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  • Nintendo Switch paid online delayed, pricing revealed

    The Nintendo Switch is on fire right now, with brisk sales and reports that the Japanese firm is going to increase production of the console. If there is a major downside to the console, it's that the online service was quite barebones and would become a paid service later this year. Now, Nintendo has announced that the paid service won't launch in 2017. "Please note that online play will continue to be free for Nintendo Account holders until the paid service launches in 2018," the company wrote on its website. Nintendo has also revealed pricing for the online service, with a one...

  • Bouncy Hoops and Racey Rocket: 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, another look at the world of mobile games. It's going to be tough to top last week's selection, but we've got some solid picks anyway. Our top titles this week are Bouncy Hoops and Oh... Sir! The Hollywood Roast. But we've got four picks in total for you. Oh... Sir! The Hollywood Roast (paid - iOS) We loved Oh... Sir! The Insult Simulator when it was released last year, as...

  • WeFix to open first DJI store in South Africa [Update]

    Mobile repair chain store WeFix has branched out from cellular repairs over the past few years. In fact, it stocks the Houdt range of mobile cases and the RiCharge brand of power banks too. But its most prominent product lineup is easily the DJI range of drones. Now, WeFix founder Alex Fourie has confirmed that the first DJI store in the country would be opening later this year. Fourie said that the store would be launched in September at the Canal Walk shopping centre in Cape Town. The first DJI store in South Africa will be opening in Cape Town, WeFix confirmed It's unclear...

  • ZTE Nubia Z17 flagship is first to pack Quick Charge 4+

    ZTE's Nubia sub-brand is responsible for some of the more striking smartphones on the market, so when a new flagship gets announced, you'll want to take notice. The company's latest phone, the Nubia Z17, seems like a very powerful device. There's a Snapdragon 835 processor, up to 8GB of RAM, 128GB of storage and a (presumably full HD) 5.5-inch display. The Nubia Z17 also stands out thanks to its water-resistant design and its charging chops, being the first phone to feature Qualcomm's Quick Charge 4+ technology. In fact, ZTE claims that 20 minutes of charging will take the 3200mAh battery to 50%...

  • Moto Z2 Play now official, new Moto Mods in tow

    The Moto Z Play (review) was a solid if unspectacular smartphone, coming to South Africa several months after its global release. You had a mid-range but frugal processor, a pleasant design and those cool Moto Mod hardware add-ons. In saying so, it was a tad pricey locally, while the camera was pretty bad in low light conditions. In any event, Lenovo isn't slowing down, revealing the Moto Z2 Play today. In the hardware department, we've got a Snapdragon 626 processor (being a slight upgrade over the SD625), 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage (or 3GB/32GB). Otherwise, Lenovo still retains the full HD...

  • Samsung Galaxy S8 review: a great phone, but not Galaxy S7 great

    How do you build on the success of the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge (review)? It's quite possibly one of the best smartphones ever released, combining a killer camera with a respectable battery and a gorgeous screen. That alone is a tall order, but throw in the Note 7 disaster and you've got all eyes on Samsung, as it seeks to regain its place atop the Android smartphone pile. Speaking of "tall", that's the first thing you'll notice about the Galaxy S8... Design Imagine the Galaxy S7 Edge, but with thinner bezels, a similarly thin design and a taller form factor, and...

  • Apple readying Siri Speaker to take on Echo, Google Home

    Smart speakers have become the latest tech phenomenon lately, starting with the Amazon Echo and continuing with the Google Home. The speakers are marketed as helpful, voice-controlled assistants for the entire household, allowing you to ask queries, create shopping lists, play music and even get traffic alerts. Now, Bloomberg, citing "people familiar with the matter", reports that Apple is creating a Siri Speaker to jump on the bandwagon. As the name implies, the speaker would be controlled by Apple's Siri assistant, ostensibly granting a similar level of functionality as you'd have on an iPhone. A Siri Speaker would see Apple joining Google and...

  • Galaxy S8: the US version is much better for emulators

    The Samsung Galaxy S8 (review) is easily one of the most powerful smartphones available right now, going toe to toe with Apple's best in the benchmark department, for one. This is thanks to the Exynos 8895 chip in the international version, while the US version packs a potent Snapdragon 835 processor too. In the wake of the phone's global release, footage emerged of a Galaxy S8 running the Dolphin emulator for GameCube, being widely reported. The footage showed games running at a very smooth pace, giving the impression that the new Samsung phone is an emulation beast of note. The Galaxy S8 was...

  • Essential Phone: will Android co-founder’s phone succeed?

    Earlier this week, we saw the launch of the Essential Phone, being the brain-child of Android co-founder Andy Rubin. Featuring a hardware add-on system similar to Moto Mods and Huawei's dual-camera setup, the new smartphone is also packing some impressive specs. There's the Snapdragon 835 chip, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. Then there's the design, featuring a screen that stretches from edge to edge (only breaking for a front-facing camera), as well as a titanium and ceramic build. But what are the odds of success? Could it take the fight to the Apples and Samsungs of the world? That depends...

  • PlayStation Plus games for June leaked: are they any good?

    Paying for a PlayStation Plus subscription means you get cloud storage, online multiplayer and some welcome discounts. But it also means that you get a rotating list of games to play each month. Now, an official, but unlisted PlayStation Europe video has revealed next month's gaming lineup. For starters, PS4 fans have Killing Floor 2 next month, a cooperative zombie shooter that delivers gore by the truckload. The second big PS4 pick is Life Is Strange, being an award-winning episodic adventure that allows players to rewind time. Unfortunately, the video doesn't show off PS3 and Vita titles for June, so you'll need...