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All posts by Nur Bremmen: Staff Reporter

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.
  • RIP: Lionhead Studios is officially no more

    Hammering the final nail into the coffin, Microsoft has officially shut down developer Lionhead Studios. After 20 years and 13 video games, the Peter Molyneux-founded company is no more. The news first surfaced in March when Microsoft announced the discontinuation of Fable Legends and their discussions with Lionhead employees about the studio's closure. "We can confirm that after much consideration over the six-week consultation period with Lionhead employees, we have reached the decision to close Lionhead Studios. We have nothing but heart-felt thanks for the team at Lionhead for their significant contributions to Xbox and the games industry," writes a Microsoft...

  • Nativ wants to make music a visual experience for audiophiles

    This is a strange opening sentence, but bear with me: music is becoming ever more visual the deeper we sink our lives in the internet and the so-called Internet of Things. This is largely thanks to faster connections, the prevalence of screens and services like YouTube, Netflix and the audio equivalents. A new IndieGoGo product exemplifies this fusion. A company dubbed Nativ, under the wing of CEO Michael Li, aims to craft a "state-of-the-art high-resolution music system" from which users can access a bevy of multimedia. The Vita, which is the business end of the system, is an 11.6-inch touchscreen on...

  • BlackBerry to launch two mid-range Android phones in 2016

    For BlackBerry, 2016 is still young especially since its PRIV sales have been less than spectacular. The company sold 600 000 phones in its last fiscal quarter, indicating that its R14 000 flagship barely made a scratch on its overall sales decline. Now, CEO John Chen has announced that his company will launch two mid-range smartphones running on Android this year to prop up the PRIV, and provide some much needed respite. Speaking to Abu Dhabi's The National, Chen notes that launching the "too high-end" PRIV before its mid-range phones wasn't "as wise as it should have been." "A lot of enterprise...

  • Doom multiplayer beta will be bloodying servers from tomorrow

    ID Software's next incarnation of the Doom franchise will be released on 13 May. Until then, those eligible can play its multiplayer component and frag their "friends." Starting from tomorrow, and lasting until 3 April, eligible players will be able to take part in the Doom multiplayer closed beta. It will include the team death match and warpath modes playable with the Heatwave and Sacrilegious maps. If you purchased a copy of Wolfenstein: The New Order and it came with a Doom code, you'll need to redeem it through this website. The last original Doom title was released back in 2004. Yes, it's...

  • Capcom purges persistent rage-quitters’ points in Street Fighter V

    Ryu doesn't like it when you rage-quit, and neither does Capcom. In its latest Unity blog post, the publisher has stated that it's clamping down on persistent rage-quitters. For those who have rock-solid internet connections, rage-quitting involves deliberately leaving a Street Fighter V head-to-head bout just prior to getting your ass kicked. It's the digital equivalent of running away from life's problems, but is much more beneficial. Ensuring that their win percentage remains high, rage-quitters generally stand to benefit from a healthier points tally in the league system. But Capcom, as it promised last week, is clamping down on repeat offenders. "Starting...

  • Huawei P9 unashamedly leaks, bares all angles

    The Huawei P9 is about as ready as a Sunday pot roast it seems, at least if the latest images acquired by Venturebeat are to be believed. Markedly absent at MWC 2016, the Huawei P9 was instead usurped by the company's debut Windows 10 convertible notebook -- the MateBook. Not to be outdone aesthetically though, the Huawei P9 will sport dual rear cameras with 12MP sensors each, dual-tone flash as well, and a fingerprint reader, according to the images. The latter feature will play nicely with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow (almost definitely running Huawei's UI), and the self-built HiSilicon Kirin 955 chipset. Sources...

  • The PlayStation TV is dead in Japan

    Hands up if you saw this one coming. The death knell has finally sounded for PlayStation TV as Sony this weekend pulled the micro-console from the Japanese PlayStation Store. Effectively, this means that if you're in Japan, and looking for the novelty TV box, you're out of luck. Spotted by NeoGAF members, users logging into the PlayStation Store in Japan are met with a "sales have reached completion" notice. It has perhaps been a long time coming for Sony PlayStation's least favourite current-gen device, but a likely outcome nonetheless. Related: PlayStation TV micro-console streams PS4 content to additional screen in the...

  • LG G5 joins Samsung Galaxy S7 in shirking microSD card app installs

    There's no such thing as a perfect phone, and the Samsung Galaxy S7 is probably the best recent example. After Samsung righted its wrongs by placing a microSD card slot on the phone, it goes and disables app installs onto the card, effectively crippling the device's capabilities. Now, not to be outdone, LG has done exactly the same thing with the LG G5. Android's Marshmallow OS boasts a feature that allows users to install apps onto the microSD card. It's particularly useful if you happen to install a ton of games (something the Samsung Galaxy S7 was punting profusely at launch)....

  • Samsung Galaxy S7 won’t let you install apps on the microSD card

    Quick question: how many apps do you have installed on your phone right now? If you're getting by with a measly 16GB of storage, you can sit back and relax. However, if you're finding that 32GB is just not enough and rely on external storage, you should probably sit up and listen, especially if you're planning to purchase the Samsung Galaxy S7. Samsung has decided to strip the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge of Android Marshmallow's inclusive storage feature, which allows apps to be installed on the microSD card as well as the internal storage bank. So in essence,...

  • HP Elite X3: a feature-rich phablet running Windows 10

    It's not often that you hear the words "exciting smartphone" in the same sentence as "HP", so take heed. The new HP Elite X3 is the company's most exciting smartphone probably ever. In its bid to revive its ailing revenue streams and shrinking household name, HP is looking to restablish itself in the smartphone scene, and where better to punt its wares than in the market it knows -- the enterprise. "Commercial mobility is prime for disruption, and has never seen innovation at this scale," HP's CEO Dion Wiesler explains in a press release. "The HP Elite x3 is a revolutionary mobile...