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  • Are the PS4 and Xbox One priced too high? (spoiler: no)

    The prices of the PS4 and Xbox One (especially Microsoft’s upcoming console) have been under heavy debate by gamers and the press alike. The Xbox One is US$499, the PS4 is US$399 and Forbes is calling this “ one main advantage” as both machines are comparatively similar. Arstechnia takes it one step further though and historically compares the prices of Sony and Microsoft’s last machines, plus most other major consoles. Green is launch price, orange is price adjusted for inflation Arstechnica used an inflation calculator from the US-based Department of Labor Statistics and archived sales data to calculate the above chart. Here’s what’s...

  • Netsurfer Dual Tablet review: thrifty Android goodness

    Change is a constant in the gadget world. Devices get larger and thinner, operating system become more user-friendly and our wallets become just a little lighter ever year. It’s the low-cost, high-concept gadgets that pique our interests the most though, like the new Netsurfer Dual Tablet from South African-based FutureMobileTechnology (FMT). For just under R2 000 (US$200), the Dual represents value for money in a lean 7-inch tablet that packs a lot of muscle under its belt. It’s not the fastest tablet ever made, or the best looking device you’ll ever see, but it’s inexpensive, has a decent screen and...

  • Recon Jet is the Google Glass for pros and athletes

    Imagine watching a re-run of Tour de France through the eyes of your favorite cyclist on your TV. Recording a mountain bike ride through the forests should be awesome too. Recon Jet wants you to experience and share moments like these at only US$499. That's a third cheaper than the popular Google Glass alternative. Recon Instruments from Vancouver, takes on the Silicon Valley tech giant in a race that brings the Recon Jet into the spotlight. The Jet is, like Google Glass, a disguised computer that aims to blend things like video, voice and social-media into an everyday wearable...

  • Google gears up for Android gaming console, smartwatch

    An Android console from Google itself? According to a report by The Wall Street Journal, it may happen. The WSJ spoke to  “people familiar with the matter” who say that Google will release an Android games console, a smartwatch and version 2.0 of the Nexus Q, a wireless speaker that sold about as well as bacon sandwiches on Yom Kippur. Apple already has its casual gaming console, we like to call it Apple TV. Apple also has plans to release a smartwatch in the near future. Is it Google’s intention to get in on Apple’s, Ouya’s, Project Shield and Gamestick’s...

  • Be awesome and win Deadpool for Xbox [competition]

    Update: Winner of our Deadpool competition is Matt with his superhero called the Ripper who can move outside of time. Yup, so we're giving away an Xbox copy of Deadpool. Developer High Moon Studios brings this apparent legend from the comic books to your console. Released earlier this month, this third person title puts you in the shoes of a schizophrenic-slash-narcissistic Marvel Comics anti-hero. In this demented and humorous game, you'll kick some ass using shotguns, sledgehammers, grenades, bear traps and of course swords. http://youtu.be/BnHzYOgD2XA Although Deadpool claims to be the most popular and awesome character to have ever appeared in...

  • Control matters: which next-gen gamepad fares better?

    In the world of online gaming, your enemy is a faceless entity halfway across the world. He or she is unseen, and often (mercifully) unheard. But in the heat of battle you might as well both be in the ring, gloves laced and tied. You see, online gaming is war and a soldier needs to choose his armaments carefully. Your console is your engine room; your game is your vehicle; your controller is your gun. The game that whisks me into this world of vitriol and l33t speak is Fifa 13, while my weapon of choice is Microsoft’s Xbox 360...

  • Windows 8.1 preview is here, and it’s free

    Guess what? Windows 8.1 Preview is here. If you still care about Windows 8, you should attempt a download. As of right now though, Microsoft is saying that the ISO files needed to install it will only be available “within the next day”. But that’s what we’re here for, to show you why and if Windows 8.1 Preview is worth a download, or not. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=7BN0W7CONpw Windows! It’s “more you” now Look, the video above was fine but all we noticed out of the “more you” features was the Start button, which is back after Microsoft removed it for no reason at all. Well,...

  • Kinect for Xbox One incompatible with PCs: why?

    When Kinect for Xbox 360 first came out, hackers loved it for its ability to easily connect to a Windows PC via USB. For Kinect on Xbox One, there’s no such plans though, as the propriety connector for the next-gen Kinect is Xbox One-only, and Microsoft says that it isn’t going to release an adaptor either. What’s a geek to do? Microsoft spoke to ArsTechnica (via email) who confirmed the lack of PC compatibility. The Kinect for Xbox One sensor will not have an adaptor that allows it to plug into a computer. the new generation Kinect for Windows sensor will connect to computers using...

  • Sony mends PS3 with v4.46 update

    Sony just released a new mandatory update, v4.46, in an attempt to mend fences. The update comes after last week's scary v4.45 resulted in some PS3 gamers' consoles having software issued. Gamers took to the forums and Twitter threads to express their concern. Although the number of users affected was reported being quite small, it still made a lot of gamers skittish. After installing the update, users were simply left stuck on their home screens. Some PS3 owners said that the update made it impossible to load the system’s XMB (Xross Media Bar) or ribbon screens. A massive amount...

  • Feedly review: Google Reader’s best replacement

    When Google announced that it would be shutting down its very own RSS reader, I was outraged and immediately started looking for reasons why it would commit such an atrocity, to me, in this day and age. Some in the know were saying that it was shutdown in an effort to make sure Google didn't screw it up while trying to update it. Others around the web said that there weren't enough consumers using the service to warrant its ongoing maintenance. If those rumors were true, we should be seeing Google Plus go the same way (we can only hope). According to...