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All posts by Andy Walker: Editor

  • Facebook to drop BlackBerry OS app support by end of 2016

    If you're using a BlackBerry that's running any version of BlackBerry OS -- this means all devices up to but not including the PRIV -- you'll likely have to fling it through a window if you're still interested in using WhatsApp or Facebook beyond this year. The social media overlord has announced that it's dropping native BlackBerry app support for Facebook and Facebook Messenger apps on the platform by the end of 2016. Although BlackBerry 10 OS runs Android apps, the system is clunky, and involves a ridiculous sideloading process, which is more of a headache than a solution to the...

  • iPhone SE: the 4-inch iPhone 5S upgrade you’ve always wanted

    Big news everyone: Apple last night launched its new smartphone, and it's a big step backwards for a little leap forwards. I'm talking about the iPhone SE. The phone is effectively a remastered, Game of the Year version of the iPhone 5S, using iPhone 6 internals but shoving them into the latter's shell. It might sound stupid, but there's good reason for this. Those stubborn 35% of Apple users who have yet to graduate to a larger than 4.0-inch screen size are probably rubbing their hands together with glee, so think of the SE as Apple's gentle public hurry up. Read...

  • Di Grassi stripped of Mexican Formula E win: the motorsport roundup

    We're just under a week away from the MotoGP and Formula 1 series kicking off, but don't worry, there's plenty of motorsport action to keep you busy in the meantime. Don't believe us? Have a look at our latest motorsport roundup below. Formula E: di Grassi wins Mexican ePrix, loses it soon after Formula E is getting as controversial as Formula 1, and no, that isn't a good thing. Brazilian Lucas di Grassi drove a stellar race in Mexico City to take the race win and subsequently top the Championship points standings, all but for an hour, after which the driver...

  • State trooper lifts Wonder Woman, Captain America to kid’s birthday party

    Who says that the police is a useless force in the face of superheroes and their awesome power? What if said superheroes' their car breaks down and they have no conceivable clue about the workings of an internal combustion engine? That's what happened to Wonder Woman and Captain America this weekend on an interstate in New Hampshire. On their way to a kid's birthday party (naturally), the duo were met with car trouble, an evil force that no amount of good will, vibranium, or lassos could defeat. So, what did a passing local state trooper do? Pull over, to help the couple out....

  • Bad Blood: Selena Gomez overtakes Taylor Swift as Instagram’s most followed

    Big news in the social media world rankings: Taylor Swift has his week been surpassed by Selena Gomez as Instagram's most followed person. On Monday, Selena Gomez's Instagram follower numbers surpassed Swift's and currently stands at around 69.4-million, or 200 000 more than Taylor Swift, and almost 8-million more than "internet breaking" Kim Kardashian (let's not even mention Beyonce or Bieber here). For the record, Instagram has well over 400-million users globally thanks in part to the popularity of imaging sharing services, the improvements made to smartphone camera technology and the proliferation of Tay-Tay's good feels, of course. But the latter's...

  • Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge hands-on: what a difference a year makes

    Samsung sure knows how to throw a party. At the company’s Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge launch in Johannesburg last week, influencers, resellers and media got the chance to fraternise with each other, swap dance moves with indie dance band Goodluck and experience some interesting and novel gadgets. But while the event was one of the most lavish I’ve ever attended, the real stars of the show were undoubtedly the phones themselves.

  • Android N: what you need to know about Google’s ‘nutty’ OS

    Only this week nearly two-year-old Android Lollipop become Google's most popular mobile OS version, but the company has now released Android N -- it's latest iteration of the OS -- a lot earlier than expected. Traditionally Google announces its new OS iterations at I/O -- its annual developer conference -- but it's dramatically changing tack this year. According to its developer page, it's planning a five stage release roster before the final consumer ready version of the OS is ready in Q3 2016. This week's release is stage one, and sees the alpha version of Android N available to download for...

