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  • ‘Pillars of Eternity’ review: vivid, vast, visceral

    Obsidian Entertainment’s games have always been known for their vividly elaborate plots and immense settings (Fallout: New Vegas, Neverwinter Nights 2). Its latest title, Pillars of Eternity, is every bit as vast and intricate and has a depth that can rival any game. It is the kind of artwork that an artist would consider as one of his most remarkable creations, a work true to his own soul. This real time strategy fantasy RPG is as unforgiving as it is rewarding and it juggles these two concepts like a carnie veteran. In its epic 50-80 hour saga the effects of...

  • Ware of the Week: Button Savior

    In our weekly series, Ware of the Week, we showcase our favourite organised lines of code from the world of mobile and desktop computing. In today’s edition, we profile an app that allowed me to use a phone with broken hardware buttons -- Button Savior. If you missed our previous Ware of the Week winner, catch it below. Read more: Ware of the Week: ShedAlert load shedding alerts I wouldn't really call Button Savior a new app. After prowling the Android landscape for nearly five years, it has garnered a good reputation as one of those apps you definitely don't want...

  • 5 reasons why the Apple Watch is completely worthless

    We hear people raving about the Apple Watch every day, so it’s probably about time for a good old-fashioned rant from a devil’s advocate! For starters, Apple’s smart watch is neat, but that might be the only thing it’s got going for it. If the product’s intended function is providing you with around-the-clock health information, then there are a lot of roadblocks that need to be addressed. Here are five! 1. Battery life is about as terrible as you’d expect Regular use will provide you with up to 18 hours of battery life, but demanding apps -- which, let’s face it, we all...

  • Nintendo to offer black ‘Splatoon’ Premium Pack bundle come 19 June [update]

    Update: The exclusive Splatoon bundle will retail for R4499 in South Africa, at least according to the latest Raru listings. We're all waiting patiently for Splatoon coming a little later next month, but Nintendo South Africa has plans to bolster sales of the game and its Wii U console well after its 29 May release date. Nintendo has announced that it will be offering a Nintendo Wii U Splatoon Premium Pack bundle, available from 19 June. "This inkredible bundle includes a disc copy of Splatoon alongside a black premium Wii U console with 32GB* of storage, plus a black Wii U...

  • Nvidia GTX 980 Ti coming in May, GTX 980 ‘Metal’ edition to follow

    If you're in the market for a graphics card upgrade, you can look forward to lush summer, thanks to Nvidia (and hopefully AMD fairly soon). The company is reportedly launching its GTX 980 Ti in May, and will line up as lieutenant behind the general GTX Titan X, this all according to a Chinese source. With that said, the GTX 980 Ti will be looking at a release window between 16 and 26 May and like its big brother, it will be based on the GM200 graphics core platform. This means, the GPU will sport 3072 stream processors, 192 texture units,...

  • 15 epic free games you should definitely try

    We live in a glorious age, where big developers are now making free games. For those who can’t afford to purchase a new AAA title each month, fear not, there are plenty of great games available for you to play across multiple platforms for no more than the electricity to boot that machine. PC gamers, rejoice. Yes, not only are you the master race of gamers, but your selection of free games is the largest, however free-to-play games can now also be found on consoles. And if that isn't all, Android and iOS also get some love, so the free gaming...

  • Android Wear updates finally make using apps as simple as checking the time

    Google has rolled out a bunch of features to make your Android smartwatch a bit more hands-off, with a whole new range of gestures and touch shortcuts. In what seems to be the first major update to Android Wear since it was unleashed onto people's wrists about a year ago, Google's focusing more on what it dubs being "fashionable" as well as "functionable". Android Wear watches have always had an always-on-screen -- that battery munching feature that doubles up as a safety light for nighttime cyclists. With this new update, you can extend this feature to your apps so they can stay...

  • New Disney acoustic tech allows for power-free iPhone accessories

    This is pretty cool. The folks at Disney's Research labs have figured out a way to control fine functions on an smartphone using acoustics rather than electrical signals. Partnering up with a team from Carnegie-Mellon, the researchers have developed something they call Acoustruments, which combines ultra-sonic soundwaves with the phone's speaker and microphone slots. This they say, allows them to build "Passive, Acoustically-Driven, Interactive Controls for Handheld Devices." Confused? Don't worry it's not as confusing as it seems (as long as you don't go into massive amounts of detail). Essentially, the iPhone emits a continuous ultra-sonic sound. Using 3D-printed tubes, the Disney and...

  • Huawei Ascend Mate 7 review: beautifully balanced

    Screen size is a big factor in consumers' purchasing decisions, especially in the past few years. Huawei really has taken this a bit too seriously with the Huawei Ascend Mate 7, its new floor board-sized phablet. But what it lacks in subtlety and understatement, it makes up in pure style and utility. It's no surprise that Huawei aims to compete with the big boys of the mobile devices world after it's global financial figures have exploded by over 40% year on year, so, why not? It's a company that's rising the crest of a wave and here in South Africa,...

  • Is the Sony Xperia Z4 an upgrade of the Xperia Z3? Barely [update]

    Plot twist: While the Sony Xperia Z4 is the Z3 upgrade, it will only be available in Japan. Sony is allegedly readying an international flagship, and no, it's not the Sony Xperia Z4. It's something completely different, notes PhoneArena quoting a Russian source. While this is just a rumour, the lack of a proper worldwide debut does makes sense now. What we can expect now is anyone's guess, but there's a definite chance we'll see even beefier specs when compared to the Z4. Additionally, what will it be called? It's massively intriguing stuff. So, Sony has finally announced its Sony Xperia Z4...