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  • Huawei launches twin-camera Honor 6 Plus, does iPhones better than Apple

    Huawei makes some good handsets without copying any of its rivals, so when the company launches a phone that’s pretty much an iPhone 6 Plus imitator — from its name to it’s physical appearance — you’re inclined to scratch your head. At least I am. The Huawei Honor 6 Plus is a gorgeous phone in its own right though (don’t get me wrong) and hilariously, is probably a better bargain than the phone it takes its name from. Unveiled to the world this week in Beijing, the Honor 6 Plus may sound like it’s rival and look like it’s rival, but...

  • 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...

  • ‘Final Fantasy XV’ demo will reward hardcore fans, be super exclusive

    Is it safe to say that Final Fantasy XV is one of the most eagerly anticipated games ever made? I think so. The game was announced by Square Enix back in the Victorian Era, and since then there’s been a lot of speculation and hearsay regarding this title. “Will it be made?” was one common thread, but all sources seem to indicate that it’s still a very tangible prospect. Frustratingly though, most fans won’t be able to play the demo if they don’t jump a few hurdles first. Purchasing Final Fantasy Type-0 HD Collector’s Edition will guarantee those lucky few a...

  • Torrent the internet with BitTorrent’s ‘Project Maelstrom’ browser

    With the recent upheaval net neutrality has caused and the most popular torrent host, The Pirate Bay, shutting down, it seems more people are gunning for an open, equal internet and content distribution. BitTorrent is one such company and is subsequently building its own way to that goal. Project Maelstrom is “a web browser that can power a new way for web content to be published, accessed and consumed,” the presser notes. Essentially, it works on the principles of the BitTorrent philosophy of distribution to create “an internet powered by people.” Don’t get me wrong. This browser won’t make it easier to...

  • ‘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...

  • Orange to open physical store in Cape Town early 2015 [Gallery]

    South Africa might not be the biggest world market when it comes to technology adoption or sales, but that doesn’t stop companies recognising its potential. After trading online for much of its life in this country, Orange — the French telecoms giant, renowned for making a name for itself in a variety of tech endeavours  — is opening its first South African brick and mortar retail store in January 2015. The store will be located in the Cape Town suburb of Claremont, and will be the first of its kind in the country. Orange, along with offering some of the latest...

  • December Patch Tuesday: Microsoft issues critical updates for Windows, Internet Explorer

    December’s Patch Tuesday has passed without so much as a squeak, but that doesn’t mean important updates and patches weren’t pushed to Microsoft Windows machines. Redmond has released a bundle of patches that addresses security and stability issues in its Windows products and supported software, including the company’s Office suite and the Internet Explorer browser. For the actual Windows ecosystem however, only seven bulletins have been published with three rated as “critical”, or “don’t think twice about installing that patch” urgent. Other Microsoft products also received updates, including the Internet Explorer browser, which has been given a cumulative update, while the Office...

  • 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...

  • Sold-out PlayStation 4 Anniversary Edition selling for up to $20k on eBay

    You know that super-rare, nostalgia-inducing PlayStation 4 Anniversary Edition console that Sony just released, right? Well, it just got even more exclusive. That’s right, all 12 300 of them are sold out and those Sony fans who didn’t get one are throwing an internet fit. Annoyingly, and much to Sony’s discredit, the company decided to distribute many of the consoles at this past weekend’s PlayStation Experience event in Las Vegas. But what happened to the others? It seems that without any warning, the console went live online catching weary-eyed gamers and collectors unaware. All consoles available sold out in under two...

  • 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...

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