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  • iPad Mini ‘likely’ launch with Samsung-made retina display

    The Wall Street Journal reports that there's "likely" to be an iPad Mini Retina currently in the mix of things with the display possibly made by Samsung. Other rumours suggest that Apple's working on a new and improved processor for the iPad Mini. "Apple is working with suppliers in Asia on its next iPad mini with a high-resolution 'retina' display, unlike the current iPad mini that comes with a lower-resolution screen, the people said," WSJ reported. There's no concrete evidence except for the fact that "people" said so. Whether or not these mysterious "people" can be trusted, no one knows. In...

  • Terrafugia flies: transforms from car to plane and back again

    Where the hell are the flying cars already? Right here actually and in the video below. This carplane, called Terrafugia finally takes flight. It's a proper sight to behold, plus the thing's street legal. But can any of us afford it? When Terrafugia launches sometime in 2016 or 2017, it's going to cost a healthy US$279 000 (R2 790 000. Take a gander at the video of Terrafugia in action, as it flies, takes off and lands. It's not all sunshine and roses as it flies around, we'd be terrified to be behind the joystick of this space-age beauty, so we're guessing...

  • Android 4.3 isn’t Key Lime Pie, but an amazing update nonetheless

    It’s that time of year again, the time where being a Nexus owner really pays off. Yup, it’s update season, or “The strangest thing I've seen on the internet in years.” It’s the time of the year where nerds from around the world await their supposedly deserved updates. In fact the barrage of “why isn't my OTA here yet?” posts across all Android channels made me avoid said channels just because of people’s petulance after new software. Said update arrived three days later to many people, yet the amount of whinging about it really does ruin the fun, for...

  • Cliff Bleszinski loves ‘Fez’ creator Phil Fish, blogs about it

    Gears of War creator Cliff Bleszinski wrote an open letter to Phil Fish, creator of Fez, who recently said that he is "done" with the games industry and is cancelling all plans for Fez 2. In the letter (on Bleszinski's public blog) he writes how he wants Fez developer to "come back". He speaks of his admiration for Fish's gaming title Fez, noting that it felt "refreshing in a chic retro way" and that the "project reminds of in the Jazz Jackrabbit era." This heart-to-heart open letter support from one press-soaked developer to another, comes after we saw Fez 2...

  • The 11-inch MacBook Air can now play any game you want it to

    The 11-inch MacBook Air is no slouch in the looks department, but it still doesn't have (and never really will) rock the hardware muscle to support games like Borderlands 2, Crysis 3 and Call of Duty: Black Ops II. That's where Larry Gada (not Lady Gaga) comes into play with his external graphics card adapter that plugs into the Thunderbolt port of his 11-inch MacBook Air, reports Macrumours. What he produces is gaming nirvana. Have a look at this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=kZZdwkICE3M Gada uses a Thunderbolt to Express card adapter, connects an ExpressCard (a card that lets peripheral devices connect to a PC)...

  • Nvidia Shield review roundup: great specs but lacking content

    Gearburn rounds-up a bunch of reviews from around the web of the NVIDIA Shield-- the Tegra-powered gaming tech device that acts as a portable console and supports Android, PC streaming capabilities, an intuitive design and some really impressive hardware. As Engadget puts it, "with Shield, NVIDIA is aiming to be the Swiss Army Knife of handheld game consoles." The US$300 (R3000) device is also mainly a peripheral device but gets let down by the platforms it supports-- an impressive product with limited content. Exclusively designed for gamers: It's almost twice the weight of Sony's PlayStation Vita - a similar device. This...

  • MakerPlane: the open source airplane project looking for crowdfunding love

    Always wanted to build your own plane? Well the team behind MakerPlane is hoping to make that all a little easier with their plans for a two-seater aircraft that can be manufactured at home for less than US$15 000 (R148 000). While amateur-built aircraft isn't a new concept, the MakerPlane crew say that as many as three out of every four projects are left unfinished. To make it easier to get that plane into the sky, they're working on a prototype built from materials and machines which hobbyists can access at home or at their nearest makerspace. Yes, even...

  • Leisure Suit Larry retrospective: revisiting the original loser

    "Ken sent me,” mumbles greasy, sex-starved and balding 80s every-man Leisure Suit Larry. From a monochrome display tied to a grey brick of a PC hummed the most terrible and catchy 8-bit music ever. From this XT desktop I typed furiously into my chunky keyboard as I tried to decipher the clues to this maddening game. I was eight and sex to me meant having my eyes covered by my mom whenever two people started kissing on TV. Larry was the forbidden fruit of my youth. You may have fond memories of Leisure Suit Larry, but those are all quickly...

  • Day One for iOS review: a simple, digital journal for life

    My desk at the office is filled with notebooks of varying sizes, Post-its and scratch pads, all filled from top to bottom with notes and scribbled messages that I thought at some point needed remembering. Everything from calculations that I can't do in my head (read: most calculations) to things I need to buy on my way home. Most of these, often illegible, ramblings have some sort of purpose and do end up being filed in other relevant notebooks, drawers or text files on my hard drive. It is in this manner that I handle the duties and responsibilities...

  • ‘Bioshock Infinite’ nabs first DLC map pack ‘Clash in the Clouds’

    Bioshock Infinite, a thoughtful shooter that exposed the grimiest side of human nature and the random chaos of infinite universes, nabs its first map pack, titled "Clash in the Clouds". For US$4.99 (R55/400 Microsoft Points) Xbox Live gamers can now download another chapter in the Bioshock Infinite universe. This chapter though, is focused squarely on death and destruction, as each level is a series of unconnected scenarios that task the player to shoot first and ask questions later. How about a video to explain what we've just written? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9VjrvOVb9o It's all action, with four brand-new maps and a bunch of enemies...