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  • InnJoo ONE smartphone launches in South Africa for R2499

    Can there be too many smartphone manufacturers in a single country? We're not too sure. Although a jam-packed market means a larger emphasis on innovation, it also means that consumers are bombarded by product upon product. We can now add yet another manufacturer to that list. Dubai-based InnJoo has launched its mid-range stab at the South African mobile phone market with the InnJoo ONE, and it's priced at a rather competitively. The device is a fairly adept competitor spec wise too, featuring a 5.0-inch 720p screen, a Dragontrail X glass coating and a rather slim 7.3mm profile. It resembles a cross between...

  • ‘SpeedLink Decus’ gaming mouse review: a budget extravaganza

    Gamers usually buy the best gaming mouse money can buy, or at least one they can afford. The device needs to at least be responsive, have mappable buttons, and adjustable DPI speeds. SpeedLink has been around for over a year now in the South African market, but has yet to make a full forced impact in it. With a budget mouse like the Decus, they may just have a chance. The Decus is the high-end of SpeedLink’s gaming mouse spectrum. It is touted as a professional gaming mouse with ultimate ergonomics. Locally, the mouse is priced at a sweet R699....

  • Huawei P8 officially launches in South Africa for R7999

    After it's worldwide reveal at March's MWC 2015 in Barcelona, Huawei's flagship attack on Samsung and Apple is finally here in the form of the sleek and sophisticated Huawei P8. The company recently launched the phone in Johannesburg to huge fanfare, but finally consumers can get their hands on what the company's calling a premium mix of "style and durability." For the most part, it definitely exhibits both sides of this coin. Its shaven metal unibody is reminiscent of both Apple and Samsung handsets without really looking much like either. It's definitely distinctive. The camera sensor also sits flush within the...

  • GoPro Hero4 Session launched: smaller, lighter, more extreme

    If you haven't strapped a GoPro to your head and proceeded to do something ridiculous, you're probably living too safe a life. Founder and CEO of the miniature camera giant, Nicholas Woodman, has built the company's current net worth to around US$2.4-billion in a decade. And with its new device, it looks like GoPro is keeping it even simpler, in the true nature of stripping away outside bits and pieces to gives us the beating heart and brain, to remake the beloved mini-cam. How mini? The new GoPro Hero4 Session is 50% smaller and 40% lighter, so extreme athletes will be...

  • AG Mobile debuts South Africa’s first smartphone with lifetime warranty

    Update: The Ghost is available exclusively to Cell C. The cheapest contract price is R349 per month on a Chat 150. Samsung, Apple and, somewhat anachronistically, BlackBerry: these are the names that dominate the South African smartphone space. But a number of local brands are starting to lay their claim on the market. One example is AG Mobile has launched the Ghost -- the first Android smartphone with a lifetime warranty. AG Mobile, which has been around since 2007, says it will replace any faulty device for the lifetime of the phone, and three years after the phone has been discontinued....

  • Nokia’s 12 greatest mobile phone hits through the years

    Remember a few weeks ago when Nokia rubbished rumours that it was to return to the smartphone business this year? Well, it seems that the company wasn't exactly telling the truth. In a recent interview, current Nokia Rajeev Suri suggested that the company is looking for suitors to reinvigorate its once-firm grip on the mobile phone space. In case you don't remember this bygone era, or weren't born in the Nineties, practically everyone owned a Nokia at one point or another whether it be the indestructible 3310 or the more serious multimedia monsters of the N-Series. Nokia's most recent device -- the...

  • Real-life giant robots hope to meet in Pacific Rim-like arena battle next year

    Last Tuesday, a team of American engineers representing Boston-based MegaBots challenged Japan’s Suidobashi Heavy Industries to a real life battle of giant robots. Although a specific time and place has yet to be established, the Pacific Rim-style mechanical contenders are already showing off their mods and wares in anticipation of this epic clash in arena combat. Two nations, two giant robots America’s Megabot Mark 2 giant robot: In this corner, weighing in at a modest 6 tons, with guns capable of firing three-pound paint cannonballs over 160 km/h, is the Megabot Mark 2, “America’s first, fully functional piloted” giant robot. The Mark 2 requires two pilots and stands roughly five...

  • GEKKOPOD review: a flexible, funky smartphone mount

    There are numerous tripod solutions available for smartphones and digital cameras; some of them good, some of them bad. How many mounts can wrap around a tree branch while holding a camera? The GEKKOPOD can. Funded on Kickstarter in under twelve hours, GEKKOPOD is the brainchild of Zuckerim, a Jerusalem-based company. The device has been developed for smartphone and camera users alike looking for a more flexible tripod solution. There are two features setting GEKKOPOD apart from its competition: its flexible legs and lizard-like feet. At first glance, the device appears to portray some sort of cheap gimmick, or something you'd...

  • Xiaomi continues global expansion, starts selling devices in Brazil

    Chinese mobile giant Xiaomi has begun selling devices in Brazil, its first market outside Asia. And if media reports are anything to go by, Russia may well be the next country in its sights. The first phone available to buyers in the South Amercian market is the Redmi 2. The device in question will sell for US$160 and will be available from Xiami's online store from 7 July. According to e27, Xiaomi is expecting serious demand for the device and has warned consumers that supplies will be limited. Interestingly, it's also said that it'll be working with Foxconn's Brazilian subsidiary,...

  • Logitech G502 Proteus Core review: heads and tails above the rest

    It's really difficult telling gaming mice apart nowadays. All feature highly adjustable DPI or sensitivity settings. All are somewhat colourful and snazzy with splashes of style littering their compact bodies. All mostly arrive with adjustable software packages, allowing the user to adjust the mouse according to games installed or personal preferences. With that said, how the hell do we tell the difference? Believe it or not, but in a world of copy-cat devices it's probably easier than any other field to spot differences. Logitech's G502 Proteus Core continues the German company's Titan naming system but also its legendary build quality. Taking a...