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  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 revealed, a tiny step above the 820

    The mobile world moves at a ridiculously fast pace, as today's tech quickly becomes last week's news. Qualcomm is no exception to the rule, as it's just unveiled its latest flagship processor in the form of the Snapdragon 821. Fortunately for owners of the LG G5, the HTC 10, OnePlus 3 and the Xiaomi Mi 5, the Snapdragon 821 is only a minor performance upgrade over the 820 in these phones. Much like the Snapdragon 801 improved upon the Snapdragon 800, the Snapdragon 821 builds on the Snapdragon 820. "Building on the technology leadership introduced with the Snapdragon 820 platform, the 821 is engineered...

  • Camera shootout: Huawei P9 vs Sony Xperia X

    The Huawei P9 and Sony Xperia X are pegged at around R11 999 each, with both devices featuring unique selling points. However, both companies are heavily advertising their cameras, so which one is better then? The Chinese brand's contender features two Leica-branded 12MP f/2.0 cameras (one colour and one monochrome), operating in tandem to produce simulated aperture tricks and refocusable images. However, Huawei also claims that the camera setup results in better low-light photography. The Sony Xperia X packs a similar 23MP f/2.0 shooter to the Z5 range, which means we should be in for some quality shots on paper. Anyway, I want to...

  • Pokemon Go more popular than Tinder in US, on track to beat Twitter

    Say what you will about the game, but Pokemon Go has become an almost unprecedented phenomenon in recent days. Just how crazy is its success? Well, Digital Vision has put together several infographics to break down Niantic and Nintendo's mobile performance thus far. Two days after its US release, Pokemon Go was installed on 5.16% of all Android devices in the country, it was reported. By comparison, dating app Tinder was installed on just over 2% of all US Android devices. The publication also found that 60% of those who downloaded the app in the US were using it daily, "meaning around...

  • Nintendo shares soar on Pokemon Go release

    It seems like you just can't escape Pokemon Go, even if the game has only been launched in a few markets. The augmented reality mobile title has been downloaded by scores of people following its phased release this week, giving Nintendo, developer Niantic Labs and the Pokemon Company a ton of positive press. Even overloaded servers and some early bugs (not Weedle) haven't dampened the enthusiasm for the title. Now, it appears that the release is affecting Nintendo's financial situation too, as the Japanese company's shares have shot up almost 9% in the wake of the game's release. It marks the first time that...

  • 9+ useful, entertaining Windows 10 apps we want on Xbox One

    Microsoft announced some time back that its Windows Store would be coming to Xbox One, allowing people to download an array of apps. There's still no word on the app store hitting consoles just yet, but we'd definitely like to see some of these apps on our Microsoft consoles. VLC media player Easily one of the most popular apps around, VLC is a jack-of-all-trades media player, capable of handling almost everything you throw at it. The default Xbox players aren't bad, but an all-in-one solution, capable of handling everything from MP3 and FLAC to MKV and AVI, would be a welcome addition to...

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 gets priced for South Africa

    Mobile In Africa Group (MIA Group) has announced pricing for the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 handset in South Africa. The company revealed that the budget phablet would receive a R3799 price tag, putting it in line with the Xiaomi Mi 4's suggested price. The Redmi Note 3 packs a fair amount of bang for your buck, delivering a hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 processor with two powerful A72 cores and four A53 cores. The processor compares very favourably to the Snapdragon 808 seen in last year's LG G4 and Microsoft Lumia 950. Related: Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 review: A near-perfect mid-range smartphone Other than the capable chipset, the...

  • Pokemon Go, Humble Bundle and more: 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. It's that time of the week again, so let's cut to the chase and talk mobile games. Our favourites this time are Pokemon Go and the new Humble Bundle -- but there are four other picks in this edition as well. Pokemon Go (free - Android, iOS) The eagerly anticipated game has been released in several countries so far, but South Africa isn't one of them just yet. Fortunately, thanks to APK Mirror, we've got a...

  • Aussie police station issues safety advisory for Pokemon Go players

    Now that Pokemon Go is slowly making its way around the world, players seem to be taking to the game in droves. From the same people behind Ingress, Pokemon Go's location-based gameplay means that players have to get out in the real world though. The game uses real mapping data to plot virtual locations, forcing you to physically visit landmarks in order to gain items or find Pokemon. It turns out that one Australian police station plays host to a PokeStop location in-game, forcing the station to issue a safety advisory on Facebook. "For those budding Pokemon Trainers out there using Pokemon Go -- whilst the Darwin...

  • Apple to ditch 16GB iPhone in favour of 32GB model – report

    If there's been one major complaint from Apple and Google fans alike, it's that the entry-level iPhone lacks storage space. Although 16GB of storage was considered relatively sufficient several years ago, the era of huge apps and high-quality video means that users run out of space in no time flat. In fact, a 16GB iPhone 6s will run out of space after 30 minutes of 4K video recording. It doesn't help that, unlike many Android phones, iPhones lack microSD slots. So you're pretty much stuck with 16GBs for the life of the phone. Yes yes, there are cloud storage services, but these are reliant on large...

  • Here’s how to install Pokemon Go on your Android phone

    Mobile game Pokemon Go has been a long time coming. From its beta earlier this year to its launch in several markets this week, many gamers are rather eager to get their hands on it. Unfortunately, South Africa isn't one of those launch markets this week, but there is a solution at hand. The ever-reliable APK Mirror website has uploaded an APK (install file for Android) and in our testing, we've found that it actually works. Here's how to get and install Pokemon Go First of all, you'll want to visit the settings menu on your phone and enable installations from unknown sources. This is either found...