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  • Now Xiaomi has copied Apple’s gestures

    Xiaomi gained a reputation in its early years as a company that heavily copied Apple, from hardware design and product names to the look of its MIUI Android skin. The company has come a long way since then, revealing innovative wares like the Mi Mix range. But the most recent addition to the MIUI skin is a blatant copy of Apple's iPhone X gestures. Called Full Display Gestures and coming to the MIUI 9 beta, it offers virtually identical gestures to the OLED iPhone. "In the newly introduced full display gestures, if you want to go back to the Home screen, you...

  • Q&A: Xbox’s Albert Penello on exclusives, PC Game Pass and more

    The Xbox One X is out of the gate, giving gamers the chance to get to grips with the most powerful gaming console ever made. But how did the console all come about? What about exclusives? And could we see Xbox Game Pass come to PC? We conducted an email Q&A with Albert Penello, senior director of Xbox console marketing. Truth be told, most of the answers aren't surprising, but it still delivers some interesting insights anyway. Gearburn: When did development of the Xbox One X start? What was one of the more surprising or stranger things you encountered during development? Albert Penello...

  • Wave goodbye to WhatsApp on BlackBerry, WP this week

    WhatsApp is the most popular mobile messaging platform in the world right now, being available on a variety of smartphone platforms. But the mobile world moves at a fast pace and the Facebook-owned service will be killing support for three platforms on 31 December 2017. Yes, WhatsApp users on BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10, Windows Phone 8 (and older) will need a new smartphone if they want to keep using WhatsApp in the new year. Got a Nokia Series 40 phone (like the Asha range)? Then your phone will be supported until 31 December 2018. Got an Android 2.3 (or older) smartphone? You've...

  • By the numbers: Gearburn’s top ten articles of 2017

    We're less than a week away from the end of the year, so it seems like a no-brainer to look at the most popular articles of 2017. We used Google Analytics to figure out the ten most popular stories of the year, so let's get on with the countdown. 10) MTN reveals Nokia 3, Nokia 5 prices HMD brought the Nokia name to Android phones in 2017 (well, we don't count the Nokia X), starting with the Nokia 3, 5 and 6. Featuring great specs for the price and pure Android, these phones quickly made a name for themselves. South Africa, a traditional Nokia...

  • Watch these 5 smartphone brands in 2018

    2017 was a year for tall screens and itsy bitsy borders, delivering high-end smartphones with a distinctive look compared to years prior. Apple, Samsung, LG and others got on this bandwagon, offering a host of other features as well. But what could we expect from these players next year? We look at a few mobile brands you should be watching in 2018. Apple Let's start with the juggernaut. The company enjoyed both a tick and a tock year, offering the otherwise safe iPhone 8 and 8 Plus (review) devices. But it was the iPhone X that really stood out, serving up that...

  • Steam Winter Sale is here, so what’s worth getting?

    Digital game sales are always a great way to add a few gems to your library, and the Steam Winter Sale is no exception obviously. The sale, which kicked off yesterday (21 December) and ends on 4 January 2018, has a number of solid deals right now. So which ones should you consider? For starters, space-faring title Elite: Dangerous has received a 75% discount to R105, but you'll need to splash out R210 on the Horizons Season Pass if you want to explore planets. We've also got a 50% discount on Inside (now R109.50), 50% off Tekken 7 (now R449.50), 90% off...

  • Apple cracks down on lootboxes, devs now have to disclose details

    Lootboxes have become one of the most contentious issues in the gaming industry in recent times, as everything from PC and console titles to smartphone games offer the feature. Whether it's an endless running game or a blockbuster action title, "randomised" item drops have become a key fixture in games. And developers have allowed users to actually buy these item drops too, making for a key avenue of cash. Now, Apple has decided to step up to the plate, Polygon reports, issuing a new set of guidelines for App Store developers that implement lootboxes. "Apps offering 'loot boxes' or other mechanisms that...

  • A (non) update on Amazon Alexa coming to South Africa

    Earlier this year, we got word from LG that it was targeting Alexa-enabled appliances for South Africa in 2018. The Korean firm quickly distanced itself from these remarks though, saying it can't confirm the local timing for Alexa-enabled appliances. At the time of the news, we attempted to contact Amazon's representatives to get the story from the horse's mouth, but to no avail. In any event, we've since circled back for another attempt, finally getting an answer of sorts. "I understand you're curious to learn about whether Alexa is heading to South Africa in 2018. Thanks for your interest," an Amazon...

  • 4 battery benchmarks that prove the Mate 10 Pro is king [Sponsored]

    The Huawei Mate series has always been an endurance champion, as almost every device delivered a large battery. The Mate 10 Pro is no different then, sporting a 4000mAh battery that's bigger than most high-end phones out there. In conjunction with the phone's AI chipset, you can expect two days of battery life from the Mate 10 Pro. Don't believe us? Here's what some of the leading websites reported after testing. GSMArena One of the most popular tech websites on the internet also runs a comprehensive battery test on major smartphones, the Mate 10 Pro being no exception. This benchmark sees a phone...

  • Yes, Apple is basically throttling older iPhones (but here’s why)

    The iPhone has hit the headlines for some interesting reasons this week after a reddit thread and testing by respected developer Primate Labs. Primate Labs, the developer of the GeekBench benchmark tool, as well as redditors, pointed out that iPhones with degraded batteries saw throttled performance. In fact, the reddit thread saw the user run a Geekbench test, replace their old battery with a new one, and then re-running the test. "I did a Geekbench score, and found I was getting 1466 Single (core) and 2512 Multi (core). This did not change whether I had low power mode on or off. After changing my...