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  • Next Huawei flagship due for H1 2018, to use Mate 10 silicon [Exclusive]

    Huawei's Kirin 970 is one of the more advanced mobile processors right now, owing to the inclusion of an AI chip. The Kirin 970 currently powers the Huawei Mate 10, but history usually tells us that the Mate processor will power the next P-series flagship. For example, the Kirin 950 powered both the Mate 8 and P9, while the Kirin 960 powered both the Mate 9 and P10. So it stands to reason that the P11, or whatever it's called, would be powered by the new chip, right? Now, Zhao Likun, general manager for Huawei South Africa's consumer business group, has...

  • It’s official: Broadcom makes $130bn offer for Qualcomm

    A short time ago, it was reported that Broadcom was putting together a rather substantial offer for Qualcomm. It was claimed that the deal would be valued at just over US$100-billion. Now, Broadcom has made its offer official, valuing the transaction at just over US$130-billion. The cash and stock offer stands regardless of whether Qualcomm's US$47-billion deal to acquire NXP is successful or not, the wireless chipmaker claimed in a press statement. The proposal would see Qualcomm acquired at US$70 a share. "Under Broadcom's proposal, the US$70 per share to be received by Qualcomm stockholders would consist of $60 in cash and $10 per share in Broadcom shares," the company...

  • Watch: Samsung’s latest video takes aim at iPhone once again

    Samsung is no stranger to attacking Apple in its marketing, with The Next Galaxy campaign being one of the more successful in the tech industry. Now, the company is back with a new ad spot, showing how Samsung's Galaxy phones were apparently always one step ahead. The ad charts an iPhone user's journey through the years, as they suffer misfortunes that they normally wouldn't experience on a Samsung device (for the most part). From large screens and expandable storage to water-resistant designs, it does a solid job of showing Samsung beating Apple to the punch. Check it out below.

  • iPhone X: what are the reviews saying?

    The iPhone X release resulted in several publications rushing to post their "reviews", only spending a day or two with the product. Now that the dust has settled, we rounded up some of the proper reviews to get an informed idea of what to expect. Ars Technica The publication's Samuel Axon distilled the iPhone X allure to three key factors, namely the OLED screen and new format, the facial recognition system and associated features and the polished AR capabilities. In the screen department, Axon noted that the notch was a little strange at first, but said you'll soon forget about it. The reviewer praised the OLED screen...

  • Broadcom in talks to buy Qualcomm for $100bn – report

    The past 18 months has seen chip designer ARM being acquired by Softbank for US$31-billion, but it looks like another colossal silicon deal is in the works. Yes, it seems like Broadcom is expected to make a huge offer for Qualcomm. According to Reuters, citing three sources "familiar with the matter", Broadcom is set to announce a US$100-billion offer to buy the chip maker on Monday. The publication says that, if successful, the deal would be the biggest tech acquisition ever and would deliver a company with a market cap of roughly $200-billion. Still, a source said it's "far from certain" whether Qualcomm...

  • Want Google hardware in South Africa? Well, keep waiting

    Google marked its ten year anniversary on the continent at an event this week, but what we really want to know is when the company will be bringing hardware to South Africa. It was worth noting that the event saw a Google Home available for attendees to try out. But when can we see the product actually launching in SA? This seems like a no-brainer, especially with the cheap Google Home Mini being launched in the USA for US$50. "We love Google Home, it's a fabulous product. Having Google Home is contingent on a couple of different things, not least of...

  • 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...

  • Volantia Q&A: we delve into this local Humble Bundle title

    You don't see a game debuting on the Humble Bundle very often, but Volantia: Kingdom in the Sky is one such title. Aside from being a locally produced title achieving prominence, the title also stands out thanks to its quirky concept. The title, by Tangled Mess Games, is a far cry from the usual action fare, being a kingdom and resource management game taking place in the sky. We conducted an email Q&A with the studio's Marc Luck to find out more. Gearburn: How did the idea for Volantia come about? Marc Luck (ML): Well, we had the initial idea during a brunch meeting...

  • MTN reveals prepaid pricing for Mate 10 Pro, Porsche edition

    The Huawei Mate 10 Pro and Porsche Edition devices are expected to hit South Africa this month, bringing some interesting features to the table. Now, MTN has published its latest catalogue, also revealing its prepaid pricing for the two smartphones. The yellow network revealed a price of R17 379 for the Mate 10 Pro and R23 449 for the Mate 10 Porsche Design variant. Of course, prepaid prices via networks are usually a little steeper than the manufacturer's recommended retail price. So I reckon that the final RRP could be R16 999 and R22 999. Prefer a contract? Well, the phones are going...

  • Razer Phone official: 120hz display and what else?

    We saw the Razer Phone leak earlier this week, but now it's gone official. And it seems like the leaks were true for the most part. The phone indeed packs a 120Hz IGZO LCD screen (2560x1440), 8GB of RAM, 64GB of expandable storage and a 4000mAh battery (with Quick Charge 4+ indeed). We also see confirmation of a dual-camera system for the back, in the form of a 12MP f/1.75 standard shooter and a 13MP f/2.6 telephoto snapper. As for other specs and features? Yep, it's indeed packing a Snapdragon 835 processor, a Game Booster tool (presumably Razer's take on Samsung's tool for...