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  • New iPhone 5Se slated for March 2016 launch – report

    Here's an interesting rumour. At this point, we should probably make it clear that this doesn't concern the iPhone 7 at all, but rather another addition to Apple's smartphone family. The iPhone 5Se (a ridiculously clunky name for an Apple product) will reportedly launch in March and will effectively take the form of an upgraded iPhons 5S, according to 9to5Mac. Read more: iPhone 7 rumour roundup It might not be the most revolutionary idea, but the iPhone 5Se will feature the iPhone 6's internals -- note, that's the iPhone 6, not iPhone 6S. So the Apple A8 processor, 8MP rear camera, 1.2MP front...

  • Croixleur Sigma now available on PlayStation 4

    It's been a long time coming -- nearly six years in fact -- but finally, Croixleur Sigma has arrived on PlayStation 4. The anime-based hack 'n slash title (similar to the likes of Street Fighter and Super Smash Bros.) was released to Steam back in 2013, and before that, debuted on PC in 2010. The developer has noted that with Croixleur Sigma, along with better HD-level graphics, the gamer will experience even more content. "After releasing the original PC version for Steam, we found that many people loved our game. This motivated us to release our game as a PS version. So...

  • Windows 10 will be Microsoft’s only OS to support Intel’s Kaby Lake

    Microsoft has announced that it will end support for Windows 8.1 and older OSes for the newer Intel, AMD and even Qualcomm processors due this year. Essentially, Intel's current Skylake processors will play nice with Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 until 17 July 2017, after which the company will end mainstream security and bug fix support. Microsoft was also quick to point out that Windows 10 will be its only OS to support Intel's next chipset, Kaby Lake, due late 2016, and a number of other processors coming this year. Microsoft does however do this often with older OSes. Windows...

  • iPhone 6S hit with battery percentage bug, Apple investigating

    A new iPhone 6S bug has surfaced which disables battery percentage updates in certain cases, according to Apple. While the company is well aware of the bug and are in the process of "investigating the cause and a solution", the bug will affect users of the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus who travel across time zones quite often. According to some Reddit users, the iPhone 6 Plus is also affected. "If you change the time on your iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus manually or change time zones when traveling, you might notice that the battery percentage doesn't update,"...

  • New Xbox One bundle to ship with Tom Clancy’s The Division

    Microsoft Xbox has announced that a new Xbox One bundle will begin shipping soon with Ubisoft's Tom Clancy's The Division as the primary game. The cross-genre post-apocalyptic shooter will debut on 8 March on all systems -- Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC -- but plans are already in motion to make the Xbox One The Division's de facto console. "The bundle features a 1TB hard drive, giving you added space to play and store more games than ever, and a full-game download of Tom Clancy’s The Division," notes Xbox's Major Nelson on his blog. "In addition, fans in the U.S. that...

  • The Gadget Shop now offering Star Wars flavoured powerbanks

    It's probably a little too late to buy Christmas gifts for 2015, but it's never too early to stockpile for 2016. The Gadget Shop, a South African gadget and geekery retailer, has announced that its now offering Star Wars flavoured powerbanks for those who seriously can't get over how cool The Force Awakens was. To be fair, everyone needs a powerbank in today's battery-torturing device climate. Phones don't last as long as they should thanks to our addictive usage habits, and usually you're left without critical charge at important moments of your day. The powerbanks pack around 2600mAh worth of juice, or...

  • Garmin Vivosmart HR fitness tracker now available in South Africa

    Garmin has announced that its new Vivosmart HR activity tracking wristband is now available in South Africa. The device is more fitness tracker than smartwatch, but it does feature a large always-on "sunlight readable display" that displays messages received, calls and the time, alongside the company's new heart rate monitoring technology. "This is the first activity tracker from Garmin with Elevate wrist heart rate technology that monitors your heart rate, offering more feedback on your daily activity, calories burned, workouts and sleep," explains Walter Mech, Garmin's sub-Saharan Africa MD. "Thanks to the vívosmart HR’s high-resolution display which remains on throughout the day,...

  • Microsoft ends Windows 8 security support

    Microsoft today ends it support for Windows 8, which effectively means the company will no longer supply security and stability patches to the operating system. In other words, Windows 8 is about as dead as Windows XP. While a long time coming -- especially considering Windows 10's arrival -- this does put around 41-million Windows 8 machines in an awkward and insecure position. Microsoft generally releases a support timeline after a new OS launch to indicate the  maintain legacy OSes. After all, not every user can upgrade to the new OS immediately, especially enterprise users. However, the real issue is Microsoft's vague branding. While...

  • Alcatel OneTouch Pixi 3 now available in South Africa

    Alcatel OneTouch has announced that its PIXI 3 (4.5) is finally available in South Africa from Vodacom outlets. It will retail for R899 at launch, and will also be available on a uChooseFlexi 200 for around R179/pm. The device will arrive in Edgars, Game and Ackermans stores at a later date. "Our vision focuses on ease, convenience and affordability for our customers and the PIXI 3 family has delivered just that. Our new PIXI 3 (4.5) smartphone makes mobile internet available to everyone, while offering on innovation and style," explains Ernst Wittmann, Country Manager Southern Africa at Alcatel OneTouch. The phone runs...

  • Mario Kart 8 toys now included with SA Happy Meals

    I've not ashamed to admit I watch out for McDonalds Happy Meal toys from the yellow and red restaurant. In previous years, we were given SEGA LCD games, featuring Sonic and friends play sports, which were great fun to collect. Now, the these kiddies meals will be including characters in go-carts from the popular Nintendo series, Mario Kart. These new toys include Donkey Kong, Mario, Luigi, and Toad, but, unfortunately, no Princess Peach or Bowser. Of course, there is a chance you'll receive one of the 'lame,' or less interesting toys, which consist of boats. Kids want Nintendo icons, not...