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All posts by Hadlee Simons

  • Apple iPhone 7 launch: here’s what to expect

    We know it'll be faster obviously. We know the camera will be better (why would it be worse?). But what do we really know about the iPhone 7 handsets? We sift through the rumours and leaks to figure out what to expect from the iPhone 7 ahead of tomorrow's reveal... No headphone jack This has been a heavy rumour for almost a year now, if not more. Numerous sources claim that Apple is ditching the headphone jack on the iPhone 7 in favour of using the Lightning connector. It's been claimed that Apple will ship an adapter in the box so people can still use their...

  • Sony Xperia smartphones just don’t excite me anymore

    There was a time not that long ago when a new high-end Sony Xperia smartphone was something to behold. Even if it wasn't an excellent all-round device, a new Sony or Sony Ericsson phone elicited a buzz nonetheless thanks to interesting designs and features. There was the bold Sony Ericsson Xperia Play and its slideout gamepad, the Xperia S and that transparent strip (among other cool features) and the Xperia Z2 and its waterproof design. At the time, they all made me think that Sony could turn into the next Samsung, or make the average consumer pay attention at the very least. Sony Xperia XZ, X Compact...

  • New Humble Mobile Bundle offers refreshing variety

    How can you complain about the Humble Bundle promotions? Offering a variety of games for a starting price of just US$1, it's hard to feel short-changed. Now, the latest Humble Bundle has been revealed, offering plenty of interesting titles for Android gamers. The Humble Mobile Bundle 20 offers action/adventure/survival title Cloud Chasers, top-down space-faring title Last Horizon and the first two Tomb Raider games as part of the base US$1 package. You might want to use a controller for the Tomb Raider games though as they aren't very playable on touchscreens. You're getting plenty of bang for your buck with the Humble Mobile Bundle...

  • Turing Phone Cadenza seems like a late April Fool’s joke

    Fresh from making the secure Turing Phone, Turing Robotic Industries has announced development of a smartphone that seems far too good to be true. In a newsletter spotted by Geektime, the Turing Phone Cadenza was announced, sporting a spec sheet that seems like the fever dream of a smartphone enthusiast. "The Turing Phone Cadenza is a bold continuation of TRI's mobile research and the first device in The Outer Blueprint programme," the company explained in the newsletter. The Turing Phone Cadenza seems like a phone from The Terminator franchise The Turing Phone Cadenza spec sheet starts off well enough, featuring a 5.8-inch 2560x1440 display....

  • F1 2016 [Xbox One] review: Codemasters’s purple sector

    The Codemasters F1 games haven't been half bad at all, but it's clear that there was room for improvement with F1 2014 and F1 2015. The latter in particular was a barebones experience, offering little in the way of content. There was a great driving model, plenty of commands to your race engineer and a step up in visuals - but who cares when you only have a basic season mode and nothing else? Fortunately, F1 2016 builds on that foundation quite extensively, starting with the all-new career mode. The next Max Verstappen (or Chilton?) The game allows you to race as a created driver for any team...

  • How much will Samsung be spending on Galaxy Note 7 recall?

    Friday saw Samsung announce that it will indeed be issuing a global recall of all Galaxy Note 7 phablets. So how much of a dent will it be making in the Korean firm's pocket? According to estimates by Bloomberg, Samsung is expected to pay roughly US$1-billion for the recall of all Galaxy Note 7 devices on the market right now. Samsung hasn't confirmed the estimate, only saying that the costs would be "heartbreaking". However, financial losses should be the least of Samsung's concerns, an expert told the publication. "The potential damage to reputation is far greater than short-term financial losses," said Chang Sea Jin,...

  • Update: Samsung announces recall of all Galaxy Note 7 phones

    Update 2 September 2016, 12.43pm: Samsung has issued a press statement on the matter, saying it found a battery cell issue after conducting a "thorough" investigation. "To date (as of September 1) there have been 35 cases that have been reported globally and we are currently conducting a thorough inspection with our suppliers to identify possible affected batteries in the market. However, because our customers’ safety is an absolute priority at Samsung, we have stopped sales of the Galaxy Note 7," the company wrote. "For customers who already have Galaxy Note7 devices, we will voluntarily replace their current device with a...

  • How to play Xbox One games on your Windows 10 phone

    We've already seen Microsoft implement Xbox One game-streaming to desktop Windows 10, making for a rather convenient party trick. What about phones though? Sony has Remote Play on its Xperia devices, but what about phones running Windows 10 Mobile? That's where MS Power User comes in though, having discovered an internal Xbox app that enables streaming to your Windows 10 Mobile handset. How to grab and use the app MS Power User recommends that you visit the app link (here) on your phone, search for any free app from the top search bar, visit the app listing for the free app and then quickly...

  • Samsung Gear S3 coming to South Africa in November

    Keeping track of the Samsung Gear S3 and other launches at IFA 2016? Have a look at our IFA portal right here. The IFA 2016 announcements continue this week as the Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch was revealed today. Available in outdoor-focused Frontier and more refined Classic variants, the Samsung Gear S3 specs are largely in line with other smartwatches. There's a dual-core 1.0Ghz Exynos processor, 768MB of RAM, 4GB of storage and 1.3-inch 360x360 AMOLED screen (with Gorilla Glass). Additionally, the watch packs IP68 water-resistance, the Tizen-based operating system of prior models and LTE connectivity (in the Frontier version only). Introducing the Samsung #GearS3. https://t.co/WmsJHA2g4P pic.twitter.com/7qNVvfaoZo — Samsung Mobile...

  • HTC One A9s: inspired by iPhone in style and name

    Keeping track of the HTC One A9s and other launches at IFA 2016? Have a look at our IFA portal right here. HTC was criticised last year for its One A9 smartphone, bearing more than a passing resemblance to Apple's iPhone range. Or was it the other way around? After all, the Taiwanese firm claimed that it invented antenna lines first... Meet the newest edition to the HTC One Family: The new #HTCOneA9s. https://t.co/BjfBznjggO pic.twitter.com/c8Pynu6ccL — HTC (@htc) September 1, 2016 Either way, the company has revealed a successor in the form of the HTC One A9s - perhaps inspired by Apple's "s" naming...