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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.
  • OnePlus 3 scraps invite purchasing scheme, launches 14 June

    OnePlus, the Chinese company teaching consumers the basics of numerical progression, has announced that its next flagship phone will debut on 14 June. Aptly called the OnePlus 3, the device will sport some spiffy top-end hardware, but the chief change is beyond its skin. This time around consumers can purchase the phone without an invite. "We’re releasing the OnePlus 3 invite-free, right from launch day. In addition, invites are gone forever from future OnePlus product launches," revealed the company on its blog. That's major. In fact, it now suggests that OnePlus feels that its big enough to stand on its own two...

  • Pac-Man 256 brings local multiplayer to PC, PlayStation 4 & Xbox One in June

    Pac-Man has pretty much seen it all as a grandfather of gaming titles. It's been around since 1980, and has been an integral building block in the gaming world. But now it's getting a second wind. Pac-Man 256 is heading to PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on 21 June, thanks to Bandai Namco and developer Hipster Whale (of Crossy Road fame). This reworked version, stemming from the mobile game, is developed by 3 Sprockets. So console and PC Pac-Man 256, while entertaining players with the age-old Pac-Man mechanics, is also getting a multiplayer arena. Note, that includes local multiplayer as...

  • DOOM is a fever dream of bullets and gore, according to latest footage

    We all knew that Bethesda's reinvention of the iconic Doom franchise was going to be bloodier and quicker than previous titles, but my, this is a bit crazy. While the objective is clear (find things that aren't human, and kill them), the game does look particularly fun, if darting down corridors, jumping on platforms and mowing down everything that moves is your idea of fun. The same sequence was filmed during Nvidia's demo of the GTX 1080 which it launched earlier this week using the OpenGL successor Vulcan API. Related: Nvidia GTX 1080 faster than a Titan X, costs nearly half as...

  • ColorWare’s $300 Titan is an Xbox One Elite in a swanky jacket

    We love custom console controllers (and we'll have an Xbox One Elite review ready for your perusal soon), but there's one major problem with them: they're a bit expensive. Take ColorWare's latest limited edition Xbox One Eite controller for example (spotted by WindowsCentral). Dubbed the Titan, it retails for a cool US$299 -- that's just US$100 less than the Xbox One itself and about double the price of the standard Elite. Mental. Still, visually at least, it's worth lusting over if you ask us. Disappointingly though, what you see isn't quite carbon fibre, but a "custom gold carbon fiber graphic" paying homage to...

  • Blizzard extends Overwatch beta as ‘thank you’ to players

    Players indulging in Overwatch, Blizzard's promising online hero shooter, can look forward to spending a little more time with the game this week. The company has announced via Battle.net that the beta will not close today, Monday 9 May, as previously scheduled, but will be extended by a day. This means that the beta will now shutter Tuesday 10 May at 7pm SAST. For those in the States, that's 10am Pacific. And in terms of Blizzard's thoughts on the beta, it seems that it has all the information it needs before launch: Over the last week, we've also had the opportunity to listen...

  • Shadwen will launch on computers, PS4 on 17 May

    Upcoming stealth-action game Shadwen is heading to the PlayStation 4, PC, Mac OS X and Linux systems on 17 May, developed Frozenbyte announced today. The Finnish developer, that previously developed the likes of Trine, also notes that the game will be available on a bevy of platforms, including Steam, PSN, GOG and Humble. "Shadwen is a stealth-action game where the only rule is to remain unseen. Stay hidden - or the ruthless guards will kill you on sight!," the presser explains. The game also encourages freedom of movement, cautious play and uses a clever time mechanic akin to Superhot -- time stands...

  • Dishonored 2 gets 11 November launch date

    It took the company long enough, but finally Bethesda has announced that Dishonored 2 is due for release on PC, Playstation 4 and Xbox One on 11 November. Announced at E3 2015, the game is fairly long in the tooth, considering that the previous title launched way back in 2012. The game, again developed by Arkane Studios, is the first sequel in the Dishonored series and finally gives gamers a choice between playing as a much older Emily Kaldwin or the ever creepy Corvo Attano. Naturally, killing things silently is the name of the game, but Arkane has noted that Dishonored 2...

  • 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 British-based 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 spokesperson...

  • 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...