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  • Android Nougat to miss Sony Xperia Z3 range?

    Google has finally released Android Nougat (7.0) to Nexus devices, but third-party manufacturers are another matter entirely. Nevertheless, Sony has stepped up to the plate by revealing which Sony Xperia smartphones will be getting the update. "We will make Android 7.0, Nougat available for: Xperia Z3+, Xperia Z4 Tablet, Xperia Z5, Xperia Z5 Compact, Xperia Z5 Premium, Xperia X, Xperia XA, Xperia XA Ultra and Xperia X Performance," the company wrote on its blog. Sony Xperia Z3 could miss out on Android Nougat, perhaps thanks to the Snapdragon 801 It cautioned that timing and availability of the update will vary by country...

  • South Africa: here’s when you can play Titanfall 2 Tech Test this Friday

    After Titanfall 2's Tech Test debut this past weekend, we imagine that Respawn has a fairly long to do list. Thanks to the massive support, criticism and community suggestions the developer received, it's probably also acceptable to believe that the final weekend of the Tech Test should be a much better experience. Spending some time discussing #Titanfall2 tech test feedback! pic.twitter.com/vDJ5hudJCE — Vince Zampella (@VinceZampella) August 23, 2016 While previous peeves centred around the lower pace of the game and the Titan's mechanics, other factors like the grappling hook and range of weapons will likely see a swathe of players returning to...

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 4: China’s latest ten-core smartphone debuts

    The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 was released internationally in November 2015, but only made its way to our shores late last month. Now, Xiaomi is pulling a Sony by launching the Redmi Note 4 phablet already. The Chinese firm announced the Note 4 earlier today, offering little in the way of new features, to be fair. The biggest change is the presence of a decacore MediaTek Helio X20 processor (two ARM Cortex-A72 cores, eight A53 cores), replacing the hexacore Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 (two A72 cores, four A53 cores) in the older Note phablet. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 comes just nine months after...

  • Pokemon Go’s popularity shows first signs of decline

    Just as the world reaches peak hype for No Man's Sky, Niantic's Pokemon Go is discovering that life on the top of the mobile gaming charts doesn't last long for some. According to Axiom Capital Management in a Bloomberg report, Pokemon Go's user base is currently experiencing a dramatic drop. Peaking at around 45-million active daily users worldwide in mid-July 2016, the game lost nearly 15-million active users in a month ending 17 August. Google Search data tends to corroborate these dropping figures, with search term "Pokemon" seeing a fairly steep drop after its momentous rise in July 2016. But that's not...

  • Legend of the Skyfish and Flip Divers: 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. Think mobile games are a fad? Or maybe you're just looking to be entertained in general? Either way, these titles might be worth your while. It's tough to follow up with last week's picks, but Flip Diving and Polyforge are just two of the four standout titles. Flip Diving (free - Android, iOS) Prolific developer MiniClip has a reputation for producing some chart-topping games, with Flip Diving being its latest title. You'll be playing...

  • This Xbox One S costs R11 000 in South Africa

    If your surname happens to be McDuck, and you just need to have Microsoft's latest Xbox One S, this Bidorbuy deal is likely aimed at you. While the Xbox One S has yet to reach South African shores, one pioneering company is currently selling the console for a whopping R11 154. For that price, you'll get the 2TB launch edition console complete with smaller, redesigned snow white body and controller, and 4K video support. And although those features are nice, it's definitely not worth such an astounding price tag. It's not primarily the seller's fault though. Microsoft has yet to officially announce the local...

  • Update: 90% of No Man’s Sky’s PlayStation 4 issues fixed thus far

    Update, 24 August 2016, 11.30am: Hello Games has taken to its Twitter account to finally explain the mass of No Man's Sky updates that have hit the PlayStation 4 this week. The British developer explains that PlayStation 4 crash dumps -- sent to the developer whenever the title blue screens the console -- have helped it solve some 87% of reported issues with patches 1.05 and 1.06. If a PS4 crashes, it sends us a crash dump. Over the last week since the game came out we categorised and fixed these in order of priority. — Hello Games (@hellogames) August 24, 2016 "This...

  • Android Nougat: 6 key features Google’s adding to Android

    The latest version of Android is finally spreading to Nexus devices, bringing all sorts of welcome features in tow. There's the better Doze mode, seamless updating and Vulkan API, but there are also quite a few other additions to the world's most popular mobile platform. There's a data saver option We already had capable data management tools in previous versions of Android, but the biggest omission was a data saving mode of sorts. This was something that Windows Phones shipped with since Windows Phone 8. Fortunately, Android Nougat ships with a data saving mode, essentially killing the ability for background apps to access cellular data. "When...

  • No Man’s Sky’s honest trailer is savagely accurate

    In what has to be the biggest video game letdown of 2016 (so far), there's no shortage of rage against No Man's Sky. As always, Honest Game Trailers has jumped into the fray with its own view of the game. Putting the game down in a comedic way, the episode touches on the lack of multiplayer, lack of planetary physics, as well as repetitive design and alien language system. It ends off by listing several cast members in the game, which is more accurate than anything Hello Games promised prior to the game's launch. There's no shortage of rage for No...

  • Capcom Humble Bundle includes excellent titles for PlayStation

    The company that refuses to give fans another Mega Man Legends game, Capcom, is the focus of the latest Humble Bundle. Not only are all of the titles from the big C, but are compatible with PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 as well. Yes, after the successful Nintendo Humble Bundles, there's finally a PlayStation one as well. The Humble Capcom PlayStation Bundle includes the likes of Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo HD Remix, Reisdent Evil HD, Remember Me, and the Devil May Cry HD collection. In order to get your (digital) hands on these games, you'll need select one of the following...