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All posts by Hadlee Simons

  • Xiaomi Mi A1 review: the mid-range device to beat?

    Pure Android joined tall screens as being another notable trend in 2017, as HMD, Lenovo and Essential refrained from skinning their devices. You can also add Xiaomi to the mix, the firm introducing the Mi A1 at the tail-end of last year. Fortunately, MIA Group has brought the device to South Africa, coming in at R4999. Now, after a few weeks with the device, we've got a verdict. So, stock Android... Boot up the Android One phone and indeed you've got stock Android here, with little in the way of preinstalled third-party apps to be had. We say "little", because Xiaomi's remote...

  • Nokia 8 Sirocco set for MWC 2018 – report

    We've already seen the Nokia 6 2018 launch in China, packing an updated chipset. But a new report claims that HMD is working on a "Nokia 8 Sirocco" for MWC 2018. According to prominent tech publication My Drivers, the Nokia 8 Sirocco (apparent model number TA-1005) will pack a Snapdragon 845 chipset, 6GB of RAM and a 3250mAh battery. However, the website also claims that the device will offer IP67 water resistance and wireless charging, making for a welcome change over the original Nokia 8. If true, this means the new model will probably offer a polycarbonate or glass back. Metal backs...

  • Broadcom now offers ‘best and final’ offer to Qualcomm

    Silicon company Broadcom has upped its offer to fellow chipmaker Qualcomm, with the offer valued between US$120-billion and US$146-billion. The move sees Broadcom offer US$82 per share for Qualcomm, being US$60 in cash and the rest in Broadcom shares. "The significantly improved offer, which has been unanimously approved by the Board of Directors of Broadcom, represents a 50% premium over the closing price of Qualcomm common stock on 2 November 2017, the last unaffected trading day prior to media speculation regarding a potential transaction, and a premium of 56% to Qualcomm's unaffected 30-day volume-weighted average price," the interested buyer wrote in a press release. The offer is...

  • Overwatch Xbox One X patch beats PS4 Pro – report

    Overwatch has become one of the most popular cross-platform titles of this generation, delivering frantic multiplayer action, esport leagues and a host of characters. Blizzard has been hard at work on a patch for the Xbox One X though and, according to Eurogamer's Digital Foundry, it beats the base console and the PS4 Pro in terms of fidelity. Oddly enough, the PS4 Pro version of the game only got 4K HUDs, with the rest of the game sticking for regular 1080p resolution. The Xbox One X patch enables a 4K scaler, which means the game will hit 4K in less intense moments, but...

  • Xiaomi rolls out MIUI 9.2 to many devices, including Redmi Note 2

    You wouldn't generally place Xiaomi high on the list of brands delivering brisk firmware updates, but when it does roll out an update, it covers quite a few phones. Case in point: MIUI 9.2. Yes, the latest update for Xiaomi's Android skin is spreading to over a dozen smartphones. In fact, the list of devices extends to 2013's Mi 3 and 2015's Redmi Note 2 and Redmi Note Prime. The full list is as follows: Redmi Note 5A/Redmi Y1 Lite, Redmi Note 5A Prime/Redmi Y1, Mi Mix 2, Redmi 5, Redmi 5 Plus, Redmi 4 Prime, Mi 3, Mi 4, Mi Note, Redmi 4X, Redmi Note...

  • Far Cry 5 Season Pass brings zombies, Mars, Vietnam, Far Cry 3

    Ubisoft's Far Cry series is certainly one of the better first-person franchises out there, and Far Cry 5 looks set to deliver plenty of goodness via its Season Pass or Gold Edition. "Go on a ride through three uncanny adventures: face off against hordes of zombies, escape from behind Vietcong enemy lines, and save Earth from a Martian arachnid invasion," the French publisher revealed on its website. Here's hoping these extra bits of content are as bonkers as Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon. Speaking of Far Cry 3, those who purchase the Season Pass or Gold Edition will get Far Cry 3: Classic Edition...

  • Apple HomePod: which music streaming services are supported?

    The Apple HomePod is the firm's long-overdue foray into the smart speaker market, even if they're branding it as a high-end audio speaker instead. Nevertheless, music lovers will appreciate the tech going into the device, but what about supported music services? Apple has updated its HomePod spec page (h/t: Ars Technica) with "audio sources", specifically listing Apple Music, iTunes music purchases, Podcasts, iCloud Music Library, Beats 1 Live Radio and Airplay from other Apple devices to the speaker. In other words, it looks like Google Play Music, Spotify, Deezer and other third-party music streaming services aren't properly integrated into the HomePod then. You'll...

  • Read Dead Redemption 2 gets pushed back to October

    Red Dead Redemption 2 might be the most eagerly anticipated multi-platform game right now, but it turns out you'll have to wait a little longer to get your hands on it. Publisher Rockstar Games has announced a delay for the title, now scheduled for an October 2018 release. "We are excited to announce that Red Dead Redemption 2 will be released on 26 October 2018. We apologise to everyone disappointed by this delay. While we had hoped to have the game out sooner, we require a little extra time for polish," the studio wrote in a press release. The sequel to the...

  • C64 Mini: tiny Commodore 64 gets launch date

    We've seen diminutive NES and SNES consoles and a rejigged Sega Mega Drive, but now it's the Commodore 64's turn. Yep, the C64 Mini is set for a 29 March launch date. Featuring an HDMI port, up to 720p support, 64 "fully licensed" classic games and a retro-style joystick, the C64 Mini comes in at €80. Interestingly, the machine also comes with two USB ports, so you can plug in a USB keyboard (the machine's keyboard keys don't work) and dabble with C64 BASIC. As for those all-important games, the list is as follows: AlleyKat, Anarchy, Armalyte: Competition Edition, Avenger, Battle Valley, Boulder...

  • Mid-range Huawei P Smart coming to SA, touting dual cameras

    Huawei's got a pretty diverse portfolio of smartphones in the country, ranging from its low-end Y series to its ever-popular Lite devices and the P and Mate series. Those wanting a budget-priced dual-camera smartphone have been left in the lurch until now though. Fortunately, MTN's latest catalogue (thanks to Sumen for the tip!) shows that the Huawei P Smart is coming to fill the gap. Coming in at R249 a month on a Made for Me S package, the P Smart is also listed as having a prepaid price of R5239. This puts it squarely in P10 Lite range, the older...