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  • Ditto’s the $30 pill-shaped vibrating wearable that’ll never let you miss a call again

    Wearables are great things. They open up discussions for things like the quantified self, the Internet of Things, predictive analytics and so on. While all those concepts might be revolutionary in the way we collect data and understand the things around us, the problem is that the examples commercially available are extremely expensive. Think about smartwatches and fitness bands -- the Moto 360 goes for US$250, the Apple Watch starts at US$350 and Fitbit charges you well over US$100 for its range of devices. Apart from the hectic costs involved, these are also extremely gimmicky. Developed by Simple Matters, Ditto is a...

  • BlackBerry Passport review: back to business

    Internet people love hyperbole. "The best smartphone ever," some write when describing an iPhone 6. "This is the greatest gadget of all time," says another about the HTC One M8. I don't like using hyperbole, but ironically there's no other way to describe BlackBerry's Passport other than: a square-screened device that is the best phone ever...  for business. It's not average and it's not just great, it really is a brilliant phone. This is why. Best for business Being busy is a filthy habit. It means that you haven't planned your day well enough to accommodate for random surprises. "Oh, I'm so...

  • Windows Phone 8 devices will get Windows 10 upgrade, Microsoft reveals

    It's official -- Satya Nadella wasn't bluffing when he said that Windows 10 will be the OS for all future Microsoft devices. Replying to a tweet from a curious consumer, the company revealed that all current devices running Windows Phone 8 will be bumped up to Windows 10 in the future. Huzzah! Microsoft clearly doesn't want to upset the masses again with a misplaced OS move, desktop or mobile. Remember how upset Windows Phone 7 users were when they couldn't upgrade to the then benchmark Windows Phone 8? This was mainly due to more than the company's smugness, nevertheless, customers don't...

  • Round 1, fight: our top 10 MAME fighting games of all time

    Depending on your gaming preferences you will either feel a slight chill of excitement when hearing the word MAME or perhaps you’ll be wrinkling your brow in confusion. My personal proclivities tend towards the former, as I have a deep and abiding love for retro games. There are times when I love nothing more than firing up an emulator and playing a game from my childhood. Yup, we’re talking old school Eighties and Nineties games played on an emulator or Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator (MAME). The emulator was first released in 1997, but it now supports over seven thousand games. Honestly, there...

  • Sony debuts PlayStation Vue: PS4 and PS3 cloud-based, cable-like service

    We thought the Xbox One was meant to this current generation's all-powerful home media box and games console, but it turns out that Sony wants a piece of the non-gaming living room pie too. It today launched its own cloud-based internet streaming service dubbed Vue, which will be taking over TV screens in early 2015. Rumoured for a good while, Sony was always considering bringing more than just gaming content to its consoles, especially since internet-driven content is becoming something of the norm in the States. Will it be available in South Africa however? Sony hasn't said a thing thus far but...

  • The Future of Mass Effect: BioWare reveals all on N7 Day

    N7 Day takes place each year on 7 November. It is an annual event that celebrates one of gaming’s greatest franchises, the Mass Effect trilogy. Even though it fittingly takes place on 7 Nov, N7 actually refers to a military rank in the Mass Effect universe. It is a rank given to those marines who have graduated from the Interplanetary Combatives Training (ICT) program and it is regarded as one of the most respected ranks in the in-game world. The “N” refers to the special forces of the Alliance Military (The Good Guys) and the 7 refers to the highest...

  • 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...