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Interviews

  • Volantia Q&A: we delve into this local Humble Bundle title

    You don't see a game debuting on the Humble Bundle very often, but Volantia: Kingdom in the Sky is one such title. Aside from being a locally produced title achieving prominence, the title also stands out thanks to its quirky concept. The title, by Tangled Mess Games, is a far cry from the usual action fare, being a kingdom and resource management game taking place in the sky. We conducted an email Q&A with the studio's Marc Luck to find out more. Gearburn: How did the idea for Volantia come about? Marc Luck (ML): Well, we had the initial idea during a brunch meeting...

  • Huawei working with third party apps for AI chip in Mate 10

    Huawei made quite a big splash at IFA 2017, after announcing its Kirin 970 processor. In a somewhat unexpected move, the company integrated a "Neural Processing Unit" (NPU) on the processor, being a chip designed for AI tasks. Naturally, we had a few questions to ask about the AI capabilities of the NPU, the Kirin 970 in general and the Mate 10. For starters, what kind of real-world user cases would we be seeing as a result? We've seen the image recognition tests, for one, but what else should we expect? What to expect from AI-focused silicon? "The NPU is also integrated into...

  • Q&A: the devs behind intriguing SA indie game Jetstream

    Last week I had the pleasure of attending Cape Town's Electronic and Gaming Expo (EGE) 2017, the third running of the local gaming event. I had unforgivably missed last year's EGE and seeing the incredible growth between the event's first and latest iteration was quite astonishing. As I fought my way through the sea of attendees, employing a sequence of judo chops and roundhouse kicks, I eventually found my way to the stand of IESA (Interactive Entertainment South Africa), which boasted a selection of locally developed games. One title that caught my attention was Jetstream, an incredibly addictive puzzle game currently...

  • Q&A: Jump CEO on their Netflix-style service for indie games

    Earlier this week, we reported on Jump, being a subscription service to play indie games. The ad-free, all-you-can-eat service makes use of "HyperJump" downloading technology, so you don't need to stream the game or permanently download it to your machine. Jump is set to launch in "summer 2017", with the beta already available in South Africa, for starters. We interviewed CEO Anthony Palma, covering the technology used, the likelihood of multi-gigabyte games hitting the service, a console version of Jump, and more. Gearburn: How did the idea for Jump come about? Anthony Palma (AP): We founded the company way back in 2012...

  • Interview: HMD Global CEO Arto Nummela

    "It was overwhelming. We went to the meetings and people are coming and hugging, (saying) 'thank god you are bringing Nokia back'." This was according to HMD Global CEO Arto Nummela, speaking to Gearburn at the Nokia/HMD launch event in Johannesburg. The event officially welcomes Nokia-branded smartphones, running Android, to South Africa, Nummela, a long-time Nokia veteran, said that they "couldn't find a country in the world" that was unwilling to bring Nokia smartphones back. The Nokia-branded Android phones are shaping up to be very promising phones in their own right. But the company also launched the Nokia 3310 reboot, coming to...

  • Q&A: VS Gaming’s Cambridge Mokanyane on FIFA tournament, more

    Telkom announced on Friday that it has officially spun its Digital Gaming League (DGL) operations into a separate company, called VS Gaming. Spearheaded by former Telkom executive Cambridge Mokanyane, it will mostly be business as usual for the new firm. However, the company has also announced a new partnership with Supersport and what it calls the continent's largest FIFA gaming contest. We interviewed Mokanyane, covering the motivation for the new company, that FIFA tournament and the South African esports landscape. So what benefits are there to having VS Gaming as its own company, as opposed to DGL? "I think the benefit is that...

  • Interview: LG SA on G6 price, free screen repairs and more

    The LG G6 launch event took place yesterday (4 April), with the South Korean firm revealing pricing and more details surrounding the launch. We interviewed Deon Prinsloo, general manager for mobile communication at LG Electronics SA, covering pricing, competitors and more. For the uninitiated, the G6 will have a retail price of R14 629, making it slightly cheaper than the Samsung Galaxy S8. Still, there's the perception that the phone should've possibly been on par with the G5, which had an R11 799 price tag. What does LG make of that? "If we have a look at it in terms of the post-paid environment,...

  • Interview: LG’s Seongho Choi on smart appliances, future of IoT

    The Internet of Things (IoT) is a fast-paced sector, as a ton of companies get into the game. LG has been in the sector for a while though, launching the likes of robot vacuum cleaners, general smart appliances and recently launching its Hub robot speaker. What do we expect from the tech in the future? What about turning "dumb" appliances into smart ones? When can we see more tech on the continent? We interviewed Seongho Choi, senior vice-president of cloud centre at LG, specialising in IoT and robotics. LG's solution for non-smart devices? When a journalist asked about LG's approach to robotics/smart appliances on the...

  • We talk South Africa’s indie gaming scene with Microsoft’s Clifford de Wit

    Whether it be puzzlers or role-playing titles, there is no shortage of indie video games. As shown by our Digital All Stars pieces on indie gaming companies and the community, there's a significant indie gaming scene in South Africa. Memeburn had a chance to sit down with DPE Lead at Microsoft, Clifford de Wit, at the recent Microsoft Tech Summit event in Johannesburg. Aside from the general information on Azure and systems, we also spoke to him about Microsoft and the indie video game scene. The Windows store "The store is getting unified now and that makes a big difference," explains de Wit,...

  • Meizu in South Africa: what to expect from Chinese brand?

    Meizu isn't the most well-known smartphone brand, but it's definitely one of the more interesting players in the market. Alongside Xiaomi, Huawei and Oppo, Meizu is one of the most popular and respected manufacturers in China, earning a reputation in the Far East for (surprise) well-designed handsets at a solid price. So we're glad to hear that the company has come to South Africa, in the form of an online store and being officially represented by 2C Telecoms. We conducted a Q&A with Ferdi van Niekerk Jr, national sales director for Meizu Mobile South Africa. Van Niekerk confirmed that 2C Telecoms was the...