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  • Here’s what a membership to Nintendo Switch Online will get you

    Another Nintendo Direct took place on Thursday, revealing all the games and features coming to Nintendo devices over the course of the next year. The spotlight however, was on Nintendo Switch and its upcoming online service. In a fun little trailer, Nintendo revealed five features for those who purchase a Nintendo Switch Online membership. Play Switch games online Naturally, Switch Online gives you the opportunity to play games with your friends from around the world. You’ll also be able to “compete against players the world over” and team up with friends. Play NES games with friends online NES games, the Nintendo Classics from the 80s,...

  • Gallery: 15 pictures of the new BlackBerry Key 2 unboxed

    BlackBerry is back with a brand new smartphone. It's called the Key 2, and recently launched in South Africa. And yes, the phone gives BlackBerry fans more of what they've become accustomed to over the years. That includes a physical keyboard with the ability to map buttons to open apps, and a convenience key which can be programmed to open whatever you desire. Beyond that, the BlackBerry Key 2 does deviate from the norm. It's the first of the company's smartphones to feature dual 12MP rear snappers. Internally, you're looking at 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage alongside a Snapdragon 66o chipset. But...

  • OnePlus 6T will ditch the headphone jack, but it’s not what fans want

    The next OnePlus smartphone will not have a headphone jack. In the latest episode of Why OEMs Hate Legacy But Useful Hardware Standards, the OnePlus 6T is set to abandon the trusty old jack in favour of wireless or USB-C audio. All previous OnePlus smartphones have employed the use of the standard. The 6T is the first time the company will join the likes of Apple and Sony in removing the 3.5mm connector. In an interview with TechRadar, OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei explained that the decision is about "optimising" the user experience, and not simply following the industry trends. "When we started OnePlus,...

  • Watch JerryRigEverything mildly destroy a shiny new Pocophone F1

    I guess someone has to do it, right? The Pocophone F1 is a remarkable device. Beneath its US$300 skin lies the same chipset you find in the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and Sony Xperia XZ3, devices three times more expensive than it. But with that price reduction comes some sacrifices. JerryRigEverything, the reason why we can't have nice things, took his usual bevy of "surgical" instruments to the Pocophone F1, to see just how durable Xiaomi's latest flagship killer is. The answer? Quite. The body is decidedly polycarbonate and easy to cut into, but the glass up front should resist keys and wayward...

  • iPhone XR: Apple’s budget smartphone will cost $749

    The iPhone XR (pronounced "ten-arr") is the company's spiritual successor to the iPhone 5C. The aluminium device also sports an IP67 rating, with a notched LCD 1792x828 screen -- sorry, Liquid Retina -- with a 6.1 inch size from corner to corner. It's also smaller than the iPhone 8 Plus even with that bigger screen. FaceID is also included, with a haptic touch-like system employed on its home screen. It's also powered by the Apple A12 Bionic, but Apple failed to reveal the storage or RAM figures. The XR only features a 12MP rear camera, but it is the same rear camera...

  • This is the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, coming to SA on 28 September

    It's "the most advanced iPhone we have ever created" said Time Cook about the iPhone XS. But I mean, were we expecting anything less? At the Gather Round event on Wednesday, the company launched the iPhone XS (pronounced "ten-ess"), made of stainless steel with touches of gold, silver and space grey. The screen, featuring a notch, is covered in the "most durable glass ever on a smartphone". That also comes with IP68 dust and water resistance (it includes, beer, tea, and wine, Phil Schiller remarked). 5.8 inches is the size, with 2436x1125 resolution, confirming prior leaks. And yes, it uses OLED technology...

  • Apple Watch Series 4 brings ECG scanning to your wrist

    The world's most popular watch "period" now has a new version. Steve Jobs and company on Wednesday announced two versions of the new Apple Watch. The Series 4 has a 30% larger screen than the outgoing models, with a thinner body. The company has also added new complications to the Watch Series 4, with added "loved ones" or travel watch faces for different timezones. Essentially, Apple's letting users customise UI elements on the watch. Apple lauds its new screen The Breathe app, which helps you take a moment during stressful moments in the day, is now also available as a watch face. And...

  • Apple accidentally leaks iPhone trio minutes before launch

    Just an hour before the official launch, we already know exactly what Apple's three smartphones will be called. The company was caught blushing on Wednesday when tech tips and news site ATH discovered the names of Apple's upcoming smartphones in the body of its product site map's XML file. And it's not just the names of the devices uncovered. Specs, accessories and even the Apple Watch's new sizes are now known. According to the XML file, the rumours of the XS's name are indeed true however pronunciation is anyone's guess. It will feature a 5.8 inch screen, with minimum storage pegged at...

  • 5 excellent Nokia smartphones for the budget consumer [Sponsored]

    With all the chatter about how expensive smartphones have become, you may think you'd be hard pressed to find an excellent smartphone at a reasonable price. But think again. Nokia's extensive 2018 lineup has a number of devices that won't blow a hole in your bank account. Nokia 1 For R999, consumers get a 4G smartphone with a 4.5 inch screen, 8GB of internal storage with microSD card support up to 128GB, and a 5MP rear camera. For those interested in running WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger or simply send and receive texts, this Android Oreo (Go edition) smartphone is just the ticket. Nokia 2.1 Recently launched...

  • Speculation is fun: what Apple should launch tonight, according to fans

    What would an Apple event be without the leaks and speculation? Boring, that's what. It's become something of a past time for fans and haters of Apple to predict what will be the company's "one more thing" product. For those on Reddit, it's a way to spend the morning before a big launch. Perusing the r/Apple sub today, we made a note of a few outrageous and seemingly plausible offerings Apple could debut tonight. We also threw in a few ourselves. New Airpods An extension to the current range of Airpods -- Apple's wireless earbuds -- are really plausible. In fact, they make...