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  • Doogee V: next phone with in-display scanner set for MWC 2018

    CES 2018 saw a pleasant surprise in the form of Vivo's X20 Plus UD smartphone, being the first production device with an in-display fingerprint scanner. Now, Doogee has announced that its own effort, the Doogee V, is going to launch at MWC 2018 on 27 February. According to the firm's website, the Doogee V will pack an "in-screen fingerprint sensor", a 6.2-inch OLED screen with iPhone X notch, facial recognition, a 16MP+8MP dual camera setup and a 4000mAh battery. The company adds that the phone will pack "AI" capabilities and wireless charging. They don't seem to be the only phones shown off on...

  • Kerbal Space Program gets expansion, mission builder

    Popular rocket-building and space-faring title Kerbal Space Program has achieved quite a lot of success since its inception. Heck, you know you've done something right when the likes of Elon Musk tweet about it... Now, almost seven years on from its first public release, the game's getting an expansion, called Making History, set for a 13 March launch on PC. As the name implies, we're getting a series of missions inspired by historic events, for starters. "Now you can spacewalk, pull off a crash landing, and attempt to recreate some of the most memorable moments inspired by historic events. But with our...

  • 4 cheap dual-camera smartphones you can get in SA

    Dual cameras aren't just for expensive superphones, as we see the technology come to cheaper devices too. It's one thing to have cheap dual-camera smartphones, but another to have them in the country. Fortunately, there are actually a few devices that fit the bill... Ulefone S8 Pro Ulefone is a little-known Chinese brand, specialising in entry-level and mid-range smartphones. In other words, don't expect blazing-fast phones from this company. Nevertheless, you can buy the Ulefone S8 Pro from the Smartphone Shop on Takealot, coming in at a rather well-priced R2499. For your cash, you're getting a 13MP+5MP combo on the back (enabling depth-of-field tricks), a 5MP...

  • Samsung reveals dual-camera sensors for ‘mid-to-entry-level’ phones

    Dual-camera technology has enabled all sorts of cool photography features in today's smartphones, but the truth is that it's largely restricted to flagships and mid-range devices. Now, Samsung has announced its ISOCELL Dual range of dual-camera sensors, being divided into two dual-camera setups for "mid to entry-level" smartphones. But the interesting part is that Samsung is also equipping each setup with its own proprietary algorithms, reducing the need for a client manufacturer to develop its own algorithms from the ground-up. The 13MP and 5MP setup offer Samsung's refocus algorithms, while the 8MP+8MP set comes with the firm's low-light shooting (LLS) algorithms. "Dual cameras are delivering new and exciting photo-taking experiences...

  • 1080p TV owners get a boost with new PS4 Pro firmware

    The Xbox One X has technically been the better console for gamers still using 1080p TV sets, as gamers still get better performance and improved visual effects on their old TVs. The same couldn't be said for the PS4 Pro, as the console was pretty much a bog-standard PS4 if you were using a full HD TV (with the exception of boost mode for unpatched PS4 titles). Now, Sony has stepped up to the plate with its latest 5.50 system software, launching in beta this week. "PS4 Pro users taking part in the beta will see a new 'supersampling mode' under...

  • How do Mate 10 Pro photos fare against Lumia 950 XL?

    The Lumia range of smartphones certainly set a high bar for photography, as the Lumia 920, Lumia 1020 and Lumia 950/950 XL delivered excellent results. But that was a long time ago, as we see the likes of Apple and Samsung devices deliver fantastic shots. But we can also add Huawei to the mix, having come a long way over the past two years. So you might be wondering how the company's Mate 10 Pro fares against the last Windows flagship, the Lumia 950 XL. Even if you weren't thinking about this comparison, All About Windows Phone has delivered, showing how the...

  • Android gets better Instagram, Snapchat, WhatsApp images, but…

    If there's one problem we have with Android versions of popular apps, it has to be the photos produced by them. Case in point: Snapchat and its awful Android quality for the longest time. Now, Google has announced that it's bringing improved quality to these apps -- but only for the Pixel 2 smartphones. You see, the Mountain View company has finally turned on the phone's Pixel Visual Core, a co-processor that enables HDR+ photography in third-party apps. "This means it'll be easier to shoot and share amazing photos on Instagram, WhatsApp, and Snapchat, along with many other apps which use the Pixel 2...

  • Latest Humble Mobile Bundle has a ton of gaming goodness

    Humble Bundles are a great way to get a collection of PC and mobile games at a cheap price. So we're glad to see Humble Mobile Bundle 22 surface this week, offering plenty of quality titles for Android owners. Opt for the base tier (US$1 or more) and you get screen-cutting puzzler Splitter Critters, award-winning puzzle/RPG Star Vikings Forever and turn-based RPG Galaxy of Pen & Paper. Beat the average (US$4.83 at the time of writing) and you'll receive multi-platform hit Oxenfree, odd platform/puzzler Mushroom 11 and mystery/stalking title Another Lost Phone: Laura's Story. Finally, the US$5 or more tier gives players...

  • Nokia 8 Sirocco set for MWC 2018 – report

    We've already seen the Nokia 6 2018 launch in China, packing an updated chipset. But a new report claims that HMD is working on a "Nokia 8 Sirocco" for MWC 2018. According to prominent tech publication My Drivers, the Nokia 8 Sirocco (apparent model number TA-1005) will pack a Snapdragon 845 chipset, 6GB of RAM and a 3250mAh battery. However, the website also claims that the device will offer IP67 water resistance and wireless charging, making for a welcome change over the original Nokia 8. If true, this means the new model will probably offer a polycarbonate or glass back. Metal backs...

  • Broadcom now offers ‘best and final’ offer to Qualcomm

    Silicon company Broadcom has upped its offer to fellow chipmaker Qualcomm, with the offer valued between US$120-billion and US$146-billion. The move sees Broadcom offer US$82 per share for Qualcomm, being US$60 in cash and the rest in Broadcom shares. "The significantly improved offer, which has been unanimously approved by the Board of Directors of Broadcom, represents a 50% premium over the closing price of Qualcomm common stock on 2 November 2017, the last unaffected trading day prior to media speculation regarding a potential transaction, and a premium of 56% to Qualcomm's unaffected 30-day volume-weighted average price," the interested buyer wrote in a press release. The offer is...