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All posts by Hadlee Simons

  • Twitter lauds SpaceX after historic landing

    After several agonising failures, SpaceX finally managed to land the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket on a ship. The company achieved the feat during a mission to the International Space Station (ISS) on Friday afternoon, landing the rocket on a drone-ship. It wasn't a piece of cake either, as visibly choppy seas made for quite a hair-raising landing. SpaceX and NASA were quick to share astounding footage of the moment. Onboard view of landing in high winds pic.twitter.com/FedRzjYYyQ — SpaceX (@SpaceX) April 9, 2016 Congrats to the @SpaceX team & @ElonMusk! Way to stick the landing & send #Dragon to @Space_Station. https://t.co/TCJCQljJBZ — NASA...

  • What can VR do for your business? Check out this Cape Town showcase

    Between the GearVR and Oculus Rift, it's clear that virtual reality (VR) is gradually becoming mainstream. And like any piece of tech, there's always one industry you can depend upon to get to the table first. Well, aside from the porn industry... We're talking about the advertising industry of course, and Cape Town is no exception as VR studio SenseVirtual hosts a showcase for businesses this week. Africa's Virtual Reality and 360 Video Showcase takes place on April 14 at Bandwidth Barn in Woodstock - so what can attendees expect? SenseVirtual founder Tyrone Rubin says that people will be able to view CG experiences and...

  • Chariot for Women, an Uber-like service for women launches this month

    Uber trips can be rather hair-raising for women if recent news reports are anything to go by. So it's rather refreshing to see one app rising to the challenge, called Chariot for Women. Marketed as a smart cab service for women only, the US app is the brainchild of former Uber driver Michael Pelletz and offers a number of standout features. For one, the service makes use of female cab drivers, but only children under the age of 13 and women are allowed as passengers. The service also utilises an in-app system to ensure passenger safety. "When the passenger requests a ride, a safe word...

  • Huawei launches Mate 8 in SA – what’s the damage?

    It may be a few months late to the party, but Huawei finally released the Mate 8 smartphone in South Africa. The phone, which was first released in China in November before seeing a global launch earlier this year, has a R12 999 prepaid price. The phone also has a starting price of R579 per month on Vodacom contract, while other networks have the device for R599 a month, Huawei explained.

  • Here’s what we should expect from the Huawei P9

    Huawei will be unveiling its latest high-end smartphone (or smartphones) in London today, in the form of the Huawei P9. What should we expect from the device though? Well, between numerous leaks and the Mate 8 launch several months back, we can paint quite the picture... It's expected to have dual cameras HTC and LG aren't the only companies to dabble with dual-cameras, as Huawei's Honor 6 Plus did the same back in 2014, featuring two 8-megapixel cameras on the back. Read more on Gearburn.

  • Is the LG G5 better than the Galaxy S7? Here’s what reviewers are saying

    The first reviews for LG’s G5 have been published online, so just what are they saying about this radical product? For starters, Phone Arena’s review says that, despite the specs and features, something “isn’t feeling exactly right” with the handset. “Objectively, it’s a competent flagship and even a decent improvement over its predecessor in some ways, but it feels like it’s just way too round in character. There are no sharp edges, nothing that jumps out, no area where the G5 is, or at least appears to be, significantly better than what the competition has to offer,” the review reads.

  • Oculus can freely use your content, tracks you while using Rift

    Oculus is slowly but steadily sending Rift headsets out to early adopters, but they might want to read the terms of service before jumping in. Most concerning perhaps, is that the Facebook-owned company is free to utilise your user-generated content in any way it sees fit. "By submitting User Content through the Services, you grant Oculus a worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual (i.e. lasting forever), non-exclusive, transferable, royalty-free and fully sublicensable (i.e. we can grant this right to others) right to use, copy, display, store, adapt, publicly perform and distribute such User Content in connection with the Services," reads the relevant excerpt. "You irrevocably...

  • Zuma faces backlash on Twitter after addressing South Africa

    President Jacob Zuma hastily took to the airwaves on Friday to announce his thoughts on this week's Constitutional Court judgement. The court found that Zuma had indeed violated the Constitution when he ignored Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's Nkandla report. "It puts an end to any other interpretation of this matter," Zuma said, adding that there was "no deliberate intention" to violate the Constitution. Zuma said he would pay back the money -- the amount has yet to be determined. Expected a call for resignation? Politicians and ordinary citizens wasted no time in expressing themselves, hammering their "tweet" buttons in the wake of the...

  • Google wins, loses on April Fool’s Day

    It's that time of the year, when tech firms and news websites decide to leap on the April Fool's bandwagon. As usual, Google decided to go all-out, delivering some hits and a rather unfortunate miss. Gmail offers a "mic drop" option  The mega-popular email service introduced a rather odd mic drop function button as an alternative to the "send" button. This allowed users to add a GIF of a Minion dropping a microphone into messages. The function also allows you to "have the last word" in email threads, banishing the thread to your archives. The prank proved to be short-lived however, as the Gmail team disabled...

  • Are smart bots the way forward? Microsoft says yes

    You've already dealt with auto-replies and robotic phone calls, but Microsoft still thinks that automation has a key role to play in your interactions with businesses or consumers. Instead of more automatic email replies however, the firm is hedging its bets on smart bots to do the trick. At its BUILD 2016 developer conference this week, the company showed off chat bots, which allow users to quickly accomplish actions. It's not the first time that we've seen these though, as the likes of Google Talk, MSN Messenger and other IM platforms dipped their toes into bot waters almost a decade ago. Even more...