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Don't blue tick me yo! Whatsapp Hacks you need to know.

How well do you really know Whatsapp? Do you know all the tips, tricks and hidden features that make the app so much easier to use. Whatsapp is likely one of the most used apps on your smartphone, so why not make sure you know all the features to make your text messaging life SO much better. No matter whether you’ve bought the latest Samsung smartphone or if you’re iPhone obsessed, these Whatsapp tips and tricks will likely help, and surprise, you! 


Here are the Whatsapp tips and tricks you need to know!


iPhone 11 photography tips and tricks

The biggest selling points for the new iPhone 11 was the upgrades on the camera. With all the features included in the write ups you’d start to believe that you can toss out your fancy DSLR camera and just snap pics with your new smartphone.


But is that really the case? In the following video we take a look at a host of iPhone 11 Photography tips and tricks, sharing them with you so you can see how your new phone works and what the camera has to offer. Throughout the video there is some discussion about whether or not this phone might work as a replacement for your camera. Watch the video and decide for yourself!


The best Bluetooth Speakers for summer
Wednesday 18 December 2019
The best Bluetooth Speakers for summer

Not all Bluetooth Speakers are created equal. Each offers a unique selling point and, depending on your taste, will be your “ideal” match. A few things to keep in mind before spending your cash:


Decide where you plan to use the speaker the most. Consider things like whether it will be indoors or outdoors primarily or if it will come into contact with water. If you have pets or small children and you’ll be keeping it indoors, a more hardy speaker is probably better over incredible sound quality.


Decide how many people will be connecting to the speaker and how often, as well as where you want to sound to be heard. This will also influence your choice. 


Once you’ve decided on all of these, price needs to come in to the equation as well.


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If you’re looking for the ideal Bluetooth speaker to keep you company during the summer holidays, there’s a plethora to choose from. Here’s how a few held up when they were “tested”:

Christmas is around the corner, shopping malls have their Christmas decorations up and you don’t know which console to buy this festive season. Maybe, it’s a new gaming PC or laptop, the much loved Nintendo Switch or the new Nintendo Switch Lite.

Or perhaps the age-old battle between the PlayStation and Xbox?

As a consumer, you have tons of options but seeing that Brandhubb have the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X for sale, let’s take a look at these two consoles and which one you should get this Christmas. 

Let’s start with the price

The Xbox One X retails for R7999 here on Brandhubb with a savings of R1000 while the PS4 Pro costs R8499 with a savings of R1500.

Keep in mind that the PS4 Pro comes with a copy of FIFA 20, so you have to factor that in when making your decision.

By the looks of things, the Xbox One X seems to have the advantage when it comes to pricing. 

How about what’s inside these two consoles.

Sony's PS4 Pro features an awesomely-named eight-core x86-64 AMD "Jaguar" CPU with a 4.2 teraflops AMD Radeon-based graphics card, 8GB RAM and 1TB storage. That's quite the graphics and speed upgrade for the PS4 Pro compared to the standard PS4. Unfortunately, it lacks a 4K Blu-Ray player, so you'll have to rely on streaming services for TV and movie content in glorious 4K resolutions. On the other hand, the Xbox One X has the added bonus of featuring a 4K Blu-ray player. It also has a slight advantage in the power department boasting a 2.3 GHz, 8 core CPU, 6 teraflops AMD Polaris architecture and 12GB RAM and also features 1TB storage.

What if I want to play Virtual Reality games? 

In this case, the PS4 Pro takes it as it’s best equipped to deal with PlayStation VR (PSVR). The original PS4 will still be able to run the PSVR and its associated games, but the PS4 Pro will give you a much better and more comfortable gameplay experience. Microsoft hasn’t released any VR headsets that are compatible with the Xbox One or the Xbox One X. 

Next-gen consoles are on the way, why should I get one of these two consoles? 

We don’t know a lot of details about Microsoft's next-gen console but it’s reportedly known as Project Scarlett.

It’s rumoured that Project Scarlett will be four times more powerful than the Xbox One X, capable of 8K resolution and 120Gz frame rate. On the other hand, the Playstation 5 (PS5) is rumoured to be one of the most powerful gaming machines ever created. The PS5 will boast a built-in SSD to reduce load-times and improve video game graphics, as well as a brand new feature to gaming called Ray Tracing. 

