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Andy Walker
Camper by day, run-and-gunner by night, Andy prefers his toast like his coffee -- dark and crunchy. Fuelled by his belief that PvZ: GW2 is 2016's game of the year, Andy also dabbles in the odd hard news story over on Memeburn.
  • Huawei Mate 20 Lite will cost R8999 in South Africa

    The Huawei Mate 20 Lite is heading to South Africa, the company officially announced on Friday. The phone -- the smallest member of the Mate 20 line -- was launched last month at IFA 2018. It largely adopts the aesthetics of current Huawei devices, featuring a notch and the central rear camera array similar to the Huawei Mate 10 Pro. But it's not exactly small though. Keeping with the trend of larger screens, the Mate 20 Lite has a 6.3 inch screen with 2340x1080 resolution. Headlining the features is the phone's 24MP f/2.0 selfie camera, alongside a 2MP depth sensor. The rear...

  • Telkom announces contract pricing for iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max

    Telkom on Friday announced its contract pricing information for the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max. Both phones are available to preorder from today, but will only ship come 28 September. But, if the cash pricing announced yesterday hasn't put you off, Telkom's offering one version of each device on its FreeMe contracts. For starters, the iPhone XS 64GB will start at R999pm for 24 months, this on the 1GB FreeMe package. This can however stretch to R1899pm for 24 months if you select the company's FreeMe Unlimited Package. The iPhone XS Max is also only offered in its 64GB guise,...

  • Samsung’s four camera Galaxy A7 will cost R8499 in South Africa

    The Samsung Galaxy A7 is now official, at least on paper. It might not be an S or Note series device, but Samsung thought it wise to put three cameras on the phone's rear plate. But we'll get into this later. For now, what you should know is that it's a 6.0 inch smartphone, keeping up with large, tall-screen trends of 2018. It's also an AMOLED panel, with 2220x1080. For the size though, it's pretty light, weighing in at just 168 grams. The Note 9, in comparison, is around 40 grams heavier. The Samsung Galaxy A7 also features an unnamed eight-core processor running...

  • Here’s how much Apple’s new iPhone range will cost in South Africa

    If you're looking to upgrade your iPhone in South Africa, you're going to need at least R21 999 to purchase a new XS. The iPhone XS and XS Max were revealed to the world earlier this month, and while we had a firm grasp on US pricing, the iStore today announced pricing for South Africa. The two models will arrive with three storage variations: 64GB, 256GB and 512GB. While users can pay off their devices over 37 months through the iStore's payment plan, it's the cash pricing that piqued our interest. The cheapest iPhone in the lineup -- the iPhone XS 64GB --...

  • Apple Watch Series 4 will start at R7999 in South Africa

    The Apple Watch Series 4 will be available for preorder in South Africa from 21 September, the iStore confirmed today. The Apple reseller announced that two face sizes -- 40mm and 44mm -- will also be sold. Additionally, two versions of the watch will also retail in South Africa: the standard Apple Watch Series 4 GPS, and the Nike+ Series 4 GPS. While the former will be available to purchase from 28 September, the latter will be sold from 5 October 2018. "Pre-ordering online on 21 September 2018 gives customers the benefit of reserving their purchase without having to queue and the...

  • Canon’s Zoemini printer is coming to South Africa this month

    Forget mirrorless cameras, the real competitive space at present are printers that spit out pocket-sized polaroid-inspired snaps from your smartphone or memory card. HP has one, Fujiflim has one, and now Canon is bringing one to South Africa too. Called the Zoemini, the portable printer will be available in South Africa from next week, the company announced at an event in Cape Town on Tuesday. Using zero-ink film in a 2x3 inch size format, the Canon Zoemini is described by the company as the "ultimate accessory for your mobile device". "Snap a photo, slip on a vintage filter, add AR and get...

  • Pixel 3s, V40s and Mate 20s: October’s a busy month for smartphone lovers

    Welcome to smartphone launch silly season. Now that Apple has paraded its three new iPhone X devices for the world and its competitors to see earlier this month, the latter now have their chance to claim the spotlight. Yes. October is going to be a busy month for smartphone fanatics. Whip out those diaries, because here's what you can expect from the likes of LG, Samsung, Google and Huawei. LG V40 ThinQ 3 October The first contender is a new LG flagship. The company's V series has been known as a poster for its new tech ideas. Who can forget the second screen,...

  • Synology DiskStation DS418play review: a media hoarder’s dream machine

    This review has been a long time coming. Launched in September last year, Synology's DiskStation DS418play NAS (network attached storage), is geared towards consumers interested in delivering high-definition media to multiple devices in their home. You may ask "why?" After all, there's Netflix, Apple Music and a host of other online services that render the media-minded NAS less useful in this case. But that's not all it's good for. Backing up machines, saving photographs, remote downloading and data access are just some of the use cases. And really, that's also just the tip of a very deep iceberg for those who...

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 9 reportedly catches fire in woman’s bag

    A Samsung Galaxy Note 9 has reportedly caught fire inside a woman's purse, she claims in a lawsuit. According to a New York Post report, the phone "became extremely hot" while the woman was using it in an elevator. She popped it in her bag, but this didn't remedy the issue. Instead "whistling and screeching" and "thick smoke" was the result. The phone reportedly caught fire. "The mobile didn’t stop burning until a good Samaritan grabbed it with a cloth and plunked it into a bucket of water, Chung claims in the Queens Supreme Court lawsuit," the NY Post's report continues. All this...

  • Gallery: 15 pictures of the new BlackBerry Key 2 unboxed

    BlackBerry is back with a brand new smartphone. It's called the Key 2, and recently launched in South Africa. And yes, the phone gives BlackBerry fans more of what they've become accustomed to over the years. That includes a physical keyboard with the ability to map buttons to open apps, and a convenience key which can be programmed to open whatever you desire. Beyond that, the BlackBerry Key 2 does deviate from the norm. It's the first of the company's smartphones to feature dual 12MP rear snappers. Internally, you're looking at 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage alongside a Snapdragon 66o chipset. But...