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  • Huawei’s smartwatches, wearables join the Discovery Vitality programme

    If you've just purchased a new Huawei fitness or smartwatch and was disappointing to hear that the company's wares were not part of the Discovery Vitality programme, we have some news for you. The Chinese firm on Tuesday announced that its devices can now earn its wearers points when they workout. Points can then be used as currency on a number of digital platforms. Users are required to download Huawei Health, an app that controls the company's wearables and tracks health metrics on Android and iOS, to take advantage of the partnership. Additionally, you'll also need to be a member of Discovery Vitality,...

  • Have a tech question? These 5 Reddit subs are here to help

    If you have a question about a smartphone, computer or anything overtly tech related, there's no better place to ask than the internet. But sometimes, just punching your query into a search engine just doesn't help. That's where Reddit comes into its own. Better known for its memes and copypasta, the social content aggregator is also an excellent place to learn more about technology, or seek help with specific queries. Here are five of the best subs to frequent in this regard. r/BuildAPC As it says on the tin, r/BuildAPC is where you go if you're a first-time computer builder, or someone who needs...

  • Samsung leads the chip-buying war, but China’s firms are quickly gaining

    Samsung retained the title of top semiconductor buyer for 2018, according to a report by Gartner. The South Korean tech firm spent $43.4-billion on silicon throughout last year, up from $40.4-billion in 2017. Notably, that is a growth rate of 7.5% -- the lowest of the world's top ten. In second place, Apple spent more than $41-billion on chips, claiming 8.8% of the global market share. But the real conversation starter is the rise of Chinese companies. Huawei claimed third position ahead of Dell, spending $21.1-billion on semiconductors in 2018. That's a growth rate of 45.2% over the previous year, Gartner notes. Lenovo,...

  • Energizer set to launch 26 smartphones at MWC 2019

    It's weird when hip-hop artists suddenly become small business investors, or when car manufacturers make phones and fridges, right? Well, it's also pretty strange to hear that Energizer, perhaps best known as a battery company, plans to launch 26 new smartphones at MWC 2019. Okay, so perhaps these devices aren't made by Energizer per se, but rather French company Avenir Telecom which has previously made the company's devices. According to GSMArena, the company plans to divide these 26 devices into four distinct product lines each with their own strengths. The Power Max line, for instance, is set to boast a phone with...

  • 3 phones we can’t wait to see at MWC 2019

    The world's biggest annual smartphone expo is now just a few weeks away. MWC is like Christmas in February, but for smartphone journalists and power users. Each year, the globe's biggest brands -- combined with a few up and coming surprises -- descend on Barcelona to peacock their wares. But while some phones are almost confirmed to be showcased at the event, other manufacturers haven't quite made their intentions concrete. We take a look at the devices we'll definitely see launched in Spain in February, while rating the likelihood of the others making an appearance. Sony Xperia XZ4 Sony is set for a big...

  • Nintendo’s ‘Dr Mario World’ is coming to smartphones in 2019

    Nintendo has announced a new action puzzle game for smartphones dubbed Dr. Mario World. In a press release published on Friday, the Japanese gaming firm noted that it will be a joint effort alongside Line, a Tokyo-based subsidiary of South Korean firm Naver. The puzzle game will be free on both Android and iOS, and released globally in multiple languages. Dr. Mario World is set to launch in mid-2019. Feature image: Nintendo

  • PlayStation Plus users are getting 90GB more cloud storage, ‘For Honor’ in Feb

    In its monthly free game announcement, PlayStation revealed that Plus members will see an increase to their cloud storage capacity from 10GB to 100GB. "With cloud storage, you can save your game progress and character profiles on one PS4 system, and then continue the game on another system later without losing progress," the company explained. The buffed storage space will be available from February for PlayStation Plus subscribers. As for PlayStation Plus' free games for February, gamers can look forward to For Honor and Hitman: The Complete First Season. PS3 and PS Vita games are also on the line up, but both platforms...

  • iPhone 11 news and rumours: 3D camera tech in development

    Happy 2019, and say hello to a new set of iPhone leaks. The debut of Apple's incoming crop of iPhones may only be in September -- as is traditional -- but that doesn't mean the internet's going to stop talking about their possible features. Like Christmas carols in the mall, the news just keeps hitting our ears earlier and earlier each year. With that in mind, we take a look at all the iPhone 11/iPhone XI rumours as they emerge from the creases of social media and online forums. 30 January: Apple's working on a 3D camera for its next iPhone You can't just...

  • Huawei P Smart 2019 arrives in South Africa for R4999

    The Huawei P Smart 2019 is heading to South Africa, the company announced on Thursday. The 2019 edition is the follow up to 2017's original P Smart, and includes a number of advancements on paper. For one, the P Smart 2019 is much, much larger than its predecessor. It features a 6.21 inch IPS display with a waterdrop notch (Huawei calls it "dewdrop") and a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. You're also looking at a resolution of 2340x1080 -- similar to the Honor 8X. More like the 8X, the P Smart 2019 is also powered by the HiSilicon Kirin 710 chipset, which is mated to...

  • Samsung announces 1TB eUFS storage for smartphones

    Samsung has begun producing its first embedded Universal Flash Storage (eUFS) with 1TB storage capacity. This means that future Samsung devices, and possibly others too, will have a 1TB internal storage option. "Smartphone enthusiasts will soon be able to enjoy storage capacity comparable to a premium notebook PC, without having to pair their phones with additional memory cards," the company said in a press release. Technical features of the eUFS module includes a standard physical size of 11.5mm x 13.0mm and up to 1000 MB/s speed reads. Samsung claims that users can store up to "260 10-minute 4K UHD" videos as well. Samsung...