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Conferences & Expos

  • The Gearburn Podcast #19: What did Andy think of IFA 2017?

    This week on The Gearburn Podcast, Hadlee Simons questions Andy Walker on IFA 2017 in Berlin, which Andy got to attend. Andy says the "massive" expo was an incredible experience, although he wished he had more time. Luckily, what he did get to see was well worth it. These included brightly-coloured home appliances, an 8K TV, and a phone he thinks may just become the phone of the year. Catch more on Andy's IFA experience in the podcast below. If you like what you hear and would like to comment, add a suggestion or share your valued opinion...

  • IFA 2017: 4 noteworthy smartphones you should know about

    The latest edition of IFA played host to more than a few decent smartphone reveals, although last year's event was pretty noteworthy as well. In any event, here are some of the better smartphones to be announced/revealed at IFA 2017. LG V30 The electronics firm used the preceding weeks to stoke the coals for the hype train, delivering a drip-feed of information. But the final product definitely seems to have garnered a positive reception. The V30 continues the media-focused trend of the V-series, packing features like smooth zooming on any subject in a frame, Graphy functionality for manual photography and (of course) manual video...

  • IFA 2017: The previously confirmed Hisense A2 Pro is now official

    Back in July, Hisense held an event for South African press, detailing its product lineup for the rest of the year. We managed to get a scoop from the company, confirming that they were readying the A2 Pro, an upgraded version of its dual-screen smartphone. Now, Hisense has used IFA 2017 to finally make it official -- so what's different in the successor? The Pro model delivers a power-sipping Snapdragon 625 processor, a 12MP main camera and a 16MP selfie shooter. By comparison, the first A2 featured a less powerful Snapdragon 430 processor, 16MP main shooter and 5MP front-facing camera. Otherwise, both devices...

  • Motorola’s Moto X4 is one shiny (but capable) smartphone

    Lenovo's smartphone subsidiary Motorola today announced a new addition to its upper-mid range lineup. The Moto X4 (or Moto X fourth generation) is the company's answer to the LG Q6 and Huawei Nova 2. And notably, its extremely shiny body somewhat resembles its two rivals. As for the important bullet points, the Moto X4 packs a dual camera array at the rear, but not in similar vein to its Moto Z Force cousin. Instead, there's one 12MP primary snapper and an 8MP 120-degree wide angle lens. Besides this difference, Motorola claims that the X4 still boasts the refocusing savvy of the...

  • Lenovo’s tweaked strategy includes simpler Motorola, supercomputers and PCs

    Lenovo today shed light on its performance in the EMEA region over the past few months, and the strategies it aims to implement. At its heart, the latter includes PCs. Naturally. But PCs are no longer Lenovo's be-all-and-end-all. The company cited two "growth engines" which including mobiles (MCG, or mobile business group) and servers (DCG). And it will also be investing in what it's calling the "fourth revolution", namely smart home devices, smart wearables and alternative reality. Lenovo notes that it holds the second position on the global sales podium in terms of Android tablets and Windows tablets, but retains the lead...

  • Acer’s gorgeous Aspire S24 will not be coming to South Africa

    In true IFA 2017 spirit, Acer today announced the latest addition to its long-running Aspire range. But no, it's not a laptop. Instead, the Acer Aspire S24 is an all-in-one that's thinner at some points than the average smartphone. Acer claims that the display portion of the device tips the tape at just 5.97mm, boasting even thinner bezels. 2017 really is the year the world declared war against bezels. In terms of pixels, the screen will sport a 1920x1080 resolution within a 23.8-inch screen. The Acer Aspire S24 is an all-in-one that's thinner than the average smartphone As for internals, the Aspire S24 will...

  • IFA 2017: Acer tosses Core i9, 4 Vega graphics cards into beastly PC

    It's IFA 2017 time already, as the world's tech manufacturers descend on Germany for the massive event. Acer has wasted little time in showing off its wares though, headlined by the Predator Orion 9000 gaming PC. The desktop packs an 18-core, 36 thread Intel Core i9 processor, as well as your choice of up to four AMD Radeon RX Vega graphics cards or two GeForce GTX1080Ti graphics cards. In other words, virtual reality and 8K should be well supported here, Acer claims. The company adds that the new machine also has support for up to 128GB of DDR4 RAM. Acer also revealed the...

  • EGE 2017: 3 SA indie titles to watch

    This year's running of EGE 2017 was all about esports, but that didn't mean we didn't get to see some local gaming goodness, with IESA having a respectable stand and Matt 'RogueCode' Cavanagh also showing off his long time coming shooter. Here are three local titles, shown off at EGE, that are worth keeping an eye on. We no doubt missed a title or three (I didn't even know JetStream was available to play, for instance), so drop us a mail if you want to talk about your game. VALA The only one on the list I didn't get to play, owing...

  • EGE 2017: what did we make of it?

    The Electronics and Gaming Expo (EGE) has to be one of the gaming industry's success stories in recent years. After years without a gaming expo, Cape Town finally got one in 2015, and it wasn't a bad first showing. The second running of the event, which took place last year, saw things notably step up, with much bigger floor space and an esports emphasis. Unfortunately, aside from Ster-Kinekor Entertainment/PlayStation, there wasn't much in the way of blockbuster publisher support. But a healthy local game dev scene and loads of esports tournaments went a long way to filling that gap. Now, we're...

  • Better late than never: Pippa’s E3 2017 diary

    E3 came and went quite some time ago. But with Cape Town's own EGE having come and gone, now's a good a time as any to take a look back. And what better way to look back than reading Pippa Tshabalala's E3 diary, having attended the week-long extravaganza herself? My first entry in a while Dear Diary, Sorry I haven't written in a while, but I've been REALLY busy. There's just so much going on at the moment, but something very exciting happened to me today however and I just had to tell someone! I was asked to go to E3 by the organisers...