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  • 5 emerging Chinese smartphone brands you should know

    Huawei has pretty much become a household name across the continent, while Xiaomi is catching up in this department too. There's more to the Chinese smartphone industry than these two companies though. Here are several more mobile manufacturers you should put on your watchlist. Oukitel One of the newer entrants in the market, this fledgling company first attracted attention with its innovative U6 smartphone, featuring a traditional display on the front and an e-ink screen on the back. The company made an even bigger splash last year when it launched the K10 000 smartphone, a hefty brick of a device that broke the Guinness...

  • Huawei P9 vs LG G5 camera shootout: which mobile snapper is best?

    The Huawei P9 possesses quite possibly the most innovative camera setup on the market. Featuring dual 12MP cameras at the back, the Chinese company has certainly put the hype train in motion. So when we went hands-on with the device, courtesy of local tech writer Brendon Petersen, we decided to pit it against our LG G5 review unit. The LG G5 is no slouch either, packing a 16MP main camera and 8MP wide-angle camera on its back. We opted to only shoot with the 16MP camera. As for shooting conditions, we opted against changing any settings or enabling HDR, merely shooting with the...

  • Yo-Kai Watch 3 to have two versions named after food

    The highly popular Level-5 RPG collect-em-all RPG series, Yo-Kai Watch will release as two different versions for its third release. The games are Sushi and Tempura, because why not? What sets each versions apart is the ability to play as a male and female character in different locations. The boy will feature in St. Peanutsburg, USA, while the girl will be in Sakura New Town, Japan. It's an interesting concept, to say the least. Usually, games featuring dual releases will cover the same region with variations. The series usually follows a male or female protagonist in an urban-style setting. The aim...

  • Activision shows off new co-op Ghostbusters video game

    Video game publisher Activision has announced a new Ghostbusters video game based on the upcoming reboot movie. Featuring the cast of the movie as playable characters, it looks to feature top-down 4-player co-op gameplay. Some of the settings shown off include a hospital, cemetery, and New York streets. Not much else can be taken away from the trailer, which is sparse in details. It's set to release 12 July on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. The last Ghostbusters video game released was published in 2009 by Atari and was available on a variety of platforms. It took place during the timeline of the original...

  • The latest Windows 10 Mobile update is a meaty one

    Windows 10 Mobile is a step up from Windows Phone 8.1 in a few ways, but it could definitely do with more features and polish. Microsoft's latest update shows that the platform is well on its way though, introducing quite a few additions and tweaks to Windows Insiders. Notifications get some love The Action Center and notifications are the first items on the list, as Microsoft has decided to group all notifications from one app under one heading instead. Notifications themselves have also seen some visual changes, with large images now possible in the notification, Microsoft confirmed in a blog post. Finally, one more neat notification...

  • Latest Android N preview brings Vulkan API support, more emojis

    Google engineers are quietly beavering away on Android N, the latest version of its all-conquering mobile platform. Last month, the company introduced the first preview for developers, giving us a peek at a host of upcoming features. Now, Google has released its second developer preview, giving us a look at a few more hitherto unannounced features. First of all, the new preview delivers support for the Vulkan graphics API, which offers a massive boost over the platform's current APIs. Vulkan also harnesses multiple cores for faster performance. The second big addition is the inclusion of "launcher shortcuts", which allows users to post a shortcut of an app's functions/sections to their homescreen. Related: Android N: what...

  • Nativ wants to make music a visual experience for audiophiles

    This is a strange opening sentence, but bear with me: music is becoming ever more visual the deeper we sink our lives in the internet and the so-called Internet of Things. This is largely thanks to faster connections, the prevalence of screens and services like YouTube, Netflix and the audio equivalents. A new IndieGoGo product exemplifies this fusion. A company dubbed Nativ, under the wing of CEO Michael Li, aims to craft a "state-of-the-art high-resolution music system" from which users can access a bevy of multimedia. The Vita, which is the business end of the system, is an 11.6-inch touchscreen on...

  • Here are your mobile gaming picks of the week

    We're back for a second running of our mobile gaming picks feature, where we choose some of the more notable and entertaining mobile titles of the week. It's a healthy variety of games in this edition, with something for almost everyone, so check them all out below! Space Marshals (free as part of promotion) It's been out for a fair while now, but isometric cover-shooter Space Marshals has gone free on iOS, from its original US$5 price. And it's worth a download, it must be said. The game sees you tracing a path with your finger from cover to cover, employing pistols, grenades...

  • Do you agree with WatchMojo’s top 10 RPG franchises?

    If you've played video games for any amount of time, chances are you've either played or heard of role-playing games (RPGs). These titles usually involve over 50 hours of gameplay, character development, and constant battles. They're like real life, but fun. Listicle YouTube channel WatchMojo.com has put together a list of what it considers to be the best RPG franchises. These titles include a range of genres from JRPGs, such as Final Fantasy, to Western RPGs, like The Elder Scrolls. Strangely missing from the list are Tactical RPGs, such as Disgaea and Front Mission. It's surprising to find the Shin Megami...

  • Google sets sights on better accessibility in Android

    Smartphones are amazing tools, but there's no doubting that platform-holders can do a little better when it comes to accessibility. Apple has done a good job of implementing tools in this regard, such as Assistive Touch, zoom support, Braille Display connectivity, VoiceOver screen reading and more. Now, Google is upping the ante with its own technologies. Google beefs up voice commands Most prominently, the company has announced a closed beta for a new app, called Voice Access. The app lets people navigate through their phones without using the touchscreen. Google says that people who might want to use the app include those with paralysis, tremors and...