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  • PS4 update 2.03 brings stability improvements, new themes

    If your console was plugged in and connected to the internet last night, you probably would’ve noticed an update had been installed. Version 2.03 for the PS4 system was issued by Sony to address software stability. This update didn’t bring any eye-popping goodies unfortunately, but a more stable and reliable system is an equally good way to a gamer’s heart. A few new themes are also included. Earlier this year, update 2.00 “Masamune” introduced major feature improvements and additions including Share Play, YouTube sharing, a USB music player (finally), custom theme options and a host of other improvements. This 217MB update however,...

  • Puzzlephone’s the sexier, simpler version of Google’s Project Ara

    Even though Nokia is nearly a thing of the past (well, at least its devices and services division) there’s no sign of the Finnish hardware and devices industry is slowing down. If anything, we’ve seen more innovation coming from the land of ice this year than ever before. The latest example is simply called the “Puzzlephone”, conceived by Circular Devices, but its name doesn’t quite do it justice. Streamlining the concept of the modular smartphone, the Puzzlephone will feature three swappable slabs unlike it’s potential rival — Google’s Project Ara — which is essentially all swappable parts. The only issue...

  • MTN Steppa Tablet review: an able, budget tablet

    Local brick-and-mortar retailers have been at the forefront of offering low-cost smartphones, something which has served their consumers well by offering much-needed competition to high-end smartphones. Similar things are happening in the tablet space with the likes of MTN and Vodacom bringing out increasingly cost-effective options. The MTN Steppa Tablet is the African telecommunication giant’s low cost tablet, released a few weeks ago. Alongside the MTN Steppa 2 smartphone, it presents a full budget-orientated onslaught for South Africans this Christmas season. Priced at R999, the tablet costs the same as its smaller smartphone sibling, but is it a good enough alternative...

  • YouTube studio Rooster Teeth launches gaming channel for kids

    YouTube production studio Rooster Teeth has launched a new channel specifically aimed at children called Game Kids. The channel will focus on games for kids and will include The Sims and Minecraft, with videos featuring Rooster Teeth staff and their children, and the studio promises that the content will be “family-friendly”. Caleb Deneour and Geoff Ramsay of Rooster Teeth revealed that the channel has been in the works for a years. The channel will release videos every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, all averaging 10 to 20 minutes in length in the “Let’s Play” format. Rooster Teeth will also heavily moderate the comments...

  • Sony PlayStation turns 20 today, celebrates with PS4 Anniversary Edition

    It’s been a long road for the current-gen consoles of today. Before many got their hands on a Sony PlayStation controller, gamers were fighting between Sega, Nintendo and Atari consoles. And then, in 1994, the world got its first glimpse of the PlayStation — the console to rule all consoles at the time. Today it’s a little more complicated than that. To be fair, Sony’s console has gone through a more affable development curve, and has catered to what its fans’ have asked for. And what would make PlayStation fans more happy than anything else in the world right now? A...

  • New smartphone device aims to prevent blindness

    Just when you thought the features and apps available to smartphones have reached their creative peak, a group of engineers, researchers, and software developers come out of nowhere to surprise us again. A recently launched IndieGoGo campaign is hoping to raise money for a revolutionary camera app and attachment combo that turns an ordinary smartphone into a portable eye examination device. Peek Retina is the official name of the endeavor, and is the result of a collaborative effort among eye doctors, engineers and software developers. Peek Retina is a clip-on camera adapter that combines “a traditional ophthalmoscope and a retinal camera in...

  • Telltale’s ‘Game of Thrones: Iron from Ice’ according to the internet

    A television and novel series as big and popular as Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, for you literature lovers) was bound to get a video game series sooner or later. Thanks to Telltale Games — the chaps behind The Walking Dead game series — that vision (of probably a good millions of Game of Thrones fans) is now an iron reality. Broken up into six episodes, the first dubbed “Iron from Ice” was released to much of the world’s consoles and systems 2 December, and is causing quite a few waves in the gaming industry across...

  • Far Cry 4 review: discover your primal self

    Welcome to the vast and unforgiving wilderness of Kyrat — a fictional region in the Himalayas and the setting for Ubisoft’s latest title, Far Cry 4. Get ready to enter a full-fledged civil war in a land of myths and legends. In its lengthy 35-hours of gameplay, you will be introduced to a string of pleasingly unique personalities, from a Bible-crazed weapons-dealer to a peculiar pair of deceiving stoners. Boasting a more refined and improved Far Cry recipe, this title is assured to meet most (if not all) of your gaming needs. Story Time You play as Ajay Ghale, a Kyrati-born-American-raised young man,...

  • Xbox Live temporarily knocked on its face thanks to hackers

    After such a good Black Friday showing for the company’s current-gen console, Xbox Live has just about recovered from a DDOS attack earlier today, which led to server downtime for many users on both sides of the Atlantic. Although the service seems to be stable at the time of writing, earlier today the hacker group named Lizard Squad claimed responsibility for plunging the service into darkness. The hacker group seems to enjoy messing with gamers’ livelihoods, having previously taken credit for knocking down PlayStation Network earlier this year, as well as League of Legends and World of Warcraft servers too. Although it...

  • MTN Steppa 2 review: many steps behind

    2014 was the year of the budget Android phone, right? It sure seems like it. Whether that’s thanks to OS’s popularity, or the dropping prices of budget hardware we’re not quite sure, but adoption rates of smartphones in general are firmly on the up. With Africa a main target for manufacturers’ budget devices, the likes of telecommunications companies are also getting in on the act, releasing their own branded phones to markets across the world. Here in South Africa, we’ve already seen Vodacom’s Smart Kicka trying to fill a gap in the market. I’ve tested the little phone and found it...

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