Considering that both the Xbox One X and PS4 Pro cost close to R10 000, we can only imagine how expensive next-gen consoles are going to be. The demand for them is going to be sky high and getting your hands on one is going to be hard. So for the next couple of years, you might want to invest in a good console that’s going to give you great graphics while you wait on the next-gen ones to be slightly more affordable. 

My final verdict. 

If you want a pure 4K gaming experience then you need to get the PS4 Pro but if it’s a 4K home entertainment system that you are looking for, the Xbox One X is the one for you. It also comes in a bit cheaper than the PS4 Pro here on Brandhubb and slightly more powerful.


Article by Idiots Guide to Gaming 


5 Sensational Tech Gift Ideas
Thursday 12 December 2019

If there’s one thing I love more than getting gifts, it’s giving them, and for this festive season, I bought beautiful wrapping and ribbon weeks ago in anticipation, and have been giving much thought to the loved ones on my Chrismukkah shopping list.

Last week I wrote about the Brand Hubb items I’d love to see gifted to me (a girl, can dream, right?), and this week I’ve rounded up some awesome items that I think are perfect matches to my loved ones.

1. My 10-year-old son: Fujifilm INSTAX Mini 70 Red Combo (cam + case + 1 film) 

An INSTAX is also on my list as I’d love to update from the original INSTAX I bought a few years ago, which is fun and awesome but doesn’t have as many features as this one.

I know my little dude would love this for taking selfies of him and his friends, and that instant thrill of getting a Polaroid picture.

Top features include a selfie mode, which provides the appropriate brightness and shooting distance for self-portraits, and a selfie mirror so you can check your framing with the mirror next to the lens. It has an automatic exposure control that captures bright backgrounds and bright subjects in dark scenes. It has a flash that automatically calculates the surrounding brightness and adjusts the shutter speed accordingly. There’s also a useful self-timer mode.

2. My husband: Apple Airpod Pros

I bought my husband the original Airpods last year, and the newer Pros are noise cancelling with a transparency mode so you can hear your surroundings. They also have a customizable fit. They have up to 4.5 hours of listening time with a single charge (up to five hours with active noise cancellation off). They also offer up to 3.5 hours of talk time with a single charge.

PS: Anyone who thinks Airpods look ridiculous probably hasn’t tried them. They really are awesome.

3. My toddler daughter: Disney Bluetooth Water Dancing Single Speaker 

My little one loves Disney and she adores listening to music and music, so this Bluetooth speaker is a winner. It’s wireless and has a USB charging port, and I envisage many hours of me streaming Spotify playlists to the speaker.

4. My father-in-law: Western Digital My Book 3TB

My father in law takes a lot of photos, and while this might seem like the dullest gift, I think it will delight for him as he can safely store all his pictures here.

This hard drive has password protection and pairs with WD Backup or Apple Time Machine. You can set it to run automatically too, so that you never lose a thing. 

5. My mom-in-law: Nutribullet - Blender Original 600W - Pink 

I love my Nutribullet, and know how useful it is for making smoothies and blending soups, and know she will it find it as useful. While it looks great on kitchen counters, it’s also a whizz (see what I did there?) at breaking down ingredients into smooth concoctions.


Article by Rattle and Mum

The Nintendo Switch Lite vs Samsung Glap - which should you buy?

Handheld consoles are cool. They allow you to play games anywhere and with Eskom’s rolling blackouts… we mean load shedding, they also give you something to do when the lights go out. If you’re looking to splurge on a handheld console there are a few options available.


The first is the dedicated gaming console from Nintendo: the Nintendo Switch Lite. It’s a lightweight portable console that offers much of what its bigger sister, the Nintendo Switch, gives you. The gaming library is immense and they’re some really good AAA titles like Overwatch and The Witcher also available for it. 


Of course, the other option is to keep jamming those mobile games on your phone. Samsung recently introduced the GLAP to the South African market. The bluetooth controller pairs up with your Android phone and creates a very Switch like experience for you, with just your phone.


But there is more to both these consoles than what you’ll see on a product page. Let’s compare the two and determine which one makes for a better spend this December:


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The festive season is upon us and for some it’s bonus season, meaning you’ll have extra money to buy a number of new things. After paying off a couple of bills, saving for a holiday and buying loved ones Christmas gifts, hopefully, you’ll be left with some cash to spoil yourself.

If that’s the case why not buy a couple of video games to add to your collection? You don’t necessarily have to buy the latest games but here’s a list of really cool games that are currently available on Brandhubb and I think you should get this festive season. 

