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  • GTA V for PC launches 27 January 2015, Rockstar has new trailer to prove it

    Update: And here’s the trailer “A Picket Fence and a Dog Named Skip”, captured on PS4. The press release just landed in our mailboxes, hand-delivered in blood. GTA V for PC, PS4 and Xbox One has a release date. The PC version launches 27 January 2015, while the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One gets a 18 November 2014 release. According to Rockstar, there’s also going to be a brand-new trailer landing at 3PM CAT (9AM EST) on the official GTA V site. According to Rockstar, “major visual and technical upgrades to make Los Santos and Blaine County more immersive than ever.” This includes...

  • Vodacom Smart Kicka review: tiny phone, big value

    We have yet another “budget smartphone” on our testing table. While the big manufacturers squabble among themselves to fit unnecessarily detailed screens and wildlife photography-capable cameras into 5″ bars of soap, the other half of the industry is hell-bent on producing that killer yet extremely cheap smartphone. The recent spate of low cost devices haven’t set hearts aflutter, but they have opened new possibilities for first time smartphone buyers looking to access the internet’s Giving Tree. Vodacom, one of South Africa’s cellular networks, has launched the Smart Kicka — the latest minnow device hitting the South African market — and while...

  • With a PS4 gamepad and DS4 to Xinput wrapper, the console vs PC arguments are officially over

    How do you nullify the console versus PC debates? By combining the best of both worlds: a gaming PC with a PS4 gamepad. While the PS4 may be a bit of a paperweight these days (except for the lush Destiny), it has one of the best controllers yet invented. But getting it to work as a gaming controller for the PC is a mission onto itself. Simply connecting the PS4 to a computer via USB will install the PS4 drivers, but as many of you have found out, most games won’t work with Sony’s wunder-controller. What does work on...

  • SanDisk’s new 512GB SD card is ‘world’s highest capacity’ but costs $800

    Just a few years ago, a 1GB SD card was considered large. Recently, 256GBGB SD cards were shown to the world and lauded, but now it’s safe to say it’s nowhere near the largest capacity available for the form factor. SanDisk, the American flash-memory manufacturer has announced a card offering the user 512GB of unadulterated storage. The latest addition to the “Extreme Pro” SDXC grade can top speeds of 95MB/s — which is quite dim considering other products, but unlike those, the card offers double the storage previously conceived. And on that note, the conceivable limit of these cards is...

  • The Internet of Toilets tweets and tracks water usage with every flush

    In Planet Toilet, one toilet reigns supreme above all others. Not only can it perform its usual toilet duties but it also tweets it. Thomas Ruecker, an engineer from Finland, got the idea from his former boss after he was retrenched from his job. Taneli Tikka, his former boss, tweeted “Silly sensor IoT question: does anybody know about “smart toilets & sinks” something that measure liquid flow? # of flushes? etc. :)” The loToilet tracks water usage with every flush and then tweets it from its Twitter handle @IoToilets. The device is capable of precise measurements, but the Twitter handle, as...

  • Microsoft’s Windows 9 Technical Preview leaked in bevy of screenshots

    Update: As if this couldn’t get any better. The same site that leaked the pile of purported screenshots has just leaked a video of the OS in action. We wondered how the start tiles would operate alongside the returning start menu, and it seems “Pin to Start” functionality will overlap quite a bit. Additionally, the new animations are crisp and swift, which should benefit underpowered machines. But we have vastly polarised opinions in the office about the fledgeling OS, but what do you think? Let us know in the comments. The world may be one step closer to knowing what’s going...

  • The iPhone 6 and Apple Watch: should you even bother?

    Additional words by Andy Walker We kind of like Apple, Andy and I, and after last night’s launch, we were filled with opinions. Is the Apple Watch worth buying, and has the iPhone finally gone and copied Android outright? We puzzle over some of life’s toughest questions. Is it justified to have a bigger iPhone? Steven: I say yes. The 5.5″ iPhone 6 Plus fills the gap between smartphone and tablet, and is Apple’s first “phablet” (I truly loathe that word). Phablets are trendy, and sell well — combine this with the selling power of the iPhone brand and Apple has a licence...

  • Is Microsoft about to buy Mojang, Minecraft for $2-billion?

    The last thing Microsoft bought didn’t exactly work out too well. The company found itself in a massive spiral of loss which resulted in cutting numerous services and jobs from its payroll. Perhaps this is why Redmond is lining up a US$2-billion move for Minecraft creator Mojang AB. The deal, according to WSJ at least, “could be signed as early as this week”, quoting sources familiar with the matter. With Microsoft’s extensive gaming reach thanks to its Xbox boquet, gaming consoles and exclusive titles, the move seems a promising one, especially considering that the company will likely see the opportunity to...

  • Apple gets a taste of third-party keyboards with SwiftKey for iOS

    Now that Apple has finally opened its iOS platform to third-party keyboard developers, the eager bunch at SwiftKey are grinning from ear to ear. Although it’s not completely understood how many iOS users — stuck in their Apple keyboard ways — will actually use the app, SwiftKey has unveiled it’s plans for its iOS 8 keyboard that includes cloud prediction services and full swipe-to-type support. SwiftKey has been one of the most downloaded apps on the Google Play Store for a good while. It’s not the only third-party keyboard out there though. 5-TILES keyboard and Swype are just two vying...

  • Quality and performance: the anti-hater’s guide to Apple Watch

    The Apple Watch is Tim Cook’s defining moment, a product he helped develop from beginning to end, a product that will either secure his legacy as the rightful successor to Steve Jobs or solidify the unspoken fear shared among fans the world over that Apple is no longer relevant. With the Apple Watch, Tim Cook‘s triumph is confirmed, and fans should rejoice over Apple’s continued ability to innovate, refine, and pioneer. Haters will immediately point to Apple’s history of taking existing products and merely improving them. This is an absurd point given Apple’s record of not just improving existing product...