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  • Google Stadia is the company’s new multi-device, cloud-based gaming service

    Google on Tuesday officially revealed Stadia, its cloud-based gaming service, at this year's Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. "Stadia is a new video game platform, delivering instant access to your favorite games on any type of screen -- whether it’s a TV, laptop, desktop, tablet or mobile phone," the company explained on its blog. This means that we could soon game without consoles, and instead access a gaming cloud from anywhere. "No downloads, no updates, no patches and no installs," it added. Google Stadia wants to provide everyone a 4K HDR gaming experience at 60 frames per second, provided they have...

  • Huawei P30 Pro’s underscreen fingerprint sensor spotted in the world’s shorted video

    Talk about being coy, there's nothing more coy than publishing a phone leak in looping GIF format. Speaking of which, Greek publication Techblog (via GSMarena) has spotted the Huawei P30 Pro in the wild. via GIPHY The loop lasts no longer than ten seconds, but does a good job of showcasing the phone's underscreen fingerprint reader. Notably, it's set to be Huawei's third generation device to sport this technology, and the GIF makes the process seem seamless. Also showcased is the new waterdrop notch, replacing the expansive bar that made 2018 such a hateful year for smartphone design enthusiasts. This was also showcased back...

  • All you need to know about Apple’s 2019 iPad Air and iPad mini

    Apple on Monday silently launched two new devices in the form of the iPad Air and iPad mini. "Today the iPad family takes two big leaps forward," the company said in a press release. Both feature support for the Apple Pencil and powered by Apple's A12 Bionic chipset, similar to that found within the iPhone XS. Both tablets run iOS 12.1.3. These tablets do however differ in other ways. iPad Air The new iPad Air is now larger than the 9.7 inch iPad, but smaller than the 11 inch iPad Pro, measuring 10.5 inches across its screen. The body is 6.1 mm thin and...

  • Google’s mid-range Pixel 3a, 3a XL smartphones leak

    For as long as the Pixel 3 first leaked, there have been rumours suggesting that Google was readying a budget Pixel to slug it out in the mid-range trenches. Last week, XDA developers first noted their existence as spotted in code within Google's ARCore offering. Now, 9to5Google's Stephen Hall has corroborated the devices' names with its sources -- these phones will indeed be called the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL. The publication hinted at some specs too. The Pixel 3a will sport an OLED 5.6 inch display -- about as small as device screens get in 2019 -- with a resolution of...

  • [Updated] 3 of the best-rated UPS in South Africa for load shedding

    Load shedding is a reality we tech people have to face with battery backups. These UPS, or uninterruptible power supplies, are key for anyone using equipment on dirty power, but also if you need to keep your tech running if Eskom switches off the plug. Taking a look at reviews from users on Takealot, we list the best rated UPS units in three different price ranges: sub-R750, sub-R1200, and sub-R1700. Note: we're using Takealot's user reviews because of the sheer number of reviews on the site for these units. We have however listed prices and availability info from a number of other online...

  • Wireless earbud market set to sell 129m units in 2019

    Thanks to Samsung's Galaxy Buds and Apple's AirPods, it seems that wireless earbuds are set for a huge sales increase in 2019. According to a report by research firm Counter Point, sales volumes could come close to tripling in 2020 over 2018. The company suggests that just 46-million wireless earbuds were sold in 2018. In 2020, it's forecasting 129-million sales. "Apple AirPods’ sales were estimated at around 35-million units accounting almost three-fourths of this emerging segment last year, according to our research," Counter Point notes. "Samsung, Bose, Jabra, Huawei, Bragi, LG all are prevalent and will grow from a smaller base from...

  • Samsung’s Galaxy A2 Core could be its second budget Android Go phone

    According to a slew of leaks, Samsung is preparing a basement budget smartphone that could run Android Go. Based on press renders leaked by serial leaker Evan Blass, the phone looks notably similar to Samsung's first Android Go device, the J2 core, which launched last year. https://twitter.com/evleaks/status/1106448369566867456 This includes fat bezels top and bottom, and a circa-2013 design aesthetic that you'll either love or loathe. Internally, according to a Geekbench listing of the device (and its codename SM-A260), it could sport an eight-core Exynos 7570 chipset with 1GB of RAM, and sport Android 8.1 Go edition -- Google's lightweight version of Android. Samsung's yet...

  • South Africa’s hottest tech deals and sales of the week (11 – 15 Mar)

    Shopping for technology is an even bigger nightmare than clothes. But unlike clothing, finding the correct stick of RAM isn’t a question of it being too big or small, but just too damn expensive. In a weekly series, Gearburn trawls the South African online shopping space to find the best deals, from DDR4 for your rig to cans for your ears. Be sure to bookmark this page and check back in throughout the week, as we update this article regularly with new deals as they’re made available. Still valid from last week: Mecer K3G3R 31.5...

  • Android Q Beta 1 debuts with permission alerts, better privacy features

    Android Q -- the tenth edition of Android -- is now live, but only for those with Google Pixels, and only for developers. But while that makes for a limited roll out, there are some feature enhancements that'll benefit a slew of Android users in the near future. One of these is a "Privacy" section within the Settings menu housing more granular privacy controls. Additionally, Android Q now also throws up a popup notification when an app wishes to access the camera or location. App info pages feature a cleaner layout, with an "Open" button now alongside options to force close and...

  • Microsoft releases Wireless Display app for Xbox One

    Microsoft has released its Wireless Display app for Xbox One consoles. This allows PC users to stream games from their desktop to their Xbox One, by sharing screens between the two devices. "Microsoft's Wireless Display app lets you wirelessly project your Windows or Android based devices to your Xbox One," the company explained. Previously, the app was available on Windows and Microsoft Surface Hub only. Wireless Display is free to download from the Microsoft Store. Feature image: screenshot, Microsoft Store