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All posts by Andy Walker

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.
  • Samsung Galaxy S10 5G is hitting South Korea on 5 April

    The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, the company's first phone with 5G support, is set to launch on 5 April. According to Korean sources quoted by SamMobile, the device will likely be the world's first 5G smartphone available to the public. As for US audiences, the phone is set to arrive later in the month on Verizon's network. The US carrier is set to launch its 5G network on 11 April, so likely after this date. The 5G, along with its networking capabilities, also presents some added bonus features over the stock S10 and S10 Plus. It features four cameras at the rear --...

  • South Africa’s hottest tech deals and sales of the week (18 – 23 Mar)

    Shopping for technology is an even bigger nightmare than clothes. But unlike clothing, finding the correct stick of RAM isn’t a question of it being too big or small, but just too damn expensive. In a weekly series, Gearburn trawls the South African online shopping space to find the best deals, from DDR4 for your rig to cans for your ears. Be sure to bookmark this page and check back in throughout the week, as we update this article regularly with new deals as they’re made available. Still valid from last week: Mecer K3G3R 31.5...

  • This is the Samsung Galaxy Fold showcased in a new leaked video

    We've had the chance to play around with the Samsung Galaxy Fold back in February, but were unable to capture the device in images or videos. Now, a new video showcases the Galaxy Fold in a non-controlled environment, that is, in an average consumer's house. YouTube channel phoneoftime handles the device on camera, detailing the phone's chunky exterior, its two-panel design, and the screen up front. The larger 7.3 inch foldable screen is also paraded, but one can easily see the crease where the display folds. It's not clear if Samsung's solved this issue in production units. It's seemingly an AT&T locked model,...

  • Huawei P30 Pro’s underscreen fingerprint sensor spotted in the world’s shorted video

    Talk about being coy, there's nothing more coy than publishing a phone leak in looping GIF format. Speaking of which, Greek publication Techblog (via GSMarena) has spotted the Huawei P30 Pro in the wild. via GIPHY The loop lasts no longer than ten seconds, but does a good job of showcasing the phone's underscreen fingerprint reader. Notably, it's set to be Huawei's third generation device to sport this technology, and the GIF makes the process seem seamless. Also showcased is the new waterdrop notch, replacing the expansive bar that made 2018 such a hateful year for smartphone design enthusiasts. This was also showcased back...

  • Google’s mid-range Pixel 3a, 3a XL smartphones leak

    For as long as the Pixel 3 first leaked, there have been rumours suggesting that Google was readying a budget Pixel to slug it out in the mid-range trenches. Last week, XDA developers first noted their existence as spotted in code within Google's ARCore offering. Now, 9to5Google's Stephen Hall has corroborated the devices' names with its sources -- these phones will indeed be called the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL. The publication hinted at some specs too. The Pixel 3a will sport an OLED 5.6 inch display -- about as small as device screens get in 2019 -- with a resolution of...

  • [Updated] 3 of the best-rated UPS in South Africa for load shedding

    Load shedding is a reality we tech people have to face with battery backups. These UPS, or uninterruptible power supplies, are key for anyone using equipment on dirty power, but also if you need to keep your tech running if Eskom switches off the plug. Taking a look at reviews from users on Takealot, we list the best rated UPS units in three different price ranges: sub-R750, sub-R1200, and sub-R1700. Note: we're using Takealot's user reviews because of the sheer number of reviews on the site for these units. We have however listed prices and availability info from a number of other online...

  • Wireless earbud market set to sell 129m units in 2019

    Thanks to Samsung's Galaxy Buds and Apple's AirPods, it seems that wireless earbuds are set for a huge sales increase in 2019. According to a report by research firm Counter Point, sales volumes could come close to tripling in 2020 over 2018. The company suggests that just 46-million wireless earbuds were sold in 2018. In 2020, it's forecasting 129-million sales. "Apple AirPods’ sales were estimated at around 35-million units accounting almost three-fourths of this emerging segment last year, according to our research," Counter Point notes. "Samsung, Bose, Jabra, Huawei, Bragi, LG all are prevalent and will grow from a smaller base from...

  • Samsung’s Galaxy A2 Core could be its second budget Android Go phone

    According to a slew of leaks, Samsung is preparing a basement budget smartphone that could run Android Go. Based on press renders leaked by serial leaker Evan Blass, the phone looks notably similar to Samsung's first Android Go device, the J2 core, which launched last year. https://twitter.com/evleaks/status/1106448369566867456 This includes fat bezels top and bottom, and a circa-2013 design aesthetic that you'll either love or loathe. Internally, according to a Geekbench listing of the device (and its codename SM-A260), it could sport an eight-core Exynos 7570 chipset with 1GB of RAM, and sport Android 8.1 Go edition -- Google's lightweight version of Android. Samsung's yet...

  • South Africa’s hottest tech deals and sales of the week (11 – 15 Mar)

    Shopping for technology is an even bigger nightmare than clothes. But unlike clothing, finding the correct stick of RAM isn’t a question of it being too big or small, but just too damn expensive. In a weekly series, Gearburn trawls the South African online shopping space to find the best deals, from DDR4 for your rig to cans for your ears. Be sure to bookmark this page and check back in throughout the week, as we update this article regularly with new deals as they’re made available. Still valid from last week: Mecer K3G3R 31.5...

  • Android Q Beta 1 debuts with permission alerts, better privacy features

    Android Q -- the tenth edition of Android -- is now live, but only for those with Google Pixels, and only for developers. But while that makes for a limited roll out, there are some feature enhancements that'll benefit a slew of Android users in the near future. One of these is a "Privacy" section within the Settings menu housing more granular privacy controls. Additionally, Android Q now also throws up a popup notification when an app wishes to access the camera or location. App info pages feature a cleaner layout, with an "Open" button now alongside options to force close and...