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  • Fails, sharks and Minecraft mazes: this week’s greatest gaming and gadget videos

    It’s Friday, 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? People are always doing great, stupid and simply dumbfounding things on the internet. More often than not, the good folk with recording devices capture these priceless moments and upload them to video libraries across the web, giving us a chance to view them. This week, we venture into the block-brained fun of Minecraft to build a truly unique and rather organic game within a game, then it’s a trip through gamer infamy with this...

  • ‘Final Fantasy XV’ demo will reward hardcore fans, be super exclusive

    Is it safe to say that Final Fantasy XV is one of the most eagerly anticipated games ever made? I think so. The game was announced by Square Enix back in the Victorian Era, and since then there’s been a lot of speculation and hearsay regarding this title. “Will it be made?” was one common thread, but all sources seem to indicate that it’s still a very tangible prospect. Frustratingly though, most fans won’t be able to play the demo if they don’t jump a few hurdles first. Purchasing Final Fantasy Type-0 HD Collector’s Edition will guarantee those lucky few a...

  • Hemingwrite is the typewriter for the modern age

    The Hemingwrite is a portable typewriter that features a large e-ink display and the ability to upload your work to the cloud via WiFi. It’s also a unique device whose Kickstarter campaign has been getting considerable buzz. And here’s why. The Hemingwrite’s aluminum body, retro mechanical navigation switches and big red power button will certainly grab your attention, and suggest a “futuristic” typewriter imagined by a 1950s science fiction writer. There is no paper to feed and no ink ribbon required. Think of it as a paperless word processor. The 6″ e-ink display includes a front light to help illuminate the screen when...

  • PlayStation TV review-in-brief: should you buy it?

    There’s quite a bit of movement in the connected TV space, and console makers are zoning in on this phenomenon. Consoles are becoming the centre of the living room and as a result, home entertainment too. So those consoles that can stretch their non-gaming legs invariably trump those that don’t. I’m talking about the Xbox One here, but Sony has launched something interesting for its PlayStation range that seems to get one over on its Microsoft rival — the PlayStation TV, or PSTV for short. Judging by the name though and in light of the integrated TV abilities of the Xbox...

  • Torrent the internet with BitTorrent’s ‘Project Maelstrom’ browser

    With the recent upheaval net neutrality has caused and the most popular torrent host, The Pirate Bay, shutting down, it seems more people are gunning for an open, equal internet and content distribution. BitTorrent is one such company and is subsequently building its own way to that goal. Project Maelstrom is “a web browser that can power a new way for web content to be published, accessed and consumed,” the presser notes. Essentially, it works on the principles of the BitTorrent philosophy of distribution to create “an internet powered by people.” Don’t get me wrong. This browser won’t make it easier to...

  • ‘Mortal Kombat X’ will reportedly have no platform-exclusive characters

    Finally, it seems that some sanity has prevailed in the console gaming world. The executive producer of Mortal Kombat X — one of 2015’s most eagerly anticipated games — has announced that there will be no console-exclusive content for gamers to fight about off-screen. Shaun Himmerick, in conversation with Hardcore Gamer, has suggested that platform specific players will not feature in the game, meaning that Xbox users will get what PlayStation users get, and vice versa. This will bear true to other platforms of the game as well. Currently the only playable-by-pre-order character in the game is Goro who will feature...

  • Orange to open physical store in Cape Town early 2015 [Gallery]

    South Africa might not be the biggest world market when it comes to technology adoption or sales, but that doesn’t stop companies recognising its potential. After trading online for much of its life in this country, Orange — the French telecoms giant, renowned for making a name for itself in a variety of tech endeavours  — is opening its first South African brick and mortar retail store in January 2015. The store will be located in the Cape Town suburb of Claremont, and will be the first of its kind in the country. Orange, along with offering some of the latest...

  • December Patch Tuesday: Microsoft issues critical updates for Windows, Internet Explorer

    December’s Patch Tuesday has passed without so much as a squeak, but that doesn’t mean important updates and patches weren’t pushed to Microsoft Windows machines. Redmond has released a bundle of patches that addresses security and stability issues in its Windows products and supported software, including the company’s Office suite and the Internet Explorer browser. For the actual Windows ecosystem however, only seven bulletins have been published with three rated as “critical”, or “don’t think twice about installing that patch” urgent. Other Microsoft products also received updates, including the Internet Explorer browser, which has been given a cumulative update, while the Office...

  • Intel’s banking on Internet of Things technology, launches own IoT platform

    The Internet of Things (IoT) — now there’s a term we haven’t heard too much of lately. But Intel, the world’s leading chip maker, is getting in on the act. The company has announced that it will be bringing some order into a rather fragmented market, by launching its own IoT platform. Thanks to the lack of predefined standards and structures, the Internet of Things movement has suffered this year after such a monumental rise in late 2013. Intel hopes that its framework will help to remedy this, and bring about a new interest in the possibilities of the IoT world. “The...

  • Apples and oranges: the best iPad alternatives of 2014

    It is not very hard to accept the fact that the Apple’s iPad is still one of the best tablet out there, thanks to great hardware and plenty of tablet optimised apps. The newly announced iPad Air 2 is one of the most powerful, yet slimmest tablets in the world. But what if you don’t like an iPad or the iOS because of its limitations? Have you been looking out for alternatives to iPad which come with added benefits of Android or Windows 8? Here’s a list of the best iPad alternatives of 2014. 1. Nvidia Shield Tablet If you are into gaming, you...

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