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  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe: does it look much better on Switch?

    Mario Kart 8 is one of the more popular Wii U games around, so it's a no-brainer to bring the game to Nintendo Switch, wasn't it? Still, porting the game to what is effectively a handheld console can't be easy. But how has Nintendo fared then? Well, Eurogamer's Digital Foundry has done some of the legwork, finding that Mario Kart 8 Deluxe sees quite a few visual improvements. In the resolution department, Nintendo maintains the game's 720p output when in handheld mode. However, the game also sees a bump to full HD (1080p) when docked. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe offers a few key...

  • Why hasn’t Microsoft released a flagship phone in almost two years? [Column]

    The last time Microsoft revealed a high-end smartphone was back in the second half of 2015. Back then, we had the LG G4 (review), Samsung Galaxy S6 (review) and Huawei P8 (review) dominating the charts. Heck, Xiaomi wasn't even in South Africa when Microsoft revealed the Lumia 950. It's an eternity to go without a smartphone launch, with Microsoft's already minuscule mobile marketshare dwindling even more as a result. To the outside observer, it's as if the company has simply given up on mobile without announcing it. Sure, the company has been issuing a steady stream of updates for Windows 10...

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 8 to feature dual camera, 3x zoom?

    We've recently seen images of a purported Galaxy S8 prototype with dual cameras, but it looks like Samsung will be taking this route with the Galaxy Note 8. According to KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (via 9to5 Google), the Galaxy Note 8 will feature a 12MP wide-angle camera and a 13MP camera with a telephoto lens. It's claimed that the phone will also feature 3x optical zoom, presumably via the telephoto lens. Additionally, Kuo claims that the "Note 8's dual-camera will be much better than that of iPhone 7 Plus, and likely match that of OLED iPhone". Of course, you'd expect the new...

  • SNES Mini rumoured for release

    After the success of the NES Mini (review), Nintendo has apparently decided to launch a SNES Mini console. The NES Mini, launched late last year, featured 30 NES games, ranging from the Super Mario franchise to Excite Bike and more. However, Nintendo hasn't been able to keep up with demand, opting for limited production runs instead. Now, Eurogamer, citing "sources close to the company", says Nintendo will be launching a SNES Mini console. And these sources say that development of the throwback machine is already underway. It's unclear whether the console will see a bigger production run than the NES Mini. How...

  • Windows 10 gets Power Throttling for battery savings

    Windows has traditionally been more of a battery hog compared to Apple and Google's platforms, but Windows 10 has made significant strides. Now, the company has introduced a new feature to save even more juice. Dubbed Power Throttling, this new feature effectively aims to get work done with only a small hit to the battery. "With 'Power Throttling', when background work is running, Windows places the CPU in its most energy efficient operating modes -- work gets done, but the minimal possible battery is spent on that work," Microsoft explains on its Windows blog. The company says the feature is made possible by...

  • Fury Turn and Tempest: this week’s top mobile games

    Need your mobile games fix? Well, we've got you covered with a few noteworthy titles this week. My favourite game this time? Well, I'd have to say it's the rather sublime Fury Turn. But check out the full rundown below. Tempest: Pirate Action RPG (paid - Android, iOS) It's been available on Steam for a while now, but this interesting pirate-themed RPG has finally made its way to mobile platforms too. Tempest has you fighting pirates and monsters, all while exploring the seven seas and recruiting crew. The game offers an open world environment with over 100 quests to take on, making it...

  • Xiaomi Mi 6 revealed: Snapdragon 835, no headphone jack

    Today is of course Xiaomi Mi 6 day and the Chinese company has finally peeled the curtain back on its latest flagship smartphone. Looking at the spec sheet, we've got a Snapdragon 835 processor, 6GB of RAM for all variants, a 3350mAh battery and a 5.15-inch full HD LCD screen. In the case of the latter, Xiaomi is touting a 1-nit "ultra-dark" display for night-time reading. Interestingly enough, the Chinese firm has also decided to remove the 3.5mm jack, but introduces splash resistance. It's a bit of a bitter pill to swallow, one would think, especially when you're not getting full-fledged water...

  • Starcraft gets patched, now available for free

    There's no doubting that Starcraft is one of the most iconic gaming releases of all time. But now, after a sequel and several expansions over the years, Activision-Blizzard has decided to make the original release available for free. The move came as a result of the game's first patch in years, making both Starcraft and the Brood War expansion available for free, Activision-Blizzard quietly announced. Otherwise, the patch also brings a host of fixes and additions to the game, including an Observer mode, a Popular Maps function, replay autosaving, improved anti-cheat capabilities and more. The switch to free play also comes ahead of the...

  • Lego Worlds [Xbox One] review

    During my final play session of Lego Worlds, the game stopped my character dead in his tracks from exploring as it had to load the rest of the area. What was I doing at the time that triggered this problem? Trying to get a plane off of the ground in order to explore the world, but it crashed into an invisible wall mid-level. That was the last time I played Lego Worlds. Developed by Traveller's Tales and published by Warner Brothers, Lego Worlds is a game that strays from most previous Lego titles. It discards licenses like Star Wars or...

  • Gaming: serious about Africa’s health

    No doubt you, or someone you love dearly, got swept up in the recent wave of health and fitness related apps and wearables. No doubt, you've had conversations with friends waving around their phone discussing how many calories they've avoided this week. No doubt, you've also noticed that after the initial hype and excitement wears off, the app is quickly cast aside and forgotten for good. While it has been noted that 80% of health apps are abandoned within two weeks, last year Google reported that the most common type of apps used daily are social (68%) and gaming (46%)...