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  • 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...

  • LG G4 preview: all you need to know [update]

    20 April: The Verge is reporting that it has somehow acquired a video of the LG G4’s camera in action. If you fancy a gander, check it out here. 13 April: There have been a spate of new leaks coming from the LG camp, including news on the phone’s rear, the camera sensors and the internal specifications. Find updates below. Another day, another device flagship soon to be ushered through the production doors to greet the big, wide world. What am I talking about? Well, there has been a manufacturer keeping its cards rather close to its chest since its curved...

  • Windows 10 will arrive in July 2015, according to AMD

    In a bit of a faux pas, AMD announced that Windows 10 will likely come bursting through the door before the North American back to school rush. Read: July. An earnings call held by the American silicon manufacturer let the detail slip, all thanks to company CEO Lisa Su. The tidbit, spotted by KitGuru, reveals a few of Microsoft‘s plans. What we also are factoring in is, with the Windows 10 launch at the end of July, we are watching the impact of that on the back-to-school season, and expect that it might have a bit of a delay to the normal...

  • Huawei Ascend Mate 7 has a superb set of cameras [Gallery]

    If you’ve perused our review of the Huawei Ascend Mate 7, you would’ve realised that we quite enjoyed the device. Even if it was enormous in comparison to most devices, the Huawei Ascend Mate 7 exhibited the type of usability and practicality we’ve only really seen on tablets twice its size. With that said, it should also be mentioned that its cameras are pretty damn impressive too. Read more: Huawei Ascend Mate 7 review: beautifully balanced With the device firmly glued to his hand, Andy took the Huawei Ascend Mate 7 on a tour around the Western Cape of South Africa, to...

  • We’d definitely buy this 3D ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ game, if it was a game

    Can Sonic the Hedgehog be put in the same “iconic character” category as the likes of Mario and Link? Well, we believe so, and so do these chaps it seems. Drawing inspiration from the likes of Paper Mario, a production team going by the name of pipocaVFX has made every gamer giddy with excitement. While Mario and Link have seen their respective series gain entertaining high-definition 3D remasterings and re-imaginings, SEGA‘s Sonic hasn’t really been that privileged. The last Sonic game (Sonic Boom) if anyone dares to remember, was pretty damn terrible, but pipocaVFX’s dream of a 2D Sonic game with...

  • Tuning fork: lessons from Cadence’s failed Kickstarter campaign

    Making music is like solving a puzzle. There are structures and rules you need to follow. But unlike puzzles, music requires you to apply the right-side of your brain instead of your left. Stir these two together however, and you just might find something special. Cadence is an open-ended puzzle game brought to life by Made With Monster Love — a Cape Town, South Africa-based company that’s been trying to make it big internationally with its intuitively fun PC and Mac game. Behind this initiative is freelance developer Peter Cardwell-Gardner who developed a prototype in two days during the Ludum Dare...

  • ‘A Pixel Story’ review: a magical journey through gaming history

    A Pixel Story is the work of UK-based and BAFTA nominated indie game developers, Lamplight Studios. The 2D platformer takes the history of gaming and masterfully turns it into a fantastic fictional saga through the technological evolution of games. From the primitive and pixelated days of Pong to the vivid and seemingly futuristic days of the present, it takes you on a heart warming journey of innocence, discovery and triumph. A Pixel Story is another testament to the creativity that is born from the indie game industry. In a gaming world where every title seems to be a slightly altered...

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