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  • Huawei’s quickly closing the global phone sales gap to Samsung

    Huawei, Xiaomi and Oppo -- the big three Chinese smartphone makers -- just can't stop selling devices. This according to global sales data from Gartner. The research firm, in its Q3 2018 smartphone sales report, revealed that the trio helped push global smartphone sales to beyond 389-million units. While Samsung remained the world's biggest smartphone seller, pushing 73.3-million units in the quarter, its overall market share fell by 3.4% year-on-year. Huawei saw substantial growth, from owning 9.5% of the global market share in Q3 2017 to 13.4% in Q2 2018. It sold more than 15-million more units during this period than last. "The...

  • Wireless-charging Airpods, charging case rumoured for 2019

    According to a report by 9to5Mac, Apple is set to release an updated version of its AirPods in 2019. Speaking to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who often gives insight on Apple products, the website reports that the new AirPods will feature wireless charging and an updated AirPods case. Kuo also believes that the AirPods will be charged via the case, and that Apple may sell the case separately for those who don’t want to buy the new earphones. Other features, such as design or integrated apps, are still unknown. However, Kuo believes that the AirPods will include Bluetooth-related updates. Feature image: screenshot via Apple

  • The ins and outs of identity theft [Sponsored]

    Identity theft happens when one’s personal information is stolen and used to conduct transactions, usually online. Identity thieves often steal the personal information they need by accessing your online profiles or accounts, where they can see important information such as banking details, your name, address and ID number. The thieves take this information and use it to create credit cards, bank statements and IDs in your name. Then, whilst pretending to be you, they use your credit accounts or open new ones, sometimes taking loans as well. Identity theft results in the abuse of these credit accounts and loans. This can put you...

  • Sony’s next phone could sport 21:9 screen, triple rear camera

    Sony has been left behind in the smartphone war. Its rivals' recent smartphones have all but eclipsed -- in specs and performance -- its newer flagship devices. And although the Sony Xperia XZ3 shows promise, it still isn't the company's saviour. But the Japanese firm may be readying something better, and a lot more daring, come 2019. Earlier this week, renders of the Sony Xperia XZ4 suggested a large screen smartphone with three cameras at the rear and no return of the headphone jack. According to new case designs profiled by Slashleaks, it seems that these renders were pretty accurate. The designs leave enough...

  • Cyber crime and festive season shopping [Sponsored]

    Although online retail only accounts for 1.4% of South Africa’s retail spend -- as per the recent findings of business technology research firm World Wide Worx – data seems to suggest more South Africans are shopping online. The same study, which the firm conducted with the support of Visa and Platinum Seed, found that online retail had grown by 25% over 2017 with estimates that online retail spend will pass R14-million this year. Despite its conveniences – chief among them the ability to shop for all manner of things in the comfort of your own home or wherever the shopping...

  • 48 hours with the Honor 8X

    It's been a long year. So long, in fact, that I can barely recall the smartphones I've actually used. For the most part, devices have been dominated by notches, tall screens, and a focus on AI in some capacity. And my latest review subject happens to tick all three boxes. The Honor 8X, for all intents and purposes, is what you get if you made a smartphone in 2018 almost entirely to trend, with a few added bonuses and novelties. Speaking of which, after using the phone for 48 hours, here are some of the things that I immediately noticed about the...

  • Nokia 7.1 gets Android Pie three weeks after launch

    When a phone launches with an older version of Android, it usually takes the company a few months to update the device to Google's latest OS version. But Nokia is bucking this trend. Today its Finnish owner HMD Global announced that the Nokia 7.1 will receive its Android 9.0 Pie update this week. This comes just over three weeks after its South African launch. "Nokia 7.1 is our fourth smartphone running Android 9 Pie, alongside Nokia 7 plus, Nokia 6.1 Plus and Nokia 6.1 with even more to come by the end of the year," said Juho Sarvikas, HMD's Chief Product...

  • Fake Facebook profiles and pages: the tools of bullies, scammers and thieves [Sponsored]

    As humans, we spend a ridiculous amount of time with our eyes glued to a screen. Our lives are now almost entirely online, due to services, entertainment and communication media governing our interaction with other people and our world, which opens us up to a world of possible circumstances where criminals can "steal" your personal information. With this in mind, it is more important than ever before to practice good cyber security, and guard against falling victim to scammers. While hiding your PIN from prying eyes at ATMs, or keeping your smartphone in a pickpocket-resistant place should be common practice, and...

  • Red Dead Online beta will be playable tomorrow

    A month after Red Dead Redemption 2’s release, Rockstar Games has finally announced that Red Dead Online beta will go live tomorrow. “Built from the ground up for the latest hardware, Red Dead Online blends the classic multiplayer of the original Red Dead Redemption with the best of everything we have learned since then about creating deep multiplayer experiences,” revealed the game developers. According to Rockstar, Red Dead Online will be a “completely new and fun experience” that will constantly evolve. “Create and customize your character, tailor your abilities to suit your play style and head out into a new frontier full of...

  • Leaked Huawei P Smart 2019 features a teardrop notch

    The Huawei P Smart has been one of the company's best performing devices in South Africa, and it looks like we might be in for a revision in the new year. Leaked by German tech site WinFuture, the Huawei P Smart 2019, as it's referred to, will feature a 6.2 inch LCD screen with a 2340x1080 resolution. This is the Huawei P Smart 2019. More official pics: https://t.co/x79ydnZ85J pic.twitter.com/61PXuuXFDb — Roland Quandt (@rquandt) 23 November 2018 There's no obscene notch on this model either as it steps away from the P10-era design language. Like the Mate 20, the P Smart 2019 will have...