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  • The controversial story behind Hunt Down the Freeman

    Over the last few days, indie developers Royal Rudius Entertainment have received constant waves of harsh criticism following the release of their controversial title, Hunt Down the Freeman (HDTF), a first person shooter that heavily draws inspiration (and apparently a lot else) from Valve's Half Life Universe. From claims of stolen assets to inexperienced leadership, this has to be one of the most bizarre stories I’ve researched in my career as a video game journalist. Author note: I've tried my best to find the truth within the mess that is known as the internet, but currently it's still incredibly difficult...

  • Q&A: expect two seasons, real teams in second year of F1 esports

    The inaugural F1 esports season last year marked the first time that Formula One really embraced competitive gaming. Between the big viewer numbers, great commentary and entertaining races, it was hard to find fault with the first go. Last week, at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, we got more information on the second season, which will actually be split into two seasons (one based on the F1 2017 game, and the other based on F1 2018). We interviewed Dr Julian Tan, head of digital strategy and transformation for F1 esports. Tan confirmed that there will be two seasons this year, the first...

  • No WhatsApp for new Nokia 8110 (yet?)

    The new Nokia 3310 was pretty much a basic feature-phone, lacking apps and a web browser in its first iteration. Fast-forward 12 months and the company has revealed the redesigned Nokia 8110, packing the KaiOS platform (or the "Smart Feature OS powered by KaiOS"). Being a spiritual successor to Firefox OS, the platform, and hence the 8110, also offers a KaiOS store for apps, making it more capable than the 3310's platform. Nokia brand custodian HMD Global has also added a few more big-hitting apps to the 8110, including "Google Assistant, Google Maps, Google Search, Facebook and Twitter". But we got confirmation from...

  • MWC: Is a Nokia smart speaker coming this year?

    This week saw HMD reveal its latest range of Nokia phones, in the form of the new Nokia 8110, Nokia 1, Nokia 7 Plus and Nokia 8 Sirocco. But smart speakers are quickly becoming a big money sector too, so will we see a Nokia speaker soon? "Stay tuned," PR representative Ben Wilsker told us during an interview at Mobile World Congress. In an attempt to get a definite answer, we asked HMD CEO Florian Seiche whether he had any information to share on a Nokia smart home speaker. Seiche chuckled before answering: "I can't comment (on that)." Could we see a Nokia smart speaker, powered...

  • MWC: Mediatek’s unannounced chips leak via Ulefone stand

    The Mediatek Helio P60 is the one big announcement for the chipmaker at MWC 2018, being a rather compelling chip for mid-range and upper mid-range smartphones. Featuring a dedicated AI chip, 4+4 cores (heavyweight A73 and lightweight A53) and a decent Mali G72 MP3 GPU, the P60 might be the chip to find its way into scores of major phones below the flagship level. However, there have been rumours regarding the Helio P40 and Helio P70 chips. And this week, at Chinese manufacturer Ulefone's stand at MWC, we see two phones packing a P40 and P70. Of course, these chips haven't...

  • Your entire phone screen will soon become a fingerprint scanner

    Vivo made headlines earlier this year when it showed off the first production smartphone with an in-display fingerprint scanner (the X20 Plus UD), in partnership with biometric authentication stalwart Synaptics. Fortunately, we got the chance to check out the Chinese phone at MWC 2018, while also getting more info about the technology and its intriguing future. A demo of the tech The first thing that strikes us about the scanner is just how slick it is already. Synaptics director of product marketing Marc Ostrowski used the scanner in quick succession, the fingerprint scanner never refusing to play ball. Reports suggest that the scanner,...

  • Xperia XZ2, XZ2 Compact get full HD super slow-mo, but…

    Sony used MWC 2018 to announce their Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact flagships earlier this week, packing top-end Snapdragon 845 chips, tall 18:9 HDR displays and slick designs. The new phones also deliver slightly upgraded super slow-mo capabilities. The feature, first seen in the Xperia XZ Premium, still tops out at 960fps, but Sony has upped the maximum resolution to 1080p instead of 720p. However, this upgrade does come at the cost of slow-mo recording time, giving you three seconds of slow-mo playback instead of five or six seconds. Users can however dial the resolution down to 720p if they'd like...

  • Your February 2018 gaming news roundup

    After multiple reconnaissance missions, back-alley bribes, and a string of other unmentionable activities, we’ve managed to acquire all gaming intelligence that took place within the month of February 2018. The list that follows contains all information our Lord Editor has deemed fit for public consumption. If you feel there is something that needs to be addressed or lacking from this list, please let us know in the comments section below and we’ll be sure to deal with you… I mean, your issue. Trump blames video games for mass school shootings The topic of violent video games and its connection to violent crimes...

  • Helio P60: Mediatek brings AI chip to cheaper phones

    Mediatek hasn't had the best 2017, but the company is looking to focus on mid-range and upper mid-range devices in a big way. And the first salvo in this battle is the Helio P60, announced at MWC 2018. The new chipset stands out thanks to the additional of a "multi-core AI processing unit" or APU, being the company's AI chip. Mediatek is claiming double the efficiency for AI tasks compared to AI tasks handled by the GPU, as well as 280 GMAC/s (joining TOPS and FLOPS as yet another measurement for mobile AI chips). The AI chip will support a host...

  • Huawei will also introduce an Android Go phone in H1 2018

    MWC 2018 has already seen a few Android Go devices being revealed, with the Nokia 1 being the most prominent example. But Huawei also has an Android Go phone in the works, an executive told Gearburn. The lightweight take on Android is optimised for phones with 1GB of RAM or less, while also using less storage than traditional versions of Google's platform. "It means that we can provide 1GB RAM plus 16GB ROM, so that means with Android Go... consumers that use such a phone, they'll still have good performance, at least for two years," said Jim Xu, president of marketing and...