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  • Chinese top dog Vivo to launch smartphones in Africa

    Vivo and Oppo are two of the most popular smartphone brands in China, going toe to toe with the likes of Huawei, Apple and Xiaomi. Vivo in particular has come from nowhere in the past year or two, quickly gobbling up marketshare thanks to some capable yet affordable phones. Now, the company has confirmed that it'll be conducting a dramatic expansion, targeting the likes of Russia and Hong Kong. "As part of its expansion into more markets, the company will soon bring their products to Taiwan, Singapore and Russia, as their first foray into the European market, followed by a push into the African...

  • Nintendo Switch tops hardware sales in US for third straight month

    The Nintendo Switch enjoyed a fantastic launch, as units flew off shelves around the world. The big question is whether that momentum can be sustained, and the answer thus far is yes. US sales figures released by the NPD Group show that the console is at the top of the charts for September. When you combine Switch, SNES Mini and 3DS sales, Nintendo systems account for two-thirds of all hardware sales for the month. Whichever way you cut it, that's a huge slice of the pie. "This marks the third straight month that Nintendo Switch has been number one, and the fifth...

  • Nintendo Switch gets huge update: here are all features

    If there's one major criticism of the Nintendo Switch, it's that the operating system is just too basic for modern tastes. Sure, it's fast, but there are loads of missing features that modern gamers take for granted. Now, the company has released the 4.0 update for the hybrid console, bringing a smorgasbord of major features to the table. Probably the most important feature is the ability to transfer user and save data to another Switch (system settings>users>transfer your user and save data). It's unclear exactly how this works, but here's hoping that we get cloud storage down the line as well....

  • ICYMI: enter 2017 Ventureburn Startup Survey and win!

    Ventureburn, in partnership with Telkom Futuremakers and analytics company Qurio, is proud to announce the launch of the second Ventureburn Startup Survey, taking place during the month of October. We are looking again to uncover the nuts and bolts of the startup sector and answer questions like: What are the major challenges facing the country's entrepreneurs? What do South Africa's startup founders look like? What sectors are startups more prevalent in? What types of funding are startups securing, and where are they getting their money from? Why are people flocking to startups to work there? Where is the most startup activity happening in...

  • Report: Shadow of War on Xbox One X is a huge upgrade over PS4 Pro

    The Xbox One X hasn't launched just yet, but we already know from specs that the machine is a marked improvement over the already beefy PS4 Pro. Just how big of an improvement though? Well, Eurogamer's Digital Foundry has shown off a comparison, using Middle Earth: Shadow of War. The video comparison saw PS4 Pro gameplay compared with Xbox One X gameplay captured at a "recent Microsoft event". And the results are a firm win for the Microsoft machine, even at this point. In the comparison, Digital Foundry notes that we have vastly improved textures and better draw distances on the...

  • iPhone 8 gets contract pricing, here’s the damage

    The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus launch in South Africa today, coming just over a month after the initial reveal. Now, we've already delivered prepaid pricing, but what about monthly rates on contract? The iStore has delivered the goods, including iStore card rates. Of course, these are all 24 month contracts. Check out the lengthy table below.

  • Linux is coming to Samsung DeX dock, Galaxy smartphones

    In a cool move, Samsung has announced that it's bringing Linux distributions to its high-end Galaxy smartphones and DeX dock. "Although it's in trial phase, Linux on Galaxy is our innovative solution to bring the Linux experience on PC to mobile, and then further onto a larger display with Samsung DeX. Now developers can code using their mobile on-the-go and seamlessly continue the task on a larger display with Samsung DeX," read an excerpt from the official Samsung Mobile Press website. But how will it work and what will it entail? The Korean company breaks it down for us... "Installed as an app,...

  • Explained: How Google delivered portrait mode on single camera Pixel 2

    The Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL don't have dual-camera setups, but they still ship with an Apple-inspired Portrait Mode for depth-of-field effects. Effects like this traditionally require a dual-camera system for depth calculations and the like. But Google opted for a software and machine learning approach, detailing the techniques and advantages/disadvantages in a new blog post. Google engineers Marc Levoy and Yael Pritch explain that if they could figure out the distance between the smartphone camera and various points in the scene, they could create depth-of-field and bokeh effects. How the effect is traditionally achieved A shot...

  • Nokia 7 official, packing efficient Snapdragon 630 chip, OZO Audio

    HMD Global seems to be on a roll this year, with its first crop of Nokia smartphones (3, 5 and 6) and its first flagship all cautiously looking like great handsets. Now, we have another Nokia-branded smartphone, in the form of the Nokia 7. Available in China for now at a starting price of RMB2499, the phone seems like a firm step between the Nokia 6 and Nokia 8. There's a power-efficient Snapdragon 630 and 4GB/6GB of RAM for starters -- more powerful than the Nokia 6's Snapdragon 430 but less capable than the flagship's Snapdragon 835 silicon. Other noteworthy hardware specs...

  • Gran Turismo Sport VR trailer removed

    In our Gran Turismo Sport VR impressions, we noted that the PlayStation YouTube channel published a somewhat misleading video some time back, showing the feature in action. The video implied that multi-car races were a feature in the game, for starters, while possibly implying that the VR visuals were better than the finished product. As it is, gamers can only use the PSVR in one-on-one races against an AI (no adjustable difficulty at this stage), or switch to the showroom to have a closer look at some cars. In any event, it appears that Sony has since deleted the video from YouTube. But you...