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  • 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...

  • These spinal cord implants feature stretchy silicon-like circuitry

    As you near the age of 40, subtle signs of aging begin to reveal themselves: an aching back, sudden movements you once thought harmless now sending you straight to the ground in agonizing pain and the increased probability of experiencing a herniated disk. Worse still, you’re paralyzed from the waist down due to a tragic accident. Fortunately, and fast on the heels of a variety of promising treatments, Swiss researchers from EPFL recently published an article in Science Magazine on 8 January 2015 in which they discuss the development of exciting new technology that uses flexible electronic implants to treat...

  • Samsung Galaxy A7 sports octa-core Exynos CPU, selfie-grade cameras

    Samsung has announced another shiny new phone, but its definitely not the one we were hoping for. The Galaxy A7 is the latest in Samsung’s Alpha-level line, embracing the company’s new love for unibody construction and a new in-house Exynos eight-core CPU. At 5.5-inches, it’s about the same size as Samsung’s 2014 star — the Galaxy S5 — but its 6.3mm body is more crisp while it weights just a gram less. The screen has also been given the sAMOLED treatment, but we’re not quite sure if Samsung’s eloquent use of “HD” means 720p or the 1080p standard. Digging beneath the...

  • ‘Need For Speed’, drone pong and CES: this week’s TGIF video roundup

    TGIF, and we really shouldn’t be at work, but that won’t stop us from gandering through the week’s best tech, gadget and gaming videos, now will it? There goes the holidays, am I right? Although most of the working citizens of this world are back to their uncomfortable office chairs staring into their screen for eight hours a day, we don’t want those eight hours to be wholly unproductive. Thanks to the internet, there’s always something more interesting to do in the office, like catch up on this week’s best gadget, gaming and tech videos, for example. In this weeks avalanche of...

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