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  • Here’s the coding surprise lurking inside every PS4

    Here's a funny story. In every PS4 right now, there's the name of an ex-Sony engineer scrawled inside them. Kazuya Sakakihara, according to a Kotaku report, had worked at Sony for well over a decade on both the PS4 and PS3. He's "written" his name inside every current PS4, even yours. For those who don't know (us included) that's a snippet of the hard drive code. There's a few more things that makes this so strange. Namely that Sakakihara misspelled his own surname, and that text like this should be in the comments section -- where other coders usually leave notes for each other. Take a...

  • Huawei South Africa launches Ascend Mate7 and Ascend G7 smartphones

    While Huawei isn't considered an established household brand in South Africa yet, the company isn't hurting its chances at all. Last night, the Shenzhen outfit unveiled its beautiful Ascend Mate7 phablet and Ascend G7 smartphone, two devices that'll likely take it to the Samsungs, LGs and Apples of this world come 2015. Considering that the last flagship update to the Ascend line came a good few years ago, this is a much needed refresh and my, what a refresh it is. These devices were announced at IFA 2014, but this was the first time South African media were able to...

  • Unboxing the Acer C720P Chromebook [Video]

    Following on from the Blackberry Passport unboxing, we have another interesting little critter that's sadly leaving us this week. Acer's C720 Chromebook was the first version of Google's reincarnated netbook we've had in the office, and although many of us scoffed at its tiny size, it's really quite a versatile, portable machine. Powered by an Intel Celeron CPU, carrying 2GB RAM and 16GB of flash storage, it doesn't always need an internet connection, but it seems to be the device's preference (it is just a glorified version of Chrome, after all). And what's more, the cutesy touchscreen allows for easy non-touchpad scrolling,...

  • Overwatch and the WoW film: 9 awesome things that happened at BlizzCon 2014

    A lot has happened in the gaming world over the last few days. This weekend saw thousands of night elves, orcs, ogres, paladins and the lot descend on Anaheim, California. From Warcraft, StarCraft 2 and Blizzard's new franchise to Hearthstone and freakin' Metallica, we wrapped up some of the best news BlizzCon 2014 for you below. StarCraft 2: Legacy of the Void got unleashed As the case is every year at BlizzCon, a new addition to the epic StarCraft 2 Real-Time Strategy franchise was introduced. While the previous two StarCraft 2 editions gave you control of the Terran and the Zerg, Legacy of...

  • Microsoft drops first Lumia branded device: a cheap, colourful selfie-shooter

    Microsoft's first branded Lumia has just been revealed. Sans the Nokia brand of course, the Lumia 535 is a low-cost, colourful smartphone with a grand focus on all the software Microsoft has to offer. Apart from the 5MP LED flash at the rear, the colourful selfie-shooter carries a 5MP front cam that's meant to be used alongside the Lumia Selfie App. The app enables you to "enhance" your selfies with filters and easily share them with friends from the app to OneDrive, Instagram, Twitter and so forth. The friendly five incher carries a quad-core 1.2GHz processor together with 1GB RAM, 8GB internal...

  • PlayStation Plus games of November (PS4) review: digging, crying, escaping

    The chatter on the internet when November's free PlayStation Plus games were announced was fairly hostile. Users moaned about the games but when I heard what was being released -- Escape Plan, The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth and SteamWorld Dig are three excellent games, all for the price of nothing at all (if you don't count the PSN subscription fee). While all have been out for quite some time, they're now free on PSN so, how do they still hold up? The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth Let's begin with the strongest game of the trio, and perhaps one of the best Rouge-like adventures...

  • LG G3 wins the Android Lollipop update race, company claims

    The LG G3 has become one of the Korean brand's best handsets in a long while, with its 4K screen and ultra responsive hardware, but its about to get an extra dose of special. Although LG has been mum on Android Lollipop recently, the company has now announced that its lucky G3 patrons will be able to upgrade to the latest edition of Android before anyone else. Starting in Poland (we're not sure why, either), this week's eastern European rollout will "be followed by other key markets in the near future." Hopefully this includes South Africa too in the coming...

  • Humanoid robots will someday fly our planes

    Pibot is the first ever humanoid robot designed to fly a plane autonomously. Researchers at South Korea’s Advanced Institute of Science and Technology responsible for developing Pibot hope their robot will offer several advantages over drones when it comes to dangerous missions that require the control of larger rescue aircraft. Although autonomous drones are good at providing surveillance and air support during warfare, lead researcher Shim Hyung-Chul explains that robots are needed to fly a variety of existing aircraft specific to any number of dangerous situations, the most notable being the Fukushima tragedy in Japan: “When Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant got damaged...

  • Microsoft and Makro release Nextbook tablets for South African consumers

    Software giant Microsoft has formed a partnership with South African retailer Makro to release a range of low-cost Nextbook tablets. The tablet range is available at all Makro stores in South Africa from today. The Nextbook range comes in two screen sizes: an 8-inch version without a keyboard and 10.1-inch version with a keyboard. The 10.1-inch device has an attachable keyboard that allows users to have a notebook like experience. This device sells for R2 999 and the 8-inch sells for R1 499. The devices have the full Windows 8.1 operating system. Both tablets feature a USB port and come...

  • D-Link ShareCenter DNS-345 NAS review: enormously simple storage

    It's not often we get a high-capacity storage system in the office to review, but my do we get excited when one comes a-knockin'. The D-Link ShareCenter DNS-345 (as it is formally known) hopes to find a niche in quite a few markets, from personal data moguls to graphic-intensive image editors to managers of small businesses, so pinning it down with one precise verdict became more troublesome than first considered. So how does it fare in the top shelf of an average user's bedroom? Simple setup The chaps over at D-Link sure made this one of the most simple, idiot-proof storage systems available. Although...