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  • NIS America, Atlus cut publishing ties in Europe thanks to Sega

    It seems that NIS America and Sega's sour relationship has finally boiled over. In an announcement this weekend made by NIS head Takura Yamashita, the company will no longer publish games from Japanese developer Atlus. Atlus was bought out by Sega back in 2013, so one could say that this move was a long-time coming. "Atlus became very picky about selecting the European publishing partner after it was bought by Sega. It always cherry picked its EU publishing partner based on who offered the highest minimum guarantee on a title by title basis. I noticed that it was very difficult for NIS...

  • Google Play Store to hit Chrome OS?

    Google's Chrome OS has become a worthwhile alternative to Windows for some users, offering a fast, cloud-based platform for computers. But Google is planning to up the ante in a big way if a redditor's find is to be believed. Reddit user TheWiseYoda found a tickbox titled "enable Android Apps to run on your Chromebook". The tickbox disappears after a second, but the user was able to screengrab the reference nonetheless. The user also found strings referencing the Google Play Store, along with the tagline "Over a million apps and games now available on your Chromebook". A second redditor dug a little deeper and...

  • SanDisk announces iXpand storage unit for Apple iOS devices

    One of the biggest problems with Apple iOS devices, besides their insane prices, is the lack of expandable storage. Like many manufacturers before them, SanDisk thinks it's got the product to solve users' iOS storage needs. The company recently announced the SanDisk iXpand for both iPhone and iPad devices. This little flash drive plugs into your device via its Lightnight port. Users can then use the SanDisk iXpand Sync app to back up a range of items on the phone to the flash drive, such as your camera roll, but not DRM content -- you'll have to speak to Apple...

  • 4 Panasonic smartphones that could make an SA impact in 2016

    Panasonic, the Japanese tech manufacturer, is making a renewed push into South Africa this year. The company began reselling items from its extensive product roster in 2015, a year that saw the company grow by 300%. In 2016, it's looking to do a lot better, especially in South Africa, a country that the company sees deep promise and opportunity. As with the likes of Hisense, Panasonic will be putting together 12 television sets in the country in plants in Cape Town, Pretoria north and Johannesburg, which will likely bring some stimulus into the country's industrial sectors and economy as a...

  • 5 free and innovative games worth more than their pricetag

    Free games have become increasingly common, especially on mobile devices, and thanks to many free-to-play microtransaction practices the whole concept of free games has become tainted in the eyes of many. If it isn't mobile games riddled with in-app purchases then people think of the shovel ware garbage that is thrown up on the majority of indie game sites such as itchi.io or Game Jolt. However, there are exceptions to these two types of free games, and some such games can be some of the best games available to play. Here are just a few: 5 Days a Stranger If you like old...

  • 10 underrated Xbox 360 games that flew under the radar

    Yes, Microsoft's last-generation gaming console may have ceased production, but it still has plenty to offer. Featuring a game library of over 1000 titles, there really is something for everyone. But what about games then? We picked a few titles that flew under the radar. Blue Dragon This 2007 role-playing title was eagerly anticipated by gamers, as Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi was behind the story and had a hand in its development. The game saw players take part in traditional turn-based RPG action, albeit with a few tweaks (such as speed being a factor and the introduction of a shadow system), making for...

  • Lenovo’s latest phone packs UV detector, blood oxygen sensor

    Lenovo's ZUK sub-brand has quietly been releasing some noteworthy smartphones, but the Z2 Pro might just be the most cutting-edge handset in the world. The company revealed the phone in China this week, showing off a device with a hefty Snapdragon 820 processor, 3100mAh battery and a 5.2-inch full HD screen. In the camera department, you've got a 13MP F1.8 main camera with OIS and an 8MP front-facing shooter. Lenovo and ZUK are claiming that the phone can shoot video at 960 frames per second, but we'll want to check out some samples first. The phone is also available in two variants, one...

  • Lenovo buffs ThinkPad X1 range with new Tablet, Carbon and Yoga

    Lenovo's been a busy company this past year if its latest trough of new launches is anything to go by. In an event held in Johannesburg last night, the company announced a slew of ultraportables -- one, a tablet taking advantage of modular technology -- and a more planted desktop solution to the South African market. But let's look at the more interesting additions to Lenovo's line first. Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet Here's a question companies are asking themselves: how can we possibly revive the slumping tablet and mobile computer sales? Lenovo's answer involves modular technology, and it makes a lot of...

  • The Elder Scrolls: Legends beta registrations open today

    Those wanting to play card game spin-off The Elder Scrolls: Legends can do so today. Be warned, you may not be part of the test group. ZeniMax Media and Bethesda Softworks will be selecting a portion of the registrants to participate in the beta, with more being selected over the next few months. Legends is an upcoming free-to-play game based on The Elder Scrolls franchise. The title will feature cards based on characters, cities, locations and lore from the previous entries. Those of you wanting to see the game in action to tune into Twitch.tv on 23 April where Pete Hines of...

  • LG G5 camera review: is this the camera phone for you?

    A lot can be said about the LG G5 -- so much in fact, that we've resorted to splitting up our review into many parts (read the full review here though). Taking a particular look at the phone's cameras -- a feature that LG marked as a USP -- is particularly important. Like Huawei and HTC before it, the company's using two snappers at the back, with a single selfie camera in the front. Three cameras are better than two, right? Well, not totally. As Andy explains, the phone privileges automatic mode over its stellar and far-superior manual mode, which is a...