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  • December Patch Tuesday: Microsoft issues critical updates for Windows, Internet Explorer

    December’s Patch Tuesday has passed without so much as a squeak, but that doesn’t mean important updates and patches weren’t pushed to Microsoft Windows machines. Redmond has released a bundle of patches that addresses security and stability issues in its Windows products and supported software, including the company’s Office suite and the Internet Explorer browser. For the actual Windows ecosystem however, only seven bulletins have been published with three rated as “critical”, or “don’t think twice about installing that patch” urgent. Other Microsoft products also received updates, including the Internet Explorer browser, which has been given a cumulative update, while the Office...

  • Intel’s banking on Internet of Things technology, launches own IoT platform

    The Internet of Things (IoT) — now there’s a term we haven’t heard too much of lately. But Intel, the world’s leading chip maker, is getting in on the act. The company has announced that it will be bringing some order into a rather fragmented market, by launching its own IoT platform. Thanks to the lack of predefined standards and structures, the Internet of Things movement has suffered this year after such a monumental rise in late 2013. Intel hopes that its framework will help to remedy this, and bring about a new interest in the possibilities of the IoT world. “The...

  • Apples and oranges: the best iPad alternatives of 2014

    It is not very hard to accept the fact that the Apple’s iPad is still one of the best tablet out there, thanks to great hardware and plenty of tablet optimised apps. The newly announced iPad Air 2 is one of the most powerful, yet slimmest tablets in the world. But what if you don’t like an iPad or the iOS because of its limitations? Have you been looking out for alternatives to iPad which come with added benefits of Android or Windows 8? Here’s a list of the best iPad alternatives of 2014. 1. Nvidia Shield Tablet If you are into gaming, you...

  • Sold-out PlayStation 4 Anniversary Edition selling for up to $20k on eBay

    You know that super-rare, nostalgia-inducing PlayStation 4 Anniversary Edition console that Sony just released, right? Well, it just got even more exclusive. That’s right, all 12 300 of them are sold out and those Sony fans who didn’t get one are throwing an internet fit. Annoyingly, and much to Sony’s discredit, the company decided to distribute many of the consoles at this past weekend’s PlayStation Experience event in Las Vegas. But what happened to the others? It seems that without any warning, the console went live online catching weary-eyed gamers and collectors unaware. All consoles available sold out in under two...

  • Samsung debuts Gear VR ‘Innovator Edition’ headset for $199

    Samsung’s the latest company to out its virtual reality (VR) contender and it’s now on sale in the States for a mere US$199. Chasing after the likes of Facebook’s Oculus and Google Cardboard in the VR stakes, the availability of Gear VR wasn’t set in stone, but the company has sneaked this one in under everyone’s noses. The Samsung Gear VR is designed specifically to hold hands with the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 — the company’s flagship 5.7″ Quad HD-screened phablet. Like Google Cardboard, the user inserts the phablet into the Gear VR’s slot, connects the phone to the headset via USB...

  • Unboxing the Sony SmartWatch 3 [Gallery]

    It’s pretty easy to keep track of Sony’s wearable releases thanks to its rather lazy naming department. As you should’ve realised by know, the Sony SmartWatch 3 is the third iteration of the company’s smartwatch project. While it may look at lot like the SmartWatch 2 that it replaces, it’s leaps and bounds better. Rather than performing the usual unboxing (the gorgeous device didn’t come in a box at all, it turns out), we gave the SmartWatch 3 a photo shoot, showcasing the ceremonial removing of the watch’s protective shell to ultimately switching the gizmo on. Read more: Sony SmartWatch 2...

  • WD My Passport Ultra Metal Edition review: stylish, reliable storage

    I’m not partial to devices that put form above function so embellishments (more often than not) don’t appeal to me. I’m not a magpie after all, but WD’s “My Passport Ultra Metal Edition” drive is a thing of absolute beauty. WD is usually a company known for making no fuss, functional and reliable components. Of course, its Green range of drives have come under flack from various internet sources in the past, but I’ve never had an issue with any of its drives. So when WD decided to dress up one of its ever-solid drives in a flashy navy blue evening...

  • Lizard Squad fells PlayStation Network in latest festive attack

    The festive season might be fast approaching, but the mood around the PlayStation Network camp can’t be too jolly. Lizard Squad, the group of online rebels that brought down Xbox Live last week, has (according to its Twitter account, at least) struck again. But it’s not one of Microsoft‘s platforms that’s suffering. PSN Login #offline #LizardSquad — Lizard Squad (@LizardPatrol) December 8, 2014 Those trying to access the PlayStation Store at the moment are greeted with an error message stating: “It’s not you. It’s the internet’s fault.” It’s not just the Store either. It would appear that PlayStation Network is down for console...

  • ‘Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End’ gameplay trailer makes South African accents cool [Video]

    For all the Uncharted and The Last Of Us groupies out there, Naughty Dog launched a 15-minute long PlayStation 4 gameplay trailer of its latest title — Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. For those who aren’t fans, prepare to be wooed. After the announcement of the popular action adventurer series fourth title, A Thief’s End, the PlayStation exclusive has been kept quiet for the better part of 2014. That’s until now. The video shows what sounds like a group of South African mercenaries (you can’t miss the accents) try and hunt down protagonist Nathan Drake, in an effort to find the hidden...

  • Ralph Baer — a tribute to the gaming console’s spirit animal

    It has been a sad week for the gaming, and technology fraternity in general. One of the pioneering fathers of the gaming console as we know it, Ralph Baer, has passed away age 92. For many, Baer isn’t a name that comes up often in most conversations, and even less so when the console war is mentioned, but he was probably the most integral cornerstone of today’s gaming culture. Born in Germany, Rudolf Baer left Europe with his family before World War Two’s Kristallnacht and fled to New York City. He soon changed his name thereafter. Sure, he wasn’t responsible for building...

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