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  • 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...

  • Nintendo profits from weak yen, overseas hardware sales remain dismal

    Nintendo has had a rough few years in the gaming sector and as a Japanese company in general. For one, it had to contend with disappointing Wii U and 3DS overseas sales thanks to Microsoft and Sony‘s console onslaught. And although there are a slew of great IPs available on the platform, it seems that better graphics and beefier backends outweigh the fun factor. At least the financials tell that story. Considering, it had a rather festive festive season in 2014. The company, in its latest earnings release earlier this week, reported some good news. Revenue fell 11.3% year-on-year (April-December 2014)...

  • Japanese bioprinting firms to manufacture ‘custom-made’ bone and tissue

    Scientists representing Tokyo University, Japanese medical research firm NEXT 21 K.K and Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) have joined forces to advance the development of 3D bioprinting technology that will allow doctors to create and manufacture “custom-made” cartilage, joints, skin and bone. 3D bioprinting is a relatively new technology, but once refined will usher in a new era when doctors can make bone, tissue, cartilage and even entire organs from scratch. The potential for this technology will inevitably lead to the replacement of worn-out body parts that will greatly increase the average person’s life expectancy. In fact, 2015 might be a...

  • Lenovo brings updated, sexier YOGA party to South African shores

    Ah Lenovo. A company that’s ripe with innovation and blossoming ideas. Having unveiled a slew of new devices in Las Vegas at CES 2015 earlier this month, the company’s European and African division took to Johannesburg earlier this evening to launch the new line of YOGA tablets and ultrabooks to the South African market. To boast growth figures of 45% year-on-year in the Middle East and Africa is quite an achievement, especially when other companies are seeing declining sales during a similar period. But other device manufacturers don’t really innovate and jump into the deep end unabated like Lenovo. Well,...

  • It’s official: the Apple Watch will be unleashed in April

    While Apple revealed its latest earnings today, celebrating a huge milestone for its iPhone sales, CEO Tim Cook amped up the event by announcing that the long-awaited Apple Watch launch would happen in April. The launch date debunks previous rumours that the watch would be released in March, with production issues getting in the way of everyone’s party. As heard via the grapevine, production was delayed due to issues relating to the Apple Watch’s battery life. Earlier this week, reports suggested that the smartwatch would carry an average (unimpressive) battery life of around two days — something the Cupertino giant really wanted fixed. Read more: Apple Watch...

  • This smart coffee table runs both Windows 8 and Android

    We’ve seen some big tablets before — like the Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon Table PC, which earned the tongue-twisting mantle of The Table Tablet, or Samsung’s 40-incher, which was curiously dubbed the Surface 2 before Microsoft got into the tablet scene. The Duet beats them all. The Duet by Ideum is a smart coffee table that looks like something from CSI: Miami. Beyond that, the beast of a thing runs both Android and Windows 8. With a click (or tap) of a button, you can switch between the two operating systems depending on your taste — work or play. Apart from messing about with cute two-player...

  • Rest.less Games: tales from the indie game industry and ‘Wait: Extended’

    A little while ago my editor presented me with a Steam bundle of games. “I thought you might want to check them out,” he said. “Let me know if you can perhaps scrape out a review for them.” As a loyal subject to my Lord Editor, and the honourable circle of Gearburn, I complied. One by one I tried the titles and with each one my frustration grew. Yes, some were admittedly moderately fun, most just bearable and a few didn’t even work. That was until I came across one game, the last of the bundle. This game was Wait, a...

  • ‘WoW’ gets selfie cam because your Orc Mage also looks pretty

    So this just happened. Blizzard’s massive multiplayer online game World of Warcraft has just added a selfie feature, with matching filters and all that. Since the dawn of the epic battle between orcs, men, elves and undead, people have enjoyed taking some down-time, choreographing Superchick’s Hero music video and making their own WoW-themed musicals. A very artistic bunch. As the trend goes in directing comical short flicks, players also love taking screenshots. With the roll-out of the new 6.1 Patch, the S.E.L.F.I.E. Camera will be awarded to any character who finishes the new mission, Field Photography. The mission objective reads the following: We need...

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