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All posts by Andy Walker

Andy Walker
Camper by day, run-and-gunner by night, Andy prefers his toast like his coffee -- dark and crunchy. Fuelled by his belief that PvZ: GW2 is 2016's game of the year, Andy also dabbles in the odd hard news story over on Memeburn.
  • InvisibleShield for Samsung Galaxy S8 review: compromised protection

    Screen protectors on today's flagship smartphones are damn near essential, even more so when said flagship is the made-of-eggshells Samsung Galaxy S8. Since the device launched earlier this year, I've heard one too many horror stories of users dropping their devices and completely ruining their screens. Thankfully, I haven't binned mine just yet, but I have however gone some lengths to protect it. Already rocking a fairly sturdy case I received at another launch event, American company ZAGG popped through an InvisibleShield screen protector for me to slap on and review as well. So how has it coped with my daily usage? First...

  • iFROGZ Coda HP review: wireless headphones on a budget

    Budget Bluetooth headphones are becoming more common as the price of the technology drops. But that still doesn't mean I've found a set of wireless headphones I love. Enter the latest contender: the iFROGZ Coda Bluetooth headphones. These cans are manufactured by ZAGG, a company based in Salt Lake City, USA, and also incidentally responsible for the Mophie brand. ZAGG is re-emphasising its push into South Africa, introducing a number of new products to our shores. Notably, I grabbed myself a review unit of the Coda headphones, and before I knew it, I was headbanging to Tay-Tay while penning this review....

  • Thanks Samsung: you can now disable the Bixby button on the Galaxy S8

    Samsung has finally admitted that not everyone wants to actually use its voice assistant Bixby. As a result, the company will soon allow users of its S8 family of devices to disable the voice assistant's dedicated button on their handsets. The update, spotted by SamMobile, will allow users to choose what happens when they tap the Bixby button. There are now two options: the first allows users to tap the button once to open Bixby Home, while holding it down opens Bixby Voice. The second disables the key altogether. Notably, the update doesn't disable Bixby completely, just its tendency to appear when the...

  • Acer Swift 3 review: portable, punchy and pretty in pink

    As tech reviewer, I've done the worst possible thing before penning this review: I read other journalists' thoughts of the Acer Swift 3. Usually, that's a bad thing. Usually, others influence your thoughts or make you second guess your opinions. Often reading reviews beforehand rather shapes a review into something that you wouldn't normally pen yourself. But this time, I've actually gained a bit of clarity. Let me explain. A few reviews I've perused suggest that the Acer Swift 3 is just another basement ultraportable trying its heart out to be a MacBook Pro. Others suggest that it misses a bevy of...

  • iPhone re-reviewed: what did journalists think of past Apple phones?

    It's mid-September, and that can only mean one thing in the world of tech: an imminent Apple device launch. Call it the iPhone 7S, iPhone 8, or iPhone X -- the new Apple smartphone is set to be the best iPhone ever made. Because, you know, that's what Apple says every year. But looking back at each notable iPhone from the first with lowly 2G connectivity to the 7 Plus with its dual cameras at its rear -- what made each of them remarkable? And more importantly, what did journalists make of each device? We take a look at some of the...

  • Gallery: enter the wonderful, weird world of IFA 2017’s booths

    It's not easy completing a lap of Messe Berlin -- the home of Europe's largest electronics trade conference, IFA. However I can confirm, it is well worth it -- and not just for the free swag. Every year, tech companies gather under the venue's massive roof to out-peacock each other with the most lavish, outrageous or simply plain biggest booths. And this year, we figured we should pay homage to the teams behind these temporary facades. After all, without them there would be nowhere to display those wares. We take a closer look at some of the booths that stood out...

  • Motorola’s Moto X4 is one shiny (but capable) smartphone

    Lenovo's smartphone subsidiary Motorola today announced a new addition to its upper-mid range lineup. The Moto X4 (or Moto X fourth generation) is the company's answer to the LG Q6 and Huawei Nova 2. And notably, its extremely shiny body somewhat resembles its two rivals. As for the important bullet points, the Moto X4 packs a dual camera array at the rear, but not in similar vein to its Moto Z Force cousin. Instead, there's one 12MP primary snapper and an 8MP 120-degree wide angle lens. Besides this difference, Motorola claims that the X4 still boasts the refocusing savvy of the...

  • What you’ll love and hate about the new Moto Z Force (and its Moto Mods)

    Following its refreshed strategy, Motorola today at IFA 2017 unveiled its forthcoming smartphones and accessories. Headlining these devices is the company's new flagship, the second generation Moto Z Force. The first device was a marked success for the company, selling three-million units worldwide in its first year. But the new edition, the company states, builds on the promise of the first. But is it a novel entry into the crowded flagship smartphone space? In many ways, yes. It sports a large (and rather wide) 5.5-inch 2560x1440 display that doesn't shirk the bezels like its contemporaries. They're...

  • Lenovo’s tweaked strategy includes simpler Motorola, supercomputers and PCs

    Lenovo today shed light on its performance in the EMEA region over the past few months, and the strategies it aims to implement. At its heart, the latter includes PCs. Naturally. But PCs are no longer Lenovo's be-all-and-end-all. The company cited two "growth engines" which including mobiles (MCG, or mobile business group) and servers (DCG). And it will also be investing in what it's calling the "fourth revolution", namely smart home devices, smart wearables and alternative reality. Lenovo notes that it holds the second position on the global sales podium in terms of Android tablets and Windows tablets, but retains the lead...

  • Acer’s gorgeous Aspire S24 will not be coming to South Africa

    In true IFA 2017 spirit, Acer today announced the latest addition to its long-running Aspire range. But no, it's not a laptop. Instead, the Acer Aspire S24 is an all-in-one that's thinner at some points than the average smartphone. Acer claims that the display portion of the device tips the tape at just 5.97mm, boasting even thinner bezels. 2017 really is the year the world declared war against bezels. In terms of pixels, the screen will sport a 1920x1080 resolution within a 23.8-inch screen. The Acer Aspire S24 is an all-in-one that's thinner than the average smartphone As for internals, the Aspire S24 will...