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  • 3 of Motorola’s best mobile phone hits

    When Lenovo bought Motorola from Google in 2014, we didn't quite know what the Chinese technology manufacturer had in store for the once prolific smartphone brand. Founded in 1928, the company was responsible for the first real mobile phone -- the DynaTAC -- in the mid Eighties. In the late Nineties and early 2000s, the company experienced some of its greatest sales hits and the peak of its brand appeal with preppy, polished, and stylish devices. But sadly from this year, the Motorola name will no longer be used on smartphones. Instead Moto will be one of two sub-brands under Lenovo's...

  • Xiaomi Mi 4 review: how is this thing so damn cheap?

    Note: After this review was published, the review unit decided that it would be a good time to install a MiUI update. The below review device ran MiUI 7.0, however I'll be sure to report if MiUI 7.1.1 does improve the user experience. Here's a quick exercise: close your eyes and think off all the products in your house that have been "Made in China". Come 2016, that number will likely grow, especially if you love your technology. More and more products are being made in the land of the Great Wall and awesome ping-pong players, and more still are the...

  • Mario Kart 8 toys now included with SA Happy Meals

    I've not ashamed to admit I watch out for McDonalds Happy Meal toys from the yellow and red restaurant. In previous years, we were given SEGA LCD games, featuring Sonic and friends play sports, which were great fun to collect. Now, the these kiddies meals will be including characters in go-carts from the popular Nintendo series, Mario Kart. These new toys include Donkey Kong, Mario, Luigi, and Toad, but, unfortunately, no Princess Peach or Bowser. Of course, there is a chance you'll receive one of the 'lame,' or less interesting toys, which consist of boats. Kids want Nintendo icons, not...

  • Xiaomi Redmi 3 packs giant battery, affordable price

    Although not yet available in South Africa, the Xiaomi Redmi 3 has today launched in China and can be had for 699 yuan, or around US$105. That translates to around R1800, which is extremely cheap considering this device's internals. The 5.0-inch screen packs a 720p panel, and is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 chipset, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage. There's also room for a microSD card slot too if you don't happen to need the dual SIM functionality. There's a 13MP camera at the rear, with a 5MP selfie snapper up front and it also packs...

  • Fitbit, Casio and Fossil: it’s raining smartwatches at CES 2016

    Smartwatches haven't quite shown us the money just yet. Sure, they're walking around with big ideas, but up until 2015's end, there hasn't been one real "I have to have this" example made yet. That may very well chance in 2016, if this year's CES is a yard stick. While LG and Samsung fought over how many Ks their televisions have, while Nvidia and Qualcomm tried to avoid crashing smartcars into poles, and while Intel was playing with drones and robots, the lesser known smartwatch makers came to the fore. As a result, here are four of the most interesting smartwatches...

  • PlayStation VR erroneously listed on Amazon Canada for $800

    For those with shallow pockets and a PlayStation 4 eager to adopt virtual reality, here's some good news. Amazon Canada listed and then quickly removed an option to pre-order the PlayStation VR, but the headset was priced at CA$1125.35, or around US$800. I'm not even going to convert that into rand. That's effectively the price of two PlayStation 4 consoles, and double the initially speculated price based on Andrew House, Sony Entertainment CEO's comments. It also means that the recently launched Oculus Rift consumer version, at US$599, would be considerably cheaper than its console rival. While the latter needs a fairly...

  • BlackBerry shelves its own OS, completely adopts Android instead

    It's been a tough few years for BlackBerry, a company whose wares were once the darlings of the South African and worldwide market. But times are changing, and so is BlackBerry it seems. In light of its new BlackBerry Priv Android smartphone, the company's CEO John Chen at CES 2016 revealed that all phones launched this year under the BlackBerry label will run Android, and not its in house developed BlackBerry OS. Speaking to CNET, he also noted that 2016 will be a definitive year for the future of the company's long standing smartphone project, largely thanks to its falling revenues...

  • Far Cry Primal PC requirements outed, laptops not officially supported

    If you fancy popping woolly mammoths over the head with sticks and stones, take note. Ubisoft has revealed the PC hardware needed to get Far Cry Primal running, and running optimally. Published on its official blog, Ubisoft's latest adventure RPG (set in the years when humankind spent more time running from things than lazing on the couch) will only run on Windows 64-bit machines from 7 upwards, and seem to favour desktop PCs rather than laptops. The company notes that laptop graphics cards aren't officially supported, which probably makes Alienware and Aorus owners extremely annoyed. Still, good news for PC gamers:...

  • Lenovo, Google team up to announce Project Tango smartphone

    Lenovo and Google have announced at CES 2016, that they're working on the world's first consumer Google Project Tango based smartphone that will throw yet another cat into the pigeons of the smartphone market. The technology allows smartphones to interact with the world using "3D motion tracking with depth sensing," the technology will give these previously lifeless bars of metal and plastic the ability to understand their physical position in the world around them. Effectively, it allows phones to map out their surroundings. Read more: Google’s Project Tango: the Android phone that maps your world in real-time There's currently scant details regarding...

  • A smartphone love affair: the Motorola Moto X Pure Edition

    As far as smartphone loyalties go, I’ve always been an Android person, but with regards to actual devices, it’s always been Nexus first, and nothing else is good enough. That has however changed recently. I say recently, I mean about a year ago when I got my Moto X 2014. It was the first non-Nexus I’d owned since the Nexus S and if I am honest, it completely and utterly blew my mind. The best part of that was, that the 2014 Moto X wasn’t a particularly good device. The camera was mediocre, the battery life was atrocious and the...