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  • Hisense buys Toshiba’s TV unit in R1.6bn deal

    Hisense's TV division has enjoyed a rather brisk rise in South Africa, but it seems like global operations are doing big numbers as well. Now, the company has announced that it's acquired Toshiba's TV unit. "In this transaction, Hisense will purchase 95% stock shares of Toshiba Visual Solutions Corporation (TVS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation, with the price of 12.9 billion Japanese Yen (R1.6-billion)," the Chinese company announced in a press statement. So what does Hisense gain from this as a result? "Hisense will obtain the TV businesses, including production, research and development, and sales functions," the release reads --...

  • HP website reveals Snapdragon 835 laptop with 4GB RAM

    Microsoft has been working on Windows 10 ARM for a while now, bringing the desktop operating system to mobile-focused chips as well. It's also chosen Qualcomm as its partner, with the US chip colossus expected to power a variety of Windows 10 devices. Now, HP's website (via Gizmochina) has revealed a Windows 10 ARM computer, packing a Snapdragon 835 processor, at least if the "SD835" line is anything to go by. The page also seems to list 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. This puts it in line with ultrabooks, then. ARM chips are expected to provide quite an endurance boost over...

  • EA’s Battlefront 2 defence is most downvoted comment in reddit history

    Star Wars: Battlefront 2 has drawn the ire of the gaming community after it emerged that players had to spend a ton of in-game currency to unlock prominent heroes and villains. Criticism was levelled against the publisher, with many feeling that after spending plenty of cash on the game already, the cost of unlocking characters shouldn't have been pegged so high. EA initially responded on reddit, saying it wanted gamers to have a "sense of pride and accomplishment" when they did unlock the characters. But gamers weren't biting at all. In fact, the comment became the most-downvoted one in reddit history,...

  • Qualcomm rejects $130bn Broadcom offer, Broadcom poised to go hostile

    Last week saw the possibility of one of the largest tech acquisitions ever, when Broadcom made a massive offer for Qualcomm -- a deal which would've been valued at US$130-billion. The unsolicited offer set the tech world alight, as a successful deal would've resulted in an even bigger, combined silicon juggernaut. Yesterday, the US mobile tech firm has revealed its decision: a unanimous rejection by the board of directors. "It is the board's unanimous belief that Broadcom's proposal significantly undervalues Qualcomm relative to the company's leadership position in mobile technology and our future growth prospects," said Paul Jacobs, executive chairman and chairman of the board...

  • Apple’s Face ID ‘thwarted’ with mask by researchers

    At September's iPhone event, Apple went to great lengths to claim that its Face ID feature was a secure authentication method. In fact, the company said the facial recognition system could distinguish between human faces and masks. Now, Vietnamese security firm BKav has apparently cracked the authentication system, using a mask to do so. The firm's researchers created a 3D printed base then fleshed it out from here. "We used a popular 3D printer. (The) Nose was made by a handmade artist (sic). We use 2D printing for other parts (similar to how we tricked face recognition nine years ago). The skin was also...

  • Listen: Galaxy S8 vs iPhone 8 Plus live music comparison

    A live gig is one of the most unpredictable tests for any smartphone, owing to the cacophony of noise and lack of controlled conditions. Still, if you're into live recordings and want a phone that'll do a decent job, which device should you get? LG's phones are fantastic on paper, but the V30+ review unit hasn't arrived yet. But what we do have is our Galaxy S8 (review) seed unit and the iPhone 8 Plus review unit. So how do they compare in the audio department? We took them to a recent Alien Ant Farm gig, recording side-by-side. It must also be...

  • Nokia 2 hits South Africa for under R2000 via Vodacom

    A few weeks ago we saw the Nokia 2 being announced globally, featuring a solid design and a massive battery. Back then, HMD Global confirmed that the phone would be available in South Africa. Now, the company has announced that South African sales have indeed kicked off, being available exclusively on the Vodacom network. As for a price? You're looking at R1699, making it the cheapest Nokia-branded smartphone in the market. Your cash gets you a low-end Snapdragon 212 quad-core chip, 1GB of RAM, 5-inch 720p display and 8GB of expandable storage (via hybrid SIM slot). But the phone's major selling point is...

  • From OnePlus to Huawei: cheap flagships as a marketing strategy [Opinion]

    The OnePlus One took the mobile world by storm back in 2014, packing high-end features into a much cheaper price tag than the competition. Featuring a Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM and a capable camera, the new smartphone instantly made a wave among enthusiasts and general consumers alike thanks to its US$299 starting price. It didn't hurt that the company used an invite system to control supply and demand. Fast-forward to 2017 and the OnePlus 5 is available for US$479, having seen a price increase with virtually every iteration. Now, that's still cheaper than most flagships, but coming from those...

  • 5 great smartphones under $200 from Gearbest [Sponsored]

    Gearbest is one of the world's most popular online retailers for smartphones, offering a wide variety of brands at affordable prices. Don't believe us? We've picked some of the best phones available from the website for under US$200. Blackview BV7000 Pro (US$166) Looking for a smartphone that can withstand a dunking in water? Then Blackview's BV7000 Pro is for you, coming in below US$200. For your money, you're getting an IP68 design, octacore processor (MT6750), 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage and a 5-inch full HD screen. Other features include a fingerprint scanner, 13MP main camera and 8MP front camera. Buy the BV7000 Pro here. Oukitel...

  • Exynos 9810: Samsung’s latest flagship chip demystified

    CES is the first major tech expo on the calendar, hitting Las Vegas in January. Now, ahead of the expo, Samsung has issued a press release, touting various products to receive awards at CES 2018. And one of the products is a new flagship processor, dubbed the Exynos 9810. Yes, it would appear that the company has stealthily revealed the existence of the Galaxy S9's chipset. It makes for somewhat of a departure in naming conventions, the previous two chipsets being Exynos 8890 and 8895. "The Exynos 9 Series 9810 is Samsung's latest flagship processor, with 3rd-generation custom CPU cores, upgraded GPU, and gigabit...