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  • Dropped an iPhone 6 Plus recently? It’s easy to mend, proves iFixit

    iFixit, the site that just wants to watch the world burn, and repair it again, has found its latest smartphone victim — the iPhone 6 Plus. The large-screen variant of the new Apple duo has gone under the knife, and subsequently revealed all of its internal secrets. Although none of us would dare disassemble a US$700 smartphone, the team at iFixit seem to enjoy tearing things apart. And as far as previous phone adventures go (like iFixit’s attempt at destroying an Amazon Fire phone, for example) this rather large handset is relatively easy to dismember, with the screen easily removed first....

  • 7 ways to make a dumb home smarter

    The buzzword “smart home” fits nicely alongside terms like “The Internet of Things”. But the smart home is tangible, it is something. Best of all, it’s something well within the reach of us, the little people. First off, what is a smart home? Explaining  A smart home is home automation. Remote surveillance, WiFi-enabled stoves, automated porch lights, flush-aware toilet bowls, stuff like that. With an internet-enabled device connected to a smart home appliance, the possibilities are fairly endless. Think of a remote control for your gate at home, but on a grand scale, and contained within an app on your phone...

  • Bloodborne launches 6 February 2015 for PS4, teases with gripping new trailer

    We’ve been raving a lot about Bloodborne – the PlayStation 4 exclusive gothic horror title that’s going to rock our worlds inside out come 6 February 2015. That’s right, Sony’s just come clean, and has announced the launch date together with a juicy new trailer and details about the Bloodborne Collector’s Edition. For the uninitiated, Bloodborne is a third-person action RPG with enough gore, monsters and darkness to keep anyone intrigued since Dark Souls. It’s then to little surprise that the game’s been birthed out of a collaborative effort between Japanese developer FromSoftware and Sony Computer Entertainment — some of...

  • Amazon launches new tablet family: 7.8mm thin Kindle Voyage, low-cost 6″ Fire tablet

    On Wednesday evening, Amazon, the online retail tech giant, in a bid to retain its current users and court new buyers, refreshed its Fire tablets and e-readers with some nifty hardware improvements and updated software features. Amazon showed off a total of six upgraded devices, including a high-end e-reader called Kindle Voyage and its cheapest-ever 6″ tablet. The refresh is on its tablet computer and e-reader devices including a child friendly version of its HD tablet. New Fire HDX tablet is said to have been designed to compete with the iPad Air will start shipping in October. The Fire HD...

  • My reasons for buying Samsung’s Gear Fit

    Before the Gear Fit, I was still using an analogue watch. No, not a Rolex or a Philippe Patek which are more pieces of jewelry for showing off than functional devices. I wanted something substantial, I needed something digital. Most smartwatches look awfully ugly, as the screen is too big for my small wrist and too small for all those crowded icons. It was design that won me over, and I fell for the look of the Samsung Gear Fit with its nifty colored straps. Adding to this, it works nicely with my (recently upgraded from a Galaxy S1) Samsung Galaxy...

  • Want to record 4K video on iOS? That’ll be $1000 please

    Are you sick of iPhone 6 stories yet? Good, because we aren’t, especially if they remain as insane and mind-splitting as this. Apple’s first 4K iOS app, Vizzywig 4K, will strip nearly US$1000 from wallets across the world and that’s nearly US$300 more than an actual iPhone 6 and the price of around three iPhone 5s’. Then why does it cost an arm and a leg, and then some? Because it’s quite a smart little app. At 53MB, it’s not exactly a small download, but it allows iOS 7 users (iPhone 5 and up) to capture 4K video, a feature previously unavailable...

  • iPhone 6 meta-review: brilliant design and performance but average battery life

    The iPhone 6 is here, and the reviews… are good. We’re yet to officially receive an iPhone 6, but many lucky gadget journalists in the U.S. have. These are their stories: The Verge’s David Pierce gives the iPhone 6 a glowing review, saying that it has a fantastic camera, gorgeous display, excellent performance and battery life, and that the phone “doesn’t feel like a gadget.” He’s less complimentary of the iPhone 6 Plus, saying that it’s just “a bigger phone”, or that the Plus doesn’t push the boundaries of larger screen technology. Pierce’s only issues is the camera bulge at...

  • On indie games and why I play them

    I’m not an avid gamer. I once got addicted to Word Mole on my old Blackberry – it’s embarrassing, but I couldn’t stop playing it. Now, and for the first time, my gaming interest has been fully seized and I’m left wanting more. This is how a new generation of game developers are making their mark in the saturated realm of mobile games, and creating games that are not only beautiful to look at, but intuitive to play. These indie game developers are taking a new approach when it comes to the user experience and the function of the games they...

  • Gaming news roundup: printer Doom, PS4 Nike’s and Master Chief in Destiny

    PS4-styled Nike’s with an HDMI port, a printer that runs Doom and Halo star Master Chief found in Destiny, these are the three most tolerable gaming stories of the day. The US$950 “JRDN 4 X PS4″ are unofficially excellent From Dual Shockers comes the story of one man and his obsession for creating custom Nike’s. That man is Jonny Barry from custom sneaker design site FreakerSneaks. His “brand loyalty” to Sony and Nike inspired this cool creation, which even comes with dual-HDMI ports. Barry painted the Air Jordan IV’s Sony-black, added the PS4 logo’s to the rear and whacked in two HDMI...

  • Bidorbuy first SA retailer to sell iPhone 6 for R16 499

    South Africans, you don’t have to wait for an official iPhone 6 launch, because online retailer bidorbuy now sells the 16GB iPhone 6 for R16 499. There’s nine left, so act quickly. Or wait until November when Apple will most likely, and officially, launch the iPhone 6. Bidorbuy boss Jaco Jonker excitedly tweeted the first sale. First iPhone 6 already sold on @bidorbuy_co_za albeit at a hefty premium. Some just got to have it now #iphone6 http://t.co/IG1msuQ0pd — Jaco Jonker (@JacoJonker) September 16, 2014 Apple will launch the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus come 19 September in the U.S., Canada, France, the...