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  • Nintendo Switch stars on Jimmy Fallon: here’s what we learnt

    The Nintendo Switch made its first proper TV appearance on The Tonight Show this week, as Nintendo's Reggie Fils-Aime and Jimmy Fallon showed off Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. But the segment also gave us a good look at some of the Switch's features. Here are a few things we learnt. How long does it take to go from dock to portable? The Nintendo Switch stands out thanks to its tablet-like design, allowing you to play on a TV but also take the slate with you for gaming on the go. Fils-Aime demonstrated this feature on the show, taking the Switch out...

  • Windows 10 to get ARM version with legacy apps

    Microsoft's Windows is no stranger to ARM-based processors, with Windows RT running on Nvidia Tegra hardware instead of x86-based Intel and AMD chips. Now, Microsoft has announced that Windows 10 will be supporting ARM-based chips next year. The company used the WinHEC 2016 event to announce that it will be teaming up with Qualcomm for Windows 10 on ARM hardware. For the uninitiated, ARM-based chips are used in the vast majority of smartphones (from Apple to ZTE) and are generally more power-efficient than x86 chips (used in Windows and Mac laptops). "...to deliver on our customers' growing needs to create on the go,...

  • Bluetooth 5 announced: what should you expect?

    The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has announced the availability of Bluetooth 5, the latest generation of the wireless standard. As for specific improvements, the group says it offers longer range, faster speed and "larger broadcast message capacity" as key upgrades. However, the group also says the update offers better functionality for fast-growing IoT gadgets. "Key feature updates include four times range, two times speed, and eight times broadcast message capacity. Longer range powers whole home and building coverage, for more robust and reliable connections. Higher speed enables more responsive, high-performance devices. Increased broadcast message size increases the data sent for improved...

  • Nintendo Switch to feature GameCube Virtual Console?

    The Nintendo Switch reveal was undoubtedly one of the standout events of the year, showing a portable Nintendo console with some interesting features. Now, Eurogamer reports that the upcoming machine will play host to GameCube titles as well. The publication cites "three separate sources" in confirming the news, saying that support for the 'Cube was tested and already working. Three games have reportedly been readied for the Switch, in the form of Super Mario Sunshine, Super Smash Brothers Melee and launch title Luigi's Mansion. Eurogamer adds that the next GameCube title for the Switch is Animal Crossing, complete with the title's integrated NES...

  • No Man’s Sky update 1.12 debuts with more bug fixes

    After its Foundation Update debuted late November, Hello Games has announced patch notes for No Man's Sky's latest update for PC and PlayStation 4. Marked as patch 1.12, the live update fixes a slew of bugs on both platforms, but doesn't add any content. According to a Reddit post, the update is around 400MB. If you we're hoping that Hello Games would add some sort of multiplayer element to the title before the Holidays, you'll have to hold back the tears. No Man's Sky's latest update doesn't add much content, but does fix a slew of bugs The indie developer also posted a...

  • Galaxy S8: report claims 3.5mm headphone jack is no more

    Samsung is obviously hard at work on its 2017 flagships, but the company is apparently taking its cues from Apple for the Galaxy S8. According to SamMobile, it can "exclusively confirm" that the brand is ditching the 3.5mm audio jack in favour of USB Type-C. In other words, your wired audio peripherals won't work, unless you have an adapter. Bluetooth peripherals should work fine, however. It would also mean that people who listen to music via wired headphones while charging their phone can't do this anymore with the Galaxy S8. If the lack of a headphone jack annoyed you on the latest iPhone,...

  • Lenovo ZUK Edge launching today – what to expect?

    Lenovo's ZUK sub-brand has been making waves over the past year or so, in large part due to solid devices like the ZUK Z2 Pro. Now, the Chinese brand is set to release a new handset this week in the form of the ZUK Edge. According to GizmoChina, citing Lenovo's Weibo updates, the ZUK Edge will be launched today (7 December). Release and pricing information hasn't been disclosed yet, but China's TENAA body has published specifications for the handset. The listing reveals a 2.35Ghz processor (lining up with the Snapdragon 821's clock speed), 4GB or 6GB RAM, 32GB/64GB/128GB storage options and a...

  • Hisense A2: a phone with an e-ink display on the back

    Hisense has been making a few capable yet well-priced smartphones over the last few years, such as the Infinity Pure 1 and the more recent KO handset. Now, it seems like the firm is gearing up for a rather interesting device in the form of the Hisense A2, Phone Radar reports. The publication reports that the new phone has passed TENAA certification (China's Icasa equivalent). So what are we getting then? The standout feature is the 5.17-inch, 960x540 e-ink display on the back of the phone, being slightly smaller than the 5.7-inch full HD main screen on the front. For the uninitiated,...

  • Google Pixel: Cellucity cancels preorders

    Cellucity has cancelled preorders for the Google Pixel smartphones, it told customers in a recent email. According to the email, obtained by Gearburn from the store chain, compliance certificates were a key issue. "It is unfortunate that we must pass on some bad news. Google will not be launching the Google Pixel in South Africa -- or any country that does not have Google Assistant active," Cellucity told customers. "Usually, this would not stop us from importing a device directly from alternative market but, in this case, Google are not able to supply us with European compliance certificates. Without this, there is...

  • PS4 gets two promotions in SA for December

    Ster-Kinekor Entertainment has announced two promotions for the PS4 for the month of December. "The first promotion will commence from 9 to 14 December offering consumers who purchase any standalone or bundled PS4, a free copy of EA Sports FIFA 17 on PS4 resulting in a saving of up to R1200," the local PlayStation distributor wrote in an emailed statement. The standalone PS4 currently has a suggested retail price of R5199. "Immediately following this consumers will be able to pick up the brand new standalone PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system with a 500GB HDD at an astonishing R3999.99 from 15-24 December," SKE wrote. Want a PS4...