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  • Hello Pluto: dissecting the tech behind the New Horizons space probe

    It has been almost a decade since NASA launched the unmanned New Horizons space probe as the beginning of their New Frontiers project (a series of space exploration missions conducted by NASA). Launched in January 2006, the purpose of the New Horizons mission was to travel to and study the dwarf planet of Pluto, its moons and the Kuiper Belt. As you most certainly have heard by now, the space probe very recently completed its 3-billion km journey to one of the Sun's most distant rocks, and for the last week has been transmitting various images and data of its...

  • Samsung Gear Circle review: a runner’s delight, a fashionista’s fright

    If you've ever connected earphones to your office laptop or desktop, you probably know all to well the resultant carnage when you accidentally get up still wearing them. In a bid to combat cable-related injuries, a number of wireless earphone products have come into the market in recent months. The Samsung Gear Circle, while not perfect, is one of the more viable options. Like most of its competitors, the Gear Circle uses Bluetooth to communicate with whatever compatible device you choose. It also allows you to listen to music, make and receive phone calls, and perform voice commands on your...

  • Xbox One price drops by R800 in South Africa

    Prima Interactive, the prime importer of Microsoft's Xbox One console in South Africa, has announced that it will be dropping the price of the console by R800 from tomorrow, 23 July 2015. "Thursday, 23 July 2015 is D-day. The recommended price on the XboxOne 500G console will drop by R800. Buying the console now also brings with it the promise of access to the world’s best games and the best online gaming experience,” explained Prima CEO Ian Hepplewhite. The previous RRP stood at R6299 but will subsequently drop to R5499, which now means that Microsoft's console undercuts the Sony PlayStation 4...

  • South African retailer Loot reveals ‘Dead Island: Definitive Edition’ is coming

    It's the year of remasters and revived titles it seems, and we can add yet another game to that list if Loot's new set of listings are to be believed. The South African retailer is now listing none other than a game titled Dead Island: Definitive Edition, which will excite anyone who has played Techland's other game, Dying Light or waiting patiently for the former's sequel. Dead Island wasn't a brilliant game, but it's about as whimsical as undead titles go, so a remaster will really add some much needed 1080p lustre to all the gangrenous gore. Loot's currently listing a...

  • Hitting the fairway: golf readies itself for the wearable tech revolution

    Technology, which is constantly changing, also changes each industry it touches. And it’s currently got its finger on the world of sports, altering the experience for athletes and fans alike. Fantasy golf is one prime example of a realm in which technology is giving fans an entirely new way to engage with the PGA and LPGA tours. And it’s not the only sport trending; more than 41-million people play fantasy sports of all types in the US and Canada alone. Just as fantasy golf has delivered new ways for fans to experience their favorite sport, wearable technology represents the next frontier...

  • Valve launches DotaTV beta streaming service before The International

    Valve's The International is arguably the world's biggest eSports tournament let alone the world's biggest DotA 2 soiree. It's perhaps the digital gaming equivalent of the FIFA World Cup, and it's owner is playing around with the idea of a dedicated streaming service. Valve is trialing a beta version of its new DotaTV platform which is essentially a hub for all the information viewers could possibly want, including gamer stats, graphs and more intuitive analytics. There's also an area to watch some live games a that aren't directly related to The International. DotaTV will showcase some of the most popular DotA...

  • Intel Core i7-6700K overclock results surface, reaches 5.2GHz on air

    If you're a PC builder and an overclocking enthusiast, Christmas has definitely come early. Some might be a tad annoyed at Intel's deliberate slowing of Moore's Law, but it seems that its latest crop of Skylake CPUs might be just the thing to lift their ailing spirits. A new report has surfaced on Hong Kong-based site HKEPC suggesting that those lucky enough to obtain an Intel Core i7-6700K can overclock the absolute hell out of it without pushing voltages through the roof. And all this as well without using any hint of liquid cooling. Believe it or not, but the 6700K...

  • Micromax YU Yuphoria review: a future Android One killer

    The YU Yuphoria is the second smartphone offering from Micromax's new sub-brand. It's destined to compete with the likes of the Xiaomi Redmi 2, the 2nd gen. Motorola Moto E, Lenovo A6000, Android One devices, and a bunch of other entry-level smartphones. It offers a metal shell, industry leading hardware specifications, dual-SIM 4G LTE connectivity, and Cyanogen OS powered by Android Lollipop. What more can you ask for as little as US$110, right? Well, more often than not, good hardware specifications don’t result into actual real-world performance in the smartphone industry, so let’s check out how this device performs in...

  • Bethesda releases some tasty Fallout 4 footage [video]

    It's perhaps an understatement to suggest that Fallout 4 is the most eagerly anticipated game of the year. With its launch date a bit too far for some (10 November) but fast approaching, Bethesda has given us another little snippet of gameplay that perhaps sheds a little more light on what we're all in for. Yes, most of it is rehashed footage from the company's massive E3 2015 extravaganza, but it does allow us to pick through the pieces at a more subatomic level. For one, it seems that there will be more than just humans you'll have to defeat in...

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 is company’s new ultra-thin Android tablet

    Samsung is screaming through this year launching new devices seemingly every week, and while that's probably not a bad thing for one of the most prominent device manufacturers in the world, it's hell for us consumers. The latest device in its mobile computing arsenal is a tablet -- the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 to be exact -- and to carry on its newly launched Samsung Galaxy A8 slimline design, it's just 5.6mm thin. While it's certainly not about to fatten devices up to squeeze more guts inside them, there is a method to the company's madness. Samsung suggests that the Tab...