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  • Apple Store trolls, ‘Life Is Strange’ and Twitch defeats Pokemon: the TGIF Video Roundup

    TGIF, and we really shouldn’t be at work, but that won’t stop us from gandering through the week’s best tech, gadget and gaming videos, now will it? If you missed last week’s roundup, catch it below. Read more: ‘Pixels’, ‘Final Fantasy XV’ and GearVR babies: the TGIF Video Roundup Finally, the long, dreary week has spat out its fair number of glorious videos for us Friday fellows to indulge. Videos this week range from the influence of David Lynch in video games to the latest The Evil Within DLC trailer (which is ridiculously short, mind). Of course, in between all of this...

  • Virtual noses in VR headsets reduce sickly symptoms, studies suggest

    Virtual reality is cool, and it is the future undoubtedly, but the headsets currently available invariably make users really, really sick. But that could be remedied by using something as simple as a nose. No, seriously. “The problem is your perceptual system does not like it when the motion of your body and your visual system are out of synch,” explains assistant professor at Purdue University David Whittinghill to Phys.org. “So if you see motion in your field of view you expect to be moving, and if you have motion in your eyes without motion in your vestibular system [what most mammals use...

  • Windows 10 SDK now available for crafting universal apps

    Developers can now start building universal apps for Microsoft‘s Windows 10 operating system, as the company released the Windows 10 SDK. The SDK will allow developers to craft apps across the entire Windows 10 spectrum, from smartphones to tablets, computers and the Xbox platform. The first SDK will allow developers to scale apps to screen sizes and polish both touch and pointing device interactions. Windows 10 will effectively be the launchpad for all Windows and Microsoft branded devices going forward, with the OS spanning an incredibly wide range of usage cases and implementations. The SDK will allow developers to leverage this, and...

  • Android Lollipop’s ‘on-body detection’ smartlock seems slightly useful

    While reducing bulk may be one of Android Lollipop‘s objectives, Google is adding features to the latest version of Android that’s finally making it onto devices. The new on-body detection is a form of lock mode that allows the phone to sense its surroundings and react accordingly. Does it sound cool? Yes indeed. Is it any more useful than longer battery life? No. Essentially, the system uses the phone’s built in accelerometer to detect whether or not the device is on your person or in your hand. While the device is moving (sensing subtle movements of your body), it will...

  • ‘Pixels’, ‘Final Fantasy XV’ and GearVR babies: the TGIF Video Roundup

    TGIF, and we really shouldn’t be at work, but that won’t stop us from gandering through the week’s best tech, gadget and gaming videos, now will it? If you missed last week’s roundup, catch it below. Read more: ‘Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune’, ‘Project Cars’ and HTC Vive demo: this week’s TGIF Video Roundup After a week of disappointment, the gaming and technology world has unveiled some sweet and savory goodies for us to indulge. For one, we kick off with a new movie trailer, from the brains (or lack thereof) behind Billy Madison, Big Daddy and Grown Ups. That’s right, it’s Adam Sandler’s...

  • Microsoft Lumia 430 dual SIM brings Skype, Minecraft to the masses

    Microsoft is on the budget phone war path it seems, after launching a slew of low-cost smartphones in the recent weeks. Without a hint of a flagship in sight, another budget Lumia has emerged, this time dubbed the Microsoft Lumia 430 dual SIM. As the latter half of the moniker would suggest, the handset boasts slots for two SIMs should the user desire. What’s more, is that the Microsoft Lumia 430 is just US$70. No South African pricing information has been made available as yet, unfortunately. To gloss over the specs, the Microsoft Lumia 430 features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 SoC...

  • iPhone 6s rumour roundup: ‘Apple Phone’, anyone?

    Feature image: iFixit iPhone 6s, iPhone 7, whatever. All we know is that an upgraded iPhone is coming later this year and there are plenty of things flying around about it. The world isn’t small enough nor is it big enough to render Apple fan’s squeaks inaudible, so while the company ripens in the Cupertino sunshine, the rumours will flow. That’s why we’ve decided to introduce an entirely new iPhone rumour roundup article, encompassing what is likened to be the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. Of course, there’s no real way to know in all certainty that Apple is planning an...

  • Nvidia GTX Titan X could restart a planet with GM200 core, 12GB VRAM [update]

    Update: South African prices have been released for the MSI, EVGA and Gigabyte GTX Titan X. The prices you ask? Well, they range between R16 999 and R18 999, with the EVGA GTX Titan X OC edition leading the line in terms of price. Nvidia has been faffing around with other things this year, namely shoving mobile computing chips in cars at CES 2015, and announcing Android consoles in the form of the Shield at GDC 2015, but thankfully the company hasn’t forgotten how to make insane graphics cards. The Nvidia GTX Titan X is the latest flagship in the...

  • Patch Tuesday March 2015: Stuxnet and FREAK patched, two updates causing issues [update]

    Update (18 March): Microsoft has re-released the KB3002657, but only for Windows Server 2003. The company advises that even if the patch didn’t cause issues, it is advised that version two of the patch be installed over it. Here’s an excerpt from the updated security bulletin: To avoid the possibility of future detection logic problems, Microsoft recommends that customers running Windows Server 2003 who have already successfully installed the 3002657 update also apply update 3002657-v2 even though they are already protected from this vulnerability. Customers running other Microsoft operating systems are not affected by this rerelease and do not need to...

  • Windows 10 will compress system files to increase user storage

    Microsoft really is gunning to reclaim its groupie love that was severed in Windows 10, often delving into some of the more innocuous annoyances of Windows 8, but in the decade where media storage is perhaps at its all time high, Microsoft is looking to eke even more juice from those drives of yours. Windows 10, as the company explained in a blog post, will be able to compress its system files giving the user more storage for those cat pictures and game fail clips. This may not sound like much, but considering that an install of Android on smartphones with...

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