Red Dead Redemption 2 

When it comes to open-world games we’ve seen some really great games over the last couple of years and Red Dead Redemption 2 is up there as one of them. In an age where cowboys and the “old ways” are being faded out, you find yourself in the shoes of Arthur Morgan as he tries to adapt to this new way of life but shaking off old ways is not as easy as you think it is. Whether it’s robbing stagecoaches, banks or starting bar fights, Red Dead Redemption 2 is a great blast from the past that will keep you entertained for hours on end. 

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands

Probably the best game in the Tom Clancy Ghost Recon series, as a player you are thrown into Bolivia and it’s your job to take down the Santa Blanca cartel. The game’s open-world setting is truly amazing and missions take place in all parts of Bolivia, giving players the opportunity to take down the cartel in a number of different environments. When it comes to action video games, very few come close to this one, tons of upgrades available, great storyline with some powerful visuals and action at every turn. 

Mortal Kombat 11

A gaming collection is not complete without a good fighting game as part of it. Mortal Kombat 11 is the latest offering from the NetherRealm Studios and some would say that it’s their best game to date. Those who are new to the series will enjoy the games extensive tutorials that help in teaching players on which buttons to press when hitting specific combos. While those who are familiar with the series will enjoy how the game has evolved and how it was similar gameplay as Injustice 2. Whether you are a button masher or a pro at fighting games nothing beats kicking your friend's butt in the comfort of your home or while playing online. 

Super Mario Odessey

By now you would have guessed that the aim of the game is to rescue Princess Peach from Bowser as he plans to marry her but he needs a number of items in order to that. As Mario you’ll need to go on an epic adventure with your trusty companion Cappy, hopping from planet to planet in order to stop this wedding from taking place. Super Mario Odyssey is a must-have for any Nintendo Switch owner, it’s available for purchase right here on Brandhubb.

FIFA 20

There’s no arguing that the FIFA franchise has stood the test of time and is here to stay. Seeing that we live in a football-loving country, from time to time one needs to cater to friends who are passionate about the sport. FIFA 20 has you covered in that regard, whether it’s playing the new Volta mode or playing the games dedicated story mode, The Journey or just playing the new and improved Kick-Off mode. FIFA 20 tries it’s best to make sure that players are part of the action, whether it’s on or off the pitch. 


Article by The Idiots Guide to Gaming 

5 Great Games to Play This Christmas
Sunday 08 December 2019

With Christmas around the corner, most of us will be looking forward to sitting down and relaxing with a cup of coffee, a blanket, and a nice long game to become invested in. Regarding the latter, choosing a game can be daunting, but we are here to help!

Here are our recommended games to play this Christmas, all available on Brandhubb:

1 - Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2 is incredible. Rockstar Games managed to craft a beautiful masterpiece of a Western, and filled it to the brim with unique activities and hundreds of hours of story (not even counting the campaign)! If you want to lose yourself in a western virtual world, this is the game for you.

2 - FIFA 20 

Soccer is the lifeblood of the world. It makes for an incredible show of sportsmanship, one which tests the wills of both players and fans.

The same can be said about FIFA 20. It features a brand-new graphics system and a whole lot of improved gameplay features over previous instalments. If you like sports games, this is a no-brainer.

3 - Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order 

Whether a Star Wars fan or are looking for a new Soulslike game, Jedi: Fallen Order is the game for you. It follows the events of Star Wars: Episode III. You are Kalo, a Jedi Padawan, who has spent the last few years of his life running and hiding from the Empire. The game plays like Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, but is set in the Star Wars universe. I never thought this combination would work, but it does spectacularly!

4 - Grand Theft Auto V


Grand Theft Auto V (GTA: V)  might be an old title, but Rockstar continue to update it with new content. Its online component is incredibly popular - especially among Twitch streamers and the Role-Playing community - and its single-player remains an exceptional journey from start to end. If you already own it, why not save a bit of cash and play this again or maybe gift it to a loved one?

5 - Mortal Kombat 11 

NetherRealm games are generally great and Mortal Kombat 11 follows this path. It features a great campaign getting, exceptional net code for online play and even better visuals to round off the experience. As a fighting game fan, I cannot think of a better way to spend Christmas than to beat up a few people in the tower.

While the games above are a great start to finding something good to play this Christmas, feel free to browse the rest of Brandhubb’s gaming offerings to find the perfect game for you.

