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  • Wii U, PS4 and Xbox One celebrate respective sales victories

    Here’s some heart-warming news if you’re a non-biased console gamer. Nintendo has announced that December 2014 was a big sales month for the Wii U console, with a 29% improvement in console sales and a massive 75% increase in games sales compared to the same period last year. That’s some great news, especially since the company has announced some big things for the year ahead, including the introduction of the new Nintendo 3DS XL to the US and European markets on 13 February. Read more: Nintendo Direct: 3DS XL confirmed, games galore coming this year In terms of current games, Mario Kart...

  • Nintendo Direct: 3DS XL confirmed, games galore coming this year

    In the first Nintendo Direct of 2015, the company from the land of the rising sun revealed some awesome games for the US and UK coming this northern spring. Thanks to an earlier leak by GameStop and Ars Technica, we had an inkling that the Nintendo 3DS XL would be launched in North America on 13 February, but after Nintendo Direct’s announcements, it has been emphatically confirmed. Star-Spangled Banner-singing Nintendo 3DS XL is official The handheld features beefier hardware, boating “a number of new enhancements designed to offer the newest and most engrossing games possible,” noted Reggie Fils-Aime, President and COO of...

  • Xiaomi Mi Note is the phablet-killer Apple and Samsung were dreading

    Xiaomi is undoubtedly wearing the coolest shades in the tech playground, even cooler than Apple, its role model, if you’re being facetious. It’s widely known as the world’s most valuable startup too, at around US$45-billion, and at the rate its expanding it could take Apple’s crown as most valuable tech company away too. For now, its competing in the phablet arena, and the iPhone 6 Plus is its first victim. Today we see the arrival of the 6.95 mm thick Xiaomi Mi Note, a 5.7-inch Samsung Galaxy Note 4 slayer with a rather smug air of sophistication. It’s mostly glass but features...

  • Original Apple Mac gets modern design refresh, power boost

    Apple’s Macintosh wasn’t exactly dropped from an unidentified spacecraft late at night over the skies of Cupertino. If anything, the machine that now boasts hardware that pushes the limits of style and design has been some 30 years in the making. It has evolved since then, but the original 1984 can still take a geek’s breath away. A German design company (and an enormous Apple fan) CURVED/labs has made a loving hat-tip to Apple’s original living-room conquering machine, creating an Apple Mac in the same stylistic vein as its forefather. The subtle curve of the body props up a touchscreen...

  • Google Project Ara Spiral 2 will pilot in Puerto Rico this year

    Ah, the modular phone… Once ran by under the guidance of Motorola before the company got bought out by Google, the Lego-like smartphone project certainly knows how to turn some heads. And after being conceptualised and designed, it’s finally been unveiled in physical form. Inspired by the Phoneblok which is a concept first spearheaded by enthusiast Dave Hakkens two years ago, Hakkens ran a rather successful Thunderclap campaign online in 2013, raising awareness for the production of a mobile device with detachable hardware specifications. As crazy as this idea sounded, fast forward two years to the present and we see Google...

  • Logitech Harmony API brings voice, gesture control to the smart home

    Back in October, we mentioned that peripheral company Logitech had been looking at 2015 as a big year in both the peripherals and smart home spheres, and it has started off with quite a bang with respect to the latter. The company has announced the Logitech Harmony API that will allow developers to plug into the Logitech Harmony platform and create smart home “experiences”. Read more: Beyond periphery: Logitech promises a ‘big year’ for South Africa in 2015 The API will also have command of “more than 270,000 home entertainment and automation devices” and companies like SmartThings, IFTTT, Ivee, Myo, Playtabase...

  • CES 2015 roundup part one: from Acer to MSI

    The earliest and (arguably) most important technology extravaganza of the year has come and gone, and while the theme of CES 2015 seemed to be wider, thinner and shinier is better, there were some genuinely exiting technologies that left our mouths agape. Considering that the internet of things, 4K resolution screens, curved screens, quantum dot screens, ridiculously thin screens (just, many screens, essentially) and a number of interesting products were well represented at this year’s fiesta, CES 2015 was predominantly the year of the couch potato. There were some more interesting launches catering for the casual gamer, the mobile media...

  • January Patch Tuesday: one critical, seven important updates for Windows

    In what was a landmark Patch Tuesday for Microsoft, and not simply because it was the first of 2015, the company announced that it would not be making its advanced patch warnings public for its Patch Tuesday rosters, and this came into effect this week. While Google and Microsoft have been enjoying their little spat, the latter has pushed patches to Windows this month, with eight in total and one labeled as critical. The latter is namely a hole in the Telnet client, which could allow an attacker to remotely execute malicious code on your machine. It’s pretty detrimental to...

  • The PlayBox shoves a PS4, Xbox One into one portable DIY system

    Console wars have never been fiercer than they are today, and trying to pick a console from the likes of Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft is an ordeal in itself. Each has advantages and disadvantages, while the other has more exclusive titles than the next. For a gamer just starting out with console gaming, it’s an absolute nightmare. And that’s where mad scientist Eddie Zarick’s latest (and hopefully not last) console concoction will solve your qualms once and for all. Shoving a full PS4 and Xbox One system could spell disaster for fanboyism and those who dislike messy system interiors, but the...

  • New ‘Nintendo 3DS XL’ coming to US on 13 February?

    Hello Nintendo. Nice hearing from you again. The all-too-quiet company has a bit of a leak flying around, and looks to be something a little special for the States. GameStop and Ars Technica have revealed that a new Nintendo 3DS XL will be launched in the U.S. on 13 February. Most of the information garnered is sourced from a poster that had first appeared on NeoGAF. In something of a pre-Valentine’s Day present to the portable gaming world, Nintendo’s 3DS refresh will allegedly arrive across the Pacific after plans of Nintendo’s upgraded 3DS surfaced in August of last year. The upgraded system...

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