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  • iPhone 2018 rumour roundup: expect three new models in 2019

    Welcome to our mid-year Apple rumour roundup, popping up just in time for the company's annual September product announcement. Because rumours have an odd tendency to be true around these parts, treat this article as a look at possible things to come. But none of these tidbits have been confirmed by Apple. So take everything listed below with a pinch of salt. With that out the way, have at our rolling rumour roundup for Apple's upcoming iPhone models below. You can now buy Apple's 2019 device mockups on Alibaba Would you be interested in purchasing a block of plastic built according to rumoured...

  • Hisense’s H12 and H12 Pro coming to South Africa

    If you're sick of notches, look away now. The latest company to take a sliver out of its smartphone screen is Hisense on its H12 and H12 Pro smartphones. Both are heading to South Africa and will play in the mid-range and upper mid-range markets respectively. For the most part, they're aesthetically the same phone. Both have the notch, and both have vertically-mounted dual rear cameras, and interestingly, both also have programmable buttons which allows users to open their preferred apps, similar to Samsung's Bixby button. However, the H12 is the lesser-specced of the two. For starters, it does feature a larger 6.2-inch...

  • Hisense launches its 100-inch Laser TV in South Africa

    Chinese technology firm Hisense on Thursday launched its 4K Laser TV to the South African audience. The TV, which is effectively a short-throw projector mated to an anti-reflective screen, also includes a JBL sound system and available in sizes of up to 100-inches (or around 2.7 metres squared). It's the fifth generation laser TV, according to the company, a technology which it has been developing since 2007. For those who need such a large screen, Hisense is talking up the device's wide colour gamut (thanks to its Texas Instruments-made Dual Colour Laser Source), and 4K upscaling tech, which you're going to need...

  • Better Late Than Never: Frostpunk, The Forest, and FAR: Lone Sails

    It’s Better Late Than Never time again, the review series that takes a look at the gaming titles we have unforgivably overlooked in recent months. In this instalment we will be looking at three titles: the challenging colony management sim Frostpunk, the terrifying but beautiful The Forest, and the endlessly charming FAR: Lone Sails. Frostpunk Frostpunk is a stunningly beautiful but demanding colony management game set in an alternative 19th century where you are tasked with guiding the last city on Earth through a cataclysmic global winter. Gameplay revolves around building up your city while meticulously managing your limited workforce and resources...

  • Sony Xperia XZ2 review: the best Sony smartphone in years?

    Sony has been responsible for torridly boring smartphones of late. The last interesting device by the company was the Z3 Compact which launched some four years ago now. I still remember reviewing it. On a weekend getaway with friends, the Z3 Compact did a remarkable job of capturing sunsets, beach scenes while lasting some two days on a single charge. In 2014, its block styling suited its utilitarian nature, but it was by no means ugly. The Samsung Galaxy S5 came out earlier that same year, and substituted the S4's plastic cladding with weird a weird BandAid like back. The iPhone...

  • Fitbit Ace fitness tracker for kids (and parents) debuts for $100

    The Fitbit Ace is the company's latest US$100 smart wearable band for kids age eight and older. It looks a lot like the company's Alta, but features a smaller build and lacks a few smart features. For one, there's no heart rate sensor, but the Ace will monitor sleep, steps taken and active goals. It'll also reward the user with badges, as the full Fitbit experience does with adults. Speaking of adults, parents "are in control and can manage who their children connect with and what information they see in the Fitbit app that will motivate them most," the company writes in...

  • 5 great gaming headphones (and budget alternatives) for South African gamers

    Buying a set of headphones might seem like a very straightforward task, but when you start to break it down, the options become a little overwhelming. Well, for me anyway. I think the first question to ask yourself, is what do I want these headphones for? Are you looking for something with which you can listen to music? Are you a video editor? A sound engineer? Do you want them for gym or running? All of these have different specs, and the reality is that you really can't use those in-ear headphones that came with your phone for running… or for...

  • Samsung Galaxy S9 outsold the iPhone X globally in April 2018

    According to research from data firm Counterpoint, the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ are the world's biggest selling smartphones in April 2018. The two devices beat Apple's 2018 smartphone arsenal -- the iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone 8 -- by a little over 0.3% market share. Notably though, the next most popular device came from Xiaomi, in the Redmi 5A. But it's not the only Xiaomi on the list. Flanking the iPhone 6 -- yes, and it's outselling the iPhone 7 -- is the Xiaomi Redmi 5 and Note 5 Plus. "This is the first time Xiaomi grabbed two positions within...

  • GammaTek’s top bags for Father’s Day [Sponsored]

    Dads can be tricky to buy gifts for. Golf balls, socks, hampers and CDs are grand. But, for something functional; something they will actually use and something to last longer than a hamper of biltong; think Solo. From New York to Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban, thanks to Gammatek, Solo is the go-to brand for cases and bags. For work and play, Solo bags are stylish, functional and packed with character. Produced with quality, durable materials, they have great features that will impress dad.  These include internal organizers and compartments for organizing documents; internal pockets for keeping iPads and tablet devices...

  • BlackBerry Key2: the smartphone keyboard lives on in 2018

    There's a brand new BlackBerry in town, and it's called the Key2. The successor to last year's KeyOne, the latest device from Chinese manufacturer TCL with a BlackBerry logo still features that 35-key physical keyboard, chocolate slab design language, and a textured rear plate. But it's also a step up from the previous model. In fact, the Key2 is the first BlackBerry with a dual rear camera. Both feature 12MP sensors, but one receives a f/1.8 lens, and the other a f/2.6. The latter's also features a 30-degree smaller field of view, suggesting that the Key2 will also possess some optical...