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  • HTC Desire 500 lands in the UK, is quad-core and hopefully affordable

    The HTC Desire 500 was announced in July for Taiwan at the fairly affordable price of US$399 (R3 999) but today HTC tells us that it's headed for the UK and select European markets. It's a 1.2 Ghz quad-core phone with 4.3" screen and looks mighty fine. Merrily, there'll even be a dual-SIM model for a few lucky sectors of the world. It's outfitted with a Snapdragon 200 CPU, so expect fair to great interface speeds. The 8-megapixie camera is going to need it as well, as HTC has a long history of delivering some of the best camera-phones this...

  • The smart TV buyer’s guide: 5 of the best

    I like having a large television in my house. Perhaps it's because I'm of an age that still remembers old school CRT-tube TVs that didn't have remotes. I had to get out of my seat to change the channel. Now of course I have a sizeable TV with excellent picture quality. But how did I arrive at my particular model choice? It can get rather confusing when we enter an electronics store and are faced with a variety of televisions on display, with those flashing lights and pictures getting into our heads. We can normally spot the ones with a...

  • Xbox One in-game recording to be 720p at 30 frames per second

    One of the Xbox One's many upcoming features is that you'll be able to capture some in-game footage. In a recent Ask and Answer with IGN, Microsoft confirmed that the display quality of the recorded footage will be limited to 720p at 30 frames per second. Games that put out 1080p at 60 frames per second will have their last five minutes recorded at lower resolution. A beautiful HD display like Forza Mototsport 5's will essentially be dumbed down when your showing your friends your latest lap. http://youtu.be/iYTx9DFWMSI Recorded in-game footage will never look this good DVR (Digital Video Recorder) is the built-in...

  • MSI GS70 is ‘world’s thinnest and lightest 17-inch gaming laptop’

    The race for the best console might as well be a crawl in the eyes of MSI, which has now gone and introduced what is possibly one of the world's best gaming laptops, the GS70, says PCgamer. MSI is calling it the "world’s thinnest and lightest 17-inch gaming laptop." We're calling it an absolute beast, based on specs alone. Is it thin? At 2.15cm, we'd say yes. And is it light? It's only 2.59Kg which is a slight for a laptop with the specs we're about to describe. The 17.3-inch display, which can output 4K content (when connected to a TV) has...

  • SOL is a rugged, solar-powered, Ubuntu-running laptop

    Gadget makers like to say that their toys offer technologies that are "world firsts". In the case of SOL, this is undoubtedly the truth. SOL is not only a Linux laptop, but a solar-powered one to boot. The website even boasts that it "never needs to be plugged in. Brave words indeed. Lets see what makes SOL so special, despite the official website revealing close to nothing (a countdown timer teases us with another 15 hours before the specs will be revealed). It could also be US$300 (R3 000) if the rumours are correct. What we do know, based on...

  • Battlefield 4 second screen gaming to be next-gen, PC only

    If you're too lazy to access your Battlefield 4 server or mini map via your console, you can choose to do so on your tablet instead. Though you'll have to wait a bit. EA's Battlescreen, the second screen gaming platform, will only be supported by next-gen consoles and PCs that will be "powered by the web". In a recent interview with Engadget, Battlelog assistant producer Jesper Nielsen mentioned that the whole thing is still an "experiment" and that there's definitely a learning curve when it comes to second screen gaming. Having said that, imagine tanking around ruined cities or...

  • Sony Xperia Z: still a really great phone

    The Sony Xperia Z. It’s a really good phone. And there is no higher praise that a smartphone can get. It does what a smartphone should do, at the most basic level, well. It makes calls. It takes calls. You can clearly hear the caller. It sends messages. Browses the internet. Takes pictures. AND DOESN'T NEED TO BE RECHARGED TWICE A DAY! AND DOESN'T NEED TO BE COSTED LIKE A PRECIOUS PIECE OF SPUN GLASS! AND IT DOESN'T TRY GUESS WHAT I’M TRYING TO DO! OK, settle down, settle down. Breathe, Roger, breathe. The Xperia Z is waterproof (ish) and damn...

  • Surface Pro discounted following RT price reduction

    Good news for Microsoft's Surface Pro fans who can't afford it. The software giant is discounting the device by US$100 (R1000) for the month of August. First spotted by Tom Warren over at The Verge, the price reduction affects the 64GB and 128GB Pros. Just a few weeks ago the Redmond-based company announced plans to cut the price of its Surface RT product which, according to AllThingsD, "seems to have driven a massive US$900-million write-down on unsold inventory". During the announcement it seemed that the "price adjustments" were meant for the RT version of the Surface but now it appears...

  • LG Optimus L4II has three SIM slots, TV tuner

    LG and Mediatek are keen to offer something above a dual-SIM phone, namely a triple-SIM smartphone, dubbed the LG Optimus L4II. According to PConline, which outed the story and Brazilian online store Webfones which has actually listed the L4II for roughly US$200 (R2 000) , this entry-level smartphone has some decent specs for what looks to be one of the world's first tri-SIM devices. First thing's first, what would anyone need a triple-SIM phone for? For one thing, roaming the boarders and swapping networks in countries such as China would now be a breeze. Also, it would be easier...

  • Assassin’s Creed will have an end says Ubisoft

    There are currently about six Assassin's Creed titles out there. Poor Desmond's having the ride of his life being chased over Italian Renaissance rooftops and pirate ships, climbing Ancient Roman clock towers and, of course, leaping into piles of hay. In a recent interview, Eurogamer reports, there's an end to this series after all. Like Desmond, the famous title's fate is finally sealed. Though we might still see about 10 more of Ubisoft's popular open-world, stealthy third person, cloaked assassin series. Assassin's Creed: Black Flag director Ashraf Ismail said that all the development teams follow a general arc of...