  • Remix Mini Android-based PC launches in South Africa

    The Remix Mini, a micro-computer built by Jide Technology and running Remix OS, is now available in South Africa. Launching today (7 March), the device will be sold on Takealot for R599 for a limited period. Jide Technology strives to "unlock the potential of Android in order to accelerate a new age of computing," according to the company's site. Its chief reflection of this philosophy is Remix OS, which is Android reimagined for the desktop. The OS sports keyboard shortcut support, Windows-like windows management tools and an Android Marshmallow-inspired flat, clean design. Read more on Gearburn.

  • Apple Watch Sport review: the definitive timepiece for Apple fans

    Let’s get this out of the way: smartwatches are still fairly stupid. They’re supposed to stop users constantly checking the nagging smartphones in their pockets, but I find I check my phone more often with a smartwatch on my arm. That’s not to say I absolutely hate all smartwatches. Sure (and rather incredibly, in fact), I’ve used some that I’ve liked before: the Sony SmartWatch 3, the LG G Watch R and the more recent Samsung Gear S2 spring to mind, but they aren’t desirable, or beckon me on bended knee to buy them.  If anything, I’m better off with...

  • WhatsApp rolls out document sharing on Android, iOS devices

    Soon you'll be able to send and receive more than just images, voicenotes and snarky remarks on WhatsApp. The Facebook-owned messaging service is rolling out updates to iOS and Android that will let users transfer documents. Earlier this month, the now totally free service announced that it tipped the one billion user mark, which many use for more than just social interaction. The move also comes a few days after it announced that it will be culling support for legacy operating systems, from the 2015-era BlackBerry OS 10 down to 2009's Android 2.2. The new documents transfer feature will allow users,...

  • Jimmie Johnson wins in Atlanta, ties with Dale Earnhardt Sr: the motorsport roundup

    You hear that? That's the rumble, whine and screech of engines whirring into life. It's March, and finally, the world motorsport series are lurching into life. This week, we bring news from the World Superbikes opener Down Under, we take a look at Sebastien Loeb's latest career move and the comings and goings of the second round of the NASCAR circus. And of course, the obligatory F1 news. Read more on Motorburn.

  • Hamlin edges Truex Jr. in closest ever Daytona 500 finish: the motorsport roundup

    Stand by for manic oval racing, serious paint-swapping and pit crew jumping over walls like they're in the army, because NASCAR is back in earnest. That's right, folks. One of the world's premier motorsports series returns to its spiritual homes, -- Daytona Beach. In other news, the Formula 1 circus returns too, although only preseason testing form. And as always, we're also covering other news and views across the motorsport spectrum. Read more on Motorburn.

  • Hisense Infinity KO hands-on: rough and tumble

    Hisense isn't a brand you'd generally associate with ruggedness, but its new smartphone is looking to change that emphatically. Dubbed the Hisense Infinity KO, the company has gone with the "life is hard on you, but even more so on your phone" approach, so it's built a tank in the confines of a smartphone. Lifeproof is a term you'll hear more of from the company in its marketing material, and it does fit the device fairly well on first inspection. Read more on Gearburn.

  • Samsung Gear S2 review: intuitive but imperfect

    Android Wear currently rules the smartwatch roost, running on more devices than we could possibly list off the top of our heads. While that's a great thing for Google, it's not for consumers. Although Google recently updated its OS, it remains immature in a relative young market segment, and as a result, smartwatches haven't seen the rise and rise that we've expected from them in their early days. This isn't to say that some smartwatches are completely hopeless though. What I will say however is that few Android Wear smartwatches really impress enough to leave a lasting impression. Read more on...

  • Alcatel OneTouch Pixi 3 (4.5) review: a new budget contender

    Good news everyone: there's another new budget device to complicate your smartphone buying plans. And although this new entry to the market is about seven months late, we still welcome it with open arms. Beyond it's failed Firefox OS project, Alcatel OneTouch is still pinning its hope on Android, and its latest device, the Alcatel OneTouch Pixi 3 (4.5). But in a world full of similar devices, does the Pixi have enough character to stand out from the crowd? Read more on Gearburn.