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  • Pokemon Go: here’s how to request or remove PokeStops and gyms

    Ever since Pokemon Go launched last week, we've seen people complain about the lack of PokeStops or gyms near them. On the other end of the spectrum, we've seen some rather inappropriate real-world locations used in-game, such as personal property or memorials. Fortunately, Niantic has a solution of sorts, in the form of a request page on its website. Request these options Want more PokeStops or gyms in your area? Then under the "reason" field, you'll need to choose "no PokeStops or gyms near me". Is there a gym or stop on your personal property? Then choose "report a PokeStop on my personal property"...

  • Battlefield 1: here’s how EA can make this World War game great

    The last time I was excited about a Battlefield game was... well, I've never been excited about a Battlefield game. Battlefield 1942 (the only one I ever really enjoyed) came out when I was a kid, and back then I didn't critique the industry in the slightest. That's all different now. Electronic Arts' Battlefield 1 is just a few months away from its November launch, and while trailers don't usually tickle my fancy, Battlefield's made me sit up and take notice. It wasn't all good though. The first thing I scoffed at was the name. Much like the case with the...

  • Pay for some childhood nostalgia with the NES Classic Edition console

    Break out those bell bottoms, dust off your backwards caps, because the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) is coming back... kinda. Nintendo of America has announced that a new, smaller NES will be hitting US retail shelves on 11 November. It's going to cost you US$59.99 for that childhood nostalgia. According to the press release, the device is called the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition -- that's quite a mouthful! The little device will come pre-installed with 30 classic titles for the NES, but no cartridge slot. Sorry collectors, but this isn't going to be a substitute for your normal or top-loader NES....

  • Now MewTwo can be a Pokemon Go trainer with our beginner’s guide

    Downloaded Pokemon Go and have no idea what to do? Or maybe you're just curious as to what all the fuss is about? Either way, we've put together a beginner's guide to figuring out the game's premise and mechanics. From noteworthy features to battling enemies, we've got you covered. What is Pokemon Go? Pokemon Go is a location-based augmented reality title, allowing you to capture and battle Pokemon in the world around you. After creating a character with the very basic tools at your disposal, you'll be placed on a map, which reflects the world around you. From the virtual map, you'll find symbols...

  • Acer TravelMate X3 series coming to South Africa in October

    Taiwanese hardware manufacturer Acer today announced its new Acer TravelMate X3 notebook series, for "designed for small and medium businesses, and professionals who want to work in style." The company notes that the X349 will be the first product in the new range, and will boast a 180-degree tilting 14.0-inch 1920x1080 screen, an 18mm-thick "brushed metal" body and a weight of 1.53kg, which is fairly light for today's notebook standards. According to Acer, practically all of the X349's features are in-tune with business travellers' needs too. The machine has an LED backlit keyboard to "keep users productive in low-light situations on airplanes...

  • Android Marshmallow now running on 13% of Android devices

    If Android Marshmallow's adoption numbers are anything to go by, Google's finally cracked the Android update issues that have plagued it for years. New numbers from Android Developer portal suggest that in July 2016, 13.3% of all Android devices were running on the company's latest stable operating system -- Android Marshmallow. This is a marked jump from the previous month's 10.1%. The OS still lags behind heavily-used Android KitKat (30.1%) and Android Lollipop (35.1%) though, but both  now cater towards the budget smartphone categories. Related: Android Nougat: why did Google snub Android Nutella and Neyyappan? This growth is extremely positive for Google though,...

  • Valve: we’re cracking down on Steam-enabled gambling sites

    The emergence of gambling sites for in-game virtual items has caused an uproar in the gaming industry, especially with news that some prominent YouTubers own these sites or rigged bets. The gambling primarily centred on Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, being one of Valve's most popular video games around. Now, Valve has issued a statement, distancing itself from the sites and saying it hasn't received cash from them. "We'd like to clarify that we have no business relationships with any of these sites. We have never received any revenue from them. And Steam does not have a system for turning in-game items into real world currency." It added that...

  • Microsoft Surface Pro 5, Surface Book 2 launch halted until Q2 2017?

    According to reports, a new Microsoft Surface line could debut as late as March 2017, or as early as Q3 2016. Dubbed the Microsoft Surface Pro 5, the machine was initially rumoured to launch at a "fall event", according to some reports. Others suggest that Microsoft will only make a move in Q2 2017. The hybrid tablet device will also be supported by a Microsoft Surface Book 2, which is great news for anyone who thought that Microsoft's first in-house laptop was a stellar piece of kit. While Microsoft hasn't corroborated these reports, it's worth noting that the company could be waiting...

  • PlayStation Network currently down in South Africa [Update]

    Update #1, 8.02pm: Well, that didn't last long. After an hour of downtime, PSN is now back up in South Africa and some parts of the world, according to Reddit. I've successfully logged into my account without much of a hitch. If you're still battling, let us know in the comments section below. Original article: Great news, PlayStation faithful. If you were looking to mash a few angered buttons online this evening, you should probably reschedule. Why you ask? Sony's PlayStation Network is currently down. According to PlayStation Network's status website, Sony's currently performing maintenance on the servers (interestingly, maintenance was...

  • Nintendo 2DS and New Nintendo 3DS: the cheapest consoles in SA right now

    Update 13 July: added new pricing and units The Nintendo DS range of gaming consoles has been popular since its initial launch in 2004. While the 3DS got off to a rocky start, popularity for the devices has been steadily growing with the likes of Pokemon, Mario, and RPG titles bringing players back for more. Not to mention its use of readily-available microSD memory cards for game saves and downloads, unlike its rival. For anyone wanting to purchase a 'New' Nintendo 3DS or its slimmed-down 2DS counterpart, here's a list of the cheapest consoles in South Africa right now. New Nintendo 3DS console...