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  • Vodacom VoLTE launches in South Africa with Samsung Galaxy S6

    Here’s some pretty big news. Vodacom will be opening its consumer doors to VoLLTE (voice over LTE) in South Africa, a move that will see it become the first cellular network to do so at the tip of Africa. So why the sudden move? Samsung’s recent launch of the Galaxy S6 duo has prompted the move, and considering the cost of these handsets (ranging from R8800 to R16 100), one would expect some type of new technology being brought to the table. “VoLTE is now officially up and running in SA thanks to these new handsets,” comments Andries Delport, Vodacom’s Chief Technology...

  • Huawei gets coy ahead of 15 April launch event

    Huawei is donning its coy cap this morning as it unveiled yet another teaser for the upcoming device launch on 15 April. But what is said “device”? Well, sources are suggesting that it’s the Huawei Ascend P8, the company’s next considerately-sized flagship phone to boast a sultry mix of aluminium and ceramics in its body. But in a presser we were sent today from of Huawei South Africa, the latest teaser boasts a distinct 7 and nothing quite related to the Huawei Ascend P8. Are you trying to lead us astray, Huawei? While there’s no official word on the Ascend P8’s specs,...

  • Canon EOS C300 Mark II devours 4K cinematic with 48kHz audio

    Canon has today launched its new cinematic-minded video camera, the Canon EOS C300 Mark II, which is geared towards the future of broadcast and cinematic resolutions. Both broadcast and cinematic 4K is compatible, with 3840×2160 and 4096×2160 resolution options offered. In addition to recording internally at high bit-rates, the camera can also spit RAW 4K content onto an external recorder, which makes the filming process more streamlined and the content once recorded easy to access. The camera is able to record “10-bit 4:2:2 files internally at up to 410Mbps in 4K, or 10/12-bit 4:4:4 files in 2K/Full HD,” allowing film makers to...

  • Intel Braswell is the new lightweight SoC for ultramobiles, budget PCs

    Without any fanfare, Intel has launched the Bay Trail upgrade, Braswell, to market, boasting a reduced die size and lower power consumption. Intel Braswell is an entry-level chipset, and intended for use on ultraportable machines, low-cost laptops and cheap, compact PCs, with Gen 8 series graphics and up to four cores. That’s pretty spiffy for low cost chips then, ranging between US$107 to US$161. The Intel Braswell line will initially offer four chips, with three labeled as Celeron and one as Pentium, as per Intel’s new naming tradition. All SoCs will boast the new Airmont cores, but the latter will feature...

  • Spartan arrives alongside new Windows 10 preview build

    As suggested in previous weeks, a new build of Windows 10 has appeared on the eve of the new month and it brings the long-awaited Spartan browser with it. Build 10049, the fourth technical preview build since November 2014, has been pushed to users in the “fast ring” rapid release cycle. It should come to slow ring customers in the coming days too. What’s interesting about the new build is Spartan’s new prominent position on the Windows task bar, which was previously reserved for Internet Explorer. As we’ve explained in previous articles, both Project Spartan and Internet Explorer will feature in Windows...

  • Hello Barbie talks to children using WiFi, cloud of learned responses

    If you believe a new New York Times report, then your child’s next Barbie will be possessed by the spirit of WiFi. Mattel, Barbie’s rights owner and one of the largest toy companies on the planet, has plans to debut the WiFi-enabled “Hello Barbie” that’s inspired by Apple’s Siri voice assistant. It will use a system developed by ToyTalk, a company specialising in crafting interactive toys, allowing the Barbie’s owners to converse with the human-shaped hunk of plastic. The company’s technology was originally created for on-screen characters, notes the Times, but the technology has been proven to be quite a hit...

  • Xbox One April Update: better party chat, voice messages coming to preview

    Hot on the heels of Sony‘s PS4 Yukimura update this week, Microsoft Xbox has launched a preview video of what to expect from the April Xbox One system update. Read more: PS4 ‘Yukimura’ update brings social, UI and practical improvements There are three major updates arriving to the Xbox One experience that focus primarily on the social side of the gaming experience. Firstly, Microsoft has announced that it will now offer dedicated servers for Party Chat, as Xbox head Larry “Major Nelson” Hyrb explains in his blog: Parties where players are unable to form direct peer-to-peer connections for party chat will automatically leverage...

  • KSafe locks away temptation so you can reach your goals

    Storing things for rainy days often doesn’t quite work that well, especially since the storage container is easily accessible, and pries open with a simple flick of the chocolate-craving finger. A Kickstarter project dubbed KSafe is determined to change this though, keeping those snacks (or gaming controller) locked and safe until you damn well reach those goals you set yourself. “We know it is much easier to set goals than it is to achieve them,” notes Ryan Tseng of KSafe. “We can start with the best intentions, but then we become distracted, procrastinate or just lose focus. We turned to research...

  • Virtual noses in VR headsets reduce sickly symptoms, studies suggest

    Virtual reality is cool, and it is the future undoubtedly, but the headsets currently available invariably make users really, really sick. But that could be remedied by using something as simple as a nose. No, seriously. “The problem is your perceptual system does not like it when the motion of your body and your visual system are out of synch,” explains assistant professor at Purdue University David Whittinghill to Phys.org. “So if you see motion in your field of view you expect to be moving, and if you have motion in your eyes without motion in your vestibular system [what most mammals use...

  • Microsoft’s Spartan and Internet Explorer to feature Edge, Trident respectively

    Microsoft has long been lauding its upcoming Project Spartan browser that will take over Internet Explorer’s crown as Windows’ flagship, but Internet Explorer, as we’ve noted before, isn’t exactly set to be shed from Windows 10 altogether. The company has now clarified its stance on the two browsers’ coexistence, which is a bit more confusing than simply having the option of choosing the browser you want to use and using it. Yes, Internet Explorer will be a part of Windows 10, that is pretty much confirmed, but there is one key difference between the legacy IE and the fledgeling Spartan. Read more:...

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