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  • Xiaomi Redmi 3 packs giant battery, affordable price

    Although not yet available in South Africa, the Xiaomi Redmi 3 has today launched in China and can be had for 699 yuan, or around US$105. That translates to around R1800, which is extremely cheap considering this device's internals. The 5.0-inch screen packs a 720p panel, and is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 chipset, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage. There's also room for a microSD card slot too if you don't happen to need the dual SIM functionality. There's a 13MP camera at the rear, with a 5MP selfie snapper up front and it also packs...

  • Fitbit, Casio and Fossil: it’s raining smartwatches at CES 2016

    Smartwatches haven't quite shown us the money just yet. Sure, they're walking around with big ideas, but up until 2015's end, there hasn't been one real "I have to have this" example made yet. That may very well chance in 2016, if this year's CES is a yard stick. While LG and Samsung fought over how many Ks their televisions have, while Nvidia and Qualcomm tried to avoid crashing smartcars into poles, and while Intel was playing with drones and robots, the lesser known smartwatch makers came to the fore. As a result, here are four of the most interesting smartwatches...

  • PlayStation VR erroneously listed on Amazon Canada for $800

    For those with shallow pockets and a PlayStation 4 eager to adopt virtual reality, here's some good news. Amazon Canada listed and then quickly removed an option to pre-order the PlayStation VR, but the headset was priced at CA$1125.35, or around US$800. I'm not even going to convert that into rand. That's effectively the price of two PlayStation 4 consoles, and double the initially speculated price based on Andrew House, Sony Entertainment CEO's comments. It also means that the recently launched Oculus Rift consumer version, at US$599, would be considerably cheaper than its console rival. While the latter needs a fairly...

  • BlackBerry shelves its own OS, completely adopts Android instead

    It's been a tough few years for BlackBerry, a company whose wares were once the darlings of the South African and worldwide market. But times are changing, and so is BlackBerry it seems. In light of its new BlackBerry Priv Android smartphone, the company's CEO John Chen at CES 2016 revealed that all phones launched this year under the BlackBerry label will run Android, and not its in house developed BlackBerry OS. Speaking to CNET, he also noted that 2016 will be a definitive year for the future of the company's long standing smartphone project, largely thanks to its falling revenues...

  • Far Cry Primal PC requirements outed, laptops not officially supported

    If you fancy popping woolly mammoths over the head with sticks and stones, take note. Ubisoft has revealed the PC hardware needed to get Far Cry Primal running, and running optimally. Published on its official blog, Ubisoft's latest adventure RPG (set in the years when humankind spent more time running from things than lazing on the couch) will only run on Windows 64-bit machines from 7 upwards, and seem to favour desktop PCs rather than laptops. The company notes that laptop graphics cards aren't officially supported, which probably makes Alienware and Aorus owners extremely annoyed. Still, good news for PC gamers:...

  • Lenovo, Google team up to announce Project Tango smartphone

    Lenovo and Google have announced at CES 2016, that they're working on the world's first consumer Google Project Tango based smartphone that will throw yet another cat into the pigeons of the smartphone market. The technology allows smartphones to interact with the world using "3D motion tracking with depth sensing," the technology will give these previously lifeless bars of metal and plastic the ability to understand their physical position in the world around them. Effectively, it allows phones to map out their surroundings. Read more: Google’s Project Tango: the Android phone that maps your world in real-time There's currently scant details regarding...

  • A smartphone love affair: the Motorola Moto X Pure Edition

    As far as smartphone loyalties go, I’ve always been an Android person, but with regards to actual devices, it’s always been Nexus first, and nothing else is good enough. That has however changed recently. I say recently, I mean about a year ago when I got my Moto X 2014. It was the first non-Nexus I’d owned since the Nexus S and if I am honest, it completely and utterly blew my mind. The best part of that was, that the 2014 Moto X wasn’t a particularly good device. The camera was mediocre, the battery life was atrocious and the...

  • Oculus Rift pre-orders for $599, will begin shipping 28 March

    Virtual reality is finally here, 2016. Well, sort of. After a long wait and many teases and trailers later, Oculus has put its Rift VR headset up for preorder. If you happen to have a PC that can drive this beast, you'll also need to drop US$599 more on the headset itself. And while it's definitely the bleeding edge of current virtual reality technologies, buyers will undoubtedly have to pay for first generation hardware's snags, issues and disappointments too. Speaking in a Reddit AMA, Rift creator Palmer Luckey suggested that the lifespan of the Oculus Rift will be "Somewhere between a...

  • Where are the Japanese Tactical RPGs we grew up with?

    There was a time when the majestic Tactical Role-Playing Game (TRPG) roamed the landscape and were abundant in numbers. Battle were fought and positions were held, even if it meant your forces falling in desperate battles. That time was the 90s and while some may try to forget the decade of grunge bands, soul patches, and phrases like "da bomb," we remember it fondly for its games. These games haven't vanished, but their numbers have been thinned -- culled even -- if only in the West to make way for shooters and AAA games with budgets larger than a small country. TRPGs...

  • PlayStation 4 worldwide sales up to 36-million since launch

    If there's a solid revenue stream Sony can rely on, it's probably the PlayStation 4. The company has announced that it has now sold 35.9-million units since launch, with 5.7-million of those systems sold during the festive season. It makes for quite impressive reading, especially considering that a large swathe of users joined the system's family in just over a month (22 November to 2 January). Incredibly, that makes for around 135 000 PlayStation 4s sold every day for 42 days. Although there weren't any major game launches during this period for Sony, with many exclusives expected this year, it seems...