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Hadlee Simons
Terrible puns make Hadlee Simons difficult to work with, but he brings almost seven years of tech journalism experience to the table. When he's not at work or watching motorsport, he's in the foetal position on a jiu jitsu mat.
  • Interview: LG’s Seongho Choi on smart appliances, future of IoT

    The Internet of Things (IoT) is a fast-paced sector, as a ton of companies get into the game. LG has been in the sector for a while though, launching the likes of robot vacuum cleaners, general smart appliances and recently launching its Hub robot speaker. What do we expect from the tech in the future? What about turning "dumb" appliances into smart ones? When can we see more tech on the continent? We interviewed Seongho Choi, senior vice-president of cloud centre at LG, specialising in IoT and robotics. LG's solution for non-smart devices? When a journalist asked about LG's approach to robotics/smart appliances on the...

  • New iPhone to have wireless charging? Apple joins key group

    Wireless charging is a feature available on numerous smartphones, but what about Apple and its iPhone? Well, the firm has recently joined the Wireless Power Consortium... The consortium pushes the Qi wireless charging standard, making it likely that an upcoming iPhone will use the technology. "After several years of increasing rumour, Apple's membership with the Wireless Power Consortium points strongly to the expectation that the next iPhone will include wireless charging technology," IHS Technology analyst Vicky Yussuff wrote in an emailed statement. Yussuff added that wireless charging could be set for a massive boost, given Apple's effect on the market. "The world market...

  • LG G6 gets two 13-megapixel main cameras

    Pieces of the LG G6 puzzle are slowly falling into place, with the camera department being the latest to receive details from the South Korean colossus. The company confirmed the news on its Korean website (Google Translate), saying that the wide-angle shooter will be the same resolution as the normal-angle camera. "The LG G6 uses the same 13-megapixel high-definition picture quality as the regular angle for the wide-angle rear dual camera. This reflects the voices of consumers who want to shoot in high-definition even when shooting wide-angle scenes with a wide-angle camera, thus increasing the utilisation of wide-angle," read a translated...

  • Pokemon Go update brings over 80 new creatures, more

    Pokemon Go was unarguably the biggest sensation of 2016, being all over the news and clogging up social media feeds everywhere. The popularity of the mobile game took a significant dip in the following months though. So what's developer Niantic Labs doing about it? Well, for starters, it's announced that dozens of second generation Pokemon have made their way to the game. "Starting later this week, you’ll have the opportunity to catch more than 80 Pokémon originally discovered in the Johto region in the Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver video games," the studio wrote in a blog post. It added that creatures...

  • When to expect Amazon Alexa in South Africa? Ask LG

    Amazon's Echo speaker device hasn't made its way to South Africa yet, but the underlying Alexa AI/voice assistant is in the works for a 2018 SA release at the very least. LG South Africa's Antonio dos Santos has confirmed that Alexa-powered appliances are targeted for the country next year. Dos Santos said that Alexa-enabled LG devices are unlikely to make an appearance "for this year in South Africa". He added that release timing wasn't a certainty just yet but that they were hoping for a 2018 launch. The confirmation comes after the firm introduced several smart appliances and gadgets using the Amazon...

  • LG Innofest 2017: TVs, TVs everywhere

    LG has held its Innofest 2017 event in Barcelona, essentially showing off its products announced at CES 2017, as well as a few more tidbits. Although home appliances, smartphones and robotics were shown off, it could easily be argued that LG's TV range took centre stage. Of course, most want to know what's actually coming to South Africa. The W7 "wallpaper" TV isn't one of them, though, with LG SA saying there were no plans "at this stage" to bring the model to the country. Coming in at just 2.5mm thin, the television set is barely thicker than a credit card...

  • Could we see HDR smartphone screens go big in 2017?

    HDR-capable TV sets are all the rage right now, delivering a brighter, more vivid image than traditional television screens are capable of. What about the smartphone arena though? Well, call me an idiot, but I didn't realise that the Galaxy Note 7 had a screen capable of displaying HDR content. But what about other handsets? Qualcomm has confirmed that they're getting on the bandwagon too, with the upcoming Snapdragon 835 chip. The chipmaker says you can expect the new processor to pack support for HDR 10 playback. Of course, Samsung is expected to pack the chip into some of its S8 models...

  • LG G6 to have quad DAC hardware, company confirms

    The LG V20 (review) was an audio beast of note, featuring quad DAC hardware for higher quality sound, as well as high-resolution audio recording chops. Now, it looks like the LG G6 will have similar hardware. The company has announced (Google Translate) that its upcoming flagship will pack quad DAC hardware as well, which delivers better sound than standard audio hardware in smartphones. LG says the new hardware will lower the "distortion rate to 0.0002% of the master audio level", while also granting users more granular control over the left and right side of the earphones. The LG G6 will take an audio-related...

  • Gearburn’s definitive guide to Snapdragon smartphones [Update]

    We'll be periodically updating this article as more Snapdragon chips get announced. From general tasks to 4K video support, your smartphone's processor plays a big part in the overall experience. And Qualcomm's Snapdragon range powers scores of smartphones around the world. Not all of these chips are created equally though, so we looked at what you should be paying for phones with Snapdragon processors. Do bear in mind that some phones might fall above our pricing guidelines, owing to manufacturer greed, notable hardware features or other factors. The entry-level processors: Snapdragon 200 series The Snapdragon 200 series, including the 200, 208, 210 and 212 processors, are the...

  • Grand Theft Auto IV comes to Xbox backwards-compatibility

    Grand Theft Auto V has already made its way to Xbox One, albeit in remastered form, but what about Grand Theft Auto IV? Fortunately, Rockstar Games has confirmed that the Xbox 360 version is now backwards compatible. The publisher made the announcement on its website, revealing that all versions of the game, as well as Episodes from Liberty City, are compatible on Xbox One. Gamers who own the digital version will see it show up in the "Ready to Install" section on Xbox One, while those with a physical copy will need to insert it and then download the compatible version. Hankering...