Author: Duncan Pike

Not long ago Xiaomi announced that it was bringing one of its flagship devices, the Xiaomi 12, to South Africa. But that’s the high-end stuff. The Chinese smartphone manufacturer has also announced the expansion of its budget lineup in South Africa with the Redmi 10A and 10C. For the cash-intolerant The two devices are mostly similar with a couple of exceptions, namely the chipset and camera array. The Redmi 10A packs a MediaTek Helio G25 while the Redi 10C features a Snapdragon 680 processor. Neither chip supports 5G and that’s fine. These are budget devices, after all. The Redmi 10A…

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Dell’s latest ultrabook, the XPS 13 Plus, is now available in South Africa. The whole schtick with ultrabooks is to pack as much performance as possible into a portable form factor without sacrificing battery life and thermals and without getting too loud. Dell’s XPS (“eXtreme Performance System”) range has done this, with varying degrees of success, since 1993. We’ll have to wait for a review sample before we can definitively say so but, at least on paper, the XPS 13 Plus seems to live up to the ultrabook moniker. X as in eXtreme You do need to make some sacrifices…

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Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves The first trailer for a new Dungeons & Dragons movie dropped, to the surprise of many, at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC). The movie, which is loosely based on the tabletop role-playing game of the same name, seemed to be stuck in development hell for what seemed like forever. Until now.Instead of going with a dark fantasy theme, like Game of Thrones, this movie is definitely playing to a wider audience so Paramount can rake in more money. And we’re very much okay with that. John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein (Game Night)…

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If you’ve used a newish Bluetooth audio device, you might’ve seen the words ‘Fast Pair’ somewhere on the box. As you might’ve guessed, it’s Google’s solution for quickly pairing a Bluetooth device to your Android phone. With devices that support it, putting the device in pairing mode near your phone should result in a popup with a picture of the device asking you to ‘Connect’. Tap that and that’s it. You needn’t fumble through the Bluetooth menu, pick a device and hope it connects the first time. It also saves the device to your Google account to make reconnecting easier.…

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With the second quarter of 2022 in the rearview mirror, many companies are releasing their Q2 earnings reports. Tesla is one of those companies and it reported a profit of $2.26 billion in Q2 2022. While that’s better than the company’s Q2 2021 profit of $1.1 billion, it’s down around 31% from the $3.3 billion in Q1 2022. Also included in the letter to investors was the news that Tesla has sold off 75% of its $1.5 billion Bitcoin investment, netting the company $936 million. Change of heart? That Bitcoin investment was made last year, a few months before the…

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Local e-retailer Faithful to Nature recently introduced two locally-made three-wheeled electric delivery vehicles to its fleet. The two tuk-tuk-looking trikes will form part of the e-retailer’s express delivery fleet in Cape Town and, true to the company’s name, emit no carbon emissions. The MellowVans, as they are known, are manufactured by a South African company of the same name and are entirely electric. The company’s website doesn’t specify an exact range of their vehicles. But you aren’t going to be taking long road trips in these things. As a last-mile delivery solution, they make sense. Especially if the quoted 15…

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When Asus announced the Special Edition (SE) update to its Strix Scar 17 back in May we didn’t think much of it. Until we saw the spec sheet. We knew it would probably be epic but we’d have to wait until the review samples for that to be confirmed. Well, they’re in. And it’s confirmed. Asus hasn’t changed much else about the Strix, aside from some crazy internal upgrades. But, for gamers, the internals are what matter most. RGB is cool and all, and this machine has plenty. But you might find it difficult to appreciate if you’re getting bodied…

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Netflix is conducting another round of tests with its paid-for password-sharing plans. This time it seems a little more thought-out than the previous attempt. The first time Netflix publicly tested its paid-for password sharing in South American countries, things didn’t seem to go that well. Back then, Netflix introduced an additional cost for sharing the credentials to your Netflix account with users that didn’t live under the same roof. Peru, Chile, and Costa Rica acted as guinea pigs for the “add an extra member” feature that saw mixed results. Ding ding, round 2 This time, Netflix is testing an “add…

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Notable leaker Evan Blass, known by some as evleaks, has revealed a leaked promotional poster for Samsung’s next Unpacked event. Mark your calendars for 10 August 2022, if the poster is to be believed. Everything is already unpacked **THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN EDITED TO OBFUSCATE CERTAIN DETAIL** See what I did there? pic.twitter.com/BrH4sT99yU — Evan Blass (@evleaks) July 18, 2022 The poster, which looks very similar to promotional material for the new M2 MacBook Air, depicts a blurry device. Through advanced means (guessing) we have been able to deduce that the device depicted is the Galaxy Z Flip 4. Which…

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Municipal-provided light at the tunnel’s end Here’s something we think we can all agree is good news. Eskom CEO André de Ruyter expects load shedding to end this week. But that’s only if the power utility can bring enough power generating units back online. Since the beginning of June, Eskom had to implement stage 6 for the second time since load shedding started all the way back in 2008. The most recent escalation resulted from striking workers, which meant Eskom couldn’t stick to its schedule of getting faulty generation units back up and running. As the end of July approaches,…

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