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Nur Bremmen: Staff reporter
Nur is an enigma with a passion for creating words. He recently entered a love affair with technology and chorizo sausages. He travels a lot -- you catch him, if you can, at a Silicon Cape event every now and again.
  • Microsoft’s Lumia Denim update gives snappers 4K video recording

    Microsoft‘s Lumia Denim update has arrived just before Christmas, and with good reason, bringing with it improvements to imaging, the introduction of 4K video recording and an all-round faster camera app. Unfortunately the update’s only arriving for users of the Lumia 830, 930, 1520 or Icon in India and Europe at the time of writing. What those lucky users do get however is a slew of new camera refinements, including a “faster and more intuitive Lumia Camera app” and “Rich Capture” mode to simplify snapping in HDR, with Dynamic Flash and Dynamic Exposure. Perhaps the most interesting update is the “Moment Capture”...

  • Tonino Lamborghini 88 Tauri is the $6000 iPhone 6-killer from Italy

    We’ve seen some stupidly beautiful smartphones this year from the likes of British luxury brand Vertu and BlackBerry‘s Porsche partnership but another marque has joined the fray — Tonino Lamborghini. Although it might seem like car manufacturers are now getting in on the mobile devices game, Tonino Lamborghini has been around for quite a while. The great Ferruccio Lamborghini — the founder of the bull-inspired car marque — can thank his son for the luxury accessories brand. Although the company’s latest phone, dubbed the 88 Tauri — won’t cost the same as a Lamborghini with four wheels, it’s sure goes like...

  • ‘Mortal Kombat X’ will reportedly have no platform-exclusive characters

    Finally, it seems that some sanity has prevailed in the console gaming world. The executive producer of Mortal Kombat X — one of 2015’s most eagerly anticipated games — has announced that there will be no console-exclusive content for gamers to fight about off-screen. Shaun Himmerick, in conversation with Hardcore Gamer, has suggested that platform specific players will not feature in the game, meaning that Xbox users will get what PlayStation users get, and vice versa. This will bear true to other platforms of the game as well. Currently the only playable-by-pre-order character in the game is Goro who will feature...

  • Intel’s banking on Internet of Things technology, launches own IoT platform

    The Internet of Things (IoT) — now there’s a term we haven’t heard too much of lately. But Intel, the world’s leading chip maker, is getting in on the act. The company has announced that it will be bringing some order into a rather fragmented market, by launching its own IoT platform. Thanks to the lack of predefined standards and structures, the Internet of Things movement has suffered this year after such a monumental rise in late 2013. Intel hopes that its framework will help to remedy this, and bring about a new interest in the possibilities of the IoT world. “The...

  • Samsung debuts Gear VR ‘Innovator Edition’ headset for $199

    Samsung’s the latest company to out its virtual reality (VR) contender and it’s now on sale in the States for a mere US$199. Chasing after the likes of Facebook’s Oculus and Google Cardboard in the VR stakes, the availability of Gear VR wasn’t set in stone, but the company has sneaked this one in under everyone’s noses. The Samsung Gear VR is designed specifically to hold hands with the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 — the company’s flagship 5.7″ Quad HD-screened phablet. Like Google Cardboard, the user inserts the phablet into the Gear VR’s slot, connects the phone to the headset via USB...

  • Lizard Squad fells PlayStation Network in latest festive attack

    The festive season might be fast approaching, but the mood around the PlayStation Network camp can’t be too jolly. Lizard Squad, the group of online rebels that brought down Xbox Live last week, has (according to its Twitter account, at least) struck again. But it’s not one of Microsoft‘s platforms that’s suffering. PSN Login #offline #LizardSquad — Lizard Squad (@LizardPatrol) December 8, 2014 Those trying to access the PlayStation Store at the moment are greeted with an error message stating: “It’s not you. It’s the internet’s fault.” It’s not just the Store either. It would appear that PlayStation Network is down for console...

  • Sony PlayStation turns 20 today, celebrates with PS4 Anniversary Edition

    It’s been a long road for the current-gen consoles of today. Before many got their hands on a Sony PlayStation controller, gamers were fighting between Sega, Nintendo and Atari consoles. And then, in 1994, the world got its first glimpse of the PlayStation — the console to rule all consoles at the time. Today it’s a little more complicated than that. To be fair, Sony’s console has gone through a more affable development curve, and has catered to what its fans’ have asked for. And what would make PlayStation fans more happy than anything else in the world right now? A...

  • ‘Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’ gets a load of uber zombies in Havoc DLC pack [Video]

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare‘s trailer series has been epic thus far. Factor in those cut scenes, and we have something that could easily be a movie, rather than a game. Add some zombies to the mix however, and you have an apocalyptic dream world, bullet-flying nut house that made Resident Evil so lovable. I’m talking about the games of course, not the awful movies. Today, gamers are greeted with another trailer that shows the first chapter of the “Exo Zombies” co-op mode, coming in the January 2015 Havoc DLC pack. We’re not just talking normal zombies here either. These chaps have...

  • Head of Xbox One design reveals why the console’s such a portly beast

    Consoles have come along way in terms of graphics and power consumption since the days of Alex Kidd and company, so naturally, these machines have grown in size. But we’re pretty sure that no one would’ve predicted how big the Xbox One would grow to be. Carl Ledbetter, chief of the Xbox One‘s design squad has responded to criticisms of the size of the console, in an interview with MCV. It seems that Microsoft didn’t want the same issue with its previous console, that would often overheat and commit suicide at the most inconvenient moments. “Everybody gets frustrated,” explains Ledbetter, “because what...

  • FES is the 24-in-one smartwatch the fashion world’s been waiting for

    E-ink isn’t exactly a new technology. Amazon has been using it for ages in its Kindle e-reader range and Pebble has been crafting smartwatches from the peculiar substance for the past few years. Although the latest e-ink watch isn’t exactly a smartwatch in the purest sense, it’s probably the most spectacular. Fashion Entertainment‘s FES e-ink watch is all fashion. The screen essentially extends into the straps, which are also slathered in e-ink. At the touch of a button, the watch can rearrange its face and strap design within a few seconds. 24 of these presets are available, so one for every...

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