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  • HMD Global debuts the confusingly named Nokia 8.1

    It might be the end of the year, but HMD Global's showing no signs of slowing down. The company on Wednesday announced a new "value flagship" Nokia for Europe: the 8.1. But no, it doesn't replace the Nokia 8, or 8 Sirocco, both actual range-topping flagships. Now, the phone might look familiar to eagle-eyed enthusiasts. The phone itself is a rebranded Nokia X7, which debuted in China earlier this year. It's also referred to as the Nokia Phoenix in press material, but it's effectively a successor to the Nokia 7 Plus, which debuted earlier this year. Naming confusion over, the phone does...

  • Your home computer is at risk of being hacked too [Sponsored]

    When cyber security is covered in mainstream media, more often than not the victim of an attack or breach is a big firm with tens of thousands of users. In the recent past the likes of Yahoo!, Under Armour, and Facebook have fallen victim to breaches of some degree. Some were not as severe as others, but all — to some degree — affected users. Users like you. In South Africa, data security has never been as imperative as it is today. But signing up to a service and praying that your data will be safe and secure in their data clouds...

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 leaks hours before announcement

    US silicon maker Qualcomm is currently enjoying Hawaii, but apart from sipping on mai tais, the company execs are also announcing big news. For one, the name and specs of its next chipset. Set for an official announcement later this evening, it seems that some things just can't stay secret in the tech world anymore. German publication WinFuture, which leaked a comprehensive list of specs, confirmed that the chipset will be called the Snapdragon 855. The 7nm-based node will feature a 5G modem and a built-in NPU (for AI, of course). For gamers, the chipset will come with "Snapdragon Elite Gaming optimisations", sport...

  • 48 hours with the Nokia 7.1

    If you've lost track of all the Nokia smartphones that have been unveiled this year, you're not alone. Although HMD Global's naming scheme is functional if not spectacular, we've seen more than ten Nokia phones debut in 2019. While there's talk of even more, including the Nokia 9 with its five rear cameras, today I took temporary ownership of the Nokia 7.1. It's the smaller, newer baby brother of the Nokia 7 Plus, a phone which I still firmly believe is an unsung hero in the 2018 smartphone catalogue. But can the 7.1, with more focus on style, continue that momentum? As it's always...

  • Huawei’s quickly closing the global phone sales gap to Samsung

    Huawei, Xiaomi and Oppo -- the big three Chinese smartphone makers -- just can't stop selling devices. This according to global sales data from Gartner. The research firm, in its Q3 2018 smartphone sales report, revealed that the trio helped push global smartphone sales to beyond 389-million units. While Samsung remained the world's biggest smartphone seller, pushing 73.3-million units in the quarter, its overall market share fell by 3.4% year-on-year. Huawei saw substantial growth, from owning 9.5% of the global market share in Q3 2017 to 13.4% in Q2 2018. It sold more than 15-million more units during this period than last. "The...

  • Wireless-charging Airpods, charging case rumoured for 2019

    According to a report by 9to5Mac, Apple is set to release an updated version of its AirPods in 2019. Speaking to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who often gives insight on Apple products, the website reports that the new AirPods will feature wireless charging and an updated AirPods case. Kuo also believes that the AirPods will be charged via the case, and that Apple may sell the case separately for those who don’t want to buy the new earphones. Other features, such as design or integrated apps, are still unknown. However, Kuo believes that the AirPods will include Bluetooth-related updates. Feature image: screenshot via Apple

  • The ins and outs of identity theft [Sponsored]

    Identity theft happens when one’s personal information is stolen and used to conduct transactions, usually online. Identity thieves often steal the personal information they need by accessing your online profiles or accounts, where they can see important information such as banking details, your name, address and ID number. The thieves take this information and use it to create credit cards, bank statements and IDs in your name. Then, whilst pretending to be you, they use your credit accounts or open new ones, sometimes taking loans as well. Identity theft results in the abuse of these credit accounts and loans. This can put you...

  • Sony’s next phone could sport 21:9 screen, triple rear camera

    Sony has been left behind in the smartphone war. Its rivals' recent smartphones have all but eclipsed -- in specs and performance -- its newer flagship devices. And although the Sony Xperia XZ3 shows promise, it still isn't the company's saviour. But the Japanese firm may be readying something better, and a lot more daring, come 2019. Earlier this week, renders of the Sony Xperia XZ4 suggested a large screen smartphone with three cameras at the rear and no return of the headphone jack. According to new case designs profiled by Slashleaks, it seems that these renders were pretty accurate. The designs leave enough...

  • Cyber crime and festive season shopping [Sponsored]

    Although online retail only accounts for 1.4% of South Africa’s retail spend -- as per the recent findings of business technology research firm World Wide Worx – data seems to suggest more South Africans are shopping online. The same study, which the firm conducted with the support of Visa and Platinum Seed, found that online retail had grown by 25% over 2017 with estimates that online retail spend will pass R14-million this year. Despite its conveniences – chief among them the ability to shop for all manner of things in the comfort of your own home or wherever the shopping...

  • 48 hours with the Honor 8X

    It's been a long year. So long, in fact, that I can barely recall the smartphones I've actually used. For the most part, devices have been dominated by notches, tall screens, and a focus on AI in some capacity. And my latest review subject happens to tick all three boxes. The Honor 8X, for all intents and purposes, is what you get if you made a smartphone in 2018 almost entirely to trend, with a few added bonuses and novelties. Speaking of which, after using the phone for 48 hours, here are some of the things that I immediately noticed about the...