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  • Choosing the right Moshi cover for your phone [Win one of three iPhone covers!]

    The much-anticipated local launch of the iPhone X is upon us. Apple's 10th anniversary offering is loaded with plenty of high-end hardware and new features, including Face ID that unlocks the phone when users look at it, and wireless charging. But getting the latest smartphone in-hand is only half the battle won. Sure, you'll have the best technology at your fingertips, but all that will mean nothing if your device is not adequately protected -- and personalised (a floral touch is not for everyone, after all). Moshi, a San Francisco-based lifestyle brand, and a global leader in mobile accessories, gives you the lowdown...

  • 7 reasons why the Mate 10 Pro has the best mobile camera ever [Sponsored]

    The Huawei Mate 10 Pro pushes mobile technology to new boundaries, owing to a variety of innovations in its sleek design. But it's perhaps the camera department that's seen the most attention, making the phone a strong contender for 2017's best device for photos. Record-equalling aperture in a smartphone A smartphone camera's aperture is an important factor, most notably for low-light shots. Think of the aperture as the pupil if the camera is the eye. A larger aperture (expressed as a lower number) means that more light enters the camera and hits the sensor, resulting in brighter images than a phone with a...

  • Spec comparison: Huawei Mate 10 Pro vs iPhone X [Sponsored]

    Huawei's Mate 10 Pro is the definitive Huawei phablet in many ways, offering the same large battery and screen that the Mate series is known for. But Huawei's biggest contender is arguably Apple's iPhone X, packing a number of interesting technologies as well. So how does Huawei's phablet stack up to Apple's device? We take a look. Horsepower Say what you will about Apple, but the company is at the cutting edge of chip manufacturing right now. The firm's A11 Bionic chip is a hexacore design that features two high-powered cores and four lightweight cores. In terms of benchmark scores, the A11 is the...

  • Check these 5 heavily discounted phones from Gearbest [Sponsored]

    Black Friday has arrived and Gearbest is also getting in on the discounted festivities, offering deals on a variety of gadgets. Gearbest offers a variety of eclectic brands, but what if you're looking for a big discount on popular smartphones? Here are some of the better discounts you should check out. Huawei Honor 6X (from $244 to $190) The Honor range is renowned for being cheaper than Huawei's standard phones anyway. But the brand new Honor 6X sees an even bigger discount. Opt for this phone and you're essentially getting a turbocharged version of the P8 Lite 2017. It's got the same Kirin...

  • 5 great smartphones under $200 from Gearbest [Sponsored]

    Gearbest is one of the world's most popular online retailers for smartphones, offering a wide variety of brands at affordable prices. Don't believe us? We've picked some of the best phones available from the website for under US$200. Blackview BV7000 Pro (US$166) Looking for a smartphone that can withstand a dunking in water? Then Blackview's BV7000 Pro is for you, coming in below US$200. For your money, you're getting an IP68 design, octacore processor (MT6750), 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage and a 5-inch full HD screen. Other features include a fingerprint scanner, 13MP main camera and 8MP front camera. Buy the BV7000 Pro here. Oukitel...

  • The Gearburn Podcast #21: Samsung DeX, and the future of converged computing

    Welcome to the fortnightly Gearburn Podcast, where we postulate on the biggest happenings in the current tech world. This week, Hadlee Simons and Andy Walker chats converged computing, focussing on the Samsung DeX. Huawei's Mate 10 -- featuring AI smarts and a PC mode -- also gets a mention, while Microsoft's Continuum Dock, and it's ever-unsure smartphone programme, is also touched upon by the duo. For this, a dash of opinion, and predictions regarding the future of the converged computing phenomenon, listen to the full podcast below. If you like what you hear and would like to comment, add a suggestion or share...

  • Overwatch gets another free weekend on 22 September

    If you're in the market for a new hero shooter, there's this game called Overwatch that might be just what you need. Thankfully, it seems that Blizzard is thinking that exact same thing. Following a long string of previous free weekends, the game yet another beginning 22 September and running until the 25th. This includes players on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. MUST READ: Overwatch review: if Pixar made a first-person shooter… "For this free weekend, we're making Overwatch's full roster of 25 heroes and 16 maps available for play in a variety of modes, including Quick Play, Custom Games, and...

  • Nintendo’s Pikachu and Poke Ball 2DS consoles are utterly adorable

    Life can't be easy right now for Nintendo's other handheld consoles. If you've forgotten that the Japanese company actually still sells the 3DS and 2DS, don't worry, we can't blame you. But during yesterday's Nintendo Direct stream, the company announced a Poke Ball-themed Nintendo 2DS that's easily the coolest paint scheme we've seen on the handheld to date. The news comes after the announcement of Pokemon Ultra Moon and Ultra Sun, with both titles set to debut on 22 September. If the Poke Ball isn't quite your thing, another edition features a full-faced Pikachi, complete with beady eyes and rosy cheeks. Both consoles...

  • Samsung Bixby US launch reportedly delayed due to ‘big data’ issues

    The Samsung Galaxy S8 might be one of the more impressive flagship smartphones to debut this year (read our review here), but its smart voice assistant Bixby -- to which the phone dedicates an entire hardware button -- is riddled with teething issues. Sure, the service works in Korea, and even raps in Korean if you ask it nicely. But across the Pacific Ocean, it's a completely different story. Samsung has previously said that Bixby would be available to American consumers by May 2017. Of course, the date has since passed, with Samsung only revealing a US beta preview. What's the reason...

  • The Gearburn Podcast #13: should you get the Galaxy S8?

    The Samsung Galaxy S7 was one of our favourite phones of 2016, packing an excellent camera, solid battery life and great performance into a solid package. The Galaxy S8 has a lot to live up to, as a result, but it's probably the most popular high-end smartphone of the year. We've got that same great camera, a battery that delivers, and one of the best displays we've ever used. Read more: Samsung Galaxy S8 review Then there's that eye-catching design, delivering thin borders and a slick dual-curved display. Is it the greatest phone ever produced by Samsung then? Well, not quite... Join Andy...