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  • Microsoft reveals upcoming features in Windows 10 roadmap

    The BUILD conference is over, but Microsoft has more Windows 10-related news to share. The company recently published a roadmap for Windows 10, revealing several hitherto unannounced features that were in the pipeline. One of the coolest features is the ability to unlock your PC with a Windows Phone or Android smartphone and "authenticate with apps and services that support Windows Hello and Microsoft Passport based authentication". One of the few with a Microsoft Band 2 smart wearable? Then you can soon use this for PC authentication too, Microsoft confirmed. Continuum for Phones to be expanded Microsoft's roadmap also focuses heavily on the Continuum for Phones...

  • Titanfall 2 teaser trailer released, but will the game be coming to SA?

    Titanfall is one of this generation's better multiplayer games, offering an equal dose of fast-paced, parkour-style gameplay and heavy-duty mech combat. The title was originally released on PC and Xbox One, being a multiplayer-only game from Respawn Entertainment. The game received critical acclaim and would go on to sell over 10 million units -- not bad for an online only title, right? Now, EA and Respawn have released a teaser trailer for the sequel, complete with what sounds like a South African voice-over artist. Don't expect gameplay in this clip though, as EA will be revealing the gameplay trailer at E3 on June 12. Titanfall 2...

  • The SA pricing for the iPad Pro 9.7 is ludicrous

    Digicape has revealed pricing for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, but you might want to swallow your coffee first. The Apple reseller announced a price of R11 899 for the entry-level model (32GB/WiFi-only), which has a US price of US$599 (R8885 as a straight conversion). Have more money than sense? Then the top-end iPad Pro (256GB/LTE) is for you, with a R20 499 price tag. Apple sells the top-end model for US$1029 (R15 244) on its US website. Don't forget the extras! Adding salt to the wound is the fact that you still have to splash out R2199 on an Apple Pencil - which has...

  • Here’s what you should know about HTC’s new flagship

    HTC hasn't had a great time in recent years, as it went from Samsung's chief Android rival to relative obscurity. The One M9 smartphone (review) didn't help matters either, owing to its lack of any real standout features. Still, the Taiwanese company is hoping to right the ship with its newest high-end phone, which will be unveiled tomorrow. What do we know about this new handset though? HTC might drop 'M' from the phone name Starting with 2013's One M7, all HTC flagships have had an 'M' in their name, such as the M8 and last year's M9. But reports and HTC's own teases indicate that we...

  • Huawei launches Mate 8 in SA – what’s the damage?

    It may be a few months late to the party, but Huawei finally released the Mate 8 smartphone in South Africa. The phone, which was first released in China in November before seeing a global launch earlier this year, has a R12 999 prepaid price. The phone also has a starting price of R579 per month on Vodacom contract, while other networks have the device for R599 a month, Huawei explained. The Mate 8 will be available in 32GB dual and single-SIM variants. A look at the spec-sheet The device features a large 4100mAh battery, much like the Mate 7. The Chinese company...

  • When can you get your hands on a Huawei P9 in SA?

    Huawei has confirmed a release date and tentative price window for the upcoming P9 and P9 Plus smartphones. The company revealed the P9 and P9 Plus on Wednesday in London, showing off phones with dual 12-megapixel cameras on the rear. South Africans will need to wait until June to get their hands on the P9 though, said Charlene Munilal, general manager for Huawei's Consumer Business Group in SA. "P9 Plus might be slightly later - the early part of July," Munilal said. "We're looking at targeting a R499 contract price point," Munilal said of the P9, adding that it was targeting an R11 999...

  • Here are 5 things to keep in mind with the Huawei P9

    Huawei peeled the curtain back on its latest flagship phones this week, making for quite the impression. Whether it's the innovative dual-camera trickery or the powerful processor, the P9 phones are shaping up to be something special. What else should you know about them though? It doesn't do 4K recording Ultra HD recording, or the lack thereof, is the Achilles' Heel of Huawei's processors right now. The Kirin 955 processor is a slightly upgraded version of the Kirin 950 chip in the Mate 8, which didn't support 4K either. So if you must have 4K recording on a phone, you'll want to look elsewhere. The...

  • The Chinese mobile march continues with the Meizu M3 Note

    Everyone knows about Xiaomi and Huawei, but Meizu is another Chinese firm that's quietly been making a name for itself. In fact, South African consumers can get Meizu phones from the Orange Store in the form of the capable M2 Note handset. Now, the Chinese firm has revealed a successor to this budget phablet, in the form of the (surprise!) M3 Note. When it comes to the all-important specs, we don't see too many significant changes though. There's a capable but budget-minded octa-core processor (MediaTek P10) and 2GB of RAM for starters, just like the M2 Note. Then there's a similar...

  • Watch 100 minutes of Mortal Kombat fatalities over the years [NSFW]

    Whether it was the digitised sprites or the puddles of blood, Mortal Kombat made quite the impact upon its release in 1992. It's the gruesome fatalities that kept the franchise in the limelight over the years though, differentiating the series from Street Fighter 2 and other properties. Just how many fatalities are there though? Well, YouTube channel IZUNIY has done the legwork, creating a Fatality compilation that lasts for almost two hours. The 100 minute compilation covers everything from the 2D Mortal Kombat games to the latest current-generation titles. Watch it below, but do bear in mind that it's NSFW.

  • Yep, Huawei announced the P9 and P9 Plus flagships

    Were you expecting something else? Huawei announced the P9 and P9 Plus at an event in London on Wednesday. True to the leaks, the P9 line offers a dual-camera setup with Leica lenses (two 12-megapixel sensors with F2.2 aperture), a front-facing 8MP/F2.4 shooter and a rear-mounted "3D" fingerprint scanner. A big focus (hah!) on the cameras Huawei is claiming a world first for the dual-cameras, as one camera features an RGB sensor and the other features a "monochrome sensor". The company says that this will go a long way to improving low-light performance and producing richer colours. Huawei also touted the P9's autofocus technology, revealing that the...