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All posts by Hadlee Simons

  • Nokia 6 2018 is now official in China

    The first Nokia-branded smartphone under HMD Global was the Nokia 6, having made its debut a year ago in China. Now, the Nokia 6 2018 model has been revealed in China, packing a few notable upgrades. Spotted on the Chinese version of HMD's website, the 2018 version of the Nokia 6 packs a Snapdragon 630 chipset, 4GB of RAM, 32 or 64GB of expandable storage, a 5.5-inch full HD LCD screen, USB Type-C and Android 7.1 (an upgrade to Oreo will come afterwards). The Nokia 6 2018 also packs a 16MP f/2.0 (1 micron pixels) main camera and an 8MP f/2.0 selfie...

  • Processor exploits: what are affected companies saying?

    The recent disclosure of exploits in several processors, chiefly Intel's x86 chips, has resulted in a firestorm of controversy as companies scramble to fix the issue or deflect blame. The exploits, discovered by Google researchers, involve the processor speculation feature in many chips, with Intel relying on this most aggressively. However, other companies are also affected by the news, so what are they saying? Apple The Cupertino company is also affected of course, using Intel chips in its Mac computers and the ARM instruction set in its iOS devices. "All Mac systems and iOS devices are affected, but there are no known exploits impacting customers...

  • Exynos 9810: specs emerge for Galaxy S9 chip

    The Exynos 9810 was quietly revealed last month, being the latest flagship processor for Samsung's smartphones. Details were light on the ground at the time, but Samsung has since published a full list of specs on its website. In terms of CPU power, you're looking at four third-generation custom cores (presumably keeping the Mongoose name) clocked at 2.9Ghz, as well four new A55 cores (1.9Ghz) for lightweight tasks. As for graphics, Samsung has opted for ARM's Mali G72 GPU, being the same hardware seen in Huawei's Kirin 970 chip. However, as has become tradition, Samsung is using more cores (18, in...

  • Intel speaks after critical processor exploit found

    The tech world has been inundated with reports after it emerged that there was a major security flaw with Intel's range of processors. The flaw, which could be used to gain access to sensitive data on computers, affects Windows, Mac and Linux platforms. This has resulted in platform-holders scrambling to issue patches. Now, Intel has spoken out on the issue, claiming that it isn't specific to Intel and that AMD and others are affected as well. "Recent reports that these exploits are caused by a 'bug' or a 'flaw' and are unique to Intel products are incorrect. Based on the analysis to...

  • This one-man indie game is a gorgeous tribute to Ace Combat

    The Ace Combat series is probably the most recognisable air combat franchise around, having started out on the PS1 before soaring even higher on the PS2, PSP, DS, PS3 and Xbox 360. Ace Combat 7 is pulling lead on a 2018 release on Xbox One, PC and PS4, but what if you're looking for something to scratch that itch before then? Well, we stumbled across Project Wingman, a rather polished air combat title in the works for PC. Being developed in Unreal Engine 4 by Abi Rahmani, Project Wingman plays like an unofficial Ace Combat game. That means nigh-on identical arcade handling (i.e. not quite as unrealistic...

  • Fire Pro Wrestling World gets PS4 release window, NJPW roster

    2017 saw another long-dormant franchise come back to critical acclaim in the form of Fire Pro Wrestling World (review) on Steam. The grappling title, which recently left Steam Early Access, was also confirmed to come to PS4 at the time of its reveal. Now, developer Spike Chunsoft has announced that the game will be coming to PS4 "this summer". It's not the only Fire Pro news, as the developer has announced a collaboration with New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) to bring its roster to the game. It marks a big moment for the franchise, as it's traditionally used generic characters or characters...

  • Hisense P9 leaks, packing 6GB RAM, huge battery, rugged design

    Hisense has gradually been climbing up the smartphone ladder, delivering a few affordable yet tough devices locally in the past 24 months. Now, it appears as if the Chinese firm has another rugged phone up its sleeve, in the form of the Hisense P9. The phone made an appearance late last month on TENAA, China's regulatory body for telecommunications. And it's looking like a rather capable device, featuring 6GB of RAM, a dual-camera setup (TENAA claims 8x "optical zoom", oddly enough), 64GB/128GB of expandable storage, a 5.5-inch 1080p AMOLED screen and a massive 6000mAh battery. The latter essentially means the phone should...

  • Google Home Mini review: a capable yet cheap smart speaker?

    Slap an AI assistant onto a speaker and you've got a smart speaker. It's simple stuff really, but a formula that's proven rather popular in the past two years or so. Amazon and its Echo range were first off the bat and seem to be the market-leader right now, but the Google Home range has also carved out a solid niche for itself. These products aren't available in South Africa, so when a work visit to the USA popped up, I grabbed the opportunity to buy a Google Home Mini for US$30 from Walmart (usually US$50). At this price, it's cheap enough...

  • Could this new Nokia 3310 model have WhatsApp?

    The Nokia 3310 reboot was one of the biggest tech stories of 2017, as HMD Global launched a modernised version of the iconic phone. Well, it was modernised in terms of design, but it was still a feature-phone, lacking internet capabilities (hence no WhatsApp). Combine the feature phone trappings with the R700+ price tag in South Africa and you had an overpriced phone that only had nostalgia and battery life going for it. HMD Global did however release a 3G version, still using a feature-phone OS but packing 3G connectivity and social media access. Still no WhatsApp though. A new 3310 model...

  • Leak: here’s why Snapdragon 460 might be 2018’s superstar budget chip

    The Snapdragon 670 isn't the only chip apparently leaked in recent days, as the Snapdragon 640 and Snapdragon 460 were also outlined in the same report. Back in May 2017, we expressed excitement for ARM's new cores and DynamIQ tech, noting that 2018 could see a massive leap for budget phones. The claimed specs for the Snapdragon 640 and 460 certainly caught our attention as a result. Let's start with the lower tier Snapdragon 460, which might do for bargain phones what the Snapdragon 625 did for "upper mid range" devices. Snapdragon 460: cheap phones to get big boost? The 460 is looking like...