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  • PS4 teardown reveals its ‘simple and beautiful’ architecture

    This year it's all about next-gen consoles. When it comes to the PlayStation 4, we've seen concept rendering, vague teaser videos and even got a closer look at it during rAge 2013. Until now, what we haven't seen is a complete teardown of Sony's upcoming gaming console. Wired, together with Sony engineer Yasuhiro Ootori, got an exclusive chance to dig around the mysterious underbelly of the PS4. Firstly, the power. The processing power combines an 8-core AMD Jaguar CPU with an AMD next-generation Radeon GPU. Unlike traditional PCs carrying two separate pieces of processing hardware -- the CPU being the brain...

  • Win ‘Call of Duty: Ghosts’ for Xbox 360 [closed]

    Update: Congratulations to Michelle, you've been chosen as the winner of this competition and will be getting an Xbox 360 copy of Call of Duty: Ghosts. Willie Venter, Tom C and MattAv are the runners-up. Thanks to all those who entered -- better luck next time and watch this space. It's difficult to think of a franchise more popular and commercially-successful than Call of Duty, and the latest sequel, Call of Duty: Ghosts is yet another bombastic kill-em-up with Hollywood style explosions and a hyper-addictive multiplayer mode. While Ghosts hasn't exactly set review scores alight, it has gone on...

  • SA adventure crawler Desktop Dungeons lands on Steam

    After a good couple of years in Beta, South African fantasy-based adventure crawler Desktop Dungeons has landed on Steam. In an official blog post, the game's developers QCFDesign acknowledge that its full release "has been a long time coming" but add that building the game "has truly been an unrivalled experience". According to the creators, anyone who's bought the Beta version as a pre-order can access a complimentary Desktop Dungeons Steam key. Once they've done that, they'll be able to link their Steam account to their existing game profile and continue from where they left off. The game is available for...

  • Fitbug Orb: the cute, cheap fitness tracker with serious guts

    Getting fit used to be an endeavour that involved you, a pair of running shoes and an open stretch of road. Perhaps, if you were more into channelling your frustrations into carefully aimed kicks and jabs, you’d need a punching bag. Maybe a small MP3 player if you preferred musical accompaniment while lifting weights, or a giant inflatable ball while you focused on your core. Then came the smart devices and the wearable tech trend. Now, you’re able to check in at the gym on Foursquare, login to RunKeeper to broadcast your route and time to Facebook, monitor your weight...

  • Nokia’s 41MP Lumia 1020 hits South Africa, soon

    It was announced today that Nokia's latest flagship smartphone, the Lumia 1020, has arrived in South Africa. The 1020 was officially revealed back in July and was hailed for potentially replacing your digital camera as it carries a massive 41MP camera on its back. The Lumia 1020's camera features Nokia's PureView technology and optical image stabilisation which Nokia says "produces some of the sharpest images produced by any digital camera." The camera-phone hybrid is meant to make a professional photographer out of any average Joe as the camera delivers "crystal quality" and "blur-free" pictures using ZEISS optics with six...

  • Apple Store could soon be fixing your broken iPhone 5S, 5C while you wait

    Done the unthinkable and cracked your new iPhone 5S or 5C's display? Now, and because of Apple, you won't need to leave your precious phone in the hands of a dodgy, backstreet phone technician. Very soon, Apple will stores will begin to offer an in-house repair service for 5C and 5S owners who've dropped, nicked, scratched or outright messed up their phones, said sources (9to5mac). One example: a broken iPhone 5S screen will only cost R1500 (US$149) to swap out. It's great that Apple is finally offering an in-store servicing option, as even users on the official Apple forums are...

  • PS4 ‘COD: Ghosts’ chokes on next-gen engine

    Call of Duty: Ghosts was released on Xbox, PlayStation 3 and the Wii U 5 November. While it has been receiving some great feedback from the gaming community there are reports that the framerate drops significantly when played on the unreleased PlayStation 4. Activision has also reported that it's made US$1-billion in sales in the first 24 hours. Game review sites which have managed to get an early hands-on of Sony's next-gen console have been reporting that while the PS4 outperforms the Xbox One in terms of its hardware specs, frames are dropped causing a stutter-effect or a slight lag. Most...

  • From today, all GTA Online players get $500k in digital moolah

    Have you played Grand Theft Auto Online and suffered through various bugs, disconnects and vanishing profiles? You're not alone and to say sorry for this, GTA developer Rockstar is dishing out US$500 000 in virtual currency to all GTA: Online players. According to Gamespot though, you'd need to have logged in for at least one session to qualify for the free half-a-mil. If the money's not in yet, stress not, Rockstar says, "We expect that it will take up to two full days for the Stimulus Package to be fully delivered to the entire player base from October 2013, so...

  • ‘Smart’ review: a brilliant homescreen replacement for your ageing Android

    How many older Android phones (and we're talking about Froyo, Android 2.2 here) have what we would call a "handsome" start screen? Customising Android is an easy affair, but the dirge of apps that can takeover a homescreen are not of the highest quality. So is finding a functional start screen with custom apps and live feeds an impossibility?  Not so, says Celltick which has developed Start, a free homescreen replacement app that is as intuitive as it is soothing on the eyes. What it is I don't want anyone to be unfamiliar with what I'm about to review. A start screen or...

  • Bublcam is the first 360º camera you’ll want to own

    A 360-degree camera is an exciting concept that's been attempted before as both software and hardware, but the solution it seems, is a lot easier and more user-friendly than we ever expected it to be. This is Bublcam, a 360-degree video and imaging device the size of a baseball and it costs R4 000 (US$399), according to the Kickstarter campaign which is now fully funded. Bubl Technology Inc., based in Toronto, Canada has smashed past its US$100 000 Kickstarter goal and now aims to have the Bublcam in the hands of funders and customers as early as May...