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  • Sony Xperia Z: still a really great phone

    The Sony Xperia Z. It’s a really good phone. And there is no higher praise that a smartphone can get. It does what a smartphone should do, at the most basic level, well. It makes calls. It takes calls. You can clearly hear the caller. It sends messages. Browses the internet. Takes pictures. AND DOESN’T NEED TO BE RECHARGED TWICE A DAY! AND DOESN’T NEED TO BE COSTED LIKE A PRECIOUS PIECE OF SPUN GLASS! AND IT DOESN’T TRY GUESS WHAT I’M TRYING TO DO! OK, settle down, settle down. Breathe, Roger, breathe. The Xperia Z is waterproof (ish) and damn...

  • Surface Pro discounted following RT price reduction

    Good news for Microsoft’s Surface Pro fans who can’t afford it. The software giant is discounting the device by US$100 (R1000) for the month of August. First spotted by Tom Warren over at The Verge, the price reduction affects the 64GB and 128GB Pros. Just a few weeks ago the Redmond-based company announced plans to cut the price of its Surface RT product which, according to AllThingsD, “seems to have driven a massive US$900-million write-down on unsold inventory”. During the announcement it seemed that the “price adjustments” were meant for the RT version of the Surface but now it appears...

  • LG Optimus L4II has three SIM slots, TV tuner

    LG and Mediatek are keen to offer something above a dual-SIM phone, namely a triple-SIM smartphone, dubbed the LG Optimus L4II. According to PConline, which outed the story and Brazilian online store Webfones which has actually listed the L4II for roughly US$200 (R2 000) , this entry-level smartphone has some decent specs for what looks to be one of the world’s first tri-SIM devices. First thing’s first, what would anyone need a triple-SIM phone for? For one thing, roaming the boarders and swapping networks in countries such as China would now be a breeze. Also, it would be easier...

  • Assassin’s Creed will have an end says Ubisoft

    There are currently about six Assassin’s Creed titles out there. Poor Desmond’s having the ride of his life being chased over Italian Renaissance rooftops and pirate ships, climbing Ancient Roman clock towers and, of course, leaping into piles of hay. In a recent interview, Eurogamer reports, there’s an end to this series after all. Like Desmond, the famous title’s fate is finally sealed. Though we might still see about 10 more of Ubisoft’s popular open-world, stealthy third person, cloaked assassin series. Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag director Ashraf Ismail said that all the development teams follow a general arc of...

  • North Korean tablet ‘Samjiyon’ has Angry Birds, won’t play nice with Western internet

    North Korea is a black hole of technology, where Android tablets and smartphones don’t exist and the internet is a rumour. Guess what, only the last part of that sentence is correct. ITWorld reports on the “Samjiyon”, a bog-standard 7-inch Android tablet that can play a Korean version of Angry Birds Rio, but won’t connect to the satanic Western internet. Flip-side: it will connect to the heavily-monitored North Korean internet called “Kwangmyong” which is described as a walled-garden national intranet. So we’re guessing that it won’t come with Facebook preloaded then. The Samjiyon’s is a US$200 (R2000) device and was picked...

  • Take note Samsung, HTC One Max joins phablet party with 5.9-inch screen

    The HTC One Max phablet was but a rumour less than a month ago. But now, thanks to Taiwanese website ePrice, it’s a rumour with a photo. The HTC One Max is out to be a bigger, faster HTC One and according to CNET, the One Max will compete with the Samsung Galaxy Note series, sporting a 5.9-inch screen and full 1080p resolution (according to the post on ePrice). The HTC One runs on a Snapdragon 600 processor but, according to the same ePrice post, the One Max will run on a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 processor. It looks to also feature...

  • Samsung set to unveil Note III at ‘Unpacked’ event on 4 September

    Samsung preety much launched the phablet into the mainstream with the astonishingly good Galaxy Note. The Note II was even better. It should hardly be surprising therefore that the global tech press is more than a little keen to see what the South Korean giant can come up with when it launches the third iteration of the device on 4 September. The company made it pretty clear that it would be unveiling the Note III with an invitation sent to the press for its second “unpacked” event, scheduled to take place right before the annual IFA tech conference in...

  • Leap Motion preview: two days of fun and frustration

    Leap Motion is onto something different, innit? Leap is a 3D motion-controller the size of an electric slug that works on PC or Mac. And yeah, the operative word is “works” because as incredible as Leap is (crowds gathered around my PC), it’s just a gimmick… for now. Allow me to explain. The box is gorgeous and echoes Apple’s design ethos. Minimal, clean, fuss-free Why do I say that it’s a gimmick? Because this US$80 (R800) device right now cannot replace the mouse as a Minority Report-style interface. I bet you all thought that when the Leap first came out,...

  • Razer Hammerhead Pro review: a lean, green, mean sound machine

    The Razer Hammerhead Pro in-ear headphones are great. I’m just going to jump right into it. They are extremely loud, colourful and well-built. They go for a mid-range US$70 (R700) and, apart from being an actual full-on headset, will fulfill your gaming needs and could almost double-up as a multipurpose casual music peripheral. In the box you’ll find three extra sizes of ear-tips for all shapes and sizes, as well as a little zip bag that would become your trusty and sturdy carrier pouch. Neat, right? Only Razer I tell you. Inside this pouch there’s an optional mic jack...

  • Elder Scrolls Anthology is the total RPG experience for $80, out 19 September

    Elder Scrolls Anthology is every game in the sprawling, open-world series that practically defined the western RPG. Bethesda, developers of the Elder Scrolls series needs US$79.99 (R800) from you. For just shy of a C-note, you’ll get: § The Elder Scrolls Arena § The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall § The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind o Tribunal o Bloodmoon § The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion o Knights of the Nine o Shivering Isles § The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim o Dawnguard o Hearthfire o Dragonborn § Five Physical Maps detailing the lands of Tamriel, Iliac Bay, Morrowind, Cyrodiil, and Skyrim. That’s a fine amount of content for years of fun. There’s five games –...

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