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Oppo, The Actual Smartphones Have Landed In Zimbabwe Now!

Oppo, The Actual Smartphones Have Landed In Zimbabwe Now!

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Just a couple of weeks ago a new smartphone brand called Oppo popped up in our humble streets of Harare. For those of you that didn’t know, Oppo is the 2nd biggest selling smartphone manufacturer in China, only bested by Huawei. So whats on offer in our local Oppo store? Oppo A37   Retailing at a cool $359 it is the cheapest Oppo available in store it looks like it is meant to be a budget phone. Cameras are 8MP for the back and 5MP for the front with a 5 Inch display. 2GB of RAM takes care of multitasking and storage is a modest 16GB that you can expand to 256GB. Battery is a fair 2630mAh good for a day of moderate to light use. Oppo A71   Going for $469 you get bigger 5.2 inch display and a bigger 13MP rear camera. Storage is
Netflix is ‘exploring’ the possibility of a Switch app

Netflix is ‘exploring’ the possibility of a Switch app

Entertainment, Gizmos
The Nintendo Switch had a fantastic year in 2017, becoming the must-have console of the festive season and boasting some rather eye-poppingly brilliant games. However, as Switch owners will know, it’s lagging behind in the streaming media service field; neither Netflix nor Showmax (nor any other service for that matter) allows local Switch owners to curl up in bed for a great binge-watching session. In the US, the console only has access to Hulu. While this situation doesn’t look set to change any time soon, there are still reasons to be optimistic. According to a report on Polygon, a Netflix official has confirmed that while there are no concrete plans for the app to land on the Switch, the company is certainly considering it. “We are still exploring the opportunity with Nintendo
Leaked Moto E5 image leaves nothing to the imagination; reveals rear-facing fingerprint reader

Leaked Moto E5 image leaves nothing to the imagination; reveals rear-facing fingerprint reader

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With the Moto E4 launched in July last year, we are just five months away from the launch of the next E series smartphones from Motorola in year. With that, MySmartPrice seems to have got their hands on the first image of the upcoming Moto E5, which if Motorola's product release cycles are on track, will be launched this July once again. The image reveals a smartphone in a gold finish but its hard to conclude if this entry-level smartphone will be made of plastic or metal or a mix of both (metal body with plastic caps). The front features a flat sheet of glass with plenty of bezel all around the display. At the moment, it's hard to tell whether the display is a 18:9 ration unit or a standard one, thanks to all those bezels. The display also appears to feature something unique with roun...
The Best Tech Of 2017 (Non Smartphone). Highlight: Kariba on Battery Power!

The Best Tech Of 2017 (Non Smartphone). Highlight: Kariba on Battery Power!

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It is sometimes easy to think of tech as smartphones. This is because the pocket computer has totally transformed our lives even as it continues to get better and better. In the non-smartphone tech space strides were made in 2017 and we best be excited for what it means going forward. Some of the solutions that came out have the potential to revolutionise our way of life, especially here in the third world. The electric car The electric car is really coming into its own and we have Tesla to thank for that. This year Tesla delivered the first Model 3s. The Model 3 is an affordable little car which starts at around $35,000. In countries where there are incentives for buying electric vehicles It can actually be had for $28,000 less. It has a range of 350-500km on a single charge. T...
The Best Smartphone From 2017

The Best Smartphone From 2017

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While innovation as it pertains to smartphones has slowed down, 2017 has still been an interesting year for the handheld computers. In the past couple of years it has been a case of refinement rather than leaps in technology. We saw Samsung go from being the laughingstock in smartphone design to lead the pack, starting with the Galaxy S6. All this while Apple’s designers slumbered on the job and copied and pasted the same design for 4 years, and counting. What we are seeing today is that cheap phones are getting really good. Some options that rival the established players are doing so at a fraction of the cost, half the cost or even more. Gone are the days where buying a budget phone meant a guaranteed terrible experience. This year is also the year we saw both Samsung (Note 8) and
Nokia 1 Android Go Phone Launch Rumoured for March hindi

