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  • Nintendo president Satoru Iwata passes away at 55

    It's a sad, sad day for gaming. After a long battle with cancer, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has passed away aged 55 in Kyoto, Japan. "Nintendo Co., Ltd. deeply regrets to announce that President Satoru Iwata passed away on July 11, 2015 due to a bile duct growth," Nintendo's short press release noted. A gaming legend and president for over a decade, Iwata joined the company in 1983. He was thrust into a senior leadership role in 2000 after the company experienced one of its now trademark sales dips, beginning with the launch of the NES and hitting rock bottom with...

  • Huawei G7 review: so much phone, so few faults

    Huawei is charging into the South African smartphone market in a big way. According to Reuters, last year the company sold a million units in the country and predicts that this figure will increase two-fold this year. It's not a bad run for a company that, just a few years prior, only worried about telecoms and server racks. Although this figure is largely thanks to its ever improving public perception, thanks to devices like the Huawei Mate 7 and the Huawei P7, its extensive line up of budget devices also cannot and should not be ignored. One of those devices...

  • Microsoft Lumia 940 XL to feature iris scanner, polycarbonate body

    A few days after Satya Nadella announced Microsoft's new smartphone strategy, a new report by Dutch website MyWindows.nl has suggested that the Microsoft Lumia 940 and Microsoft Lumia 940 XL will boast fairly impressive specs and new authentication technology. The report has since been removed. Read more: Microsoft to reduce smartphone offerings for ‘more effective phone portfolio’ The Lumia 940 will feature a 1920x1080 5.2-inch screen while the 940 XL will have a bigger screen and more pixels at 5.7-inches and a 2560x1440 resolution. Both devices will feature polycarbonate bodies and not the metal unibody construction favoured by Samsung, Apple and...

  • New Intel Core i7-6700K Skylake benchmarks appear, Haswell not dead yet

    The PC gaming fraternity has been waiting quite a while for Intel's next processing chapter, and finally the world can get a glimpse of some synthetic benchmarks of the company's new flagship CPU. Chinese site TechBang published a benchmark head to head pitting the upcoming Skylake Intel Core i7-6700K against a Haswell-based Core i7-4790K -- Intel's current flagship. The Intel Core i7-6700K boasts a native clockspeed of 4.0GHz but can boost to 4.2GHz under taxing loads and also boasts a rather large 8MB of cache and eight processing threads. For reference, the i7-4790K also boasts a 4.0GHz clockspeed but can turbo...

  • New Apple iPod Touch may launch tomorrow, rumours suggest

    If you enjoy camping outside Apple stores on the eve of a launch, rumours suggest that you should be packing your sleeping bag and sleepwear right now. French website Igen through it's sources has revealed that the world could be bumping to a new range of Apple iPod music players as early as tomorrow, 14 July. The terribly clumsy translated page reveals the following: According to several reliable sources that we have already knowledgeable in the past, Apple is set to announce a new wave of audio players early next week - our contacts evoke availability for Tuesday, July 14, but...

  • Braven 705 wireless speaker review: a practical portable Beats beater

    Portability is about as annoying a buzzword as synergy, or smartwatches for that matter. But unlike the latter two, portability has been a fundamental requirement for business people, the tech elite and the not-so-savvy for ages. Remember the netbook? It became popular thanks to its tininess. These 10-inch computers could go anywhere and work practically everywhere without much faff or fuss. Although the netbook is well and truly dead, this notion lives on in other guises of technology. Portable speakers is a good example. Recently, we've seen the likes of Harmon's JBL brand, Beats By Dre's Pill range and cheaper...

  • The mid-year gaming awards: Wiehahn’s best games of 2015 so far

    Time is a strange and deceptive thing. It seems like it was only yesterday I was celebrating our transition into the new year, spurting out resolutions and saying things like: “This is the year it all happens!” In the blink of an eye we’ve passed the half way mark of 2015 and now we’re rapidly heading towards its end. E3 2015 was only a few weeks ago and it already feels like a distant dream to me. Six entire months have waved their goodbyes but what have they left behind? So before the rest of the year morphs into the past, let...

  • IBM-led consortium develops 7nm chip ahead of its time

    In the intricate world of silicon, smaller is always better. That's probably why an IBM-led consortium is making a big fuss about it's latest line of prototype processing chips. Moore's Law, a statement delivered by then-Intel co-founder Gordon Moore, suggested that the number of transistors per square inch on processing circuits was due to double every year after they were invented. This has largely been fact since the mid Sixties, but recently manufacturers have struggled to increase the transistors available on processors due to a number of factors. Essentially, this requires companies to shrink transistor sizes, but current material limitations...

  • Microsoft to reduce smartphone offerings for ‘more effective phone portfolio’

    Microsoft's purchased mobile and devices division is falling out of the company's favour faster than its stock price, and after the news that it's cutting nearly 8000 jobs, it seems that the company's cutting its range of smartphone offerings too. A new report has suggested that Microsoft will release a total of six smartphones to market each year, with two catering for the three distinctive sectors of the market: low end, mid-range consumer friendlies and the flagship or business segments. Read more: Microsoft writes off $7.6bn from Nokia purchase, cuts 7800 jobs According to Bloomberg's unnamed source close to the matte, Microsoft...

  • Fallout 4, Uncharted 4 and No Man’s Sky walk away with Game Critics Awards

    If you're not too familiar with the Game Critics Awards, it's an annual gathering of the top 35 media minds in the industry each year after E3. This year was no exception either, with journalists arguably blessed with an even wider range of games to choose from than ever before. Bethesda, Microsoft and Ubisoft announced some massive titles, while Sony and Nintendo also got in on the act, albeit with a little less sass. Spoiled for choice, you might say, but usually their taste doesn't quite line up with gamers'. In 2014, Evolve landed the "Best of Show" title, and a...