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All posts by Andy Walker

  • Meizu Zero is a phone that has no holes, no buttons

    At the end of 2017, we saw a needless fad take shape. More and more Android phone manufacturers were placing needless buttons on their devices that would launch crappy and proprietary virtual assistants. Now, a Chinese manufacturer is taking this to the extreme, but in an entirely opposite direction. Meizu today unveiled the aptly-named Zero, a phone that has absolutely no buttons. In fact, it doesn't have any holes either. That includes no speaker grille, no SIM slot, nor a charging port. It's effectively a ceramic slab with a screen. Ditching buttons and holes does allow the company to showcase a few...

  • Death Stranding launching in 2019 according to Best Buy

    Hideo Kojima's open world stealth game Death Stranding could be launching in 2019, if an eagle-eyed Redditor -- and Best Buy Canada -- are to be believed. The post published to r/DeathStranding reveals a promotional card from the store for the PS4 exclusive with a sticker reading "Available 2019". https://www.reddit.com/r/DeathStranding/comments/ahpt08/hmmmmmm/ "Bring this card ti the cashier to pre-order this game (Requires $10 deposit)," Best Buy's card reads. The game's also available to preorder -- rather optimistically -- via its website, for CA$79.99. While it's not proof that Death Stranding is indeed set for launch this year. the title was first showcased at 2016's edition...

  • LG G8 will have two screens, thanks to an attachment

    LG refuses to launch anything close to ordinary, and according to a new report, the LG G8 smartphone will stick to this trend. CNET reported on Thursday that the speculatively-named LG G8 will have an optional second screen attachment, that will work more like a case with a display than the rear-screened ZTE Nubia X. This also means that the phone won't fold, suggesting that LG's working on another, separate device that will pivot. It's not clear how the second screen will interact with the G8, how it will connect to the phone itself, or if it will have its own power...

  • Fortnite security flaw let attackers hijack players’ accounts, buy V-Bucks

    A swathe of Fortnite players' accounts were left vulnerable to cyber criminals after a security vulnerability was discovered. Details of the vulnerability was published by security company Check Point on Wednesday. "By discovering a vulnerability found in some of Epic Games’ sub-domains, an XSS attack was permissible with the user merely needing to click on a link sent to them by the attacker," Check Point writes in its report. "Once clicked, with no need even for them to enter any login credentials, their Fortnite username and password could immediately be captured the attacker." This would allow those now in control of...

  • Apple debuts $129 battery packs for new iPhones

    Apple launched something big on Wednesday, but it's not a new iPhone. Instead, it's an attachment designed to snap onto the company's current crop of mobiles. Official battery cases will soon become available for the iPhone XR, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. The packs, which offer some bulky protection in addition to extra juice, gives the iPhone XS and XS Max an additional day's worth of battery power. IPhone XR users can expect an increase to video playback time of 27 hours. Apple, as usual, remains mum on the mAh capacity of these packs. But they come at a price. And a pretty...

  • 3 phones under R500 that will run WhatsApp in SA

    Some smartphone users really don't require the fanciest materials, multiple rear cameras, silly notches or the fastest processor. Instead, all they need is a cheap device to run popular apps, like WhatsApp. In previous years, we've covered some smartphones that did just that at higher price points. But in 2019, as these prices continue to soar, we rummage about the bargain bin to see just how little you have to spend on a WhatsApp smartphone. Here are three Android smartphones below the R500 mark that will run WhatsApp without much fuss. Mint Fox | R399 Previously one of South Africa's biggest selling smartphones according to...

  • Sony (finally) enables cross-play for Rocket League on the PS4

    If your friends own an Xbox One or any other modern platform and you a PlayStation 4, we have good news for you. Fortnite is no longer the only game available on Sony's cross-play beta. The company today added Psyonix's manic car-football-crossover Rocket League to the list. This now opens the digital doors for you to play alongside and against gamers on the Nintendo Switch, PC (Steam), and Xbox One via the PlayStation 4. The move, according to Psyonix, covers all echelons of play, including Casual, Competitive and Extra Modes. The developer notes that cross-play is enabled in game by default, but for...

  • Samsung Galaxy M series to launch in India on 28 January

    You're probably familiar with Samsung's flagship S series, it's larger Note series, and even possibly its A series (above) of mid-range devices. But now, the Korean company is adding a brand new letter to its lineup. Dubbed the Galaxy M series, this trio of new lower-mid-range Samsung devices is set to launch in India later this month, taking on the likes of Oppo, Vivo and Xiaomi. According to prior leaks, all three phones will sport similar designs, with a waterdrop notch up front, relatively skinny bezels, rear-mounted fingerprint readers, and large batteries. The Galaxy M10 is the smallest of the three, featuring...

  • 2019’s Flagship ‘iPhone 11’ to feature three rear cameras

    The next iPhone flagship will have three cameras at the rear, this according to a report (paywall) by the Wall Street Journal. Apple is planning at least three variants, the report continues, in similar vein to the current lineup of the iPhone XS Max, iPhone XS, and iPhone XR in terms of pricing, size and specs. The "iPhone 11" and triple-camera "iPhone 11 Max" as the devices are being informally referred to, will feature OLED screens. While the iPhone XR replacement will stick to LCD. The latter will also be promoted to a dual-rear camera setup. Feature image: Apple

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 7: teardrop notch, 48MP rear camera for $150

    Just like Honor is a sub-brand to Huawei, Xiaomi's Redmi is now operated independently. And the new brand's first big move is the newly announced Redmi Note 7. The phone shares a number of traits with the early 2019 smartphones we've seen thus far: a large rear camera sensor, a large teardrop-notch screen, and a fairly modest price. To put some numbers to these, there's a 48MP snapper -- the sensor's made by Sony, not Samsung this time around -- alongside a 5MP sensor at the rear for depth info. Up front, the phone's teardrop notch is top and centre of the...