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  • Steam sees huge Chinese growth (thanks to PUBG?)

    Steam's October 2017 hardware and software survey has revealed a huge shift in numbers across the board, with Chinese easily the most popular language right now. In fact, Simplified Chinese saw a jump of 26.58% to hit 56.12%, meaning that Chinese is used on just over half of all Steam-enabled computers. Some of the other notable user numbers pertain to Windows 7 (gaining 22.2% to hit 63.2%), total hard drive space (computers with more than 1TB of space grew by almost 21% to 65.60%) and display resolution (full HD resolution grew by 14.59% to account for 71.38% of Steam-enabled computers). According to PC Games N,...

  • iPhone X SA price revealed, get it next week

    The iPhone X might be the most eagerly anticipated high-end smartphone in South Africa (and globally), but with a 24 November launch looming, how much will it cost? Well, the iStore has delivered the goods, confirming that prepaid prices start at R20 499, topping out at R23 999. For the record, the Huawei Mate 10 Pro costs R17 999, while the Mate 10 Porsche model has a R26 999 price tag. "New cellular contracts and upgrades for iPhone X on Vodacom, MTN, and Telkom will be available at all iStores from the week of 24 November 2017," the iStore adds in a...

  • OnePlus 5T revealed, packing tall display, new dual-camera setup

    We sort of knew for the past week or two that OnePlus was working on the OnePlus 5T, following in the footsteps of the OnePlus 3T. Now that the curtain has been peeled back, what do we have then? You'll first notice the 18:9 "optic AMOLED" display (2160x1080), being taller than its predecessor and following the path set by LG and Samsung. The other big change is in the camera department, as the OnePlus 5T eschews the second telephoto camera in favour of a 20MP f/1.7 secondary shooter. The firm says that the change results in better portrait mode shots and improved...

  • EA disables Battlefront 2 micro-transactions… for now

    Star Wars Battlefront 2 might be the most controversial game released this year, following the negative reception to unlocking hero characters and the prevalence of micro-transactions. EA's response to concerns became the most-downvoted comment in reddit history, going a long way to illustrating frustration with the publisher and game. Shortly after the comment, the company opted to reduce the requirements for unlocking the hero characters, but the micro-transactions stayed. Now, in a new update on the Battlefront 2 website, the publisher has revealed that it's putting a hold on these in-game purchases. "We hear you loud and clear, so we're turning off all...

  • You can now print smartphone photos with this Moto Mod [Update]

    Update, 17 November 2017: Lenovo/Moto have come back to us -- looks like you'll have to import the mod. "Motorola is not planning to bring the Polaroid mod to SA," a representative told us via email. Original article: Lenovo's Moto Z smartphones and Moto Mods have done a good job of bringing hardware add-ons to the smartphone world. Sure, the add-ons might be a little pricey, but between power banks, speakers and gamepads, there's a Moto Mod for everyone. Now, the company has revealed its latest add-on, in the form of the Polaroid Insta-Share Printer Moto Mod. And it does exactly what you think,...

  • Watch: How does Skyrim on Switch compare to other ports?

    Set for a 17 November 2017 release on Nintendo Switch, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is the latest big-hitting title to hit Nintendo's portable machine. So how does it fare compared to other versions of the game? YouTube channel ElAnalistaDeBits has compared visuals across all the major ports, including the original PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 games. The remastered versions of the game (PC, Xbox One and PS4) are also compared. All in all, it's clear that the Switch version can't hold a candle to the PC original, while the title also seems to look a little softer than the last-gen console...

  • Hisense buys Toshiba’s TV unit in R1.6bn deal

    Hisense's TV division has enjoyed a rather brisk rise in South Africa, but it seems like global operations are doing big numbers as well. Now, the company has announced that it's acquired Toshiba's TV unit. "In this transaction, Hisense will purchase 95% stock shares of Toshiba Visual Solutions Corporation (TVS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation, with the price of 12.9 billion Japanese Yen (R1.6-billion)," the Chinese company announced in a press statement. So what does Hisense gain from this as a result? "Hisense will obtain the TV businesses, including production, research and development, and sales functions," the release reads --...

  • HP website reveals Snapdragon 835 laptop with 4GB RAM

    Microsoft has been working on Windows 10 ARM for a while now, bringing the desktop operating system to mobile-focused chips as well. It's also chosen Qualcomm as its partner, with the US chip colossus expected to power a variety of Windows 10 devices. Now, HP's website (via Gizmochina) has revealed a Windows 10 ARM computer, packing a Snapdragon 835 processor, at least if the "SD835" line is anything to go by. The page also seems to list 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. This puts it in line with ultrabooks, then. ARM chips are expected to provide quite an endurance boost over...

  • EA’s Battlefront 2 defence is most downvoted comment in reddit history

    Star Wars: Battlefront 2 has drawn the ire of the gaming community after it emerged that players had to spend a ton of in-game currency to unlock prominent heroes and villains. Criticism was levelled against the publisher, with many feeling that after spending plenty of cash on the game already, the cost of unlocking characters shouldn't have been pegged so high. EA initially responded on reddit, saying it wanted gamers to have a "sense of pride and accomplishment" when they did unlock the characters. But gamers weren't biting at all. In fact, the comment became the most-downvoted one in reddit history,...

  • Qualcomm rejects $130bn Broadcom offer, Broadcom poised to go hostile

    Last week saw the possibility of one of the largest tech acquisitions ever, when Broadcom made a massive offer for Qualcomm -- a deal which would've been valued at US$130-billion. The unsolicited offer set the tech world alight, as a successful deal would've resulted in an even bigger, combined silicon juggernaut. Yesterday, the US mobile tech firm has revealed its decision: a unanimous rejection by the board of directors. "It is the board's unanimous belief that Broadcom's proposal significantly undervalues Qualcomm relative to the company's leadership position in mobile technology and our future growth prospects," said Paul Jacobs, executive chairman and chairman of the board...