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  • Grifta ‘morphing gamepad’ is a customisable, modular gaming controller

    Gamepads are essential to gamers of both PC and console persuasions nowadays, providing better freedom of movement than the mouse and keyboard can provide. With that said, even the best controllers aren’t exactly geared to cater for individual styles, preferences or hand-shapes. A new Kickstarter campaign dubbed “Grifta” is out to change that. Grifta is a modular gaming controller that consists of three units — a left, a right and central connector — that can be used in unison as a complete gaming controller or separate from each other, like a fighter pilot. For the most part the Grifta aims to...

  • Unboxing the Verssed W1 smartphone [Video]

    We’ve seen some strange trends taking hold of the South African mobile market these past few years. Mobile carriers, including two of Africa’s biggest networks MTN and Vodacom, have launched products of their own, namely the MTN Steppa range and the Vodacom Smart range. Both have made massive waves in this small corner of the market, but it has been large enough to make those companies not explicitly involved in the technology arena stand up and take due note. Edcon — the company that owns the popular Edgars retail chain — has now had its crack at this “smartphone” thing, launching...

  • Canon PowerShot G7X review: badass snapper in a petite body

    Canon releases some pretty badass digital cameras, in my opinion at least. The Canon 5D, 7D and their variants are up there with the best digital cameras in the world, perfect for both personal and professional photography. These cameras can be out of reach for those with shallow pockets though or those not requiring high-end specs, and so Canon has been making some affordable digital cameras too. For weeks now, I have been getting acquainted with the sexy Canon PowerShot G7X, and I’ve loved every minute. Looking at all the cameras that Canon has produced, this is perhaps the company’s smallest range,...

  • Mozilla’s Project Shumway looks to kill Adobe Flash Player for good

    If there’s one thing more annoying than advertisements in a web browsing experience, its Adobe’s awful Flash Player. The runtime is about as buggy as an entomologist’s laboratory and as slow as a slug on a sticky treadmill, but more and more companies are trying to find ways of making Flash obsolete once and for all. The latest is Mozilla. The latest Nightly build of the company’s Firefox web browser includes Project Shumway, a little bolt-on that allows the browser to run Flash-based content on web pages without the use of Flash, thus making the browser more secure and much, much...

  • LG Watch Urbane smartwatch boasts sexy all-metal body, business-class chic

    The smartwatch craze of 2014 has largely cooled off in the early months of 2015, but manufacturers are still hell-bent on finding the next big smartwatch breakthrough. It’s not a tech genre that’s about to shrivel up and die any time soon, and that’s a view LG is definitely taking as well. The company has launched its latest circular contender — a chic upgrade of the G Watch R, if you will — dubbed the Watch Urbane. We imagine LG’s naming division was listening to its old 2000s R&B records when is came up with that title, but at least...

  • New creepy telescopic contact lens will zoom with a wink of an eye

    Swiss researchers have released a new contact lens prototype that contains tiny telescopes that interact with a pair of smart eyeglasses to enhance vision in response to the wink of an eye, equipping perverts with an extended range of vision to better invade the privacy of women. Originally released in 2013, this newer prototype features a 1.55mm-thick contact lens in which an extremely thin, reflective telescope offers the option of zooming in and out whenever the patient winks. Specifically, the telescopes are activated when the wearer winks with their right eye, and deactivated when giving a wink with their left...

  • 5 gadgets and apps to better stalk your ‘loved one’ this Valentine’s

    There’s nothing quite as exhilarating as having your very own stalker. And I speak from experience. Valentine’s Day is perhaps the only one of the 365 available when receiving dodgy cards from overzealous strangers is wholly acceptable by society. Of course, what once (and still is, I believe) a Catholic and Lutheran feast, has become a massive money-making ministry otherwise, where millions of bills are spilled in the hopes of impressing that one person who has been impressing you for the past five years. But there’s no need to make a move after all those years, not as long as technology...

  • Is the Nintendo 3DS XL ‘Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate’ the prettiest handheld ever? [Gallery]

    We’ve been very patient waiting for the new  Nintendo 3DS XL to bash down our office door, and finally the beautiful piece of Kyoto art has arrived in its bulky and considerably-heavier-than-expected box. Although a proper video unboxing is duly on its way, we understand that fans or those just pining to purchase Nintendo‘s latest large handheld want a few inspirational images. Nintendo has kindly gifted us a Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Edition handheld, that features the game’s logo on the backplates, covered in shimmering silver. The console itself is grey, but we prefer the darker finishes to the lighter — colours...

  • Windows 10 for phones preview now available for selected Lumia devices

    We’ve heard plenty from Microsoft about Windows 10 — the OS that will be fundamental to most of Microsoft’s hardware going forward — and now, Windows 10 for phones is now available for download for select devices. If you happen to own one of the following Lumia devices, you’re in luck, because the update is available today. Lumia 630 Lumia 635 Lumia 636 Lumia 638 Lumia 730 Lumia 830 If you’re running any other Nokia Lumia (interesting omissions include the Lumia 930 and Lumia 1520, two of the company’s flagships), you’ll have to wait and keep an eye open “over the next few months”, at least according...

  • ASUS to Xiaomi: 5 smartphone brands to look out for in 2015

    The year 2014 saw the launch of some great smartphones such as the Apple iPhone 6 Plus, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, the OnePlus One, the Motorola Nexus 6, the LG G3, and the like. All these smartphones had loads of horsepower under the hood, yet could boast all day battery life even under heavy usage patterns. However, the previous year is well behind us, and 2015 brings hopes of even better smartphones, and we think that it won’t be only about sheer performance, but also about the value-for-money factor of these devices. In 2014, we saw the emergence of...

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