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  • Game Dev Tycoon has you fighting game pirates with DRM

    Game Dev Tycoon is just the latest tribute to Kairosoft's Game Dev Story, charging players with running a video game developer and making a variety of decisions. Now, you'll need to take piracy into account, thanks to a new update from developer Greenheart Games. "Try your luck surviving the harsh realities of piracy in this new ultra-hard game mode in which you have to invent DRM and sell company shares to survive," reads an excerpt from the studio's blog entry. The team adds that if you implement DRM, it'll upset fans. Catch-22 situation, indeed. The version 1.6 update also adds a new console in...

  • Mediatek CTO Kevin Jou on Qualcomm comparisons, AI chips, more

    Mediatek has changed its strategy for 2018, following a rather bruising 2017 at the high-end of the market. We first got word of the plans at AfricaCom last year, when general manager for international sales Finbarr Moynihan revealed it would be taking a "bit of a break" from the flagship market. But its new strategy is rather intriguing if the new Helio P60 chip, revealed at MWC, is anything to go by. Featuring dedicated AI silicon (called an APU), a powerful octacore CPU (four A53 and four A73 cores) and a 12nm manufacturing process, it's shaping up to be a contender in...

  • Crash Bandicoot N Sane Trilogy set for Switch, PC, X1

    The Crash Bandicoot N Sane Trilogy was one of the better remasterings out there, as the games received a drastic visual overhaul while retaining the spirit of the seminal platformers. Speculation grew that the trilogy was only a timed exclusive, and that's now been confirmed after last night's Nintendo Direct presentation, showing that the game was coming to Nintendo Switch. However, Activision has since published a blog post to reveal that it was coming to Xbox One and Steam as well. Expect a 10 July launch date for the Switch, Xbox One and Steam versions of the N Sane Trilogy. Other games...

  • Can KaiOS make feature-phones cool again?

    The new Nokia 8110 is definitely smarter than the 2017 Nokia 3310 reboot, in large part due to the implementation of the KaiOS platform. The software is certainly an improvement on paper compared to last year's overpriced feature-phone then, but what is KaiOS anyway? Origins and requirements It's not an entirely new mobile operating system, having its roots in the now-abandoned FireFoxOS project. So that means it's a platform based on web technologies such as HTML5. In other words, it's an ideal fit for phones with modest specifications. Android Go supports phones with 512MB of RAM and upward, while the web-based platform offers...

  • Gear4’s Oxford vs Picadilly: the battle of the Galaxy S8 cases

    It might seem a bit dumb of us to review two Samsung Galaxy S8 cases now considering that S9 just launched, but here's a hot take: the S9 is more an evolution than revolution. If you don't need a dual camera setup, an aperture-changing camera or more Bixby, then an S8 should suffice. For those of you who agree with that statement, this particular dual review is for you. We recently received two new Gear4 products. The case manufacturer is known for using D30 impact protection material in its frames, and British nomenclature in its packaging. So, as a result, we're...

  • Watch new trailer for SA’s own Semblance, coming to PC, Switch

    Semblance is one of the more eagerly anticipated games coming from the African continent, the product of Nyamakop Games. Now, the studio has revealed a new trailer for the title, which is set to launch on Steam and Nintendo Switch. The trailer is also accompanied by news that the game has a publisher in the form of Good Shepherd Entertainment, responsible for titles like the Oh Sir franchise and Breach and Clear: Deadline. In case you've missed the game's concept, Semblance is a side-scrolling platformer that allows you to deform the environment to progress. "Can't reach a collectible? Just deform and elevate a...

  • Huawei P20 range leaked: triple camera on one model

    Huawei is gearing up for a 27 March event in Paris, where it's expected to launch the P20 range, including a standard model, plus variant and the more affordable P20 Lite. Now, serial leaker Evan Blass has delivered the goods, publishing renders for all of the devices. More colors. pic.twitter.com/i5LoHmDcpi — Evan Blass (@evleaks) March 7, 2018 And it seems like the Huawei P20 Plus/Pro will be the only model to pack three cameras, as per recent rumours and Huawei's own teases. Meanwhile, both the P20 Lite and standard P20 pack two cameras. Another interesting detail is that all three phones sport the divisive notch...

  • Android P dev preview out: all major features detailed!

    Android Oreo is running on just over 1% of all Android devices right now, but that hasn't stopped Google from announcing the developer preview for Android P. The latest version of Android is available now for developers to try out. And if MWC wasn't a hint, then Google is also telling us that notches are an accepted thing on Android now. Yep, notch support is built into Android P. "Cutout support works seamlessly for apps, with the system managing status bar height to separate your content from the cutout. If you have critical, immersive content, you can also use new APIs to check...

  • Expect new AI chip next year, smart speaker tech everywhere – Arm

    Between instruction sets and hardware designs, Arm influences 99.9% of the smartphone industry. So the company's views are key to understanding where the industry at large is going next. For one, the mobile industry is pushing for ever smaller smartphone chip designs, which will yield greater efficiency and thus better battery life. Top-end phones are all packing 10 nanometre (nm) chip designs -- a strand of human DNA is roughly 2.5 nanometres by comparison. Meanwhile, in the budget space, we've seen 14nm chips from the likes of Qualcomm (e.g. Snapdragon 625, 630, 660) while Mediatek's new Helio P60 (announced at MWC) will...

  • How to have a movie night to remember [Sponsored]

    As the weather gets colder, the nights get longer. Going out is becoming a hassle and you want nothing more than to curl up by the fire and soak up the warmth. At the same time, you want a little more excitement during these cozy nights in. Well, we have the answer. Time to turn on your QLED TV, turn down the lights and grab some popcorn -- it's movie night! And what better way to get lost in the movie world than with the immersive experience of 4K HDR, HDR 1500, and HDR10+ in one screen? 4K HDR takes you...