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All posts by Andy Walker

  • 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...

  • OnePlus 6T will ditch the headphone jack, but it’s not what fans want

    The next OnePlus smartphone will not have a headphone jack. In the latest episode of Why OEMs Hate Legacy But Useful Hardware Standards, the OnePlus 6T is set to abandon the trusty old jack in favour of wireless or USB-C audio. All previous OnePlus smartphones have employed the use of the standard. The 6T is the first time the company will join the likes of Apple and Sony in removing the 3.5mm connector. In an interview with TechRadar, OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei explained that the decision is about "optimising" the user experience, and not simply following the industry trends. "When we started OnePlus,...

  • Watch JerryRigEverything mildly destroy a shiny new Pocophone F1

    I guess someone has to do it, right? The Pocophone F1 is a remarkable device. Beneath its US$300 skin lies the same chipset you find in the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and Sony Xperia XZ3, devices three times more expensive than it. But with that price reduction comes some sacrifices. JerryRigEverything, the reason why we can't have nice things, took his usual bevy of "surgical" instruments to the Pocophone F1, to see just how durable Xiaomi's latest flagship killer is. The answer? Quite. The body is decidedly polycarbonate and easy to cut into, but the glass up front should resist keys and wayward...

  • iPhone XR: Apple’s budget smartphone will cost $749

    The iPhone XR (pronounced "ten-arr") is the company's spiritual successor to the iPhone 5C. The aluminium device also sports an IP67 rating, with a notched LCD 1792x828 screen -- sorry, Liquid Retina -- with a 6.1 inch size from corner to corner. It's also smaller than the iPhone 8 Plus even with that bigger screen. FaceID is also included, with a haptic touch-like system employed on its home screen. It's also powered by the Apple A12 Bionic, but Apple failed to reveal the storage or RAM figures. The XR only features a 12MP rear camera, but it is the same rear camera...

  • This is the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, coming to SA on 28 September

    It's "the most advanced iPhone we have ever created" said Time Cook about the iPhone XS. But I mean, were we expecting anything less? At the Gather Round event on Wednesday, the company launched the iPhone XS (pronounced "ten-ess"), made of stainless steel with touches of gold, silver and space grey. The screen, featuring a notch, is covered in the "most durable glass ever on a smartphone". That also comes with IP68 dust and water resistance (it includes, beer, tea, and wine, Phil Schiller remarked). 5.8 inches is the size, with 2436x1125 resolution, confirming prior leaks. And yes, it uses OLED technology...

  • Apple Watch Series 4 brings ECG scanning to your wrist

    The world's most popular watch "period" now has a new version. Steve Jobs and company on Wednesday announced two versions of the new Apple Watch. The Series 4 has a 30% larger screen than the outgoing models, with a thinner body. The company has also added new complications to the Watch Series 4, with added "loved ones" or travel watch faces for different timezones. Essentially, Apple's letting users customise UI elements on the watch. Apple lauds its new screen The Breathe app, which helps you take a moment during stressful moments in the day, is now also available as a watch face. And...