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Samsung’s upcoming wearables leak (through Samsung’s own app)

We treat a lot of tech leaks with suspicion -- not because it's inaccurate, but because we can't believe that they're anything more than 'leaks'. Hey, it happens. But sometimes a leak is actually a leak and we'd like to believe that this is one of them. If only because the circumstances are so weird. Samsung's upcoming range of wearable tech, which should be announced alongside a whole mess of sma...[Read More]

LG’s G8 ThinQ will use its screen as a speaker

So much for speculative. LG, contrary to what the company's Ken Hong had to say a few weeks back, has revealed that it's indeed chucking the speaker in the upcoming G8 ThinQ. Except 'chucking' is the wrong term. LG's augmenting its internal speakers with something else. Something a little different.

New patent filings show that Google hasn’t given up on the modular smartphone

Cast your mind back to recent years and you might recall a little something called Project Ara. This was a modular smartphone project created by Google, the sole remaining bit of the company’s acquisition of Motorola Mobility. You know, before that company was sold to Lenovo. Honestly, we thought that Ara was dead but a pair of new patent filings by Google late last year shows that they have...[Read More]

Samsung really wants you to know that it’s launching a folding smartphone next week

Samsung's first Unpacked event for 2019 promises to be a big one. It's scheduled for 20 February this year, a short while ahead of MWC 2019, and it's widely expected to contain details about the Galaxy S10. But what's also coming is Samsung's new folding smartphone and the company really, really wants you to be aware of that fact. 

LG G8 ThinQ preview: Everything we know so far

What do we know about the LG G8 ThinQ? LG has already confirmed the device, and while a first glance leaks suggest a familiar-looking device, rumours point to LG taking on the tide of foldable phones.

Though the Vodacom Please Call Me saga is unresolved, at least inventor Ari Kahn has finally been acknowledged

Who really invented the Please Call Me service? It’s the question that’s been repeated innumerable times as the free messaging service saga reached a crescendo last week with threats, accusations and demonstrations outside Vodacom World. The answer – as is now common cause – was Ari Kahn, MTN’s lead data consultant who pioneered this innovative idea. “Callme” as he first na...[Read More]

Samsung leak: Galaxy earbuds could charge wirelessly via the S10

It looks like Samsung might beat Apple to producing wireless charging earbuds. In this case they’re called the Galaxy Buds, and we expect them to launch with the upcoming Galaxy S10 on 20 February. Leaked images from German tech website, WinFuture, show the Galaxy Buds in a case, resting on the back of what we believe to be the Galaxy S10. We’ve seen enough leaks to know about that sweet pearl ...[Read More]

Energizer bringing a massive 26 phones to MWC 2019

You read that headline correctly -- Energizer, the company best known for rabbits and batteries (not in that order), will be launching a range of smartphones at Mobile World Congress (MWC). And, unlike companies that just dip their toe into smartphone manufacture, they're going all-in. How else do you explain the fact that they're showing off a range of 26 devices at MWC 2019?

Tesla makes all its patents public to fast-track the move to an electric-powered world

What’s more important? Keeping your patents secret in case someone tries to copy your life’s work, or actively promoting a zero-carbon emission world? This is the ethical issue that Elon Musk had to grapple with and recently explained in a blog post on Tesla’s website. Musk announced that all of Tesla’s patents are now available to the public. This move is not to empower the competition, but rathe...[Read More]

Huawei will be revealing its foldable smartphone on 24 February

2019 Is fast looking like the year of the folding smartphone. Samsung’s got something in store, Xiaomi’s putting their efforts in front of faces sometime this year and Huawei’s also going to be joining the party. The Chinese company has announced its own pre-Mobile World Congress event for 24 February, just a few days after Samsung’s own reveal event. What can we expect to ...[Read More]

Why screen time for babies, children and adolescents needs to be limited

John J Reilly, University of Strathclyde ; Anthony (Tony) Okely, University of Wollongong; Catherine Draper, University of the Witwatersrand, and Mark S. Tremblay, University of Ottawa There is increasing concern about the amount of time children and adolescents are spending in recreational screen time. There’s also increasing controversy over whether or not screen time is actually harmful. Since ...[Read More]

Huawei P-Smart launches in South Africa – here’s what it’ll cost

Huawei has announced that they are launching a new mid-range smartphone, the P-Smart 2019, locally this week. This following the 2018 P-Smart succeeding as the most popular device in its price range last year (according to Huawei). The new 2019 phone features a tear-drop-shaped notch, officially called a ‘Dewdrop Display’ by Huawei. This permits its 6.21in LCD display to attain a screen-to-body ra...[Read More]

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