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  • Far Cry 2, Sniper Elite V2 are latest backwards compatible Xbox games

    The Xbox One's backwards compatibility feature is super impressive, delivering over 400 compatible Xbox 360 games on the current-generation console. But Microsoft continues to work with publishers to get more games into the programme, and the most recent additions are pretty notable. This week, we see Far Cry 2, Sniper Elite V2 and Driver San Francisco making the cut, being compatible whether you have a physical copy or digital download. Far Cry 2 marked the first time that Ubisoft took over the franchise from Crytek, standing out thanks to its African setting, fire propogation features and constantly respawning guard posts. Sniper Elite V2...

  • Samsung W2018 has a feature that might come to Galaxy S9

    Last month, the Samsung W2018 smartphone hit the Chinese market, being the latest Samsung flip phone to launch. Aside from being a flip phone, the device also packs a rather unique feature, in the form of a variable aperture camera. The aperture is capable of automatically switching from f/1.5 to f/2.4 and back again, seemingly a sort of middle ground between fixed apertures seen in smartphones and variable apertures seen in many SLR cameras. And if a recent image hasn't been faked, then the Galaxy S9 is expected to pack the same technology, down to the same aperture sizes. So why would...

  • 6 video game remakes to look out for in 2018

    It seems we're set for yet another wave of nostalgia to hit us in 2018. From remakes to remasters, the gaming world of old is being reborn in our modern age, feeding our contemporary predilection for nostalgia and, in the process, hoping to capture the hearts and imaginations of an entirely new generation. What follows is a list, compiled through vigorous contemplation, of the six video game remakes you need to watch out for in 2018… Age of Empires: Definitive Edition The original Age of Empires (1997) was one of the most influential and iconic real time strategy (RTS) titles released since...

  • TCL V760 surfaces online, which Alcatel smartphone is this?

    TCL is the custodian of the Alcatel smartphone brand these days, releasing a host of phones in China and emerging markets. And at CES 2018, we saw the company tease three new phone categories, in the form of the Alcatel 1, 3 and 5 series. The company didn't reveal much about these products though, with little in the way of specs to be had. Now, Chinese telecoms regulatory body TENAA has published details of the TCL V760. And if serial tipster Evan Blass's earlier leaks are true, then this should be the Alcatel 3V. Alcatel 2018 top-tier lineup (Idol-equivalent) pic.twitter.com/W5FrqwIhDs — Evan Blass (@evleaks) October...

  • LG CEO orders do-over of upcoming G7 – report [Update]

    The LG G6 (review) and V30 were big steps in the right direction for the company, but what should we expect from the LG G7? Well, one report claims that LG CEO Jo Seong-jin has ordered a revision of the upcoming phone. According to the Korean Herald, citing an employee who wished to remain anonymous, "the G7 smartphone team of the company's mobile communications business was told to halt recent work related to development of the newest phone, and to review the new product from scratch". The employee told the publication that an order was sent "to the working-level officials to start...

  • 5+ great smartphones we can’t officially get in South Africa

    Between Apple, Samsung, Huawei and Xiaomi, we've got a rather healthy variety of smartphone brands in South Africa. However, there are a few standout smartphones that aren't officially available at all in the country (best use mail forwarding services, third-party websites and the like). We take a look at a few of the more prominent devices... Google Pixel 2 One of the most obvious picks has to be Google's smartphones, as Google's entire hardware portfolio is missing in South Africa. Last year's Pixel 2 was one of the most critically acclaimed devices of 2017, delivering a fantastic camera, powerful internals, squeezable edges, IP67 water-resistance...

  • Comparison: Snapdragon laptops versus Chromebooks

    December 2017 saw Qualcomm finally reveal proper Snapdragon-powered laptops at its Tech Summit, capable of running full-fledged Windows 10. Featuring proper Windows apps and long battery life (according to Qualcomm and manufacturers), the Snapdragon laptops might just deliver the goods. But how could these laptops compare to Chromebooks? After all, we see Android app support and long battery life in many a ChromeOS device. And it doesn't hurt that there are a ton of ChromeOS laptops out there for every price point. We compare the two platforms. ChromeOS versus Windows 10 An LG V30+ on top of the Snapdragon-powered...

  • People with big hands rejoice: OG Xbox Duke controller returns

    The Xbox controllers weren't always comfortable devices. In fact, when the original Xbox launched in 2001, it shipped with the gigantic 'Duke' controller. The gamepad was panned by numerous outlets and many consumers -- Microsoft even introduced a smaller 'Xbox Controller 'S' for Asian audiences. The smaller controller would eventually become the standard input method around the world, but it's fair to say that the original gamepad had its supporters. Now, it's emerged that the Xbox One would be receiving a revived Duke Controller, courtesy of accessory manufacturer Hyperkin and Xbox godfather Seamus Blackley. The controller comes with Microsoft's blessing and will launch...

  • HTC U11 EYEs leaks on HTC’s own website

    The HTC U11 wasn't available in South Africa, but it was certainly one of the better smartphones of 2017. Featuring powerful internals, a capable camera and those squeezable edges, it showed that the Taiwanese company still has a knack for creating an appealing phone. The company sought to create a mid-range model in the form of the U11 Life, but 2018 also brings word of another budget-minded variant, the HTC U11 EYEs. The new phone was leaked by HTC's own website (spotted by the Tech Chat YouTube channel and Android Police), retaining a few key flagship features. So that means IP67...

  • Intel CEO delivers open letter in wake of Meltdown, Spectre

    The Meltdown and Spectre exploits have rocked the computing world, as chipmakers scramble to patch the vulnerabilities. Intel was particularly hard hit by the exploits, forcing the firm to double down on security updates for them. Now, following his keynote address at CES 2018, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich has issued an open letter, outlining a three-point pledge to consumers. The pledge starts with "customer-first urgency". "By 15 January, we will have issued updates for at least 90 percent of Intel CPUs introduced in the past five years, with updates for the remainder of these CPUs available by the end of January. We will...