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  • 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...

  • 5 videos that will get you excited about ‘The Crew’ all over again

    The Crew has probably been one of the most eagerly anticipated racing games of recent memory. Sure, it’s not as pure as the Forza or Gran Turismo series, but its new open world, social take on an age-old genre has got many a tongue wagging, and many a right foot tapping. The game has been in my Christmas stocking list for quite a while now and tomorrow it’ll finally be released to a worldwide and extremely patient-up-to-now audience. A new take on driving games will see a more social, open world experience than before. Think of it like GTA V with an...

  • The PR2 robot can fetch beer, play pool and fold your laundry

    The benefits to be had from automating household tasks is the dream of, well, everyone. After a long week of work, wasting your precious few days of sweet, glorious freedom on doing laundry, vacuuming the carpet and scrubbing your toilet among other domesticated horrors is a burdensome reality most of us endure with great reluctance and plenty of groaning. Fortunately, a team of engineering experts who founded the company Willow Garage have developed an open source and open platform personal robot that can be programmed to fulfill almost any task. For a mere US$280 000, the Personal Robot 2 (PR2) can...

  • Intel, Google will join forces to craft next version of Google Glass

    According to reports from the Wall Street Journal, Google might dump Texas Instruments in favour of Intel horsepower in the next iteration of Google Glass. Currently, the American chip manufacturer provides the thrust behind Google Glass, but the internet giant may turn its back on America in search of Taiwanese silicon, suggest people familiar with the matter. Intel does have considerable experience in producing lightweight, energy efficient CPUs, but primarily for larger devices. The move should come as no surprise though, especially since Intel has been vying for a larger mobile device market share. Of course, that hasn’t gone particularly swimmingly of...

  • Altech Node review: spades of potential in a little black box

    If you’re a television consumer at all, you’ll have seen adverts for the new Altech Node. You may even be considering getting one. In a nutshell, it’s a set-top box which plugs into your TV and gives you access to a multitude of interactive content and a variety of video on demand (or VoD) such as movies and television series. If you already have DStv and therefore a satellite dish, it’s a pretty simply matter of connecting your satellite cable to your Node. Since they both point at the same satellite (Intelsat-20) you can run both your DStv and Node...

  • Samsung’s latest patent runs rings, quarters around its smartwatches’ interface

    If you think Apple’s Digital Crown smartwatch navigation system is awesome, wait until you see Samsung’s latest patent. Like those cool Nineties watches of old, Samsung‘s patent involves a rotating ring around the smartwatch‘s face, that allows the user to call up and change menus and other visual gismos on the watch’s interface. It solves the most annoying thing about smartwatches — their inability to be controlled in a cohesive and efficient manner. Touchscreens, although sometimes favorable, leave a lot to be desired in terms of usability for such a small screen. But Samsung’s answer may be the most innovative concept developed...

  • Logitech G910 Orion Spark review: the best keyboard you’ll ever use

    Can you remember a time when keyboards were nothing more than bottle caps with letters printed on them? Those days are firmly behind us, and gamers can rejoice in keyboards that respond to every flick of the finger. The gaming peripheral industry (a lot like the automotive industry, actually) is as much about pride as technology, so it’s quite important that companies develop breakthroughs regularly, regardless of how tiny they may seem. It’s especially important to develop these before their competitors. Logitech‘s the latest company to develop what it’s calling “the world’s fastest mechanical gaming keyboard.” That’s quite a statement, but will...

  • ‘Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’ gets a load of uber zombies in Havoc DLC pack [Video]

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare‘s trailer series has been epic thus far. Factor in those cut scenes, and we have something that could easily be a movie, rather than a game. Add some zombies to the mix however, and you have an apocalyptic dream world, bullet-flying nut house that made Resident Evil so lovable. I’m talking about the games of course, not the awful movies. Today, gamers are greeted with another trailer that shows the first chapter of the “Exo Zombies” co-op mode, coming in the January 2015 Havoc DLC pack. We’re not just talking normal zombies here either. These chaps have...

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