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  • Styx, Gears of War 2 included in February’s Xbox Games with Gold

    Microsoft has announced the Xbox Games with Gold lineup for Xbox One and Xbox 260 subscribers. The first of these titles will be available to download from 1 February free of charge for those enrolled in the Xbox Games with Gold service. Most of next month's games carry an RPG-tone. First up is Styx: Master of Shadows (available 1-29 February). Players will guide goblin assassin Styx through a dark fantasy world as he infiltrates the Tower of Akenash. The second Xbox One title is Hand of Fate, which will be available from 16 February to 15 March. The title is described as...

  • BlackBerry PRIV is heading to South Africa next week

    BlackBerry has today announced that the BlackBerry PRIV -- it's first Android smartphone -- will be on sale in South Africa from next week, beginning 1 February. The handset will be available through Cell C, MTN, and Vodacom. While pricing is yet unconfirmed, Orange Store South Africa is currently selling the device for R14 218. BlackBerry has noted that the price is carrier-dependent. The BlackBerry PRIV will come with Android Lollipop, but also feature some of the company's security software, including DTEK application monitoring, a verified boot sector to prevent OS tampering and full support for BlackBerry's enterprise suite, including BES...

  • Proline PV-5000 powerbank review: shiny value

    If you found a powerbank nestling in your stocking this Christmas, you shouldn't be too surprised. Popping up like mushrooms, these little life savers have become more and more popular as device manufacturers use more and more demanding hardware in smartphones and tablets. But thankfully, it's also the technology that makes powerbanks possible that's taken a few leaps ahead since the turn of the decade. A few years ago, a 5000mAh battery would've been unheard of, but now the Proline PV-5000, for instance, costs just R229. It's one of the company's new products, and although it bears that "made in...

  • 6 ways Microsoft can improve the Xbox One system software

    The Xbox One has been out for a few years now and received its first major software overhaul last year. While this new Windows 10-based "New Xbox Experience" is a welcomed change, it's still not perfect. Microsoft is trailing behind the competition (read: Sony's PlayStation 4) and while this is due to a number of factors, they're at least trying to set things right, but there's more that can be done. Here are the six ways I think Microsoft can improve the Xbox One software: Redesign the store. Please. The games and app store on the console can be described (at best) as barebones. Trying...

  • Xiaomi Mi 5: launch confirmed for 24 February

    The Xiaomi Mi 5, the company's next flagship phone, will launch on 24 February, the company's co-founder Hugo Barra today confirmed. Barra took to Facebook with this post: Mi 5 is almost here! It's Xiaomi’s first product launch in 2016, happening on February 24. What do you imagine when you think of Mi 5? There's really no fluff here at all really. And judging by the Xiaomi Mi 5's purported specs, we don't expect Xiaomi to hold any punches either. We should be getting a 2560x1440 display likely set within the 5.0-inch range, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC, up to 4GB of RAM...

  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to mutate in Manhattan this winter

    There's another "Heroes in a Half Shell" game on the horizon and it's called Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan. The game will be developed by PlatinumGames Inc and published by Activision Publishing. Players will take on the roles of Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Donatello in this cell-shaded third-person action adventure game. It is set to feature huge enemies and large areas with plenty of secrets. Mutants in Manhattan will offer a single-player campaign as well as an on-line four-player co-op feature as players battle the likes of Krang, Shredder, Bebop, and Rocksteady. The game looks to incorporate RPG elements such as...

  • Nintendo NX games should put story, gameplay before graphics

    A few years ago, a game debuted on the PlayStation 4, a then new and exciting concept that was to take gaming to an entirely new level, into the eighth console generation. This game was The Order: 1886, and based on that name, you can easily imagine a game filled with lore, exciting quests through the 17th century and lots of metal-on-metal combat. But beyond this, you'd expect a good story. Expect is really the key word here. Although the game looked great -- honestly, it's still one of the best looking games on the PS4 -- absolutely nothing else about...

  • Street Fighter V story campaign arriving as free DLC in June

    Here's a quick news snippet. Street Fighter V is due out in February, but that isn't stopping Capcom from building hype for the game. It will be a PlayStation 4 console exclusive (also launching for PC), but more interestingly though, it's likely to be the first Street Fighter game with a story mode. The mode won't be available with the game's initial launch, but it promises to be a free downloadable in June. Read more: Street Fighter V’s Laura knows a thing or two about kicking ass There's no indication of how long the story will be, but it will run off the...

  • Microsoft Surface tablets derp during NFL playoff game, affected team loses

    If you've ever watched an American Football match, you'll understand just how important sideline tactics are. They're frankly the meat and potatoes of the entire sport, and if you're unable to relay instructions to your troops between plays, you're as dead as, well, these Microsoft Surface tablets. In a bid to get more Surfaces in the hands or more people, Microsoft partnered with the NFL to provide tablets to the management of NFL teams, but they aren't the management or players' favourite devices right now. This weekend, during a game between Denver Broncos and New England Patriots (a playoff game, mind),...

  • New iPhone 5Se slated for March 2016 launch – report

    Here's an interesting rumour. At this point, we should probably make it clear that this doesn't concern the iPhone 7 at all, but rather another addition to Apple's smartphone family. The iPhone 5Se (a ridiculously clunky name for an Apple product) will reportedly launch in March and will effectively take the form of an upgraded iPhons 5S, according to 9to5Mac. Read more: iPhone 7 rumour roundup It might not be the most revolutionary idea, but the iPhone 5Se will feature the iPhone 6's internals -- note, that's the iPhone 6, not iPhone 6S. So the Apple A8 processor, 8MP rear camera, 1.2MP front...