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  • 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...

  • Xiaomi Redmi 3 packs giant battery, affordable price

    Although not yet available in South Africa, the Xiaomi Redmi 3 has today launched in China and can be had for 699 yuan, or around US$105. That translates to around R1800, which is extremely cheap considering this device's internals. The 5.0-inch screen packs a 720p panel, and is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 chipset, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage. There's also room for a microSD card slot too if you don't happen to need the dual SIM functionality. There's a 13MP camera at the rear, with a 5MP selfie snapper up front and it also packs...

  • Far Cry Primal PC requirements outed, laptops not officially supported

    If you fancy popping woolly mammoths over the head with sticks and stones, take note. Ubisoft has revealed the PC hardware needed to get Far Cry Primal running, and running optimally. Published on its official blog, Ubisoft's latest adventure RPG (set in the years when humankind spent more time running from things than lazing on the couch) will only run on Windows 64-bit machines from 7 upwards, and seem to favour desktop PCs rather than laptops. The company notes that laptop graphics cards aren't officially supported, which probably makes Alienware and Aorus owners extremely annoyed. Still, good news for PC gamers:...

  • Oculus Rift pre-orders for $599, will begin shipping 28 March

    Virtual reality is finally here, 2016. Well, sort of. After a long wait and many teases and trailers later, Oculus has put its Rift VR headset up for preorder. If you happen to have a PC that can drive this beast, you'll also need to drop US$599 more on the headset itself. And while it's definitely the bleeding edge of current virtual reality technologies, buyers will undoubtedly have to pay for first generation hardware's snags, issues and disappointments too. Speaking in a Reddit AMA, Rift creator Palmer Luckey suggested that the lifespan of the Oculus Rift will be "Somewhere between a...

  • PlayStation 4 worldwide sales up to 36-million since launch

    If there's a solid revenue stream Sony can rely on, it's probably the PlayStation 4. The company has announced that it has now sold 35.9-million units since launch, with 5.7-million of those systems sold during the festive season. It makes for quite impressive reading, especially considering that a large swathe of users joined the system's family in just over a month (22 November to 2 January). Incredibly, that makes for around 135 000 PlayStation 4s sold every day for 42 days. Although there weren't any major game launches during this period for Sony, with many exclusives expected this year, it seems...