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  • Huawei P8 and P8 Max launch: the phablet redefined

    Bigger, thinner and denser seems to be the three words that will define smartphone launches in 2015, and Huawei is one of those companies writing the playbook. After launching the 6.0-inch Huawei Ascend Mate 7 earlier this year, we thought phones couldn’t really get any bigger, until today, that is. The Shenzhen-based company has now launched an even thinner, more impressive flagship duo: the Huawei P8 and the Huawei P8 Max. Both devices look eerily like the iPhone 6, but both sport better features, more streamlined advancements and a deeper level of intrigue. Huawei P8: the more sensible choice For one, the...

  • Patch Tuesday April 2015: 4 critical updates, ‘Redirect to SMB’ unpatched

    How time flies. It was just a year ago when Microsoft pushed its final updates to Windows XP, once its crowned jewel. This year though, and this month’s Patch Tuesday, saw a host of updates for its newer operating systems, Windows 7 and Windows 8, and a few for Microsoft Office as well. This doesn’t quite tell the entire story though. Prior to Patch Tuesday (this month falling on 14 April), a near-twenty-year-old vulnerability was found to be lurking in practically all of Microsoft’s OSes, and a number of software packages from various other vendors. But first, let’s talk about what...

  • Ware of the Week: ShedAlert load shedding alerts

    In our weekly series, Ware of the Week, we showcase our favourite organised lines of code from the world of mobile and desktop computing. In today’s edition, we profile ShedAlert, an app that’s keeping South Africans ahead of the load shedding schedule. If you missed our previous Ware of the Week winner, catch it below. Read more: Ware of the Week: Yolify There are a few words in the English language synonymous with South Africa, but unfortunately not all are celebrated. I can mention one particular phrase that incites rage and anger from all walks of life. Yep, you guessed it,...

  • Houdt flaunts snazzy, exclusive custom covers for iPhone range [Gallery]

    Houdt, a local device accessories and lifestyle brand, has announced a collaboration with South African artists and designers to launch an exclusive range of swanky iPhone 5, iPhone 5s and iPhone 6 covers. Houdt’s usually known for crafting unique device covers from wood (among other peripherals), and the limited edition range is no exception to this earthy rule. The covers feature works from the following local artists: Kronk Marchant KimVV Liza-Marie AmIcollective Clement Hanno “Each artist has produced 50 beautiful handcrafted handsets available in Rosewood,” notes the presser. The covers can be found on Houdt’s official site ranging in price from R499 for the iPhone 5 range, and R599...

  • Microsoft Lumia 540 Dual SIM packs capable camera tech in budget body

    That’s right. The world has indeed gained yet another Microsoft Lumia smartphone, but it’s not a flagship. The Microsoft Lumia 540 Dual SIM bolsters what is already a sardine-packed tinned can of devices from the company, with many boasting extremely similar specs. The Microsoft Lumia 540 does, however, pack some Lumia optical imaging goodness into a US$150 shell. The star of the show is that 8MP snapper on the phone’s rear, featuring an autofocus system and a dedicated LED flash. Around the front of the phone, there’s a 5MP camera too. Microsoft’s clearly positioning this device as a capable mid-range snapping...

  • Fujitsu explores the possibility of liquid-cooled smartphones

    We’ve all experienced heat emanating from our cellphones when held against our ears too long and that warm, tingling sensation from laptops when resting against our laps, or as Homer Simpson would say, “mmm… erotic radiation.” While liquid-cooled PCs have been around, the smaller size of smartphones, laptops and tablets require more traditional methods of cooling, relying mostly on sheets of metal or other materials that conduct heat away from key components and chips to prevent damage. In fact, finding newer ways to cool these smaller devices is key if we are to see continued innovation in the portable device market....

  • Droplet reminds users to take meds, feed the dog using the Cloud

    Monotonous tasks are easy to forget because our brains are meant to be constantly entertained and challenged, but boredom is necessary. No, I’m not talking about watching Keeping Up With The Kardashians while pondering the meaning of life, I’m talking about those tasks that are detrimental to our daily lives that often go forgotten. Taking pills on time, remembering to put the trash out and feeding Fred the goldfish (poor Fred) can easily fall from memory, but a new Kickstarter project called Droplet is aiming to keep Fred healthy and your tasks completed. While it might seem a bit esoteric at...

  • ‘Xenoblade Chronicles 3D’ review: friends, foes, faffing about

    Another day in Nintendoland, another Nintendo Wii title ported to handheld. This time, it’s a title to get properly excited about. The legendary Xenoblade name is the first to grace the New Nintendo 3DS XL as an exclusive title, dubbed Xenoblade Chronicles 3D. It should be giving Nintendo fanboys who own the console a few shivers, and a very good reason for those who don’t own the console to get one. But this is conjecture. Storyline After a way-too-long cinematic that you can’t skip explaining how two kick-ass legendary fighters Dickson and Dunbar were, you should be fairly familiar with what’s going on,...

  • Aivvy Q is an intelligent, wireless streaming music system for your head

    Some ideas just work on crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter. With the prevalence of music streaming services currently taking the world by storm, it would make sense for developers to jump on the bandwagon, so to speak. Aivvy (pronounced “ivy”) has done just that, with its Internet of Things-inspired smart headphones. The Aivvy Q packs a streaming box within the headphones, allowing the user to travel without the physical or wireless tethers of a smartphone in the pocket. The device itself looks rather slick, adopting a Samsung Level-like leather and aluminium design profile, with colours ranging from white, to black and brown. Additionally,...

  • GetOne and ErgoPROP combo review: soothe my aching back

    Not all gadgets have sparkly screens or buttons that transform them into talking, walking robots. Some are more mundane and down-to-earth, but these can often be more important and detrimental to your life than those that sparkle. Ergotherapy Solutions, a South African company focused on turning the office space into a more comfortable environment, courteously gave us two of its new products to review, namely the GetOne ergonomic office chair and the ERGOProp ergonomic laptop stand. You’re probably wondering how you’d test products like these. Well, it’s simple really. I usually suffer from dull aches and pains in my back from...

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