Nokia 1 Android Go Phone Launch Rumoured for March hindi

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While Google has so far maintained silence, it has now been rumoured that Nokia 1 will be one of the early Android Go phones. The new Nokia smartphone is claimed to be designed for emerging markets and is said to arrive sometime in March. Announced back in May, Android Go programme is designed by Google to deliver an enhanced user experience on entry-level devices. Russian tipster Eldar Murtazin revealed in a tweet that the Nokia 1 will be a part of Google's Android Oreo (Go edition) programme. The new Nokia smartphone is said to have an HD (720x1280 pixels) IPS display, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of onboard storage. Also, the blogger claimed that the smartphone will be priced at RUB 5,990 (approximately Rs. 6,670). The rumoured smartphone is expected to run Android Oreo (Go edition) that woul...
Nintendo Switch was 2017’s best gadget. What does it mean for 2018?

Nintendo Switch was 2017’s best gadget. What does it mean for 2018?

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The most amazing gadget I used this year played Zelda and Mario, fit into my bag and points to where tablets, phones and PCs could go next. Nintendo's modular game console feels like the future of mobile tech. I've seen VR, AR, iPhones, smartwatches, laptops and robots. But the gadget that impressed me the most, by a longshot, was the Nintendo Switch. It was a familiar story. Nintendo has a weird, wild idea. Detachable controls on a tablet. A dock that turns a handheld into a console. Even the name of the little wireless, button-studded mini-remotes was weird: Joy-Cons. Nintendo's done this before. The minimalist, motion-control-driven Nintendo Wii and its deconstructed remote control. The bizarre two-screened, stylus-laden Nintendo DS. I had some preparation this time, howeve...
Google Pixel 2 XL Available at Rs. 64,999 as Part of New ‘Best Buy’ Offer hindi

Google Pixel 2 XL Available at Rs. 64,999 as Part of New ‘Best Buy’ Offer hindi

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The Google Pixel 2 XL is getting a temporary price cut in India and is now retailing at a best buy price of Rs. 64,999 for the 64GB variant and Rs. 73,999 for the Pixel 2 XL with 128GB storage. The pricing will be applicable for cash and card transactions at all authorised offline retailers. According to documents seen by Gadgets 360, the best buy offer is valid until December 31. Apart from the new Pixel 2 XL price tag, an additional Rs. 8,000 cash back is being offered on all valid purchases of both Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL made on an HDFC credit card EMI plan, with select large format retailers also offering this cash back on purchases made with HDFC debit card. Airtel also has a special data bundle offer on purchase of the Google Pixel 2 XL; additional 120GB data for six months on pre...
Intel introduces new Pentium Silver and Celeron processors

Intel introduces new Pentium Silver and Celeron processors

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Pentium Silver will deliver 58 percent faster productivity performance compared with a similar 4-year-old PC. Ultimately, this translates to Intel Gigabit Wi-Fi providing a blazing fast connection that allows users to enjoy devices uninterrupted – faster content streaming, collaborating with ease, faster web browsing and even downloading large files like HD movies swiftly. Ultimately, this translates to Intel Gigabit Wi-Fi providing a blazing fast connection that allows users to enjoy devices uninterrupted – faster content streaming, collaborating with ease, faster web browsing and even downloading large files like HD movies swiftly. Intel has unveiled the new Intel Pentium Silver and Intel Celeron processors. The new Intel Pentium Silver and Intel Celeron processors are based on
Microsoft Takes Path Less Traveled to Build a Quantum Computer

Microsoft Takes Path Less Traveled to Build a Quantum Computer

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In the race to commercialise a new type of powerful computer, Microsoft has just pulled up to the starting line with a slick-looking set of wheels. There's just one problem: it doesn't have an engine - at least not yet. The Redmond, Washington-based tech giant is competing with Google, IBM Corp., and a clutch of small, specialized companies to develop quantum computers - machines that, in theory, will be many times more powerful than existing computers by bending the laws of physics. Microsoft says it has a different approach that will make its technology less error-prone and more suitable for commercial use. If it works. On Monday, the company unveiled a new programming language called Q# - pronounced Q Sharp - and tools that help coders craft software for quantum computers. Micr...
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