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All posts by Hadlee Simons

  • The Moviphone has budget specs, steep price, but packs a projector

    We've seen smartphones with projectors before, with Samsung's Galaxy Beam being the most prominent example. Now, at CES 2018, we've seen a new phone emerge, dubbed the Moviphone. The top of the device plays host to the laser projector, delivering a 720p image, 50 lumens brightness and the ability to stretch the projected image from 12 inches to 200 inches. The Moviphone is also backed by a 4000mAh battery, enabling the device to last up to six hours when projecting (with the phone screen off). Turn the screen on with max brightness while projecting and the manufacturer claims four hours of juice. As...

  • iStore details iPhone battery replacement programme for SA

    Apple courted controversy recently after it confirmed that it intentionally slowed down iPhones that had degraded (and not so degraded) batteries. The company announced that it would be reducing the cost of battery replacements in the USA for older iPhones. But what about the iStore? The South African retailer has announced that the battery replacement programme would be available here too. "Following Apple’s iPhone battery replacement statement, iStore today announced its replacement price and process for iPhone users," the company wrote in an emailed press statement. The retail chain wrote that "in accordance with the official Apple battery replacement programme", the cost...

  • The USA is still afraid of Huawei, despite hacking the company years ago [Opinion]

    News of Huawei's last-minute failed deal with AT&T in the United States has made headlines across the tech world. After all, the Chinese brand was going to use CES to announce a massive push into the market via carriers. According to reports, AT&T cited security concerns as the reason for the deal being cancelled, after it received a letter signed by lawmakers. The letter noted concerns "about Chinese espionage in general, and Huawei's role in that espionage in particular", Reuters reported. These concerns are nothing new, having been floated about for years now. In fact, Huawei's network equipment division has been...

  • Sony Xperia XA2, XA2 Ultra set for April launch in SA

    The Sony Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra were the two best mobile offerings from the Japanese firm at CES 2018, delivering some solid upgrades over last year's models. We already know about international availability of the phones, but what about South Africa? Well, the company's local representatives told Gearburn that you can expect a local launch in April 2018. The two phones share a mid-range but efficient Snapdragon 630 processor, a USB Type C port, a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner and a 23MP main camera that's been a fixture on recent mid-range Sony phones. Otherwise, the standard XA2 offers 3GB of RAM, 32GB...

  • Project Linda: a laptop shell for Razer Phone with 120Hz display

    The Razer Phone was one of the more interesting releases of 2017, bringing flagship-level specs and a Nextbit-style design to the smartphone world. But the biggest addition was the 5.7-inch screen, delivering a smooth 120Hz refresh rate that was a first for the smartphone industry. But what if you want to enjoy that experience on a bigger screen? Razer has the answer at CES in the form of Project Linda, a laptop shell concept that packs a 13.3-inch QHD (2560x1440) display that also has a 120Hz refresh rate. The Razer Phone itself acts as a trackpad or second screen, while...

  • Vivo demos in-display fingerprint scanner at CES 2018

    It's the holy grail of mobile biometric authentication right now, and Chinese brand Vivo seems to have pulled it off first. At CES 2018, the company demonstrated an in-display fingerprint scanner, using a modified X20 Plus smartphone. The in-display fingerprint scanner sits below the glass cover and OLED panel of the smartphone screen, but above the phone's printed circuit board (PCB). "This latest fingerprint scanning technology delivers a whole new mobile experience by enabling users to unlock their smartphone through one-touch fingerprint scanning directly on the smartphone display, while solving the industry's challenge of providing a better and more convenient fingerprint...

  • These iPhones, iPads won’t play Pokemon Go anymore

    It might not be dominating headlines anymore, but Pokemon Go still enjoys a large and loyal audience. But Apple-toting Pokemon trainers might want to read on, as developer Niantic Labs announced that it was killing support for older iOS devices on 28 February. "In an upcoming update to Pokemon Go, we will end support for Apple devices not capable of upgrading to iOS 11, such as iPhone 5 and iPhone 5c models," Niantic wrote on its website. "This change is a result of improvements to Pokemon Go that push the application beyond the capabilities of the operating systems on such...

  • CES 2018: Acer, Asus, HP, Lenovo bring laptops, convertibles

    CES 2018 isn't just about smart speakers, cars and gigantic TVs. Those on the hunt for new laptops and convertibles also have a few options thanks to HP, Lenovo, Asus and Acer. From gaming notebooks to super-slim laptops, we take a look at the new wares... What did HP bring? The US computer brand came blasting out of the gate with its Spectre x360 15 (seen above), claiming that it's the most powerful two-in-one device. The device will come in two flavours: an eighth generation Core i7 8705G CPU with Radeon RX Vega M graphics, or a quad-core eighth gen Intel Core chip and GeForce MX150...

  • CES 2018: This is the HTC Vive Pro

    The HTC Vive is one of the few bright spots for the Taiwanese firm, delivering what is arguably the most full-featured VR experience on any platform. But have you ever wanted a sharper experience? That's where the newly announced HTC Vive Pro comes in. Yep, the company has upgraded its headset with dual-OLED screens, packing a combined 2880x1600 resolution. By comparison, the original Vive offered a 2160x1200 resolution. As for other significant improvements? We've got integrated headphones, a new headstrap, dual microphones and dual front cameras. There's no word on the Vive Pro's price or release date though. Vive goes wireless How cool would...

  • Sony at CES 2018: $30k projector, new budget phones and more

    Sony is a firm fixture at CES, using the event to showcase its broad range of tech products. So what did the company show off at this year's expo? A projector you can't afford Projectors seem to be growing in popularity at CES, so it's no surprise to see Sony return with a swanky 4K projector in 2018. The LSPX-A1 short throw projector will retail for US$30 000 price tag when it launches in the USA in spring. For the price, you're getting 4K HDR quality stretched out over 120 inches -- ideal for Mario Kart multiplayer and Horizon: Zero Dawn sessions. The projector...