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All posts by Andy Walker

  • The next iPhone could use Apple-made graphics chip

    The next iPhone could feature an Apple-made graphics processor. Imagination Technologies -- the company that currently supplies Apple's smartphones and tablets with PowerVR graphics solutions -- has announced that the Cupertino firm plans to cut ties within the next "15 months to two years", opening the door for a possible Apple-made graphics chip as early as 2018. "Apple has asserted that it has been working on a separate, independent graphics design in order to control its products and will be reducing its future reliance on Imagination's technology," Imagination announced in a firm statement. "Apple has used Imagination’s technology and intellectual property for...

  • Samsung, Telkom are SA’s most popular smartphone contract duo

    Human beings love knowing that they have the latest and greatest version of a thing, whether that be a pizza or a smartphone. According to a new report published by PhoneFinder, consumers are turning to contracts to afford the devices that they might not be able to otherwise afford. Samsung is the most popular smartphone brand The company took a look at the most popular smartphone brands, smartphones, contract options and service providers in South Africa gracing its servers. In terms of device manufacturer, Samsung rules the roost with the J5 Prime. It accounts for 47% of the devices selected through the...

  • Sony Xperia L1 is pretty in picture but boring on paper

    If you didn't think Sony has enough smartphones on its roster this year, you might want to quickly reevaluate that thought. The company has announced yet another device for introduction this year, dubbed the Sony Xperia L1. Yep, that's a redux for a moniker that was last used in 2013. The series will likely prop up Sony's mobile lineup, perhaps even replacing the Xperia E range. The company hasn't yet confirmed this though. So what's Sony's chief marketing mantra with this phone? "Meet the smartphone that performs as good as it looks," the company writes on its product page. The mid-range Sony Xperia...

  • Android Nougat update: here’s when your phone will get it

    As of 1 August 2016, Android Marshmallow had just over 15% of Google's OS market share, with Lollipop holding 35% and Android KitKat 29%. Why is this important? Well, for one it speaks of Android's version fragmentation, and secondly, Android Nougat is now officially available to some smartphones. While those smartphones include the likes of Google's Nexus range -- the LG-made Nexus 5X and the Huawei-made Nexus 6P -- more smartphones should arrive with the OS in due course. Additionally, we could expect to see manufacturers working on updates for your current smartphone. When will Android Nougat head to your phone?...

  • Huawei P10 will be showcased at MWC on 26 February

    It's smartphone release season, and with it comes a slew of new flagship devices. We've already mentioned that HMD Global is readying a Nokia 3310 successor, while LG is preparing its LG G6 handset. But what of Huawei? The Chinese company is also preparing to debut its Huawei P10 smartphone at MWC 2017, which will be one of the bigger launches of the conference. There's no firm word on the smartphones stats or specs just yet, but the name is practically confirmed. This thanks to a teaser video published by the Chinese company. Also thanks to the video, we can guess what...

  • The Nokia 3310 will be reborn and relaunched at MWC 2017

    Almost everyone I knew had one. It was as tough as nails, and reliable as a Swiss watch. It also cemented the Nokia name in the hearts of many. And now, it's returning. That's right, HMD Global -- the company that now owns the rights to the Nokia name -- will relaunch the Nokia 3310. Okay, so it won't be exactly how we remember it, but it will bear that iconic numerical moniker. At present, details are scant, but there are rumours suggesting the phone will debut around the US$60 mark. This puts it firmly in feature phone territory. As for HMD...

  • PlayStation Network is down: here’s what we know

    Anyone looking to enjoy some online gaming fun on any of the PlayStation consoles tonight will be in for some unwelcome news. The PlayStation Network, for the second time this week, is down. Sony confirmed the issues on its status page, flagging the PlayStation Networks social, gaming and sign in systems in red. Checking connections on consoles also suggests that PSN is undergoing maintenance. DownDetector largely suggests that most users seemed to suffer connection issues around midnight Thursday SAST, pretty much exactly when we were kicked out of our gaming session. A vast majority of its users are reporting issues with...

  • Nioh review diary: git gud or die trying

    Welcome to my Nioh review diary. This will be the parchment on which I document my struggle to git gud with yet another Japanese RPG. How will it end? With me dead, probably. Nevertheless, I will be adding entries fairly frequently to this review, as I make my way though the game's grisly worlds. If you're interested, please bookmark this page and remember to return regularly. Entry #1: introducing Nioh Time played: 3 hours Chapter: 1, escaping the Tower of London Mental state: good, but blood pressure is worrying Note: although I'm still downloading the bulk of Nioh's bytes, the game does allow you to...

  • Battlefield 1 servers heading to South Africa, DICE confirms

    EA-owned developer DICE has announced that it will be bringing game servers to South Africa, pleasing the slew of Battlefield 1 players in the country. In a forum post published in the early hours of the morning, DICE rent-a-server producer Alexander Hassoon announced that the company will be serving the likes of South Africa, the Middle East and Hong Kong. "I am very happy to announce that we will be deploying official DICE online game servers for the following regions in early 2017," Hassoon explained. "These are but the first steps in our ongoing effort to keep supporting Battlefield 1 and our...

  • Steep beta [PS4] first play: not the face, not the face

    When Ubisoft ended its E3 2016 conference by announcing a new extreme sports game, many an eyebrow was raised. Ubisoft? A new IP? No guns? What is this madness? Finally, those questions have been answered. Somewhat. After a four month incubation period, French developer Ubisoft Annecy has outed Steep in less-than-polished beta guise. And it was well worth the wait. Set in the snow-covered mountains of the Alps, straddling France, Switzerland and Austria, Steep is effectively a massive open world playground for extreme sports enthusiasts. It's the total opposite of any other Ubisoft game we've seen this year. That goes for...