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  • Xiaomi Mi Max 2 launches: so what’s new?

    The Mi Max was a ridiculously use armset handset of note, packing a 6.4-inch full HD screen and a large battery too. In any event, the company has seen it fit to deliver a sequel, in the form of the Xiaomi Mi Max 2. In keeping with the Max name, we've still got a huge 6.4-inch full HD screen. However, those on the hunt for thin bezels will be disappointed, as it's still similar to the original phone. But the company has decided to boost the battery capacity though, delivering a 5300mAh pack (from 4840mAh) that apparently lasts for two days...

  • Microsoft rebrands Beam to Mixer, introduces cooperative game streaming

    When Microsoft bought game streaming service Beam back in August 2016, many people were wondering just what the company was planning to do. Back then, Beam allowed viewers of a stream to interact with the streamed game. It was a great idea, and took advantage of the hype created by Twitch Plays Pokemon and the like. Today though, through Microsoft's guidance, Beam has announced a complete rebrand and direction for the streaming service. Now called Mixer, the service keeps much of its popular features and adds a slew more. "Today marks a big evolution of our interactive live-streaming platform and a new name...

  • 5 Asian mobile brands we’d like to see in SA

    Between Huawei's dominance on the continent and Xiaomi's in-roads via MIA Group, it's clear that Chinese smartphone brands are enjoying unprecedented success in Africa. South Africa has quite a few other Chinese brands too, such as Meizu and OnePlus, as well as a few that seem to be on the wall (ZTE, Oukitel). But there are definitely a few more Chinese and Asian brands in general we'd like to see in the country and on the continent at large. Honor Technically speaking, Honor is a sub-brand of Huawei, treated as an independent entity. Sort of like OnePlus being owned by Oppo but...

  • Confirmed: OnePlus 5 to use Snapdragon 835 (surprise!)

    The Snapdragon 835 is one of the most powerful smartphone chips around right now, going toe to toe with Apple's processors and Samsung's silicon. Of course, we're expecting all the major flagships in the second half of the year (or at the end of the first half) to use Qualcomm's new chip, including the OnePlus 5. Now, OnePlus has confirmed the speculation and leaks, saying that the upcoming handset would indeed be packing heat. "We're proud to announce the OnePlus 5 will feature the Snapdragon™ 835 processor, which sets the foundation for smooth, powerful, and efficient performance," a OnePlus representative posted on...

  • Xbox Game Pass has 1 June rollout – except for SA

    Earlier this year, Microsoft announced the Xbox Game Pass service, delivering unlimited access to a slew of Xbox One and Xbox 360 games for US$9.99 a month. At the time of the announcement, an exact launch date wasn't given, but we've finally got one now. The company has confirmed that the service will be launching on 1 June 2017, having gone live yesterday (24 May) for a select few in the Insiders Programme. "That means anyone with an Xbox Live account can start their 14-day free trial and play over 100 games," read an entry by Microsoft's Major Nelson. Back at the...

  • Don’t spend flagship money: here are 4 cheaper water-resistant phones for SA

    We've seen the likes of Apple, LG and Samsung launch water-resistant phones in recent years, having a rather hefty price tag as well. What if you don't have R12 000 or more to spend but still want a water-resistant smartphone? We've got a few picks for you. HiSense C30 Rock/HiSense Infinity KO Our review is still pending, but the C30 Rock is definitely one of the leading choices when it comes to affordable IP67 or IP68 smartphones. The C30 Rock packs a Snapdragon 430, 3GB of RAM, a 5.2-inch full HD screen, a 13MP main camera, 5MP selfie shooter and 32GB of expandable...

  • GT Sport beta: here’s what we love and loathe thus far

    The PlayStation 4's more recent exclusives have looked and played incredibly well. Guerilla's Horizon Zero Dawn is a great example. But what if I don't want to shoot things with arrows? What if I desire fossil fuel-burning madness? The console has had few challengers for best racing simulator in recent months. Sure, we had Assetto Corsa and Drive Club, but the former was a bit too inaccessible for casual players, while the latter was just plain drab. Project Cars is perhaps the one game that stood out in this genre, and with the second edition of this title incoming, Gran Turismo developer...

  • Games with Gold for June 2017 revealed

    Microsoft has announced the latest games for Gold subscribers on Xbox 360 and Xbox One, so will June be a great month for Xbox owners? Well, that depends on how you feel about these picks... In any event, Xbox 360 gamers will be getting the divisive Assassin's Creed III (1-15 June) and rather stellar Dragon Age: Origins (16-30 June). Of course, these games are also available on Xbox One via backwards compatibility. Meanwhile, Xbox One owners will also be getting Speedrunners (1-30 June) and Watch Dogs (16 June to 15 July). The current lineup of Games with Gold titles is Lara Croft and the...

  • Huawei MateBook X, MateBook D and MateBook E revealed

    The Huawei Matebook saw quite a divided reception, being inspired by Microsoft's Surface line of tablets with keyboard covers/docks. Now, the Chinese company has revealed a few more MateBooks, but it's the MateBook X that got most of the attention. The MateBook X ditches the tablet form factor in favour of simply being a laptop, featuring a 13-inch 2160x1440 display with a screen/body ratio of 88%. In terms of dimensions, the device weighs 1.05kgs and measures 12.5mms thick. Who gives a damn about the design if the specs aren't decent, right? Huawei has shoved a seventh generation Core i5 or i7...

  • New Surface Pro announced, but is it coming to SA? (probably not)

    The Microsoft Surface lineup popularised the hybrid form factor, resulting in Apple, Google and Huawei all copying the "it's a tablet with an optional keyboard dock/cover" design. Now, the latest Surface has been announced, and it's called the Surface Pro 5. Well, not really, it's actually just called the new Surface Pro. It doesn't seem like a massive difference at first glance, but Microsoft says it contains over 800 new parts and that they've used 99% of the space inside the design. As for specs, you're looking at a device running the seventh generation Intel Core M3, i5 and i7 family. Interestingly, the...