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  • A weird PS4 messaging glitch is causing consoles to crash

    Over the weekend, a slew of PS4 have reportedly received messages from other players that render their consoles useless. The problem, which affects users who send and receive messages via PlayStation Messages on their consoles, was originally highlighted on Reddit. “There is a new glitch that basically bricks your console and forces you to factory reset it. Even deleting the message from the mobile app doesn't work,” revealed one Reddit user. While each message seems to be different and sent from different users, there is one common element: most of these messages have characters that the PS4 can't quite render. "I had a...

  • Google Pixel 3, 3 XL will gain external microphone support

    Google has confirmed that the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL will gain external microphone support. IsaacOnCamera, a Google employee on the Pixel User Community page, broke the news late last week. “I have been keeping an eye on this thread since the beginning and have good news," he wrote. "At the same time as Pixel 3 launch (October 18th), we will introduce support for Android-compatible plugged-in external microphones in the default camera app for all Pixels.” It's not clear if "all Pixels" includes the third generation only, or previous devices like the original Pixel and Pixel 2. Nevertheless, the news is a...

  • The Instinct is Garmin’s new military GPS watch

    Garmin has released its latest GPS watch in the form of Instinct, an apparently military-standard device that’s “built to withstand the toughest environments”. “This rugged, reliable outdoor GPS watch is built to the US military standard 810G for thermal, shock and water resistance (rated to 100 meters),” says the company on its website. If you’re wondering, military standard 810G is a series of military-level shock tests used in the US, meaning Instinct has been put through the most. The watch seems to be a GPS, training device and smartwatch all in one with the ability to monitor your vitals, help you exercise...

  • Sony Xperia XZ2 range is getting its Android Pie update

    Android 9.0 Pie's rollout is slower than a, well, a pie rolling down a hill, but some companies are pushing updates to their devices sooner than others. Last week, Nokia confirmed that its devices will be getting the latest version of Android soon. Now, Sony is pushing updates to its older devices. The Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact are both receiving Android Pie in their latest security patches, according to Xperia Blog. Additionally, a new camera update is also included. It's not completely clear if South Africa is among the regions receiving the update, but we've contacted the company's local reps for clarification. Feature...

  • Samsung Galaxy A9 features four rear cameras, five in total

    The Samsung Galaxy A9, and its five cameras, are now official. Because more is better in Smartphoneworld, the Korean manufacturer has stuck four cameras onto the A9's rear plate. It's the first smartphone to boast such a claim, and is a particularly interesting move for the company's mid-range smartphone series. With that said, the phone does keep the big, heavy fad of 2018 alive. A 6.3 inch sAMOLED screen with 2220x1080 pixels is employed. It's powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chipset -- also seen on the BlackBerry Key 2, Xiaomi Mi A2 and Nokia 7 Plus -- alongside a base of...

  • Fitbit Charge 3 arrives in South Africa for R2999

    The Fitbit Charge 3 is now official and available globally, the California-based firm announced this week. The company's calling its latest tracker its "smartest", pushing a number of key specifications a little bit further than the previous model. For starters, Fitbit claims that the Charge 3 will last up to a week on a single charge -- two days longer than the Charge 2. Physically, it retains the Fitbit logo below the triangular face, with a monochrome screen. And gone are the hardware buttons. Instead, Fitbit has opted for a touch-sensitive inductive unit on the Charge 3. It too, like the Ionic and...

  • Razer Phone 2 could be 2018’s sleeper hit flagship smartphone

    The gaming phone may be the latest smartphone fad to snuggle up to consumers in 2018. And perpetuating that movement is Razer. Generally known as a gaming peripheral and laptop manufacturer, Razer this week debuted its second edition Razer Phone. Not your typical 2018 flagship (with notch, no headphone jack, and a screen so large it requires a crane to lift), the Razer Phone 2 keeps much of the original device's specs. It still features a 5.72 inch screen that refreshes its 2560x1440 pixels at 120Hz. Rather disappointingly, you'll still only find 64GB storage in the phone, but it does come with...

  • Google’s new Pixel 3 is all about the AI

    This week’s Google event introduced the company’s latest smartphones and other devices, with the company finally revealing the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3XL. The two devices don’t differ much, with a 5.5 inch and 6.5 inch display seemingly the biggest difference between them. Both smartphones possess a 12.2 MP dual-pixel camera at the rear and an 8PM at the front, and are equally capable of 4K video. The devices are powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 and have 4GB RAM too, with an external storage capacity of 64GB and 128GB respectively. “Pixel brings you the best of Google in a phone, powered by...

  • Enter the 2018 Ventureburn Tech Startup Survey and win!

    Ventureburn, in partnership with Telkom Futuremakers and analytics company Qurio, is proud to announce the launch of the 2018 Ventureburn Tech Startup Survey. Following the success of both its 2015 and 2017 tech startup surveys, Ventureburn will again uncover the nuts and bolts of the SA tech startup sector, seeking to discover among other things: What are the major challenges facing the country’s entrepreneurs? What do South Africa’s startup founders look like? What sectors are startups more prevalent in? What types of funding are startups securing, and where are they getting their money from? Why are people flocking to startups to work there? Where is...

  • Portal: New home device from Facebook

    Facebook has revealed two new video communication devices which it claims simplifies video calling. The company revealed the pair , Portal and Portal+, on its website yesterday along with a video showcasing the product's aim, where people were sent the device and asked to try it out. "Portal makes video calling easier and more like hanging out, while a widescreen display lets you enjoy every moment together," Facebook said in the announcement yesterday. Portal is meant to connect households in a life-like way according to Facebook, which said that both devices were "designed to help you feel closer to the important people in your...