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  • Moto X 2017 leaked: X range goes budget?

    The Moto X phones have traditionally been Lenovo and Motorola's high-end handsets, until the Moto Z, that is. The Moto Z has since taken over flagship duties, but that doesn't mean Lenovo is ditching the Moto X though. Instead, the latest leaks, posted on Google+ and spotted by Android Police, suggest that the 2017 Moto X will be a mid-range handset in many ways. A system menu was shown off in one image, detailing the specs. So what do we have? There's an octacore Snapdragon 625 processor (MSM8953) and 3GB of RAM, for starters -- a capable combination but not something...

  • Samsung, Telkom are SA’s most popular smartphone contract duo

    Human beings love knowing that they have the latest and greatest version of a thing, whether that be a pizza or a smartphone. According to a new report published by PhoneFinder, consumers are turning to contracts to afford the devices that they might not be able to otherwise afford. Samsung is the most popular smartphone brand The company took a look at the most popular smartphone brands, smartphones, contract options and service providers in South Africa gracing its servers. In terms of device manufacturer, Samsung rules the roost with the J5 Prime. It accounts for 47% of the devices selected through the...

  • Telefunken ‘full HD’ TV actually not full HD – report

    A South African man purchased a Telefunken 'full HD' television from Game, only to find that the TV's resolution topped out at 1366x768, and not 1920x1080. According to MyBroadband, Abu-Huraira Oman Abdalla purchased a 32-inch Telefunken TV set (model: TLEDD-32FHDB) from Game in KwaZulu-Natal and put it to the test. For the record, the TV packaging claims it's a "full HD" set, as does the branding on the TV itself. Abdalla connected the TV to his PC, finding a maximum resolution of 1366x768 -- there was no full HD (1920x1080) option. He then used the MonitorInfoView utility to get a more detailed overview of the...

  • Samsung Galaxy S8: what to expect ahead of Wednesday reveal?

    The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge (review) were two of the industry's best smartphones last year, but the spectre of the Note 7 looms large ahead of the Galaxy S8 reveal. Samsung will hope to build on the critical and commercial acclaim of the S7 range, while also erasing memories of the ill-fated phablet. So how does the South Korean colossus plan to do this? Here's what you should expect ahead of Wednesday's reveal. A high screen/body ratio Samsung is expected to follow Xiaomi and LG by having super-thin bezels/borders. The leaks and marketing material certainly point to this being inevitable. As a result...

  • Starcraft Remastered is actually a thing now

    It's been almost 20 years since the Starcraft franchise saw its first entry, now, Blizzard has announced Starcraft Remastered. So what should you expect? Blizzard confirmed that remastered visuals, "revised" dialogue and audio and comic book interludes are part of the overhauled title. The game will also come with the Brood War expansion. Don't expect a full-on upgrade in the visual department though, as higher resolutions are the biggest update here. So expect the same fundamental visuals, albeit with a cleaner look and widescreen support. The game has also seen a welcome upgrade in terms of online connectivity, delivering Blizzard's matchmaking and friends...

  • Review diary: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild [Week Two]

    The latest game in The Legend of Zelda series makes for a rather interesting, albeit not unprecedented, situation. During its development, Nintendo decided that the Wii U title should come to the Nintendo Switch as well. It's not the first time that we've seen Nintendo make this decision for a Zelda game, with 2006's Twilight Princess launching on both GameCube and Wii. But Breath of the Wild is far more ambitious than Twilight Princess, owing to its wide-open world, free-form exploration and the constraints of Nintendo's new console. Week one - it's influenced by a lot of franchises I managed to spend...

  • Nintendo Switch: 5 notable titles that are coming soon

    The Nintendo Switch is more than just a means to play Zelda on the go, with a couple of other solid titles as well. In fact, we've seen the likes of Binding of Isaac, Fast RMX and Blaster Master Zero all making their mark. But in case those don't quite tickle your fancy, here are a few other noteworthy titles coming out before the end of Q2. Shakedown Hawaii Coming from the same people behind the sublime Retro City Rampage, this timed exclusive features a similar top-down open-world setting. Set 30 years after Retro City Rampage, we've got a similar pixel art style, some...

  • Nintendo to stick with Super Mario Run payment formula?

    Nintendo's Super Mario Run has finally come to Android this week, following the iOS version when it comes to the payment structure. That means the first few levels are available for free, but you'll need to splash out to unlock all of them. By contrast, Nintendo's Fire Emblem Heroes mobile title is free-to-play, with people being able to make optional in-app purchases. According to Nikkei, the former approach meant that Super Mario Run didn't meet Nintendo's lofty sales expectations. Don't expect a move to the free-to-play formula though. "Heroes is an outlier," a senior Nintendo official told the publication. "We honestly prefer the Super...

  • Nintendo Switch: here’s what to do in SA for left Joy-Con issue

    The Nintendo Switch has enjoyed a load of sales so far, with reports that it was ahead of schedule to meet its first month sales target of two million units. We've also seen a few reports of hardware issues, but the most persistent niggle seems to be a disconnecting left Joy-Con controller. Is it a widespread issue though? "There are no widespread technical problems, and all issues are being handled promptly, including the reports regarding the left Joy-Con Bluetooth connection," Nintendo wrote in a press statement. "The number (of repair orders or replacement requests) is not significant. The total number of repair...

  • Xbox Live Games with Gold for April is okay, I guess

    PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live Gold both deliver a selection of free games every month. Some months can feature an amazing collection of titles, but others... well, they can be like next month. At least in the case of Xbox Live Gold. April's selection of Xbox One titles will see gamers getting the visually striking but repetitive Ryse: Son of Rome (from 1-30 April) and the solid Walking Dead: Season Two (16 April - 15 May). Meanwhile, we've also got two Xbox 360 games as usual (being backwards compatible), in the form of the well-received Darksiders (1-15 April) and Assassin's Creed:...