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  • AG Ghost review: you can do better for less

    Here's the thing about the AG Ghost: as tempting as it is to review it as a R5000 phone, you just can't. That's not what it is. If you want to review it fairly, you have to review it as a R5000 package. Even with that in mind though, I can't say it'd be high up on the list of devices I'd recommend to my friends and family. When seen as a comprehensive package, the Ghost simply isn't good or different enough to really stand out from the competition. And, with a little effort, you could probably do better. The whole package If...

  • Android Marshmallow update roundup: Samsung Galaxy S5 will not get the update

    Google just loves confectionery and after the slow adoption rate of Android Lollipop, Google will hope that the softer Android Marshmallow will filter through devices more efficiently. Although many smartphones haven't even received Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, there's already talk from other manufacturers about their move to the latest, bleeding edge version of Android. So, with that said, when will your device receive its Android Marshmallow update? Marshmallow will be officially released in September, so we should expect some degree of chatter about it fairly soon. We'll be updating this piece regularly as more information per manufacturer is made available, so stay tuned...

  • LG Rolly is a solid wand-like foldable keyboard for tablets, smartphones

    LG has been churning some great ideas from its Seoul headquarters, and its latest is about as cool as it gets. Earlier this year, we saw Microsoft debut its foldable keyboard for smartphones and tablets, and now LG has a reply. A much, much cooler reply at that. Introducing the Rolly. Yes, it's a strange hipster-inspired name but it's a rather ingenious little invention. It's a portable keyboard that, for all intents and purposes, turns into a stick that one can store neatly in a laptop bag or purse. Or pocket, as LG claims. It's not a practice in skimping either. LG...

  • Gearburn on Hashtag Radio episode #2: mid-range phones, online security and more Windows 10

    Gearburn on Hashtag Radio is a new monthly segment where our editor Andy Walker, Hashtag Radio’s Zaid Kriel and another in-studio guest talk gaming, gadgets and all things tech. This week, TFG Tech Magazine editor Gavin Dudley joins the conversation. It has been another bumper week in technology, and that's without even mentioning IFA 2015 coming up next week. With that as a launch pad, and the recently launched LG G4 Beat as the fuel, we discuss the onslaught of mid-range phones that look to undercut their more expensive flagship siblings. Which mid-range device should you buy? What defines a mid-range smartphone?...

  • Windows 10 now calls 75-million devices home

    Microsoft's on quite a software run of late. After unveiling versions of its Office platform for the likes of iOS and Android earlier this year, it put the cherry on top with Windows 10 -- the OS that was billed to reinvigorate the stagnant Redmond company. Based on new data, it seems that the latter claim was absolutely accurate. Windows 10 has been installed on a notable 75-million devices in just under a month since its worldwide launch. That's insanely impressive, but largely down to the free installation model. To put this number into perspective, according to Ars Technica, Windows 8...

  • YouTube Gaming: what to expect from Google’s game streaming service

    We've come a long way, baby, from the early days of game streaming. Twitch, the now household-name game streaming platform, kicked us off back in June 2011 when the entire concept was a relatively infant one (considering its birth from Justin.tv, game streaming really has taken off in a big way). The company's now owned by Amazon, but it hasn't exactly deviated much from its initial goal: allowing gamers the means to broadcast their online games cheaply, efficiently and without issue. Today, Google will unveil its response to Twitch dubbed YouTube Gaming. And although it has the YouTube moniker glinting in...

  • Ware of the Week: Zomato

    In our weekly series, Ware of the Week, we showcase our favourite organised lines of code from the world of mobile and desktop computing. In today’s edition, we look at an app that’s about as perfect a fit for Cape Town's foodie scene than anything we've seen before — Zomato. If you missed our previous Ware of the Week, catch it below. Read more: Ware of the Week: Opera Max Food is essential to life, but good food is arguably essential when having a good time, especially in the big city. Cape Town is slowly transforming into one of the world's...

  • Samsung Galaxy A7 arrives in South Africa with swanky exterior

    Amid Samsung's relentless push of its flagship and seriously expensive smartphones to business folk and power users, it has been silently working on a few mid-rangers aimed to fill the pockets of more sensible users. Samsung has announced that the Samsung Galaxy A7 is one of these devices, is now available in South Africa. To clarify its place in the Samsung family, it sits above the A5 and A3 in the youthful budget segment. With a 5.5-inch screen, it's not exactly small but it does cater for those fancying a little more screen estate. There's a generous slathering of pixels too...

  • Local game ‘Jungle Beat’ claims top spot on South Africa iTunes Store

    Locally developed video game Jungle Beat reached the number one spot on iTunes South Africa's top paid game apps. What makes the achievement unique is not just the game's local roots, but it is also based off of a pre-existing licence. Jungle Beat is a platforming game aimed at all ages. Each stage has the player collecting bananas and letters to complete the word "BEAT". While doing so, they will play as various animals, which all have their own unique play style and ability. Managing Director of Sunrise Productions, Tim Keller, elaborates on the mechanics: The Jungle Beat game is a puzzle platformer...

  • The Flock: the game with a death-dependent self-destruct button

    In recent years there has been a great increase in the number of indie gaming studios and this has resulted in a market saturated with gaming titles. Because of this, indie studios now need to take more and more innovative approaches to make their titles stand out from the endless sea of games. One such studio is Dutch indie developer Vogelsap (translated as "Bird Juice"), who have come up with a very intriguing concept for their soon-to-be-released first-person multiplayer horror game, The Flock. Their twist is that The Flock will only be available for purchase on Steam for a limited amount...