Author: Duncan Pike

I've been interested in tech for as long as I can remember. A few facts about me; I learnt how to code when I was 5, I helped Mark Shuttleworth develop Ubuntu when I was 9 and now I write for a tech publication. Only one of those facts is true. I also have a drama degree, hence the writing.

These days, every smartphone manufacturer is trying its very best to get its smartphone in your hands. Or at least that’s what they want you to believe. We recently got our grubby paws on the new Huawei Nova 8. We’ll take you through how Huawei is trying to differentiate this new glass sandwich. Right off the bat, we were fairly impressed with the slightly curved 6.57in OLED display. Boasting a 90Hz refresh rate isn’t something too many budget-focused phones can lay claim to, yet. While most flagships these days are running at 120Hz and some can even get up to…

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Huawei has just launched two new handsets locally, the Nova Y60 and Nova 8. Aimed at two different markets, the Nova Y60 and Nova 8 plan to bring some value to the budget smartphone range. Here’s what you can expect from each of them. Huawei Nova Y60 With the Nova Y60, you’ll spend your time looking at a 6.6in 720×1600 LCD display, which is a little low on the resolution side of things but still fine. Underneath the screen, you’ll find a MediaTek Helio P35 chipset with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, which isn’t all that much but…

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When we reported that the literal greatest and almost world-leading smartphone manufacturer, Xiaomi, was dropping its ‘Mi’ branding from its products, we were talking specifically about its smartphones. It seems it doesn’t apply to its TVs. After its annual Smarter Living 2022 event aired in India today, Xiaomi revealed a host of new products, including the new Mi TV 5X. Xiaomi Mi TV 5X specs The Mi TV 5X will come in three sizes, a 43in, a 50in and a 55in variant. All three of these sizes will feature a 4K HDR and 10-bit colour-capable panel. The panels are also…

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Xbox had its own stream on Tuesday night which was technically part of Gamescom, but the event started in earnest last night with Opening Night Live hosted by Geoff Keighley. This one was a lengthy affair, wrapping up in just about two hours — but it had to be, considering all the news and trailers on show. If you didn’t get to watch it, here’s what you missed. Marvel’s Midnight Suns https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wz8Vw5tOf5M Firaxis, the developer behind the XCOM franchise, revealed its newest project. Midnight Suns is a tactical RPG — what else from Firaxis — with some familiar faces and…

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Fitbit has just announced its newest health tracker, the Charge 5, and we’re a little excited about it. Fitbit will be looking to build on the success of the Charge 4, and by the looks of things, it’s done just that. See your fit(bit)ness in colour on the Charge 5 One of the immediately noticeable upgrades is the AMOLED colour display. Until now, Fitbit’s Charge series has come with a monochromatic display. Fitbit (presumably) thought the decision to skip the colour display on previous Charge devices was justifiable for the relatively ‘low’ price. We would disagree. So it’s a welcome addition,…

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Microsoft kicked off the first day of Gamescom with a trailer and announcement-filled event. Among the announcements and trailers were some of the expected showings like Forza Horizon 5 and Flight Simulator. Surprisingly, more info or another trailer for Halo Infinite was absent. If you missed the hour and a half event, we’ve rounded up the best trailers and announcements for you all in one place. The Forza Horizon 5 cover cars https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fytkGUU7jk Earlier this year at E3, Microsoft showed us it’s putting more emphasis on landscapes and biomes of Horizon 5. Nowt Gamescom, we’ve seen what the featured cars will be. The Forza series likes to…

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Following today’s announcement, Telkom Mobile becomes the latest operator to support eSIM enabled smartphones on their network. If you hadn’t heard of it before, using a digital eSIM (Embedded Subscriber Identification Module) means users can connect to a mobile network without a physical SIM card. eSIM Pros and Cons As the ‘e’ in eSIM suggests, users will download a network profile onto an embedded module in their phones that cannot be removed. You’ll need to activate that profile to gain access to the network. You’ll need either a prepaid or post-paid plan with the mobile operator of your choice. Currently,…

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The motor industry never ceases to amaze. How much do you need to hate the smell of horse dung, to bolt a box — in which you cause a series of small explosions — onto some rods connecting four wheels? Quite a lot, we’d say. Fast forward a hundred years or so and we’re building full-sized cars out of Lego. The eyes of children around the world (and some grown-ups) grew with wonder when Lego recently revealed its built-to-scale model of the Toyota Supra GT, constructed from a total 477,303 pieces. We wonder who counted them all. We’re kidding, it…

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A few weeks ago, Xiaomi launched another of its top smartphones, the Mi Mix 4, only the ‘Mi’ part was absent from its banding. So now, it’ll just be called the ‘Xiaomi Mix 4’. It turns out this wasn’t a mistake or a one-time occurrence, but a deliberate omission. This will be the company’s direction for all future releases. No more Mi for Xiaomi In a statement to XDA-developers, the Chinese manufacturer said that the change will take effect from Q3 2021. The company said this change “will unify our global brand presence and close the perception gap between the brand and…

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Gamescom 2021 is nearly upon us, and as with pretty much every event of its kind, it will also be an online-only event. We’re sure the show floor and everything on it will be sorely missed. But if an online event this year means we can have in-person events next year, we’re all for it. The upside is that now you don’t have to wear pants while you watch. What you can look forward to You can look forward to seeing the latest news, trailers, reveals and announcements from a few of the usual names. Xbox, Bethesda, Activision and EA…

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