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All posts by Hadlee Simons

  • Download these 10 recent mobile games for the toilet

    It's an impressive achievement to see console games running on today's smartphones, showing just how far we're coming in terms of technology. Yes, these games are great achievements then, but oftentimes, the best mobile games are the ones that offer bite-sized sessions, ideal for when you're in a queue or... on the bog. Sure, many people know about Flappy Bird, Angry Birds and Game Dev Story. But here are a few recent titles you'll want to grab before nipping off. PinOut (free - Android, iOS) From the same people behind glass-breaking game Smash Hit, we've got an updated take on pinball for a...

  • Could ZTE’s Nubia range make it to SA?

    You might not be familiar with the ZTE brand on smartphones, but the company's been making phones for the likes of Vodacom for a while now. It's also got its own brand of capable handsets, with the Axon 7 Mini available in South Africa via MTN. Much like Huawei and its Honor brand, ZTE has its own sub-brand, dubbed Nubia. More recently, the company has launched the Nubia Z17, packing a variety of impressive tech into its waterproof body. There's a Snapdragon 835 chip, up to 8GB of RAM and a 12MP+23MP dual camera pairing. Not too shabby then. But could we see...

  • WWDC 2017: 6 lesser-known features coming to iOS 11

    We already covered Apple's HomePod, as well as an array of software and hardware refreshes, but what else could we tackle? Why, iOS 11, of course. It's the tentpole platform for hundreds of millions of people around the world. We've already listed a few new features, such as a file explorer, QR code reader and drag and drop functionality -- but what else is worth noting? Screen recording We've seen Huawei introduce a native screen-recording feature a while back, with Samsung following suit too (at least in games). Now, it's Apple's turn to enable screen recording in iOS, allowing you to easily record gameplay,...

  • Apple HomePod vs Amazon Echo vs Google Home

    Apple's HomePod is the latest new addition to the company product lineup, being a smart speaker for the household. However, the company is far from the first to bring this tech to the market, with Amazon's Echo and Google's Home speakers also available. How does it compare then? Audio capabilities When it comes to sound, Apple is positioning the HomePod as an audio powerhouse, packing a "high excursion woofer" and custom amp pairing, as well as seven tweeters. Meanwhile, Amazon's product page lists a 2.5-inch woofer and one 2-inch tweeter. A case of less is more? Probably not. Google merely lists a "high excursion...

  • WWDC 2017: 7 things to know about HomePod

    We had known for a few weeks now that Apple was working on a smart speaker, informally called the Siri Speaker. Fortunately, the company used WWDC 2017 to reveal the product. So what should you know? Well, we already had a brief rundown in our WWDC live article, but here's all the important and not-so-important information. It's got some impressive audio chops (in theory) Apple says their new product has seven tweeters and a "high-excursion woofer with a custom amplifier". So it's plain to see that the company is positioning the product for its music, first of all. It analyses your room for the...

  • WWDC 2017: HomePod, iOS 11, new Macs, more

    Apple usually reserves the World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) for its software updates, but we've seen all sorts of rumours in the run-up to the event. Now that WWDC 2017 is here, what's been announced? Check out our rolling coverage below! Amazon comes to Apple TV Amazon and Apple haven't been best buddies, but WWDC saw Apple make a key announcement. Yep, in a long overdue move, the company has announced that Amazon Prime Video is coming to Apple TV "later this year". Mac news The company also revealed MacOS High Sierra (its new MacOS update), delivering a variety of features. For one, the Safari browser...

  • ‘Foxconn insiders’ leak iPhone X, smart keyboard, more details

    Apple's WWDC event is around the corner, but a reddit thread has emerged, apparently shedding light on Apple's longer term products. Of course, you should take this information with a massive grain of salt, but it's getting plenty of attention anyway. The thread was verified by the r/apple subreddit's moderators, who said that "appropriate documentation and evidence" was given by the leakers. The tipsters, using the handle Foxconninsider, claimed to have information on Apple's glasses, a 2018 Macbook update and upcoming iPhones. Smart glasses might be a thing For starters, the tipsters delivered an apparent bill of materials for Apple's smart glasses project, which they're...

  • WWDC 2017 kicks off today: how to watch?

    Apple's World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) takes place this week, with today's keynote address being the most important session for consumers. Usually, the company announces software updates for its various platforms, but it seems like WWDC 2017 is focused on hardware as well. In any event, you'll want to visit the Apple website to watch the stream, kicking off at 10am PDT/7pm SAST. It's worth noting though that the stream predictably uses Apple's proprietary streaming tech, which "requires an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with Safari on iOS 7.0 or later, a Mac with Safari 6.0.5 or later on OS X v10.8.5 or...

  • E3 2017: get your conference times here

    The world's most prominent gaming expo, E3, kicks off in just under two weeks, promising plenty of surprises and details for gamers. Want to watch the conferences but not sure what time they start? We've got the timetable for you, found below. They'll also be streamed live on Twitch (and most companies will stream it via their YouTube pages). Electronic Arts The huge third-party publisher will no doubt show off some FIFA (and "banter"), as well as Star Wars Battlefront 2 and other wares. The company's E3 conference kicks off on Saturday 10 June at 12pm PT. In South Africa, this is 9pm...

  • MTN catalogue reveals Nokia 3, Nokia 5 pricing

    Press invites for the Nokia/HMD smartphone launch have gone out already, listing a 22 June local event. But what kind of prices can we expect? According to the latest MTN YelloTrader, the Nokia 3 has a price of R149 a month on a Flexi R110 contract. However, the phone can also be bought off-contract from the network for R2199. Meanwhile, the Nokia 5 is listed for R299 a month on a Flexi R200 contract. The handset can also be purchased for R2999 off-contract. There's no word on the Nokia 6's release via MTN though, as it's not shown off in the catalogue. The Nokia...