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  • Samsung Galaxy A9 features four rear cameras, five in total

    The Samsung Galaxy A9, and its five cameras, are now official. Because more is better in Smartphoneworld, the Korean manufacturer has stuck four cameras onto the A9's rear plate. It's the first smartphone to boast such a claim, and is a particularly interesting move for the company's mid-range smartphone series. With that said, the phone does keep the big, heavy fad of 2018 alive. A 6.3 inch sAMOLED screen with 2220x1080 pixels is employed. It's powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chipset -- also seen on the BlackBerry Key 2, Xiaomi Mi A2 and Nokia 7 Plus -- alongside a base of...

  • Fitbit Charge 3 arrives in South Africa for R2999

    The Fitbit Charge 3 is now official and available globally, the California-based firm announced this week. The company's calling its latest tracker its "smartest", pushing a number of key specifications a little bit further than the previous model. For starters, Fitbit claims that the Charge 3 will last up to a week on a single charge -- two days longer than the Charge 2. Physically, it retains the Fitbit logo below the triangular face, with a monochrome screen. And gone are the hardware buttons. Instead, Fitbit has opted for a touch-sensitive inductive unit on the Charge 3. It too, like the Ionic and...

  • Razer Phone 2 could be 2018’s sleeper hit flagship smartphone

    The gaming phone may be the latest smartphone fad to snuggle up to consumers in 2018. And perpetuating that movement is Razer. Generally known as a gaming peripheral and laptop manufacturer, Razer this week debuted its second edition Razer Phone. Not your typical 2018 flagship (with notch, no headphone jack, and a screen so large it requires a crane to lift), the Razer Phone 2 keeps much of the original device's specs. It still features a 5.72 inch screen that refreshes its 2560x1440 pixels at 120Hz. Rather disappointingly, you'll still only find 64GB storage in the phone, but it does come with...

  • Google’s new Pixel 3 is all about the AI

    This week’s Google event introduced the company’s latest smartphones and other devices, with the company finally revealing the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3XL. The two devices don’t differ much, with a 5.5 inch and 6.5 inch display seemingly the biggest difference between them. Both smartphones possess a 12.2 MP dual-pixel camera at the rear and an 8PM at the front, and are equally capable of 4K video. The devices are powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 and have 4GB RAM too, with an external storage capacity of 64GB and 128GB respectively. “Pixel brings you the best of Google in a phone, powered by...

  • Enter the 2018 Ventureburn Tech Startup Survey and win!

    Ventureburn, in partnership with Telkom Futuremakers and analytics company Qurio, is proud to announce the launch of the 2018 Ventureburn Tech Startup Survey. Following the success of both its 2015 and 2017 tech startup surveys, Ventureburn will again uncover the nuts and bolts of the SA tech startup sector, seeking to discover among other things: What are the major challenges facing the country’s entrepreneurs? What do South Africa’s startup founders look like? What sectors are startups more prevalent in? What types of funding are startups securing, and where are they getting their money from? Why are people flocking to startups to work there? Where is...

  • Portal: New home device from Facebook

    Facebook has revealed two new video communication devices which it claims simplifies video calling. The company revealed the pair , Portal and Portal+, on its website yesterday along with a video showcasing the product's aim, where people were sent the device and asked to try it out. "Portal makes video calling easier and more like hanging out, while a widescreen display lets you enjoy every moment together," Facebook said in the announcement yesterday. Portal is meant to connect households in a life-like way according to Facebook, which said that both devices were "designed to help you feel closer to the important people in your...

  • Microsoft pauses latest Windows 10 Update over disappearing files

    Last week Microsoft released its latest October 2018 update for Windows 10, which was meant to empower "a new era of personal activity" according to the company. This did not go as planned, however. Instead, Microsofts' community forums were flooded with complaints about personal files having gone missing once the update was installed, with users unable to recover them. Microsoft has since taken down the update with plans on fixing the odd bug. "We have paused the rollout of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update (version 1809) for all users as we investigate isolated reports of users missing some files after updating," Microsoft...

  • Nokia 7.1 debuts with Snapdragon 636, new dual camera setup

    HMD Global has launched its latest flagship smartphone in the form of the Nokia 7.1. “The Nokia 7.1 is the first smartphone to come with PureDisplay screen technology for stunning HDR cinematic quality entertainment inside and out,” the company revealed in its official press release. The device features a dual camera system with “highly sensitive” ZEISS Optics of 12MP and 5MP. “Achieve the perfect picture with HDR photography giving you crisper and sharper images,” the company added. The cameras also features EIS, but no OIS, and basic manual photography functions such as ISO, shutter speed and aperture. Using AI, the front-facing camera “introduces facial...

  • LG V40 ThinkQ is now official

    This week LG officially launched the V40 ThinQ – its smartphone with five cameras. In fact, the company calls this camera system “revolutionary” with “the power to capture moments big or small, at different angles from multiple perspectives”. The three rear cameras work simultaneously, giving your three pictures out of every click. “Easily capture three photos – standard, telephoto zoom and super wide-angle – with just one click.” With the dual front-facing cameras you can choose between standard or 90 degree wide angle selfies. The device also uses AI to help you choose filters and make basic edits to your photos. Other specs include: Qualcomm...

  • Microsoft’s new Surface range includes headphones with 15 hour battery life

    This week Microsoft officially revealed its latest Surface range, including the all-new Surface Headphones. Though there are five other devices in the range, these headphones are stealing centre stage. Microsoft is calling the light grey device “the smarter way to listen”, and it features both active and passive noise cancellation. The device also boasts a battery life of 15 hours, though it only charges within two, and can be used via Bluetooth or through an audio cable. “Surround yourself with adjustable active noise cancellation, on-ear touch controls, and an optimized ear cup design — engineered for rich, clear acoustics,” the company's marketing material...