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  • Galaxy S9: Is Samsung matching Sony’s super slow-mo feature?

    We're just a few days away from the Samsung Galaxy S9 reveal, and the leaks are coming thick and fast right now. The latest one comes from the reputable WinFuture website (German language), bringing with it a host of details. A lot of the information corroborates previous leaks, so that means a dual-camera setup on the S9+, a main camera that can switch between f/1.5 and f/2.4, Exynos 8910 or Snapdragon 845 chipset, stereo speaker, 5.8-inch 2960x1440 display for the standard Galaxy S9 and 6.2-inch 2960x1440 display and 3500mAh battery for the larger model. Probably the biggest nugget of information is...

  • Nokia 10 with rotating lenses to be Nokia 8 Pro instead?

    One of the strangest rumours in recent times has to be the Nokia 10 and its rotating lenses, making for a rather innovative camera setup. We initially thought it would be a pentacamera setup but subsequent reports suggest that HMD is shooting for a dual-camera setup with five rotating lenses. Now, Nokia Power User has revealed that the phone is apparently not the Nokia 10, but rather the Nokia 8 Pro. According to the publication, the Nokia 8 Pro is set for an August-September launch, lining up with the IFA expo in Berlin. It's also believed that the rotating lenses will enable at least...

  • Nintendo Switch Linux port delivers web browser, more

    We saw major progress being made on Linux for the Nintendo Switch a few weeks ago, and now, the team behind the hack has made even more progress. The Fail0verflow team has posted a video on Twitter (spotted by Wololo), showing Linux running with touchscreen and 3D support. Heck, the video even shows the Chromium web browser up and running on the Nintendo console. Code execution is all the rage these days, but can your Switch do *this*? ;-) #switchnix pic.twitter.com/NMnBq61tOM — fail0verflow (@fail0verflow) February 17, 2018 The team had earlier claimed that this method of enabling homebrew support can't be patched in currently released Switch...

  • Your gaming event calendar for the rest of 2018

    2018 is set to be a big year in the video game world -- there are a myriad exciting upcoming titles on the horizon tantalising our imaginations. For the gaming journos however, every year brings the excitement of the gaming expos and media events - where all the big announcements are made and we evaluate the impact they’re likely to have on the gaming industry. Sure it’s no SONA… But events like these find journalists hanging on the every word of Microsoft and Sony execs in the same manner South Africans were glued to their TV screens as CR gave his...

  • Google Assistant coming to way more countries, SA included – report

    South Africans don't need to jump through many hoops to get Google Assistant on their devices, but it looks like Google is going to officially bring the service to the country -- and many more markets. According to a slide tweeted by Dutch journalist Elger van der Wel, Google Assistant is coming to the Netherlands, Italy, Russia, Japan, Saudi Arabia and South Africa in 2018 (all the countries with blue colours in the slide). The slide was apparently shown at the DNI (Digital News Initiative) Summit in the Netherlands. Voor het eerst officieel uitgesproken door Google: Google Assistent komt dit jaar naar...

  • Apple Homepod review roundup: what do critics think of speaker?

    Whether they want to admit it or not, the Apple HomePod is the company's first foray into the smart speaker arena, slapping Siri on a high-end speaker. The device is going up against the Google Home and Amazon Echo range. So what do critics think of Apple's debut smart speaker? Phone Arena The website's John Velasco praised the speaker's design, but noted that it was bigger than the Google Home and could be mistaken by your cat for a scratching post. However, the reviewer bemoaned the power cord, which "isn't meant to be user-detachable". Moving to actual usage, Velasco says that setting the...

  • Qualcomm, Broadcom meeting yields no results on ‘final’ offer

    Earlier this month saw Broadcom make a "best and final" offer to acquire Qualcomm -- an offer that was rejected. But Qualcomm opened the door for a 14 February meeting to discuss further options, so what was the result of that? The US chipmaker delivered a letter to Broadcom (publishing it on their website), giving their thoughts on the 14 February meeting. For one, Qualcomm remains unmoved on its assertion that the US$82 per share price "undervalues" the firm. Qualcomm's letter to Broadcom "In our February 14 meeting, Broadcom reiterated that $82.00 per share is its best and final proposal.  The Board...

  • 6 mobile games Malusi Gigaba should be playing in Parliament

    Was it Candy Crush or another match-three puzzler? In any event, Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba caused a minor stir when a photo emerged of him playing a puzzle game on his iPad in Parliament. So with that in mind, we take a look at a few more puzzle games the minister should be playing on his tablet... Of course, the best kind of titles for Gigaba would be ones that allow for surreptitious, one-handed play -- all the better to act interested in official proceedings. Puzzle Bobble Journey (paid - Android, iOS) It's one of the more iconic puzzle/arcade titles in gaming, but did you...

  • ARM joins AI chip race, but when will it come to smartphones?

    UK chip designer ARM is the latest mobile company to offer an AI chip (they're calling their effort an ML processor), following in the footsteps of Apple and Huawei. The ML (machine learning) processor is designed for more offline inference, reducing the need to hook up to the cloud for machine learning tasks. This switch to more on-device machine learning is poised to deliver benefits in terms of privacy and data usage. However, the ML processor isn't going to hit production smartphones this year, ARM told Gearburn. "We're already engaged with lead partners, with final release of the processor due in the summer (2018)...

  • Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S is indeed real – report

    Xiaomi is no stranger to MWC, having launched the Mi 5 flagship (review) in Barcelona in 2016. The past few weeks have seen rumours swirl that the Mi Mix 2S is coming to MWC, being an upgraded version of the Mi Mix 2. Now, XDA Developers has managed to confirm the existence of this device along with several specs, after obtaining the Mi Mix 2S firmware files. The publication sifted through the files, finding that the device will pack a Snapdragon 845 chipset, 3400mAh battery and Android Oreo. XDA also confirmed that the device would pack a 2160x1080 display, while finding evidence...