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  • N8: Nokia almost delivers a really great phone

    Let’s get right to the question you’re begging to have answered. Because if you’re not asking it, you’re probably already into iPhones or Blackberries or some other hippy-open-whatchamacallit-wotsit made by HTC. The question on everyone's lips is, of course: "Is the Nokia N8 any good?" Which really means, "Should I, as a Nokia loyalist (or disenchanted refugee from some other phone that’s just pissed me off one time too many) buy one, and keep the torch burning for the clever little elves deep in the cold wintry wastes of Espoo?" In a word, yes. The N8 is a bloody good...

  • Cubans unimpressed by ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops’ storyline

    Cuba's state-run media and bloggers are not amused at "Call of Duty: Black Ops," a new videogame in which the player can join a secret operation in the 1960s to assassinate former leader Fidel Castro. "What the United States government did not manage to do in 50 years, now it attempts to accomplish by virtual means," said comments Wednesday on the website Cubadebate, where Castro regularly publishes opinion pieces. The site was referring to the numerous plots to kill the Cuban president, which the government said numbers 638. The latest installment of the hit "Call of Duty" franchise went on sale in...

  • Android now second biggest smartphone platform after Nokia, says Gartner

    Google's Android mobile operating system surged past Apple's iPhone and RIM's Blackberry in the third quarter to become the second biggest smartphone platform after Nokia's Symbian, research firm Gartner said Wednesday. Gartner said Finland's Nokia sold 29.5 million smartphones during the third quarter of the year for a 36.6 percent share of the worldwide market, down from 44.6 percent a year ago. Sales of Android-powered smartphones soared to 20.5 million units, giving the Android platform a 25.5 percent market share, up from just 3.5 percent a year ago, Gartner said. Apple's iPhone was next on sales of 13.5 million units for a...

  • Instagram: the retro-social photography app

    My first camera was a little Kodak Instamatic, with a fixed-focus lens and a revolving cube of flashbulbs on top, that my father bought me on the eve of a school trip to the Kruger Park. Even way back then I was an irritating early adopter, the only kid on the bus pointing and shooting out the window as we wound our way past the wonders of the wild. My pictures were fuzzy and blasted with glare -- an elephant skull at Shingwedzi, a giraffe, a distant herd of impala -- but in retrospect, they captured the light with a...

  • Enslaved: Odyssey to the West [Xbox Review]

    I’m a sucker for post-apocalyptic sci-fi action, so when a post-post-apocalyptic storyline comes along, I tend to geek out hard and immerse myself in the ensuing tale. With a truly unique storyline, awesome boss-men, kickass wardrobe and incredibly rich character development, Enslaved: Odyssey to the West is an honest to Kratos, O.G. (original game). Storyline: You begin the saga in a cryogenic holding pod, suggesting that your avatar is a prisoner or slave of sorts. After a malfunction of unknown origins, the futuristic prison/slave transport ship holding the convict begins to crash and the resulting mayhem sees the character breaking free...

  • Blackberry Curve 9300: the de facto entry-level smartphone?

    Recently launched in South Africa, Research In Motion’s co-CEO Mike Lazaridis had the following to say about the BlackBerry Curve 3G 9300: "The majority of people in the worldwide mobile phone market have yet to buy their first smartphone and the BlackBerry Curve 3G is designed to provide an extremely attractive and accessible choice that will help convince many of them to make the leap". You’d be forgiven for hearing elevator music. You might have started feeling the early onset of lethargy, the moment you heard the word "accessible". Lazaridis’ statement is conscientious, astute and slightly understated, like the phone...

  • Lion: 8 things to know about Apple’s latest OS

    Due for release in mid-2011, the new Mac Operating System is called Lion. There have been 7 previous releases of OS X: Cheetah; Puma; Jaguar; Panther; Tiger; Leopard and Snow Leopard. There have been rumours that suggested the King of the Cats could be the last version of OS X, although I wouldn't bet against Snow Lion coming out. At the Apple Keynote "Back to the Mac" event on the 21st October, Steve Jobs revealed several interface and navigation features of Lion. Here are eight insights about Lion and competitive operating systems which will soon be playing a central role...

  • iPhone triggers videogame gold rush

    The commercial tsunami unleashed by the iPhone has served as a launch pad for the videogame industry world-wide, which hopes to seize on the success of Apple's smartphone. Hundreds of participants in the two-day Montreal International Game Summit that opens on Monday in Canada will be looking for ways to better milk the gaming market cow, in the face of Apple's golden example. In barely a year and a half, the iPhone has seized 20 percent of the portable gaming market and five percent of the global videogame market, estimated at some 50 billion dollars a year. In addition to standard cell...

  • Kenya’s Maasai vets and the Android connection

    There is much excitement in the developed world over the strides that have been made in the mobile market during the last couple of years. But it is in the developing world where the changes are having the most significant impact on the lives of ordinary people. It all began with Apple and its groundbreaking iPhone OS and app store. Blackberry and Nokia swiftly followed with their new mobile technologies, which had the effect of unleashing the huge potential of mobile applications and connecting users to their social networks and the web easily and quickly. The latest big...

  • Halo Reach a fitting culmination to the series

    After more than a decade as the architects and masterminds behind the acclaimed Halo franchise, design house Bungie recently released what has arguably been the most anticipated Xbox title of 2010. Generating more than US$200 million in the United States and Europe during its first 24 hours of release, Halo Reach is the culmination of all the best elements of the entire series all rolled up into one complete package. It has been a fitting end to a fantastic journey for Bungie as the future of the franchise will be placed in the hands of Microsoft while they move...