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  • CES 2015 roundup part one: from Acer to MSI

    The earliest and (arguably) most important technology extravaganza of the year has come and gone, and while the theme of CES 2015 seemed to be wider, thinner and shinier is better, there were some genuinely exiting technologies that left our mouths agape. Considering that the internet of things, 4K resolution screens, curved screens, quantum dot screens, ridiculously thin screens (just, many screens, essentially) and a number of interesting products were well represented at this year’s fiesta, CES 2015 was predominantly the year of the couch potato. There were some more interesting launches catering for the casual gamer, the mobile media...

  • January Patch Tuesday: one critical, seven important updates for Windows

    In what was a landmark Patch Tuesday for Microsoft, and not simply because it was the first of 2015, the company announced that it would not be making its advanced patch warnings public for its Patch Tuesday rosters, and this came into effect this week. While Google and Microsoft have been enjoying their little spat, the latter has pushed patches to Windows this month, with eight in total and one labeled as critical. The latter is namely a hole in the Telnet client, which could allow an attacker to remotely execute malicious code on your machine. It’s pretty detrimental to...

  • The PlayBox shoves a PS4, Xbox One into one portable DIY system

    Console wars have never been fiercer than they are today, and trying to pick a console from the likes of Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft is an ordeal in itself. Each has advantages and disadvantages, while the other has more exclusive titles than the next. For a gamer just starting out with console gaming, it’s an absolute nightmare. And that’s where mad scientist Eddie Zarick’s latest (and hopefully not last) console concoction will solve your qualms once and for all. Shoving a full PS4 and Xbox One system could spell disaster for fanboyism and those who dislike messy system interiors, but the...

  • New ‘Nintendo 3DS XL’ coming to US on 13 February?

    Hello Nintendo. Nice hearing from you again. The all-too-quiet company has a bit of a leak flying around, and looks to be something a little special for the States. GameStop and Ars Technica have revealed that a new Nintendo 3DS XL will be launched in the U.S. on 13 February. Most of the information garnered is sourced from a poster that had first appeared on NeoGAF. In something of a pre-Valentine’s Day present to the portable gaming world, Nintendo’s 3DS refresh will allegedly arrive across the Pacific after plans of Nintendo’s upgraded 3DS surfaced in August of last year. The upgraded system...

  • Grim Fandango: remembering a gaming masterpiece

    On 27 January 2015, Planet Earth will bear witness to a truly magnificent event. Presidents will make speeches, Kings and Queens will bow while the rest of the world gathers in unified celebration. Okay, admittedly none of this will probably happen. But it should. This special day is the release date of Grim Fandango: Remastered on PlayStation 4, Vita and PC. If you have not yet heard of this game you are either a 21st Century kid or a cave-dwelling hermit. Or just really old. For those of you who are aware of this precious piece of history, may this article...

  • BOSS Phone is 7-inches, 8-cores of Tor-powered privacy

    The issue of internet security isn’t going to go away any time soon, and if anything 2015 will probably be the year it becomes a household talking point. After the U.S. Central Command’s (or CENTCOM) Twitter account was hacked yesterday, its clear that even the most stringent of government agencies are susceptible to naughty people breaking through their cyber security gates. That’s probably why the BOSS Phone was born. For ordinary people who dislike being watched, BOSS Phone uses the Tor anonymity network to randomise traffic to and from the phone. It’s not quite a novel idea — the BlackPhone...

  • Here’s the hardware you need to run ‘Evolve’ on PC

    After The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt‘s recommended specifications sheet was outed last week, there’s another reason for elderly computers to cry out in agony. Save up those bucks kids, because Windows specifications for Evolve has been released. The game, originally pushed back from its original 21 October launch date, will be launched officially on 10 February. But if you’re running anything less than the specifications below, you may want to revisit that gaming rig dream list: CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 or AMD Athlon 64 X2 6400 RAM: 4GB GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX560 1GB or ATI Radeon HD5770 1GB It doesn’t sound too terrible,...

  • ‘Minecraft: Pocket Edition’ hits 30-million download milestone

    Minecraft: Pocket Edition can now hold its head up high alongside its PC and console brothers, as the game has hit the 30-million download mark. We imagine Mojang and Microsoft, the game developer’s new owner, have rather smug looks on their faces at the moment because that’s a boat-load of cash if you consider the game costs US$7 across mobile platforms. In pure Mojang style too, the company outed a blog post celebrating the feat. Here’s our favourite except from it: Let’s put that into perspective: if each Pocket Edition sale was an average sized dog, and you walked said dog every...

  • ‘Windows 10 Mobile’ preview coming later this month, reports suggest

    Windows 10 is maturing nicely and Microsoft is now ready to unveil a preview for handheld devices later this month, according to The Verge’s sources. The company has outed an app for Windows Phone users dubbed Phone Insider which will allow users to receive the latest build of the Windows 10 OS on their phones. Although the app only works for Microsoft employees at the moment, reports The Verge, the app should be open to Windows Insiders in the near future — much like Windows 10’s desktop Insider Program. It is believed that Redmond will showcase a few of the OS’s...

  • Cougar 700M Black Edition review: best gaming mouse under R1000?

    I’m particularly glad to see Cougar plying its trade this side of the Atlantic. Although the market is rather saturated with peripheral companies all outdoing each other on seemingly insignificant details, in the end, price and value will always win out on features. The more the merrier too — you can never quite suggest that competition in the industry is a bad thing. Available to the public since December, the Cougar 700M gaming mouse is the latest product aimed at enthusiast gamers. And judging by this mouse’s exterior, it means business. Sitting below the R1000 (US$80) mark, its affordable, but it...

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