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One of first Apple computers sells for close to $1million at auction

Published by on Oct 24th, 2014, No Comments

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Everyone knows that Apple computers are expensive. Whether its a MacBook or an iMac or Mac Mini, you’re sure to be paying a pretty penny for one of these products.

But have you ever heard of someone paying close to $1 million for a Apple computer – and one that doesn’t even have Retina display? Probably not.

The computer in question is actually much older than you’d expect. In fact, it is a rare, Apple 1 computer that was built in 1976 by Steve Wozniaki himself.

The computer is part of the first 50 computers ever developed by Apple, from the batch that was sold to electronics store, the Byte Shop. This computer was built by Wozniaki in the – now famed – garage of Steve Jobs’ parents’ house in Palo Alto, California.

This Apple 1 was auctioned on Wednesday by famed auctioneers, Bonhams New York for a whopping $905 000.  (more…)

LG to launch its own SoC in new phone

Published by on Oct 22nd, 2014, No Comments

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Another mobile company, LG, will be producing its own system-on-a-chip (SoC) chipsets very soon. Samsung’s got its Exynos chips, Apple’s got its own A-series of SoCs, and LG will join them with some personalised SoCs of its own: the so-called Odin chip. (more…)

Motorola’s Droid Turbo: that battery though!

Published by on Oct 21st, 2014, 1 Comment

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The Motorola Droid name has been around since the early days of Android. Especially in the US, the Droid name is what made the company’s devices popular again after many a year of flip phone (albeit, great ones). (more…)

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Launch: Cape Town

Published by on Oct 20th, 2014, No Comments

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The evening of Thursday, October 16th saw Samsung Electronics launch a flurry of new products in Cape Town, South Africa under the banner of the official Galaxy Note 4 World Tour. Hosted in the Execujet Hangar at the Cape Town International Airport, the launch featured local celebrity hosting via Top Billing presenter Michael Moll.

Launched in South Africa at the event, The Galaxy Note 4 arrives with a revised, modernised look, sporting a metal frame with the same plastic leather back the Galaxy range has become (in)famous for. Instead of the stitched look though, it has been revamped and modernised. With a display reaching 5.7 inches, the Note sits firmly in phablet territory – positioned in what Samsung terms the “fastest growing segment in the smartphone environment.” (more…)

Nexus 6 goes official: newest stock Android superphone

Published by on Oct 15th, 2014, 6 Comments

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We don’t use the word ‘superphone’ lightly. We’ve only used the term on the highest of high end devices, and never on the Nexus line of stock Android devices.

After months of speculation and rumours, debates and leaks, to and fro in the tech community, Google has finally taken the warps of the Nexus 6, a Motorola built phone this time around. A big change for the brand, this year the Nexus 6 is a full on phablet, a 5.9-inch behemoth. (more…)

The HTC Re cross-platform camera

Published by on Oct 10th, 2014, No Comments

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Along with the HTC Desire Eye, the Taiwanese company unveiled the HTC Re at their Double Exposure event. This cross-platform camera is not the GoPro competitor we were expecting, but is in fact an extension of your smartphone. It is intended to make capturing the moment much easier; no more pulling out the smartphone and having to open the camera app. (more…)

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 SA price revealed

Published by on Oct 7th, 2014, No Comments

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We are only days away from the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 in South Africa (according to a Samsung post it should be available October 18th), and finally we get some official word on the price, both on and off contract.

Vodacom will be offering the device for R11 759 off-contract, which makes it one of the most expensive phones you can buy. (more…)

Sony Xperia T3 Review: So close to great

Published by on Oct 6th, 2014, No Comments

t3 Seeking to fill every conceivable product category with their Xperia range, Sony’s latest offering, the T3, brings a large display and mid-level specs in a form factor thin enough to slice butter. After two weeks spent with Sony’s latest edgy contender, I found that while the T3 pushes the boundaries with a great form factor and user experience, it’s undermined by small design issues, an uninspiring display, and a lacking camera. First off, the basics: arriving sporting Android 4.4 KitKat, the T3 is a somewhat unpretentious challenger, carrying mid-level specifications in an effort to lower the price tag. The T3 retails at around R5,499 (device only) which hardly makes for a compelling buy at that price bracket, which many slightly older flagships, such as the LG G2, now frequent. (more…)

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