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  • Sky Dancer and WorkeMon: 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. Another week means another look at the world of mobile games -- so what do we have for you this time? Our top picks this week include Sky Dancer and the Pokemon-inspired WorkeMon, but we've got two other nifty titles as well. Sky Dancer (free - Android, iOS) One of the newer and more notable entries this week, Sky Dancer is an endless runner with a rather slick visual style. The title sees you...

  • Galaxy Note 7 results to be announced on 23 January

    Samsung will announce the final results of its Galaxy Note 7 investigation on 23 January, the South Korean company confirmed. "Following several months of comprehensive investigations, Samsung executives will announce the cause of the Galaxy Note 7 incidents and quality enhancement plan during a press conference in Seoul, South Korea, on January 23, 2017 at 10am(KST)," the company wrote in a press release. The company will also detail new measures it implemented in response to the saga. What's the cause of the Galaxy Note 7 fires? Samsung will reveal all on Monday Samsung issued a recall for the Galaxy Note 7 late last year,...

  • LG G6: MWC invites sent, but what should you expect?

    The LG G6 is just a few weeks away from being revealed, as the company claims in a YouTube video. But event invites have reportedly been sent as well. According to ZDNet, the South Korean company has sent out invites for an event taking place a day before Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Last year saw the G5 (review) being revealed a day before the exhibition as well. "See more. Play more," was the tagline on the invite, the publication explained, adding that the invite had an 18:9 ratio. LG has already confirmed that the G6 will have a 5.7-inch, 2880x1440, 18:9 display....

  • Hybrid gaming smartphone has MediaTek, Intel processors

    A new hybrid smartphone/gaming console promises a slideout gamepad, Android and Windows 10 in one package. The PGS or Portable Gaming System bears a resemblance to a Nokia slider smartphone or Nintendo DS, featuring two analogue sticks, face buttons, a D-pad and four shoulder buttons. The system is divided into Lite and Hardcore variants, sharing several common features. For one, they're both capable of dual-booting between Android and Windows 10. And in a crazy move, there are two processors in the system, in the form of an Intel Atom X7 chip for Windows 10 and a MediaTek Helio X20/X25 for Android. Other common...

  • Next Xiaomi phone set for SA? Redmi 4A listed by retailer

    The latest Xiaomi smartphone to hit South Africa might just be the Redmi 4A, it would appear. According to a listing on Incredible Connection's website, the metal-clad handset will be sold for R1999 -- putting it just R1300 below the Redmi 3's price tag. The Redmi 4A looks like a solid follow-up to the R1800 Redmi 2 rather than a successor to the Redmi 3 -- at least judging by the price and specifications. The handset packs a very budget-minded quad-core Snapdragon 425 chipset, 2GB of RAM, a 5-inch 720p display, 16GB expandable storage (via hybrid SIM slot) and a decent 3120mAh battery. The Xiaomi Redmi...

  • Where’s the Google hardware love for SA? [Column]

    We've seen a slew of hardware from Google in 2016. There were the Google Pixel smartphones, the Google Home speaker and even the Chromecast Ultra peripheral. And all of these devices were pretty well-received by international media. But if anything, the products once again prove that the Mountain View firm doesn't take South Africa and the rest of the continent as seriously. Don't believe me? Well, the company confirmed to Gearburn this week that it has no plans to launch hardware on the continent any time soon. On the one hand, it's understandable, as South Africa is a small market. So why devote much resources...

  • Scientists use Lumia 1020 to sequence DNA on the cheap

    Scientists from UCLA and Sweden have successfully sequenced DNA using a modified Lumia 1020 smartphone. In a press statement, the institution said that DNA sequencing typically sees samples being sent to well-equipped facilities far away, representing a challenge for developing countries and underserved communities. But the smartphone-based microscope, developed by researchers at UCLA's California NanoSystems Institute and scientists from Stockholm University and Uppsala University, could reduce the need for expensive equipment. The device takes the form of a lightweight, 3D-printed optical attachment, fitted to the back of a Lumia 1020 and used in conjunction with the 41-megapixel camera. "The device can image and analyse specific DNA sequences...

  • No Google hardware in SA or Africa anytime soon

    Google has been on a tear lately in the hardware department, launching a variety of gadgets in the past few months. But South African and African consumers shouldn't expect these devices to be officially available anytime soon. "Google says it has no immediate plans for hardware in SA or the broader continent," a local representative told Gearburn in response to an email query. The Google Store, which stocks the firm's hardware, is currently available in the USA, Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, India, Hong Kong, Taiwan and South Korea. The online store features a variety of hardware, including Pixel smartphones, the...

  • Galaxy S8 to get online doctor appointment feature?

    The Galaxy S8 rumour mill has been working overtime over the past month, purportedly revealing the hardware design. But what about software? Well, it seems like S-Health is getting a useful feature... According to SamMobile, citing "information we've received", WebMD and Amwell will be deeply integrated into the S-Health app, possibly coming to the S8 as well. In addition to searching for symptoms, medication and diseases (via WebMD), the integration will also allow you to schedule video appointments with a doctor (via Amwell). The updated app can apparently store appointment information (including photos and symptoms) as well as prescription details. The updated S-Health app,...

  • Exclusive: AG Mobile confirms liquidation

    South African smartphone brand AG Mobile has been liquidated, CEO Anthony Goodman has confirmed. "AG has been liquidated," Goodman told Gearburn via telephone. The smartphone brand gained prominence after launching its Ghost smartphone (review) in 2015, touting a 24-hour swap-out service and a host of included accessories. AG Mobile also launched the #Hashtag smartphone last year, as part of a collaboration with local hip-hop star Cassper Nyovest. "It’s a solid mid-range phablet that's quick, frugal and solidly built. It offers loads of personality and oodles of colour, but there's still room for improvement namely in terms of camera performance, UI and build quality," our...