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  • Apple accidentally leaks iPhone trio minutes before launch

    Just an hour before the official launch, we already know exactly what Apple's three smartphones will be called. The company was caught blushing on Wednesday when tech tips and news site ATH discovered the names of Apple's upcoming smartphones in the body of its product site map's XML file. And it's not just the names of the devices uncovered. Specs, accessories and even the Apple Watch's new sizes are now known. According to the XML file, the rumours of the XS's name are indeed true however pronunciation is anyone's guess. It will feature a 5.8 inch screen, with minimum storage pegged at...

  • Speculation is fun: what Apple should launch tonight, according to fans

    What would an Apple event be without the leaks and speculation? Boring, that's what. It's become something of a past time for fans and haters of Apple to predict what will be the company's "one more thing" product. For those on Reddit, it's a way to spend the morning before a big launch. Perusing the r/Apple sub today, we made a note of a few outrageous and seemingly plausible offerings Apple could debut tonight. We also threw in a few ourselves. New Airpods An extension to the current range of Airpods -- Apple's wireless earbuds -- are really plausible. In fact, they make...

  • VS Gaming tournaments’ Comic Con Africa prize pool is R1.85m

    Gamers competing in Telkom's VS Gaming Masters and Championships tournaments at Comic Con Africa this weekend can look forward to a 1.85-million prize pool. According to a release by VS Gaming, this represents the largest prize pool ever at a South African esports event. But don't expect to win that entire sum if you walk away with a crown though. The winners of the VS Gaming CS:GO Masters title will bag R200 000, with the runner up taking home half. The total prize pool for the Masters bracket is set at R1.24-million. Additionally, eight other games will form the basis of the Championships, with...

  • Nokia 2.1 arrives in South Africa for R1699

    The Nokia 2.1 is now available in South Africa. Announced globally in May, the 2.1 is HMD Global's next Android Go phone to hit the country after the Nokia 1. It features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 chipset with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. There's also a microSD card slot supporting cards up to 128GB. Up front there's a 1280x720 5.5 inch screen with a 5MP selfie camera above it. The Nokia 2.1 also touts dual stereo speakers. Around the back, an 8MP snapper with autofocus is your primary camera, while a 4000mAh battery keeps the device powered for a claimed...

  • Lenovo’s ThinkSmart Hub 500 for boardrooms arrives in South Africa

    Lenovo has today launched its latest Skype system device for your company's swanky meeting room. Dubbed the ThinkSmart Hub 500, the device is geared towards smaller office spaces. "The Lenovo ThinkSmart Hub 500 tackles conference room complexities and helps companies embrace the digital transformation of modern workspaces," the company explained in a release. "With the ability to simply connect remote and local participants to Skype for Business meetings and shared content, it eliminates the hassle of sharing personal laptop screens and messing about with cables." The ThinkSmart Hub 500 is effectively an all-in-one computer, featuring a 11.6 inch screen that can rotate, Dolby...

  • LG K11 arrives in South Africa for R3899

    LG has added another smartphone to its South African roster in 2018. It's called the LG K11, and it's the refreshed version of the mid-range K10 which debuted last year. On the surface, the metal-body phone borrows a few features from the older LG G6. This includes the 13MP phase detection autofocus-enabled rear snapper and 8MP front facing camera. Internally, it's not very exciting. LG employs a octa-core Mediatek chipset, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. There's also a 3000mAh battery powering the phone. Up front, there's a 5.3 inch 1280x720 screen with a 16:9 ratio, and a fingerprint reader...

  • BlackBerry Key 2 launches in South Africa

    The BlackBerry Key 2 is now available in South Africa. Running Android 8.1 Oreo and sporting a QWERTY keyboard, the TCL-made Key 2 is also the first BlackBerry smartphone to sport a dual rear camera array. Externally, there's also a programmable Speed Key, allowing users to access apps, contacts or voice assistants. Internally, there's a Snapdragon 660 chipset, 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. There's also a 128GB version, while both will sport support for a microSD card too. The screen is a 4.5 inch IPS display with 1620x1080 pixels and a 3:2 aspect ratio. As for that rear camera, there are...

  • Qualcomm launches a new Snapdragon chip for smartwatches

    After two years of silence, Qualcomm has finally released a new high-end smartwatch chipset. Dubbed the Snapdragon Wear 3100, it's still based on the 28nm architecture of the 2100, but does include a more "hierarchical" layout with two additional processing cores. "In this hierarchical architecture, the high-performance quad core A7 processor, the highly efficient integrated DSP, and the new ultra-low power co-processor work in conjunction with each other to fundamentally look to re-imagine smartwatch experiences -- enhance existing ones, bring-in new ones -- while supporting extended battery life," the company touts on its product page. This new design enables three additional ambient...

  • Apple iPhone event preview: 3 shiny new toys you can expect

    Wednesday 12 September is a big day for Apple enthusiasts. The company is gathering its swathe of fans for its annual September extravaganza where we're likely to see new smartphones, tablets and watches. And if you've been following the leaks, it's going to be quite the event for the former. iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone 9, or iPhone SE 2? iPhone fans, at least according to the leaks thus far, can expect three new iPhones. At the upper echelons of the range, Apple's set to reuse OLED screen technology, with a 6.5 inch screen device. Interestingly, another device will also feature...

  • Razer Phone 2 benchmarks reportedly leak on Geekbench

    It's been a week of leaks, but not exactly in the traditional sense. After benchmarks of the purported Snapdragon 855 leaked on Geekbench, another phone's hard numbers have found their way onto the site: those of the Razer Phone 2. The gaming company's forthcoming gaming phone ran the Geekbench 4.2.3 benchmark for Android. The numbers were uploaded on Thursday. But how did the device fare? With an 1.77GHz octa-core Qualcomm chipset -- likely the Snapdragon 845 -- the phone scored 2026 on its single-core run, and 8234 on its multi-core run. That's significantly lower than the numbers seen on the leaked 855 benchmark...