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  • Huawei Mate 8 phablet reportedly debuting 5 November

    Huawei's a smartphone brand on the up and up. The company, relatively unknown in South Africa just a few months ago, now can claim sales figures of over a million devices for 2014, and we imagine 2015 will be a stronger campaign. But the company's not about to simply sit back and let its rivals have all the fun. Hot on the heels of Microsoft's, Samsung's and Apple's phablets, the Huawei Mate 8 will try to carry the burden the Mate 7 (feature image) carried for so long. Read more: Huawei Ascend Mate 7 review: beautifully balanced Specs would suggest that the...

  • Motorola’s Moto X Force can take abuse, features great specs for £499

    What would you give for a phone that didn't disintegrate, shatter, or spew its guts after it was dropped? Motorola believes that it finally has a device for you, dubbed the Moto Droid Turbo 2, if you've a Verizon user, or the Moto X Force if you're everyone else. The device features Motorola's new Moto ShatterShield drop, bump and splat resistant screen that the company suggests can withstand years of abuse compared to the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the iPhone 6. While that's probably a great feature for butterfingered users, what about those hunting for specs? Thankfully, Motorola doesn't...

  • Pac-Man, Lara and Link: Ahmad’s most loved characters from gaming folklore

    From their beginning, video games have seen a lot of progress. Rudimentary, addictive games like Frogger and Tetris kept teens stuck in their dark basements for hours on end. Now, gaming is a major pastime and some have brought in more money than the most prosperous blockbuster movies. Some of the video games created were far more expensive to develop than the priciest movies. Gaming companies are intelligent in that they hit the current culture of the generation. Super Mario Bros., for example, will forever be in the hearts of anyone in that generation. They represent a part of particular...

  • Leef iBridge review: versatile, external storage for your iPhone

    Purchasing an Apple iPhone or iPad is always a tricky decision. Sure, you'll get a device with decent battery life, operating system, and a well-built piece of telephone technology, but you're always limited with storage. Leef seems to have found a solution to this problem with its iBridge, a device for increasing the storage space of your iDevice. Leef's iBridge is a simple piece of technology as it's essentially a flash drive capable of plugging into your PC or Mac and iDevice. The iBridge can expand your device's storage capacity from 16GB to 256GB depending on which model you purchase....

  • Nintendo announces its first mobile game coming in 2016

    We knew that Nintendo was heading for the mobile gaming sphere, but we didn't quite know when or how it would do this. Finally, at a company press conference, Nintendo's president Tatsumi Kimishima announced his company's first mobile game, Miitomo. If that sounds familiar, it's largely because the concept is used extensively in new Nintendo consoles. Essentially, the game allows users to make personalised digital profiles of themselves, called Miis, who can then interact in the virtual Miitomo world. We're not sure if it'll be an extension of the Miiverse -- the social portal behind the Nintendo consoles -- but it...

  • Sony Xperia Z5 Compact hands-on preview: that familiar feeling

    I'm a big Sony smartphone fanboy, so much so that I believe the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact was the greatest Android phone ever made. While, yes, that does sound decidedly subjective, there's a good reason why I say this. The camera was a peach, the screen was great, it was small, light and the battery lasted an age. It was quick when it needed to be, and thrifty when I didn't require it, and it wasn't the worst looking thing on the planet either. So, how do you upstage, or build on a device that can almost do it all? Well,...

  • Iperius Backup Free for Windows review: save your system regularly

    If there's something that you just can't do enough of as a techie, it's backing up important data. More often than not, that hard drive that you've relied on for so long will decide to pack its bags and visit hard drive heaven just when you need it the most. Of course, while this sounds brilliant for the old fella, you're left panicking, especially if you didn't have another drive with all our valuable data lying in wait. While many OSes feature native backup programs, like Windows Backup or Mac OS X's Time Machine, usually these are fairly thin and lack...

  • The definitive load shedding survival manual

    Are you prepared for the coming darkness? Many South Africans are no strangers to load shedding, but many are still found wanting when Eskom flips the switch. Might be, most of us deep inside still think it won’t happen. The reality is that power cuts are not likely to stop anytime soon. It’s time to take some initiative, gear up and make the best of the situation. Tap into your inner creative and make sure power outages don’t affect your productivity. We have looked high and low and put together your very own load shedding survival manual. Preparation If I had six hours...

  • Samsung’s trying to remedy Snapdragon 820 heat woes, report suggests

    Poor Qualcomm. It tried its best to disguise how awful its HTC One M9 chip was, the Snapdragon 810, but it seems that its successor is suffering from the same issues all over again. According to Business Korea (picked up by SamMobile), the Snapdragon 820 also gets a little hot under the collar, and unlikely hero Samsung is trying to solve the issue. Of course, the chip uses Samsung's design process, so it does have a certain degree of emotional (if not financial) investment in the chip. More intriguingly though, there have been rumours suggesting that the company wants to use...

  • The Stanley Parable’s William Pugh launches new games studio, teases new game

    It seems that the creators of the eccentric indie title The Stanley Parable have been quite busy lately. Only a few weeks ago David Wreden (The Stanley Parable guy) released his latest title, The Beginner’s Guide, an unconventional narrative driven game that explores Wredey’s relationship with an old developer friend through a series of mini-games. Now, only a few days ago, William Pugh (the other The Stanley Parable guy) announces his new studio, Crows Crows Crows, and with it a very interesting teaser for his apparently soon-to-be-released game (no name yet unfortunately). In this oddball endeavour Pugh is joined by Dominik...