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  • WD My Passport Ultra Metal Edition review: stylish, reliable storage

    I’m not partial to devices that put form above function so embellishments (more often than not) don’t appeal to me. I’m not a magpie after all, but WD’s “My Passport Ultra Metal Edition” drive is a thing of absolute beauty. WD is usually a company known for making no fuss, functional and reliable components. Of course, its Green range of drives have come under flack from various internet sources in the past, but I’ve never had an issue with any of its drives. So when WD decided to dress up one of its ever-solid drives in a flashy navy blue evening...

  • Lizard Squad fells PlayStation Network in latest festive attack

    The festive season might be fast approaching, but the mood around the PlayStation Network camp can’t be too jolly. Lizard Squad, the group of online rebels that brought down Xbox Live last week, has (according to its Twitter account, at least) struck again. But it’s not one of Microsoft‘s platforms that’s suffering. PSN Login #offline #LizardSquad — Lizard Squad (@LizardPatrol) December 8, 2014 Those trying to access the PlayStation Store at the moment are greeted with an error message stating: “It’s not you. It’s the internet’s fault.” It’s not just the Store either. It would appear that PlayStation Network is down for console...

  • ‘Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End’ gameplay trailer makes South African accents cool [Video]

    For all the Uncharted and The Last Of Us groupies out there, Naughty Dog launched a 15-minute long PlayStation 4 gameplay trailer of its latest title — Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. For those who aren’t fans, prepare to be wooed. After the announcement of the popular action adventurer series fourth title, A Thief’s End, the PlayStation exclusive has been kept quiet for the better part of 2014. That’s until now. The video shows what sounds like a group of South African mercenaries (you can’t miss the accents) try and hunt down protagonist Nathan Drake, in an effort to find the hidden...

  • Ralph Baer — a tribute to the gaming console’s spirit animal

    It has been a sad week for the gaming, and technology fraternity in general. One of the pioneering fathers of the gaming console as we know it, Ralph Baer, has passed away age 92. For many, Baer isn’t a name that comes up often in most conversations, and even less so when the console war is mentioned, but he was probably the most integral cornerstone of today’s gaming culture. Born in Germany, Rudolf Baer left Europe with his family before World War Two’s Kristallnacht and fled to New York City. He soon changed his name thereafter. Sure, he wasn’t responsible for building...

  • Logitech M280 wireless mouse review: the perfect office sidekick

    Like it or not, if you’re stuck in an office from nine to five that computer mouse beneath your hand is a rather integral part of your life. Both a seriously depressing and real fact, it means that you should really spend some time deciding what you want and need in a mouse, how comfortable it is and how well it performs. After all, it’s about as close a friend you have — at least that’s how I feel about my peripherals anyway. So Logitech’s M280, although being a seemingly insignificant release considering their recent gaming peripheral onslaught, is also quite...

  • ‘Destiny’s’ Dark Below DLC trailer is all kinds of epic [Video]

    A lot of gamers have found Destiny to be visually impressive but a load of mundane and tiresome hard work too. It would be cruel to call it the biggest let down of the year but for the most part, reviews of the game haven’t been vastly favourable. Things for Destiny grafters however looks to be on the up. Bungie has unveiled the official trailer to the upcoming “Dark Below” DLC pack, which promises to add a lot more fizz to the game. The DLC will focus on adding and improving a host of features, including raising the game’s Light Level...

  • Beyond gameplay: 10 video game cinematics that’ll give you chills

    There is nothing quite like sitting down to play a game and being greeted by the most beautiful and epic cinematic sequence. One of my earliest memories of these are the Warcraft cutscenes, specifically Warcraft III, which was one of the standards held up as the pinnacle of awesome animation in my 3D Animation course at the time. Of course since then, epic cutscenes à la Warcraft have become a staple, and if there are no amazing cutscenes that hold you in suspense, have you sitting on the edge of your seat, well then, your game better have something amazing...

  • PS4 update 2.03 brings stability improvements, new themes

    If your console was plugged in and connected to the internet last night, you probably would’ve noticed an update had been installed. Version 2.03 for the PS4 system was issued by Sony to address software stability. This update didn’t bring any eye-popping goodies unfortunately, but a more stable and reliable system is an equally good way to a gamer’s heart. A few new themes are also included. Earlier this year, update 2.00 “Masamune” introduced major feature improvements and additions including Share Play, YouTube sharing, a USB music player (finally), custom theme options and a host of other improvements. This 217MB update however,...

  • Puzzlephone’s the sexier, simpler version of Google’s Project Ara

    Even though Nokia is nearly a thing of the past (well, at least its devices and services division) there’s no sign of the Finnish hardware and devices industry is slowing down. If anything, we’ve seen more innovation coming from the land of ice this year than ever before. The latest example is simply called the “Puzzlephone”, conceived by Circular Devices, but its name doesn’t quite do it justice. Streamlining the concept of the modular smartphone, the Puzzlephone will feature three swappable slabs unlike it’s potential rival — Google’s Project Ara — which is essentially all swappable parts. The only issue...

  • MTN Steppa Tablet review: an able, budget tablet

    Local brick-and-mortar retailers have been at the forefront of offering low-cost smartphones, something which has served their consumers well by offering much-needed competition to high-end smartphones. Similar things are happening in the tablet space with the likes of MTN and Vodacom bringing out increasingly cost-effective options. The MTN Steppa Tablet is the African telecommunication giant’s low cost tablet, released a few weeks ago. Alongside the MTN Steppa 2 smartphone, it presents a full budget-orientated onslaught for South Africans this Christmas season. Priced at R999, the tablet costs the same as its smaller smartphone sibling, but is it a good enough alternative...

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