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  • Apple fixes dodgy battery bug in new Macbook Pro

    Apple has issued a software fix for its newest Macbook Pro laptops, coming just weeks after Consumer Reports failed to recommend the new computers. In December, the consumer organisation ran the new Macbooks through a series of tests to determine their battery life, revealing highly variable results. "For instance, in a series of three consecutive tests, the 13-inch model with the Touch Bar ran for 16 hours in the first trial, 12.75 hours in the second, and just 3.75 hours in the third. The 13-inch model without the Touch Bar worked for 19.5 hours in one trial but only 4.5 hours in...

  • Meizu Pro 6 reviewed: will this Chinese flagship Ameizu?

    When it comes to Chinese smartphone brands, Huawei and Xiaomi are on the tip of most tongues these days. But Meizu is another respected brand in the country, slowly making its way around the world. South Africa is the latest launch nation for the company, in partnership with 2C Telecoms, and the Pro 6 is Meizu's flagship product. Well, technically there is the Pro 6 Plus, but in a local context, the Pro 6 is its top-flight device. At a prepaid price of R7999, the Pro 6 has the same price tag as the Xiaomi Mi 5 (review). But does it...

  • HTC to release smartphone with ticker display? [Photos]

    The HTC 10 is one of the more underrated smartphones of 2016, featuring a great camera, beefy internals and solid design. But HTC is already hard at work a few handsets for 2017, VentureBeat reports, in the form of three phones with "Ocean" codenames. There's the Ocean Note, Ocean Master and Ocean Smart. And at least one phone has seemingly surfaced on Weibo, in the form of the Ocean Note. And if the photos are real, then we can expect a device with a secondary ticker display, akin to the LG V10 and V20. The photos also seem to show a very Galaxy...

  • Halo Wars 2 on PC is getting a physical release (seriously)

    Microsoft was once the king of physical releases for PC games, but in recent years that has tapered off. Now, the company is partnering with THQ Nordic to bring out a boxed version of Halo Wars 2 for the PC crowd. Announced yesterday, not only will Halo Wars 2 be contained on four DVDs in an actual physical box, but will include access to the Xbox One edition via Microsoft's Xbox Play Anywhere programme. Halo Wars 2 will be receive a physical release on PC, spread over several DVDs Much like the Xbox One edition, the PC version will be released as both...

  • You really should be playing Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn

    Turning not only one but two mainline Final Fantasy games into massively multiplayer online experiences is pretty crazy, right? Right. Except, that it’s not and may be some of the most interesting moves that Square Enix has ever done. Over the past few weeks I’ve been neck-deep in Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn and it may just be one of the best entries in the series. During the past decade or so I've been hesitant about MMO games due to bad and bland experiences (I’m looking at you, World of WarCraft and Lord of the Rings Online), but after...

  • Yup, the glacier white PS4 ‘slim’ model is coming to SA

    In an announcement from local PlayStation distributor Ster-Kinekor, the company revealed that the 'Glacier White' version of the PS4 'slim' will be making its way to the country. It will be available in South Africa "towards the end of February". Using the model number CUH-2000 series, the system will be identical to the standard 'slim' model, but with a white finish to the console and packed-in controller. A white version of the original PS4 form factor was previously released. Though the specifications in the press release mention both a 500GB and 1TB model, only the former has been given an RRP for South Africa, coming in...

  • Lego Worlds launching 24 February in South Africa

    The recently announced (at least for console) Lego Worlds will be making its way over to South Africa on 24 February. While Minecraft has been popular for years and is often thought of as the open-world Lego game, it seems the Danish brick company has other plans. The new title is their own answer to Minecraft and will allow users to build almost anything they can imagine (as long as Lego manufactures the specific pieces, of course). It is currently in early access on Steam for R159. Once the final game is released, users will be able to upgrade to the full version for...

  • Scalebound: Xbox One exclusive has been cancelled

    In news that has taken the industry by surprise, Microsoft has cancelled Xbox One exclusive Scalebound. The open-world action/RPG had been in development for at least four years, having made a major appearance at E3 2016 as a big-hitting Xbox title. Now, in a statement first sent to Kotaku obtained by Gearburn as well, Microsoft has confirmed the game's cancellation. "After careful deliberation, Microsoft Studios has come to the decision to end production for Scalebound," the company wrote. Scalebound, in development by Platinum Games as a Microsoft exclusive, has been cancelled Microsoft added that it still had a variety of exclusives planned for the year. "We're...

  • Xbox One crimson limited edition controller review: a bloody piece of kit

    With Gears of War 4 being an exceptional entry into the Gears of War franchise -- and Microsft loving its themed controllers -- it was obvious that the Xbox One would receive a GoW4 themed controller. The question is, is this a controller for the fans or just a bloody mess? Right off the bat, the controllers comes with little fanfare. Included in the box are two AA batteries for first-time use -- you're still going to need additional batteries or a rechargeable pack -- and the usual pile of manuals and safety leaflets that absolutely no one reads. It does include a download...

  • CES 2017: Razer’s triple-display laptop prototypes stolen

    One of the coolest products at CES 2017 was Razer's Project Valerie laptop, being a gaming notebook with three displays that automatically fold out. In fact, the three displays are all 4K-quality, giving users a truckload of pixels to play with. The laptop is powered by a GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card and supports Nvidia's Surround View tech for gaming at 11 520 x 2160. Now, Razer co-founder and CEO Min-Liang Tan has confirmed that two prototypes were stolen from the show floor. It's unclear whether this was a case of simple theft or espionage, but Razer definitely wants its laptops back "I've just been informed that...