the first render of the Nokia 8, showing a phone that looks similar to the Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 (at least when you look at the front). The front shows a physical...