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  • Sony’s compact, long-lens Cyber-shot RX100 VI hits South Africa

    Ultraportable pocket cameras have largely been usurped by smartphones, but there are a select number of scenarios where an actual camera shines. This, at least, is Sony's perception of the camera market. The Japanese camera maker has announced the availability of its Cyber-shot RX100 VI premium compact camera, which "combines portability, flexibility, fast responsiveness and professional image quality, making it an ideal choice for capturing daily life, cityscapes, portraiture, sports, and wildlife," Sony notes. From the outside, it might seem pointless to continue making these cameras -- Sony currently offers five snappers of its RX compact range in South Africa -- but...

  • Honor officially arrives in South Africa, debuts the swanky 8X

    Huawei has a fairly thick smartphone portfolio in South Africa, but on Tuesday night the company introduced its "e-brand" to the country. Although you could purchase its phones for a good few months already, Honor officially announced its presence in South Africa, and with it, the 8X flagship. At R5499, it's an interesting device, with a keen focus on aesthetics, entertainment, and a marketing slant that vehemently targets active, young, flat white-indulging colour-running Millennials. A vast swathe of Honor's presentation deck centres on the device's design cherry-topped by the incredibly shiny rear plate, and two-tone finish. It's available in black, blue, and...

  • Sony reveals PlayStation Black Friday deals

    Sony has revealed its official Black Friday deals for PlayStation, including discounts on PlayStation VR, PlayStation Plus and a number of games. PlayStation VR At participating online stores, PlayStation 4’s VR bundle, which usually sells for around US$300 is now available for US$220. The bundle includes the games PlayStation VR Worlds and Astro Bot, along with a VR headset and camera. The sale on PlayStation VR ends on 2 December 2018. Games Online deals for selected PS4 games include a range of discounts for both disc and digital download. Games such as Marvel’s Spider Man, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 and FIFA 19 are...

  • A disc-free Xbox One is reportedly in the works

    Microsoft is set to release a new "disc-less" Xbox One console next year, according to Microsoft-centric site Thurrott. “The company is planning to release an updated console next year, but this device will not be in the Scarlett family, according to people familiar with the company’s plans,” reports the site, referring to its own revelation that Microsoft is planning a brand new range of consoles for 2020. Being disc-free, the console will most likely be a cheaper version of current Xbox Ones due to its lack of support for disc games and Blu-ray. “The goal with the new console is to lower...

  • New Windows 10 version features ‘Light mode’

    Microsoft has launched a new Windows 10 build for its Insider community to test. Build 18282, which is a Preview in its very early build stages, includes some interesting new features for Windows 10 in addition to a 'light mode'. "Ever since we introduced the ability to choose between light and dark in Windows 10, we’ve heard feedback asking for a truer separation between the two options," said Microsoft on its website. Light mode, according to the company, is the solution. Previously, the default Light mode did not accurately make everything lighter, and so the new version does. "Now, if you choose...

  • Phonesoap 3 review: a cleansing cocoon for your smartphone?

    The Phonesoap is one of the strangest devices I've reviewed this year. Actually, make that all time. It's not a phone, nor is it a bar of glycerine and antiseptic. Instead, it's a plastic cocoon in which you place your phone, or any other device, for disinfecting. "But I always wipe my phone before I use it," you mutter to yourself. But believe it or not, this does little to kill the bacteria and other pathogens on your device. Studies suggest that the average smartphone is dirtier than a toilet seat, and this issue becomes more prevalent when you share your device...

  • Google’s Night Sight buffs the Pixel’s camera prowess in low light

    Google has revealed a new feature for the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL that helps users take better quality pictures in low light situations. Night Sight, as it’s called, “helps you capture vibrant and detailed low-light photos without a flash or tripod”. “When it’s dark, cameras compensate by spending more time capturing light and increasing their sensitivity to light, often adding unwanted motion blur and noise to your photo,” Google explains on its website. The feature, it would seem, does this better and results in a less blurred and less noisy picture. “Night Sight constantly adapts to you and the environment,” says...

  • This is the Sharp Aquos R2 Compact with two notches

    If you didn't think the notch was a terrible fad and deliberate design flaw yet, this new device from Sharp will change your mind. Dubbed the Aquos R2 Compact, the phone does remind us of the old Sony compact days. And yes, it too boasts some pretty sweet specs. There's a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset with 4GB of RAM and a 22.6MP camera for good measure. But, it has one, nay, two small issues. There's a notch on top, and a notch at the bottom. The 120Hz 5.2 inch screen still boasts a 2280x1080 resolution, but one notch houses the 8MP selfie camera,...

  • MTN announces KaiOS feature phone for South Africa

    MTN, along with telecoms giant China Mobile and semiconductor firm UNISOC has announced its first "smart feature phone" that runs on KaiOS. KaiOS, which was borne as a fork of Firefox OS, gives users the basic functionalities of a smartphone, like apps and Google services, without the price premium. "As MTN we are proud to be part of this partnership that supports our ambitions to deepen digital inclusion in our markets," said Rob Shuter, MTN's president and CEO. "This initiative contributes to the achievement of one of our key goals to provide affordable data enabled handsets to our customers, and by so...

  • Samsung debuts Exynos 9820 chipset with NPU, 8K video recording

    Samsung has today announced its latest flagship smartphone chipset, the Exynos 9820. While it might sound pretty similar to the outgoing 9810 in the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Note 9, it's a notable bump. For one, the chip is based on the 8nm process, a slight shrink from the 9810's 10mm process. It also features a tri-CPU cluster design, with two custom cores, two ARM Cortex-A75 cores, and four Cortex-A55 cores for low power usage. It's notable that Samsung has decided to forgo using the ARM Cortex-A76 cores that the Huawei Mate 20 Pro's HiSilicon Kirin 980 employs. Nevertheless, the Samsung chip also features...