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You've seen the contract prices and you might be tempted to sign up and avoid paying big upfront for Samsung's excellent, expensive and explosion-proof Galaxy Note 8 -- but while signing up for a plan may mean more money in your pocket in the short term, you could end up paying much more over the life of the phone. Here's how much you can save by buying a Note 8 outright and choosing the right prepaid plan.

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If you ever binned tens of hours in the turn-based Scorched Earth MMO clone that is Gunbound, you might like to know that the game has made a return - on mobiles, of course.

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There was a time when we thought of prepaid plans as the domain of children and drug dealers, but thanks to a bevy of tiny telcos offering great prepaid rates, the market for these no commitment SIMs is heating up. Here are our picks for prepaid plans with the longest expiry, 10GB of data and under $30 per month.

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For all of nine months, I absolutely loved the hell out of my LG G4. But as the months have gone on -- months, not years -- it's started to lag. Games like Pokemon GO have come out and absolutely bogged the living bejesus out of it. Apps like Facebook Live have torn it to shreds. And I'm pretty damn good at tossing my phone across a room.

So I'm in need of an upgrade. Question is -- how much should I spend, and do I go Android or iPhone?

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I've been playing one of the latest Samsung phones for the last fortnight, precisely for one reason: the Gear VR headset that came with it. Mobile VR is supposedly going to be the actual catalyst for VR to take off in this country, if you listen to analysts. And that makes some sense: it doesn't cost hundreds, or thousands, of dollars.

But the Gear VR isn't a perfect piece of tech, and over the past two weeks I've tried, and failed, to conquer a certain milestone.

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While it's fun to look at how far things have come on consoles and home PCs, the reality is the most rapid growth in computing power is happening on mobiles. That was made evidently clear at the World Mobile Congress, with Samsung showing off a feature in their latest Galaxy S7 that would fit right at home with any PC.

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The first release version of Vulkan is finally out, and while the performance gains on PC aren't quite there yet the low-level graphics API has got an awful lot of developer support.

Part of the appeal is thanks to the platform-agnostic nature of the API, and that was something Epic helped show off this morning at the World Mobile Congress. As part of the presentation for the Samsung Galaxy S7, the Unreal Engine makers showed off a tech demo showcasing -- with the help of Vulkan -- just how far mobile graphics have come.