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  • Pokemon Go update brings over 80 new creatures, more

    Pokemon Go was unarguably the biggest sensation of 2016, being all over the news and clogging up social media feeds everywhere. The popularity of the mobile game took a significant dip in the following months though. So what's developer Niantic Labs doing about it? Well, for starters, it's announced that dozens of second generation Pokemon have made their way to the game. "Starting later this week, you’ll have the opportunity to catch more than 80 Pokémon originally discovered in the Johto region in the Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver video games," the studio wrote in a blog post. It added that creatures...

  • LG unable to confirm Amazon Alexa in SA, hopes for launch ‘soon’

    Update, 23 February 2017: LG South Africa has distanced itself from the remarks made in the interview. "LG Electronics cannot confirm the release timing for Alexa-enabled LG devices for South Africa, however LG South Africa will be hoping for a launch in the country soon," the company wrote in an email to Gearburn. Original article: Amazon's Echo speaker device hasn't made its way to South Africa yet, but the underlying Alexa AI/voice assistant is in the works for a 2018 SA release at the very least. LG South Africa's Antonio dos Santos has confirmed that Alexa-powered appliances are targeted for the country...

  • Take a gander at the Nintendo Switch’s UI

    Ever since the reveal of the Nintendo Switch, the company has been strangely secretive about the interface. Now we finally have a proper look at it, but not thanks to Nintendo's own marketing. Trust a store somewhere to always ship highly anticipated games or hardware early. That's exactly what happened to NeoGAF forum user Hiphoptherobot when he received a pre-ordered Switch a few weeks before release (there is speculation that this isn't actually the case). The user has uploaded a video of himself setting up the new device and going through a range of menus to get the console going. Nintendo has...

  • Cities: Skylines finally coming to Xbox One, Windows 10 Store [update]

    The Xbox One has a severe lack of city-building titles. Joining the ranks of Tropico 5 and Fallout 4 to some extent (we kid) is Cities: Skylines this Spring in the US. Announced a while ago by Paradox Interactive, the game is finally making its way to Microsoft's console. It'll also be out on the Windows 10 store at the same time, but there's no word if it'll support Play Anywhere. Originally released on Steam in March 2015, the game is a direct competitor to EA's SimCity series and allows plays to build a robust and bustling city with all manner...

  • LG Innofest 2017: TVs, TVs everywhere

    LG has held its Innofest 2017 event in Barcelona, essentially showing off its products announced at CES 2017, as well as a few more tidbits. Although home appliances, smartphones and robotics were shown off, it could easily be argued that LG's TV range took centre stage. Of course, most want to know what's actually coming to South Africa. The W7 "wallpaper" TV isn't one of them, though, with LG SA saying there were no plans "at this stage" to bring the model to the country. Coming in at just 2.5mm thin, the television set is barely thicker than a credit card...

  • Microsoft’s Xbox E3 conference will be earlier this year

    Microsoft has announced that its E3 conference will be on a Sunday this year, a change from the usual Monday shows. It will be held on 11 June at 2pm PT (12am SAST), to be precise. While I don't usually like speculating about future events (because speculation), it's interesting to not that Microsoft used the current Scorpion placeholder image for the announcement. Are we finally going to hear more about the Xbox One Scorpion project? More than likely. And what about the earlier date? There's a good chance that Microsoft will try to steal some of the thunder away from whatever Sony is...

  • Huawei P10 will be showcased at MWC on 26 February

    It's smartphone release season, and with it comes a slew of new flagship devices. We've already mentioned that HMD Global is readying a Nokia 3310 successor, while LG is preparing its LG G6 handset. But what of Huawei? The Chinese company is also preparing to debut its Huawei P10 smartphone at MWC 2017, which will be one of the bigger launches of the conference. There's no firm word on the smartphones stats or specs just yet, but the name is practically confirmed. This thanks to a teaser video published by the Chinese company. Also thanks to the video, we can guess what...

  • Here’s what we know about Mass Effect Andromeda

    The saga continues… On March 21 we will bear witness to the release of the highly anticipated Mass Effect: Andromeda, a day the civilised world as we know it has been waiting for since the Stargazer uttered the prophetic words: "one more story…" Over the last couple of months, Bioware, the developers of the title, have been dropping various hints and clues about the nature and scale of Andromeda. This article sums up the most important information our esteemed detectives have gathered and will hopefully somewhat quench our uncontrollable thirst to once again enter the universe of Mass Effect. Let our...

  • Could we see HDR smartphone screens go big in 2017?

    HDR-capable TV sets are all the rage right now, delivering a brighter, more vivid image than traditional television screens are capable of. What about the smartphone arena though? Well, call me an idiot, but I didn't realise that the Galaxy Note 7 had a screen capable of displaying HDR content. But what about other handsets? Qualcomm has confirmed that they're getting on the bandwagon too, with the upcoming Snapdragon 835 chip. The chipmaker says you can expect the new processor to pack support for HDR 10 playback. Of course, Samsung is expected to pack the chip into some of its S8 models...

  • The Nokia 3310 will be reborn and relaunched at MWC 2017

    Almost everyone I knew had one. It was as tough as nails, and reliable as a Swiss watch. It also cemented the Nokia name in the hearts of many. And now, it's returning. That's right, HMD Global -- the company that now owns the rights to the Nokia name -- will relaunch the Nokia 3310. Okay, so it won't be exactly how we remember it, but it will bear that iconic numerical moniker. At present, details are scant, but there are rumours suggesting the phone will debut around the US$60 mark. This puts it firmly in feature phone territory. As for HMD...