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  • 3 Android Pie features you can get on your older phone right now

    Google's Android 9 Pie went live this week and is now available on a few phones. With it comes a slew of new enhancements to manage your time on your device, monitor your usage habits, and to wean yourself off your device. The latter phrase may sound counter-intuitive. How to monitor your smartphone usage Known for its excellent Windows monitoring software, Quality Time's Android app does the same on the mobile platform. "QualityTime is a fun, visually engaging and easy-to-use Android app that allows you to monitor and get real time reports on how much time you spend on your smartphone and on...

  • 48 hours with the Samsung Galaxy Note 9

    If you were looking for a surprise on Thursday from Samsung, think again. After practically every detail of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 leaked before launch, there wasn't much to say. Hell, Samsung even acknowledged this, sparing to mention anything bar the battery size, camera wizardry and "1TB ready" storage model. Apart from those little tidbits, the Note 9 is about as conventional as a 2018 smartphone can get, bar the S Pen stylus and the extremely large screen. The Korean marque's new flagship smartphone was unveiled at an event in New York last Thursday. Luckily, I got my grubby little paws...

  • Fujifilm launches rent-to-own system for X-Series, Fujinon lenses

    Buying a camera is a pretty big investment, and by big we don't just mean ridiculously expensive. Thankfully, there are ways to purchase a camera without the need to drop exorbitant amounts of cash in one fell swoop, much like a smartphone contract. Fujifilm South Africa has launched a new rent-to-own programme, which allows photographers to purchase a product not before using it for a set period of time. Said periods include rentals of 12, 18 or 24 months. The programme applies to Fujifilm's mirrorless X-series of cameras, and Fujinon lenses. "The Fujifilm Rent-to-Own system is designed to provide photographers with options to suit...

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 9: how does it compare to its rivals?

    The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is now official. Much of its specs aren't much of a surprise, thanks to the plethora of leaks that surfaced just prior to its unveiling. Now that the numbers are official, how does it stack up to its two big rivals, and its predecessor? We take a look at the numbers and specs behind the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, iPhone X and the Huawei Mate 10 Pro when compared to Samsung's latest flagship. !function(e,t,n,s){var i="InfogramEmbeds",o=e.getElementsByTagName(t),d=/^http:/.test(e.location)?"http:":"https:";if(/^\/{2}/.test(s)&&(s=d+s),window&&window.initialized)window.process&&window.process();else if(!e.getElementById(n)){var a=e.createElement(t);a.async=1,a.id=n,a.src=s,o.parentNode.insertBefore(a,o)}}(document,"script","infogram-async","https://e.infogram.com/js/dist/embed-loader-min.js");Samsung Galaxy Note 9 vs. the iPhone X, Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and Huawei Mate 10 ProInfogram Feature image: Samsung

  • Almost nothing’s secret about the Samsung Galaxy Note 9

    Tomorrow's a big day for those who love large smartphones with styluses. The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 will be unveiled at the company's Unpacked event in New York City. It's usually one of the Korean firm's premier events, and has seen the launch of a few of its iconic devices. I mean, who can possibly forget the Note 7? But unlike that device, we already know almost everything about the Note 9 thanks. German tech website Winfuture (translated) spilled all the beans in a report published Tuesday. From the suggested price of 899 euro for the base model, to the 4000mAh for all...

  • Nokia 3.1 Android One phone launches in South Africa

    Nokia's latest challenger to the budget smartphone market has arrived in South Africa. The Nokia 3.1 is the company's new Android One smartphone, priced below the R3000 mark. In this section of the market its competing against the likes of Xiaomi and Huawei, but judging by its spec sheet, it should put up a good fight. On that note, the Nokia 3.1 sports an aluminium frame, a 1440x720 5.2-inch screen, and a coating of Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on its front. Internally, Nokia's using the octa-core Mediatek MT6750 chipset, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage space. There is a 3GB/32GB model,...

  • Fortnite on Android: good luck sideloading if you don’t have a Note 9

    Reports last week suggested that Epic Games' smash battle royale game Fortnite for Android will launch exclusively with the Samsung Galaxy Note 9. This week, XDA Developers has unearthed a healthy lump of evidence to support that theory. According to a new report, an APK of the game's installer found on APK Mirror reportedly screens the device its running on before it downloads the files needed to run the actual game. It scans the device's hardware as well as the model code and manufacturer of the device. XDA discovered that the Google Pixel 2 XL and the Essential Phone were not...

  • BlackBerry Evolve and Evolve X boast dual rear cameras, face unlock

    There's a brand new BlackBerry in town. Well, if you're in India, that is. The Evolve and the Evolve X are the two latest devices from the company that rock Android but lack a physical keyboard. But physically, both phones are pretty similar. For one, both phones sport a 5.99-inch 2160x1080 display, a USB-C charging port and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Both also feature a 4000mAh battery and both boast the same selfie camera: a 16MP sensor with a f/2.0 aperture. Both phones support face unlock too and both run Android 8.1 Oreo. Take a step into the future and evolve with BlackBerry....

  • Android P will launch on 20 August, rumours suggest

    Android P will be introduced to the world on 20 August, that's according to smartphone tipster and Venturebeat reporter Evan Blass. Although developer previews of the mobile OS is available, Google has yet to launch its official stable build to manufacturers. pic.twitter.com/ovby4pC3ph — Evan Blass (@evleaks) August 2, 2018 Tweeting a simple calendar with a "P" marked on the date, Blass seemingly hints at the official launch date for the ninth version of Android. The prediction isn't farfetched either. Oreo launched on 21 August 2017. Nougat launched on 22 August 2016. Android P dev preview out: all major features detailed! Android Oreo is running on just...

  • Nintendo has sold more than 19m Switch consoles to date

    Nintendo has sold more than 19-million Switch consoles to date, this according to the Japanese company's Q2 2018 earnings report. "For Nintendo Switch, hardware sales in every region have been trending upwards since the video game expo, E3, was held in the US in June," the company writes in its report. It has now sold more than six-million more units than the Nintendo Wii U, and less than 20-million short of the failed console's total software sales. Speaking of which just under 87-million software units were sold for the Nintendo Switch as of the end of Q2 2018. As for its top selling...