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  • Yo-Kai Watch review: a charming, gorgeous delight

    Japanese developer Level-5 has been creating exceptional JRPG titles since the PlayStation 2 era. Its range of games always carries a distinct charm to them. This effort has been brought over into its full-blown foray of the collect-em-all series of JRPGs, popularised by Pokemon. Yo-Kai Watch is a game you might want to start pre-ordering. The game is set in a lush fictional city complete with different districts and shopping areas. You’ll choose between either a boy or a girl as your character; neither choice will impact the game, but only some limited dialogue. You character -- I called mine...

  • Xiaomi to manufacture own mobile processor – report

    Chinese mobile powerhouse Xiaomi has rocketed up the sales charts in recent years, creating capable phones at affordable prices. So like several popular manufacturers, it's apparently decided to get into the chipset game. The Chinese firm plans to introduce its first in-house chip next month, based on traditional ARM-licensed technology, The Korea Times reported. "Xiaomi plans to release its in-house Rifle-dubbed mobile APUs at a company event, which has been set to take place (in) May," a component partner told the publication. The news would make Xiaomi the latest mobile firm to design its own processors, joining Samsung,...

  • New details on Gears of War 4 pricing and Ultimate Edition

    It's almost time for Gears of War 4 to see the light of day. Well, it's six months away, but in the meantime, Microsoft is teasing the world with some new info on the game. With the horrendous state of the SA Rand, it's nice to see the standard version of GoW4 will retail for R749. That's quite the discount considering Microsoft's last big release, Quantum Break, retailed for R1199. Looks like the company may have learned not overbank on titles. Along with the standard edition, the company is releasing an ultimate edition, called Gears of War 4: Ultimate Edition, which...

  • LG G5 review: jack of all trades, master of few

    It must be difficult for smartphone makers to innovate every single year, keeping pace with the changing trends and emerging technologies without sacrificing their own values or design philosophies. Apple is perhaps the only company that's kept its head consistently above water since 2009, but even the great fruit is running out of ideas. Just look at the iPhone SE if you need proof. Looking at the LG G5 though -- Korea's latest smartphone -- it's the total opposite. It's juggling too many ideas to stand out as a refined, considered product. It ends LG's run of consistently great flagships too....

  • 15 glamour shots of AG Mobile and Cassper Nyovest’s AG#HASHTAG [Gallery]

    After receiving the disappointing Ghost last year, we were hoping that AG Mobile could address the issues inherent in its then flagship. The AG#HASHTAG, for all intents and purposes, is the rebuffed Ghost in many ways, but carries a few new distinguishing features. For one, it's probably the reddest phone we've ever had at Gearburn. It's not all candy though. There's an interesting contrast of glossy, metallic rouges on the phone's rim, with a bright stop-sign red on the back. It's quite fetching. Related: Anthony Goodman: AG Mobile’s ‘born to look after the customer’ The phone is also designed in part by...

  • 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...