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  • ‘We beat Apple in China because they didn’t adapt’

    Apple was beaten in China by Oppo and Vivo because they failed to adapt to the market, the founder of the two companies claimed. Duan Yongping, the founder of BBK, which is the parent company of both Oppo and Vivo, told Bloomberg that the Cupertino company didn't adapt to local trends. "Apple couldn't beat us in China because even they have flaws," the founder told the publication. "They're maybe too stubborn sometimes. They made a lot of great things, like their operating system, but we surpass them in other areas." Duan is still a fan of Apple and CEO Tim Cook, however. "I've met...

  • Super Mario Run and more: this week’s top mobile games

    Welcome to Gearburn's Mobile Game Picks of the Week, a weekly series in which Hadlee takes a look at the latest, most entertaining, or time-consuming mobile games on portable screens. We've got a big-hitting title in this week's roundup of mobile games, but there are a few more noteworthy video games worth trying out. My pick of the lot? Well, I hope Death Road To Canada hits Android... Super Mario Run (free to try - Android, iOS) Super Mario Run first came out in December for iOS, but now, Android users are able to grab it as well. The game has you leaping and...

  • Bixby: Samsung details virtual assistant, set for Galaxy S8

    The early Galaxy S8 rumours have claimed that the smartphone will be shipping with Samsung's own virtual assistant, dubbed Bixby. Now, the South Korean tech manufacturer has confirmed the existence of the service. In a post on Samsung Mobile Press, Samsung's InJong Rhee says that machines are supposed to adapt and learn from us -- not the other way around. The head of R&D, software and services explains that the interface must be natural enough to "flatten" the learning curve, no matter how many functions get added. "With this new approach, Samsung has employed artificial intelligence, reinforcing deep learning concepts to the...

  • Android O dev preview released: what’s new?

    It's about time for the next major iteration of Android to be released, isn't it? So Google has done just that by pushing out the Android O developer preview this week. According to a blog post by David Burke, VP of engineering for Android at Google, battery savings are a key focus area for the latest update. "Building on the work we began in Nougat, Android O puts a big priority on improving a user's battery life and the device's interactive performance. To make this possible, we've put additional automatic limits on what apps can do in the background, in three...

  • Is this Samsung’s DeX dock for Galaxy S8?

    We've already got Ubuntu for Phones (or Ubuntu Touch, whatever it's called) and Microsoft's Continuum for Phones, allowing smartphones to offer a PC-like experience via a dock. But reports persist that Samsung's Galaxy S8 will join the party as well. Now, German publication WinFuture has revealed a render of the desktop dock, called DeX (desktop experience). So what should you expect? The publication reports that the dock, which boasts a "collapsible" design, packs two USB 2.0 ports, an Ethernet port topping out at 100Mbps, USB Type-C port and an HDMI port. The other purported feature is a cooling fan, allowing the...

  • The chase for thin bezels is lovely, but is it worth it?

    The past few months have seen the trend of thin bezels, or a high screen/body ratio, making headlines. Sharp's Aquos Crystal popularised the trend back in 2014, and then we had the Xiaomi Mi Mix, released late last year. The Mi Mix managed to up the ante in an incredible way, delivering super-thin bezels that makes for an astounding design. Even Samsung's rumoured Galaxy S8 and LG's G6 (hands-on) don't quite stack up in terms of design, it could be argued. Xiaomi's smartphone retains some incredibly thin borders on three sides, with the bottom being the only part of the phone...

  • Sony Xperia L1 is pretty in picture but boring on paper

    If you didn't think Sony has enough smartphones on its roster this year, you might want to quickly reevaluate that thought. The company has announced yet another device for introduction this year, dubbed the Sony Xperia L1. Yep, that's a redux for a moniker that was last used in 2013. The series will likely prop up Sony's mobile lineup, perhaps even replacing the Xperia E range. The company hasn't yet confirmed this though. So what's Sony's chief marketing mantra with this phone? "Meet the smartphone that performs as good as it looks," the company writes on its product page. The mid-range Sony Xperia...

  • Galaxy S8 prices leaked: will it break the bank though?

    We already know a lot about the Samsung Galaxy S8 phones, thanks in large part due to recent leaks. Now, another leak has occurred, in the form of pricing for the device... According to the ever-reliable Evan Blass, the Galaxy S8 will have a €799 price tag and the Galaxy S8+ will feature a €899 price. Do an ill-advised currency conversion (other costs still have to be taken into account), and you're looking at R10 906 for the S8 and R12 271 for the S8+. Don't expect Xiaomi pricing for the upcoming Galaxy S8, according to the latest information In other words, you can...

  • Galaxy S8 to have 1000fps video, iris scanner – report

    The Samsung Galaxy S8 rumour mill has been churning out a constant stream of stories, but the latest claim might just be one of the biggest. According to SamMobile and Korean outlet Naver, the new Samsung flagship will have a similar high fps video recording function as the newly announced Sony Xperia XZ Premium. It's claimed that the Galaxy S8 will have a 1000fps option, as opposed to Sony's 960fps feature. It's believed that Samsung has achieved this in a similar manner to Sony, by attaching fast DRAM to the camera sensor. However, it's claimed that Samsung isn't using Sony's camera...

  • Golf Zero and Llama Llama Spit Spit: this week’s top mobile games

    Welcome to Gearburn's Mobile Game Picks of the Week, a weekly series in which Hadlee takes a look at the latest, most entertaining, or time-consuming mobile games on portable screens. There are loads of mobile games coming out all the time, so which ones are actually worth downloading? Fortunately, we have a bumper collection of quality games this week, so scroll down for the meaty list! Humble Best of Strategy Mobile Bundle (paid - Android) You can always rely on the Humble Bundle website to deliver great value for money. And their latest Android bundle is a must-have for strategy fans. The Best...