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Counterclockwise: extinct cable connectors for mobile phones

The "U" in USB stands for "universal". The port has certainly lived up to its name, it's the default way to deliver data and power to electronic devices. In fact, USB-C is just about the only port used on new Macs (other than an ironic 3.5mm headphone jack) and it's definitely the only port on the new iPad Pros. The path to this wonderful land of "one port to rule them all" is littered with the remains of many proprietary standards. Today we'll be looking at a few of them. Nokia Pop-Port While it was officially standardized in 2002, Pop-Port like connectors have been on Nokia phones...



Latest update disables AI on the Huawei P20 Pro’s camera

Huawei just pushed a rather hefty patch for its P20 Pro flagship, which is around 525MB big and carries the build designation CLT-L29 8.1.9.156(C432). It brings Google's August security patch along with some minor bug fixes and improvements, but more importantly, Huawei disabled the AI scene recognition in the camera app by default. It's still there and you need to go into the settings menu and enable it if you find it useful. That's a somewhat odd decision considering that Huawei's marketing is heavily focused on the AI capabilities of its phones. We hope we get an official...



Samsung announces Gear Sport, Gear Fit2 Pro, and Gear IconX (2018)

The news about the Samsung Galaxy Note8 is already out in the open and the company is moving on to its next big things. In the case of IFA 2017 those are TVs and smart wearables such as Gear Sport, Fit2 Pro, and IconX (2018). Samsung Gear Sport Samsung Gear Sport is the latest smartwatch entry designed exclusively for sport and with focus on swimming. It's a unisex device, which means it comes in one size - 42mm, 1.2" Super AMOLED 360p screen - and one size band at 20mm width, though the latter will vary in length. The Gear Sport weighs 50g without a strap, runs on a...



Samsung Z4 goes on sale in Africa

As expected, the Samaung Z4 is now available for purchase in South Africa. Specifically, carriers like Vodacom and MTN as well as third-party retailer TFG are offering the phone in the region for ZAR 1,299, which translates into around $97. The device was officially unveiled back in May this year. It was launched in Asia a week later, with India becoming the first country to get it. The Samsung Z2, which was launched back in August last year, also went on sale in Africa, something which happened the following month. Source | Via



Huawei Y7 Prime (2018) in for review

Huawei Y7 Prime (2018) - a device for the young or at least those unable or unwilling to spend too much cash, but want a big screen and cool portrait photos. The this year's Y7 Prime boasts a 5.99-inch IPS display with a trendy 18:9 aspect ratio and a cost-saving HD+ (720 x 1440 px) resolution. The screen doesn't look bad, though - it's perfectly usable even if it's not the sharpest around. Due to its flat back, slim profile and rather thick side bezels, the Huawei Y7 Prime (2018) might be a bit hard to handle for those with regular to small hands. Still, this is a budget device, so...