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  • Sony Alpha a6400 E-mount camera announced for $900

    Sony on Wednesday revealed the latest addition to its Alpha mirrorless range, the e6400 E-mount camera. "The a6400 brings many of Sony's most advanced technologies from their acclaimed full-frame lineup to a compact, lightweight APS-C camera," said the company in a press release. According to Sony, the mirrorless camera features the world's fastest autofocus system, along with advanced AF eye-tracking capabilities. Sony's AI-toting Real-time Eye AF and Real-time Tracking systems also feature, and can process eye movement and information such as colour and distance. The Alpha a6400 also features 4K video recording and a tiltable touch screen, aimed at creatives. "The new camera is...

  • Apple debuts $129 battery packs for new iPhones

    Apple launched something big on Wednesday, but it's not a new iPhone. Instead, it's an attachment designed to snap onto the company's current crop of mobiles. Official battery cases will soon become available for the iPhone XR, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. The packs, which offer some bulky protection in addition to extra juice, gives the iPhone XS and XS Max an additional day's worth of battery power. IPhone XR users can expect an increase to video playback time of 27 hours. Apple, as usual, remains mum on the mAh capacity of these packs. But they come at a price. And a pretty...

  • 3 phones under R500 that will run WhatsApp in SA

    Some smartphone users really don't require the fanciest materials, multiple rear cameras, silly notches or the fastest processor. Instead, all they need is a cheap device to run popular apps, like WhatsApp. In previous years, we've covered some smartphones that did just that at higher price points. But in 2019, as these prices continue to soar, we rummage about the bargain bin to see just how little you have to spend on a WhatsApp smartphone. Here are three Android smartphones below the R500 mark that will run WhatsApp without much fuss. Mint Fox | R399 Previously one of South Africa's biggest selling smartphones according to...

  • Sony (finally) enables cross-play for Rocket League on the PS4

    If your friends own an Xbox One or any other modern platform and you a PlayStation 4, we have good news for you. Fortnite is no longer the only game available on Sony's cross-play beta. The company today added Psyonix's manic car-football-crossover Rocket League to the list. This now opens the digital doors for you to play alongside and against gamers on the Nintendo Switch, PC (Steam), and Xbox One via the PlayStation 4. The move, according to Psyonix, covers all echelons of play, including Casual, Competitive and Extra Modes. The developer notes that cross-play is enabled in game by default, but for...

  • Samsung Galaxy M series to launch in India on 28 January

    You're probably familiar with Samsung's flagship S series, it's larger Note series, and even possibly its A series (above) of mid-range devices. But now, the Korean company is adding a brand new letter to its lineup. Dubbed the Galaxy M series, this trio of new lower-mid-range Samsung devices is set to launch in India later this month, taking on the likes of Oppo, Vivo and Xiaomi. According to prior leaks, all three phones will sport similar designs, with a waterdrop notch up front, relatively skinny bezels, rear-mounted fingerprint readers, and large batteries. The Galaxy M10 is the smallest of the three, featuring...

  • 2019’s Flagship ‘iPhone 11’ to feature three rear cameras

    The next iPhone flagship will have three cameras at the rear, this according to a report (paywall) by the Wall Street Journal. Apple is planning at least three variants, the report continues, in similar vein to the current lineup of the iPhone XS Max, iPhone XS, and iPhone XR in terms of pricing, size and specs. The "iPhone 11" and triple-camera "iPhone 11 Max" as the devices are being informally referred to, will feature OLED screens. While the iPhone XR replacement will stick to LCD. The latter will also be promoted to a dual-rear camera setup. Feature image: Apple

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 7: teardrop notch, 48MP rear camera for $150

    Just like Honor is a sub-brand to Huawei, Xiaomi's Redmi is now operated independently. And the new brand's first big move is the newly announced Redmi Note 7. The phone shares a number of traits with the early 2019 smartphones we've seen thus far: a large rear camera sensor, a large teardrop-notch screen, and a fairly modest price. To put some numbers to these, there's a 48MP snapper -- the sensor's made by Sony, not Samsung this time around -- alongside a 5MP sensor at the rear for depth info. Up front, the phone's teardrop notch is top and centre of the...

  • AMD reveals the 7nm Radeon VII GPU with 16GB HBM2 and 1.8GHz clock

    Not to be outdone by the swarm of smart TVs and alarm clocks, CPU and GPU maker AMD on Wednesday announced its new flagship graphics card at CES 2018, the Radeon VII. The company claims it's the world's first 7nm GPU, built by TSMC, and is by far the company's fastest graphics card. https://twitter.com/Radeon/status/1083060489456742401 For one, clockspeed is up to 1800MHz from the 1500MHz-ish of the outgoing RX Vega 64. This is largely thanks to the Vega 20 GPU. For quiet computing enthusiasts, the company's also ditched the blower-style cooler in favour of a triple-fan setup for the reference card. Memory remains HBM2 but...

  • Lexar’s first 1TB SD card will set you back $499

    If you use your camera religiously to record your entire life in 4K, you may want to pay close attention to Lexar's latest news. At CES 2019 on Wednesday, the company unveiled its first 1TB SD card available to purchase. For statistics heads, the card features read speeds of 95MB/s and writes of 70MB/s. But speed isn't quite important when you're buying a 1TB card. Lexar's pricing it at US$499, making it the same price as the launch edition of the PS4. Feature image: Lexar

  • Hisense U30 sports punch-hole screen, tasty mid-range specs

    We've heard little from Hisense since the H12 (pictured above) finally arrived in South Africa late last year, but at CES 2019 in Vegas, the company lifted the covers on what could be its next mid-range contender. And it's rather exciting on paper too. Dubbed the Hisense U30, the phone features a 6.3 inch 2340x1080 LCD screen. More interestingly, it also has a punch-hole camera, which houses a 20MP selfie camera. Yes, and that means no notch, just a hole in the screen's top left hand side. At the rear, Hisense employs a 48MP primary camera and a 5MP depth sensor alongside it. Internally,...