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All posts by Graham van der Made: Staff Reporter

  • ‘SpeedLink Decus’ gaming mouse review: a budget extravaganza

    Gamers usually buy the best gaming mouse money can buy, or at least one they can afford. The device needs to at least be responsive, have mappable buttons, and adjustable DPI speeds. SpeedLink has been around for over a year now in the South African market, but has yet to make a full forced impact in it. With a budget mouse like the Decus, they may just have a chance. The Decus is the high-end of SpeedLink’s gaming mouse spectrum. It is touted as a professional gaming mouse with ultimate ergonomics. Locally, the mouse is priced at a sweet R699....

  • GEKKOPOD review: a flexible, funky smartphone mount

    There are numerous tripod solutions available for smartphones and digital cameras; some of them good, some of them bad. How many mounts can wrap around a tree branch while holding a camera? The GEKKOPOD can. Funded on Kickstarter in under twelve hours, GEKKOPOD is the brainchild of Zuckerim, a Jerusalem-based company. The device has been developed for smartphone and camera users alike looking for a more flexible tripod solution. There are two features setting GEKKOPOD apart from its competition: its flexible legs and lizard-like feet. At first glance, the device appears to portray some sort of cheap gimmick, or something you'd...

  • ‘Ryse: Son of Rome’ review: Veni, vidi, fail

    It's difficult to gauge launch titles for new gaming consoles. Sure, these titles are supposed to show off what the console is capable of, but at the same time the developers haven't fully 'unlocked' the system and all of its potential. Ryse: Son of Rome was a launch title of the Xbox One, a year and a half later we see if it still rises to the challenge. Developed by Crytek, the studio behind the original Far Cry and the Crysis series, Ryse is their first foray into a more historical title. I use the word historical in the lightest...

  • ‘Lara Croft: Relic Run’ review: tomb raiding your wallet

    Most of us are suckers for punishment. No, what I mean is most of us have enjoyed at least one freemium game, whether it be a social farmer or a dumbed-down city-planner. And hey, maybe you’ve sunk a bit of cash into one. I’ll raise my hand and say I have; I don’t remember what it was, but I remember feeling dirty afterwards. I’ve paid for freemium content. Square Enix decided to cash-in once more on this model and gave us Lara Croft: Relic Run. It’s an endless runner based off of the old Lara. But is raiding tombs really...

  • Vodacom, CTSB help the blind through new smartphone technology, kiosks

    Smartphones are everywhere and a large part of our society. Year on year smartphone usage is overtaking traditional desktop platforms. For most of us using one of these devices the smooth screen and lack of buttons have become second-nature. Yes, it probably took some time to adapt from traditional button phones -- my adjustment took a while. For Visually Impaired People (VIP) it's a completely different story, and an area requiring more awareness. Like those of us who have sight, VIPs want the latest technology -- more specifically smartphones -- as well. The devices hold a robust range of features...

  • ‘Halo 3: ODST’ now available on Xbox One

    Along with Halo: Reach, ODST is one of the only core Halo games where you don't play as series' protagonist, Master Chief. Reach still has you playing as Spartans, but ODST is more of a "lower-decks" story. Now it's available to Xbox One owners. Released in 2009, ODST was originally set to be an add-on to the Xbox 360's Halo 3, but eventually released as a stand-alone package. Taking place during the events of Halo 2, you take on the role of Orbital Drop Shock Troopers (ODST), along with Reach, are my two favourite Halo games Halo: The Master Chief Collection...

  • Hold Tony’s Stark in your hand thanks to Samsung

    After much teasing, Samsung recently teased a limited edition variant of their Galaxy S6 Edge phone. The South Korean company is capitalising on Marvel's current popularity and designed the phone around Iron Man, arguably the best Avenger. This limited edition offering is coloured red with gold trims, similar to the MK VII (featured in The Avengers). The phone is packaged in a special Iron Man-themed box, includes a see-through cover, and has a wireless charger modelled after the suit's Arc Reactor power core. It also comes pre-installed with a custom Iron Man theme. Read more: Samsung Galaxy S6 review: rightful leader of the Android...

  • Flexible smartphone mount GEKKOPOD funded in 12 hours on Kickstarter

    It's always difficult finding a decent mount for your camera or smartphone. Most of the packed-in ones aren't worth the plastic they're made from while others fall over on any surface. Zuckerim Studio thinks they have the answer with GEKKOPOD. GEKKOPOD has been designed as a flexible and easy-to-use stand. It's five limbs are modeled after a lizard's hand in order to give maximum grip and stability. Due to its flexible design, the GEKKOPOD can wrap around almost any surface, such as a stick or wire fencing -- perfect for those sheep selfies on the farm. Included with the device is...

  • EA teases new ‘Need for Speed’ screen

    Last year, Electronic Arts (EA) didn't release a new entry into its popular Need for Speed series. This is the first time in a decade the yearly title hasn't received a new entry. The company stated a new title was in the works, but would require an extended development cycle. EA has released a teaser image for the new untitled game, but it doesn't give away much. Featured above, the teaser shows a green sports car on a rain-slick road. The words "Speed Hunters" are printed on the car's tyre, which could signify the name of the new entry. EA's...

  • ‘Crysis: Analogue Edition’ board game now on Kickstarter

    A popular trend over the years is converting popular video games into board games. Some of the more notable properties are Gears of War, Doom, X-Com, Bioshock: Infinite, and Civilization. Crysis is the latest game to receive the tabletop treatment. Crysis: Analogue Edition is marketed as a tactical board game for 2-8 players. The game will feature two gameplay variants: Team Instant Action, which is standard death match, and Capture the Relay, a team capture the flag mode. Set during the events of Crysis 3, players will be able to play as either the US Special Forces or Cell as...