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  • Motorola posts record sales figures, South Africa next on horizon

    Lenovo acquired Motorola from Google about a year ago now. Before then, it seemed the once prolific smartphone maker was waddling around between doors looking for a place to bed for the night. But Lenovo’s backing has pushed Motorola into territory is hasn’t seen for a good few years — a company sales record. Motorola recorded more than 10-million handsets sold in Q3 2014, which is something of a monumental figure for the company. Sure, it’s nothing compared to Apple pushing 74.5-million iPhones, sure, but it’s nevertheless impressive for a company that saw its rebirth a relatively short while ago. Lenovo...

  • Huawei MediaPad 10 Link+ review: not much of an upgrade

    Yawn. “Tablets” is fast becoming the most boring device genre on earth, with no diversity, no new ideas or differentiating features. Even iPad sales are down, and those things used to be the, well, apple of Apple’s eye. Roll on Huawei. The Chinese mega company rolled into South Africa just a few years ago, initially offering a batch of routers and wireless communication options for consumers perusal. Sure enough, it branched out into smartphones and now offers a swathe of tablets too. But are they part of the mashed potatoes and gravy all the tech companies are feeding us nowadays? Well,...

  • Samsung Galaxy A3 and A5 now available in South Africa

    Samsung has announced the South African availability of two models in its Galaxy A-range, including the Samsung Galaxy A3 and Samsung Galaxy A5 smartphones. Jumping off the back of the failed Samsung Galaxy Alpha, the A-range embodies the all-metal, lightweight and wafer-thin construction philosophies of its more liberally-priced brother. This doesn’t mean that the A3 and A5 are ridiculous in any sense though. These phones are geared towards the mid-range consumer markets, according to the company. “This latest series is designed for those who embrace self-expression and with these devices we have demonstrated our commitment to deliver smartphones equipped with the...

  • Beefier Raspberry Pi 2 packs more muscle for the same price [update]

    Update: Not only will the updated Raspberry Pi 2 pack more power, according to its creators, it will be fast enough to run Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 10 operating system. Microsoft’s drive towards planting Windows 10 on seemingly every device has gone down a treat thus far, and the Pi will be supported by an upcoming free version of the OS. This essentially means that users can have a full Windows 10 PC for just US$35. For now, there is no word on what version of the OS will feature on the system, but this certainly looks promising for both Microsoft...

  • ‘Mortal Kombat X’, Conan’s ‘Minecraft’ and Freddy’s pizza: this week’s TGIF Video Roundup

    TGIF, and we really shouldn’t be at work, but that won’t stop us from gandering through the week’s best tech, gadget and gaming videos, now will it? It has been a long, long week and the best way to bring it to a close is with a round of your favourite beverage and our TGIF video roundup. Don’t you agree? This week we’ve got a new teaser trailer for Mortal Kombat X‘s slimiest character, Reptile. For the small reason that is Minecraft, Conan O’Brien of all people unleashed a portion of his show made within Mojang‘s block world. We also have gameplay...

  • ‘Battlefield Hardline’ five-day beta will begin on 3 February

    The next game in EA’s artillery, Battlefield Hardline, will be opening its servers for a five day beta test beginning on 3 February and running until 8 February. In a bid to stress test the necessary backend frameworks, servers and pick out nits in the game, the company will make the beta available to PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Microsoft Windows platforms via Origin. It’s also completely free. If you’re a fan of cops-and-robber-based games, you’ll love Hardline, and it seems that the beta will allow players to get the entire scope of the multiplayer experience, according to a...

  • SYNEK craft beer dispenser officially launches for lovers of ice cold gold

    A few months ago we profiled an awesome little startup clocking up donations on Kickstarter, called SYNEK. Remember it? It was responsible for joining technology and craft beer together in one harmonious device, which was essentially a toaster-sized beer dispenser. Now after months of waiting, the company has unveiled its final design for the SYNEK beer dispenser, and it should fit nicely alongside your gourmet coffee press too. And speaking of coffee, SYNEK founder Steve Young believes that it could have the same impact on the market as the Keurig press had on its industry. “Brewers engage more customers, distributors save...

  • iPhone 6S, HTC One M9 and Xperia Z4: 7 phone launches to get excited about in 2015

    In 2014, the iPhone 6 was released with massive success, selling an incredible 74-million units since its launch. Other outstanding releases, including the HTC One M8 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, garnered plenty of media attention. In 2015, manufacturers are expected to continue releasing one new phone in each size class, so expect some innovative new offerings. Most launches will feature at Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress, the usual launch event for the big names (apart from Apple) but others will likely feature later in the year, namely Sony’s Xperia Z4 and the iPhone 6s. But that’s just a sample of...

  • Microsoft Office for Android is now live, Outlook available for ‘preview’

    Well, that didn’t take long at all. After Microsoft unveiled an Office preview for Android just a few weeks ago, Microsoft has officially released a final version of Word, Excel and PowerPoint for Google’s highly successful Android mobile platform. It’s clear that Microsoft’s dreaming big with a drive towards placing its products on every device imaginable. This will be made possible on the OS level thanks to Windows 10, but what about its other software offerings? Microsoft Office for Android is pretty much a move in the same vein and will give millions of tablet users access to the company’s...

  • COUGAR MX300 budget mid gaming case launches in South Africa

    COUGAR continues to steamroll its way though the South African gaming market with its latest target being the gaming chassis arena. The MX300 is the company’s latest mid budget gaming case that boasts a few great features in a package that costs around R530. On first glance, there’s no doubt that there’s an emphasis on cooling with the MX300. The front of the case features an intricate pattern of plastic honeycomb and mesh that allows builders to station two 120mm fans up front. The top allows for the same configuration while the side panel also sees room for two 120mm...

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