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  • 6 fascinating smartphone features enabled by AI chips

    The past two months have seen both Apple and Huawei launch smartphones, with each device expected to sell by the millions. But beneath the dual camera trickery, cutting-edge biometrics and "courage", we're also seeing the introduction of silicon devoted to artificial intelligence (AI). The Huawei Mate 10 was first out the gate, its Kirin 970 processor featuring a dedicated "Neural Processing Unit" or NPU to speed things up. Meanwhile, Apple's iPhone X packs a screaming A11 processor, which also touts a "Neural Engine". This "engine" is essentially a dual-core chip housed within the image signal processor. So it's all good that these phones are packing...

  • Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp announced for mobile [Video]

    We already knew that Nintendo was planning an Animal Crossing title for smartphones, now, the company shed more light on Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp. Coming to Android and iOS as a free-to-play title, Pocket Camp swaps out houses for tents, as you become a camp manager. "Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp is a game about exploring nature, making friends, and collecting cool items to help you create the campsite of your dreams!" read an FAQ on the website. Otherwise, as the below video shows, it still seems like a familiar experience for series fans. So that means collecting (and placing) furniture, going fishing, gathering...

  • iPhone 8 sales sluggish, consumers waiting for iPhone X?

    Apple's iPhone 8 went on sale last month and you'd expect sales to be fantastic. But reports find that the 2017 models just aren't selling as well as the iPhone 7. A report by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) found iPhone 8 and 8 Plus sales to account for 16% of US sales for the quarter ending 1 October. How does that stack up to previous sales? "On the other hand, in the same time frame last year, iPhone 7 and 7 Plus together accounted for 43% of sales. Two years ago, the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus represented 24% of sales....

  • Confirmed: Microsoft is gussying up OG Xbox, Xbox 360 games for X1

    Earlier this week, we saw a purported list of original Xbox games coming to Xbox One. Now, Microsoft has made it official and revealed some interesting perks as part of the project. Starting today, original Xbox games will be hitting the current-generation console, the Redmond company explained. But in a rather cool move, Microsoft is upping the resolution for each title, claiming a four-fold increase in pixels on Xbox One and a sixteen-fold increase on Xbox One X. "The 13 Original Xbox games releasing tomorrow will look better on the Xbox One family of devices, taking advantage of the power of Xbox One with...

  • Better Late Than Never: The Observer and Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

    It's 'Better Late Than Never' time again, the review series that takes a look at the gaming titles we have unforgivably overlooked in recent months. In this instalment we will be looking at the terrifying psychological cyberpunk thriller, The Observer, and the equally menacing Viking adventure, Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice. Although these two titles are set ages apart, they both explore the wonders and dangers of the human mind. If you're looking for a truly unique, polished, and thought-provoking experience, both these titles should be the top of your list. The Observer Ever since Blooper Team SA announced their latest cyberpunk title, The...

  • That was quick: Sony Xperia XZ Premium gets Oreo update

    Sony's Xperia XZ Premium (review) wasn't perfect by any measure, but it's certainly one of the more exciting smartphones launched this year. Now, the Japanese company has announced that it's launching the Oreo update (Android 8.0) for the handset. So what should you expect? For starters, the device will be getting the 3D scanning tool, first seen on the XZ1 and XZ1 Compact. "It lets you scan your face, head, food or any object, rendering it as a 3D avatar or free-form image in less than 60 seconds, and makes it easy to share on social media with friends or 3D...

  • GT Sport, Forza Motorsport 7 graphics compared

    Gran Turismo Sport and Forza Motorsport 7 are both pushing the limits of console hardware, especially with 4K-capable consoles a reality. But which one is the better looking game? Sure, Forza has native 4K on Xbox One X and PC, but that isn't the be-all-and-end-all. And if you thought it was the key difference-maker, well, Digital Foundry's analysis might surprise you. The publication put together a comprehensive video, putting identical cars and tracks under the microscope. And the winner? Well, Forza has a resolution and track detail advantage, while Gran Turismo Sport's lighting, car detail and draw distance get the nod, for starters....

  • TV box spec comparison: Kwese Play vs Telkom LIT TV

    The battle for streaming devices is heating up in South Africa, as Telkom launched its LIT TV box a month or two ago and the Kwese Play box also received a release. But which one is better based on the specs and price? We take a look. Horsepower From a sheer power perspective, there's no doubting that the LIT TV box looks like the better option. Featuring a quad-core A53 chipset, 2GB of RAM and 8GB of expandable storage, it's clear that Telkom's device is more powerful on paper. By comparison, the Kwese Play box has 512MB RAM and 256MB of expandable storage....

  • Google Pixel 2 XL suffering from screen burn-in already?

    Screen burn-in is almost inevitable with AMOLED displays, as UI elements get seared into the screen over time. But the key here is "over time" -- the Pixel 2 XL appears to be suffering from the issue after a much shorter period of time. According to Android Central, their Pixel 2 XL review unit has been in use for roughly a week and the navigation bar is already scorched into the display. That's some pretty wild OLED burn-in on the Pixel 2 XL after maybe 7 days of full-time use pic.twitter.com/EPJTs6D0Kg — Alex Dobie (@alexdobie) October 22, 2017 The publication noted that in the week...

  • Has list of backwards compatible OG Xbox games been revealed?

    Microsoft made quite a surprising announcement at E3 this year, when it revealed that original Xbox games were coming to Xbox One via backwards compatibility. The news means that all three generations of Xbox games would be playable on the Xbox One -- at least to some extent. Now, a Twitter user has published what seems to be a preliminary list of original Xbox games coming to the current-generation console. So which titles apparently made the cut? Titles shown in the tweet are: Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Dead to Rights, Red Faction 2, Fuzion Frenzy, The King of Fighters...