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  • Wireless earbud market set to sell 129m units in 2019

    Thanks to Samsung's Galaxy Buds and Apple's AirPods, it seems that wireless earbuds are set for a huge sales increase in 2019. According to a report by research firm Counter Point, sales volumes could come close to tripling in 2020 over 2018. The company suggests that just 46-million wireless earbuds were sold in 2018. In 2020, it's forecasting 129-million sales. "Apple AirPods’ sales were estimated at around 35-million units accounting almost three-fourths of this emerging segment last year, according to our research," Counter Point notes. "Samsung, Bose, Jabra, Huawei, Bragi, LG all are prevalent and will grow from a smaller base from...

  • Samsung’s Galaxy A2 Core could be its second budget Android Go phone

    According to a slew of leaks, Samsung is preparing a basement budget smartphone that could run Android Go. Based on press renders leaked by serial leaker Evan Blass, the phone looks notably similar to Samsung's first Android Go device, the J2 core, which launched last year. https://twitter.com/evleaks/status/1106448369566867456 This includes fat bezels top and bottom, and a circa-2013 design aesthetic that you'll either love or loathe. Internally, according to a Geekbench listing of the device (and its codename SM-A260), it could sport an eight-core Exynos 7570 chipset with 1GB of RAM, and sport Android 8.1 Go edition -- Google's lightweight version of Android. Samsung's yet...

  • South Africa’s hottest tech deals and sales of the week (11 – 15 Mar)

    Shopping for technology is an even bigger nightmare than clothes. But unlike clothing, finding the correct stick of RAM isn’t a question of it being too big or small, but just too damn expensive. In a weekly series, Gearburn trawls the South African online shopping space to find the best deals, from DDR4 for your rig to cans for your ears. Be sure to bookmark this page and check back in throughout the week, as we update this article regularly with new deals as they’re made available. Still valid from last week: Mecer K3G3R 31.5...

  • Android Q Beta 1 debuts with permission alerts, better privacy features

    Android Q -- the tenth edition of Android -- is now live, but only for those with Google Pixels, and only for developers. But while that makes for a limited roll out, there are some feature enhancements that'll benefit a slew of Android users in the near future. One of these is a "Privacy" section within the Settings menu housing more granular privacy controls. Additionally, Android Q now also throws up a popup notification when an app wishes to access the camera or location. App info pages feature a cleaner layout, with an "Open" button now alongside options to force close and...

  • Microsoft releases Wireless Display app for Xbox One

    Microsoft has released its Wireless Display app for Xbox One consoles. This allows PC users to stream games from their desktop to their Xbox One, by sharing screens between the two devices. "Microsoft's Wireless Display app lets you wirelessly project your Windows or Android based devices to your Xbox One," the company explained. Previously, the app was available on Windows and Microsoft Surface Hub only. Wireless Display is free to download from the Microsoft Store. Feature image: screenshot, Microsoft Store

  • Farming sim Stardew Valley arrives on Android

    Farming simulator and indie darling Stardew Valley is now available to download for Android devices. It was available for pre-registration in February, but is today listed on the Google Play Store. The game is already available on iOS, Steam, Nintendo Switch, PS4, and Xbox One. At present, it's listed at R130 in South Africa and $8 for those in the US. Feature image: Wiehahn Diederichs/Gearburn

  • This is the Xbox’s new special edition Phantom White controller

    Microsoft's Xbox divison has revealed its second Phantom Series controller for its consoles, called the Phantom White Special Edition. Like its black predecessor, the controller shows off a see-through casing, allowing players a glimpse of the inner mechanics of the device. "From top to bottom, this controller transitions from a high-tech translucent white with gold mechanical components underneath to an opaque matte white," Microsoft describes on its Xbox website. It also features a textured underside to enhance grip. The controller comes with Xbox's standard controller features, like Windows 10 compatibly and a headphone jack. The Phantom White, which is available for pre-order,...

  • HTC’s U11, U11 Plus and U12 Plus to get Android Pie by mid-year

    If you're one of the few people who own one of HTC's newer flagship smartphones, you're in luck. The company this week announced that you're getting an Android Pie update by mid-year. The announcement impacts users with HTC U11, U11 Plus or U12 Plus flagships. "We wanted to share the status on the Android 9 update. HTC is currently working on ensuring the update is compatible with our phones & we anticipate a release for U11, U11+ & U12+ customers starting Q2’19," the company tweeted on Sunday. https://twitter.com/htc/status/1105203212477292547 "Exact timing defers to operators’ availabilities in different countries." While HTC no longer sells devices in...

  • Samsung Galaxy S10’s face unlock can be fooled by a photo, video or your best friend

    The previous generation of Samsung's face unlock system used an iris scanner, but the firm ditched that specific design element in the S10 series in favour of its cut-out selfie camera. Now, it seems that this decision has come back to haunt users (and their likeness). A video published by AndroidWorld.it demonstrates this vulnerability in detail. To unlock the Samsung Galaxy S10, S10e or S10 Plus, it seems that all a user need do is hold up a photograph or video of themselves to the phone. Others have noted this too. While AndroidWorld used a still image on another device, Unbox Therapy...

  • Niantic finally releases first look at Harry Potter: Wizards Unite

    When Pokemon Go dropped back in 2016, there was almost an immediate call for a Harry Potter version of the game. Now, three years later, Niantic has finally released the first look for Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. "For the first time, you’ll soon embark on your own Wizarding World adventure together with friends in the real world," the company said in the announcement. Since last November, Niantic has been teasing the game on social media with posters calling for players to join a "task force". Now, the reason has been revealed. "A calamity has befallen the wizarding world, causing artefacts, creatures, people,...