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Zimbabwean man spent $5,000 own money putting Zimbabwe on Google Street View

Zimbabwean man spent $5,000 own money putting Zimbabwe on Google Street View

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Zimbabwe is too far for many people to visit, but 37-year-old Tawanda Kanhema grew up there before moving to the United States. Thanks to Kanhema, though, you’ll soon be able to play virtual tourist, thanks to his work and the magic of Google Street View, Kanhema, who left the country to study journalism and documentary film-making at the University of California, Berkeley, spent two weeks back in Zimbabwe shooting the sights and sounds of the coolest places. Areas he covered include the capital’s Harare’s central business districts, malls, a virtual tour of Victoria Falls, Christmas Pass, the city of Mutare’s main business strip as well as the Great Zimbabwe monument and the Eastern Highlands. He’s uploaded over 500 miles of coverage, including Street View images uploaded during Octobe
Smartphones in 2018: The year’s biggest winners and losers

Smartphones in 2018: The year’s biggest winners and losers

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Good phones drop all the time, but when I glance back at 2018's greatest hits, it's clear that this year brought us something special. The parade of top models from tried-and-true hitmakers Apple, Samsung and Google include the iPhone XR, Galaxy S9 and Pixel 3. These gems went beyond premium phones into midrange and budget devices, and even into innovations from globally lesser-known brands such as Oppo and Vivo. Niche phonemakers tried to do something different, too, an effort we can all appreciate. But what made phones really sing in 2018 -- one of the best ever collections in my eight-plus years as a phone reviewer -- is the consistently high bar of quality across the board. Phones were fast, powerful, and brimming with exciting hardware and software. Photos have gotten so good, t...

OnePlus is building its own smart TV

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OnePlus OnePlus, known for making budget-priced phones with flagship specs, plans to shake up the TV segment in a similar way. Founder and CEO Pete Lau told Business Insider that it will launch the OnePlus TV, possibly by 2019, with a focus on design, image quality and sound. "We feel the current market of TVs is still feeling quite traditional in their functionality and experience," said Lau. "And they haven't really well-integrated the internet ... making the experience match with what would be expected in today's connected society." Lau said that the OnePlus TV would have AI smarts and feature some kind of assistant, and will also seamlessly connect with your smartphone. He didn't elaborate on whether it would use Alexa, Google Assista

Honor Play review: great all-round smartphone for under £300

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The Honor Play is a well-made, good-feeling phone that provides a great experience at well under £300. Huawei’s Honor sub-brand has been firing out great phones at a rate of knots, with the Honor Play the latest in its line of lower-cost top-spec phones. The Play doesn’t deviate from the winning formula used by the last few top-end Honor smartphones: a flagship processor, plenty of memory and storage, a big screen and battery life reaching well into the second day. On the outside the Play is a remix of sorts between the Honor 10 with its notched screen and the metal unibody of the Honor 10 View (which was confusingly released before the Honor 10). honor play review Facebook Twitter Pinterest The curved metal sides and antenna lines are reminiscent of the iPhone 7, complete with

Logitech’s MX Vertical turns the company’s best mouse on its head

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Logitech’s latest mouse doesn’t quite flip the idea of a mouse upside-down, but at a 57-degree angle off a desk, it’s certainly closer than most. The MX Vertical takes the same design and performance cues as the rest of Logitech’s MX line, but puts it in a more ergonomic, vertical mouse form factor. The entire design of the MX Vertical is meant to reduce strain and movement. According to Logitech, the tilted shape can reduce muscular activity by up to 10 percent compared to a regular mouse, and the sensor supports up to 4,000 DPI to negate the need to physically move the mouse as much. There’s also a dedicated button on top of the MX Vertical that allows users to easily adjust between higher and lower DPI settings with a single press, along with the option to press and drag the
Sony and Microsoft teaming up for improved HDR gaming

Sony and Microsoft teaming up for improved HDR gaming

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HDR options are one of the best advancements in video game visuals in recent years, making for richer scenes than just 4K resolution alone can deliver. But not all HDR is created equally, which is something that PS4 Pro and Xbox One X rivals Sony and Microsoft are looking to change. In a rare show of solidarity, the two have formed the new HDR Gaming Interest Group (HGIG), which looks to improve the HDR experience for gamers across platforms and hardware. Essentially, the group recognises that each HDR TV panel performs differently, to such an extent that it could potentially give gamers an advantage over each other. For instance, it points to an example where the different performance of HDR screens in a racing game could give one driver the advantage of being able to see
Apple removes 25,000 ‘illegal’ apps from App Store in China

Apple removes 25,000 ‘illegal’ apps from App Store in China

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Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Apple has reportedly pulled more than 25,000 apps from its App Store in China that were deemed to fall foul of Chinese regulations. At least 4,000 of these apps were tagged with the word “gambling,” according to Bloomberg, while the 25,000 figure comes from state broadcaster CCTV. “Gambling apps are illegal and not allowed on the App Store in China,” Apple said in an statement sent to Bloomberg and The Wall Street Journal. “We have already removed many apps and developers for trying to distribute illegal gambling apps on our App Store, and we are vigilant in our efforts to find these and stop them from being on the App Store.” APPLE FREQUENTLY HAS TO FALL IN LINE WITH CHINESE AUTHORITIES “Apple itself has set up the rules on h

LearnersTab Aims To Take e-Learning Offline And That’s A Great Idea

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Many e-Learning solutions have been proposed but one of the biggest problems that are specific to the African market is that of costs. The cost of data to access information is a problem that has existed for the longest of times and one of the major reasons why, even today, e-learning still has a hard time taking off locally. Davington is a startup that aims to solve this problem entirely. The LearnersTab is a solution that aims to take e-learning offline entirely and I must say the product is exciting. So how does this LearnersTab work? Visual learning Davington focuses on visual learning delivering Cambridge, EdExcel and Zimsec Syllabi for forms 1-4. The LearnersTab currently focuses on Sciences and English so you get the following subjects; Mathematics Phy...

A look back at hyped gadgets that never came to market

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SAD KURI Sorry, little buddy. Kuri A friendly robot named Kuri recently visited the Popular Science offices. The waste-basket sized bot rolled around the cubes making bleep and bloop sounds, trying its best to mimic and illicit familiar human emotions. At the time of the visit, Kuri was more than a year old, having made its debut at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show, but the little bot still hadn’t made it to market. Then, just a few days after Kuri visited our office, Mayfield Robotics (part of the Bosch startup platform) announced that the home robot was on-hold indefinitely. Development stopped and those who pre-ordered would get refunds. Kuri’s bid to become the go-to home companion that dances and takes video of your f
Apple is planning to remove a vital feature from one of its much-loved gadgets, rumour suggests

Apple is planning to remove a vital feature from one of its much-loved gadgets, rumour suggests

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Apple is almost as famous for taking features away from its products as it for introducing new ideas. Now it’s rumoured to be plotting a big change to a famous product which is bound to prove very annoying indeed. The tech colossus provoked massed wailing and gnashing of teeth when it removed the headphone jack from the iPhone 7, forcing people to use a fiddly little dongle if they wanted to plug-in a new old-fashioned pair of cans. It’s also been suggested the next iPad Pros will be smaller than before, whilst still featuring a screen that’s at least as large as the old one. This would make sense, as it’s similar to the design of the iPhone X. But removing the headphone jack is likely to cause a lot of harrumphing. Music producers often use iPads in the studio, relying on the
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