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  • Windows 10 for phones preview now available for selected Lumia devices

    We’ve heard plenty from Microsoft about Windows 10 — the OS that will be fundamental to most of Microsoft’s hardware going forward — and now, Windows 10 for phones is now available for download for select devices. If you happen to own one of the following Lumia devices, you’re in luck, because the update is available today. Lumia 630 Lumia 635 Lumia 636 Lumia 638 Lumia 730 Lumia 830 If you’re running any other Nokia Lumia (interesting omissions include the Lumia 930 and Lumia 1520, two of the company’s flagships), you’ll have to wait and keep an eye open “over the next few months”, at least according...

  • ASUS to Xiaomi: 5 smartphone brands to look out for in 2015

    The year 2014 saw the launch of some great smartphones such as the Apple iPhone 6 Plus, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, the OnePlus One, the Motorola Nexus 6, the LG G3, and the like. All these smartphones had loads of horsepower under the hood, yet could boast all day battery life even under heavy usage patterns. However, the previous year is well behind us, and 2015 brings hopes of even better smartphones, and we think that it won’t be only about sheer performance, but also about the value-for-money factor of these devices. In 2014, we saw the emergence of...

  • Microsoft Lumia 535 in its unboxed glory [Gallery]

    We’ve seen the Lumia name before in South Africa but it was usually pegged alongside the Nokia moniker. This connection will become more and more tattered as the years roll on now, but Microsoft has ensured that its label is stuck onto the back of the Lumia range, and this a bad thing at all. The Microsoft Lumia 535 is the first product of Microsoft’s newly-found smartphone love to hit South African shores, and my, it’s quite a looker. Read more: Microsoft launches first self-branded phone in South Africa, the Lumia 535 Boasting a 5.0-inch screen slathered in Corning Gorilla Glass 3,...

  • ‘Dying Light’ will likely get a lot more challenging come March

    Techland’s Dying Light, fit with its rage fits and extreme drop kits, has been billed as a little too easy for some. One particular chap decided that absolutely no weapons are needed to complete the game, which he duly demonstrated. But the Polish developer is about to address this issue in the best way possible: a free expansion pack dubbed “Hard Mode.” Yeah, and when something is labeled from the offset as “Hard Mode” you can imagine what impossible lengths the expansion pack to will go to kill its contenders. The mode will introduce more angry, bloodthirsty antagonists and more intense...

  • ‘Stranded Deep’ narrative review, part one: scavenge, discover, survive

    If you thought survival games were boring, think again. Wiehahn navigates the treacherous island world of Stranded Deep with the finesse of Daniel Defoe. This is Part One of a two part piece. Stranded Deep is yet another title to enter the seemingly inexhaustible genre of first-person survival games. Developed by Brisbane-based developer, Beam Team Games, Stranded Deep promises to offer a more “realistic” experience in comparison to its plethora of survival rivals. It is currently still in its alpha phase and can be found on Steam’s Early access list, where it has been comfortably sitting among the top sellers...

  • February Patch Tuesday: update causes boot loop, JASBUG addressed [update]

    Update: Microsoft has reissued KB3001652 and for the most part, it seems to be working. The initial release of the patch caused a continuous boot loop upon failed completion. New developments suggest that the reissued patch causes no untoward issues as yet. Thanks to Microsoft‘s new vulnerability disclosure policy, it has been a rather quiet-than-usual lead-up to this month’s Patch Tuesday, but that doesn’t mean the day passed without movement from the Redmond tech giant. Microsoft issued a total of 56 security patches for vulnerabilities, with 41 addressing Internet Explorer holes, six rated as important and three as critical. One of these...

  • ‘Far Cry 4′ Overrun expansion pack available today for Sony, Microsoft consoles

    Ubisoft‘s Far Cry 4 has an all-new expansion pack available for previous and current-gen Sony and Microsoft systems today. The PC version however is due out tomorrow. Dubbed “Overrun“, the add-on bolts on a new vehicle, a PvP mode and even more maps, which should keep existing players even busier than they have been recently. The new vehicle introduced is a dune buggy which should introduce even more piloting fun to the mix. The new PvP mode also introduces a new dynamic to the game, as the Far Cry 4 Developer Diary notes below: Throughout the match, three designated locations will activate with...

  • COUGAR 200K review-in-brief: a budget gamer’s delight

    Not too long ago, PC gaming was an activity enjoyed by the fairly wallet-heavy, with components and hardware prices setting users back a fair few bills (at least in South Africa). Granted, this hasn’t changed much at the top end but the term “budget” is more pronounced in the market with companies thinking of emerging gamers as a primary audience. Don’t quite believe me? Take COUGAR‘s latest budget-orientated gaming keyboard for instance. The COUGAR 200K is a slim gaming keyboard that retails for just R370 in some cases, but packs some sterling performance for that price. It doesn’t quite look...

  • Sony Xperia E4 is coming to South Africa Q2 2015

    Sony has announced that its new Sony Xperia E4 smartphone is coming to South Africa, bringing “ease-of-use, big screen entertainment and powerful battery performance in a high-quality yet affordable design” with it, according to the presser. Boasting some high-end features, the phone is gunning for the mid-range, entertainment-crazed buyer. It’s quite a looker too, with the usual Sony design traits and cutesy curved design. Some more integral specs include a rather large IPS 5.0-inch screen with a 960×540 resolution, a 1.3GHz quad-core CPU and 1GB of RAM. It should serve the casual phone user well, and should handle multitasking with ease...

  • TrackTag shatters Kickstarter funding goal by fivefold in first few days

    There are some deliciously interesting tech ideas on Kickstarter but often the most successful projects are the most simple or the ones that solve mundane day-to-day problems. Backers clearly lose things more often than not if the TrackTag‘s overnight popularity is a gauge. Funding out of Copenhagen, Denmark, but based in the Indian city of Pune, the company known as TrackTags is making a splash on the crowdfunding platform. In just a few days, the project has already amassed around five times its initial goal. It’s promising growth, but it isn’t a device or a concept that hasn’t been thought...

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