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  • Raspberry Pi: 6 reasons to get one of these for Christmas

    The Raspberry Pi revolutionised the affordable computer sector upon its release in 2012, offering a moderately powerful device that can do just about anything. The latest Raspberry Pi 3 offers an exponential leap in power, but still maintains the original device's flexibility. Thinking about buying one for Christmas? Here are a few things you can do with the card-sized computer... Play old games on it Believe it or not, but you can actually run a variety of old games on the Raspberry Pi 3, with RetroPie being the most popular solution. It builds off existing emulation projects, offering a variety of emulators in a Pi-friendly...

  • These might be the next Moto Mods for the Moto Z

    Lenovo's Moto Z is one of the more unique smartphones we've ever encountered, featuring a magnetic back for a range of Moto Mod add-ons. These add-ons include a projector, speaker, powerbank and Hasselblad camera attachment. However, Lenovo held a hackathon in New York City this month, with over 60 people bringing ideas and prototypes to the table. The Chinese manufacturer chose three winning concepts, with the first winner being a "Modio" audio attachment for enthusiasts. "Using the USB MDK connection, Modio interfaces with a digital-to-analog converter (DAC) and analog-to-digital converter (ADC) to provide audio input and output to the smartphone. This concept...

  • Final Fantasy XV [PS4] review: Is it worth the wait?

    It's been ten years since Square Enix announced the development of PlayStation 3 exclusive, Final Fantasy Versus XIII. In 2012, the title was rebranded to Final Fantasy XV, the next core entry in the critically acclaimed JRPG franchise. After a decade of waiting, should fans be excited about the long-awaited title, or denounce it as their own Final Fantasy? The game follows a close-knit band of friends on their way to get the future king of Lucis to his wife-to-be. Think of The Hangover, but with monsters and less alcohol. Noctis Lucis Caellum, the prince and king-to-be, might not be your favourite...

  • Nintendo Switch: CPU, GPU clock speeds revealed

    I don't think anyone was expecting the Nintendo Switch to be more powerful than the Xbox One or PlayStation 4. After all, the new Nintendo console is designed to be portable, which means that heat management and battery life is paramount. We know that the device is using a mobile-oriented Tegra X1 processor, which means that there's already a little gulf between Nintendo's machine and rival consoles. But just how big is the performance gap? Eurogamer confirmed that its quad A57 CPU cores stay steady at 1020Mhz (a far cry from the 2Ghz+ maximum for the CPU core). However, GPU speeds vary,...

  • Dragon Quest Builders [PS4] review: one of the most delightful games you’ll ever play

    It's coming on Christmas and that means, for most of us, it's at least a week of kicking back and celebrating the end of the year. If you're anything like me, that means you want to get stuck into something as mindless as possible. What's so great about Dragon Quest Builders is it manages to be that mindless thing while still making you feel a teensy bit productive. The game is something like a lovechild between Minecraft and The Settlers (no, not "of Catan"). You wake up in a world where everyone has magically forgotten how to build things, so they...

  • Huawei’s Honor Magic is basically a sexier P9

    We've already seen Xiaomi's Mi Mix make its debut, but now it's time for Huawei's Honor sub-brand to reveal a gorgeous handset. To that end, we've got the Huawei Honor Magic. The Honor Magic packs the same capable Kirin 950 octacore processor as the P9 and Mate 8 (four A72 cores and four A53 cores), 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, 2900mAh battery and dual 12MP f/2.2 main cameras. It's a pity it's not using the Kirin 960 then, but it's still a powerful handset on paper. There is one major downside to using the Kirin 950 though (less capable GPU...

  • Meizu in South Africa: what to expect from Chinese brand?

    Meizu isn't the most well-known smartphone brand, but it's definitely one of the more interesting players in the market. Alongside Xiaomi, Huawei and Oppo, Meizu is one of the most popular and respected manufacturers in China, earning a reputation in the Far East for (surprise) well-designed handsets at a solid price. So we're glad to hear that the company has come to South Africa, in the form of an online store and being officially represented by 2C Telecoms. We conducted a Q&A with Ferdi van Niekerk Jr, national sales director for Meizu Mobile South Africa. Van Niekerk confirmed that 2C Telecoms was the...

  • Smartphones in 2017: here’s what you can expect

    The year has seen some stellar and even downright explosive smartphones being released, but the mobile industry waits for no-one though. So what should you expect from next year's crop of handsets though? Let's gaze into the crystal ball and find out... 6GB RAM to be more widespread? 2016 saw 6GB of RAM become a thing and, while it might seem like overkill at first, we definitely expect more manufacturers to get in on the action. Potential benefits of more RAM include better multitasking (do you really need 30 apps running at once though?) and smoother VR experiences (ostensibly owing to the bandwidth required...

  • Lost Odyssey free on Xbox One, Blue Dragon also compatible

    Two of the Xbox 360's best JRPGs are finally available for download on the Xbox One. Both Blue Dragon and Lost Odyssey are available on the South African Xbox Store, with the latter free for a limited time. You have until the end of December to claim your free copy of Lost Odyssey. Even if you don't own an Xbox One, get them anyways as it's an excellent title. Along with Lost Odyssey, both of its expansions, Seeker of the Deep! and Triple Bonus pack, are also available for download but aren't free. The games are a product of Japanese video game developer Mistwalker, which...

  • Meizu smartphones are now available in South Africa

    It's taken long enough, but Meizu smartphones are finally available in South Africa. 2C Telecoms has launched an online store in South Africa, serving as the partner for the Chinese manufacturer in the country. As for devices available from the store, we have the budget-minded Meizu M3 Note and the flagship Meizu Pro 6 handsets. The M3 Note has a R3299 price tag while the Pro 6 has a R7999 price (the same price as the Xiaomi Mi 5). The M3 Note is similar to the M2 Note, packing an octacore (A53 cores) Helio P10 chip, 2GB of RAM, 5.5-inch full HD...