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  • Far Cry 4: 2014’s most entertaining PS4 game

    Far Cry 4 on PS4 was the most fun game of 2014, no doubt there. I played a lot of crap over those dry twelve months of gaming. The Crew, WWE 15, Assassins Creed: Unity, Destiny, Call of Duty, Watch Dogs, The Evil Within and a hell of a lot more. These were average games at best that boasted new features, better graphics but little to speak of when it came to honest-to-goodness fun. And if it weren’t for the PSN outage at the end of 2014, I wouldn’t have played Far Cry 4 at all – so a rare...

  • New breakthrough in levitation allows for greater ease of movement

    Levitating objects and yourself up off the ground is the fantasy of, well, damn near everyone. It’s an idea that has captivated the imagination of dreamers, writers and pimple faced nerds in middle school hoping to exact revenge on their slacked jawed bullies and…I digress. Although the power of Magneto is far from reality, researchers from the University of São Paulo in Brazil have created a device that can levitate and manipulate small polystyrene particles in mid-air with greater freedom of movement and ease than ever before. levitation2Specifically, the device emits sound waves from a source above and reflects them off...

  • Intel Compute Stick turns your TV into a quad-core Atom PC

    When Intel isn’t building tiny button-sized wearable platforms, it’s coughing up some more interesting consumer level tidbits. Outed this week is the company’s HDMI computer-in-a-stick challenger; it’s also called the Compute Stick, which is exactly what it is, really. And simple is the name of the game here. The Chromecast-like dongle runs a full version of Windows 8.1, and probably Windows 10 in the very near future once its out in the wild, and will more than happily run its bevy of apps on any HDMI TV screen. Effectively, that means Netflix and Hulu are fair game, but also apps...

  • Toshiba launches ‘world’s first’ SDHC memory card with built-in NFC

    Toshiba Corporation today at CES announced the launch of the world’s first SDHC memory card with built in NFC (Near Field Communication) capabilities. The NFC enables the user to view the contents of the memory card without the need for a PC, laptop or digital camera. The memory card utilizes NFC technology to exchange data over-the-air. User do have to install an app called Memory Card Preview however, but once installed users hold an NFC-enabled Android smartphone over the memory card which then lets users preview the available storage space, as well as thumbnails of the photos stored in the card. Read...

  • ‘The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt’ will push high-end PCs to their limits

    Well here’s something that might make budget PC gamer’s rigs cry out in agony. Polish video game developer, CD Projekt RED, has released the specifications for the The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and good grief, either the developers are getting a bit lazy or PC games are getting more taxing. Below are the minimum requirements as tweeted quoted by the developer: Minimum: Intel i5-2500K 3.3GHz AMD Phenom II X4 940 GeForce GTX 660 Radeon HD 7870 RAM 6GB 64-bit Win 7/Win 8(8.1) DX11 HDD 40 GB — The Witcher (@witchergame) January 7, 2015 And here are the recommended numbers tweeted a few minutes after...

  • Visions of the future: virtual reality will feature big players in 2015

    Virtual reality is looking to re-imagine the future. Imagine putting on a goggles and being instantly transported to another time, or another country altogether. That is the promise that the technology aims to deliver. As a medium, the idea behind virtual reality, or VR, has its roots in the late 80s and early 90s, but the existing technology at the time wasn’t powerful enough to create the sort of ultra-realistic environments that are essential in simulating what virtual reality has to offer. That isn’t the case anymore. The field of virtual reality hit a series of vital strides this year that will see...

  • COUGAR 200K budget gaming keyboard launches in South Africa

    After roaming the international wilderness for a good while, the German gaming peripheral company COUGAR has finally brought its 200K budget gaming keyboard to South Africa. For the most part, it’s a rather sleek-looking keyboard and looks a good deal more expensive than its fairly modest R377 price tag. Features include COUGAR’s scissor switch technology that links the key caps to the business end of the board. The company’s claiming that it offers a “quiet and faster” response and sports anti-ghosting of up to 19 keys. As with most gaming peripherals nowadays, the 200K is also backlit with up to seven different...

  • Riot Games crafting dedicated ‘League of Legends’ network

    We love CES, but the overload of new devices can get tiresome and a tad mundane. That’s why when companies not associated with the event announce some world-changing news, we unanimously rejoice. Who am I talking about? Riot Games, of course. The company has announced that it will build its own dedicated League of Legends network. Say goodbye to heavy lag forever, we hope, at least for those on the East Coast of the US. The explanation as to why Riot is spading out troughs of greenbacks on this project is also relatively obvious and logical: Currently, ISPs focus primarily on moving...

  • Intel Curie is the button-sized wearables platform of the future

    Intel is no stranger to the realm of silicon, and the company needs no introduction on that part, but it has struggled to play a primary role in devices below the 7″ screen mark. Although the company’s tiny US$50 Raspberry Pi-like Edison board has been available for developers of wares for over a year, Intel has announced a new challenger to the sub-sized micro-board market, and its much, much smaller. The Intel Curie carries a 32-bit Quark microprocessor fit with 384kb flash memory, Bluetooth LE, motion sensors and the ability to charge its host. In essence, it’s Intel’s Internet of...

  • Apple’s new Macbook Air is so thin, it could ditch USB ports

    Apple is taking drastic measures as it prepares to release a slimmed down 12-inch version of its already very slim Macbook Air. The most severe of these measures could see it ditching the USB and other ports that we’ve all become so accustomed to in recent years. According to Mark Gurman at 9to5Mac, the 12-inch Macbook Air won’t just slot neatly between the 11 and 13-inch models, but will also dump USB ports, MagSafe connectors, and SD card slots in favour of a thinner body and a higher resolution display. Size-wise the new model won’t be all that different from its...

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