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All posts by Hadlee Simons

  • Will Kirin 970 be first to use ARM’s new CPU, GPU cores?

    Huawei's Kirin 970 has apparently kicked off mass production, being expected to power the Mate 10 and a few other Huawei/Honor devices in the coming months. But the reports have also claimed that the processor is set to be marketed as the first "AI chip", which makes us wonder what could be the meaning of this... Last year saw the Huawei Mate 9 (review) marketed as having machine learning smarts, with EMUI 5 (Huawei's take on Android) using the technology to keep the phone brisk over time. So it's not the first time we've seen the company play with the tech. However, we...

  • Huawei’s Kirin 970 chip, set to power Mate 10, enters ‘mass production’

    Huawei's HiSilicon has made impressive strides with its mobile processors. Last year's Kirin 950 saw the company take a big step up in the CPU stakes, while the Kirin 960 took a similarly large leap in graphics performance. Now, it seems like HiSilicon is going all-in on the Kirin 970 chip. According to My Drivers and a post on Weibo, the new chip has entered mass production, as the Huawei Mate 10's release date looms. My Drivers adds that Huawei is readying up to 40 million chips for production, suggesting that Honor devices and the P11 will be using it as well....

  • Nokia 8 set for reveal this week: what to expect?

    HMD's Nokia smartphones seem to be enjoying brisk sales thus far, but the flagship Nokia 8 is also set to be revealed this week. We've already seen leaked images of the device courtesy of Venturebeat's Evan Blass, but what should we expect in general? Camera Nokia phones were renowned for their camera performance, with HMD looking to recapture this with their phones as well. The Nokia 8 is expected to pack dual-13MP main cameras, apparently taking the form of a monochrome and colour shooter, much like Huawei's phones. Previously leaked renders also show Carl Zeiss branding on the phone, although it's unclear if this...

  • LG V30 will let you copy manual settings from photos on the web

    LG is continuing its slow tease of the V30 smartphone, having revealed camera details and screen information before. Now, the latest tease sees the company touting its upgraded Android skin. But the best part about the new UX 6.0 might just be the support for a tool called Graphy. LG explains what it's all about. "Graphy, which can be accessed in the camera's Manual Mode, gives any shutterbug professional quality photography capabilities," the company wrote on its website. "With Graphy, users can choose from among a portfolio of professional shots, each with a different style and mood or they can download photos...

  • Pixel camera app, complete with HDR+, hacked to run on other phones

    The Google Pixel stood out last year thanks to its camera chops, touting the same fundamental specs as the Nexus 6P, but with one key difference. The camera app delivered HDR+, which dramatically stepped up photo quality. Far from being blurry like the HDR modes of yore, the Pixel's HDR+ mode resulted in much improved photo quality at night, for example. Unfortunately, Google didn't release the updated camera app for all, but a Ukrainian developer has stepped up to the plate. According to XDA, the developer spent two evenings hacking together the Google Camera APK. The end-result is that the app...

  • No Man’s Sky update brings basic multiplayer, much more

    No Man's Sky may have been a major disappointment at launch, given the hype, but you can't deny that Hello Games has done a solid job of building on the game's foundation. We saw numerous major updates being released since then, and now the latest one (dubbed Update 1.3: Atlas Rises) also adds a basic multiplayer component of sorts. "Visualised by strange floating orbs, up to 16 players can see and communicate with one another, and explore the universe together. While interaction with others is currently very limited, this is an important first step into the world of synchronous co-op in...

  • Sharp, the original thin bezel player, has another impressive phone

    Sharp wowed the tech sector a few years ago when it showed off the Aquos Crystal, offering a hitherto unseen screen/body ratio and thin bezels. Since then, we've seen Xiaomi, Samsung, LG and others hop on the bandwagon. But Sharp is back with the Aquos S2, and it looks pretty striking once again. Much like the Essential Phone, the Aquos S2 screen extends right to the top, only pausing for the front-facing camera, with an earpiece sitting atop the shooter. Otherwise, much like the original Aquos Crystal and the Xiaomi Mi Mix, the chin of the phone is where you'll find...

  • Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch: A PC user’s review diary [Week Two]

    The last Apple Mac I used for any length of time was our tech's G5 machine for editing purposes. That was in 2008 and 2009. My only other notable experience with Apple Mac computers came from using a buddy's Mac G4 well over a decade ago. In other words, I'm essentially a Mac newbie then, having spent the vast majority of my time on Windows (with a few brief forays into Linux territory). So when an iStore representative asked if I'd like to review the 2017 13-inch MacBook Pro (no Touchbar, mind you), I figured why not? After all, there have...

  • PS4 firmware 5.0 to bring 1080p/60fps streaming and more

    Sony has confirmed that firmware 5.0 is coming for the PS4 and PS4 Pro, but what does the new system update actually do? Fortunately, Eurogamer has obtained the release details, and the headline feature might just be the ability for PS4 Pro users to stream over Twitch at 1080p/60fps. Of course, you'll need a relatively decent internet connection to do this. Another noteworthy feature is an overhaul of the sub/master account system, with multiple adult accounts in a family and parental controls on a per-account basis (e.g. if you have several children using their own sub-accounts via your account). The last big...

  • Xiaomi Redmi 4X is next phone set for South Africa

    Local Xiaomi distributor MIA Group has been teasing a new product reveal on its Facebook pages. But could it be the Mi 6? Well, unfortunately, it doesn't appear to be the case. Instead, the distributor is readying the budget-minded Redmi 4X for launch, if its website is anything to go by. According to a listing on the MIA website, the 32GB Redmi 4X will be coming to the country in black and gold colours. As for a price? You're looking at a R2799 price tag. The price means that the phone fits in between the R2000 Redmi 4A and the Redmi 3,...