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  • Your rolling guide to Black Friday tech/gaming deals

    It's Black Friday week, which means scores of retailers have cranked up their prices and are pretending to give you a deal with a measly 10% discount. Or something. In any event, we'll be updating this article as retailers serve up their Black Friday deals, showing you the most important discounts. Buy a Nokia 8, get a Nokia 5 too Vodacom is set to run a Black Friday special for those wanting to get their hands on a Nokia 8. "Purchase or upgrade to the Nokia 8 smartphone and get the Nokia 5 smartphone free. Plus 20GB data once off at selected Vodashops and Vodacom online...

  • 9 ridiculously safe smartphone predictions for 2018

    Mobile AI hardware? Bah. Dual cameras on cheaper smartphones? Poppycock. More courage? Hahahaha. Here are a few smartphone predictions for 2018 that are so outlandish they just might be true... Mobile processors are going to get faster It's a ridiculous prediction, I know. But something just tells me that smartphones aren't going to get slower in 2018. Who knew that switching to a single-core processor from 2012 wasn't on the cards for next year's flagship smartphones? The cameras are going to get better We've seen 4K video and great low-light performance out of this year's smartphones, but we doubt that VGA-quality cameras will be the...

  • How well do enhanced 360 titles run on Xbox One X?

    Microsoft's Xbox One X is already delivering on its promise of better looking and/or smoother Xbox One games, but what about Xbox 360 titles? We heard earlier this month that seven last-gen titles would be getting the enhanced treatment for Xbox One X. So Digital Foundry put these to the test. Starting with Halo 3, the publication reports that we get a 1920p native resolution (a nine-fold increase in pixel count over the original), not quite being native 2160p/4K. But we also see better texture detail, improved details in general and HDR effects. Gears of War 3 delivers a big step up...

  • Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp now available worldwide

    Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, the latest Nintendo game to hit mobile devices, has been available in Australia for a few weeks now. But the rest of the world can finally see what all the fuss is about today, as the game gets a worldwide release on Android and iOS. Of course, enterprising gamers have been able to switch regions (for iOS) or side-load the APK (for Android) to get their hands on the new title. In any event, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp brings the experience to smartphones for the first time, as you manage a camp of anthropomorphic villagers. Most of the...

  • Forza Motorsport 7 review: more like Forza 6.5?

    We've gotten to the point where a new Forza game is expected every year, as inevitable as a new Call of Duty or Assassin's Creed title. So does that mean Forza Motorsport 7 is a paint-by-numbers entry that shows signs of franchise fatigue? Let's start with the visual department, being a strong point for Forza Motorsport with each entry (save for FM 2 though). This year's title looks as fantastic as ever, featuring 1080p/60fps visuals on the base model Xbox One -- much like Forza Motorsport 6. I'm hard-pressed to point out any particular visual improvement over the previous FM title on...

  • When should you expect OnePlus 5T in South Africa?

    The OnePlus 5 finally makes its way to South Africa this month courtesy of Cernotech, coming as the OnePlus 5T variant is revealed internationally. Weighing in at R12 000 prepaid or R599 a month via FNB, the OnePlus 5 still packs plenty of features. What if you'd prefer the OnePlus 5T instead? Is the distributor going to bring in the new handset as well? "We will be importing the OnePlus 5T once we have finalised Icasa and mobile network testing in SA," Cernotech's Marielle Müller told Gearburn. "We hope for that to be early next year," the representative added. "Pricing will only be confirmed...

  • Apple HomePod release date slips to ‘early 2018’

    The HomePod was one of the biggest Apple announcements of the year, as the Cupertino company joined Google and Amazon in developing a smart speaker. Apple sought to differentiate the HomePod by positioning it as a premium sound system -- hence a steep US$349 price tag. But you're also getting Siri integration, the ability to daisy chain HomePods and the ability to analyse your room to create the best audio experience. The company was originally targeting a December 2017 launch date. Now, Apple has issued a statement to US media, revealing an "early 2018" release date instead. "We can't wait for people to...

  • Five weird smart devices you might not know about

    Every day the Internet of Things grows, with new and unique smart devices being added to the market. We've heard of smart watches, smart fridges and even smart coffee machines. But there are some smart devices that many of us never saw coming -- from autonomous lawnmowers to Bluetooth-enabled condoms. Here are five smart devices you never knew existed. 1. Smart Wine Bottle Sleeve If buying expensive wine is not helping you reach the ultimate level of pretentiousness that you desire, you could always invest in a WiFi enabled wine sleeve. Kuvée, a company which specialises in advanced and sophisticated wine bottles,...

  • Steam sees huge Chinese growth (thanks to PUBG?)

    Steam's October 2017 hardware and software survey has revealed a huge shift in numbers across the board, with Chinese easily the most popular language right now. In fact, Simplified Chinese saw a jump of 26.58% to hit 56.12%, meaning that Chinese is used on just over half of all Steam-enabled computers. Some of the other notable user numbers pertain to Windows 7 (gaining 22.2% to hit 63.2%), total hard drive space (computers with more than 1TB of space grew by almost 21% to 65.60%) and display resolution (full HD resolution grew by 14.59% to account for 71.38% of Steam-enabled computers). According to PC Games N,...

  • Android Oreo: has your phone received it?

    Android Oreo has been pushed out a while back, appearing out of the box on the Pixel 2 and Huawei Mate 10. But when will other brands deliver the update? We'll be periodically updating this page as brands roll out Oreo. Note: We'll be updating this article as brands reveal Oreo plans and as major phones receive the update. Asus Earlier this year, the company revealed that it would be "gradually" rolling out updates to compatible phones until the end of the first half of 2018. No word if the green button has been pushed yet, signalling the start of the rollout. As for compatible...