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  • Battery tech talk: lithium ion and lithium polymer

    For those considering the purchase of a lithium-based battery for a specific purpose, it is important to know the difference between a lithium ion battery and a lithium polymer battery in order to better fulfil your needs when making your decision on what to buy. Lithium ion There are a couple of differences that serve to separate the functions of the two types of batteries. Lithium ion was invented in the early twentieth century, but it only began to be popularly used rather recently. Meanwhile, the lithium polymer battery has been in existence, and been used as well, since roughly the...

  • They got these 5 video games to run on the Xbox 360?

    The Xbox 360 was a veritable beast upon its launch in late 2005. Featuring 512MB of RAM, an advanced (for its time) ATI Xenos graphics chip and a powerful tri-core Xenon processor, it compared very favourably to the PS3 and gaming PCs of the time. Gaming tech moves at a fast pace though, so after several years, developers had to utilise all sorts of crazy tricks to get their games running on the last-generation Xbox. Here are a few notable titles that somehow managed to run on the Xbox 360. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare The last proper Call of Duty game released...

  • Pinnacle Africa now sole distributor of Alienware in SA

    Information and communications technology (ICT) distributor Pinnacle Africa has been awarded sole distribution rights for the Alienware brand by Dell. Pinnacle will be the only official distributor of Alienware laptops, desktop PCs, and accessories in the Southern Africa region. "The channel now has a tremendous opportunity to tap into a growing market looking for easy access to high-level performance from their gaming equipment without the fuss of having to build up their rigs themselves," says Pinnacle Africa Dell Brand executive, Rory Green. The company will be holding stock of basic configurations with stock landing early May. According to a Pinnacle representative, these units...

  • Xenoblade Chronicles to hit North American Nintendo eStore

    The incredibly hard-to-find JRPG Xenoblade Chronicles is making its way to the North American Nintendo eShop. It will be playable on the Wii U. Xenoblade Chronicles was originally released on the Nintendo Wii and was an exclusive to Nintendo of America's website and GameStop stores. This was the subject of much controversy due to the rarity of the game. It was later re-released on the Nintendo New 3DS, which is how many fans have been able to get their hands on it. The game will retail for US$19.99 with no word on a European or South African eShop release. Watch the full trailer below:

  • RIP: Lionhead Studios is officially no more

    Hammering the final nail into the coffin, Microsoft has officially shut down developer Lionhead Studios. After 20 years and 13 video games, the British-based company is no more. The news first surfaced in March when Microsoft announced the discontinuation of Fable Legends and their discussions with Lionhead employees about the studio's closure. "We can confirm that after much consideration over the six-week consultation period with Lionhead employees, we have reached the decision to close Lionhead Studios. We have nothing but heart-felt thanks for the team at Lionhead for their significant contributions to Xbox and the games industry," writes a Microsoft spokesperson...

  • 5 nifty tips that make the LG G5 easier to live with

    The LG G5, like every other phone, has its share of problems. Although some of them are game-breakers, most of them can be fixed with a few savvy pointers, changes, and tweaks. Here's a list of the five most annoying things about the LG G5, and how you can fix them in a jiffy. Problem: There's no app tray and it's driving me nuts Solution: Download a new launcher The LG G5 ships without the usual central app tray button, that hides all the apps from the desktop. It's a dumb omission but it can easily be fixed. The solution's as simple as...

  • Animal Crossing, Fire Emblem to hit mobile, NX gets launch date

    Pokemon Go and Miitomo aren't the only Nintendo properties on mobile. The Kyoto gaming company has announced that Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem will be coming to smartphones as well. The company revealed the news in a conference call with investors and on its social media accounts, but didn't reveal much else about the upcoming mobile titles. It's unclear whether life simulation Animal Crossing would be a full-fledged game or a spin-off of the franchise, akin to Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer. But an analyst told the Wall Street Journal that the game could be free-to-play, featuring in-app purchases for virtual items. Fire Emblem...

  • BlackBerry Priv finally gets some of that Marshmallow action

    BlackBerry has confirmed that Android 6.0 Marshmallow is now available on the Priv smartphone, several months after the phone was launched. The Priv (review) originally shipped with a well-received take on Android 5.1, bringing the DTEK security manager, the BlackBerry Hub, BlackBerry Keyboard and several other noteworthy additions to an otherwise spartan formula. What's new in this update then? First of all, the company has updated the DTEK security manager, giving it support for Marshmallow's granular permission controls. "Apps demand access to personal data, even when it's not necessary for the app to function properly. DTEK gives the power back to users to control what to...

  • HTC building two Nexus devices for Google – reports

    HTC's latest high-end smartphone has received mostly positive reviews, with praise for its hardware design, camera and restrained take on Android. So we're glad to hear that the company is crafting two Nexus smartphones for Google, running Android N. The news initially came via serial leaker Evan Blass, claiming that the new phones are codenamed M1 and S1. HTC is building a pair of Android N devices for Google internally dubbed M1 and S1 #nexus — Evan Blass (@evleaks) April 27, 2016 However, Android Police claimed that the new phones are codenamed Marlin and Sailfish respectively, citing an anonymous source. The website also noted a reference to...

  • Steam now accepts Bitcoin as payment method

    You'll now be able to purchase all of your Steam Store sales goodies with Bitcoin. Yes, that digital currency that no one quite understands will net you some excellent titles. Announced on Bitpay's website, the company has partnered with Steam in order to provide this payment functionality. Apparently, Valve reached out to Bitpay in order to implement this new feature. Bitcoin is being implemented in order to accommodate users in emerging markets, such as India and Brazil, due to the lack of credit cards in those regions. Steam also offers support for credit cards, PayPal, WebMoney, Moneybookers, and a range of other payment...