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  • Microsoft might be killing Internet Explorer, but it’s far from dead

    Microsoft‘s Internet Explorer really should doff its cap and take a bow, because it has been one of the most influential pieces of code ever written even if it is the most maligned. With news that Microsoft will soon be killing the Internet Explorer brand after a long struggle with its waning brand image, we’re not quite sure if Internet Explorer will go out with a bang, or fade away like Microsoft’s other legacy headache — Windows XP. So, what does this announcement really mean for Internet Explorer? Well, for one, killing the brand doesn’t necessarily mean killing the product, and...

  • Nvidia GTX Titan X could restart a planet with GM200 core, 12GB VRAM [update]

    Update: South African prices have been released for the MSI, EVGA and Gigabyte GTX Titan X. The prices you ask? Well, they range between R16 999 and R18 999, with the EVGA GTX Titan X OC edition leading the line in terms of price. Nvidia has been faffing around with other things this year, namely shoving mobile computing chips in cars at CES 2015, and announcing Android consoles in the form of the Shield at GDC 2015, but thankfully the company hasn’t forgotten how to make insane graphics cards. The Nvidia GTX Titan X is the latest flagship in the...

  • Sony SmartBand SWR10 review: easy to lose, easy to forget

    The fitness craze — it’s a thing that’s not going anywhere anytime soon. Just like the selfie movement and the LOLcats phenomenon before it, it has gripped the world by the scruff of the neck, or well, the arm with authoritative clamour. It’s here to stay, and while that might be a fortunate thing for those wishing to get their resting heart rate down to zero, for us tech reviewers, it means a lot of things clasping to our arms begging for affection. The latest device is this category, and in our offices, is the Sony SmartBand SWR10. Now I...

  • Nintendo announces smartphone gaming push, upcoming ‘NX’ console [update]

    Update (18 March): Although users may not yet be reaping the benefits of Nintendo’s move into smartphone gaming, it’s share price sure as hell is. Up 21% since the announcement according to Bloomberg, the company is now enjoying its best run since its initial decline in 2007. Since then, the share price has seen a near 80% fall. There’s been plenty of news today for Nintendo fans to smile about, as the Japanese gaming company continues on its road to recovery. In a business and capital alliance announcement, the company has announced that it will partner with developer DeNA to “jointly...

  • Patch Tuesday March 2015: Stuxnet and FREAK patched, two updates causing issues [update]

    Update (18 March): Microsoft has re-released the KB3002657, but only for Windows Server 2003. The company advises that even if the patch didn’t cause issues, it is advised that version two of the patch be installed over it. Here’s an excerpt from the updated security bulletin: To avoid the possibility of future detection logic problems, Microsoft recommends that customers running Windows Server 2003 who have already successfully installed the 3002657 update also apply update 3002657-v2 even though they are already protected from this vulnerability. Customers running other Microsoft operating systems are not affected by this rerelease and do not need to...

  • HTC One M9: is it hot or not?

    Back when the Samsung Galaxy S6 rumour mill was in full churn, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 — the company’s flagship chip for the first half of this year — was said to be extremely powerful but rather heat happy as a result. The chip is used in the HTC One M9, and according to new benchmarks radiating from the Dutch site Tweakers, its doing rather well in that phone. How well? Well done. About 15-20 degrees Celsius hotter than its rivals, including the iPhone 6 Plus, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4, the LG G3 and its own older brother, the HTC...

  • Windows 10 will compress system files to increase user storage

    Microsoft really is gunning to reclaim its groupie love that was severed in Windows 10, often delving into some of the more innocuous annoyances of Windows 8, but in the decade where media storage is perhaps at its all time high, Microsoft is looking to eke even more juice from those drives of yours. Windows 10, as the company explained in a blog post, will be able to compress its system files giving the user more storage for those cat pictures and game fail clips. This may not sound like much, but considering that an install of Android on smartphones with...

  • ‘Tormentum: Dark Sorrow’ review: demented silence

    Tormentum: Dark Sorrow is a spectacularly sinister point-and-click puzzle adventure created by the Polish three-man indie developing team, Oh Noo! Studios. It will take you on a menacing five hour journey through a dark fantasy world inspired by the surrealist works of artists such H.R. Giger and Zdzisław Beksiński. It is a gratifying step towards separating point-and-click adventures from the misleading label of “casual games” and presents the opportunity to firmly cement the genre as a serious gaming experience. Story Time You play as a mysterious hooded figure, the nameless hero of Tormentum’s story. You wake up to find yourself trapped in...

  • Meet PiKasa: the Cape Town-based all-in-one Raspberry Pi computer [update]

    Update: The PiKasa Indiegogo campaign is officially up and running. The company is looking for US$25 000 to fund the project. Have a look at the campaign here. We’ve sung the Raspberry Pi‘s praises many times. It’s a wonderfully reliable, practical, and cheap computer with just enough power for a broad range of applications. They double up as great media players too, or consoles for those old emulated games. But what about more practical uses? What if you want to use the Raspberry Pi as a full-blown all-in-one computer? Cape Town-based firm, The Content Company, has crafted a Raspberry Pi housing...

  • Scientists beam energy through the air with pinpoint accuracy

    Japanese scientists have achieved a breakthrough in wireless energy transfer, successfully transmitting 1.8 kilowatts of power through the air. Using microwaves, the energy traveled a distance of 55 metres (170 feet) and reached its target with pinpoint accuracy. For the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), this is an important breakthrough that will help them achieve their ultimate goal of someday making solar power generation in space a reality. A JAXA spokesperson had this to say: This was the first time anyone has managed to send a high output of nearly two kilowatts of electric power via microwaves to a small target, using a delicate directivity control device. Beaming energy...

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