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  • Dodgy Pokemon Go file installs malware on Android devices

    The recent Pokemon Go craze may've come with its fair share of PSAs, but the game is also being used to spread malware on Android. According to Proofpoint, a security research firm, an infected APK installation file of the game has been making the rounds on the internet, enticing those in countries that haven't yet seen the game's official launch. "This specific APK was modified to include the malicious remote access tool (RAT) called DroidJack (also known as SandroRAT), which would virtually give an attacker full control over a victim’s phone," the company explains. "Should an individual download an APK from a...

  • Samsung Galaxy S7 phones aren’t water resistant, Consumer Reports suggests

    According to a new immersion test conducted by American publication Consumer Reports, the Samsung Galaxy S7 family is anything but waterproof. The standard S7, S7 Edge and the more exclusive S7 Active all boast an ingress rating of IP68, which requires them to survive water pressures at depths of five feet (1.5m) for half-an-hour. To test this, the magazine got hold of these devices, submerged them at simulated pressures of five-feet, and waited. Ultimately, the phones didn't fare well. In fact, the S7 Active completely failed the test. The Active's screen "cycled on and off every few seconds, and moisture could be...

  • Nintendo shares soar on Pokemon Go release

    It seems like you just can't escape Pokemon Go, even if the game has only been launched in a few markets. The augmented reality mobile title has been downloaded by scores of people following its phased release this week, giving Nintendo, developer Niantic Labs and the Pokemon Company a ton of positive press. Even overloaded servers and some early bugs (not Weedle) haven't dampened the enthusiasm for the title. Now, it appears that the release is affecting Nintendo's financial situation too, as the Japanese company's shares have shot up almost 9% in the wake of the game's release. It marks the first time that...

  • Sony Xperia XA gets South Africa contract pricing

    The Sony Xperia XA -- one of the company's three new X-series phones -- has today been given contract pricing for South Africa. According to a press release, the phone is now available on MTN and Vodacom. A R399 p/m My MTNChoice 100 contract, and a R299 Vodacom UChoose Flexi 200 contract will be offered. The latter offers 5GB free once off data. Prepaid pricing, at least according to the Orange Store, sits around R4700. The phone itself boasts a 5.0-inch 720p screen, a MediaTek MT6755 Helio P10 CPU, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage with option to expand, and a...

  • 9+ useful, entertaining Windows 10 apps we want on Xbox One

    Microsoft announced some time back that its Windows Store would be coming to Xbox One, allowing people to download an array of apps. There's still no word on the app store hitting consoles just yet, but we'd definitely like to see some of these apps on our Microsoft consoles. VLC media player Easily one of the most popular apps around, VLC is a jack-of-all-trades media player, capable of handling almost everything you throw at it. The default Xbox players aren't bad, but an all-in-one solution, capable of handling everything from MP3 and FLAC to MKV and AVI, would be a welcome addition to...

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 gets priced for South Africa

    Mobile In Africa Group (MIA Group) has announced pricing for the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 handset in South Africa. The company revealed that the budget phablet would receive a R3799 price tag, putting it in line with the Xiaomi Mi 4's suggested price. The Redmi Note 3 packs a fair amount of bang for your buck, delivering a hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 processor with two powerful A72 cores and four A53 cores. The processor compares very favourably to the Snapdragon 808 seen in last year's LG G4 and Microsoft Lumia 950. Related: Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 review: A near-perfect mid-range smartphone Other than the capable chipset, the...

  • [Update] Evolve is now free-to-play on PC, beta available soon

    Update #2, Thu 7 July, 2.10pm: It's official. Evolve is now free-to-play on PC. Developer Turtle Rock Studios' founders Chris Ashton & Phil Robb today announced that it's taking Evolve the direction that community has "suggested since the beginning." "We want that magic back and we aim to make it happen. We’ve made a lot of changes, improvements and additions to Evolve over the past year and we’ve got a lot more coming. In short, we’re giving this game a vigorous overhaul!," it added. "e’ve been listening and now we’re taking Evolve in the direction that a lot of you have suggested...

  • Pokemon Go, Humble Bundle and more: this week’s top mobile games

    Welcome to Gearburn's Mobile Game Picks of the Week, a weekly series in which Hadlee takes a look at the latest, most entertaining, or time-consuming mobile games on portable screens. It's that time of the week again, so let's cut to the chase and talk mobile games. Our favourites this time are Pokemon Go and the new Humble Bundle -- but there are four other picks in this edition as well. Pokemon Go (free - Android, iOS) The eagerly anticipated game has been released in several countries so far, but South Africa isn't one of them just yet. Fortunately, thanks to APK Mirror, we've got a...

  • Aussie police station issues safety advisory for Pokemon Go players

    Now that Pokemon Go is slowly making its way around the world, players seem to be taking to the game in droves. From the same people behind Ingress, Pokemon Go's location-based gameplay means that players have to get out in the real world though. The game uses real mapping data to plot virtual locations, forcing you to physically visit landmarks in order to gain items or find Pokemon. It turns out that one Australian police station plays host to a PokeStop location in-game, forcing the station to issue a safety advisory on Facebook. "For those budding Pokemon Trainers out there using Pokemon Go -- whilst the Darwin...

  • Apple to ditch 16GB iPhone in favour of 32GB model – report

    If there's been one major complaint from Apple and Google fans alike, it's that the entry-level iPhone lacks storage space. Although 16GB of storage was considered relatively sufficient several years ago, the era of huge apps and high-quality video means that users run out of space in no time flat. In fact, a 16GB iPhone 6s will run out of space after 30 minutes of 4K video recording. It doesn't help that, unlike many Android phones, iPhones lack microSD slots. So you're pretty much stuck with 16GBs for the life of the phone. Yes yes, there are cloud storage services, but these are reliant on large...