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  • Microsoft issues emergency update for Windows desktop and Server systems

    If you just got to work and Windows Update hasn't been buzzing away in the background, you should probably check on it immediately. Microsoft has published an emergency update for users of all Windows systems from Vista and Server 2003 upwards, addressing a critical security hole. Even though November's Patch Tuesday -- Microsoft's usual round of monthly updates addressing operating system (OS) holes -- has come and gone, Microsoft is constantly looking for potential exploitation opportunities within its OS framework. The "Out-of-Band" patch addresses a Keberos (a network authentication protocol) flaw which could allow "an attacker to elevate unprivileged domain user...

  • Nokia N1 is the company’s swanky $249 Android Lollipop tablet

    "They say Nokia is dead. They say Nokia is no more. They even say rest in peace Nokia. Look, I say they couldn't be more wrong." That was what Sebastian Nyström, Head of Product Business at Nokia Technologies, had to say about those bad-mouthing his company. Yesterday on its Facebook account, the company unveiled a strange looking black box with the caption "Guess what? We’re up to something." Apple levels of coyness displayed there. Nevertheless, what looks strangely like a first generation Apple TV box could well hold the future of the company. Today at SLUSH 2014, the world got a glimpse...

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare review: a glorious assault on the senses

    For over 10 years now the Call of Duty (COD) franchise has been the dominant force in war gaming and the FPS (first person shooter) genre. What started back in 2003 has now become a record breaking and award-winning gaming series and one of the most popular games on the face of the planet. But in recent times the COD recipe has become somewhat stale and stagnant and the last few titles seemed like a mere repackaging of their predecessors. It was clear that Activision needed to rethink the future of its increasingly less original brain child. It was time...

  • COUGAR’s PC gaming peripherals coming to South Africa in December

    COUGAR, the German-based PC peripheral outfit, has been prowling the gaming markets of Europe and the States for a good while now, but finally the company is coming to South Africa and not a moment too soon. After becoming something of an eSports specialist, the company plans to bring its range of peripherals and hardware to Africa's southern tip, competing against the established likes of Razer and Logitech. One such peripheral arriving soon is the bonkers 700M gaming mouse. If you're familar with the famous R.A.T. line of gaming mice from Cyborg, you'll know exactly just how crazy we're talking. The Optimus...

  • Apple’s OS X Yosemite update does nothing to solve WiFi issues

    Citing users' complaints about the rubbish WiFi connectivity, Apple has issued an update to OS X Yosemite. Labeled as update 10.10.1, the patch hoped to fix a host of issues, but primarily a bug that killed any established WiFi connection every few minutes. But has the patch done anything to solve this issue? Apparently not. We hope Apple has checked its forums today, because they are awash with users' frustrations. The pick of the bunch by RichardX720 reads as follows: What kills me is that apple doesn't seem to be giving ANY information out, no acknowledgement, and certainly no fix yet. I feel...

  • 7 things we know about The Order: 1886 so far

    A huge part of the traditional console war is the list of exclusives each console can boast. Microsoft's Xbox One can attest to titles like Forza Horizon 2 and the hilariously fun Sunset Overdrive. Some will say Redmond's console shades it going into the new year, but those in love with Sony's PS4 will obviously say otherwise. And they should, especially with a title like The Order: 1886 coming up (and let me not get started on Bloodborne too). Set in 18th century alternative history England, the game follows a linear story line of The Order -- a group of powerful...

  • Is this the Game of Thrones video game we all so desperately crave?

    Game of Thrones was always going to get a video game spin-off sometime in the future and we first heard of this possibility in 2013. Thanks to it's mega television success and cultural buzz, the literary series has become something of a social phenomenon. But we weren't expecting to see it for quite a while. Over the weekend, some lovely bloke tweeted an album of screenshots purportedly taken from Telltale's upcoming George R.R. Martin inspired title. The independent digital publisher has previously created episodic games based on The Walking Dead, the Borderlands series and a the comic book series Fables. This...

  • Ditto’s the $30 pill-shaped vibrating wearable that’ll never let you miss a call again

    Wearables are great things. They open up discussions for things like the quantified self, the Internet of Things, predictive analytics and so on. While all those concepts might be revolutionary in the way we collect data and understand the things around us, the problem is that the examples commercially available are extremely expensive. Think about smartwatches and fitness bands -- the Moto 360 goes for US$250, the Apple Watch starts at US$350 and Fitbit charges you well over US$100 for its range of devices. Apart from the hectic costs involved, these are also extremely gimmicky. Developed by Simple Matters, Ditto is a...

  • BlackBerry Passport review: back to business

    Internet people love hyperbole. "The best smartphone ever," some write when describing an iPhone 6. "This is the greatest gadget of all time," says another about the HTC One M8. I don't like using hyperbole, but ironically there's no other way to describe BlackBerry's Passport other than: a square-screened device that is the best phone ever...  for business. It's not average and it's not just great, it really is a brilliant phone. This is why. Best for business Being busy is a filthy habit. It means that you haven't planned your day well enough to accommodate for random surprises. "Oh, I'm so...

  • Windows Phone 8 devices will get Windows 10 upgrade, Microsoft reveals

    It's official -- Satya Nadella wasn't bluffing when he said that Windows 10 will be the OS for all future Microsoft devices. Replying to a tweet from a curious consumer, the company revealed that all current devices running Windows Phone 8 will be bumped up to Windows 10 in the future. Huzzah! Microsoft clearly doesn't want to upset the masses again with a misplaced OS move, desktop or mobile. Remember how upset Windows Phone 7 users were when they couldn't upgrade to the then benchmark Windows Phone 8? This was mainly due to more than the company's smugness, nevertheless, customers don't...