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  • Nintendo issues takedown notices for fan-made Pokemon game

    It's been in the pipeline for nine years according to developers, but Nintendo has quickly acted on a new fan-made Pokemon game. Pokemon Uranium was released earlier this month, offering eight gyms, over 150 new species of Pokemon and online functionality. The game went on to be downloaded over 1.5 million times, the developers said. Unfortunately for them, Nintendo's legal team has issued several takedown notices. "While we have not personally been contacted, it’s clear what their wishes are, and we respect those wishes deeply," the developers wrote in a statement on the Pokemon Uranium website. The team explained that they would no longer be providing download...

  • Google’s stock Android is great, but it’s not the holy grail

    "Pffft, stock Android is where it's at. Why would I want to use TouchWiz, EMUI, MIUI or any other useless skin?" That's been the refrain among hardcore Android fans for years now. Pure Android definitely has some lovely things going for it, but let's be honest here, it's not perfect by any measure. First, why do stock addicts love this implementation of Android? Let me count the ways... All the updates, none of the tackiness The biggest reason for going stock Android is because you're getting the latest versions of Android first. This is a big problem in the Android environment, where it's not...

  • Final Fantasy XV delayed thanks to day-one patch

    For better or worse, day-one updates have become the norm over the past few years. In saying so, there are a few big disadvantages to taking this route. Arguably the biggest downside is that you need an internet connection to grab the update, along with plenty of data. After all, patches can often be several gigabytes in size. Fortunately for those without a decent connection, Square Enix has opted to delay Final Fantasy XV's 30 September release in order to incorporate the day one update. Game director Hajime Tabata broke the news in a video uploaded to the Final Fantasy XV YouTube channel. "Our...

  • No Man’s Sky ‘not worth $60’, in messy state on PC

    Steam users have taken to negatively reviewing No Man's Sky after the game's release on PC. The company launched the game on Steam on Friday, but users have been complaining about crashes, glitches and the game in general. Consequently, the game is sitting at "mixed" overall user reviews. "This game is not worth US$60. Props to the small dev team for making something as clever as they did, but it's not US$60 clever," wrote Steam user gehsekky in a review. User jlm4us criticised the lack of depth for the price point as well. "Even if the game didn’t constantly crash, even if the FPS...

  • Reigns and Train Conductor World: 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. Just put down Pokemon Go if you aren't sick of it already, because we've got some good mobile gaming picks this week. Our favourite games this time are Reigns and Train Conductor World, with four titles in total to be had. The Manga Works (Android, iOS) Prolific mobile game developer Kairosoft is back with another management game, this time, taking place in the world of manga comics. The game has you starting out as a...

  • 5 biggest No Man’s Sky complaints from the gaming community

    No Man's Sky is finally out in many parts of the world, and scores of gamers are taking to Hello Games's labour of love. Between the near-infinite number of randomly generated worlds, space combat and planetary exploration, it's hard not to be captivated by the title. It's really something that the small team of developers can be proud of, at least on a technical level. In saying so, there have been a few complaints levelled against the game... The inventory system is problematic One of the biggest complaints we've seen was that the size of both the player and ship inventory was far...

  • 5 more decent Android & Windows smartphones under R1000

    About a year ago, we took a look at seven decent smartphones available for under R1000, but have times changed since then? We decided to revisit the topic, listing some capable smartphones that don't breach the one grand barrier. Vodacom Smart Kicka 2 Last month saw the red network introduce the Smart Kicka 2, the sequel to 2015's cheapest and most capable smartphone in South Africa. It's still unclear exactly what kind of specs we're getting with the new handset. If it's anything like the Smart First again, expect a budget Spreadtrum quad-core A7 processor, 1400mAh battery, 512MB of RAM, 2MP camera and 4GB...

  • Sony kills Henkaku with new PlayStation Vita firmware 3.61

    Sony has issued a firmware update for the Vita and PlayStation TV, killing the landmark Henkaku exploit. Firmware 3.61 was pushed out to Sony's handheld console and streaming box over the weekend, wololo.net reported, so those wanting to keep Henkaku will need to decline the update. "Again, to make it clear: if you want to use HENkaku, do not update to 3.61. The hack is patched in this firmware, and there is no downgrade possible, no 'trick' to make it come back for you," the website wrote. The Henkaku exploit was a pivotal moment for the Vita homebrew scene, granting full access...

  • No Man’s Sky day one update: Hello Games spills the details

    Exploration game No Man's Sky is just a few days away from release, but that hasn't stopped developer Hello Games from working on a day-one update for the blockbuster title. The studio's Sean Murray has detailed the update, which delivers huge improvements and tweaks across the board. Related: No Man’s Sky: here’s what you should know before launch day Murray explained that they were under a "pretty intense spotlight" and care "deeply" about people's first impressions of the space-faring video game. "In fact most of us were back here the day after we went gold, working on this update. We're already proud...

  • Windows 10 Mobile Anniversary Update features and release date?

    Microsoft has already released the Windows 10 Anniversary Update for PC and Xbox, but what about the company's mobile platform? Neowin reports that the Lumia India Twitter account has revealed a 9 August launch date for the new update. The tweet has since been deleted and replaced with a vague "gradual rollout from 2 August" response. @prasumoholkar (1/3)That's a great question! Microsoft roll out the new update August 2 gradually, meaning it will take time for the update — Lumia India (@LumiaIndia) August 3, 2016 What should Windows Phone users expect from the update? A few of these features have been detailed on...