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  • Hisense P9 confirmed, but what about SA release? [Exclusive]

    Hisense is known for its cheap yet rugged smartphones, such as the C30 Rock (review) and Infinity KO. So we weren't completely surprised to uncover the existence of the P9 on the website of China's TENAA regulatory body. Featuring a dual-camera setup, a mammoth 6GB of RAM, 5.5-inch full HD AMOLED screen and a huge 6000mAh battery, the device certainly stands out. And that's aside from the tough design. We saw previous rugged Hisense phones come to the country, so can we expect the P9 to visit South Africa then? "Regarding the P9 smartphone, Hisense global will select where to launch this outdoor...

  • SA’s own Genital Jousting leaves Steam Early Access [‘semi’ NSFW]

    Genital Jousting certainly stands out as one of the strangest games ever made, being a party game that has you playing as a bunch of penises. Seriously. Now, South African developer Free Lives has announced that the game has left Steam's Early Access programme, becoming a full-fledged release. Along with the release, we also get a single-player story mode, naturally. "Play as John, a dick who wants to find a date for his high school reunion," reads an excerpt of the emailed press release. "He'll need some help along the way. He's wobbly, he's soft. But he wants to be hard....

  • World of Warships and JYDGE: 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 solid variety of mobile games for you this week, so you're bound to find something you like. This week's edition is highlighted by World of Tanks Blitz and a port of PC and console shooter JYDGE. Check out the full recap below. World of Warships Blitz (free - Android, iOS) Wargaming is no stranger to online action titles, having delivering the mobile version of World of Tanks. Now, we have...

  • 8+ mods that helped make flawed video games better

    We live in a time where flawed video games can easily be fixed up with a patch or two (or three or four). But that doesn't always mean developers will listen to the fans though. Fortunately, that's where the community comes in, delivering mods that fix the most annoying bugbears or "features". We look at some of the best mods for flawed titles. Far Cry 2 (Dylan's Far Cry 2 Realism Mod) Ubisoft's first Far Cry game was a great title in many ways, delivering a gritty African setting and those cool fire effects. But the one big issue was the fact...

  • These smartphones support HDR streaming on Netflix, Amazon

    Update, January 2018: Netflix has since added the Razer Phone to its list of HDR-compatible devices. Original article: Earlier this year, the LG G6 (review) became the first smartphone to support streaming HDR content on Netflix, being a feather in the mobile brand's cap at the time. It's worth noting that you'll need a top-end Netflix plan (4K, four screens) to actually enjoy HDR content on your phone. So those on the two-screen, bog-standard HD plan will need to upgrade. In any event, we've seen a few handsets join the party since then, in the form of the Xperia XZ Premium (review),...

  • RCS: move to replace SMS gets major boost with Huawei

    The RCS messaging protocol is seen by many as the successor to SMS, offering a variety of advantages over the legacy technology. Google has been a major driver here, rolling out the RCS-compatible Android Messages app and the Jibe RCS platform for network partners to get up to speed. It's been quiet on this front for a while now, but Google has just announced a major partner in the form of Huawei. In fact, the Chinese brand will be integrating Android Messages across its Android phone portfolio "in the coming months". Huawei will also be working with Google to offer the Jibe RCS...

  • Nintendo Labo: a DIY hardware kit for Nintendo Switch [Update]

    Nintendo promised to announce some intriguing news late yesterday, and we've finally got it in the form of Nintendo Labo. The product category, split into two distinct packages, is essentially a DIY cardboard hardware kit that integrates the Nintendo Switch and/or controllers into final creations. The first package (or Toy-Con) is the US$70 Variety Kit, allowing you to make up to five different creations from the included cardboard parts. These five creations include RC cars, a fishing rod, a house, a motorbike and a piano. And all of these integrate the Switch, Joy-Con controllers and included software in varying ways. The second...

  • Meizu M6s revealed, packing mid-range Samsung chip

    Meizu has traditionally relied on Samsung's Exynos chips for some of their phones, so it's no surprise to see the new Meizu M6s packs one. Yep, the new budget-minded handset offers a hexacore Exynos 7872 chipset, delivering two heavyweight A73 cores, four power-sipping A53 cores and a single-core Mali G71 GPU. Throw in a 14nm manufacturing process and you can expect mid-range performance and improved battery life. The Meizu M6s also offers a side-mounted fingerprint scanner (ala Sony), 3GB of RAM, 32GB/64GB storage, a 3000mAh battery, a 5.7-inch 1440x720p display (18:9) and USB Type-C connectivity. Meizu is well known for its user-interface, delivering gestures via the...

  • Here’s why Broadcom takeover shouldn’t go ahead – Qualcomm

    Qualcomm was in the headlines late last year after fellow chip colossus Broadcom announced its desire to purchase the chipmaker. The overture was rebuffed, which has since resulted in Broadcom setting the wheels in motion for a hostile takeover bid. Now, Qualcomm has issued an open letter to shareholders, outlining several reasons why they should reject Broadcom's takeover attempt and re-elect the current board. "Broadcom is asking Qualcomm stockholders to voluntarily transfer to a hostile acquirer the considerable near- and long-term value creation Qualcomm has in front of it," an excerpt of the letter reads. "It is attempting to acquire Qualcomm at...

  • LG responds to ‘inaccurate’ G7 do-over report [Exclusive]

    Earlier this week, a report claimed that LG CEO Jo Seong-jin ordered a revision of the company's upcoming G7 flagship phone. The Korean Herald, citing an employee who wished to remain anonymous, reported that the G7 team was told to halt work on the phone and "review the new product from scratch". The source added that "a direct order was sent down to the working-level officials to start over". The report came after Jo told reporters at CES that the firm would "unveil new smartphones when it is needed". Now, Ken Hong, LG senior director for global communications, has responded to the report. "That report is not credible, it's...