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Conferences & Expos

  • Acer’s Predator Triton 900 is an R85k convertible gaming laptop

    Gaming laptops are known for being flashy peacocking devices with loads of RGB and bulky builds. But Acer's newest contender bucks this trend somewhat. The Predator Triton 900 is a "convertible" with a touchscreen design slotted into a hinge design you'd more likely find on an expensive airplane tray table than laptop. That said, it's pretty cool. It's a CNC-machined Ezel Aero Hinge that allows the 4K IPS 17 inch screen to flip, recline or prop near vertically. This might sound like odd design for a gaming machine, but Acer wants users -- non-gaming users -- to take advatange of the processing...

  • You can soon talk to your Samsung fridge, TV via Bixby

    On CES 2019's opening day, Samsung announced that its virtual assistant Bixby -- which is usually found on its smartphones -- will soon be available across a wider range of its products. "Bixby intelligence will be infused into its 2019 QLED and premium TVs, and smart appliances like refrigerators, washers, as well as air conditioners, mobile devices, AI speakers and more," said the company in a press release. This means that you may be able to talk to your future Samsung appliances, and control how they work for you without physically interacting with them. Though Bixby has often fallen behind other smart...

  • The ZTE Axon 9 Pro is the company’s flagship comeback kid

    The Axon 9 Pro is ZTE's latest flagship. Yes, that ZTE. The same company that was clinging to life just a few weeks ago following US sanctions. But now, with those sanctions lifted, the Chinese firm's first device since is saying all the right things. On the surface, it has all of 2018's common flagship traits: a large, 18:9 screen; a dual camera setup at the rear; and a notch. Beneath the 6.21 inch 2248x1080 AMOLED screen, there's a Snapdragon 845 chipset, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of UFS 2.1 storage. You're also getting a 4000mAh battery, a water and dust resistance...

  • Samsung launches its 8K TV screens at IFA 2018

    If 4K just isn't enough for you, you'll soon be able to purchase an 8K television screen. Samsung has announced its new 8K television lineup at IFA 2018, covering a number of sizes. Starting at 65 inch for the baby model, consumers can also consider mounting an 85 inch set to their lounge walls. Notably, this is Samsung's first foray into consumer 8K screens and brings with it a host of jargon. "Samsung QLED 8K TV will feature several 8K-ready enhancements, including Real 8K Resolution, Q HDR 8K and Quantum Processor 8K, all created to bring 8K-quality images to life,"the company writes...

  • rAge’s NAG LAN adds more creature comforts in 2018

    The 2018 NAG LAN -- South Africa's largest bring-your-own-PC LAN event taking place at rAge in October -- will be a lot more comfortable than previous years "For the first time ever, gamers will be able to pre-select their preferred experience in three dedicated LAN areas when purchasing their tickets," notes Michael James, project manager at rAge, in a press release. "Two of the areas will be fully carpeted, one area will have padded chairs, and two areas will be quieter and more secluded from the noisy expo show floor, ensuring that the NAG LAN experience is more tailored to everyone’s...

  • Intel and AMD revive the multi-core wars at Computex 2018

    Apart from manufacturers doing all sorts of strange things with screens, this year's edition of Computex has seen the revival of the core wars. Silicon giant Intel played its hand first on Tuesday, announcing an upcoming single-socket 28-core CPU. But it's not for servers really. The company was sure to mention that it can run at 5GHz, dwarfing the likes of AMD's current Threadripper CPU. Celebrating 40 years of 8086 computing with the 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8086k Limited Edition. #Computex2018 #IntelGaming https://t.co/BBAYRZVBuR pic.twitter.com/RoeY144ObR — Intel (@intel) June 5, 2018 The company also gave scant details regarding the chip's architecture of whether it...

  • Asus Zenbook Pro has a ‘smartphone’ screen for a touchpad

    How can you possibly make laptops relevant to end users again? Simple. Replace the touch pad with a smartphone. Profit. That's exactly what Asus has done with its new Zenbook Pro. Although it's a laptop through and through, boasting a 15.6-inch 4K screen, up to 16GB of RAM and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti, it also features a 5.5-inch screen where the touch pad should be. Asus calls it the ScreenPad. It's a 1080p touch-responsive screen that allows users to open apps like the Calendar, play YouTube videos, and even run a mini version of the Zenbook's desktop. Users can also open apps...

  • Pokemon Let’s Go coming to Nintendo Switch later this year

    If you thought 2017's madness of Pokemon Go was over, think again. Nintendo has announced a new Pokemon game coming to the Switch in November. Well, it's actually two games, in the same vein as Pokemon Sun and Moon. But Pokemon Let's Go Eevee and Pokemon Let's Go Pikachu will be the first pocket monster titles for the company's new handheld console. Return to the Kanto region and experience a classic Pokémon journey in a whole new way with Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee! on the Nintendo Switch! Coming November 16, 2018: https://t.co/kXLdxUMjjA #PokemonLetsGo pic.twitter.com/EKzQsTbDuE — Pokémon (@Pokemon) May...

  • Cape Town’s FanCon 2018: A brief recap

    In the last few years Cape Town has steadily been seeing a rise in geek and gaming events. FanCon 2018 is the third time the convention has graced the Mother City with its presence and this year is a testament to its surprising growth, providing us with a bigger and better experience than the years before. This year’s FanCon was hosted at the CTICC 2, a large structure fitted with big windows that allowed the sun to bathe the interior in light for most of the day. I attended on the Saturday and found myself staying for a good three...

  • Gallery: enter the wonderful, weird world of IFA 2017’s booths

    It's not easy completing a lap of Messe Berlin -- the home of Europe's largest electronics trade conference, IFA. However I can confirm, it is well worth it -- and not just for the free swag. Every year, tech companies gather under the venue's massive roof to out-peacock each other with the most lavish, outrageous or simply plain biggest booths. And this year, we figured we should pay homage to the teams behind these temporary facades. After all, without them there would be nowhere to display those wares. We take a closer look at some of the booths that stood out...