Games are great, play one this Christmas!


Article by Edward Swart | Vamers  

Christmas is all about being festive, colourful and happy. Much like gamers who like to RGB all the things! As such, we have perused Brandhubb’s incredible selection of deals and offerings, to bring you a list of great RGB Christmas ideas for the PC gamer in your life.

Whether the gamer in your life loves PC gaming in general or goes through keyboards monthly, you can be rest assured these gifts will allow them to be surrounded by all the colours in the world.

1- Give them an aesthetic upgrade 

Why not give your gamer an aesthetic upgrade for Christmas? The Omega Corsair Carbide case features a wonderfully sleek and modern design and gives off Star Wars vibes to boot, making it perfect for film buffs as well. The RGB capabilities are also vast and limited only by one’s imagination. Given its mid-tower size, it is also quite a compact option.

2- Accuracy and speed are the name of the game

Corsair is largely known for their components, and not so much for their peripherals. However, there are a few gems in their catalogue, and the Corsair Nightsword RGB Gaming Mouse is one of them! It may not look flashy, but it sure packs a heck of a feature set! From a highly accurate 18 000 DPI sensor, smart programmable buttons and even RGB technology, what is not to love?

Give your gamer an upgrade in accuracy and speed this Christmas.

3- Immerse your gamer in sound 

Immersive audio is very important when it comes to gaming. However, not all headsets are up to the task. Thankfully, the Corsair Void Pro is one of the better options available. The headset takes advantage of Genuine Dolby Headphone 7.1 software, which goes hand-in-hand with the custom-built 50mm drivers installed in each ear cup.

This wonderful combination delivers powerful mid-tones, a heavy bass, and exceptionally high tones - effectively covering the entire spectrum. It also sits comfortably, and features RGB! It is available in either black or white, and comes in two variants: wired and wireless. 

4- Help them Git Gud 

Rage quitting. Every gamer knows the struggle! This is why a good keyboard should be able to withstand a punch or two. The Corsair K68 is not only an RGB masterpiece, but it also features an extremely robust build that pairs well with classic Cherry MX Red mechanical switches. It is also water and dust resistant (IP32), which means it will be safe from any coffee or energy drink spills. It is the perfect gift for hardcore PC gamers.

From a cool-looking case to a premium headset, accurate gaming mouse, and even a keyboard and case, Corsair has it all for the gamers in your life! Better still, all of the aforementioned products will add some extra colour to any gaming setup. After all, nothing beats being able to RBG all the things!


Edward Swardt | Vamers 

LATEST GADGET TO COMBAT JUICE JACKING
Thursday 05 December 2019

DataBlock is set to launch its latest product that will prevent data theft from smart devices while allowing powering up at charging stations. 

Did you know according to the South African Banking Risk Information Centre (SABRIC) South Africa has the third-highest number of cybercrime victims worldwide, resulting in a loss of about R2.2 billion each year to cyber-attacks.

Many of these occur when charging a smart device in a public charging station.  

In its race towards thinner, smarter phones, the mobile sector cannot always promise optimum battery life, and therefore the charging stations are becoming increasingly popular. Public meeting places like coffee shops, offices and airport lounges offer the service of free charging ports and this technological trend is where a new cyberattack vector known as Juice Jacking comes to the fore.

Coined back in 2011, Juice Jacking is a cyber attack that commonly involves the installation of malware on to smartphones when inserting them into a USB charging terminal. This malware subsequently copies all the data stored on that device.

The tech used to compromise a public USB charging point is easily available and therefore puts many of its users at risk.

Enter DataBlock.

Simply put DataBlock is a USB connection that, when added to your charger, will prevent your private information and data being stolen by a third party.

USB charging ports pose a security risk as they transfer power but, in the process, could and usually do transfer data. This could mean images, phone numbers, passwords, which if in the wrong hands, can be very dangerous. 

“Fraudsters use this hacking system to enter into smart devices illegally and not only steal information but inject harmful malware into the device,” explains Bartkunsky.

Protecting our data inclusive of images, videos, banking details and passwords is vital which is why this is such a revolutionary piece of technology. It is safe, compact, easy to use, carry around and allows consumers to charge their phones without the anxiety of being hacked by cutting off all connections of the data transfer pins in the USB port while still allowing the power supply to flow through the device.

Data Block retails at between R100 and R150 but is available for a limited launch period at a discounted cost of R99 and is available here