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  • Valve announces SteamOS ‘a gaming experience built for the big screen’

    Today Valve lifts the lid on SteamOS, an Linux-based OS that's "designed for the TV and living room". Steam is an app store that sells games and other downloadable content. SteamOS is the same experience now tweaked and rebooted into an interface that'll sit well with an Xbox controller in your hand. SteamOS is coming soon to download and will be free forever, but what's it really about? As Valve says on its website: As we've been working on bringing Steam to the living room, we've come to the conclusion that the environment best suited to delivering value to customers is...

  • Apple’s iPhone 5S: great execution wins the spec-sheet war

    I am not going to bore you with the publicly known facts about the iPhone 5S, just the interesting bits that make Apple’s belief about great execution more important than winning the hardware war. Desktop-class performance The most interesting bit about the iPhone 5S lies in its new processor dubbed the A7. I think Apple didn't brag much about its success in bringing the first 64-bit processor into a smartphone -- although many blogs pointed out that the move to 64-bit architecture would be concerning to the RAM. 32-bit architecture-based CPUs can only address a maximum of 4GB RAM, but it...

  • Win Diablo III for Xbox 360

    Update: We have decided that the prize of our Diablo III competition goes to (*drum roll*)... SteveSmith! Congratulations, he just won himself an Xbox copy of Diablo III. Thanks for all the entries-- though better luck next time! Diablo III is up for grabs! Yes, that's right, the game made its way to consoles a few weeks ago and you stand a chance of getting a copy for your Xbox 360. Blizzard Entertainment's third installment in the classic Diablo franchise is the company's latest venture into the console scene. The action top-down roleplaying game Diablo III is known for...

  • Second time lucky? Microsoft Surface 2 launching later today

    Did you buy the Surface RT or Pro? If not, you're in luck. Because you managed to save both money and dignity by not purchasing the Surface 1. Yet today, Microsoft launches Surface 2 and the world will never be the same again. That's a dirty lie of course, and it's more than likely that the Surface 2 will also tank, unless it too receives a heavy price cut. If you're still interested in a Microsoft-branded tablet though, Surface 2 may hold some love for you. We correctly predicted that Surface 2 would materialise 23 September, with specs like 8GB...

  • LG Vu 3, with 4:3 display and ‘Rubberdium’ stylus revealed

    LG's released the Vu 3, the third iteration of a range of phones you may never have heard of. That's sad, as the Vu range are some of the only 4:3 aspect ratio phones around. That doesn't mean that the Vu 3 has a poor screen, far from it. LG's Vu 3 runs a 5.2" display at 1280x960 and is powered by a 2.26Ghz quad-core CPU. It also comes with a stylus for good measure. In fact, the more we write about the Vu 3, the more we want it. Other specs include Android Jelly Bean, a 13MP rear camera...

  • Hackers claim to bypass iPhone 5S fingerprint scanner with ‘fake finger’

    The process is quite simple -- making one of the iPhone 5S' most innovative features defunct. All you need is a bit of powder (or graphite dust), a high-res scanner or camera, a laser printer and wood glue. That's according to Chaos Computer Club (CCC) who outlines the whole step-by-step process right here. The German hacker group claims to have found a way to unlock Apple's latest fingerprint Touch ID scanner security system using simple day-to-day tools. Referring to the Touch ID security system, Apple senior vice-president of hardware engineering Dan Riccio said a few weeks ago that "the sensor...

  • GTA V review: a brilliant, addictive, cohesive open-world game

    Grand Theft Auto V review: Grand design You can take a breath. It’s been worth the wait. Grand Theft Auto V is brilliant. Just how brilliant is a matter of subjective opinion, of course, but I’d go as far as to say it’s as good as anyone could ever have imagined and every bit as good as the trailers painted it to be -- no wait, that’s wrong. It’s better than the trailers had us believe because we can finally play it. You see, this is a game you need to experience first-hand. Only when you sit down with the disc whirring in...

  • iConsole.tv: the dual Android and Linux console gains Intel Iris GPU

    iConsole.tv, the Android-powered PC primed for gaming goodness is gearing up for release and it's morphed into a proper console contender, thanks to a new Intel Iris GPU. iConsole.tv's calling this a "high-end gaming console" and with these specifications, it's going to be hard to argue with that statement. For developers, "Unit 00" will help them to get acquainted with the upcoming console. If you're an interested developer, click here and prepare to spend R7 000 (US$699) of your hard-earned moolah. iConsole.tv (a terrible name, in our opinion), supports 4K, HD DVR, 3DTVs, and is the first console that comes with dual-HDMI for...

  • GTA V competition: here’s how you could win the year’s best game

    Update: Our GTA V competition winner is Alexandrea! She just won the GTA V Xbox copy for most interesting comment. Hats off to her and well done to everyone else with your valiant efforts. The decision was very tough and (almost) all of the comments were enjoyable reads and extremely thorough. Almost frighteningly detailed really. (Some of you have definitely read the 'Untold story of the world's biggest diamond heist' for inspiration... though we do not think kindly of plagiarism around here) Oh yes, you could be playing Grand Theft Auto V pretty soon without spending a dime. Today we...

  • HP’s new Christmas goodies: hybrids, Haswell, and a Leap laptop

    Yesterday HP announced a host of new products set to milk the Christmas crowds of 2013 dry. All the devices target different markets from the wallet-wary to the high-end consumer. Although there's a range of different tablets for both Windows 8.1 and Android the thing that probably stole the show the most would be the first Leap integrated PC. http://youtu.be/aWlX2yxcmHo Some of the other products that managed to share the limelight was the 7-inch Android Slate tablet and the Haswell-powered Pavilion laptop. Some of these products haven't received a price tag and release date as of yet but will surely...