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  • SteamLeft calculates how much life you’ll need to beat your Steam library

    Since the advent of Steam in the early 2000s, gamers have racked up game after game like a squirrel with an acorn addiction. If you’re one of those gamers with too many titles to count or too many to comprehend, you probably wish you knew how long it would take to conquer your massive library. Well, now you can. SteamLeft is a nifty little service that plugs into How Long to Beat‘s playtime averages to calculate how much of your life you could (and really should) spend racking up killstreaks and looting lesser individuals. Insanely enough, the most extensive Steam library tested...

  • HTC One M9 ‘Hima’ arriving in March with company’s first smartwatch

    While all the smartphone launch hype is surrounding the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Sony Xperia Z4, there are other companies due to out momentous models in the coming months too. Remember the HTC One M8? Well, its successor is coming in March, at least according to Bloomberg. The HTC One M9 is probably one of the most eagerly anticipated launches of the year and seeing that March is the month for mobile launches, HTC will duly unveil its phone as well as its first smartwatch around the same time as MWC in Barcelona. It would take a fair effort to...

  • CES 2015 roundup part two: from Nvidia to ZTE

    In case you missed it: CES 2015 roundup part one: from Acer to MSI The earliest and (arguably) most important technology extravaganza of the year has come and gone, and while the theme of CES 2015 seemed to be wider, thinner and shinier is better, there were some genuinely exiting technologies that left our mouths agape. Arguably, the latter half of the alphabet holds companies that have really set the bar high at CES 2015, but the customary onslaught of TV screens with more than a necessary quota of pixels were also abundant. Apart from this annoyance, powering those screens also seemed an...

  • CES 2015: future of home automation and the internet of things

    The annual Consumer Electronics Show has grown massively since its inception in 1967 becoming one of the most eagerly anticipated and followed expos in the world. Held in Las Vegas, it’s a showcase for new technologies that can be expected to hit the market in the foreseeable future. In the past, now-mainstream products like VCRs, DVDs, and HDTV were first shown to the world at CES. In recent years, home automation systems have had a growing presence at the show. CES 2015, in fact, featured a dedicated room solely for new home automation products. We round up some of the best...

  • Wii U, PS4 and Xbox One celebrate respective sales victories

    Here’s some heart-warming news if you’re a non-biased console gamer. Nintendo has announced that December 2014 was a big sales month for the Wii U console, with a 29% improvement in console sales and a massive 75% increase in games sales compared to the same period last year. That’s some great news, especially since the company has announced some big things for the year ahead, including the introduction of the new Nintendo 3DS XL to the US and European markets on 13 February. Read more: Nintendo Direct: 3DS XL confirmed, games galore coming this year In terms of current games, Mario Kart...

  • Nintendo Direct: 3DS XL confirmed, games galore coming this year

    In the first Nintendo Direct of 2015, the company from the land of the rising sun revealed some awesome games for the US and UK coming this northern spring. Thanks to an earlier leak by GameStop and Ars Technica, we had an inkling that the Nintendo 3DS XL would be launched in North America on 13 February, but after Nintendo Direct’s announcements, it has been emphatically confirmed. Star-Spangled Banner-singing Nintendo 3DS XL is official The handheld features beefier hardware, boating “a number of new enhancements designed to offer the newest and most engrossing games possible,” noted Reggie Fils-Aime, President and COO of...

  • Xiaomi Mi Note is the phablet-killer Apple and Samsung were dreading

    Xiaomi is undoubtedly wearing the coolest shades in the tech playground, even cooler than Apple, its role model, if you’re being facetious. It’s widely known as the world’s most valuable startup too, at around US$45-billion, and at the rate its expanding it could take Apple’s crown as most valuable tech company away too. For now, its competing in the phablet arena, and the iPhone 6 Plus is its first victim. Today we see the arrival of the 6.95 mm thick Xiaomi Mi Note, a 5.7-inch Samsung Galaxy Note 4 slayer with a rather smug air of sophistication. It’s mostly glass but features...

  • Original Apple Mac gets modern design refresh, power boost

    Apple’s Macintosh wasn’t exactly dropped from an unidentified spacecraft late at night over the skies of Cupertino. If anything, the machine that now boasts hardware that pushes the limits of style and design has been some 30 years in the making. It has evolved since then, but the original 1984 can still take a geek’s breath away. A German design company (and an enormous Apple fan) CURVED/labs has made a loving hat-tip to Apple’s original living-room conquering machine, creating an Apple Mac in the same stylistic vein as its forefather. The subtle curve of the body props up a touchscreen...

  • Google Project Ara Spiral 2 will pilot in Puerto Rico this year

    Ah, the modular phone… Once ran by under the guidance of Motorola before the company got bought out by Google, the Lego-like smartphone project certainly knows how to turn some heads. And after being conceptualised and designed, it’s finally been unveiled in physical form. Inspired by the Phoneblok which is a concept first spearheaded by enthusiast Dave Hakkens two years ago, Hakkens ran a rather successful Thunderclap campaign online in 2013, raising awareness for the production of a mobile device with detachable hardware specifications. As crazy as this idea sounded, fast forward two years to the present and we see Google...

  • Logitech Harmony API brings voice, gesture control to the smart home

    Back in October, we mentioned that peripheral company Logitech had been looking at 2015 as a big year in both the peripherals and smart home spheres, and it has started off with quite a bang with respect to the latter. The company has announced the Logitech Harmony API that will allow developers to plug into the Logitech Harmony platform and create smart home “experiences”. Read more: Beyond periphery: Logitech promises a ‘big year’ for South Africa in 2015 The API will also have command of “more than 270,000 home entertainment and automation devices” and companies like SmartThings, IFTTT, Ivee, Myo, Playtabase...

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