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  • Xbox Games with Gold for March revealed

    Xbox Live Gold subscriber? Then you'll be glad to hear that the Games with Gold lineup for March has been revealed. Xbox One owners can get their hands on Trials of the Blood Dragon from 1 to 31 March, while 16 March to 15 April sees Superhot up for grabs. These titles replace last month's picks, Shadow Warrior and Assassin's Creed Chronicles India. Xbox 360 fans (and Xbox One owners via backwards compatibility) are also receiving attention in the form of Brave (1-15 March) and Quantum Conundrum (16-31 March). These games replace Split/Second and Crazy Taxi. Don't care for March's Games with Gold lineup? Then...

  • Xperia XZ2, XZ2 Compact to ditch headphone jack?

    Sony's renowned for its decades-long audio credentials, but a new report claims that the company is getting rid of its all-important headphone jack on its upcoming flagship smartphones. According to Swedroid.se (via Xperia Blog), citing an "industry source", both the Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact will ditch the 3.5mm jack. How Sony will spin this, we don't know, but if it's like any other company, we imagine they'll cite water/dust resistance, battery capacity and/or general space considerations. Otherwise, the publication reports that both devices will have a rear fingerprint scanner (as opposed to the side-mounted scanner of previous devices), a Snapdragon...

  • No 64-bit apps, only ARM drivers: Windows 10 on ARM has key limitations

    Back at the Snapdragon Tech Summit, we got some hands-on time with Snapdragon-powered laptops running Windows 10 on ARM. Unfortunately, these machines only had Windows 10 S installed (they get free upgrades to full Windows 10 on ARM), but at the time, we heard that x64 games wouldn't work on ARM devices. Now, Microsoft has issued a since-deleted guideline to Windows 10 on ARM's limitations, spotted by Thurrott.com. And our expectations have certainly been tempered as a result. First of all is the news that Windows 10 on ARM only supports ARM64 drivers. "While ARM OS has the capabilities to emulate x86 user-mode...

  • Galaxy S9: Is Samsung matching Sony’s super slow-mo feature?

    We're just a few days away from the Samsung Galaxy S9 reveal, and the leaks are coming thick and fast right now. The latest one comes from the reputable WinFuture website (German language), bringing with it a host of details. A lot of the information corroborates previous leaks, so that means a dual-camera setup on the S9+, a main camera that can switch between f/1.5 and f/2.4, Exynos 8910 or Snapdragon 845 chipset, stereo speaker, 5.8-inch 2960x1440 display for the standard Galaxy S9 and 6.2-inch 2960x1440 display and 3500mAh battery for the larger model. Probably the biggest nugget of information is...

  • Nokia 10 with rotating lenses to be Nokia 8 Pro instead?

    One of the strangest rumours in recent times has to be the Nokia 10 and its rotating lenses, making for a rather innovative camera setup. We initially thought it would be a pentacamera setup but subsequent reports suggest that HMD is shooting for a dual-camera setup with five rotating lenses. Now, Nokia Power User has revealed that the phone is apparently not the Nokia 10, but rather the Nokia 8 Pro. According to the publication, the Nokia 8 Pro is set for an August-September launch, lining up with the IFA expo in Berlin. It's also believed that the rotating lenses will enable at least...

  • Nintendo Switch Linux port delivers web browser, more

    We saw major progress being made on Linux for the Nintendo Switch a few weeks ago, and now, the team behind the hack has made even more progress. The Fail0verflow team has posted a video on Twitter (spotted by Wololo), showing Linux running with touchscreen and 3D support. Heck, the video even shows the Chromium web browser up and running on the Nintendo console. Code execution is all the rage these days, but can your Switch do *this*? ;-) #switchnix pic.twitter.com/NMnBq61tOM — fail0verflow (@fail0verflow) February 17, 2018 The team had earlier claimed that this method of enabling homebrew support can't be patched in currently released Switch...

  • Google Assistant coming to way more countries, SA included – report

    South Africans don't need to jump through many hoops to get Google Assistant on their devices, but it looks like Google is going to officially bring the service to the country -- and many more markets. According to a slide tweeted by Dutch journalist Elger van der Wel, Google Assistant is coming to the Netherlands, Italy, Russia, Japan, Saudi Arabia and South Africa in 2018 (all the countries with blue colours in the slide). The slide was apparently shown at the DNI (Digital News Initiative) Summit in the Netherlands. Voor het eerst officieel uitgesproken door Google: Google Assistent komt dit jaar naar...

  • Apple Homepod review roundup: what do critics think of speaker?

    Whether they want to admit it or not, the Apple HomePod is the company's first foray into the smart speaker arena, slapping Siri on a high-end speaker. The device is going up against the Google Home and Amazon Echo range. So what do critics think of Apple's debut smart speaker? Phone Arena The website's John Velasco praised the speaker's design, but noted that it was bigger than the Google Home and could be mistaken by your cat for a scratching post. However, the reviewer bemoaned the power cord, which "isn't meant to be user-detachable". Moving to actual usage, Velasco says that setting the...

  • Qualcomm, Broadcom meeting yields no results on ‘final’ offer

    Earlier this month saw Broadcom make a "best and final" offer to acquire Qualcomm -- an offer that was rejected. But Qualcomm opened the door for a 14 February meeting to discuss further options, so what was the result of that? The US chipmaker delivered a letter to Broadcom (publishing it on their website), giving their thoughts on the 14 February meeting. For one, Qualcomm remains unmoved on its assertion that the US$82 per share price "undervalues" the firm. Qualcomm's letter to Broadcom "In our February 14 meeting, Broadcom reiterated that $82.00 per share is its best and final proposal.  The Board...

  • ARM joins AI chip race, but when will it come to smartphones?

    UK chip designer ARM is the latest mobile company to offer an AI chip (they're calling their effort an ML processor), following in the footsteps of Apple and Huawei. The ML (machine learning) processor is designed for more offline inference, reducing the need to hook up to the cloud for machine learning tasks. This switch to more on-device machine learning is poised to deliver benefits in terms of privacy and data usage. However, the ML processor isn't going to hit production smartphones this year, ARM told Gearburn. "We're already engaged with lead partners, with final release of the processor due in the summer (2018)...