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  • ‘We beat Apple in China because they didn’t adapt’

    Apple was beaten in China by Oppo and Vivo because they failed to adapt to the market, the founder of the two companies claimed. Duan Yongping, the founder of BBK, which is the parent company of both Oppo and Vivo, told Bloomberg that the Cupertino company didn't adapt to local trends. "Apple couldn't beat us in China because even they have flaws," the founder told the publication. "They're maybe too stubborn sometimes. They made a lot of great things, like their operating system, but we surpass them in other areas." Duan is still a fan of Apple and CEO Tim Cook, however. "I've met...

  • Super Mario Run and more: 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. We've got a big-hitting title in this week's roundup of mobile games, but there are a few more noteworthy video games worth trying out. My pick of the lot? Well, I hope Death Road To Canada hits Android... Super Mario Run (free to try - Android, iOS) Super Mario Run first came out in December for iOS, but now, Android users are able to grab it as well. The game has you leaping and...

  • Super Mario Run is now available on Android

    It's taken roughly three months, but Super Mario Run has finally made its way from Apple's iOS to Android. Yes, the side-scrolling platformer can now be enjoyed on the world's most popular mobile platform -- but what should you expect? For starters, the game's first four levels (courses 1-1 to 1-4) are free to play, but you'll need to splash out just over R131 to get all 24 courses. Otherwise, expect one-handed platforming, as you control Mario's leaps through each level. Nintendo has also made a point of allowing players to choose their path through the level at various points, so it's...

  • Meet APSARA: a cardboard drone for humanitarian emergencies

    In recent years, drones have slowly cemented themselves as an integral part of our future, providing us with a whole new dimension of possibilities. One of the latest additions to the drone family is the APSARA drone, a drone designed to potentially deliver supplies such as medicine in humanitarian crises. The APSARA drone, formally known as the "Aerial Platform Supporting Autonomous Resupply Actions" drone, is the creation of San Francisco-based robotics company, Otherlab. The project started as a challenge to Otherlab by DARPA, who also helped fund the project under its ICARUS programme, to design a single-use drone that will carry...

  • Bixby: Samsung details virtual assistant, set for Galaxy S8

    The early Galaxy S8 rumours have claimed that the smartphone will be shipping with Samsung's own virtual assistant, dubbed Bixby. Now, the South Korean tech manufacturer has confirmed the existence of the service. In a post on Samsung Mobile Press, Samsung's InJong Rhee says that machines are supposed to adapt and learn from us -- not the other way around. The head of R&D, software and services explains that the interface must be natural enough to "flatten" the learning curve, no matter how many functions get added. "With this new approach, Samsung has employed artificial intelligence, reinforcing deep learning concepts to the...

  • Apple quietly introduces new 9.7-inch iPad

    In what could be a sign of its shifting priorities, Apple has stealthily announced an updated version of its 9.7-inch iPad. The company quietly revealed the new tablet on its website this week, being available in selected markets from Friday 24 March. Expect to pay US$329 for the 32GB WiFi-only model and US$459 for the 32GB WiFi and cellular variant. Want the 128GB model? It'll set you back US$429 for the WiFi-only model and US$559 for the cellular version. As for upgrades, the new iPad packs 2016's A9 processor, originally found in the iPhone 6s and the iPhone SE. So those expecting...

  • Android O dev preview released: what’s new?

    It's about time for the next major iteration of Android to be released, isn't it? So Google has done just that by pushing out the Android O developer preview this week. According to a blog post by David Burke, VP of engineering for Android at Google, battery savings are a key focus area for the latest update. "Building on the work we began in Nougat, Android O puts a big priority on improving a user's battery life and the device's interactive performance. To make this possible, we've put additional automatic limits on what apps can do in the background, in three...

  • PS Store sale hits SA: get FFXV for R214, much more

    The PlayStation Store is currently holding a European sale and, fortunately, South Africa is included in the mix. So what are some of the more notable deals, then? Well, CheapGamer reports that BEYOND: Two Souls (R159), Bloodborne (R399/R328 for PS Plus members), Final Fantasy XV (R641.40/R213.80), God of War 3: Remastered (R249/R166.65), Infamous: Second Son (R249/R154.65), The Last Guardian (R399) and Uncharted 4 (R399/R309.10) are some of the more notable deals. Otherwise, PS4 gamers can also look forward to Knack for R95. Hold the "it's still not worth it" jokes. Got a PS3? Well, you're in for a treat as well, with...

  • Who won big at IGF 2017 gaming awards?

    The Independent Games Festival (IGF) Awards is arguably the most respected awards event for indie titles, with a wide variety of famous winners. Now, the 2017 edition has concluded, so who were the winners? Quadrilateral Cowboy was the top dog, bringing home two awards, including the Seumas McNally Grand Prize (US$30 000 prize) and the Excellence in Design award. Hyper Light Drifter was the only other  game to win two awards, in the form of Excellence in Visual Art and the Audience Award. Check out the full list of winners below, courtesy of the IGF website: Excellence in Narrative ($3000) Ladykiller in a Bind (Love Conquers All...

  • Is this Samsung’s DeX dock for Galaxy S8?

    We've already got Ubuntu for Phones (or Ubuntu Touch, whatever it's called) and Microsoft's Continuum for Phones, allowing smartphones to offer a PC-like experience via a dock. But reports persist that Samsung's Galaxy S8 will join the party as well. Now, German publication WinFuture has revealed a render of the desktop dock, called DeX (desktop experience). So what should you expect? The publication reports that the dock, which boasts a "collapsible" design, packs two USB 2.0 ports, an Ethernet port topping out at 100Mbps, USB Type-C port and an HDMI port. The other purported feature is a cooling fan, allowing the...