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  • Microsoft drops first Lumia branded device: a cheap, colourful selfie-shooter

    Microsoft’s first branded Lumia has just been revealed. Sans the Nokia brand of course, the Lumia 535 is a low-cost, colourful smartphone with a grand focus on all the software Microsoft has to offer. Apart from the 5MP LED flash at the rear, the colourful selfie-shooter carries a 5MP front cam that’s meant to be used alongside the Lumia Selfie App. The app enables you to “enhance” your selfies with filters and easily share them with friends from the app to OneDrive, Instagram, Twitter and so forth. The friendly five incher carries a quad-core 1.2GHz processor together with 1GB RAM, 8GB internal...

  • PlayStation Plus games of November (PS4) review: digging, crying, escaping

    The chatter on the internet when November’s free PlayStation Plus games were announced was fairly hostile. Users moaned about the games but when I heard what was being released — Escape Plan, The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth and SteamWorld Dig are three excellent games, all for the price of nothing at all (if you don’t count the PSN subscription fee). While all have been out for quite some time, they’re now free on PSN so, how do they still hold up? The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth Let’s begin with the strongest game of the trio, and perhaps one of the best Rouge-like adventures...

  • LG G3 wins the Android Lollipop update race, company claims

    The LG G3 has become one of the Korean brand’s best handsets in a long while, with its 4K screen and ultra responsive hardware, but its about to get an extra dose of special. Although LG has been mum on Android Lollipop recently, the company has now announced that its lucky G3 patrons will be able to upgrade to the latest edition of Android before anyone else. Starting in Poland (we’re not sure why, either), this week’s eastern European rollout will “be followed by other key markets in the near future.” Hopefully this includes South Africa too in the coming...

  • Humanoid robots will someday fly our planes

    Pibot is the first ever humanoid robot designed to fly a plane autonomously. Researchers at South Korea’s Advanced Institute of Science and Technology responsible for developing Pibot hope their robot will offer several advantages over drones when it comes to dangerous missions that require the control of larger rescue aircraft. Although autonomous drones are good at providing surveillance and air support during warfare, lead researcher Shim Hyung-Chul explains that robots are needed to fly a variety of existing aircraft specific to any number of dangerous situations, the most notable being the Fukushima tragedy in Japan: “When Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant got damaged...

  • Microsoft and Makro release Nextbook tablets for South African consumers

    Software giant Microsoft has formed a partnership with South African retailer Makro to release a range of low-cost Nextbook tablets. The tablet range is available at all Makro stores in South Africa from today. The Nextbook range comes in two screen sizes: an 8-inch version without a keyboard and 10.1-inch version with a keyboard. The 10.1-inch device has an attachable keyboard that allows users to have a notebook like experience. This device sells for R2 999 and the 8-inch sells for R1 499. The devices have the full Windows 8.1 operating system. Both tablets feature a USB port and come...

  • D-Link ShareCenter DNS-345 NAS review: enormously simple storage

    It’s not often we get a high-capacity storage system in the office to review, but my do we get excited when one comes a-knockin’. The D-Link ShareCenter DNS-345 (as it is formally known) hopes to find a niche in quite a few markets, from personal data moguls to graphic-intensive image editors to managers of small businesses, so pinning it down with one precise verdict became more troublesome than first considered. So how does it fare in the top shelf of an average user’s bedroom? Simple setup The chaps over at D-Link sure made this one of the most simple, idiot-proof storage systems available. Although...

  • MTN SA launches R999 Steppa Tablet

    MTN is preparing to launch its low-cost (R999) Steppa Tablet into the South African market. These cut-price tablets are not in competition with the high end devices and are not trying to be, instead it offers the consumer more options. Steppa Tablet’s entry into the market at the low cost level is as important as the high end devices. Steppa Tablet follows the sell-out of the Steppa 1, its inexpensive smartphone, which was launched earlier this year. Steppa Tablet is bundled with 200MB data for 12 months. MTN says that the Steppa Tablet brings the internet to students and learners, entrepreneurs on the...

  • 4K resolution ‘GTA IV’ rides the uncanny valley

    Modders make bad games better and sometimes, they make good games even greater. Case in point: this 4K redo of the blandest Grand Theft Auto, GTA 4. Smarty-pants modder darkdeus offers us images and video of his 4K GTA IV PC modification, as part of the Simple ENB package. The trailer and images are absolutely incredible and prove that with a lot of work and effort, a bland game can look like a title that competes with today’s graphics. Of special note are the cars, which approach Driveclub levels of realism. But then again, the streets look fantastic, as well as the water effects....

  • Destiny’s ‘Fate Of All Fools’ exotic rifle belongs to one player alone, thanks to Bungie

    There’s nothing quite like a fuzzy Friday feel-good story to set up the weekend. Bungie, creators of all things Halo and Destiny, has given one special gamer the yet-to-be-released Fate Of All Fools exotic scout rifle. Yes, effectively the god of all long-range weapons. Although the rifle will only be featured in a much later DLC for the wider world to enjoy, Bungie has decided that this particular move means more to the gamer in question than most. He is now the only chap in the Destiny universe to lay claim to the weapon. But is this some marketing gimmick Bungie’s pulling?...

  • Amazon Echo crams a voice assistant into a $199 Bluetooth speaker

    After the Fire Phone became this year’s biggest hardware gaffe, Amazon felt it necessary to follow it up with the Echo — a speaker with a tiny voice assistant trapped inside. No one saw this one coming. The Amazon Echo is basically a Google Now or Siri clone encased in the mould of a Bluetooth speaker. You ask it a question, it spits out an answer (except it’s slightly cooler than that). For some reason, “Alexa” is the keyword that allows users to request music from Spotify, iTunes and Pandora, weather information, news, and other commands like adding events to a calendar...