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  • WD’s 314GB PiDrive is hilarious because World Pi Day

    I love novelty gadgets. I can't begin to explain how many random flash drives and powerbanks I've impulsively collected over the years, but some novelties (even for me) are just plain curious. Enter WD's latest hilarious ode to the world's most important number. The WD PiDrive is 314GB of goodness that will support the Raspberry Pi microcomputing board, costs US$31.42 for a limited period, and measures in at 7mm tall (bet you didn't see that one coming). Based on the WD Blue, the company swapped the traditional SATA interface for a much better Raspberry Pi friendly USB connector. We're not too...

  • Xbox Live finally supports cross-platform play, Rocket League to use it first

    Microsoft's Xbox Live network will finally be open to cross-platform play. The announcement comes from a blog post written by Director of ID@Xbox, Christ Charla. This effectively means that gamers on an Xbox can play alongside and against PlayStation counterparts within the same game. This new openness will first be supported by indie darling Rocket League, which is also available on PC and PlayStation 4. The post specifically mentions PC and Xbox One cross-platform capabilities, but doesn't mention its rival by name. The feature will be up to developers to incorporate. There has been no mention of how easy or difficult the feature will...

  • Nvidia GTX 1080 could boast 16GB memory, launch in May

    Nvidia's Pascal graphics cards could be here as early as May, if a new report on the company's latest wares is to be believed. Outed by Benchlife.info, the report suggests that the company's fastest chip, at least in May 2016, will be the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 running on the Pascal architecture. Pascal might not include the incredibly swift HBM memory technology, but could instead use good gold GDDR5, at least for the GTX 1080. The report also suggests that up to 8GB of RAM can be expected, with memory bandwidth figures rising to around 14Gb/s. The inclusion of GDDR5X however...

  • Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge hands-on: what a difference a year makes

    Samsung sure knows how to throw a party. At the company's Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge launch in Johannesburg last week, influencers, resellers and media got the chance to fraternise with each other, swap dance moves with indie dance band Goodluck and experience some interesting and novel gadgets. But while the event was one of the most lavish I've ever attended, the real stars of the show were undoubtedly the phones themselves. Now, I'd like to state up front that it doesn't matter how great your launch is, if the device you're launching isn't anything to shout about, I couldn't...

  • G-Technology G-DRIVE ev ATC review: a sturdy drive for clumsy professionals

    Owning a portable hard drive is risky business. Besides absent-mindedly leaving it somewhere, there's always the chance of dropping the device and breaking it. G-Technology seems to have solved the latter problem with its G-DRIVE ev ATC rugged drive. The overall package is rather simplistic and consists of two parts: the internal driver is housed in its own slim enclosure, and the external and rugged protective case. The kit includes both of these as well as a USB 3.0 cable and quick start guide. There's an additional bloatware software included, which is something you don't see often with other brands. It's...

  • Weekend News Recap – 14 March: Quantum Break trailer, Jeff Bleszinski on Twitter, EverQuest Next cancelled

    It’s Monday, in case you didn’t know. And while that six-letter noun might strike fear into the hearts of even the toughest CEOs of the world, it really doesn’t have to. At least not anymore. Relive the weekend in our new Monday morning segment — the Weekend News Recap: 11-13 March Edition. Most read articles last week Sony Xperia Z5 review: a show jumping workhorse SEGA Mega Drive console with 80-built in games now available in SA LG G5 will cost R13999 in South Africa, arrive 15 April Remix Mini Android-based PC launches in South Africa Microsoft and Remedy Entertainment are really pushing the upcoming...

  • Gaming in VR: where we’re at right now

    If you’re a gamer then you’re no doubt salivating about the prospect of playing games in Virtual Reality (VR). No longer will you have to sit ‘outside’ the game, pressing coloured buttons on a controller, watching your exploits on a flat screen. With VR you’re inside the game, naturally reacting to and interacting with objects and environments. No longer will you merely play the hero, you’ll be the hero. But we’re still in the early stages of VR gaming and VR tech and we’re still figuring out what works and what doesn’t. Here are the good, the bad and...

  • Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition now available on Xbox One

    Starting today, Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition is now available for Xbox One. Developed by Moon Studios, the game was a smash hit in 2015. Ori and the Blind Forest was one of our top indie games on 2015. This charming story tells the tale of a young orphan set against a fantasy backdrop. The game features hand-painted artwork and an orchestrated score. "Its narrative was incredibly powerful and moving, its sound design masterfully executed and its gameplay smooth and challenging. It is everything a game should aim to be," writes Wiehahn Diederichs in his review. It currently holds a...

  • Android N: what you need to know about Google’s ‘nutty’ OS

    Only this week did nearly two-year-old Android Lollipop become Google's most popular mobile OS version, but the company has now released Android N -- it's latest iteration of the OS -- a lot earlier than expected. Traditionally Google announces its new OS iterations at I/O -- its annual developer conference -- but it's dramatically changing tack this year. According to its developer page, it's planning a five stage release roster before the final consumer ready version of the OS is ready in Q3 2016. This week's release is stage one, and sees the alpha version of Android N available to download...

  • Oculus makes Samsung Gear VR more social with multiplayer games

    Real friends can now be virtual friends too, thanks to Oculus' new pseudo social network and added features. Users who have a Samsung Gear VR can register an account on the Oculus website, "and then easily search for others on the platform by real name or Oculus username," the company explains. Although the social features do seem scary, the proposed functionality sounds great for friends in various parts of the world. For instance, Oculus will let users create Social Rooms which allows users in a given room to watch video streams together, in a virtual cinema. Multiplayer games are also coming to virtual...