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  • Huawei MediaPad 7 Youth 2 review: long battery life in bulky body

    Huawei's making a big push into the South African tablet and smartphone market with a spate of new devices. The Ascend Mate7 is another example of the manufacturer's designs of competing against the likes of Apple and Samsung in the market. But what about tablets? The company isn't all about high-end products. The latest products also cater for the smaller-wallets who are looking to purchase an adequate, capable workhorse. The Huawei MediaPad 7 Youth 2 is a great small gadget that not only looks great but also feels and functions fantastically. Before it, I had reviewed the MTN Steppa Tablet and found...

  • Leatherman’s stylish and clever Tread bracelet has 25 DIY features

    Leatherman, the company that's responsible for those multitool pocket knives and tools your dad give you on your birthday, has unveiled another pretty awesome tool -- a multifunctional bracelet. The stylish wearable marks the first move for the company to go into the wearable -- and thus fashion -- scene. Although not as smart in the tech sense of the term, the device is clever nonetheless. The stainless steel bracelet, dubbed the Tread, carries 25 different features, from box wrenches to screwdrivers. Leatherman's president Ben Rivera explains that the idea came to him while he was on a trip to...

  • Apple Watch battery will last you an average 19 hours of mixed use

    The all so notorious battery issue is still holding back the all so trendy smartwatch movement. Recent reports suggest that the much anticipated, pretty-looking Apple Watch's battery will only last us around 19 hours of mixed use. 9to5Mac reveals that Apple's smartwatch will carry juice that will power it for either two or three days in sleep mode. That's pretty much the same as all the other major smartwatches on the market today. Between Samsung, Microsoft, Motorola, LG and Apple, all seem to fall short when it comes to battery life. Both the LG G Wear Moto 360 only last two...

  • HoloLens, Continuum and Cortana: Microsoft’s Windows 10 playbook

    We knew Microsoft was going to talk about Windows 10 at length today, but no one realised just how much the company had to show. Since its previous press event at the back end of 2014, the Windows 10 has grown in a number of aspects and spread its wings across platforms great and small. After a seriously long press conference in Redmond, we nurse our tired eyes to round up some of the most pertinent points for those who missed the announcements and suggest what the implications are for the end user, Microsoft's products and its rival's offerings. First thing's...

  • Xbox One to Windows 10 device streaming coming in 2015

    There's a lot of Windows 10 related news clogging up the internet's veins this morning, but one piece of news stands out for PC gamers and users of the Xbox One console. Last night, Xbox chief Phil Spenser announced that Windows 10 devices will benefit from game streaming directly from the Xbox One console, practically allowing gamers to play Xbox One titles from the comfort of their tablets or any other Windows 10 device. As we noted last night, it's a feature that Microsoft really should've taken by the scruff of the neck before but at least moving into the...

  • 10 things you should know before Microsoft’s Windows 10 mobile event

    Windows 10 (yep, not Windows 9, remember) has been out in the wild for a good while now, on Windows Insider's test machines and laptops, but it hasn't yet come to mobile devices. As the tablet market shrinks in a surprising turn of events, the PC market has enjoyed something of a comeback in recent months with tablets taking a back seat. But what does this mean for mobile devices? Windows 10, as Satya Nadella noted months back, will work across all "Windows" platforms, from smartphones to laptops to the Xbox One console. It's a massive undertaking and a burdensome...

  • This ‘Destiny’ player automagically levels up his Titan while he sleeps

    Hmm, we love the smell of a good hack in the morning. Whether it be the solder vapour wafting around or the elated feeling you get when you realise you haven't botched it all up, there's something life-changing about tweaking something to suit your will. We bet this Destiny player is pretty chuffed with himself right about now too. 2014's most eagerly anticipated game turned out to be a massive let down for all who love an exciting, ravishing and instantly gratifying game. Hours of slogging and grafting are required to level up in the game, which makes it a...

  • Snappy Ubuntu Core is Canonical’s new Internet of Things platform

    Ubuntu has long been Linux's star distro, competing against the omnipresent likes of Microsoft and Windows ass-kicker Apple in the laptop and desktop OS space. But what about wearables, the Internet of Things and more interestingly, robotics? Well, Ubuntu has launched a push into that arena too and it's all looking rather promising for Canonical and developers. The company has announced Snappy Ubuntu Core -- a smaller, 40MB RAM-occupying distro that will power the likes of drones, vacuum cleaners and perhaps even a smart wearable or two. But why Snappy? Snappy Ubuntu Core is a new rendition of Ubuntu with transactional...

  • Microsoft’s ‘Spartan’ browser may support Google Chrome extensions

    It's no secret that Microsoft's Internet Explorer was a massive flop this decade, taking a beating from the likes of Chrome and Firefox in the power user stakes. Realising this, Microsoft has been developing its next-gen browser behind closed doors to form part of its Windows 10 ecosystem. Codenamed "Spartan", piece of code will likely go a long way to rectifying IE's terrible street cred, and news has surfaced of Microsoft's cunning plan. Read more: 10 things you should know before Microsoft’s Windows 10 mobile event Neowin has today reported that Spartan and Google Chrome extensions may hold hands in the future,...

  • ‘Grim Fandango: Remastered’ preview: the game that never dies

    The great day draws closer, the moment that will once more change the world forever. Yes, that’s right. Not too long from now, on 27 January, a remastered version of Grim Fandango will be released to the public. If you do not know why this is such a momentous occasion, or you need reminding, then it will do you some good to read my Grim Fandango Retrospective from last week. Tim Schafer’s epic cult classic has been fully remastered in HD by his developing studio, Double Fine Productions, a company he created after he left LucasArts (the original developers of Grim...