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  • Astrum ST250 review: alarm clocks can still be pretty cool

    Today, we're reviewing one of the most important devices you can own: an alarm clock. Say what you will, but if smartphones didn't have built-in alarm functionality, we'd all still own one or be lost without. But the little devices have come a long way since their days of simply beeping achingly loudly at 5am every morning. They're fast becoming like smartphones: jacks of all trades. The Astrum ST250 is a good example. It's a device that meshes together a number of products -- from alarm clock to Bluetooth radio -- into a 700g package. Visually, it comfortably melds the classic clock...

  • Xiaomi teases Mi A2 on Twitter

    The Xiaomi Mi A2 may be closer than you think. The successor to the Chinese brand's first Android One smartphone is set to be unveiled on 24 July in Spain. "Are you a big fan of #MiA1? You will love this..." the company teased on Twitter. Are you a big fan of #MiA1? You will love this...#Xiaomi #AndroidOne #2isbetterthan1 pic.twitter.com/aLlfothn9g — Mi (@xiaomi) July 16, 2018 Notably, the phone pictured is the Xiaomi Mi A1, hinting that the "next gen" of the device is on its way. Like the Mi A1, the A2 will be run stock Android software instead of the MiUI-laden OS...

  • 5 simple Android games for your boring daily commute

    A long bus ride? Train delayed again? That queue to the taxi moving so slowly you feel like you’re going backwards? Never fear when your app store is near. Here’s a list of five simple and compact Android games you can play on your phone when you need to kill some time on that long, boring journey. Infinity Loop Download size: 12.25MB In this game you match up various shapes and lines to create patterns and loops. The developer, Infinity Games, describes the process as “zen” and is meant to be stress free. There’s definitely a quiet, easy going feel to this app that...

  • Sony Xperia XA2 Plus announced: here are its specs

    Sony's just added another model to its XA2 phablet line. Bearing the Plus moniker, the phone is set to join the XA2 Ultra in the larger screen ultra-mid range space. But what does it offer? For one, it's slightly smaller than its Ultra brother. That's not to say it's compact through. With a 6.0-inch screen, a length of 157mm and a depth of nearly 10mm, it's a large device. It also weighs some 205 grams; not exactly light either. The screen itself holds 2160x1080 pixels, and boasts a longer 18:9 aspect ratio. This means that the Plus has a slightly smaller bottom bezel...

  • Dear 2000s kids, have you played these 3 classic games?

    There’s probably nothing more nostalgic than seeing one of those old fashioned, box-like, gray computers and instantly being reminded of the childhood you spent battling aliens, shooting down bad guys and rescuing precious artifacts to your heart’s content. For me, some of the most memorable classic PC games were all from the 90s, even though I was only born halfway through the era. But what about those of you born after 1999? Have you played some of these classic titles? Duke Nukem 3D It’s the story line everyone loves -- aliens are taking over Earth and only one man can stop them....

  • LG Q7 launches in South Africa: here’s how much it’ll cost

    Gunning for the South African mid-range segment, Korean firm LG has today launched its Q7 smartphone. The phone itself was launched globally in May, but arrives in South Africa just a few weeks after the flagship LG G7. Internally, there's an unnamed 1.5Ghz quad-core CPU paired with 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and microSD card support. Up front, there's an 18:9 5.5-inch 2160x1080 display and an 8MP selfie camera. There's a single 13MP sensor around the back. The device is set to debut with Android 8.0 Oreo, and feature LTE support, but not WiFi 802.11 ac support. The LG Q7 does however feature...

  • Huawei Nova 3 ‘debuts’ with two 24MP cameras and Kirin 970

    Be it a mistake or a marketing stunt, the Huawei Nova 3 has been launched before its launch. Listed on Chinese ecommerce site VMall, the latest phone from the Chinese manufacturer has been revealed in all its mid-range glory. At its heart, the device will sport a HiSilicon Kirin 970 chipset, featuring four A73 cores running at 2.4GHz, and four 1.8GHz A53 cores. You'll also get 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, while a 3750mAh battery keeps the lights on. Notably, the phone features a massive 6.3-inch display (with a notch), and a middle-rear fingerprint reader. Above it and slightly to the...

  • Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus rumoured to have 5 cameras

    The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus is rumoured to have a total of five cameras. According to Korean website The Bell (translated), one of the rear cameras will have an ultra-wide angle of 120°. Also referred to as the Beyond 2, the S10 Plus will apparently have two front-facing cameras and three rear cameras, similar to the Huawei P20 Pro. The site also claims that the phone’s front facing cameras are set to produce high quality self-portraiture. There’s no clear indication of the camera sensors’ megapixel count. Additionally, two other S10 models are reportedly in the works. Codenamed Beyond 0 and Beyond 1, these devices...

  • 10 tasty tech deals from South Africa’s online stores [Mon 9 July]

    While the cost of living may be climbing in South Africa, techies do what techies do: spend even more money on devices. With that said, we take a look at a few interesting deals listed today from the world of South Africa's online stores. iPhone SE 32GB | Was R5999, Now R4499 Listed at 25% off, the iPhone SE has long been the understated device in the Apple smartphone range. Just because it's based on 2013's iPhone 5, doesn't mean it can't offer entry level value into the Cupertino ecosystem. Sennheiser Momentum M2 AE | Was R5000, Now R2999 Listed at 40%, the...

  • My first 48 hours with the CAT S61

    There are few flagship phones in 2018 that really, really stand out. Sure, the Huawei P20 Pro and its three cameras make an impression, and so does the iPhone X with its notch. But there's not much development going on in other smartphone tech among the elite. On Wednesday, manufacturer Bullitt Group held an event in Johannesburg to showcase its latest CAT-branded smartphone. Dubbed the S61, the phone's about as different and unique as anything you'll see this year. But there's a key question that needs to be asked: does it immediately make it better than anything else on the market? No,...