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  • USB 4 specifications are coming mid-2019

    The USB Implementers Forum -- the controlling body that oversees USB specifications -- revealed that USB 4 specifications will be released later this year. USB4 will include support for Intel's Thunderbolt 3 protocol, along with backward compatibility for USB 3.2 and USB 2.0. This means that the new USB will essentially be faster, and compatible with a number of cables and ports. In fact, it will feature a speeds of up to 40Gbps -- double that of its predecessors. USB-C will also be updated to accommodate the increased throughput. Intel -- one of the USB Implementers Forum's members -- also announced the...

  • Samsung Galaxy A60 specs leak flaunts phone’s flagship-level credentials

    I understand the inability to keep smartphone flagship secrets, but here goes Samsung, letting its upcoming upper mid-range device specs leak. The Samsung Galaxy A60 is the latest device to be caught by Pricekart with its pants down, just a few weeks after the A50 and A30 devices were announced. At least the numbers are impressive though. The A6 will sport a 6.7 inch 2160×1440 sAMOLED display with an Infinity-U notch, an underscreen fingerprint scanner, a choice between 6GB or 8GB of RAM, and a 4500mAh battery. That's quite the package. Additionally, you'll find three cameras at the rear of the device: a 35MP...

  • Apex Legends hits 50 million players in just four weeks

    Well, that was quick. In just 28 days since its launch, EA's free battle royale first-person shooter Apex Legends has cracked the 50-million player mark. This comes from an announcement from Respawn Entertainment, the developer of the title. https://twitter.com/playapex/status/1102569284666978305 "Apex Legends hit 50 Million players worldwide! We are humbled by all your support and can’t wait to show you what’s next," it tweeted on Monday. Notably, it took Fortnite much longer to crack the 50-million player mark, but at present has some 200 million players. Feature image: Respawn Entertainment/EA

  • OnePlus 7 leaks point to a pop-up selfie camera design

    OnePlus's devices have long been regarded as one of the best value for money prospects in the smartphone roster. But they've never really been quirky. That is, until now. According to a render or two published by smartphone leaker OnLeaks (via Pricebaba), the upcoming OnePlus 7 will be a notable departure from the company's previous device. https://twitter.com/OnLeaks/status/1102166449886584832 The phone features pretty slim bezels, a Sony Xperia 1-like triple rear camera setup arranged vertically in the spine of the phone, and perhaps its defining feature, a pop-up camera up top. Only the selfie camera's seemingly housed in this popup. There's nothing behind it or alongside...

  • It takes deep, deep scratches to kill the Galaxy S10’s ultrasonic fingerprint sensor

    Zack Nelson, better known as YouTube's favourite smartphone durability tester JerryRigEverything, recently found himself a Samsung Galaxy S10 to destroy. I mean, someone has to do it. And it's good that he does. In his latest clip, he tests the S10's ultrasonic fingerprint sensor thoroughly with his extremely relaxing voice and sharp set of picks. While he lauds the device's solid build, he takes particular interest in the ultrasonic fingerprint scanner placed beneath the screen of the S10 and S10 Plus. When scratched excessively with a level 7 pick on the Moh's Scale of hardness, the fingerprint reader functioned admirably. But what about...

  • Huawei Y7 2019 now available in South Africa for R3999

    Huawei's latest budget smartphone arrives in South Africa today. Called the Huawei Y7 2019, the features a large 6.26 inch LCD display with a 19:9 aspect ratio, 1520x720 resolution, and teardrop notch. That notch houses an 8MP selfie camera, while around the back there's a 13MP primary camera and a 2MP sensor for depth information. Internally, Huawei's using a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 instead of one of its own Kirin chips. That's mated to 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, which can be increased through a microSD card in its hybrid SIM slot. The phone also has a rear fingerprint reader, a...

  • Fxtec’s Pro1 smartphone sports a sliding keyboard like the good old days

    Phones with physical keyboards have long been usurped by traditional glass slab designs, and more recently foldables. But one company (besides BlackBerry) is hanging onto that QWERTY life. UK firm Fxtec at MWC 2019 unveiled its Pro1 slider, landscape and QWERTY keyboard smartphone. The device is a stark departure from what you usually see from the likes of BlackBerry, with a predominant landscape orientation and a 5.99 inch 2160x1080 AMOLED screen. The 64-key angled keyboard too itself slides below the screen, and is backlit. Internally, there are a few quirks. The phone uses Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 chipset -- a two-year old flagship chip...

  • South Africa’s hottest tech deals of the week (24 Feb – 1 Mar)

    Shopping for technology is an even bigger nightmare than clothes. But unlike clothing, finding the correct stick of RAM isn’t a question of it being too big or small, but just too damn expensive. In a weekly series, Gearburn trawls the South African online shopping space to find the best deals, from DDR4 for your rig to cans for your ears. Be sure to bookmark this page and check back in throughout the week, as we update this article regularly with new deals as they’re made available. Added 26 February: Mecer K3G3R 31.5 2560x1440 desktop monitor - R6999 (Wootware) This...

  • Miss all the MWC 2019 news? Relive the conference here

    Happy Smartphone Christmas, ahem, I mean, MWC 2019 everyone! Our live blog, like the conference itself, has come and gone. We've enjoyed every minute of bringing the latest smartphone news to you. However, it's not the end of this article. To make it easier for our readers to relive the hype of MWC 2019 years from now, we've archived this live blog with all the information, leaks, official announcements, memes, specs, and more as they were announced. Be sure to visit this article once more before MWC 2020 rolls around.

  • Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 7 Pro debuts in India with more nut-cracking specs

    Xiaomi on Thursday unveiled its upper mid-range challenger in the form of the Redmi Note 7 Pro. The phone, which looks awfully similar to the Note 7, features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 chipset (instead of the 660 used by the Note 7) that flies as high as 2GHz. It's mated to 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, or 4GB/64GB depending on the model. Both however keep their 6.3 inch IPS LCD displays with a 2340x1080 resolution and 19.5:9 aspect ratio. That notch remains too which houses a single 13MP snapper. Around the back, Redmi's really punting this phone's camera credentials. There...