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All posts by Hadlee Simons

  • The latest Windows 10 Mobile update is a meaty one

    Windows 10 Mobile is a step up from Windows Phone 8.1 in a few ways, but it could definitely do with more features and polish. Microsoft's latest update shows that the platform is well on its way though, introducing quite a few additions and tweaks to Windows Insiders. Notifications get some love The Action Center and notifications are the first items on the list, as Microsoft has decided to group all notifications from one app under one heading instead. Notifications themselves have also seen some visual changes, with large images now possible in the notification, Microsoft confirmed in a blog post. Finally, one more neat notification...

  • Latest Android N preview brings Vulkan API support, more emojis

    Google engineers are quietly beavering away on Android N, the latest version of its all-conquering mobile platform. Last month, the company introduced the first preview for developers, giving us a peek at a host of upcoming features. Now, Google has released its second developer preview, giving us a look at a few more hitherto unannounced features. First of all, the new preview delivers support for the Vulkan graphics API, which offers a massive boost over the platform's current APIs. Vulkan also harnesses multiple cores for faster performance. The second big addition is the inclusion of "launcher shortcuts", which allows users to post a shortcut of an app's functions/sections to their homescreen. Related: Android N: what...

  • Here are your mobile gaming picks of the week

    We're back for a second running of our mobile gaming picks feature, where we choose some of the more notable and entertaining mobile titles of the week. It's a healthy variety of games in this edition, with something for almost everyone, so check them all out below! Space Marshals (free as part of promotion) It's been out for a fair while now, but isometric cover-shooter Space Marshals has gone free on iOS, from its original US$5 price. And it's worth a download, it must be said. The game sees you tracing a path with your finger from cover to cover, employing pistols, grenades...

  • Google sets sights on better accessibility in Android

    Smartphones are amazing tools, but there's no doubting that platform-holders can do a little better when it comes to accessibility. Apple has done a good job of implementing tools in this regard, such as Assistive Touch, zoom support, Braille Display connectivity, VoiceOver screen reading and more. Now, Google is upping the ante with its own technologies. Google beefs up voice commands Most prominently, the company has announced a closed beta for a new app, called Voice Access. The app lets people navigate through their phones without using the touchscreen. Google says that people who might want to use the app include those with paralysis, tremors and...

  • This is HTC’s greatest mobile phone ever

    The tech industry's spotlight will be cast on HTC this week when it reveals its latest high-end smartphone on Tuesday. Between a 12-megapixel main camera to rival the Galaxy S7 and powerful internals, leaks are painting a very positive picture of the unannounced phone. However, for the hardcore tech addict, the new phone still pales in comparison to arguably HTC's greatest phone yet, the HD2. Released way back in 2009, the device was pushed out with Microsoft's decidedly uncool Windows Mobile 6 operating system, then upgraded to WM6.5. Under the hood, the phone screamed with a 1Ghz single-core processor, 448MBs of available RAM and a microSD expansion...

  • So, what else can you do with a dual-camera smartphone?

    Both LG and Huawei have revealed high-end dual-camera smartphones recently, upping the photography stakes in a big way. "Is it a simple case of two is better than one?" the casual observer might ask. We give you a few reasons why dual-camera phones are worth considering. All your photos can be refocused after the fact HTC showed this feature off in a big way with 2014's One M8, revealing a phone with an added depth sensor. So not quite two cameras but more than close enough. Almost every photo taken with the One M8 could be refocused after it was snapped - no need...

  • 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...