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  • The god of shooters, John Carmack joins Oculus VR as CTO

    The godfather of shooters, John Carmack has joined Oculus VR as its new Chief Technology Officer (CTO). The official Oculus VR blog announced the news earlier this week and the company is predictably happy about it. It's John flipping Carmack. He invented Doom. What more is there to say? This apparently: "John is one of the brightest minds of our generation — pioneer, visionary, and industry legend. There are very few people in the world that can contribute to the Oculus Rift and the future of virtual reality like John can." There's truth in those words. Carmack also took a...

  • MakerBot and Microsoft team-up to bring 3D-printing to the masses

    MakerBot Industries as well as Microsoft are upping the ante in the 3D printing world. The popular company responsible for easy-to-use desktop 3D printers recently teamed up with Microsoft to sell its popular "Replicator 2" 3D printer at Microsoft stores. The Replicator 2 desktop 3D printer together with MakerBot PLA Filament are now available both online and offline through Microsoft. Microsoft stores across the US will be stocking 3D printers together with a MakerBot service plan called MakerCare. The stores will sell this package for US$2 550 (R25 500) and will offer demos that will familiarize themselves with the 3D...

  • 12 of the most astonishingly beautiful games of all time

    What makes a game beautiful? Is it the art, the sound, the gameplay or the character design? Maybe it's all of the above, but it takes an almost magical combination of the aforementioned to create a truly beautiful game. However, some games stand out on their own as pure art dripped straight from the master's paintbrush. These games represent beauty in the digital form and below you'll find 12 I've chosen that make our eyeballs scream "more!" Zork (1980) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k1bLBy7gQPI Look at that yummy text set against a jet-black background. Feast your eyes on the DOS lettering. Welcome to Zork, a game...

  • Windows Phone App Studio makes app creation child’s play

    We all know that one of the main reasons Windows 8 is struggling with Android and iOS is the fact that its app store is quite limited. In efforts to counter this, Microsoft announced the opening of its new app building platfrom -- the Windows Phone App Studio. The platform promises no coding required from the creator's end and is supposed to be incredibly user-friendly. You can mess around with adding different images, videos, RSS and Twitter feeds -- all in the spirits of casual DIY. Yes, but will you be able to make Angry Birds? Probably not, but you'll most...

  • FLD 7.5″ Tablet Pouch review: snug, sturdy and simple

    Out of all the bags FLD has on offer, the 7.5-inch Tablet Pouch is the least intricate. It’s simple, goes for US$25 (R250) and does a good job at being just that. Nothing more, nothing less. Like all the products the company has on offer, the clean and cozy design could be suited to pink, blue or yellow colour schemes. Mine is yellow, which means that the soft inside fur, as well as subtle design lines and logos on the front cover are coloured. The rest of the outside cover is a dark grey plastic weave that’s apparently also waterproof....

  • WhatsApp rolls out one-touch Push-To-Talk for all platforms

    WhatsApp is now serving more than 300-million mobile users monthly, according to AllThingsD. That's 11-billion messages sent, and 20-billion received, daily. But the real excitement, at least for tech lovers like us is the new push-to-talk (PTT) feature which hits Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, some Nokias and iOS devices today. Everyone can join the PTT party and the update should roll out to everyone, worldwide, over the next 24-hours. It's real, look -- proofSending and using the new PTT feature is a doodle. If you look above, you can now see that there's a microphone icon next to the text...

  • HTC Desire 500 lands in the UK, is quad-core and hopefully affordable

    The HTC Desire 500 was announced in July for Taiwan at the fairly affordable price of US$399 (R3 999) but today HTC tells us that it's headed for the UK and select European markets. It's a 1.2 Ghz quad-core phone with 4.3" screen and looks mighty fine. Merrily, there'll even be a dual-SIM model for a few lucky sectors of the world. It's outfitted with a Snapdragon 200 CPU, so expect fair to great interface speeds. The 8-megapixie camera is going to need it as well, as HTC has a long history of delivering some of the best camera-phones this...

  • The smart TV buyer’s guide: 5 of the best

    I like having a large television in my house. Perhaps it's because I'm of an age that still remembers old school CRT-tube TVs that didn't have remotes. I had to get out of my seat to change the channel. Now of course I have a sizeable TV with excellent picture quality. But how did I arrive at my particular model choice? It can get rather confusing when we enter an electronics store and are faced with a variety of televisions on display, with those flashing lights and pictures getting into our heads. We can normally spot the ones with a...

  • Xbox One in-game recording to be 720p at 30 frames per second

    One of the Xbox One's many upcoming features is that you'll be able to capture some in-game footage. In a recent Ask and Answer with IGN, Microsoft confirmed that the display quality of the recorded footage will be limited to 720p at 30 frames per second. Games that put out 1080p at 60 frames per second will have their last five minutes recorded at lower resolution. A beautiful HD display like Forza Mototsport 5's will essentially be dumbed down when your showing your friends your latest lap. http://youtu.be/iYTx9DFWMSI Recorded in-game footage will never look this good DVR (Digital Video Recorder) is the built-in...

  • MSI GS70 is ‘world’s thinnest and lightest 17-inch gaming laptop’

    The race for the best console might as well be a crawl in the eyes of MSI, which has now gone and introduced what is possibly one of the world's best gaming laptops, the GS70, says PCgamer. MSI is calling it the "world’s thinnest and lightest 17-inch gaming laptop." We're calling it an absolute beast, based on specs alone. Is it thin? At 2.15cm, we'd say yes. And is it light? It's only 2.59Kg which is a slight for a laptop with the specs we're about to describe. The 17.3-inch display, which can output 4K content (when connected to a TV) has...