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  • HTC One M9: is it hot or not?

    Back when the Samsung Galaxy S6 rumour mill was in full churn, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 -- the company's flagship chip for the first half of this year -- was said to be extremely powerful but rather heat happy as a result. The chip is used in the HTC One M9, and according to new benchmarks radiating from the Dutch site Tweakers, its doing rather well in that phone. How well? Well done. About 15-20 degrees Celsius hotter than its rivals, including the iPhone 6 Plus, Samsung's Galaxy Note 4, the LG G3 and its own older brother, the HTC...

  • Windows 10 will compress system files to increase user storage

    Microsoft really is gunning to reclaim its groupie love that was severed in Windows 10, often delving into some of the more innocuous annoyances of Windows 8, but in the decade where media storage is perhaps at its all time high, Microsoft is looking to eke even more juice from those drives of yours. Windows 10, as the company explained in a blog post, will be able to compress its system files giving the user more storage for those cat pictures and game fail clips. This may not sound like much, but considering that an install of Android on smartphones with...

  • ‘Tormentum: Dark Sorrow’ review: demented silence

    Tormentum: Dark Sorrow is a spectacularly sinister point-and-click puzzle adventure created by the Polish three-man indie developing team, Oh Noo! Studios. It will take you on a menacing five hour journey through a dark fantasy world inspired by the surrealist works of artists such H.R. Giger and Zdzisław Beksiński. It is a gratifying step towards separating point-and-click adventures from the misleading label of “casual games” and presents the opportunity to firmly cement the genre as a serious gaming experience. Story Time You play as a mysterious hooded figure, the nameless hero of Tormentum’s story. You wake up to find yourself trapped in...

  • Meet PiKasa: the Cape Town-based all-in-one Raspberry Pi computer [update]

    Update: The PiKasa Indiegogo campaign is officially up and running. The company is looking for US$25 000 to fund the project. Have a look at the campaign here. We've sung the Raspberry Pi's praises many times. It's a wonderfully reliable, practical, and cheap computer with just enough power for a broad range of applications. They double up as great media players too, or consoles for those old emulated games. But what about more practical uses? What if you want to use the Raspberry Pi as a full-blown all-in-one computer? Cape Town-based firm, The Content Company, has crafted a Raspberry Pi housing...

  • Scientists beam energy through the air with pinpoint accuracy

    Japanese scientists have achieved a breakthrough in wireless energy transfer, successfully transmitting 1.8 kilowatts of power through the air. Using microwaves, the energy traveled a distance of 55 metres (170 feet) and reached its target with pinpoint accuracy. For the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), this is an important breakthrough that will help them achieve their ultimate goal of someday making solar power generation in space a reality. A JAXA spokesperson had this to say: This was the first time anyone has managed to send a high output of nearly two kilowatts of electric power via microwaves to a small target, using a delicate directivity control device. Beaming energy...

  • Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge now available to pre-order in South Africa

    Samsung's starlit duo, the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, are now both available to pre-order in South Africa. Both phones will also launch in South Africa on 10 April, through MTN and Vodacom. "For a limited time only," the company notes, "Samsung is offering those who pre-order the Galaxy S6 or S6 edge, a free wireless charging pad – the ultimate accessory for the handset," to ultimately boast one of its most promising features. The phones are compatible with two of the most frequently used wireless charging technologies, but wireless charging as a whole, is still in...

  • ‘Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune’, ‘Project Cars’ and HTC Vive demo: this week’s TGIF Video Roundup

    TGIF, and we really shouldn’t be at work, but that won’t stop us from gandering through the week’s best tech, gadget and gaming videos, now will it? If you missed last week’s roundup, catch it below. Read more: HTC Vive, The Legend of Zelda and Super Mario 64: this week’s TGIF Video Roundup With the news that Uncharted 4: A Thief's End is delayed until 2016 announced this week, the gaming world (at least on the blue team) is rather teary-eyed. But not to worry. There are plenty of other titles to satisfy your gaming lust until then, and we have...

  • Microsoft’s Einstein-boosted Cortana coming to Android and iOS too

    This genuinely brings a smile to my face, especially considering Apple's staunch closed ecosystem mentality and Android's Google Now dependency. Microsoft has announced that its Bing-powered personal digital assistant Cortana is flying the Microsoft coup, and coming to Android and iOS in the near future. In a Reuters exclusive, "people familiar with the matter" noted that Cortana will be rolled out to mobile devices running Apple's and Google's prized operating systems. But this doesn't quite stop there. Microsoft is also working on a more "advanced" version of Cortana to rival Apple's Siri, dubbed the Einstein Project. The MD of the company's research division...

  • Verssed W1 review-in-brief: finally, something different

    We've been bombarded by a barrage of low-cost smartphones recently and we're pretty damn bored of them all. As a consumer, it's a puzzling time to be rummaging through the smartphone marketplace, and as a first-adopter looking for that first handset, it's even worse. Although Android phones below the R1000 threshold are all unamusing and largely uninspiring, there are a few other devices out there that force us to sit up and take note. On paper, the Edcon exclusive Verssed W1 seems like a predictable cookie-cuter budget device. There's that familiar 4.0-inch screen with an even more tell-tale 800x480 resolution, a...

  • Google Chromebook Pixel updates with two USB Type-C ports, beefy Intel chipsets

    We all knew the new Google Chomebook Pixel was coming this year, but we didn't quite know what Google was preparing in terms of hardware, exterior panache and price. Now, the company has finally outed the Pixel, which will be the flagship Chromebook of the fleet. At first glance with the Chromebook's face shut, it's clear that there's a touch of Google in the mix. The strip that runs along the top centre of the screen lid screens ChromeOS, with its now-customary multi-colour scheme. The unit itself is a gun-metal silver, very similar to what you'd find on a new...