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  • Making flying cars and commuter aviation a reality

    A new European Union project called my Copter has embarked on a serious initiative to ease projected increases in traffic congestion with the introduction of viable personal aviation vehicles by 2050. PAVs are nothing new, and several companies around the world have already donned flying car prototypes to considerable media attention. Unfortunately, key challenges in commercializing these aerial vehicles include designating flight paths that PAV commuters can easily follow, developing on-board systems that prevent aerial collisions, and simplifying flight controls to such an extent that obtaining a license is as feasible as obtaining a driver’s license. The seriousness of these...

  • Sony Xperia M2 review: mid-range phone with high-end reliability

    When Sony bailed on the television and laptop world to focus solely on mobile phones, it seemed a strange choice. Considering what a massive success those two spheres of its business used to be, Sony had become the Japanese Microsoft, cutting infected limbs from its damaged torso before it ground to a sepsis-ridden halt. But you know what? Dedicating itself to producing great mobile phones was an absolutely brilliant idea. How so? Just have a look at the new gaggle of quality Xperia devices, ranging from the Z-range to the waterproof tablets. And one needn’t even seek too far up...

  • FIFA 15 player scores luckiest goal of all time

    FIFA has changed a lot over the decades, with FIFA 15 rocking one of the best changes in years: goalies that mimic iron walls with “no ball shall enter” pasted onto them. EA has truly increased the difficulty here, and even on medium skill settings it takes actual effort to put the ball into the back of the net. Or, players can be as lucky as this person below, who pulls off perhaps one of the greatest goals we’ve ever seen. With a flick of the leg and some insanely well-timed dodging, Vine user Doukaraa scores the goal of a...

  • Samsung to manufacture Apple’s A9 chip for next-gen iPhones

    Samsung and Apple have a strange relationship. While the Korean tech giant builds many of the iPhone’s components, it’s also quick to launch marketing attacks on the company too. And while Apple tries its utmost to sever its reliance to the company, it inevitably draws ever nearer. Take this for example — according to ZDNet, Samsung has won the contract to manufacturer Apple’s A9, 14nm processors. The current A8 SoC that finds its home in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models is co-produced by Samsung and TSMC, with the latter manufacturing around 70% of the production volume. But the...

  • ‘Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution’ PC review: anime fan service

    The Legend of Naruto Uzumaki continues with Cyber Connect 2’s Nacruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution, the latest installment of the Ultimate Ninja Series. It was released on 16 September, less than a year after its predecessor, Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 Full Burst (damn, these titles are long). So what has changed, if anything at all? Is this really a new game or just a slightly repackaged re-release? The answers a muddy “maybe”. What’s new? “This time we’ve completely revamped the battle system,” says Hiroshi Matsuyama, President of Cyber Connect 2. So what makes Revolution different than its predecessors? Well, to...

  • Vertu Aster: the $9100 snake-skin Android smartphone for poor rich people

    Although Apple will stake a claim in making gorgeous premium-level phones for its adoring customers, it can’t hold a candle to British-based manufacturer Vertu. You know, the company that builds phones covered in snake skin? Speaking of which, the company’s new Aster is its latest mid-range offering, setting buyers back a cool US$9100. Okay, so not that mid-range then, but the quality of design and internals is second to none. Built mostly from spaceship-grade hardened titanium and sporting a 117 carat Sapphire screen up front, the phone seems virtually unbreakable — that’s peace of mind should the owner act upon a...

  • October’s free PS Plus games are incredible, include Spelunky, DriveClub and Batman: Arkham Asylum

    While the price of PlayStation Plus has unfortunately doubled in sunny South Africa, the benefits of owning the service are still hugely beneficial for the fervent gamer. Take the free PlayStation Plus games for instance. Sony dishes out quality titles month-to-month, with October’s lineup of games possibly the best yet. Here’s what’s on offer for each platform (PS4, PS3 and PS Vita). PS4: Dust: An Elysian Tail, Spelunky (cross-buy) and DriveClub PlayStation Plus Edition. The PS4 gets three whopping titles. Dust is a cool little “Metroidvania” action-adventure, while Spelunky is essentially the Dark Souls of platform games. DriveClub PlayStation Plus Edition offers ten...

  • Windows 10 Technical Preview available to download today, here’s how to get it

    It’s the moment we’ve been waiting for since everyone realised how awful Windows 8 is. Windows 10, Microsoft‘s apology letter to its disgruntled desktop and enterprise users, goes live today. Well, the Technical Preview, at least. Users who sign up to the Windows Insider Program will have access to the operating system, through it’s pre-natal stage all the way up to retail release, and the adventure starts today. But be warned, your path is marked with potentially crippling bugs and a swathes of unforeseen pitfalls. Those brave enough to advance, hardware required to test the ware is relatively standard. Only 1GB...

  • It’s called Windows 10: Microsoft surprises everyone with unexpected name, improved UI

    It has been a bumpy ride for Microsoft’s Windows division since the release of Windows 8 two years ago, but its time of torment looks to be over. Finally. After a not-so-secretive lead up, the new Windows is here, but it’s not what we were expecting. Unveiled today at a tiny San Francisco event, Microsoft’s latest stab at this “operating system thing” was thankfully not made in the dark, because the world definitely couldn’t deal with another poorly designed desktop OS. And as far as operating systems go, Windows 10 (yes, not Windows 9 like everyone supposed) looks to be...

  • PS4 exclusive ‘The Order: 1886′ already attracting hate: empty, boring, repetitive says internet

    Those who have managed to get their hands on a preview copy of upcoming PS4 shooter The Order: 1886 haven’t been kind to it.  The game, which only releases 20 February 2015, has gathered its fair share of negative reviews. Let’s see what everyone’s complaining about. International Business Times writer Ben Skipper calls The Order: 1886 “a soulless answer to Gears of War“. Skipper bases his article around a quote from the games director, who dismissed The Order as just “a game.” Skipper believes that Sony has put graphics and story before gameplay, and his playthrough confirms it. “Cutscene – gameplay...