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  • 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...

  • Nexus 5 dissected: has modular guts, is easily repairable

    One of the leading "let's tear gadgets apart for fun and profit" sites, iFixit produced the first Nexus 5 teardown video earlier this week, much to the amusement and lust of the internet. What it's discovered is that the Nexus 5 is not only easy to repair, but houses some of the best hardware seen yet on a smartphone. A teardown is when a gadget like an iPad or Galaxy Gear is carefully ripped apart and documented to assess how easy or difficult it is to repair. In the Nexus 5's case, fixing most of the components is a snap, and...

  • Best dad ever makes $10 ‘Robohand’ for disabled son

    Commercial 3D printing has benefited us a lot in the past two years. From creating art and toys to replacing broken doorknobs or backscratchers. More recently, and more beneficial, 3D-printers have played a significant part in helping us create low-cost prostheses. Robohand is a prosthetic hand that was designed by Richard Van As from South Africa and Ivan Owen from the US and has changed people's lives across the globe. Van As and Owen started the 3D printed prosthesis project in January 2013 after which the 3D printer company MakerBot caught wind of them and decided to donate a MakerBot...

  • BlackBerry 9720 review: too little, too late

    While both the Q5 and 9720 look the same to a layman (as opposed to BlackBerry fans), the 9720 sets you back R2 600 compared to the Q5’s ridiculous R5 000. The Q5 was slaughtered for being over-expensive and having a user interface that's a bit all over the place. The 9720 is not much different. Instead, it got lower specs to target a more budget-friendly crowd and of course, OS 7. The latter characteristic seems to be the only thing that counts in its favour but when I considered its alternatives, it didn't win my heart. The 9720 carries...

  • Why was Xbox One ‘COD: Ghosts’ downscaled? Infinity Ward explains

    Yesterday, Xbox One fans learned that upcoming shooter Call of Duty: Ghosts will run at 720p (HD) on Microsoft's upcoming next-gen console. The PS4 will get the 1080p (Full HD) version. Today, we know the reason why. Mark Rubin, executive producer at Infinity Ward says that "It's an overall thing" as to the Xbox One downscaling. In an interview over on Eurogamer, Rubin breaks it all down. People have taken to calling it "Resolutiongate" but the fallout seems to be indicative of a larger issue: that of the archaic console wars, that one console is better than the other, despite...

  • Big fun, little price: Wii Mini goes on sale in US for $100

    Nintendo hasn't had the greatest sales in Europe and Japan over the last year or so. Despite this, there is a US$100 Wii Mini going on sale in the US some time in November which promises big fun at a little price. The Wii Mini has been Canada-exclusive since December last year and is seen as a simple but fun little box of entertainment. It then made its way to Europe and the UK in March. According to Joystick, "Nintendo sold 35 700 units in Canada across its first two months on store shelves." The compact system is matte black with...

  • Steam Machines set to launch January 2014, prototype gets pictured

    After much teasing ever since the so-called "Steam Box" was demonstrated at CES 2013, Valve has finally announced it will reveal its PC, console hybrid Steam Machines as well as its official hardware partners at CES 2014. Hopefully it will finally launch soon after that. According to The Verge on 7- 10 January we will see a bunch of unique Steam Machines revealed with different specs to cater the broad range of different gamers. As Valve's Anna Sweet notes: "We have 65 million Steam users. They’re a broad range of gamers. They all have different priorities when it comes to buying...