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  • Weekend News Recap – 22 February: Smite, Team Fortress 2 and Nintendo NYC

    It’s Monday, in case you didn’t know. And while that six-letter noun might strike fear into the hearts of even the toughest CEOs of the world, it really doesn’t have to. At least not anymore. Relive the weekend in our new Monday morning segment — the Weekend News Recap: 20-21 February Edition. Most read stories last week Oculus Rift vs. HTC Vive: the VR rivals dissected Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 now available in South Africa Samsung Gear S2 review: intuitive but imperfect Smite, the popular third-person MOBA, is finally making its way to the PlayStation 4. The game, already an eSports hit, has been...

  • Farming Simulator 17: shear sheep on console, PC from Q4 2016

    What does farming mean to you? If you said "nothing" you're a liar and a scoundrel, because that age-old practice is the bedrock of modern society. Hell, it's so important to our day to day lives that there's a game paying homage to it. You're damn right I'm talking about Farm Simulator. The 2012 smash hit is getting a deserved upgrade -- Farm Simulator 17 -- coming at the end of this year, developers Giants Software and Focus Home announced. For the most part, Farming Simulator it does what it says on the tin: you farm using big earth moving machinery...

  • Lenovo debuts dirt-cheap, impressive Vibe K5, K5 Plus smartphones

    Lenovo, or more accurately, the fourth most prolific smartphone manufacturer of 2015 (according to Gartner), has announced its two new budget smartphones -- the Lenovo Vibe K5 and Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus. Vibe is the company's younger brand, aimed at the trendy crowd, so features are good enough to appease the average user but tight enough to appeal to the budget minded. With that noted, both phones feature 5.0-inch screens (which now seems like the customary figure for 2016), while the K5 boasts a 1280x720 screen resolution. The K5 Plus sports a 1920x1080 display. Both phones are powered courtesy of Qualcomm, but...

  • Samsung Galaxy S7: everything the S6 should’ve been

    In a kiss-and-make-up session in Barcelona, Samsung practically remedied all that was wrong with the Samsung Galaxy S6 series, announcing the new Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. The new S series is undoubtedly one of the company's most important devices ever, competing against stiff competition in the form of the LG G5 (announced earlier today) and September's iPhone 7. So what do these two devices do to impress? Well, for one, both feature a microSD card slot for data expansion, both feature water and dust protection with an ingress rating of 67, and the S7 and the S7 Edge are now...

  • HP Elite X3: a feature-rich phablet running Windows 10

    It's not often that you hear the words "exciting smartphone" in the same sentence as "HP", so take heed. The new HP Elite X3 is the company's most exciting smartphone probably ever. In its bid to revive its ailing revenue streams and shrinking household name, HP is looking to restablish itself in the smartphone scene, and where better to punt its wares than in the market it knows -- the enterprise. "Commercial mobility is prime for disruption, and has never seen innovation at this scale," HP's CEO Dion Wiesler explains in a press release. "The HP Elite x3 is a revolutionary mobile...

  • HTC Vive VR headset will retail for $799, PC specs revealed

    Update: HTC has also announced the PC specifications needed to power the Vive VR. The recommended GPUs include Nvidia's GTX 970 or AMD's Radeon R9 290. The CPU recommended is the Intel Core i5-4590 or the AMD FX 8350. RAM is pegged at 4GB, while ports required include an HDMI 1.4, DisplayPort 1.2 and one USB 2.0 port. Windows 7 with SP1 installed is also recommended. It's zero-day at MWC 2016, and that means companies going tooth and nail to outdo one another before the gates officially open. And although HTC hasn't a smartphone on display (or at least initially), the...

  • Huawei MateBook now official, guns for Microsoft Surface

    The tablet convertible is currently the fashionable format for mobile manufacturers, and now Huawei has also boarded that bandwagon. It's new Huawei MateBook, launched at its MWC 2016 conference today, will likely compete with the Microsoft Surface and Apple MacBook ultraportables. It features a 12-inch 2160x1440 screen, a wrap-around keyboard that doubles up as a cover (a la Surface), and Windows 10. It's also extremely thin, at 6.9mm, and weighs around 640 grams. Other numbers include a 4430mAh battery (which will result in around 10 hours of typical usage), a smart charger that can adjust voltage to suit location, and a microUSB port...

  • LG G5 announced with ‘LG Friends’ peripherals, bold new smartphone vision

    The first big MWC 2016 device launch is over, and LG has drawn first blood. The company officially unveiled it's LG G5 smartphone in Barcelona, which boasts an incredible swathe of design improvements and new features. A stark departure from the plastic and leather LG G4, the LG G5 is now almost entirely metal, with a removable battery slot at its bottom. Alongside the battery, the previously leaked Magic Slot lurks, which allegedly adds functionality to the device's established components. Some Magic Slot modules can increase battery life, improve audio quality and even improve the camera quality. The latter module, dubbed...

  • LG G5 in pictures: the ‘world’s first’ modular phone [Gallery]

    The LG G5 is the company's refreshed take on the smartphone's future, and that future is largely of a modular nature. It makes sense, sure, but it's even more impressive in pictures. If you happened to miss the LG G5 announcement, catch our recap here detailing all of its specifications and features, but if you're interested in seeing the phone, and indeed the new LG Friends lineup in the flesh, have a look at the gallery with explainers below. Related: LG G5 announced with ‘LG Friends’ peripherals, bold new smartphone vision

  • HTC preparing new budget Desire phone?

    HTC launched a slew of phones last year, but none really stood out in their price range or market segment. Now new reports from expert leakers Evan Blass and Llabtoofer now suggests that HTC's preparing a budget device for 2016. Codenamed A16, the HTC Desire series phone will sport a host of new colour options including coloured buttons, backplates and accents, all clearly aimed at a youthful market. Tomorrow's news, yesterday: HTC A16 pic.twitter.com/oCvO4abh5w — Evan Blass (@evleaks) February 20, 2016 The leaked specs however don't exactly inspire. There's a reported Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 SoC, 1.5GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage,...