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  • 5 long-lasting smartphones for Pokemon Go

    Yes yes, smartphone owners are going crazy for Pokemon Go right now, as the app delivers a Seismic Toss heard around the world. It's no secret that the game is a battery killer though, owing to the combination of screen, processor and GPS constantly being engaged. If you're on the hunt for a long-lasting smartphone then, we've got a few options for you. Don't expect to see the likes of Gionee's Marathon M5 or Oukitel K10000, as these aren't available in SA. Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 The Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 (review) works well enough with Pokemon Go, our own Graham van der Made...

  • Yes, Warner Bros paid PewDiePie for positive coverage

    The USA's Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has reached a settlement with Warner Bros after it failed to "adequately disclose" that it paid prominent YouTubers for positive coverage. According to the watchdog, the publisher paid thousands of dollars to "influencers" for glowing Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor gameplay clips. "Under a proposed FTC order announced today, Warner Bros. is barred from failing to make such disclosures in the future and cannot misrepresent that sponsored content, including gameplay videos, are the objective, independent opinions of video game enthusiasts or influencers," the watchdog wrote. The FTC complaint noted that Warner Bros. paid "influencers", including PewDiePie, between hundreds...

  • Razer Serval review: an overpriced mobile games controller

    The smartphone controller industry is still somewhat in its infancy, reflected by the wide variety of options and brands on the market. But truth be told, acquiring a smartphone gamepad is still a dicey proposition in South Africa. Yes, despite Madcatz, MOGA and numerous other companies releasing mobile gamepads, it's become very difficult to find these in the country. Fortunately, Razer is on hand, as it gears up to release its Serval controller. Meant for the Razer Forge TV Android gaming console, Razer is also selling these controllers separately, but is it worth the cash? A solid design Before you unbox the controller,...

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 revealed, a tiny step above the 820

    The mobile world moves at a ridiculously fast pace, as today's tech quickly becomes last week's news. Qualcomm is no exception to the rule, as it's just unveiled its latest flagship processor in the form of the Snapdragon 821. Fortunately for owners of the LG G5, the HTC 10, OnePlus 3 and the Xiaomi Mi 5, the Snapdragon 821 is only a minor performance upgrade over the 820 in these phones. Much like the Snapdragon 801 improved upon the Snapdragon 800, the Snapdragon 821 builds on the Snapdragon 820. "Building on the technology leadership introduced with the Snapdragon 820 platform, the 821 is engineered...

  • No Man’s Sky needs just 6GB on PlayStation 4 blu-ray discs

    Hello Games' upcoming title No Man's Sky might boast the biggest world of any game this year (or likely any game before it), but it all packs rather neatly into a PlayStation 4's blu-ray disc with acres of room to spare. According to a tweet from Hello Games' Sean Murray, No Man's Sky uses just 6GB on its installation disc, with most of that being audio. For those asking - size of No Man's Sky on disc is just 6GB. A lot of that is audio (⌐■_■) — Sean Murray (@NoMansSky) July 10, 2016 That's incredibly small, especially when compared to the likes...

  • Camera shootout: Huawei P9 vs Sony Xperia X

    The Huawei P9 and Sony Xperia X are pegged at around R11 999 each, with both devices featuring unique selling points. However, both companies are heavily advertising their cameras, so which one is better then? The Chinese brand's contender features two Leica-branded 12MP f/2.0 cameras (one colour and one monochrome), operating in tandem to produce simulated aperture tricks and refocusable images. However, Huawei also claims that the camera setup results in better low-light photography. The Sony Xperia X packs a similar 23MP f/2.0 shooter to the Z5 range, which means we should be in for some quality shots on paper. Anyway, I want to...

  • Pokemon Go more popular than Tinder in US, on track to beat Twitter

    Say what you will about the game, but Pokemon Go has become an almost unprecedented phenomenon in recent days. Just how crazy is its success? Well, Digital Vision has put together several infographics to break down Niantic and Nintendo's mobile performance thus far. Two days after its US release, Pokemon Go was installed on 5.16% of all Android devices in the country, it was reported. By comparison, dating app Tinder was installed on just over 2% of all US Android devices. The publication also found that 60% of those who downloaded the app in the US were using it daily, "meaning around...

  • 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...