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All posts by Hadlee Simons

  • OnePlus 5 fully revealed: 7 things you should know

    OnePlus isn't shy about drawing out the marketing for its flagship smartphones, giving enthusiasts a drip-feed of information and then fully revealing the handset. The same treatment was given to the OnePlus 5, which saw its processor and design being disclosed before the full reveal last night. So what did the launch event tell us about the new high-end smartphone? We've got x things you should know. Horsepower will definitely tick boxes We know that it's packing a Snapdragon 835, but OnePlus has also revealed that their new phone comes in 6GB of 8GB RAM flavours. By comparison, many other high-end phones on...

  • Huawei Watch 2 hits South Africa, but what about price?

    We found out back at the Huawei P10 launch that the Huawei Watch 2 would be coming to South Africa. Now, the company has indeed launched the device in the country. The watch stands out thanks to a water resistant design, LTE connectivity and Android/iOS support. Other notable features include a Snapdragon Wear 2100 chip, NFC/GPS/WiFi/Bluetooth and a range of preinstalled fitness apps. Huawei is also pushing the standalone nature of the watch, thanks to the aforementioned LTE capabilities, allowing you to use standalone apps or call/text contacts without a tethered phone. Why tether your phone to your smartwatch? That's the thinking...

  • Nintendo Switch 3.0 update brings some small but welcome features

    The Nintendo Switch is enjoying very healthy sales, thanks to the likes of Breath of the Wild and Mario Kart. However, it's not a perfect console, with the biggest complaint being the barebones nature of it all. Nevertheless, Nintendo is hard at work on crafting system updates, with the latest version 3.0 update being pushed out last night. So what does it bring to the table? For starters, you can now get news for specific games (news>find channels), add friends from your Wii U and 3DS friend lists (my page>friend suggestions) and get alerts when your friends go online/offline (system settings>notifications>friend...

  • Watch: OnePlus 5 launches today, what to expect?

    OnePlus is scheduled to launch its OnePlus 5 smartphone today, delivering what should be a capable device at a lower price than Apple and Samsung. But what do we know about the upcoming handset thus far then? For starters, the Chinese firm has already said it will be packing a Snapdragon 835 processor, delivering a punch that matches today's top devices. It's also expected to pack a ton of RAM, with The Verge claiming it will have more RAM than you might find in a laptop. So over 4GB and up to 8GB is our assumption then. OnePlus claims that touch latency will...

  • 6 more offbeat products that Xiaomi bought to market

    A few months back, we took a look at some of the stranger Xiaomi or Xiaomi-backed products out there. From kettles to electric bikes, it was clear that the company has a ton of products under its umbrella. But the firm and its MiJia crowdfunding platform haven't been standing still, backing more weird, wonderful or just mundane products. Here are a few more strange devices the platform has delivered... Walkie Talkie For a company that made its name due to smartphones, selling a walkie talkie seems like a strange move. But Xiaomi has indeed backed this device. The MiJia walkie talkie is a two-way...

  • It might not be ‘real’ Nokia, but HMD’s phones have potential

    2017 marks the return of the Nokia name to the smartphone market, after the Nokia handset division was gobbled up by Microsoft in 2012. In case you don't know, today's Nokia-branded smartphones aren't coming from the 'real' Nokia. Instead, it's the result of a licensing agreement between Finland's HMD Global and Nokia itself (i.e. the firm that owned Nokia's handset unit before selling it to Microsoft). Although to be fair, many former Nokia employees seem to have joined HMD. The first product of this arrangement is already available in South Africa, in the form of the new 3310. But it's a...

  • LG G6+ is now official, vanilla G6 gets new features too

    The LG G6 (review) is one of our favourite smartphones of 2017 thus far, delivering a great, durable design, a capable dual-camera setup and that high screen/body ratio. Now, the South Korean firm has stepped up to the plate with the LG G6+. The tweaked variant delivers most of the same specs as the vanilla G6, but packs 128GB of expandable storage and a quad-DAC as standard. The phone also comes with B&O headphones to take advantage of the audio hardware. LG adds that the new phone will also pack wireless charging in some markets. LG is also delivering three new features...

  • These Chromebooks now have Android app support

    Google made a big splash last year when it announced that Android apps would be coming to Chromebooks, via the Google Play Store. It's taken longer than expected for the functionality to surface though, with only a few laptops supporting the feature. Still, there's plenty of potential for having Android apps on your Chromebook, instantly delivering over a million games and apps in theory. Now, Google has added over a dozen more laptops to the list of Chromebooks capable of running Android apps (spotted by Android Police). So what's new then? We see new entries for Acer (Chromebook 11 N7 C731 and C731T,...

  • Bixby voice preview launched, but only in USA for now

    Samsung's Galaxy S8 is a pretty great smartphone (review) for the most part, but it's clear that the Bixby service is a half-baked clone of Google Now. Still, Samsung has touted the service's (unavailable) voice capabilities in the run-up to the Galaxy S8 launch, saying it'll be better than many other voice assistants out there. Now, the company has finally announced a preview for the voice functionality, allowing owners of their latest flagship to get a piece of the action. "New voice features are coming to Bixby and we’re inviting you to get access first. Bixby is built into the Galaxy S8...

  • Microsoft wins social media battle at E3 2017 – study

    E3 2017 is pretty much in the bag, as all the major publishers and manufacturers have already dished out their details. We've already looked at who won E3 (both in article form and podcast), but what about the social media war? Analytics firm Brandwatch has tallied the mentions, revealing the big console and video game winners as determined by social media. "This data incorporates mentions from across social media (we track mentions across millions of sites, including public Facebook posts, Instagram, blogs, forums, news sites etc)," Brandwatch explained to Gearburn. And the big winner was Microsoft, claiming 44% of mentions according to...