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  • Watch: does Samsung’s ad take subtle jab at Pixel 2 XL screen?

    Google received a ton of negative attention after several tech publications reported screen burn-in on the Pixel 2 XL display. The phenomenon is to be expected, but these publications reported burn-in after less than two weeks with the device. Now, Samsung has uploaded a new 30 second advertisement to YouTube, "coincidentally" touting the screen quality of the Galaxy S8 (review) and Galaxy Note 8. In a smart move, the advertisement merely consists of prominent tech reviewers praising the display quality. Prominent channels featured include MKBHD, MrMobile and Unbox Therapy. It's not just a subjective thing either, as benchmarking website DisplayMate gave the "best display"...

  • Google Pixel 2 XL drama: Google announces two year warranty

    The Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL haven't enjoyed the smoothest smartphone launches ever, owing to several reported issues. It's clear that the Pixel 2 XL has more negative press though, after numerous tech websites reported that their review units were suffering from screen burn-in. The burn-in was even more glaring as it occurred after less than two weeks with the review units. Now, Google has announced some findings. And you might be surprised with the results... "Regarding differential aging , we put all of our products through extensive quality assurance before launch and in the manufacturing of every...

  • Will SA retailers have enough Nintendo Switch stock for holidays?

    More than half a year after its release and the Nintendo Switch is still enjoying chart-topping sales around the world. The hybrid console has also seen a steady stream of quality games and third-party goods. Now, with the holiday season around the corner, it got us wondering about possible Switch shortages in the country for the Christmas rush. "It's our must-have for gamers (and non-gamers alike!) this season; we will have limited stock at the current price, but there should be sufficient stock in South Africa for festive ," said Takealot marketing representative Lucie Bartlett in an emailed response to...

  • Android 8.1 official: so what’s new in this version?

    Android 8.0 hasn't even made its way to a quarter of smartphones, but Google doesn't care. No, it's pressing ahead with Android 8.1, bringing a couple of solid improvements to the table. The company's Dave Burke announced the developer preview this week, also revealing features we can expect in this iteration. The first major improvement? That'll be for Android Go devices. "Android 8.1 includes a set of memory optimisations for Android Go configurations (1GB or less of memory). We've added new hardware feature constants so you can now target the distribution of your apps and APK splits to normal or low-RAM devices running Android 8.1...

  • Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp announced for mobile [Video]

    We already knew that Nintendo was planning an Animal Crossing title for smartphones, now, the company shed more light on Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp. Coming to Android and iOS as a free-to-play title, Pocket Camp swaps out houses for tents, as you become a camp manager. "Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp is a game about exploring nature, making friends, and collecting cool items to help you create the campsite of your dreams!" read an FAQ on the website. Otherwise, as the below video shows, it still seems like a familiar experience for series fans. So that means collecting (and placing) furniture, going fishing, gathering...

  • iPhone 8 sales sluggish, consumers waiting for iPhone X?

    Apple's iPhone 8 went on sale last month and you'd expect sales to be fantastic. But reports find that the 2017 models just aren't selling as well as the iPhone 7. A report by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) found iPhone 8 and 8 Plus sales to account for 16% of US sales for the quarter ending 1 October. How does that stack up to previous sales? "On the other hand, in the same time frame last year, iPhone 7 and 7 Plus together accounted for 43% of sales. Two years ago, the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus represented 24% of sales....

  • Confirmed: Microsoft is gussying up OG Xbox, Xbox 360 games for X1

    Earlier this week, we saw a purported list of original Xbox games coming to Xbox One. Now, Microsoft has made it official and revealed some interesting perks as part of the project. Starting today, original Xbox games will be hitting the current-generation console, the Redmond company explained. But in a rather cool move, Microsoft is upping the resolution for each title, claiming a four-fold increase in pixels on Xbox One and a sixteen-fold increase on Xbox One X. "The 13 Original Xbox games releasing tomorrow will look better on the Xbox One family of devices, taking advantage of the power of Xbox One with...

  • That was quick: Sony Xperia XZ Premium gets Oreo update

    Sony's Xperia XZ Premium (review) wasn't perfect by any measure, but it's certainly one of the more exciting smartphones launched this year. Now, the Japanese company has announced that it's launching the Oreo update (Android 8.0) for the handset. So what should you expect? For starters, the device will be getting the 3D scanning tool, first seen on the XZ1 and XZ1 Compact. "It lets you scan your face, head, food or any object, rendering it as a 3D avatar or free-form image in less than 60 seconds, and makes it easy to share on social media with friends or 3D...

  • GT Sport, Forza Motorsport 7 graphics compared

    Gran Turismo Sport and Forza Motorsport 7 are both pushing the limits of console hardware, especially with 4K-capable consoles a reality. But which one is the better looking game? Sure, Forza has native 4K on Xbox One X and PC, but that isn't the be-all-and-end-all. And if you thought it was the key difference-maker, well, Digital Foundry's analysis might surprise you. The publication put together a comprehensive video, putting identical cars and tracks under the microscope. And the winner? Well, Forza has a resolution and track detail advantage, while Gran Turismo Sport's lighting, car detail and draw distance get the nod, for starters....

  • Google Pixel 2 XL suffering from screen burn-in already?

    Screen burn-in is almost inevitable with AMOLED displays, as UI elements get seared into the screen over time. But the key here is "over time" -- the Pixel 2 XL appears to be suffering from the issue after a much shorter period of time. According to Android Central, their Pixel 2 XL review unit has been in use for roughly a week and the navigation bar is already scorched into the display. That's some pretty wild OLED burn-in on the Pixel 2 XL after maybe 7 days of full-time use pic.twitter.com/EPJTs6D0Kg — Alex Dobie (@alexdobie) October 22, 2017 The publication noted that in the week...