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  • April Fools’ 2015: the best stories from the date we hate

    April Fools’ Day is upon us and need I say more? Although media houses (we’ll turn a blushing cheek here) love to publish hoaxes for the sake of good fun and spikes in traffic, there are a lot of hilarious pieces published by brands and companies themselves during this period. Often, these companies have the sense of humour to poke fun at themselves, even if that is what journalists do to them in the other 364 days of the year. So, to celebrate the day where lying, cheating and being an all-round bad journalist is written in the global constitution, we’ve...

  • Ware of the Week: Vivaldi browser

    In our new weekly series Ware of the Week, we showcase our favourite organised lines of code from the world of mobile and desktop computing. In today’s edition, we profile a browser that will look to challenge the likes of Firefox and Chrome as web browsing’s top dog — Vivaldi. Right now you’re probably thinking, “Oh no, not another web browser to join the likes of Internet Explorer, Project Spartan, Chrome, Firefox, and god only really knows what other browsers there are,” right? Well, rest your fettered head, because Vivaldi is a slightly different take on the web browsing experience. The...

  • Intel Braswell is the new lightweight SoC for ultramobiles, budget PCs

    Without any fanfare, Intel has launched the Bay Trail upgrade, Braswell, to market, boasting a reduced die size and lower power consumption. Intel Braswell is an entry-level chipset, and intended for use on ultraportable machines, low-cost laptops and cheap, compact PCs, with Gen 8 series graphics and up to four cores. That’s pretty spiffy for low cost chips then, ranging between US$107 to US$161. The Intel Braswell line will initially offer four chips, with three labeled as Celeron and one as Pentium, as per Intel’s new naming tradition. All SoCs will boast the new Airmont cores, but the latter will feature...

  • ‘Bloodborne’, ‘Uncharted 4′ coming to PC, Xbox One in the future

    Note: This is an April Fools’ Day piece, and is in no way intended to be accurate, although we’re sure that some gamers wish this to be true. Exclusive games are big business in the console world, with Microsoft and Sony parading around with their exclusive peacock feathers high in the sky, but this (rather suddenly) is about to change. One of the best PS4 games of 2015 Bloodborne (so says some critics) and one of the most eagerly anticipated, Uncharted 4, will be ported to the PC and the Xbox One console in the next few months, developers From Software...

  • BlackBerry Classic review: expensive nostalgia

    Ah BlackBerry. Probably the most misunderstood technology companies on the planet was once a tour de force on the mobile device world stage. Since its massive decline of a few years back, Waterloo has slowly clawed itself back on the map, and in other segments like network backends and security. At present, the company is thriving. It’s easy to get nostalgic when pondering the days of BBM, BIS and all sorts of B-related acronyms, but it seems BlackBerry has a harder time letting go than the rest of the world. The BlackBerry Classic, for all intents and purposes, is probably the...

  • LG G4 coming 28 April, company confirms

    LG has formally announced that its next flagship device, the LG G4, will debut on 28 April. Save The Dates have been sent out by the Korean company, asking journalists to “See the Great, Feel the Great,” which of course, places emphasis on the “G”. The device will be an upgrade of the rather brilliant LG G3. Read more: LG G3 review: third time’s the charm The LG G4 has been a long time coming, with LG launching its Q1 flagship, the LG G Flex 2 nearly two months ago at CES 2015. Specifications of the device are not as concrete as the...

  • COUGAR Archon gaming case launches in South Africa

    COUGAR, the German PC gaming peripheral brand, has continued its onslaught on the budget market with its latest gaming chassis, the Archon. The attractive midi-tower features some spiffy orange and black accents with an emphasis on cooling. The front of the case supports up to two 120mm fans up front, one at the rear and another on the case’s side panel, which also features a hardware window, a nice touch for a budget case. There are also a number of dust filters surrounding the case — a welcome added extra. The interior is perhaps the most interesting with some bring orange splashes shrouding...

  • Spartan arrives alongside new Windows 10 preview build

    As suggested in previous weeks, a new build of Windows 10 has appeared on the eve of the new month and it brings the long-awaited Spartan browser with it. Build 10049, the fourth technical preview build since November 2014, has been pushed to users in the “fast ring” rapid release cycle. It should come to slow ring customers in the coming days too. What’s interesting about the new build is Spartan’s new prominent position on the Windows task bar, which was previously reserved for Internet Explorer. As we’ve explained in previous articles, both Project Spartan and Internet Explorer will feature in Windows...

  • Canon EOS 70D review: a DSLR with few faults

    The Canon EOS 70D is the younger sister of the 60D geared towards enthusiast users, and it definitely does well in that respect. There are obvious improvements over the Canon EOS 60D, including the live view/video optimized autofocus system that works across all lenses, WiFi support and a slimmer body. And then there are some indistinct differences, like the knob instead of the button that activates the lock. Speaking of buttons, there is also a slight change with the Canon EOS 70D in terms of the location of some. Canon places the menu button on the left and not the...

  • Festo’s butterfly drones will set your heart aflutter

    Not only do most drones get a bad rap for being buzzing contraptions of death that can easily invade our privacy, they are also not the most attractive by design. While our perception of drone technology remains suspicious, explorers, artists and researchers are beginning to use them for more creative and educational purposes. From capturing sweeping panoramic views of exotic locales around the world to uses in space exploration, drones are finally getting the acceptance (provided they are used for good) they deserve. And now, thanks to a German engineering firm called Festo, drones are also beginning to mimic nature in a variety...

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