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Conferences & Expos

  • Lenovo’s tweaked strategy includes simpler Motorola, supercomputers and PCs

    Lenovo today shed light on its performance in the EMEA region over the past few months, and the strategies it aims to implement. At its heart, the latter includes PCs. Naturally. But PCs are no longer Lenovo's be-all-and-end-all. The company cited two "growth engines" which including mobiles (MCG, or mobile business group) and servers (DCG). And it will also be investing in what it's calling the "fourth revolution", namely smart home devices, smart wearables and alternative reality. Lenovo notes that it holds the second position on the global sales podium in terms of Android tablets and Windows tablets, but retains the lead...

  • Acer’s gorgeous Aspire S24 will not be coming to South Africa

    In true IFA 2017 spirit, Acer today announced the latest addition to its long-running Aspire range. But no, it's not a laptop. Instead, the Acer Aspire S24 is an all-in-one that's thinner at some points than the average smartphone. Acer claims that the display portion of the device tips the tape at just 5.97mm, boasting even thinner bezels. 2017 really is the year the world declared war against bezels. In terms of pixels, the screen will sport a 1920x1080 resolution within a 23.8-inch screen. The Acer Aspire S24 is an all-in-one that's thinner than the average smartphone As for internals, the Aspire S24 will...

  • IFA 2017: Acer tosses Core i9, 4 Vega graphics cards into beastly PC

    It's IFA 2017 time already, as the world's tech manufacturers descend on Germany for the massive event. Acer has wasted little time in showing off its wares though, headlined by the Predator Orion 9000 gaming PC. The desktop packs an 18-core, 36 thread Intel Core i9 processor, as well as your choice of up to four AMD Radeon RX Vega graphics cards or two GeForce GTX1080Ti graphics cards. In other words, virtual reality and 8K should be well supported here, Acer claims. The company adds that the new machine also has support for up to 128GB of DDR4 RAM. Acer also revealed the...

  • EGE 2017: 3 SA indie titles to watch

    This year's running of EGE 2017 was all about esports, but that didn't mean we didn't get to see some local gaming goodness, with IESA having a respectable stand and Matt 'RogueCode' Cavanagh also showing off his long time coming shooter. Here are three local titles, shown off at EGE, that are worth keeping an eye on. We no doubt missed a title or three (I didn't even know JetStream was available to play, for instance), so drop us a mail if you want to talk about your game. VALA The only one on the list I didn't get to play, owing...

  • EGE 2017: what did we make of it?

    The Electronics and Gaming Expo (EGE) has to be one of the gaming industry's success stories in recent years. After years without a gaming expo, Cape Town finally got one in 2015, and it wasn't a bad first showing. The second running of the event, which took place last year, saw things notably step up, with much bigger floor space and an esports emphasis. Unfortunately, aside from Ster-Kinekor Entertainment/PlayStation, there wasn't much in the way of blockbuster publisher support. But a healthy local game dev scene and loads of esports tournaments went a long way to filling that gap. Now, we're...

  • Better late than never: Pippa’s E3 2017 diary

    E3 came and went quite some time ago. But with Cape Town's own EGE having come and gone, now's a good a time as any to take a look back. And what better way to look back than reading Pippa Tshabalala's E3 diary, having attended the week-long extravaganza herself? My first entry in a while Dear Diary, Sorry I haven't written in a while, but I've been REALLY busy. There's just so much going on at the moment, but something very exciting happened to me today however and I just had to tell someone! I was asked to go to E3 by the organisers...

  • E3 2017: get your conference times here

    The world's most prominent gaming expo, E3, kicks off in just under two weeks, promising plenty of surprises and details for gamers. Want to watch the conferences but not sure what time they start? We've got the timetable for you, found below. They'll also be streamed live on Twitch (and most companies will stream it via their YouTube pages). Electronic Arts The huge third-party publisher will no doubt show off some FIFA (and "banter"), as well as Star Wars Battlefront 2 and other wares. The company's E3 conference kicks off on Saturday 10 June at 12pm PT. In South Africa, this is 9pm...

  • Intel Core i9: six things worth knowing

    Intel made a huge splash this week when it announced the Core i9 processor. Of course, 9 is higher than 7 (duh), so you'd expect it to be powerful (bigger duh). But what are the key things to know about the new chip? A lot of cores and threads The Intel Core i9 Extreme Edition has a monster 18 cores and 36 threads, clearly being designed for the one-percenter wanting to one-up their middle class friends. Otherwise, the company says the new chips are made with "advanced gaming, VR and content creation in mind". It's part of Intel's new X-Series family Yep, the Core i9...

  • Game Critic Awards: ‘Best of Show’ winners of the last decade

    The Game Critic Awards is an annual event that "recognises the games that will shape the future of interactive entertainment". It awards gaming titles that had a hands-on demonstration at Los Angeles’ Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), the winners being determined by various prominent global video game publications. In the next few weeks we will be taking a look at the winners of the various categories, providing us with a glimpse of the changing landscape of games over the last decade. For our first piece, we will be looking at the big guns, the winners of the "Best of Show" award....

  • CES 2017: Xiaomi Mi TV 4 is thinner than iPhone 7

    We've seen several TVs shown off at CES 2017 this week, but Xiaomi's Mi TV 4 might just be the most visually impressive set yet. The Mi TV 4 is 37% thinner than the iPhone 7, the Chinese colossus claimed, being 4.98mm thin with a "frameless" display to boot. To be fair, it's not of uniform thickness, with the bottom third of the TV being almost 40mm thick. In a rather interesting move, the motherboard, ports and sound system are in a separate "TV bar" that's attached to the actual display by a single cable. If it sounds familiar, it's because...