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  • Gaming Industry Greats, part two: Shigeru Miyamoto, John Carmack and Will Wright

    Today we are living in the “golden age” of gaming. The world of video games has never enjoyed the glory it does today and it has become an undeniable part of human culture. No matter what way you look at it, be it financially, philosophically or academically, gaming has become a monolithic industry that is taking the world by storm. But it would not enjoy the success it does today if was not for the blood, sweat and tears of certain individuals who poured their very hearts and souls into this phenomenal world of bits and pixels. So we here at...

  • Red-E 4000mAh powerbank review: for the GoPro toter

    It's now operating standard for manufactures (and consumers) that smartphones ought to do more. Each new device launched needs to be packed with even more features and functionality. Of course, not all these features are great, some are't even needed, but the common denominator among all these features, is that they almost always demand more from the battery. One wonders why some manufacturers have been adopting the trend of shrinking the battery in their newer models. Under heavy use, smartphones, with the exception of a few, cannot see users through the day and it should not be. Take the iPhone 6S...

  • PlayStation 4 price drops to R5499 in South Africa

    PlayStation South Africa has today announced a R500 price drop on the PlayStation 4. This comes after last week's announcement that the PlayStation 4 was dropping by US$50 in the US. There is a catch though, as the price drop will only affect the 500GB PlayStation 4 units. Originally priced at R5999.99, the new 500GB price point will sit at R5499.99. We've previously seen the price of these consoles drop to the same price on special at select outlets, but this will cement the price point just in time for the Christmas season. “We are delighted to deliver the PS4 system...

  • Can you beat Super Mario Bros. in less than five minutes? [video]

    Speed runs aren't exactly in the best interests of the game designers, but players absolutely revel in them, especially of classic titles like Super Mario Bros. Hell, I remember having quite a ball guiding Mario through the fires of the eight worlds only to be murdered by Bowser at the end. But this particular player, Darbian, has broken the speed run world record for Super Mario Bros., clocking a time of 4:57:627. That's four minutes, fifty-seven seconds, sixth tenths and change. It's an amazing feat especially considering that he was using the original Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) and not an emulator. While...

  • #UnpackTheTech episode #6: iPhone 6S, Apple Music and Facebook privacy

    #UnpackTheTech is a bi-weekly segment where our editor Andy Walker, Hashtag Radio’s Zaid Kriel and other in-studio guests talk gaming, gadgets and all things tech in just under an hour. Catch the previous podcasts here. This week, Andy was unable to make it, but TFG Tech editor Gavin Dudley, Four Oh Four co-founder Gabi Goldberg and iAfrica CoolTech's editor Hadlee Simons were all in session, and as chatty as usual. The crew kick things off with more Apple news, including the iPhone 6S's arrival in South Africa, the troubles of acquiring one and the device in general. Further reading: The iPhone 6S...

  • HTC One A9 launches with iPhone looks, Qualcomm’s new chipset

    HTC has announced its new range bolstering phone in New York City, and some are calling it the biggest iPhone design rip-off since, well, practically since the iPhone launched back in 2007. More importantly for HTC at least, the HTC One A9 seems to finally address some of the company's lingering terrible design decisions on the likes of the HTC One M9, for instance. Although it looks almost exactly like the iPhone 6, bar the HTC logo at the back and the centered rear camera mounting, the A9 is built from the ground up by its creator, and features a 5.0-inch...

  • Transformers: Devastation review: certified Michael Bay free

    There comes a time in everyone's life when they just want to sit down and smash some robots with other robots. No? Maybe that's just me. Transformers: Devastation allows players to play out an epic showdown between the Autobots and the evil Decepticons in an all out brawl. Created as an advertisement for the original toyline, the Transformers have been around for decades and most of their games have been pretty boring. Devastation looks to try change that as it harkens back to the days of G1 and ignores the new TV shows or Michael Bay's everything-will-explode-and-I-love-Shia-LaBeouf movies. Right away the game feels...

  • InnJoo One 3G HD review: a Middle East masterclass

    If you're pretty sick of these Chinese smartphone brands taking over the world one device at a time, take a breath, because a company from the Middle East finally brings some respite. It's an area of the globe we almost never associate with gadget manufacturing or anything other than oil and extravagant man-made islands in the shape of ducks and schnauzers. Nevertheless, the company I speak of is InnJoo and its firmly based in the sunny climes of Dubai. It has built its house on what's considered a global economic force. But the real question is, can a company from an...

  • PlayStation 4 continues sales romp against Xbox One, Wii U

    Industry tracker NDP Group this week announced that the PlayStation 4 claimed yet another month as the top selling console of 2015 in the United States, outselling the Xbox One and Nintendo Wii U yet again. That means that Sony's console was pipped to the post in all but one month of the year by the Xbox One -- April. Sony, in a press release thanking its supporters, suggested that the console was the top selling platform for "NBA 2K16, Madden NFL 16, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain and FIFA 16," with the company also leading sales of Destiny:...

  • BlackBerry reveals its Android privacy plans for the PRIV

    The BlackBerry PRIV is no longer a secret after the company finally announced its plans for an Android-based slider a few weeks ago. But one key question emerged from the news: how will the move to Android affect BlackBerry's focus on privacy? A new blog post published by David Kleidermacher, BlackBerry's chief security officer, highlights the processes BlackBerry's undertaking in order to make the PRIV a "secure and private smartphone experience." BlackBerry will essentially take the base Android Lollipop OS and perform "extensive surgery under the hood to augment Android’s privacy and security capabilities." The company doesn't quite say what that...