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  • Watch: does Samsung’s ad take subtle jab at Pixel 2 XL screen?

    Google received a ton of negative attention after several tech publications reported screen burn-in on the Pixel 2 XL display. The phenomenon is to be expected, but these publications reported burn-in after less than two weeks with the device. Now, Samsung has uploaded a new 30 second advertisement to YouTube, "coincidentally" touting the screen quality of the Galaxy S8 (review) and Galaxy Note 8. In a smart move, the advertisement merely consists of prominent tech reviewers praising the display quality. Prominent channels featured include MKBHD, MrMobile and Unbox Therapy. It's not just a subjective thing either, as benchmarking website DisplayMate gave the "best display"...

  • Google Pixel 2 XL drama: Google announces two year warranty

    The Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL haven't enjoyed the smoothest smartphone launches ever, owing to several reported issues. It's clear that the Pixel 2 XL has more negative press though, after numerous tech websites reported that their review units were suffering from screen burn-in. The burn-in was even more glaring as it occurred after less than two weeks with the review units. Now, Google has announced some findings. And you might be surprised with the results... "Regarding differential aging , we put all of our products through extensive quality assurance before launch and in the manufacturing of every...

  • Steam, PlayStation Store launch Halloween sale

    Horror game fan? Or maybe you just want a good deal on some quality titles, regardless of genre. Either way, Sony and Valve have the goods courtesy of a Halloween sale on their platforms. Got a PlayStation 4? Then you can look forward to a 56% discount on Resident Evil 7 (R469), a 67% discount on Mortal Kombat XL (R299), 60% off The Evil Within (R129), 80% off Alien: Isolation and 72% off Wolfenstein: The New Order (R89), to name a few of the many notable specials. PS3 owners can also look forward to significant discounts on titles like Catherine (R89),...

  • Super Mario Odyssey review: a madcap(py) adventure

    Who says platformers are dead? Between Super Lucky's Tale, the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, Sonic Mania and Yooka-Laylee, it's clear that platformers are enjoying a renaissance of sorts. But if you asked Mario, platformers never really went away, owing to Nintendo's fantastic releases over the past decade. There were the Super Mario Galaxy games, Super Mario 3D World and Super Mario Maker, just to name a few high profile offerings. Super Mario Galaxy had those gravity-defying planetoids, Super Mario 3D World offered a retro-inspired formula in a 3D environment (and Cat Mario!), while Super Mario Maker opted for a user-generated take on...

  • Will SA retailers have enough Nintendo Switch stock for holidays?

    More than half a year after its release and the Nintendo Switch is still enjoying chart-topping sales around the world. The hybrid console has also seen a steady stream of quality games and third-party goods. Now, with the holiday season around the corner, it got us wondering about possible Switch shortages in the country for the Christmas rush. "It's our must-have for gamers (and non-gamers alike!) this season; we will have limited stock at the current price, but there should be sufficient stock in South Africa for festive ," said Takealot marketing representative Lucie Bartlett in an emailed response to...

  • Here’s how to play Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp right now

    Earlier this week we saw Nintendo reveal more details about Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, its latest mobile game. The Japanese company revealed that the free-to-play game would be coming to Android and iOS next month. But it seems like the beta version has soft-launched in Australia already, and the APK file has since emerged online. Keen to get your hands on it? Well, you can find it via the ever-reliable (but unofficial) APKMirror website. Do be warned that this isn't the Nintendo-backed way to get the game so don't be surprised if they crack down. Additionally, the game can't be updated via the...

  • Android 8.1 official: so what’s new in this version?

    Android 8.0 hasn't even made its way to a quarter of smartphones, but Google doesn't care. No, it's pressing ahead with Android 8.1, bringing a couple of solid improvements to the table. The company's Dave Burke announced the developer preview this week, also revealing features we can expect in this iteration. The first major improvement? That'll be for Android Go devices. "Android 8.1 includes a set of memory optimisations for Android Go configurations (1GB or less of memory). We've added new hardware feature constants so you can now target the distribution of your apps and APK splits to normal or low-RAM devices running Android 8.1...

  • Steam digital gift cards are now a thing (for SA as well)

    Steam has generally been one of the better gaming platforms when it comes to gift support, allowing users to buy titles for loved ones. We've also seen gift cards at retailers, but what if you'd prefer a digital version? Fortunately, the Valve-owned storefront has listened, launching digital gift cards this week. "Steam Digital Gift Cards make it fast and easy to send your friends Steam Wallet funds toward the purchase of anything on Steam, from software to hardware, including games and in-game items," the company wrote on its website. Fortunately, the functionality is also available in South Africa, featuring denominations of R60, R120, R300,...

  • 4 subscription gaming services you should keep an eye on

    Netflix has pretty much revolutionised how we consume movies and TV shows, bringing a slew of content for a monthly subscription fee. The gaming industry has taken heed in recent years, as several companies use the price model. So which subscription gaming services should you be looking at? We've got you covered. For clarity's sake, we're steering clear of game streaming platforms, choosing digital offerings that have some sort of download functionality. Xbox Game Pass Sure, we're not seeing recent blockbuster titles on the service, but Xbox Game Pass represents the most high profile gaming subscription service around. Featuring a collection of just...

  • 6 fascinating smartphone features enabled by AI chips

    The past two months have seen both Apple and Huawei launch smartphones, with each device expected to sell by the millions. But beneath the dual camera trickery, cutting-edge biometrics and "courage", we're also seeing the introduction of silicon devoted to artificial intelligence (AI). The Huawei Mate 10 was first out the gate, its Kirin 970 processor featuring a dedicated "Neural Processing Unit" or NPU to speed things up. Meanwhile, Apple's iPhone X packs a screaming A11 processor, which also touts a "Neural Engine". This "engine" is essentially a dual-core chip housed within the image signal processor. So it's all good that these phones are packing...