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  • Should you upgrade to the Galaxy S8? Take our quiz!

    Samsung's Galaxy S8 and S8+ launch tomorrow in South Africa, delivering a device that builds off the excellent Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge (review). Between the great camera, water-resistant design and high screen/body ratio, there's a lot to like about the new phones. But is the phone worth getting though? To help you make your decision, we've put together a quiz. So give it a shot if you need a helping hand (or if you're just curious!).

  • The Gearburn Podcast #12: Windows 10 S and Surface Laptop

    Microsoft has thrown down the gauntlet and revealed Windows 10 S, effectively being an entry-level version of Windows 10. The new update is taking aim at Google's ChromeOS and Chromebooks, being positioned as a great platform for education. After all, Google is dominating this sector right now. Read more: 5 reasons to give Windows 10 S a skip Then there's the Surface Laptop, being a stylish notebook with a steep price tag, to boot. Is the Surface Laptop the right way to showcase Windows 10 S? Will the new update sink or swim? Is it a ChromeOS killer? Andy Walker and Hadlee Simons...

  • Samsung Galaxy S8 launches in SA tomorrow, what do critics say?

    Samsung's latest high-end smartphones are released in South Africa tomorrow (5 May), making for quite an impression thanks to those super thin bezels. However, the company has some stiff competition this year, thanks to LG's G6 (review) and Huawei's P10 range all bringing the goods. But what do critics think of the new phone? Engadget The tech publication gave the Galaxy S8 and S8+ a score of 91 and 92 respectively. But what did they think of it? "For the most part, Samsung’s Galaxy S8 is a slam dunk. It’s brilliantly designed, brimming with horsepower and has a beautiful screen," Engadget's Chris Velazco...

  • Windows 10 S is a good idea, but where’s the cheap Surface? [Column]

    Microsoft used an event yesterday to make two major announcements, in the form of Windows 10 S and a Surface Laptop. The latter runs Windows 10 S, naturally -- and there's a fair bit to like about the latest variant of Microsoft's platform. Sure, it doesn't run legacy programs, which had many (myself included) initially wondering whether it would effectively be Windows RT 2.0. A dead platform, in other words. Fortunately, Microsoft later announced that people can upgrade to Windows 10 Pro from Windows 10 S, netting legacy apps in the process. Otherwise, the addition of Office to the Windows Store and a...

  • Where are these SA smartphone brands now?

    Believe it or not, but there have been a few local smartphone brands over the past five years or so. In fact, the last few weeks saw another company emerge in the form of Fast Mobile and their TrendZ1 handset. However, there are quite a few brands that have gone under the radar over the years. So what happened to them? We bring you up to speed. AG Mobile One of the more high-profile companies on the list, AG Mobile made quite a splash a few years ago with the launch of the Ghost smartphone. The firm also attracted some mainstream attention with the...

  • 5 reasons to give Windows 10 S a skip

    We quite like the idea of Windows 10 S, being a lighter weight variant of Windows 10 that pretty much strips things back for the sake of performance. There's the ability to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro, for one, as well as fast bootups. But otherwise, Windows 10 S does have more than its fair share of downsides so far. No legacy apps This is a big one, as many people use Windows for the legacy apps, obviously. So we're a little disappointed to see this option missing here. Does that mean it's Windows RT then? Not quite. Because Windows 10 S users...

  • Microsoft reveals Surface Laptop, running Windows 10 S

    We've already seen Microsoft reveal Windows 10 S, essentially being its take on Chrome OS. Now, we have a Surface Laptop to go with the platform, being its take on (surprise!) the Chromebook. Well, if your Chromebook had a Core series chip. The laptop features a 13.5-inch screen and tops out with a Core i7 processor, while also featuring a felt-like material (Alcantara fabric) for the keyboard. As for colours, you can expect Burgundy, Graphite Gold, Cobalt and Platinum. Microsoft's Panos Panay has also added that users can expect up to 14.5 hours of battery life from the Surface Laptop. In fact,...

  • Just in: Microsoft reveals Windows 10 S

    True to the rumours, Microsoft has announced a version of Windows called Windows 10 S. "It is streamlined for simplicity," said Microsoft's Terry Myerson at the event, calling it "the soul" of Windows 10. "Everything that runs on Windows 10 S is downloaded from the Windows Store," the executive said, adding that the full Office suite would also be available from the Store. Oddly enough, Microsoft won't allow legacy apps to run on Windows 10 S, but users can choose to upgrade Windows 10 S to Windows 10 Pro (getting legacy apps in the process). Windows 10 S is a slimmed down version...

  • Surface laptop with ‘Windows 10 S’ leaked ahead of today’s event

    Microsoft's Surface lineup popularised the idea of laptop/tablet hybrids, resulting in Apple and Google releasing similar products (Pixel C and iPad Pro). Now, it looks like Microsoft is taking a page from the Chromebook... er... book... According to serial tipster Evan Blass, the Surface Laptop is on the way, purportedly running a version of Windows dubbed Windows 10 S. Microsoft Surface Laptop running Windows 10 S pic.twitter.com/h42uQfZfT8 — Evan Blass (@evleaks) May 2, 2017 ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley reports that Windows 10 S is a version of Windows that's meant to only support apps from the Windows Store. In other words, it seems like...

  • Breath of the Wild: first DLC detailed

    The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (review diary) is a meaty adventure of note, but Nintendo already confirmed that it was getting downloadable content (DLC). Now, the company has peeled the curtain back on the first DLC pack... DLC Pack 1, scheduled to arrive "this summer", adds quite a bit to the base game, starting with a wave-based mode of sorts. "When you get to a certain sacred location, you can take on the new 'Trial of the Sword' challenge. Face an onslaught of enemies, one wave after another. Link starts the challenge without any equipment or weapons. When all...