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  • LEGO Dimensions [PS4] review: the next big thing, or passing fad?

    Is LEGO Dimensions the next big thing? Well it's certainly the next thing that's going to bankrupt me! The Toys to Life concept isn't a new one. My eldest son for example is obsessed with Skylanders, and although he never really got into Disney Infinity, he absolutely loves LEGO so it seemed like a logical fit. In fact it was a huge hit. So much so that I'm planning his Xmas list around LEGO Dimensions add-ons. You'll need to follow instructions in order to build your pieces -- some of these are physical instructions and others are unlocked once you start...

  • Orange Pi PC 2: want a cheaper Raspberry Pi?

    Single board computers are all the rage these days, thanks to the wildly popular Raspberry Pi computers. The range has sold ten million units since launching in 2012, in no small part due to the US$35 price tag. The industry has exploded since then, as scores of single-board computers have emerged. Now, the latest Raspberry rival has launched in the form of the Orange Pi PC 2, bringing a competitive price tag as well. Available online for around US$20, the Orange Pi PC 2 delivers an AllWinner quad-core A53 processor, Mali 450 GPU and 1GB of RAM. Other notable specs include three USB ports,...

  • Xiaomi Redmi 4 official: so what’s new?

    Xiaomi has officially taken the wraps off the Redmi 4 smartphone, coming in standard, Pro and Redmi 4A flavours. The standard Redmi 4 comes with a budget-minded Snapdragon 430 processor (1.2Ghz octacore A53), 2GB RAM, 16GB of expandable storage, 13MP main camera and a 5-inch 720p display. In other words, it's nigh-on identical to the Redmi 3 (review), which packs a slightly more powerful Snapdragon 616 chip. Want better features? Then the Pro model might be for you, featuring a more capable Snapdragon 625 processor (2Ghz octacore A53), 3GB RAM, 32GB of expandable storage, 16MP main camera and a 5-inch 1080p display. The...

  • Samsung Gear Fit 2 review: more smartwatch than fitness tracker

    In the world of wearables, only the practical survive. Sure, gimmicks work for a few weeks, but in the long term, devices that can perform well in almost every situation are usually the ones that outlive all the others. A great example of this? Apple Watch. It wasn't the greatest fitness tracker, nor was it a good smartwatch, but it was adequate for both. It beamed notifications to your wrist, and kept up with your pulse at the same time. A company that's well versed in both smartwatches and fitness wearables is Samsung. Although it recently faced a few questions regarding...

  • Overwatch, Diablo & WoW: here’s what you missed at BlizzCon 2016

    Iconic video game company Blizzard celebrated the success of its latest and 10th BlizzCon recently with many notable gaming highlights. So what were some of the key announcements made at this year's event? Overwatch: Sombra is finally official Overwatch fans get to enjoy a new and powerful character named Sombra. A hacker-themed character, Sombra's abilities include negating enemies' ultimates, teleportation and hacking health packs which stop enemies from using them. In the right hands, Sombra could be one of the best support characters next to Mercy. Besides Sombra's reveal, Overwatch has also been given massive eSports league support from Blizzard. Simply called the Overwatch League for...

  • PlayStation 3: here’s where to buy one online in South Africa

    The PlayStation 3 is one of the best-selling consoles of all time, sitting at over 83-million lifetime sales. With three major hardware revisions under its belt, it's a titan that's stood the gaming test of time. The system also has an exceptional number of games that aren't available on any platform, not to mention its free online play capabilities, built-in Blu-Ray player, and easily upgradeable hard drive. Read more: 6 reasons why the PlayStation 3 is better than the PlayStation 4 You may be wanting to pick up a PlayStation 3 for yourself, and if you don't want to go through the hassle...

  • Mass Effect trilogy now available on Xbox One, EA Access Vault

    It's time for science fiction video game fans to rejoice: Mass Effect 2 and 3 are now available on Xbox One. Not only that, but the trilogy is available through the EA Access Vault as well. With Mass Effect Andromeda (hopefully) being released next year, it's to be expected that EA would want to keep building up hype for the new series. Also, Mass Effect 2 and 3 have 75 989 and 88 077 votes respectively on the official Xbox Backwards Compatibility forum -- those aren't numbers the publisher could shy away from. In addition to being available with Xbox One Backward Compatibility, Mass...

  • Qualcomm teases new OnePlus phone – OnePlus 3T coming?

    Chipmaker Qualcomm has teased a new OnePlus smartphone, powered by the latest Snapdragon 821 processor. "Something new from @OnePlus is on the way… and it's powered by our #Snapdragon 821 processor. Stay tuned," the silicon giant tweeted. Reports claim that the Chinese company is planning to launch a OnePlus 3T smartphone, effectively being a slightly upgraded version of this year's OnePlus 3. The OnePlus 3T will almost certainly be powered by a Snapdragon 821 chip According to Android Authority, the phone could support Google's Daydream VR initiative, the same 5.5-inch full HD AMOLED display as the previous phone, 64GB of storage and up to...

  • Mass Effect Andromeda’s vague cinematic trailer outs on N7 Day

    Mass Effect Andromeda, fittingly on N7 Day, finally has a new trailer... and it's a bit melodramatic. If you're into trailers that show absolutely no gameplay, and provides barely any background story, then this is your ticket. Yep. BioWare is still being extremely coy about it all. As far as we know, Mass Effect Andromeda will allow gamers to play as either Scott or Sarah Ryder -- Alec's two children. Alec, tasked with finding a new home of civilization after things went obviously pear-shaped, sees his final mission go pear-shaped as well. We still barely know anything about Mass Effect Andromeda's meat...

  • LG V20: can you record clear audio at a concert?

    The LG V20 is easily the most-hyped smartphone of the year when it comes to audio capabilities. Between the quad-DAC hardware and Hi-Res Audio support, the firm is positioning their phone as an audio playback beast of note. However, LG has also sold the V20 on its audio recording abilities, featuring three high-quality microphones, an HD audio recorder app and Hi-Res Audio recording support in the camera. In fact, when using the camera app, users can adjust the microphone directivity, low-cut filter, gain and LMT (limiter) features, giving a range of hitherto unseen audio recording options. So then, just how does it...