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All posts by Andy Walker

  • The new, cheaper 9.7-inch iPad now supports the Apple Pencil

    Surprise, surprise. Those rumours of a new, cheaper, education-aimed Apple iPad rumours were true. At a Chicago event on Tuesday, the Cupertino technology company launched its latest effort to prize students away from Google and Microsoft. The refreshed 9.7-inch iPad still looks like every one of its predecessors, and boasts practically the same specs on paper, just written in a different, curlier font. Its screen size remains a scintilla below 10 inches, with a 2048x1536 Retina panel. It also keeps its TouchID fingerprint reader, and the 1.2MP FaceTime camera up front. But it does have a few notable differences. Apple Pencil support There's no...

  • Just launched: Huawei P20 Pro revives the megapixel war with four cameras

    A protracted rumour mill ground to a halt today after Huawei finally unveiled its badly-kept-secret P20 Pro. It's the company's new flagship replacing February 2017's Huawei P10 series, and features a complete aesthetic rethink. However, it's one that'll probably be familiar at this point. The Huawei P20 Pro now sports a 6.1-inch AMOLED screen with 2244x1080 pixels, and a 18.5:9 aspect ratio. Why 18.5:9, you ask? It has a notch. The awkward black bulge at the phone's crest itself hosts a 24MP f/2.0 selfie camera with autofocus on the right, a clump of sensors in the middle, and a cutesy rounded speaker for...

  • Preview: today’s Apple education event could intro cheaper iPad

    There's an Apple event on today, but it's not WWDC or a big iPhone launch. Instead, the tech giant is set to launch a new education-focussed offering in the form of a budget iPad. The event won't be at Cupertino's Steve Jobs Theatre either. Instead, Apple's constructing a temporary mini-stage outside a Chicago high school. Yeah, we know, it's not even in California. As for what's expected, it could be anything from the aforementioned iPad competing against the likes of the US$329 Acer Chromebook Tab 10, and other Chrome OS and Windows offerings -- an unlikely "budget" sub-US$1000 MacBook, or an education...

  • Notch a chance: Xiaomi’s ‘work of art’ Mi Mix 2S debuts for $530

    The Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S is now official, and not sporting a notch (thank the phone gods). Instead the Chinese marque has remained true to the original Mi Mix, waging an even greater war on the bezel. But it's quite a beautiful war, even if it's not much of an aesthetic step-up from 2017's Mi Mix 2. Shirking Apple's trendsetting quirks, the Mi Mix 2S flaunts an 82% screen-to-body ratio, sporting a 5.99-inch LCD display slathered in Corning Gorilla Glass 4, with a 2160x1080 resolution. At the rear, there's a fingerprint reader located in the middle of the device, flanked by a...

  • School’s out: Chrome OS debuts on the Acer Chromebook Tab 10

    Chrome OS was a buggy pipe dream just a few months ago, but this week Acer launched the world's first tablet running Google's shiny new OS. Dubbed the Chromebook Tab 10, the 9.7-inch device is squarely aimed at the education sector, namely teachers and students from kindergarten all the way up to grade 12. But even if you're not six-years-old and reading this (if you are, well done), you should be intrigued by Acer's offering. For one, the company confirms the tablet will run apps from the Google Play Store, feature battery life "of up to nine hours" and come "standard with...

  • Gear4’s Oxford vs Picadilly: the battle of the Galaxy S8 cases

    It might seem a bit dumb of us to review two Samsung Galaxy S8 cases now considering that S9 just launched, but here's a hot take: the S9 is more an evolution than revolution. If you don't need a dual camera setup, an aperture-changing camera or more Bixby, then an S8 should suffice. For those of you who agree with that statement, this particular dual review is for you. We recently received two new Gear4 products. The case manufacturer is known for using D30 impact protection material in its frames, and British nomenclature in its packaging. So, as a result, we're...

  • Overwatch fans think Brigitte looks like Mercy, raises awkward questions

    Overwatch's new off-tank-cum-support Brigitte might look similar to characters in Hi-Rez Studio's Paladins, but fans of the former suggest there are similarities with another particular character in Blizzard's hit shooter. Brigitte has Mercy’s face. from r/Overwatch Yes. Mercy. Now, this does beg a few questions: Is Blizzard that lazy to rehash assets already in-game for new characters? Are all of Overwatch's female characters basically the same model? And perhaps of more concern, did Torbjorn -- Brigitte's father -- and Mercy perhaps have a relationship beyond the lore? Either way, the conspiracy theories are extremely creepy, considering Mercy was 14 when Brigitte was born... "Oh...

  • Gallery: This is the Land Rover Explore Phone

    We've seen beverage giant Pepsi release a smartphone, why not a car company? Answering that question this week is Land Rover. The Land Rover Explorer Phone -- to give it its full title -- is a phone inspired by a car and co-developed by Bullitt Group. It may not have wheels, or a gearbox or seating for seven, but it does carry a name many will align with adventures involving some form of mud. "Designed with cues from the unbeatably capable and desirable Land Rover Discovery, the Explore smartphone is at home in the office and on an outdoor adventure, navigating...

  • Fitbit Ionic long-term review: daft software mars excellent fitness tracking

    Smartwatches have never been able to come close to smartphones in the hierarchy of digital needs. But that's slowly starting to change. Although Android Wear still languishes in the doldrums of slow development, Apple's Watch Series 2 adds notable features to an already competent smartwatch. The Series 3, launched around September 2017 went one better, adding LTE support and more. But it's a watch that only works within Cupertino's ecosystem, and that, for many, is a deal breaker. The same too can be said about Android Wear. That's where the Fitbit's Fitbit OS powered Ionic comes rushing through the door. Launched a...

  • Call of Duty: WW2 campaign review: heartless, headless, tactless

    For some strange reason (perhaps in preparation for the impending nuclear holocaust), the last 12 months have seen the gaming world remember the Great Wars -- two periods in human history that will never be forgotten. For many, they can't ever be forgotten. They've shaped our current maps, nations, boundaries and demilitarised zones. Statues, capital cities, agreements and accords. They've influenced so many of us, that you'll be hard pressed to find someone without an opinion about one of them. The strongest opinions have however come from game developers. Late last year, EA's DICE released Battlefield 1 -- a game that took a look at World...