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  • Mario Kart set to hit smartphones, Mario movie in works

    Nintendo's foray into the smartphone world has been a success for the most part, delivering some fun gameplay experiences like Super Mario Run and Fire Emblem Heroes. It seems like 2018 will continue this trend as the company announced that Mario Kart will be coming to smartphones. "We plan to release a smart-device application from the Mario Kart franchise, Mario Kart Tour, during the next financial year (from April 2018 to March 2019)," the company noted during a conference call. "We will announce further details at a later date." It wouldn't be the first time that Mario Kart lands on a non-Nintendo machine,...

  • Can we expect LG speakers with Google Assistant in SA this year?

    Last year at LG Innofest, the company had a bit of a mixed message around its Amazon Alexa-powered appliances, to say the least. Now that the company has a few Google-powered devices, such as the CLOi robot and ThinQ speaker, you might be wondering about a local launch. Don't count on it, unfortunately. LG's Tony Dos Santos confirmed that they'd be focusing on general portable speakers for the South African market for now. "So this year we'll launch portable speakers... where you're able to stream, for example... But that product will be launched (in) the second half of this year..." Dos Santos told reporters...

  • Confirmed: LG to bring upgraded V30 to MWC 2018

    One would expect the LG G7 to be revealed at Mobile World Congress (MWC), but the Korean firm seems to have a different idea... CY Kim, managing director for LG Electronics South Africa, told reporters that we can expect an upgraded version of the V30 to debut instead. "We will introduce at MWC for V30... upgraded version (sic)," Kim told press at LG's Innofest event in Cape Town. Kim hinted that the G7 would be a "little bit late". The news comes amid claims that the G7 has gone back to the drawing board. The claim has been dismissed by an LG executive, who...

  • Your January 2018 gaming news roundup

    After multiple reconnaissance missions, back-alley bribes, and a string of other unmentionable activities, we've managed to acquire all gaming intelligence that took place within the month of January 2018. The list that follows contains all information our Lord Editor has deemed fit for public consumption. If you feel there is something that needs to be addressed or lacking from this list, please let us know in the comments section below and we'll be sure to deal with you… I mean, your issue. There is a new Fable title on the horizon The Fable games, of which there are three major titles, are third-person...

  • Now Verizon drops plans to sell Huawei phones in USA

    CES 2018 was supposed to mark Huawei's proper entry into the US market, teaming up with major networks to sell phones on contract. Unfortunately, AT&T pulled out of the deal in the days before CES, apparently due to US government pressure. It all made for a rather awkward speech by Huawei's Richard Yu. Now, Bloomberg reports that fellow US network Verizon has also decided to drop Huawei phones. The publication, citing "people familiar with the matter", said this was due to pressure from the US government as well. The network decisions come as the US government continues to grapple with Huawei, making vague...

  • The Room: Old Sins and Knife Hit: this week’s top mobile games

    Welcome to Gearburn's Mobile Game Picks of the Week, a weekly series in which Hadlee takes a look at the latest, most entertaining, or time-consuming mobile games on portable screens. Sure, January might be a dead month of sorts, but that hasn't stopped us from finding a decent selection of mobile games. Our favourite titles this week? Well, probably Knife Hit and a new entry in the Out There franchise. Out There Chronicles - Episode Two (paid - Android, iOS) The first Out There game made quite an impact, blending adventure elements with a touch of FTL: Faster Than Light. It's since spawned an...

  • Nokia 10: why would you want a multi-lens smartphone?

    Dual-camera smartphones have truly become mainstream, giving us a host of features in the process. But could we be set for another mobile camera revolution? Rumours point to the existence of the Nokia 10. But subsequent reports also claim the camera will pack a rotating camera housing with multiple lenses. More specifically, it's claimed that the Nokia 10 will have dual cameras, as well as a dial for switching between lenses. Why would you want this on a smartphone though? Well, slapping different lenses on a phone enables a variety of effects. What kind of effects? Look at snap-on lenses and traditional DSLR camera lenses...

  • Nokia 3310 4G, with Android-derived YunOS, now official [Update]

    The initial Nokia 3310 reboot was essentially a feature-phone with an entry-level smartphone price tag, HMD seemingly content to make a quick buck off the iconic brand. Earlier this month though, we saw China's TENAA regulatory body publish details regarding a new Nokia 3310 model. And yes, it looked like a firm step in the smartphone direction. Now, HMD has quietly revealed the device (spotted by Gizmochina), being a Chinese-only phone for now. The Nokia 3310 4G variant packs YunOS, being an Android-derived platform by Chinese tech firm Alibaba. In fact, the platform is apparently capable of running many Android apps in the...

  • Shadow of the Colossus remake: what are reviewers saying?

    The Shadow of the Colossus remake is one of the more eagerly anticipated PlayStation titles of the year. After all, how can you not love the original game and its epic battles against building-sized monsters? Now that the review embargo has lifted, what are reviewers saying about the title? Eurogamer (essential) The prominent gaming website bestowed an "essential" badge on the game, saying that developer Bluepoint makes the game "feel excitingly modern". "It is an authentic labour of love, this release, and it improves Shadow of the Colossus in real ways. It runs better, it's easier to enjoy, it's more beautiful. It's bigger, which...

  • 5G in South Africa: here’s what you should expect from networks

    The past year has seen a massive uptick in 5G connectivity talk, as cellular networks, infrastructure providers and device manufacturers gear up for the standard. We've already heard mobile chipmaker Qualcomm's take on 5G, but what about local networks? When can we expect commercial launches? And what are the main challenges here? We asked MTN, Vodacom and Telkom (Cell C hasn't responded to our query at the time of publication). MTN "Timing for commercial launch will be circa 2020 -- post 5G standardisation and the network/device ecosystem being sufficiently mature to roll out. Operators in Asia and the USA are field trialing...