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  • Samsung’s latest patent runs rings, quarters around its smartwatches’ interface

    If you think Apple's Digital Crown smartwatch navigation system is awesome, wait until you see Samsung's latest patent. Like those cool Nineties watches of old, Samsung's patent involves a rotating ring around the smartwatch's face, that allows the user to call up and change menus and other visual gismos on the watch's interface. It solves the most annoying thing about smartwatches -- their inability to be controlled in a cohesive and efficient manner. Touchscreens, although sometimes favorable, leave a lot to be desired in terms of usability for such a small screen. But Samsung's answer may be the most innovative concept developed...

  • Logitech G910 Orion Spark review: the best keyboard you’ll ever use

    Can you remember a time when keyboards were nothing more than bottle caps with letters printed on them? Those days are firmly behind us, and gamers can rejoice in keyboards that respond to every flick of the finger. The gaming peripheral industry (a lot like the automotive industry, actually) is as much about pride as technology, so it's quite important that companies develop breakthroughs regularly, regardless of how tiny they may seem. It's especially important to develop these before their competitors. Logitech's the latest company to develop what it's calling "the world's fastest mechanical gaming keyboard." That's quite a statement, but will...

  • ‘Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’ gets a load of uber zombies in Havoc DLC pack [Video]

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's trailer series has been epic thus far. Factor in those cut scenes, and we have something that could easily be a movie, rather than a game. Add some zombies to the mix however, and you have an apocalyptic dream world, bullet-flying nut house that made Resident Evil so lovable. I'm talking about the games of course, not the awful movies. Today, gamers are greeted with another trailer that shows the first chapter of the "Exo Zombies" co-op mode, coming in the January 2015 Havoc DLC pack. We're not just talking normal zombies here either. These chaps have...

  • GoPro drones are just a few months away, according to report

    GoPros are cool, aren't they? They harbour both street and extreme cred, giving the user some amazing footage too. But while there's a host of accessories for users to choose from, the GoPro itself never could really fly. According to the Wall Street Journal today and "people familiar with its plans," GoPro is creating an in-house breed of camera-equipped drones to rival products from the likes of Parrot. Details are scant at the moment, but chances are we'll be looking at prices between US$500 and US$1000 -- expect them to cost close to R20 000 in South Africa should they ever...

  • 15 techy things we’re giving thanks for this Thanksgiving [Gallery]

    It's Thanksgiving again after an exciting but long year in the tech sphere. Although down here in South Africa we love our turkey as much as any North American, we normally wait until 25 December to pop them on the "braais" and enjoy a family meal. However, we also know how to give thanks for the brilliant things and moments in life. This year has been particularly kind to the technology industry -- journalists, consumers and companies alike. There have been landmark gadget releases, like Apple's iPhone 6, Google's next iteration of the Nexus series and Nvidia's range of Tegra-based mobile devices....

  • 7 reasons why ‘Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s’ single-player ain’t so bad

    We’re paying a lot of money for games now (R899 is average in South Africa, about US$80), so they’re expected to deliver their money’s worth. Advanced Warfare delivers a lengthy single player campaign, with a constant assault of Michael Bay moments mixed in with excellent graphics and audio. After finishing the surprisingly long single-player mission, I was left satisfied. For once, a Modern Warfare surprised me. Why? The spoiler-filled answers are below. The guns are great Since we’re in the 2050s, developers Sledgehammer Games were left to happily invent any type of weapon they wanted. The modern-age weapons of Modern Warfare games left me...

  • BlackBerry offers up to $550 off when trading in iPhone for Passport

    Fancy this for a (post) Black Friday deal? BlackBerry -- as if it hasn't launched a large enough offensive this year -- will offer iPhone users up to US$550 in a trade in deal to swap their Apple machine for a Passport. It sounds good right? If you haven't read our review, shame on you, but we think the Passport is probably one of the best phones released this year. With its brilliant display, innovative design and BlackBerry OS 10.3, it's quite possibly the break-though handheld device of the year. And that's from a company that was struggling to stay afloat...

  • Head of Xbox One design reveals why the console’s such a portly beast

    Consoles have come along way in terms of graphics and power consumption since the days of Alex Kidd and company, so naturally, these machines have grown in size. But we're pretty sure that no one would've predicted how big the Xbox One would grow to be. Carl Ledbetter, chief of the Xbox One's design squad has responded to criticisms of the size of the console, in an interview with MCV. It seems that Microsoft didn't want the same issue with its previous console, that would often overheat and commit suicide at the most inconvenient moments. "Everybody gets frustrated," explains Ledbetter, "because what...

  • Isaw A3 Extreme camera review: an adequate, affordable GoPro competitor

    I am a recluse, and my most adventurous activity is running to catch the train. So testing out the Isaw Extreme Camera – sold as a camera for extreme sports – was challenging. One can't only shoot wine, books and movies. One ought to be out in the deep wilderness, climbing a mountain, riding a bike through a forest or walking on water. None of that happened, but I still put the Isaw Extreme Camera through its city slicker paces. The fact that it can be strapped to a helmet while jumping off cliffs or hurtling down hills doesn't mean it...

  • ‘GTA V’ meets David Attenborough in this underwater mockumentary [Video]

    Rockstar Games has done the gaming world a favour with GTA V. The game is an absolute beast, and I'm not just talking about the bountiful wildlife you can actually possess and play. 8-BIT BASTARD, a YouTube comedy gaming channel noted for its Sopranos reenactments using GTA, has now made a documentary of the game's sea life entitled "Into The Deep". Using the game's submersible, the gamer takes the plunge into the murky waters surrounding Blaine County and Los Santos to uncover some of the wildlife, flora and undersea collectables one can hope to find. And it's pretty good. There's also a rather...