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  • Civilization: Beyond Earth cinematic spells out hope for humanity’s far-flung future

    Civilization: Beyond Earth‘s new opening cinematic trailer has been released, giving us new hope for Sid Meier’s latest number, but smashes all that’s left for the future of our dearest planet Earth. The video posted by PC Gamer shares the story of a young Middle Eastern girl who gets chosen to be rocketed up into the deep dark space which leaves behind Earth to deal with ever impending doom all by itself. The scene then jumps to what seems to be a Russian priest who blesses other prospective voyagers, emphasising the diversification of culture. “As we race skyward, we carried aloft the...

  • LG Tone Pro review: the best, most discrete wireless headset yet

    I’ve never liked over-the-ear headphones. For me, and many others, it’s an uncomfortable experience. Headphones squish the ears, keeping heat in and muffling noise. I’m an inner-ear music-listening kind of guy and because of that, I’ve been stuck with ugly, wired earphones most of my life. LG has a solution for people like me and it’s called the Tone Pro, a wireless stereo headset. Based on its price (US$69.99), battery life (15-hours plus) and design (it’s both comfortable and styled like a robot’s necklace), LG’s Tone Pro is an absolute winner. Excellent audio The best feature of the Tone Pro is...

  • Hail Destiny: Xbox One beats PS4 in US sales thanks to Microsoft’s free game scheme

    It had to happen some time, didn’t it? The sales battle between the PS4 and Xbox One has been fairly one-sided up until now, with Sony’s machine trumping Microsoft’s console month-after-month. But today there’s news of the Xbox One finally outselling Sony’s console in the US, no thanks to Microsoft’s free game offering, intones a Venturebeat report. There are sales figures as well, thanks to Michael Pachter, a well-known gaming analyst. Pachter predicts that there were 325 000 Xbox One sales, compared to 250 000 PS4 sales. Of course, these numbers are yet to be verified by NDP Group, and we’ll discover...

  • Will.i.am launches smartwatch this week: makes calls, plays music, don’t need no smartphone

    We’re really not sure what to make of Will.i.am (or William Adams Jr., of Black-Eyed Peas fame) and his technology fetish any more. After co-developing Beats with Jummy Iovine and Dr. Dre all these years, launching his custom 3D-printer, designing a bespoke Lexus NX and selling a good few million records, Adams has now set his sights on the enormous wearables market and, more specifically, smartwatches. Hilariously, as a face-slap to Beats’ new owner Apple, Adams plans to launch the watch on 7Digital’s network at the same time as Apple’s iPad launch this Thursday. Best of luck trying to compete...

  • ASUS gadget of 2015 preview: GX500, G551 gaming laptops and R20 ‘console’

    ASUS’ booth at rAge this year came complete with a dedicated DJ banging out commercial hits, but one commercial hit at least in the gaming laptop market, is finally coming to South Africa. The Taiwanese-based company showed off for the first time in the country its GX500 — the flagship model in the G-series of gaming machines — that looks as sultry as it will be expensive. Unveiled to the world at Taipei’s Computex in June, the laptop has already set tongues wagging abroad. Sadly though, it’s only arriving on SA shores officially in Q1 2015. Trust me, that’s too...

  • DIY’er invents machine gun that folds and fires paper airplanes

    An anonymous inventor who looks like Walter Sobchak from The Big Lebowski recently posted a YouTube video in which he demonstrates a self-made machine gun that folds and fires paper airplanes that would make any grade schooler froth with jealousy. Flaring his eyes behind wire rimmed glasses, this DIY’er shows off his impressive invention constructed of 3D printed materials and an assortment of parts collected from several specialty hardware stores. He also states quite proudly that he “use a cordless screwdriver from China for driving .” The anonymous Walter Sobchak look-alike DIY’er calls his invention the Paper Airplane Machine Gun...

  • iPhone 6 launches in South Africa, Greenland, Romania and 36 other countries before October ends

    Big news: the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are coming to countries like South Africa, Israel, Kuwait and others before October ends. It’s South Africa we’re most interested in and, come 24 October, iPhone lovers can grab the new and bigger smartphone from various retailers. Apple’s recently announced it, and here are the countries plus their respective launch dates: - Friday, October 17: China, India and Monaco – Thursday, October 23: Israel – Friday, October 24: Czech Republic, French West Indies, Greenland, Malta, Poland, Reunion Island and South Africa – Thursday, October 30: Bahrain and Kuwait – Friday, October 31: Albania, Bosnia, Croatia, Estonia,...

  • Samsung’s 60Ghz WiFi ‘removes the gap between theoretical and actual’, has 4.6Gbps transmission speeds

    WiFi speeds are a bone of contention in my home. They just never reach the speeds I expect of them, especially when I wander outside of the living-room WiFi zone range. Samsung wants to change that though, with its new 60Ghz WiFi technology, which should allow speeds of up to a theoretical 4.6Gbps, or 575MB per second according to the makers of mobile phones and washing machines. The current and possible maximum WiFi speeds are 866Mbps, or 108MB per second. These speeds are five times better than what we’re used to: the 2.4Ghz  and 5Ghz WiFi standard will be cast aside for...

  • 9 useless gadgets for the permanently lazy

    Modern society has made us infinitely lazy. Yes I said it. There’s nothing wrong with making our lives a little easier but some things should just never have been invented. For instance, how lazy can you get to not even be bothered to stir something in a pot? So how inane are the gadgets out there? More specifically, if you own one of the gadgets below then answer this question: has it really improved your life and do you feel more fulfilled as a result? Or, do you just feel slightly ashamed that you couldn’t be bothered to use your...

  • The next best Android tablet: Nexus 9 expected to arrive Q4 2014 says HTC (accidentally)

    Who’s keen for another Nexus tablet? Well, the Nexus 9 is coming, if this report from Focus Taiwan can be trusted. One of HTC’s presidents, Jack Tong, mentioned during a New York press event that the 8.9″ Nexus 9 is “HTC’s commitment” for reentering the luscious tablet game. HTC launched the first Nexus device (the One) back in 2010, with others following due to the tablets roaring success. The Nexus 9 though, is reportedly being launched 16 October and will arrive first in Taiwan sometime in Q4. A rather prominent Android developer also tweeted the launch date, adding further credence to...