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  • PlayStation 4 faceplates available in South Africa from November [update]

    Update: It seems that the initial press release sent out by PlayStation and company had the incorrect date, at least according to them. The revised date is 18 November, so grab that correction fluid. Hot on the heels of the R500 price drop announced this week, PlayStation South Africa today announced that faceplates are also making their way to the country, and will begin at R299. Essentially, faceplates allow gamers to customise the smaller panel (or hard drive cover) of the PlayStation 4, which does seem strangely odd in some colours, and quite art-deco in others. Neon Orange, Aqua Blue, Red and...

  • 5 essential free apps for #FeesMustFall demonstrators

    It's not easy fighting for what you believe in, regardless of the end goal. It's hard enough rolling out of bed in the morning on the odd occasion, but to literally take a stand for rights that you're largely entitled to can only fill onlookers with admiration. But protesting has evolved since the prehistoric days of pitchforks and torches. It has become an interactive digital social experience, often using social media to propogate ideas and organise large groups of participants. This has been demonstrated this week by the #FeesMustFall protests. With that said, there are a number of essential apps and...

  • Philips BT2500 wireless speaker review: shiny summer sounds

    "What's the bloody difference between them all?" That's often a cry I hear from those trying to choose their latest portable boombox. And while it might sound a bit melodramatic, it's actually a valid question. Portable speakers practically all live and die by the same premise: they play music from another device using some brand of wireless witchcraft, and barely ever deviate from that. But the few good devices either do this particularly well, or have a few jokers up their sleeves. The Philips BT2500 wireless speaker is more of a tale of the former. It's crafted using a rather fetching mix...

  • Poll: the Apple Watch is here South Africa, but will you buy one?

    It's taken longer than most recent Apple devices for the Apple Watch to reach our shores, but today it's finally on sale. Beginning at R5899, the Apple Watch is the company's first stab at the smartwatch and wearable technology market, developing its own chipset, operating system and sense of elitism before launch. Read more: Apple Watch available in South Africa from 23 October, will start at R5899 What perhaps makes the Apple Watch different from other devices is its varied, multifaceted use, especially in the health spheres. Apple punted this excessively during its launch, and the Watch's subsequent update announcement at Apple's...

  • 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...