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  • The Nokia 105 $20 feature phone is dirt cheap and loving it [MWC]

    Mobile World Congress 2013 has a spectacular slew of smartphones and tablets, but let’s not forget about the little guys, the feature phone. Nokia’s gone and released the 105, a US$20 baby-brother with a colour screen (wow, colour) and a FM Radio. There’s also the US$85 301, but the focus here is this throwaway gem. Here’s what you need to know: The Nokia 105, pocket change redefined  Features include the above-mentioned FM radio, a flashlight, speaking clock, 12.5 hours of talk time, 35 hours standby and a 1.45-inch “true colour screen”. It’s going to be released in China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Nigeria,...

  • Nokia Lumia 720 and 520 revealed: from ultra thin to super cheap [MWC]

    Mobile World Congress says yes to two new Nokia Lumia’s, the 720 and 520. Read all about these cheap and cheerful Windows Phones below: Lumia 720 Here’s the official skinny on what Nokia is deeming a mid-range device. The Lumia 720 has a 4.3-inch display, 512MB RAM, a 1Ghz CPU and 8GB storage. It’s a mid-range Windows Phone, at a mid-range price, namely US$340. It has some cool features though that will distinguish it from the rabble. Namely that it’s 9mm thin with NFC and wireless charging. No LTE though, presumably it would have pushed up the price. Nokia’s skinny Lumia 720Possibly...

  • Samsung to unveil Galaxy S IV 14 March [updated]

    Update: It’s official, this is the invite for the Samsung Unpacked event. It starts at 19:00 EST, which is 02:00pm for everyone in South Africa. Join us live as we blog what will be the launch of yet another excellent Samsung device. Samsung has said it will release the Galaxy S IV in New York 14 March, according to a Reuters report. The launch will take place in New York, at a “Samsung Unpacked” event as Sammy is now dubbing it. Samsung Electronics’ mobile division chief JK Shin says that the company has been inundated with requests from US mobile...

  • Sony Xperia Z: Has Sony finally got a smartphone right?

    With a cutting-edge camera, a super-slim design and the ability to withstand life’s knocks and bumps (and Android Jelly Bean to boot) the Xperia Z is a phone that’s got us fired up about Sony Mobile again. Earlier handsets such as the Sony Xperia S and Sony Xperia T were extremely promising from a brand striking out on its own – but it’s with the Xperia Z that Sony is really banking on making a cataclysmic dent in the makeup of the smartphone market. If you don’t believe us, just look at its marketing hype – Valentine’s Day saw ads on several, consecutive pages of...

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0: sticking to stylus? [MWC]

    Outed at Mobile World Congress 2013 (MWC), Samsung has launched the Galaxy Note 8.0, the tiny stylus-toting successor to the Note 10.1. Here’s what we know about it so far: The Note 8.0 will run Android 4.1.2, Jellybean to everyone else. It’ll be the TouchWiz version, that messy UI Samsung is still overlaying on its devices. CPU is a 1.6Ghz quad-core puppy with 2GB RAM and the 1200×800 display will use the S-Pen, Samsung’s answer to the stylus. According to The Verge, the device house somewhere between 16GB and 32GB of internal memory. It has a 5-megapixel camera on the...

  • Huawei to launch the 4.7-inch Ascend P2 [MWC]

    Mobile World Congress 2013 is turning into a hotbed of geeky phone porn and one of the most lustful devices to emerge so far is Huawei’s Ascend P2, a 4.7-inch phablet (we’re sorry for using that terminology) with legs that stretch beyond the keen of mortals. What do we get with a 4.7-inch screen? Try a 1280×720 display with a screamer of a CPU, 1.5 GHz K3V2 quad-core processor, which Huawei assures us is the “fastest on the market”. There’s also a mind-blowing 13-megapixel camera, 1GB RAM, a 2420mAh battery and NFC, all packed into a 8.4mm thin frame. Jellybean Android...

  • Samsung HomeSync is the Apple TV we craved [MWC]

    This is perfect: Apple TV can suck on some fear with the introduction of Samsung’s HomeSync, a JellyBean-powered media centre unveiled today, only hours before its “official” launch at Mobile World Congress 2013. As usual, here’s all you need to know about this new media hub. Thanks to Cnet, we know that the HomeSync is a media center, with HDMI out and a neat party trick: it’ll connect with other (Samsung) products via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. This trick also works in reverse and Samsung mobile device owners can beam content from their phones to the big screen. HomeSync is powered by...

  • ‘Crysis 3’ review: welcome to the jungle

    Welcome to Crysis 3, a game of visual delights and extravagant excess. It’s an astonishing technical achievement that pushes the Xbox 360’s aging technology to the very boundaries of reason. Yet it’s also a beautiful game artistically. Yes, there might be invisible algorithms working frantically to render Crysis 3 in all its stunning detail, but there’s also a sketchbook with drawings that have dreamed this world onto paper. And it’s these sketches that have helped the programmers to weave their technical wizardry. At times Crysis 3 has an almost liquid beauty. To see the world animate, to see its...

  • McLaren reveals the dangerously powerful P1 engine

    High horsepower outputs are all the rage these days; with hatchbacks boasting 300bhp and saloons 500bhp; hearing about supercars with astronomical power outputs is not new. But when you hear the power figure McLaren says its P1 will have, you can’t help but smile. McLaren isn’t messing about with this car, it’s out for blood. Nine-hundred and three. That’s how many. And if you have to ask ‘what’, then you shouldn’t know. Sure, there are cars with more power, like the all-conquering Bugatti Veyron, but there’s something about a McLaren with 903bhp that tickles my senses. It’s probably because of...

  • Google launches Chromebook Pixel, a $1 300 curiosity

    It was rumored that Google would bring out another Chromebook, and it has. Google’s launched the Pixel, a US$1 300 laptop with a 12.85-inch display,  a 2560×1700 touchscreen, an i5 CPU and a free terabyte of cloud storage for three years, care of Google Drive. The price above is for WiFi only, lord knows how much the LTE version will cost. Techcrunch reports that the Pixel will soon launch with LTE , and partnered with Verizon users will get an astonishing 100Mb a month for a two-year period. Pity there isn’t a sarcastic font for astonishing, as it’s a pathetic amount. It’s...