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  • AMD Ryzen 5 revealed, to take on Core i5?

    It was just a few weeks ago that AMD revealed the first processors in its new Ryzen family. The Ryzen 7 range is meant to close the gap to Intel's Core i7 family, but at a much cheaper price point than Intel's silicon. Now, the chipmaker has revealed Ryzen 5, being positioned as a rival for the Core i5. The Ryzen 5 starts with the 1400 model, being a quad-core chip running at 3.2Ghz (boosting to 3.4Ghz) and having a suggested price of US$169. Spend US$189 and you get the quad-core 1500X model, upping the ante to 3.5Ghz and 3.7Ghz when...

  • Meizu, Qualcomm buried hatchet – new phones on horizon?

    Chinese manufacturer Meizu has traditionally stuck to either using MediaTek or Samsung Exynos chips in its smartphones. In fact, the company, which saw its phones come to South Africa late last year, has never used Snapdragon chips due to a legal dispute. The dispute was settled in December though, with the two parties reaching a patent licensing agreement. Now, Digitimes has reported that Meizu will be acquiring Snapdragon chips at the expense of MediaTek orders. The publication reports that MediaTek chips currently account for 90% of Meizu's handset shipments. However, it cites "sources from the upstream supply chain" as saying that Snapdragon...

  • Nintendo Switch sells 1.5m units, ahead of target – report

    The Nintendo Switch has enjoyed brisk sales so far, as the Japanese firm recently revealed that it's broken its own console records in the USA and Europe. Now, research firm SuperData has found that the Switch has actually sold in the region of 1.5 million units, GamesIndustry.biz reported. It was also noted by the publication that most of the figures obtained by SuperData were for the first week, which means the actual sales figure to date will be higher. The figure is good news for Nintendo, which had previously announced a Switch sales target of two million units for its first month. And...

  • An inside look at the Xbox One backwards-compatibility programme

    The Xbox One backwards compatibility (BC) programme has enjoyed a constant stream of titles, from big-hitters like Red Dead Redemption and Call of Duty: Black Ops to the likes of Skate 3 and Shadows of the Damned. However, the head of the initiative has shed light on the processes behind getting an Xbox 360 game on the service. In a note published to Twitter, Microsoft's Bill Stillwell wrote that BC releases have always "ebbed and flowed", with some months being full of releases and others being light on titles. He wrote that while you should expect blockbuster titles in the "near future",...

  • LG G6: what are reviews saying about it?

    The LG G6 was arguably the most striking handset at MWC 2017, owing to that tall 5.7-inch display and high screen/body ratio. The specs aren't perfect on paper though, such as the older Snapdragon 821 processor and region-specific features (weird). But, does the phone make for a great purchase? We look at some of the initial reviews. Design and display The LG G6 makes for a drastic difference compared to the G5, featuring IP68 water resistance and a gorgeous Galaxy-style design. Then there's the 2:1 display, making for an extremely unique smartphone. Pocket-Lint praised the phone's design and screen in its review, pointing...

  • 7 really cheap smartphones for WhatsApp [Tech Savvy SA]

    Our initial list of cheap smartphones for WhatsApp back in 2014 was quite a hit, still attracting views today. But the smartphone world moves at an incredible pace, and 2014's budget devices are likely to be obsolete now. Additionally, the sector has exploded, making for quite the variety of quality phones. With that in mind, we thought it would be a great idea to refresh our list of affordable WhatsApp-enabled handsets. And when looking at the sub-R2000 category, there are plenty to choose from. Vodacom Smart Kicka 2 At R499, the Smart Kicka 2 is the cheapest phone on the list, with some...

  • LeEco Le 2 review: it’s a great phone but don’t buy it

    Chinese brand LeEco has quickly made a name for itself in the smartphone world, having entered the sector in earnest back in 2015. We saw the firm reveal the first USB Type-C handsets in the form of the LeTV Le 1 range, followed by the second-generation devices, dropping headphone jacks before Apple. On paper, these smartphones seem to pack great specs into an affordable package, evoking Xiaomi in many ways. What about real-world usage though? We reviewed the once-Takealot-exclusive LeEco Le 2. AN IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER Our first review unit issued questionable adult ads in the notification tray, which seems to stem from the preinstalled...

  • Hello Games releases 1.22 PC, PS4 patch for No Man’s Sky

    Even though Hello Games only released its Path Finder Update (version 1.20) for No Man's Sky a few days ago, the company has dropped another patch for the game. The incremental update not only includes bug fixes, but additional features as well. The new patch brings with it the ability to use the newly introduced Exocraft Geobays on any planet, and not just the one you've built a base on. HUD markers have also been added to allow for easy navigation back to the Geobays. Apart from that, the patch introduces fixes for vehicle weapons and mining tools, freighters, feeding creatures,...

  • PS4 hard drive support: everything you should know

    The latest firmware update (4.50) for the PlayStation 4 has finally brought support for external hard drives, among other notable features. But before you go splashing out on a drive, there are a few things worth noting, as the PlayStation blog points out. Requirements and preparation First of all, you'll want to make sure that your external hard drive supports USB 3.0. As for size requirements, your drive needs to be a minimum of 250GB or a maximum of eight terabytes. Even if you do meet these requirements, Sony notes that there's no guarantee that your drive will work anyway. Once you've got your...

  • Blackview’s durable phones are available in South Africa

    We've seen numerous Chinese brands hit South Africa over the past 24 months or so, with Xiaomi and Meizu being two of the most prominent recent entries. Now, we've got another Chinese brand in the form of Hong Kong-based Blackview, having recently launched South African operations. And the company has quite a variety of handsets available to purchase. On the budget (R3000 and below) end of the spectrum, we've got the Blackview A5 for R1495, featuring an ageing quad-core A7 chip (MTK6580), 1GB of RAM and 8GB of expandable storage. There's also a 2MP selfie camera, 5MP main shooter, 4.5-inch 480p...