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A year without the biggest social network on my phone has made me a freer person

“So you just view it in Safari,” a friend asked me with great bewilderment when I explained I didn’t have the Facebook app on my phone and the interactions he saw were through my iPhone’s browser. Just over a year ago I deleted Facebook off my phone. Not long afterwards I deleted its companion Messenger app. I can safely report that I haven’t missed anything. When I first wrote a...[Read More]

MobiLimb wants you to give your phone the finger

There’s a whole lot that we can do with smartphones — you can bank, watch media, listen to music, control your house if you’ve been investing in some home automation tech… but what about actually touching someone? That’s an ability that MobiLimb is attempting to give to smartphone users. MobiLimb is the creation of a bunch of French researchers, who have managed to at...[Read More]

Apple iPhone XS – The iPhone X, improved

The iPhone XS is perhaps the most conventional phone that Apple is launching this year, a direct follow-up to the iPhone X, last year’s iOS-flavoured chart topper with a wallet busting price and a crop of new features. So why go for the XS this year? The iPhone keeps the same size, basically the same screen, even a lot of the same features. But there are parts that have been improved —...[Read More]

The Nokia 5.1 is now available in South Africa for R3,600

If you’ve been in the market for an Android One smartphone, Nokia’s got you covered with the Nokia 5.1. Their new mid-ranger is now available in South Africa from Vodacom and other key retailers. The Nokia 5.1 is powered by a Mediatek Helio P18 chipset, 2GB of RAM and is equipped with 16GB of internal storage. It runs Google’s Android One platform, an as-close-to-a-Google-Pixel Android exper...[Read More]

Has smartphone innovation peaked? Has our interest in these devices peaked?

As expected… I began writing about this month’s iPhone XS launch and realised that phrase summed up the last few years of Apple product launches. The Steve Jobs years were characterised not only by his showmanship but by his iron-clad insistence on secrecy. No supplier would dare leak any details about upcoming product launches. When an iPhone was mistakenly left in a bar one year, it was co...[Read More]

LG V40 ThinQ info leaks, and it has five camera sensors

Looks like we’re steadily approaching a future where every smartphone is essentially covered in camera sensors (like the nine found on the Light smartphone). In a new leak, we see the upcoming LG V40 ThinQ sporting a total of five camera sensors. Five! That’s almost as silly as its name. Mobile industry insider and serial leaker Evan Blass posted images of the next LG flagship on Twitter. Wh...[Read More]

Do you ‘zombie check’ your phone? How new tools can help you control technology over-use

Technology has undoubtedly become essential for productivity and communication in our professional and personal lives. However, the most prominent reason users of all ages reach for their device is not to work, but to “zombie check”. These are the unthinking times you use your device throughout the day to avoid boredom. For example, pulling out your phone while in line for coffee, waiting for dinn...[Read More]

BlackBerry® KEY2: An Icon Reborn

The latest BlackBerry® KEY2 smartphone brings together iconic BlackBerry features with new experiences that include a dual-rear camera, a more intelligent keyboard and improved privacy controls. Featuring the famous BlackBerry physical keyboard and loaded with BlackBerry’s proprietary security and privacy enhancements, it packs several features that are firsts for a BlackBerry smartphone. Beautifu...[Read More]

Three ways making a smartphone can harm the environment

Nearly five billion people worldwide will use a smartphone by 2020. Each device is made up of numerous precious metals and many of the key technological features wouldn’t be possible without them. Some, like gold, will be familiar. Others, such as terbium, are less well-known. Mining these metals is a vital activity that underpins the modern global economy. But the environmental cost can be enormo...[Read More]

How to get Fortnite on Android soon(ish)

If you’re not one of the lucky Samsung-device owners who has access to Fortnite right about now, there’s a way to get on the waiting list to receive an invite and actually play the game on Android. Fortnite’s journey to Android has been a complicated one. Epic Games has been promising to bring it to the OS for months, with iPhonies already having access for what feels like ages. That is, until the...[Read More]

The Nokia 3.1 budget smartphone is available in South Africa now

The Nokia 3.1 is, for lack of better words, a ‘real’ Nokia. It looks and feels like the Nokias of old… although we’d need to test if it could survive a tumble down a flight of stairs to be sure, otherwise is it really worthy of the Nokia name? Now owned by a company called HMD Global, Nokia’s back on its smartphone game with the likes of the Nokia 8 Sirocco, Nokia 6.1, and the br...[Read More]

Huawei’s smartphones dislodge Apple from the global number two spot

If you’re looking for the market leader for a specific device type you’re probably going to be investigating which company has shipped the most units — a good way to find out who is king of the smartphone hill. The latest IDC report, which keeps track of this sort of thing, actually has a few surprises this time around. Not with the market leader, that’s still Samsung, but ...[Read More]

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