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  • 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,...

  • Telkom gives gamers respite, drops DSL and FTTH prices (slightly)

    The price to performance ratio of internet services in this country is quite shocking, especially considering some of the lax service consumers have to contend with, but Telkom has announced that it will be giving its customers some respite from the July price increases, dropping the prices of its ADSL and FTTH (fibre to the home) offerings beginning today. Just a few days ago, the telecoms giant announced that it will drop the pricing of its LTE plans, and this generosity seems to have translated to its fixed line internet offerings too. Bundles are now 15% cheaper according to Telkom, with...

  • Samsung develops new battery tech based on silicon, graphene

    The one issue that marred the otherwise stellar Samsung Galaxy S6 was its paltry battery life, but it seems that the company responsible has quickly found a possible fix. A Samsung-funded project has made an interesting breakthrough in silicon-based battery technology, which is said to result in up to 1.8-times the capacity of a similarly sized lithium-ion battery -- the tech currently used in modern smartphones. After 200 charges, this only drops to 1.5-times, which is where the real improvement can be seen. The thesis is a dense one, but the takeaway is simple. Previous attempts at silicon-based batteries suffered from "large...

  • Orange opens its first South African retail store in Cape Town [update]

    Update: The Orange Store will be offering some great opening specials, including a Sony Xperia Z3 Compact for R4999, a 7.0-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 3G for R2499 and a Microsoft Lumia 535 for R1399, to name but a few. These specials are valid for a "limited time" from 26 June. Orange Horizons has today announced that its new physical retail store will finally open its doors to consumers after quite a long delay. Earlier this year, we gained information that the multinational telecoms giant was looking to build on the success of its online store in South Africa by opening...

  • Tecno WinPad 10 is company’s latest Intel, Microsoft-powered hybrid tablet

    African device manufacturer Tecno has this week launched the Tecno WinPad 10 to the Nigerian market, which is the company's latest tablet hybrid to boast a decent specifications sheet and a smooth lick of style. The WinPad 10 will feature a 10.1-inch screen, an Intel Atom Z3735F quad-core processor (running at 1.83GHz), 32GB of internal storage and 2GB of RAM. There's also a dual camera setup, with a 5MP primary camera at the rear and a 2MP camera at the front, which means video calling is largely possible on this device. "We are indeed excited to bring this product to the...

  • Windows 10 Insiders will get Windows 10 for free, according to blog post

    We're just over a month away from Microsoft's biggest software launch in many a year, and Windows 10 Insiders have had a substantial role to play in the crafting of the new operating system. For this, Microsoft has announced in a blog post that Windows Insiders, regardless of their Windows 7 or 8 license status, will get the OS for free once its released. The news also suggests that those previously running illegitimate versions of Windows 7 or Windows 8 will get Windows 10 absolutely free, as long as they are Insiders and registered to use Windows 10 with an...

  • Nokia’s planning a smartphone renaissance, according to new report

    After former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop left Microsoft this week, there have been rumours abound suggesting that Nokia might be organising a little reunion, and return to the smartphone business altogether. Even though this was labeled as nonsense just a few weeks ago by the company, an interview published in Germany's Manager Magazin (spotted by Reuters) suggests that it's absolutely a possibility. Nokia (at least according to current CEO Rajeev Suri) is seriously thinking about a smartphone comeback. "We will look for suitable partners," Suri revealed in the interview. "Microsoft makes mobile phones. We would simply design them and then make the...

  • Computex 2015 roundup: 7 products that left us very impressed

    The annual Computex show held in Taipei, Taiwan is one of the most impressive computer and technology expos in the world, and the 2015 edition was no different. We've seen some impressive products at the show. Here are seven products that left us impressed the most, for some reason or the other. Nvidia GTX 980 Ti Nvidia knocked the ball out of the park when it revealed Maxwell 2-based GTX Titan X, the most powerful consumer class GPU in the world. It didn’t become a massive hit just because its raw power. It is one of the most power-efficient high-end GPU....

  • Nintendo Wii U update goes live, removes TVii service in Europe

    If you happen to be one of the select few to have a Wii U console beneath your television, you'll be happy to know that Nintendo today pushed a new update that patches a whole host of bugs and sheds a little bit of weight, according to NintendoLife. Update 5.4.0 focuses mainly on stability fixes it seems, so there's nothing major on that front to report. But what's definitely interesting is that Nintendo has finally stripped the TVii feature from consoles in European markets. The service essentially allowed users to browse TV channels on the Wii U GamePad and watch them...