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  • Game Dev Tycoon 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. Looking for a distraction? Or maybe it's a full-fledged experience? Either way, we've got a few mobile games to tickle your fancy as usual. Highlights this time include Game Dev Tycoon on Android and a rather emotional text messaging adventure. Check out the rundown below. Baseball Boy (free - Android, iOS) This title has hit the top of the iTunes charts, perhaps owing to its simple concept. Baseball Boy has you pitching a ball,...

  • Life is Strange: Before the Storm review

    I can't recall the last time I felt more conflicted about a video game than Life is Strange: Before the Storm, a three-episode prequel to the original Life is Strange (2015) saga. After pondering it for days after completion (I still am), I still can't answer this question: is it a good game? Hopefully by the end of this review, the answer will become clear. In terms of a narrative-driven gaming experience, and viewed as a stand-alone title outside the larger series, it is still one of your best bets out there. Its experience is unique, the dialogue well-written, the...

  • Leak: This is the Nokia 1, Nokia 7 Plus

    MWC 2018 is just over a week away and we know HMD Global will be there. Now, we have a better idea of what to expect, courtesy of the ever-reliable Evan Blass. The serial leaker showed off images of the Nokia 1 and Nokia 7 Plus, both of which were heavily tipped for a Barcelona reveal. Nokia 1 pic.twitter.com/LF9f25HByo — Evan Blass (@evleaks) February 14, 2018 The Nokia 1 image shows what appears to be a small entry-level device, featuring a tiny rear camera, rear-facing speaker and no discernible fingerprint scanner. We're expecting an entry-level chipset, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of expandable storage...

  • Hisense to launch two phones in South Africa next month

    Chinese tech firm Hisense might not have much of a smartphone presence in developed markets, but it's certainly got a presence in South Africa, headlined by its rugged C30 Rock (review) and Infinity KO devices. The company also has a few less spectacular budget offerings, and it'll be bringing two mid-range phones to South Africa next month, a representative told Gearburn. "Hisense Infinity F24, Hisense Infinity E7 will be available from March," the firm's Ivan Tian wrote in response to an emailed query. We initially asked about the availability of a mysterious phone that popped up on China's TENAA website. Looking for budget smartphones?...

  • MWC 2018: what to expect from world’s biggest mobile expo

    It's almost time for the annual smartphone extravaganza that is Mobile World Congress (MWC), as everyone from Alcatel to ZTE gets in on the action. There's a lot of information and rumours to sift through, so we did the legwork and show you what to expect from the major brands. Alcatel The firm already made an appearance at CES 2018, showing off the 1, 3 and 5 series of phones. But we didn't get much information, bar a TENAA listing for one of the devices. In any event, we can expect more details at MWC, ranging from specs and model names to supported regions, pricing...

  • After Huawei and Apple, ARM is next with mobile AI processor

    Chip designer ARM crafts the technology powering all smartphones today, whether it's the instruction set or the CPU cores, the UK company is behind many key technologies. However, Huawei and Apple beat ARM to the punch with dedicated mobile AI silicon, in the form of the Kirin 970's NPU and A11 Bionic's neural engine respectively. Now, ARM has revealed its own ML (machine learning) processor, being designed for on-device inference. In other words, devices with this chip wouldn't have to hook up to the cloud as often. The UK company claims up to 4.6 TOPs (trillion operations per second) of performance for the...

  • HMD’s Nokia smartphones sold more than Sony, Google, OnePlus – report

    HMD Global has enjoyed a rather successful first year with Nokia-branded smartphones, in no small part due to affordable price tags and the Nokia name. Now, Counterpoint Research analyst Neil Shah has put the success in perspective, claiming that the company outsold HTC, Google, Sony and a variety of other brands in Q4 2017. In fact, the full list of brands pipped by HMD also includes Alcatel, Lenovo, OnePlus, Gionee, Meizu, Coolpad and Asus. The analyst also reported that HMD hit number three in the UK for smartphones in Q4. Some major growth markets for @HMDGlobal in Q4 2017: overall phones: #1 in Vietnam and...

  • Budget Hisense smartphone leaks: what is it? [Update]

    A few weeks back, we reported on the existence of the Hisense P9, being a rugged device that popped up on China's TENAA regulatory body (think their version of Icasa). Now, TENAA has yielded another Hisense handset, but it's certainly a budget device. The new Hisense smartphone (model number: HLTE212T) packs a tall 1440x720 6-inch display, 3GB RAM, 32GB of expandable storage, rear fingerprint scanner, a 3000mAh battery and a non-descript 1.4Ghz quad-core processor (presumably all lightweight A53 cores). Driving home the budget nature is the single 8MP camera on the back, while selfies are handled with a 5MP shooter. Read more: 5 more...

  • Huawei P Smart now official in SA, but how does it compare to rivals?

    Last week, we got wind of the Huawei P Smart coming to the country this month, essentially being a P10 Lite with a dual-camera setup and high screen/body ratio. Now, Huawei has made it official, launching the device in the country. MTN's catalogue, which was the basis for our earlier story, revealed that it would be launching at a price of R5239. This would put it squarely in the sights of the P10 Lite and Xiaomi Mi A1. But Huawei's official release reveals a suggested price tag of R3999, making it substantially cheaper than the P10 Lite and Xiaomi's dual-camera handset. Read...

  • After 3310, 3 whacky Nokia models HMD could resurrect

    The new Nokia 3310 is an overpriced feature-phone riding on the coat-tails of the 3310 name -- that much is clear. But the company does seem to be iterating on the design, so we wouldn't be surprised if an Android-powered 3310 surfaces soon. But did you know that Nokia brand custodian HMD Global also obtained patents for other Nokia phones? A search through HMD Global's EUIPO account lists all its Nokia patents -- so here are three goofball designs in its portfolio that we'd like to see. NGage and NGage QD Image via EUIPO. The NGage is probably in the top five when it...