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  • LG Innofest 2017: TVs, TVs everywhere

    LG has held its Innofest 2017 event in Barcelona, essentially showing off its products announced at CES 2017, as well as a few more tidbits. Although home appliances, smartphones and robotics were shown off, it could easily be argued that LG's TV range took centre stage. Of course, most want to know what's actually coming to South Africa. The W7 "wallpaper" TV isn't one of them, though, with LG SA saying there were no plans "at this stage" to bring the model to the country. Coming in at just 2.5mm thin, the television set is barely thicker than a credit card...

  • Could we see HDR smartphone screens go big in 2017?

    HDR-capable TV sets are all the rage right now, delivering a brighter, more vivid image than traditional television screens are capable of. What about the smartphone arena though? Well, call me an idiot, but I didn't realise that the Galaxy Note 7 had a screen capable of displaying HDR content. But what about other handsets? Qualcomm has confirmed that they're getting on the bandwagon too, with the upcoming Snapdragon 835 chip. The chipmaker says you can expect the new processor to pack support for HDR 10 playback. Of course, Samsung is expected to pack the chip into some of its S8 models...

  • LG G6 to have quad DAC hardware, company confirms

    The LG V20 (review) was an audio beast of note, featuring quad DAC hardware for higher quality sound, as well as high-resolution audio recording chops. Now, it looks like the LG G6 will have similar hardware. The company has announced (Google Translate) that its upcoming flagship will pack quad DAC hardware as well, which delivers better sound than standard audio hardware in smartphones. LG says the new hardware will lower the "distortion rate to 0.0002% of the master audio level", while also granting users more granular control over the left and right side of the earphones. The LG G6 will take an audio-related...

  • Gearburn’s definitive guide to Snapdragon smartphones [Update]

    We'll be periodically updating this article as more Snapdragon chips get announced. From general tasks to 4K video support, your smartphone's processor plays a big part in the overall experience. And Qualcomm's Snapdragon range powers scores of smartphones around the world. Not all of these chips are created equally though, so we looked at what you should be paying for phones with Snapdragon processors. Do bear in mind that some phones might fall above our pricing guidelines, owing to manufacturer greed, notable hardware features or other factors. The entry-level processors: Snapdragon 200 series The Snapdragon 200 series, including the 200, 208, 210 and 212 processors, are the...

  • Grand Theft Auto IV comes to Xbox backwards-compatibility

    Grand Theft Auto V has already made its way to Xbox One, albeit in remastered form, but what about Grand Theft Auto IV? Fortunately, Rockstar Games has confirmed that the Xbox 360 version is now backwards compatible. The publisher made the announcement on its website, revealing that all versions of the game, as well as Episodes from Liberty City, are compatible on Xbox One. Gamers who own the digital version will see it show up in the "Ready to Install" section on Xbox One, while those with a physical copy will need to insert it and then download the compatible version. Hankering...

  • PS4 Pro Boost Mode: which games benefit most?

    The 4.50 firmware for the PlayStation 4 finally brings external hard drive support, but PS4 Pro users in the beta programme also got Boost Mode. The feature uses the extra grunt of the Pro model to deliver smoother performance in vanilla PS4 games (that aren't patched for the Pro). So which games benefit most? Eurogamer has done a preliminary round of testing, putting the likes of Project CARS, F1 2016, Knack and Assassin's Creed Unity to the test. It found that Project CARS saw the biggest framerate improvement, "in the region of 35-38 percent". In other words, a full race at Le...

  • Humble Bundle and Spiraloid: this week’s top mobile games

    We've got a solid selection of mobile games for your viewing listening playing (?) pleasure this week, starting with a Humble Bundle for Android. Otherwise, A Normal Lost Phone and Spiraloid are two other notable titles this week. Check out the full rundown below. Spiral (free - Android, iOS) It seems like you can't go a week without a super tough, borderline-unfair game coming to mobile platforms, with Ketchapp's Spiral being the latest. The title sees you controlling a ball rolling down a (what else?) spiral, tapping the screen to hop over obstacles. The one big problem is that the obstacles come before...

  • Android Wear 2.0, SA-bound watches revealed

    We've already known that Android Wear 2.0 was due for a release, but Google has finally made it official. The latest version of Google's smartwatch platform offers a variety of features, starting with the watchfaces. Android Wear 2.0 now lets you personalise the always-on aspect of the watchface with desired actions/information. "Simply glance at your wrist to check your next appointment, stock performance, progress on fitness goals, or whatever is important to you. A quick tap on your watch face lets you instantly order an Uber ride, start a workout, or get in touch with your significant other," Google wrote on...

  • This Star Wars Humble Bundle offers bang for your buck

    Missed out on the previous two Stars Wars-themed Humble Bundles? Well, you're in luck, as the Star Wars Humble Bundle 3 is now available -- so what are you getting for your cash? The pay-what-you-want tier (minimum of US$1) includes Knights of the Old Republic, X-Wing Alliance, X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter Balance of Power Campaigns and Galactic Battlegrounds Saga. Beat the average, currently set at US$10.35, and you get Battlefront 2, Jedi Knight 2, Starfighter, Knights of the Old Republic 2 and Rebel Assault 1 and 2. The third tier (with a US$14 price) delivers The Force Unleashed 1 and 2, Rogue...

  • Sony smartphone camera sensor shoots at 1000fps

    Apple, Google's phones and Samsung have long ruled the roost when it comes to slow-motion video, offering smooth 240fps support. Sure, we've seen the likes of Lenovo claim 960fps as a standard, but this was via ineffective software trickery. Now, Sony has laid the foundation down for super slow-motion, announcing a new smartphone sensor capable of shooting at 1000fps. "This newly developed sensor with DRAM delivers fast data readout speeds, making it possible to capture still images of fast-moving subjects with minimal focal plane distortion as well as super slow motion movies at up to 1000 frames per second (approximately 8x faster...