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  • How much will Samsung be spending on Galaxy Note 7 recall?

    Friday saw Samsung announce that it will indeed be issuing a global recall of all Galaxy Note 7 phablets. So how much of a dent will it be making in the Korean firm's pocket? According to estimates by Bloomberg, Samsung is expected to pay roughly US$1-billion for the recall of all Galaxy Note 7 devices on the market right now. Samsung hasn't confirmed the estimate, only saying that the costs would be "heartbreaking". However, financial losses should be the least of Samsung's concerns, an expert told the publication. "The potential damage to reputation is far greater than short-term financial losses," said Chang Sea Jin,...

  • Update: Samsung announces recall of all Galaxy Note 7 phones

    Update 2 September 2016, 12.43pm: Samsung has issued a press statement on the matter, saying it found a battery cell issue after conducting a "thorough" investigation. "To date (as of September 1) there have been 35 cases that have been reported globally and we are currently conducting a thorough inspection with our suppliers to identify possible affected batteries in the market. However, because our customers’ safety is an absolute priority at Samsung, we have stopped sales of the Galaxy Note 7," the company wrote. "For customers who already have Galaxy Note7 devices, we will voluntarily replace their current device with a...

  • How to play Xbox One games on your Windows 10 phone

    We've already seen Microsoft implement Xbox One game-streaming to desktop Windows 10, making for a rather convenient party trick. What about phones though? Sony has Remote Play on its Xperia devices, but what about phones running Windows 10 Mobile? That's where MS Power User comes in though, having discovered an internal Xbox app that enables streaming to your Windows 10 Mobile handset. How to grab and use the app MS Power User recommends that you visit the app link (here) on your phone, search for any free app from the top search bar, visit the app listing for the free app and then quickly...

  • Update: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt now R399 on Xbox One

    Update: 2 September 2016, 10.20am: The PlayStation Store now reflects the price decrease on The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt at R429, making it R30 more expensive than the Xbox Store. Now that The Witcher 3: Game of the Year Edition is out, it may be the right time for everyone to pick up the base game. The official Microsoft store now lists the stand-alone title -- The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt -- for R399, which is quite a steal. That price point will include all updates and free DLC, but none of the paid expansions. You'll have to purchase those separately...

  • Sony Xperia XZ, X Compact arriving in South Africa in October

    Keeping track of the Sony Xperia and other launches at IFA 2016? Have a look at our IFA portal right here. If you were confused about which Sony Xperia smartphone to purchase last week, this week presents an entirely new set of problems. The company today at IFA 2016, announced two new devices to its Xperia lineup -- the Sony Xperia XZ and the Sony Xperia X Compact. The devices continue Sony's awkward and confusing naming scheme, but for the most part, these devices replace Sony's Xperia Z5 family. Sony Xperia XZ Let's start with the XZ. It's fairly dull in design, boasting Sony's...

  • Samsung Gear S3 coming to South Africa in November

    Keeping track of the Samsung Gear S3 and other launches at IFA 2016? Have a look at our IFA portal right here. The IFA 2016 announcements continue this week as the Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch was revealed today. Available in outdoor-focused Frontier and more refined Classic variants, the Samsung Gear S3 specs are largely in line with other smartwatches. There's a dual-core 1.0Ghz Exynos processor, 768MB of RAM, 4GB of storage and 1.3-inch 360x360 AMOLED screen (with Gorilla Glass). Additionally, the watch packs IP68 water-resistance, the Tizen-based operating system of prior models and LTE connectivity (in the Frontier version only). Introducing the Samsung #GearS3. https://t.co/WmsJHA2g4P pic.twitter.com/7qNVvfaoZo — Samsung Mobile...

  • HTC One A9s: inspired by iPhone in style and name

    Keeping track of the HTC One A9s and other launches at IFA 2016? Have a look at our IFA portal right here. HTC was criticised last year for its One A9 smartphone, bearing more than a passing resemblance to Apple's iPhone range. Or was it the other way around? After all, the Taiwanese firm claimed that it invented antenna lines first... Meet the newest edition to the HTC One Family: The new #HTCOneA9s. https://t.co/BjfBznjggO pic.twitter.com/c8Pynu6ccL — HTC (@htc) September 1, 2016 Either way, the company has revealed a successor in the form of the HTC One A9s - perhaps inspired by Apple's "s" naming...

  • Moto Z Play announced, Hasselblad camera mod steals show

    Keeping track of the Moto Z Play and other launches at IFA 2016? Have a look at our IFA portal right here. We saw Lenovo-owned Motorola announce several new devices in the Moto smartphone range earlier this year, but it's time to add another device to the list. The company used IFA 2016 to announce the Moto Z Play, being positioned as an endurance king of note. This is made possible by the 3500mAh battery powering the device. In other words, it's not the biggest battery in a smartphone, but still stands out from the pack. However, it's the budget-minded Snapdragon 625 processor that helps...

  • Orbit and Justice Monsters Five: 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. Have a hankering for more mobile gaming goodness? Don't fret, because we've got a few noteworthy titles as usual this week. Personally? I've been playing Orbit: Playing With Gravity and, strangely enough, The Hangman. Check these and three more titles below. Line Defense (free - iOS) What happens if you take Missile Command and add some Arkanoid? You get this interesting title, spotted by Touch Arcade. Line Defense has you protecting cities from alien strikes, but you'll need to swipe...

  • Acer Predator 21 X: a VR laptop for gamers revealed

    Keeping track of the Acer Predator 21 and other launches at IFA 2016? Have a look at our IFA portal right here. Conventional wisdom says that gaming laptops are overpriced and offer less bang for your buck. But, if anything, Acer is certainly not skimping on the specs with its new Acer Predator 21 X notebook. This monstrosity comes with a curved 2560x1080 display that features integrated eye-tracking technology, making for a rather innovative design, for starters. Then again, many would probably prefer a higher resolution screen, so it probably is skimping on specs in this regard... Anyway, the machine isn't merely running Intel...