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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.
  • The Huawei Mate 20 Pro can be unlocked by your doppelganger

    The Huawei Mate 20 Pro is arguably the phone to beat in 2018, at least on paper. Beyond its underscreen fingerprint reader and machine learning chipset, it also features a 3D face unlock system. Yep, that's the reason for that notch too. But it seems that it may not be as secure as one would like, at least not if you have a doppelganger at your workplace. German publication AndroidPit experienced this phenomenon this week. Author Steffen Herget reportedly locked the phone using his biometrics, that is, his face. Passing the phone around the office, it remained locked until it arrived at his...

  • The cheapest new iPhone will cost R15999

    The new iPhone XR might be the cheapest of Apple's 2018's smartphone lineup, but it will still retail for R15 999 in South Africa. iStore today announced the new pricing and availability information of the device, which features a 6.1 inch LCD display, Apple's A12 Bionic chipset, and a single 12MP rear camera. Those who want to purchase the phone cash, will need to fork out around R3000 less for this particular model when compared to the iPhone XS. The iPhone XR is also cheaper than the R18 999 Samsung Galaxy Note 9 in South Africa, but comes in a few hundred...

  • Huawei Mate 20, 20 Pro and 20X are now official

    Huawei unveiled three devices at a swanky event in London last night, including two familar devices with the Mate moniker, and another slightly different. For starters, the company pulled the curtain on the Huawei Mate 20, arguably the least interesting of the three devices. Huawei Mate 20 It sports a 6.5 inch LCD waterdrop-notch screen with a 2244x1080 resolution, the Kirin 980 chipset at its heart, internal storage of 128GB and a RAM figure of 6GB. The triple rear camera setup features a 12MP primary snapper, a 16MP wide angle camera, and an 8MP telephoto camera. Up front, you'll also find a 24MP...

  • Sony Xperia XZ2 range is getting its Android Pie update

    Android 9.0 Pie's rollout is slower than a, well, a pie rolling down a hill, but some companies are pushing updates to their devices sooner than others. Last week, Nokia confirmed that its devices will be getting the latest version of Android soon. Now, Sony is pushing updates to its older devices. The Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact are both receiving Android Pie in their latest security patches, according to Xperia Blog. Additionally, a new camera update is also included. It's not completely clear if South Africa is among the regions receiving the update, but we've contacted the company's local reps for clarification. Feature...

  • Samsung Galaxy A9 features four rear cameras, five in total

    The Samsung Galaxy A9, and its five cameras, are now official. Because more is better in Smartphoneworld, the Korean manufacturer has stuck four cameras onto the A9's rear plate. It's the first smartphone to boast such a claim, and is a particularly interesting move for the company's mid-range smartphone series. With that said, the phone does keep the big, heavy fad of 2018 alive. A 6.3 inch sAMOLED screen with 2220x1080 pixels is employed. It's powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chipset -- also seen on the BlackBerry Key 2, Xiaomi Mi A2 and Nokia 7 Plus -- alongside a base of...

  • Fitbit Charge 3 arrives in South Africa for R2999

    The Fitbit Charge 3 is now official and available globally, the California-based firm announced this week. The company's calling its latest tracker its "smartest", pushing a number of key specifications a little bit further than the previous model. For starters, Fitbit claims that the Charge 3 will last up to a week on a single charge -- two days longer than the Charge 2. Physically, it retains the Fitbit logo below the triangular face, with a monochrome screen. And gone are the hardware buttons. Instead, Fitbit has opted for a touch-sensitive inductive unit on the Charge 3. It too, like the Ionic and...

  • Razer Phone 2 could be 2018’s sleeper hit flagship smartphone

    The gaming phone may be the latest smartphone fad to snuggle up to consumers in 2018. And perpetuating that movement is Razer. Generally known as a gaming peripheral and laptop manufacturer, Razer this week debuted its second edition Razer Phone. Not your typical 2018 flagship (with notch, no headphone jack, and a screen so large it requires a crane to lift), the Razer Phone 2 keeps much of the original device's specs. It still features a 5.72 inch screen that refreshes its 2560x1440 pixels at 120Hz. Rather disappointingly, you'll still only find 64GB storage in the phone, but it does come with...

  • Huawei Y9 (2019) debuts with huge 6.5 inch notched screen

    Huawei's Y series now has a big new member. The budget range of the Chinese phone maker hasn't really had any exciting prospects on paper thus far, but the Huawei Y9 (2019) is set to change that. "The Huawei Y9 2019 is the newest device tailor-made for the young generation, introducing stylish colours and featuring the latest technology trends," the company wrote in its release. "It caters to the generation of gamers who will benefit from state of the art gaming, audio-visual and entertainment experiences." This claim's backed up by Huawei's focus in the 2019 phone's screen size and resolution. The 6.5 inch notch-screen...

  • So here’s what each of the five LG V40 ThinQ’s cameras can do

    With five cameras, the LG V40 ThinQ is set to be a smartphone photographer's pocket knife heading into the latter stages of 2018. But what do each of the cameras do? According to a leak from Evan Blass, we now have a fairly good idea. About those five cameras on the LG V40 ThinQ... pic.twitter.com/DzC9aJnlFT — Evan Blass (@evleaks) October 1, 2018 For one, one of the V40's rear camera will be the standard, everyday lens. The other two will tackle telephoto zoom and wide-angle duties. We've seen LG use wide-angle lenses before, most notably on the LG G5. As for the remaining two...

  • A weird bug is stopping iPhone XS, XS Max from charging with their screens off

    Apple's iPhone have been plagued by some daft bugs and flaws over the years. Bendgate is perhaps the most iconic, but it wasn't an issue for those who didn't wear skinny jeans or didn't sit on their phones. The latest bug however could potentially affect every iPhone user. A slew of iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max users have reported that they cannot charge their phones when the screen is off. Simply connecting the Lightning cable when the phone's idling doesn't initiate a charge. Instead, the phones simply lie there unfazed, and, uh, uncharged. Users found that unplugging the cable, forcing the screen on,...