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  • Reports suggest iPad mini 4 could get split-view app support, super-thin design

    When Apple debuted the iPad Air 2 in October last year, the device woefully overshadowed the humble iPad mini 3, which received a few minor updates over its predecessor. New reports, however, suggest that the iPad mini 4 could support split-view app functionality, suggesting a stronger focus on the tablet's performance going forward. Alleged leaks further suggest that the tablet will feature a super-thin design. If 9to5Mac's reports are anything to go by, an update for OS X El Capitan’s Safari 9 browser illustrates split-screen support for the iPad mini. Due to processing limitations of running two apps alongside each other simultaneously, the...

  • Ubuntu Phone finally goes global

    The people of Europe and China have been able to enjoy the Ubuntu Phone experience for a good few months. And now, thanks to Spanish smartphone maker BQ, the rest of the world can too. The company has announced that it has begun shipping its Aquarius E5 Ubuntu smartphone across the globe. With a price tag of €199.90, it should hardly be surprising that the phone comes with fairly basic specs including a 5-inch 720 x 1280 display, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of memory (although you can bump that up with a Micro SD card), and a...

  • Microsoft officially releases Windows 10 IoT tools for Raspberry Pi 2, Minnowboard Max

    For all Windows 10 related views, breaking stories and deeper analysis, visit our comprehensive Windows 10 Hub before and after Microsoft’s big launch. Microsoft has a serious world-domination plan with Windows 10. Since the OS was officially launched last week, it's already taken over 3.5% of the global market. But as impressive that figure may be, it is only limited to desktop computers. Microsoft also wants Windows to become the go-to OS for mobile devices, it's Xbox One console, as well as the Internet of Things (IoT) -- one OS to rule them all, if you will. While it's been available in...

  • Microsoft celebrates a new beginning at Windows 10 Johannesburg launch

    Microsoft has opened a new chapter in its operating systems logbook when it launched Windows 10 at a carnival-like event in Newtown, Johannesburg. Mary Fitzgerald Square, historically a site for mass gatherings, was commandeered by Microsoft for one of 13 launches across the planet including the flagship event in Nairobi, Kenya, attended by none other than Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella. Along with inviting hundreds of local school children to experience Windows 10 for the first time, the company also opened the gates to traditional Windows fans, prospective users, and those curious enough to discover just what Windows 10 is all about. Anthony...

  • MWEB drops prices of its ADSL, FTTH offerings

    Rejoice South African internet users! Another company has decided to reduce the price of its internet offerings. MWEB has reduced the prices of five of its ADSL and nine of its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) deals, while adding six new options to the latter. New prices include drops of R450 for the 100Mbps/500GBs option, which now costs R2399 p/m, and a R100 drop to R899 p/m for the cheapest existing FTTH option, which includes speed of 20Mbps and a 100GB cap. If you're interested in filling your home with fibre, MWEB has noted that it applies to Telkom areas only while an...

  • rAge (Really Awesome Geek Experience) is coming to Cape Town March 2016

    After a massively successful EGE gaming and tech expo held in Cape Town earlier this year, it seems that NAG doesn't want to be caught out. The publication responsible for Johannesburg's annual rAge Expo has decided to bring it south next year for the first time in its history. Johannesburg has been the birthplace and hometown of the rAge Expo since 2002. Cape Town has been largely ignored by gaming and technology expos, until this year's EGE. While the floodgates aren't exactly opening, it does seem that Cape Town is finally being recognised as hotbed for tech innovation and enthusiasts. Read more:...

  • Apple, Nokia and Samsung trump BlackBerry in South African user satisfaction stats

    The South African Customer Satisfaction Index (SAcsi) has released its latest findings on mobile handsets in South Africa. According to the survey, handsets in South Africa received an average of 77.2 out of 100 satisfaction rate from polled users. The independent survey was conducted between the months of March and May this year. The survey's results show the scores for Apple (82.7), BlackBerry (70.6), Nokia (78.9), and Samsung (78.8), which are the most popular handset makers currently in South Africa. According to the survey, BlackBerry scored below par even though it improved on its score since last year. Founder of SAcsi and...

  • Nintendo president Satoru Iwata passes away at 55

    It's a sad, sad day for gaming. After a long battle with cancer, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has passed away aged 55 in Kyoto, Japan. "Nintendo Co., Ltd. deeply regrets to announce that President Satoru Iwata passed away on July 11, 2015 due to a bile duct growth," Nintendo's short press release noted. A gaming legend and president for over a decade, Iwata joined the company in 1983. He was thrust into a senior leadership role in 2000 after the company experienced one of its now trademark sales dips, beginning with the launch of the NES and hitting rock bottom with...

  • Fallout 4, Uncharted 4 and No Man’s Sky walk away with Game Critics Awards

    If you're not too familiar with the Game Critics Awards, it's an annual gathering of the top 35 media minds in the industry each year after E3. This year was no exception either, with journalists arguably blessed with an even wider range of games to choose from than ever before. Bethesda, Microsoft and Ubisoft announced some massive titles, while Sony and Nintendo also got in on the act, albeit with a little less sass. Spoiled for choice, you might say, but usually their taste doesn't quite line up with gamers'. In 2014, Evolve landed the "Best of Show" title, and a...

  • Xiaomi continues global expansion, starts selling devices in Brazil

    Chinese mobile giant Xiaomi has begun selling devices in Brazil, its first market outside Asia. And if media reports are anything to go by, Russia may well be the next country in its sights. The first phone available to buyers in the South Amercian market is the Redmi 2. The device in question will sell for US$160 and will be available from Xiami's online store from 7 July. According to e27, Xiaomi is expecting serious demand for the device and has warned consumers that supplies will be limited. Interestingly, it's also said that it'll be working with Foxconn's Brazilian subsidiary,...