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All posts by Andy Walker

  • Foldable Samsung Galaxy X set for a January 2019 debut

    We could be just a few months away from the first major Samsung foldable phone launch. Excited? You bet we are. According to leaker Ice Universe, the Samsung Galaxy X will be ready in time for Las Vegas's CES 2019 in January. CES2019:Galaxy X MWC2019:Galaxy S10 — Ice universe (@UniverseIce) July 4, 2018 But we're not just looking at another flagship here though. The phone with a split body is set to cost more than double that of the Samsung Galaxy S9+. It's also the company's first real go at crafting a flagship smartphone with a foldable display. Not only that, other murmurs in the industry...

  • Seagate debuts consumer Barracuda SSD range

    Hard drive stalwart Seagate is now making consumer SSDs. It has previously dabbled in enterprise hardware, focussing specifically on business performance and "instantaneous data availability", but its now looking at your PC perched atop your desk. Bearing the Barracuda name and set to debut in a pretty crowded sector of the PC hardware market, the SSDs will be available in 250GB, 500GB, 1TB and 2TB variants. Unlike Samsung, Seagate isn't crafting the flash memory inside these SSDs. Speeds are also pretty standard using the SATA interface, with reads up to 540MB/s and writes 20MB/s slower than that. The real kicker is the warranty...

  • I-Life launches two budget Windows machines in South Africa

    Miami-based tech brand I-Life has officially launched two of its products in South Africa though local distributor JD Group. Both machines run Windows 10 Home, but are set to occupy slightly different market segments. The I-Life ZED Note will be a two-in-one convertible, sporting a 11.6-inch screen, an Intel Atom X5-Z8350 CPU, 32GB of internal storage and 2GB of RAM. It also comes with a three-year warranty. The I-Life ZED Air 2 on the other hand features a 14-inch screen, an Intel Celeron N3350 CPU, 32GB of internal storage and 3GB of RAM. It also features a hard drive upgrade slot, and...

  • Samsung’s Messages app is randomly sending pictures to random people

    Samsung's Messaging app is doing some odd things this week. According to reports on Reddit, the Korean smartphone makers' phones -- namely the S9 and S9+ -- are sending pictures from their galleries to random contacts in their address books. "Last night around 2:30 am, my phone sent her my entire photo gallery over text but there was no record of it on my messages app. However, there was record of it on tmobile logs. Why would this happen?" wrote one Reddit user. "UM THIS IS DISTURBING" was the top comment. But what's the reason? And are we affected in South Africa? As far...

  • Gear4 Wembley case for the Huawei P20 is now available in South Africa

    The Gear4 Wembley case for the Huawei P20 is now available in South Africa, and is set to retail between R529 and R899. Manufactured by accessories company STRAX, the Gear4 Wembley is the latest in a line of smartphone cases from the Gear4 stable to hit local shores. The Huawei P20 variant offers similar protection assurances too, according to the company, including TPU construction and the use of D30 impact protection material, also used on motorbike leathers. "TPU is a class of polyurethane plastics that offer various properties including elasticity, transparency, oil resistance, impact absorption and scratch protection," the company notes in...

  • Spring cleaning: 5 tips to rid your Windows PC of digital dirt

    The more you use a Windows PC, the more temporary files, once-important files, and errant bits of information are stored. This isn't you, or Windows, but it does help to regularly keep your device free of junk, especially if you're running an older machine or one with little storage. Here are five fool-proof tips to keeping your computer clean and fresh. Delete files from your temp folder Open File Explorer and type %TEMP% in your address bar (including percentage symbols.) Hit Enter, and you'll discover just how many temporary files your PC has stored since you last cleaned it. These are usually stored...

  • Solo Everyday Max 17.3-inch laptop bag review: carry on, carry on

    The Solo Everyday Max 17.3-inch laptop-slash-duffel bag is unlike any other backpack I've ever used, and that's both a good and bad thing. Built by the New York-based satchel firm, the Everyday Max isn't your typical zips, flaps and straps sort of affair. In fact, it's a bit of a jack of all trades. But before I delve into the bag's unique features, a quick tour. The Everyday Max is much, much larger than your traditional laptop bag. It can swallow 17.3-inch laptops, a tablet, and a fair few other accessories while still boasting plenty of space for clothing items too. As...

  • Gearburn readers really don’t like the smartphone notch

    Well, surprise surprise. According to a recent poll ran on Gearburn's Facebook account, 62% of respondents don't like the smartphone notch. The notch has become a mainstay in smartphone design this year, this after the Essential Phone debuted with the design feature in 2017. Following on from its notably public interest, Apple then launched the iPhone X in September 2017. This was seemingly the point of no return. Since, we've seen a slew of manufacturers adopt the notch, from Lenovo to LG, and OnePlus to Huawei. But the likes of Oppo and Vivo are seemingly bypassing the notch entirely. Two new devices: the...

  • This is how much you’ll pay for your kid’s Fitbit Ace in South Africa

    The Fitbit Ace, a smart activity wearable for children, is now available in South Africa. The Alta-like band is built on a smaller frame, and lacks niceties like heart rate tracking, but does includes tools to monitor your kids' activity. This is notably steps, sleep and active goals. Fitbit Ace fitness tracker for kids (and parents) debuts for $100 The Fitbit Ace is the company’s latest US$100 smart wearable band for kids age eight and older. It looks a lot like the company’s Alta, but features a smaller build and lacks a few smart features. Read more... The Ace will also remind kids...

  • Qualcomm’s gunning for Intel’s ultrabook market share with 1000 series

    Smartphone processor king Qualcomm is reportedly coming for Intel and AMD's desktop throne. According to a report by German site WinFuture, the company's readying a chipset called the SDM1000 -- or Snapdragon 1000 series -- for use in larger computing systems, like laptops and ultrabooks. Although the company's already working on the Snapdragon 850 -- a chipset for "always connected experiences" -- it's simply a higher-clocked version of the 845, the chip you'll find in smartphones like the Sony Xperia XZ2 and LG G7 ThinQ. The Snapdragon 1000 seems to be the firm's first proper crack at the laptop market. According to WinFuture,...