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  • Hands-on with Nokia’s Lumia 710 and scorching Lumia 800

    At a recent launch event in South Africa, we got some hands-on time with Nokia's new Lumia 710 and 800 handsets. Read on for our first (or second) impressions. Hardware Both the Lumia 710 and 800 are powered by 1.4GHz processors, 512MB RAM and run Windows Phone "Mango". Both handsets also use micro-SIMs, so be prepared to do the SIM swap shuffle. The main differences between the mid-range Lumia 710 and 800 are related to display type, flash memory, camera and build quality. The Lumia 710 has a 3.7" LCD screen, 8GB of flash memory, and a 5MP camera with an f/2.8 aperture,...

  • Nokia Lumia 710, 800 launch and cost details

    Nokia's final hope, the Lumia range of smartphones, is set to land in the hands of South African customers on 7 February. Both the Nokia Lumia 710 and 800 will make their way to the country's shores care of South African telecom, Vodacom. The mobile provider promises that, for R279 a month, users can enjoy the Nokia 800 on a Business Call contract with 100MB data thrown in. No word yet on the contract price of the Lumia 710, which will only see the light of day come the second quarter of 2012. Also launched is the Nokia Purity HD...

  • BlackBerry reveals new smartphone, the ‘London’

    London’s calling. From the leaked slideshow of the BlackBerry Roadmap of 2012 comes the revelation of the anticipated BlackBerry “London”. November 2011 saw the first photo of the BlackBerry London bubble to the surface, but it was a dummy phone which resembled the ultra-expensive, Porsche-designed P’9981. The BlackBerry London in the leaked slide seems to resemble a smartphone version of the disastrous PlayBook. Flat, with iPhone 4S-like rounded corners and rocking a similar interface to the PlayBook, the London looks dramatically different to BlackBerry’s usual designs. The launch strategy sees BlackBerry target the UK first, with the US looking to get two other models of...

  • Review: Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro — unforgettable it ain’t

    When I first got my hands on the Xperia Pro, I thought I was going to be pondering the merits of a slide-out keyboard in a touch-screen world. Then I started playing with it and was overwhelmed by how unimpressive it is. Sure it packs some serious fire power, but it just doesn’t leave an impression. It's a bit like that nice couple next door, with their two mid-sized sedans. Perfectly nice to have a conversation with, but the whole time you'll be looking at the whiskey-drinking, Mustang-driving designer and his indie-singer girlfriend across the road. It’s funny that we’ve got...

  • Rock out with Windows 95 on the HTC Evo 3D

    It was big news that Windows 8 was going to run on ARM, but probably not if you were a member of one particular group on the XDA Developers forum. Hailing from Pusad, India, the user nicknamed "mnomaanw" cracked open a can of nostalgia when he announced a simple way to run Windows 95/98/XP and Linux on his HTC Evo 3D. A little over a week ago, mnomaanw put up a post detailing a simple method to get the aforementioned operating systems running on Android. Mnomaanw gives credit to the developers that he collaborated with and promptly proceeds with step-by-step instructions...

  • The Way-C: A Congo-born, $300 tablet

    Tablets for emerging markets seem to be all the rage. India started the trend with its Akash tablet, and now the Republic of Congo has its own cost cutting, touchscreen device: the Way-C -- a Chinese made, US$300 tablet. The inventor of the Way-C (meaning "the light of the stars"), Verone Mankou says: "We have set up a team and logistics to sell the tablet since Friday. Today, anyone can buy one." Customers in the main cities of Congo, such as Brazzaville and Pointe-Noire, can now purchase the ultra-cheap tablet. Mankou claims that, "In technological terms, this tablet is equivalent...

  • App of the week: Phraseology

    This week I take a look at Phraseology, a fully featured word processor for iPad that I have recently switched to for all my freelance writing tasks. Word processors are funny things aren’t they? With most of us being brought up on a staple diet of Microsoft Word and Notepad, we’ve been conditioned to expect certain things like red and green squiggles underneath incorrectly spelt words and grammatically incorrect sentences, absolute confusion when it comes to setting your page margins and configuring your printer setup and of course, word art, the quickest way to drain your brand new color ink...

  • Sony releases holy trinity of new CyberShots

    Sony has unveiled three new CyberShots. The TX200V, WX70, and the WX50. Price-wise, the TX200V is the dearest at US$500. The WX70 and WX50 cost US$200 and US$230 respectively. The TX200V is priced close to a high-end smartphone for a simple reason. It looks exactly like a high-end smartphone. Somehow, Sony has made the TX200V mirror the iPhone as much as legally possible. The TX200V The TX200V cuts the cord on clutter. The camera is hugged by flat glass on both sides of the device, yet unlike the iPhone, the TX200V boasts a waterproof case to a depth of five meters. A 5x,...

  • Samsung Galaxy S Advance revealed

    A Philippine tech website has revealed details on the latest model in Samsung's popular Galaxy range, the Samsung Galaxy S Advance or GT-I9070. The Samsung Galaxy S Advance is reportedly meant to launch first in China, but has somehow managed to make its way to the Philippines. The site managed to get its hand on the GT-I9070, revealing its hardware and software secrets. Smaller than the Galaxy S II The Galaxy S Advance is smaller than the Galaxy S II, with a screen size of four inches. The S II measures 4.3-inches, though both come with a 480x800 display. The S Advance...

  • Wifis.org – the Wi-Fi social network

    Founded late last year in Berlin, Wifis.org aims to help neighbours get in touch. The free service connects people through a unique URL that replaces your current Wi-Fi network name (SSID). Wi-Fi network names have been used in a number of creative ways: Instead of generating a chuckle, wifis.org allows people to get in touch without revealing their email addresses. The process is simple. Go to wifis.org and generate a unique URL. Replace your SSID with the URL. That’s it. Why is this useful? Wifis.org figures you can "share your Wi-Fi for a monthly payment" or meet your neighbours. The service...