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  • R5499 LG X Cam coming to South Africa in August

    Korean tech giant LG has announced that its latest mid-tier smartphone for the South African market. Dubbed the LG X Cam, the phone boasts two cameras on its rear, and a sleek aesthetic similar to the LG G5. The phone was officially launched in Johannesburg yesterday, and boasts a MediaTek MT6753 SoC, with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage (with option to expand that figure via microSD card). There's also a 2500mAh battery powering a 5.2-inch 1920x1080 screen. But clearly, the phone -- by name and design -- is aimed sternly at photography enthusiasts. Related: LG X Cam, X Screen...

  • iPhone 7 news: iPhone clones are seriously difficult to spot

    iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, whatever. All we know is that there's a new iPhone arriving this year and there are plenty of things flying around about it. The world isn't small enough nor is it big enough to render Apple fan's squeaks inaudible, so while the company ripens in the Cupertino sunshine, the rumours will flow. That's why we've decided to introduce an entirely new iPhone rumour roundup article, encompassing what is likely to be the new iPhone 7 series. Of course, there's no real way to know in all certainty that Apple is planning an iPhone 6S upgrade, so...

  • Acer TravelMate X3 series coming to South Africa in October

    Taiwanese hardware manufacturer Acer today announced its new Acer TravelMate X3 notebook series, for "designed for small and medium businesses, and professionals who want to work in style." The company notes that the X349 will be the first product in the new range, and will boast a 180-degree tilting 14.0-inch 1920x1080 screen, an 18mm-thick "brushed metal" body and a weight of 1.53kg, which is fairly light for today's notebook standards. According to Acer, practically all of the X349's features are in-tune with business travellers' needs too. The machine has an LED backlit keyboard to "keep users productive in low-light situations on airplanes...

  • Android Marshmallow now running on 13% of Android devices

    If Android Marshmallow's adoption numbers are anything to go by, Google's finally cracked the Android update issues that have plagued it for years. New numbers from Android Developer portal suggest that in July 2016, 13.3% of all Android devices were running on the company's latest stable operating system -- Android Marshmallow. This is a marked jump from the previous month's 10.1%. The OS still lags behind heavily-used Android KitKat (30.1%) and Android Lollipop (35.1%) though, but both  now cater towards the budget smartphone categories. Related: Android Nougat: why did Google snub Android Nutella and Neyyappan? This growth is extremely positive for Google though,...

  • Microsoft Surface Pro 5, Surface Book 2 launch halted until Q2 2017?

    According to reports, a new Microsoft Surface line could debut as late as March 2017, or as early as Q3 2016. Dubbed the Microsoft Surface Pro 5, the machine was initially rumoured to launch at a "fall event", according to some reports. Others suggest that Microsoft will only make a move in Q2 2017. The hybrid tablet device will also be supported by a Microsoft Surface Book 2, which is great news for anyone who thought that Microsoft's first in-house laptop was a stellar piece of kit. While Microsoft hasn't corroborated these reports, it's worth noting that the company could be waiting...

  • No Man’s Sky needs just 6GB on PlayStation 4 blu-ray discs

    Hello Games' upcoming title No Man's Sky might boast the biggest world of any game this year (or likely any game before it), but it all packs rather neatly into a PlayStation 4's blu-ray disc with acres of room to spare. According to a tweet from Hello Games' Sean Murray, No Man's Sky uses just 6GB on its installation disc, with most of that being audio. For those asking - size of No Man's Sky on disc is just 6GB. A lot of that is audio (⌐■_■) — Sean Murray (@NoMansSky) July 10, 2016 That's incredibly small, especially when compared to the likes...

  • Sony Xperia XA gets South Africa contract pricing

    The Sony Xperia XA -- one of the company's three new X-series phones -- has today been given contract pricing for South Africa. According to a press release, the phone is now available on MTN and Vodacom. A R399 p/m My MTNChoice 100 contract, and a R299 Vodacom UChoose Flexi 200 contract will be offered. The latter offers 5GB free once off data. Prepaid pricing, at least according to the Orange Store, sits around R4700. The phone itself boasts a 5.0-inch 720p screen, a MediaTek MT6755 Helio P10 CPU, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage with option to expand, and a...

  • [Update] Evolve is now free-to-play on PC, beta available soon

    Update #2, Thu 7 July, 2.10pm: It's official. Evolve is now free-to-play on PC. Developer Turtle Rock Studios' founders Chris Ashton & Phil Robb today announced that it's taking Evolve the direction that community has "suggested since the beginning." "We want that magic back and we aim to make it happen. We’ve made a lot of changes, improvements and additions to Evolve over the past year and we’ve got a lot more coming. In short, we’re giving this game a vigorous overhaul!," it added. "e’ve been listening and now we’re taking Evolve in the direction that a lot of you have suggested...

  • SPACE VR app turns the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift into a productivity hub

    Virtual reality's marketing tune so far has hummed around the gaming and entertainment advantages, but there are a few nifty productivity uses too. SPACE, launching in beta today, is one of these. It's a Windows-based program that allows the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive to double as a productivity hub. It effectively turns these headsets into virtual multi-monitors, mimicking a traditional multi-monitor setup but without the need for more physical screens. The press release explains that "SPACE allows users to open and work among six pages of content (for the beta version) displayed as large screens which can be viewed at...

  • Samsung Galaxy S8 rumour roundup: dual-camera and a 4K UHD bendable screen?

    It's mid-year, and that means we're now into the back-end of the device conference scene. And with the solstice gone, news of Samsung's Galaxy S7 replacement is slowly gaining momentum around the internet. That's right -- the S7 is barely six-months old, and already people are talking about its replacement. But even really good devices are at the liberty of marketing, monetisation and the ever-growing need to remain relevant (as both a consumer and manufacturer). Related: Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge review: meaningful evolution So, what has the rumour mill got in store for us this time? Below we take a look at some...