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  • These smartphones support HDR streaming on Netflix, Amazon

    Update, January 2018: Netflix has since added the Razer Phone to its list of HDR-compatible devices. Original article: Earlier this year, the LG G6 (review) became the first smartphone to support streaming HDR content on Netflix, being a feather in the mobile brand's cap at the time. It's worth noting that you'll need a top-end Netflix plan (4K, four screens) to actually enjoy HDR content on your phone. So those on the two-screen, bog-standard HD plan will need to upgrade. In any event, we've seen a few handsets join the party since then, in the form of the Xperia XZ Premium (review),...

  • RCS: move to replace SMS gets major boost with Huawei

    The RCS messaging protocol is seen by many as the successor to SMS, offering a variety of advantages over the legacy technology. Google has been a major driver here, rolling out the RCS-compatible Android Messages app and the Jibe RCS platform for network partners to get up to speed. It's been quiet on this front for a while now, but Google has just announced a major partner in the form of Huawei. In fact, the Chinese brand will be integrating Android Messages across its Android phone portfolio "in the coming months". Huawei will also be working with Google to offer the Jibe RCS...

  • Nintendo Labo: a DIY hardware kit for Nintendo Switch [Update]

    Nintendo promised to announce some intriguing news late yesterday, and we've finally got it in the form of Nintendo Labo. The product category, split into two distinct packages, is essentially a DIY cardboard hardware kit that integrates the Nintendo Switch and/or controllers into final creations. The first package (or Toy-Con) is the US$70 Variety Kit, allowing you to make up to five different creations from the included cardboard parts. These five creations include RC cars, a fishing rod, a house, a motorbike and a piano. And all of these integrate the Switch, Joy-Con controllers and included software in varying ways. The second...

  • Meizu M6s revealed, packing mid-range Samsung chip

    Meizu has traditionally relied on Samsung's Exynos chips for some of their phones, so it's no surprise to see the new Meizu M6s packs one. Yep, the new budget-minded handset offers a hexacore Exynos 7872 chipset, delivering two heavyweight A73 cores, four power-sipping A53 cores and a single-core Mali G71 GPU. Throw in a 14nm manufacturing process and you can expect mid-range performance and improved battery life. The Meizu M6s also offers a side-mounted fingerprint scanner (ala Sony), 3GB of RAM, 32GB/64GB storage, a 3000mAh battery, a 5.7-inch 1440x720p display (18:9) and USB Type-C connectivity. Meizu is well known for its user-interface, delivering gestures via the...

  • Here’s why Broadcom takeover shouldn’t go ahead – Qualcomm

    Qualcomm was in the headlines late last year after fellow chip colossus Broadcom announced its desire to purchase the chipmaker. The overture was rebuffed, which has since resulted in Broadcom setting the wheels in motion for a hostile takeover bid. Now, Qualcomm has issued an open letter to shareholders, outlining several reasons why they should reject Broadcom's takeover attempt and re-elect the current board. "Broadcom is asking Qualcomm stockholders to voluntarily transfer to a hostile acquirer the considerable near- and long-term value creation Qualcomm has in front of it," an excerpt of the letter reads. "It is attempting to acquire Qualcomm at...

  • LG responds to ‘inaccurate’ G7 do-over report [Exclusive]

    Earlier this week, a report claimed that LG CEO Jo Seong-jin ordered a revision of the company's upcoming G7 flagship phone. The Korean Herald, citing an employee who wished to remain anonymous, reported that the G7 team was told to halt work on the phone and "review the new product from scratch". The source added that "a direct order was sent down to the working-level officials to start over". The report came after Jo told reporters at CES that the firm would "unveil new smartphones when it is needed". Now, Ken Hong, LG senior director for global communications, has responded to the report. "That report is not credible, it's...

  • Nokia 3 review: the Redmi 4A should be your first choice

    HMD brought Nokia-branded smartphones back to life in 2017, and it seems like the move has paid off already. Between the attractive price tags and stock take on Android, it's easy to see why Nokia is a major mobile force once again. The Nokia 3 was the cheapest Nokia smartphone for quite some time (until the Nokia 2 arrived), coming in at R2000. So is it worth the asking price? Let's dive in. Design If there's one area where the Nokia 3 punches above its weight, it has to be the hardware design. Featuring a polycarbonate back (i.e. plastic) and a metallic rim, the phone...

  • Far Cry 2, Sniper Elite V2 are latest backwards compatible Xbox games

    The Xbox One's backwards compatibility feature is super impressive, delivering over 400 compatible Xbox 360 games on the current-generation console. But Microsoft continues to work with publishers to get more games into the programme, and the most recent additions are pretty notable. This week, we see Far Cry 2, Sniper Elite V2 and Driver San Francisco making the cut, being compatible whether you have a physical copy or digital download. Far Cry 2 marked the first time that Ubisoft took over the franchise from Crytek, standing out thanks to its African setting, fire propogation features and constantly respawning guard posts. Sniper Elite V2...

  • Samsung W2018 has a feature that might come to Galaxy S9

    Last month, the Samsung W2018 smartphone hit the Chinese market, being the latest Samsung flip phone to launch. Aside from being a flip phone, the device also packs a rather unique feature, in the form of a variable aperture camera. The aperture is capable of automatically switching from f/1.5 to f/2.4 and back again, seemingly a sort of middle ground between fixed apertures seen in smartphones and variable apertures seen in many SLR cameras. And if a recent image hasn't been faked, then the Galaxy S9 is expected to pack the same technology, down to the same aperture sizes. So why would...

  • TCL V760 surfaces online, which Alcatel smartphone is this?

    TCL is the custodian of the Alcatel smartphone brand these days, releasing a host of phones in China and emerging markets. And at CES 2018, we saw the company tease three new phone categories, in the form of the Alcatel 1, 3 and 5 series. The company didn't reveal much about these products though, with little in the way of specs to be had. Now, Chinese telecoms regulatory body TENAA has published details of the TCL V760. And if serial tipster Evan Blass's earlier leaks are true, then this should be the Alcatel 3V. Alcatel 2018 top-tier lineup (Idol-equivalent) pic.twitter.com/W5FrqwIhDs — Evan Blass (@evleaks) October...