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  • iPhone 2018 rumour roundup: USB-C to replace Lightning?

    Welcome to our mid-year Apple rumour roundup, popping up just in time for the company's annual September product announcement. Because rumours have an odd tendency to be true around these parts, treat this article as a look at possible things to come. But none of these tidbits have been confirmed by Apple. So take everything listed below with a pinch of salt. With that out the way, have at our rolling rumour roundup for Apple's upcoming iPhone models below. Buh-bye Lightning, hello USB-Type C (12 June) Apple might actually be ditching its Lightning ports in favour of USB-C on its 2019 iPhones, this...

  • Fitbit Ace fitness tracker for kids (and parents) debuts for $100

    The Fitbit Ace is the company's latest US$100 smart wearable band for kids age eight and older. It looks a lot like the company's Alta, but features a smaller build and lacks a few smart features. For one, there's no heart rate sensor, but the Ace will monitor sleep, steps taken and active goals. It'll also reward the user with badges, as the full Fitbit experience does with adults. Speaking of adults, parents "are in control and can manage who their children connect with and what information they see in the Fitbit app that will motivate them most," the company writes in...

  • 5 great gaming headphones (and budget alternatives) for South African gamers

    Buying a set of headphones might seem like a very straightforward task, but when you start to break it down, the options become a little overwhelming. Well, for me anyway. I think the first question to ask yourself, is what do I want these headphones for? Are you looking for something with which you can listen to music? Are you a video editor? A sound engineer? Do you want them for gym or running? All of these have different specs, and the reality is that you really can't use those in-ear headphones that came with your phone for running… or for...

  • Samsung Galaxy S9 outsold the iPhone X globally in April 2018

    According to research from data firm Counterpoint, the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ are the world's biggest selling smartphones in April 2018. The two devices beat Apple's 2018 smartphone arsenal -- the iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone 8 -- by a little over 0.3% market share. Notably though, the next most popular device came from Xiaomi, in the Redmi 5A. But it's not the only Xiaomi on the list. Flanking the iPhone 6 -- yes, and it's outselling the iPhone 7 -- is the Xiaomi Redmi 5 and Note 5 Plus. "This is the first time Xiaomi grabbed two positions within...

  • GammaTek’s top bags for Father’s Day [Sponsored]

    Dads can be tricky to buy gifts for. Golf balls, socks, hampers and CDs are grand. But, for something functional; something they will actually use and something to last longer than a hamper of biltong; think Solo. From New York to Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban, thanks to Gammatek, Solo is the go-to brand for cases and bags. For work and play, Solo bags are stylish, functional and packed with character. Produced with quality, durable materials, they have great features that will impress dad.  These include internal organizers and compartments for organizing documents; internal pockets for keeping iPads and tablet devices...

  • BlackBerry Key2: the smartphone keyboard lives on in 2018

    There's a brand new BlackBerry in town, and it's called the Key2. The successor to last year's KeyOne, the latest device from Chinese manufacturer TCL with a BlackBerry logo still features that 35-key physical keyboard, chocolate slab design language, and a textured rear plate. But it's also a step up from the previous model. In fact, the Key2 is the first BlackBerry with a dual rear camera. Both feature 12MP sensors, but one receives a f/1.8 lens, and the other a f/2.6. The latter's also features a 30-degree smaller field of view, suggesting that the Key2 will also possess some optical...

  • LG Q Stylus is the company’s latest handwriting input smartphone

    Unlike many smartphone manufacturers, this year's LG lineup is pretty simple. The company launched its G7 ThinQ last month, followed by its budget Q7 equivalent. Today, the Korean firm debuted the LG Q Stylus, itself a refresh of the LG Stylus 2. "The LG Q Stylus is a handwriting input smartphone without the premium price," LG suggests in a press release, hinting at a feature given away by the phone's name. "The no-nonsense stylus adds more convenience and functionality beyond the typical keyboard experience while the intelligent palm rejection system ensures that accuracy is never an issue even when resting one’s...

  • 5 more iconic video game characters that stood the test of time

    What would the world of video games be without its champions, a string of digital personalities that has kept us captivated and immersed in their strange fictional worlds across multiple decades? While a lot of these characters barely see the light of day and quickly disappear into obscurity of history, there are a select few that have stood the test of time and, to this day, are able to rally us behind their cause. We’ve decided to pay homage to these characters, so that they and all who read this may know that they are loved in all their senseless...

  • Lenovo Z5 is not the all-screen pocket monster we hoped for

    Hype can be the creator and killer of devices, but it seems the Lenovo Z5 is the victim of the latter this time around. After the company's marketing material suggested that the phone would feature a full-face screen -- sans notch or notable bezels -- the company on Tuesday debuted a phone with a notch, and a chin. Hmph. Nevertheless, the Chinese manufacturer has included a 6.2-inch display from corner-to-corner, with a 18.7:9 aspect ratio and a resolution of 2246x1080. Internally, the Z5 runs Qualcomm's Snapdragon 636 chipset -- decidedly upper mid-range, and not flagship -- mated to 6GB of RAM. Users will...

  • Intel and AMD revive the multi-core wars at Computex 2018

    Apart from manufacturers doing all sorts of strange things with screens, this year's edition of Computex has seen the revival of the core wars. Silicon giant Intel played its hand first on Tuesday, announcing an upcoming single-socket 28-core CPU. But it's not for servers really. The company was sure to mention that it can run at 5GHz, dwarfing the likes of AMD's current Threadripper CPU. Celebrating 40 years of 8086 computing with the 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8086k Limited Edition. #Computex2018 #IntelGaming https://t.co/BBAYRZVBuR pic.twitter.com/RoeY144ObR — Intel (@intel) June 5, 2018 The company also gave scant details regarding the chip's architecture of whether it...