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  • Nintendo Switch: what issues are people experiencing?

    The Nintendo Switch has clearly enjoyed plenty of success in its first few days on the market, as reports emerge that European and US opening sales have broken records. Still, gamers are finding that records aren't the only things being broken, as people report several issues... Scratches due to the dock Users on reddit and elsewhere are finding scratches on their screen if they don't dock it absolutely perfectly. The culprit seems to be one of the braces in the Switch dock itself, forcing some users to come up with DIY solutions in order to better protect the screen. The infamous connectivity issue with...

  • Nvidia launches beefy Jetson TX2 credit-card computer

    Who says that credit card-sized computers have to be a little underpowered and super-cheap? Certainly not Nvidia, having just announced the Jetson TX2 computer board. The Jetson TX2 looks to bring AI computing to the likes of factory robots, commercial drones and smart cameras in smart cities, the graphics chip colossus wrote in a statement. "Jetson TX2 brings powerful AI capabilities at the edge, making possible a new class of intelligent machines," said Deepu Talla, vice president and general manager of the Tegra business at NVIDIA, in a statement. "These devices will enable intelligent video analytics that keep our cities smarter and safer,...

  • Huawei Mate 9 review: the P10 is coming soon

    The Huawei Mate 8 (review) was a pretty good phablet upon its release, delivering a powerful chipset, capable camera and that long-lasting battery. The P9 (review) stepped things up in the camera department, delivering a well-received dual-camera setup, but falling a little short in the battery department (it was still good though), compared to the Mate device. Now, with Huawei's Mate 9 available in South Africa, we've got a Mate device that manages to combine a large battery and dual-camera setup. So is this the best of both worlds or a disappointment? Let's get on with the review... It's definitely got the...

  • Nintendo Switch breaks company records in Europe

    Nintendo has announced that the Nintendo Switch has enjoyed the best launch weekend for a Nintendo console in Europe. "We can confirm that, across Europe, Nintendo Switch sold more in its launch weekend than any other Nintendo hardware in history," the company's local representatives wrote in an email to Gearburn. It's not the only spot of good news on this front, as Nintendo said that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild enjoyed the best first-weekend sales for a Nintendo launch title in Europe. The company added that Breath of the Wild topped Wii Sports in terms of first-weekend sales. Despite some...

  • Nintendo Switch JoyCons work natively on PC, Android, Mac

    Recent Nintendo consoles allowed you to connect your controllers to a PC with some finagling. Now, it's been reported that the Nintendo Switch's JoyCon controllers work natively on PC and Android. According to Nintendo Actu on Twitter, the Switch JoyCons are recognised natively on PC, showing up as two separate controllers. However, it's noted that a utility such as JoyToKey is needed to map out buttons, so it's not quite as seamless as you'd think. Les Joy-Con sont également reconnus nativement sur PC et fonctionnent comme des manettes indépendantes. Idéal pour la co-op! #NintendoSwitch pic.twitter.com/fg1qIIlLZr — Nintendo Actu (@NintendoActu) February 28, 2017 The...

  • Are Samsung, MediaTek, Qualcomm hitting a wall for 10nm chips?

    The rule of thumb for processors is that using a smaller design process usually yields performance and efficiency benefits. However, the move to the tiny 10nm process for mobile silicon seems to be a major challenge for Samsung, Qualcomm and MediaTek. According to DigiTimes, citing "industry sources", yield rates for 10nm chips are "unsatisfactory". In fact, MediaTek's Helio X30 chip has been delayed as a result of chipmaker TSMC's struggles. It's not the first time the delay has been reported, with Nikkei interviewing MediaTek's Jeffery Ju late last month. "Our chip is a bit delayed because the yield rate of 10nm...

  • Xiaomi Mi 6 to pack Xperia XZ Premium camera?

    The Xiaomi Mi 5 (review) was one of our favourite smartphones of 2016, packing a powerful chipset and more into a phone that had a price tag below all other flagships. But what could the Xiaomi Mi 6 have in store for us? A report from prolific website My Drivers (Google Translate) has revealed a few supposed details around the upcoming smartphone, starting with the presence of the Snapdragon 835 processor. The publication says that, unlike the Xiaomi Mi 5, the Mi 6 will stick to the highest-clocked Snapdragon chip across the board. Last year, the Mi 5 was divided into three variants, with...

  • LeEco Le 2: Takealot-exclusive phone sending dodgy ads? [Update 2]

    Update, 7 March 2017: In order to figure out whether this was an isolated case or not, I requested a second review unit. I took delivery of the second unit last month, using it sparingly over a period of two to three weeks (I left the phone at home for a week in February when I travelled overseas). However, Friday 3 March saw a dodgy notification popping up once again, after several days of using the handset. Holding down on the notification showed that the file manager was to blame again. Check out the screenshots below. Update, 1 February 2017: Takealot has told...

  • The Gearburn Podcast #8: who stood out at MWC 2017?

    MWC 2017, the biggest smartphone exhibition of the year, has come and gone. But the real question is who emerged as the big winners this time out? Huawei, LG and HMD/Nokia held their conferences on Sunday, with the P10, LG G6 and Nokia 3310 all making a splash. Meanwhile, Sony, holding its event on Monday, actually won an award thanks to the cutting-edge specs of its Xperia XZ Premium handset. Between a 4K HDR screen, powerful chipset, water-resistant design and super slow-motion camera setup, there's a lot to like about the new smartphone. But with an unspecified release date, rival phones are...

  • Watch: Is this the Samsung Galaxy S8?

    Thanks to a few high-profile leaks in recent weeks, we already have a great idea of what the Samsung Galaxy S8 looks like. Now, we've seen another purported leak take place, this time, in the form of a video. Instagram and YouTube user 505nick showed off a brief five-second clip of the apparent flagship, being a tantalising glimpse at Samsung's superphone. It's also worth noting that there's a sticker marked "confidential" on the back of the device, urging people not to take photos or sell the phone. "Do not leak info," reads the third and final instruction on the phone's sticker. The...