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  • What’s the point of LG G5’s two rear cameras?

    Using two rear cameras on a single smartphone might seem excessive, but it's nothing new. HTC dallied with this idea back in 2014, but arguably didn't quite crack the big time. But camera technology has never been better, and smartphone makers are trying this whole thing again. LG is first to get its LG G5 out the door and into consumer hands, with the handset available in South Africa from 15 April. Its camera technology is a little different to the Huawei P9's, which is a blessing and a curse. While Huawei uses its two 12MP cameras in tandem (simulating one...

  • BlackBerry to launch two mid-range Android phones in 2016

    For BlackBerry, 2016 is still young especially since its PRIV sales have been less than spectacular. The company sold 600 000 phones in its last fiscal quarter, indicating that its R14 000 flagship barely made a scratch on its overall sales decline. Now, CEO John Chen has announced that his company will launch two mid-range smartphones running on Android this year to prop up the PRIV, and provide some much needed respite. Speaking to Abu Dhabi's The National, Chen notes that launching the "too high-end" PRIV before its mid-range phones wasn't "as wise as it should have been." "A lot of enterprise...

  • You can now 3D print a wooden Xbox One controller (if you really want to)

    How could Microsoft make the Xbox One even better? That's a question we all have answers for, but Imgur user BobsYurUncle has a very rustic solution. Sick and tired of the Xbox One controller's plastic facade, he decided to 3D print a wooden controller case, using a wood-based filament and a US$350 printer. And yes, you can actually 3D print objects using wood. For a gander through the process, including 25 images, have a look at the embed below. I 3D printed with wood for a new look on my XBONE controller Feature image: BobsYurUncle via Imgur

  • Gears of War 4 trailer showcases gardening instead of gameplay

    The first trailer for the next entry in the bro-shooter series, Gears of War, is now on YouTube. Don't get too excited, though, as it's nothing special. The trailer primarily consists of video showing JD Phoenix, son of Gears of War series protagonist, Marcus Phoenix, running through a forest and into a dilapidated area from some kind of threat. We've also given shots of JD as a boy, while Marcus is bulked up and planting a tree. All of it is fully rendered CGI. The trailer tries to be emotional by setting the scene to Disturbed's cover of Sound of Silence, but...

  • Apple Watch 2 to launch in June, boast thinner body

    Apple's next smartwatch is going on a diet, according to an industry analyst. In a report obtained by MacRumors, Drexel Hamilton's Brian White suggests that the presumptively named Apple Watch 2 will be as much as 40% thinner than the original. Related: Apple Watch Sport review: the definitive timepiece for Apple fans White also foresees a WWDC 2016 launch. "Finally, we walked away with the sense that the Apple Watch refresh will not occur in September with the iPhone 7, but is more likely to occur within the next 2-3 months, and thus we believe an unveiling at WWDC in June makes sense," he...

  • LG G5 will cost R13999 in South Africa, arrive 15 April [Update]

    Update, 8 April: LG, in an one-on-one interview with the company's South African marketing and managerial team, announced that the launch price of the LG G5 will be R11 799, not R13 999 as initially planned. The device is currently available to preorder on Takealot. This means that the LG G5 is now the cheapest flagship launched this year, undercutting the R12 999 Samsung Galaxy S7, R12 999 iPhone 6S and R13 999 BlackBerry PRIV. LG's big, bold and beautiful smartphone gamble -- the LG G5 -- is making its way onto South African retail shelves on 15 April, the company...

  • Huawei launches Mate 8 in SA – what’s the damage?

    It may be a few months late to the party, but Huawei finally released the Mate 8 smartphone in South Africa. The phone, which was first released in China in November before seeing a global launch earlier this year, has a R12 999 prepaid price. The phone also has a starting price of R579 per month on Vodacom contract, while other networks have the device for R599 a month, Huawei explained. The Mate 8 will be available in 32GB dual and single-SIM variants. A look at the spec-sheet The device features a large 4100mAh battery, much like the Mate 7. The Chinese company...

  • When can you get your hands on a Huawei P9 in SA?

    Huawei has confirmed a release date and tentative price window for the upcoming P9 and P9 Plus smartphones. The company revealed the P9 and P9 Plus on Wednesday in London, showing off phones with dual 12-megapixel cameras on the rear. South Africans will need to wait until June to get their hands on the P9 though, said Charlene Munilal, general manager for Huawei's Consumer Business Group in SA. "P9 Plus might be slightly later - the early part of July," Munilal said. "We're looking at targeting a R499 contract price point," Munilal said of the P9, adding that it was targeting an R11 999...

  • Apple iPhone SE available to preorder in SA from R8999

    Desperate to get your iPhone SE? Digicape -- one of Apple's premium resellers in South Africa -- has announced that users can now preorder the iPhone SE. The phone, which was launched late March, boasts a combination of iPhone 6S and iPhone 5S internals, in the form factor of the latter. It appeals to those reluctant to upgrade to Apple's larger iPhone 6 series, but even though it measures just 4.0-inches from screen corner to corner, it'll still leave quite a hole in prospective buyers' pockets. Digicape is pricing the 16GB version at R8999, while the 64GB version will fetch a...

  • Rocket League, Her Story win big at BAFTA awards

    The 2016 British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BATFA) video game awards have come and gone with some interesting winners. Even John Carmack was given the Fellowship Award, the Academy's highest honor. One of the biggest surprises of the evening was Fallout 4 winning the Best Game award. This Bethesda title launched to mixed reviews from both audiences and critics alike and was up against Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Rocket League, and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt among others. The game currently holds an average of 86/100 on Metacritic across PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Another surprise came...