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  • Intel, Google will join forces to craft next version of Google Glass

    According to reports from the Wall Street Journal, Google might dump Texas Instruments in favour of Intel horsepower in the next iteration of Google Glass. Currently, the American chip manufacturer provides the thrust behind Google Glass, but the internet giant may turn its back on America in search of Taiwanese silicon, suggest people familiar with the matter. Intel does have considerable experience in producing lightweight, energy efficient CPUs, but primarily for larger devices. The move should come as no surprise though, especially since Intel has been vying for a larger mobile device market share. Of course, that hasn't gone particularly swimmingly of...

  • Altech Node review: spades of potential in a little black box

    If you're a television consumer at all, you'll have seen adverts for the new Altech Node. You may even be considering getting one. In a nutshell, it's a set-top box which plugs into your TV and gives you access to a multitude of interactive content and a variety of video on demand (or VoD) such as movies and television series. If you already have DStv and therefore a satellite dish, it's a pretty simply matter of connecting your satellite cable to your Node. Since they both point at the same satellite (Intelsat-20) you can run both your DStv and Node...

  • Samsung’s latest patent runs rings, quarters around its smartwatches’ interface

    If you think Apple's Digital Crown smartwatch navigation system is awesome, wait until you see Samsung's latest patent. Like those cool Nineties watches of old, Samsung's patent involves a rotating ring around the smartwatch's face, that allows the user to call up and change menus and other visual gismos on the watch's interface. It solves the most annoying thing about smartwatches -- their inability to be controlled in a cohesive and efficient manner. Touchscreens, although sometimes favorable, leave a lot to be desired in terms of usability for such a small screen. But Samsung's answer may be the most innovative concept developed...

  • Logitech G910 Orion Spark review: the best keyboard you’ll ever use

    Can you remember a time when keyboards were nothing more than bottle caps with letters printed on them? Those days are firmly behind us, and gamers can rejoice in keyboards that respond to every flick of the finger. The gaming peripheral industry (a lot like the automotive industry, actually) is as much about pride as technology, so it's quite important that companies develop breakthroughs regularly, regardless of how tiny they may seem. It's especially important to develop these before their competitors. Logitech's the latest company to develop what it's calling "the world's fastest mechanical gaming keyboard." That's quite a statement, but will...

  • ‘Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’ gets a load of uber zombies in Havoc DLC pack [Video]

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's trailer series has been epic thus far. Factor in those cut scenes, and we have something that could easily be a movie, rather than a game. Add some zombies to the mix however, and you have an apocalyptic dream world, bullet-flying nut house that made Resident Evil so lovable. I'm talking about the games of course, not the awful movies. Today, gamers are greeted with another trailer that shows the first chapter of the "Exo Zombies" co-op mode, coming in the January 2015 Havoc DLC pack. We're not just talking normal zombies here either. These chaps have...

  • GoPro drones are just a few months away, according to report

    GoPros are cool, aren't they? They harbour both street and extreme cred, giving the user some amazing footage too. But while there's a host of accessories for users to choose from, the GoPro itself never could really fly. According to the Wall Street Journal today and "people familiar with its plans," GoPro is creating an in-house breed of camera-equipped drones to rival products from the likes of Parrot. Details are scant at the moment, but chances are we'll be looking at prices between US$500 and US$1000 -- expect them to cost close to R20 000 in South Africa should they ever...

  • 15 techy things we’re giving thanks for this Thanksgiving [Gallery]

    It's Thanksgiving again after an exciting but long year in the tech sphere. Although down here in South Africa we love our turkey as much as any North American, we normally wait until 25 December to pop them on the "braais" and enjoy a family meal. However, we also know how to give thanks for the brilliant things and moments in life. This year has been particularly kind to the technology industry -- journalists, consumers and companies alike. There have been landmark gadget releases, like Apple's iPhone 6, Google's next iteration of the Nexus series and Nvidia's range of Tegra-based mobile devices....

  • 7 reasons why ‘Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s’ single-player ain’t so bad

    We’re paying a lot of money for games now (R899 is average in South Africa, about US$80), so they’re expected to deliver their money’s worth. Advanced Warfare delivers a lengthy single player campaign, with a constant assault of Michael Bay moments mixed in with excellent graphics and audio. After finishing the surprisingly long single-player mission, I was left satisfied. For once, a Modern Warfare surprised me. Why? The spoiler-filled answers are below. The guns are great Since we’re in the 2050s, developers Sledgehammer Games were left to happily invent any type of weapon they wanted. The modern-age weapons of Modern Warfare games left me...

  • BlackBerry offers up to $550 off when trading in iPhone for Passport

    Fancy this for a (post) Black Friday deal? BlackBerry -- as if it hasn't launched a large enough offensive this year -- will offer iPhone users up to US$550 in a trade in deal to swap their Apple machine for a Passport. It sounds good right? If you haven't read our review, shame on you, but we think the Passport is probably one of the best phones released this year. With its brilliant display, innovative design and BlackBerry OS 10.3, it's quite possibly the break-though handheld device of the year. And that's from a company that was struggling to stay afloat...

  • Head of Xbox One design reveals why the console’s such a portly beast

    Consoles have come along way in terms of graphics and power consumption since the days of Alex Kidd and company, so naturally, these machines have grown in size. But we're pretty sure that no one would've predicted how big the Xbox One would grow to be. Carl Ledbetter, chief of the Xbox One's design squad has responded to criticisms of the size of the console, in an interview with MCV. It seems that Microsoft didn't want the same issue with its previous console, that would often overheat and commit suicide at the most inconvenient moments. "Everybody gets frustrated," explains Ledbetter, "because what...