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  • E3 2016: Bethesda shows off remastered Skyrim, Bethesda VR & more

    For the latest news, analysis and banter, stick to our E3 2016 live blog. Update: Added DOOM and Wolfenstein information, along with links to relevant articles.  Bethesda is one of the first companies to kick off E3 once again, usually delivering some welcome reveals and trailers. So what did the AAA publisher show us this year? Elder Scrolls is back... Well, for starters, rumours of a remastered Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim were true, as the publisher revealed Skyrim: Special Edition for Xbox One and PS4 (skip to 3:05 for trailer). PC gamer? Then don't despair, as you'll be getting the update for free if you own...

  • Did LG just sell people on the Samsung Galaxy S7?

    It's that time of the year again, when the market is flooded with new high-end smartphones competing for your cash. So LG Mobile decided to issue a rather interesting press release, comparing the Galaxy S7 duo to its new LG G5, in an attempt to get consumers to buy a G5. But I can't help but wonder whether the company made the S7 look like a better purchase... The press release starts out well enough, calling the G5's modular design a "new and differentiated user experience" and the S7's design a "slight modification" that's "easier to hold" compared to the S6. Moving on to the battery...

  • Huawei joins virtual reality game with its own headset

    Huawei has followed Samsung and LG's path by announcing its own virtual reality headset. Huawei VR was revealed at the Chinese launch of the P9 and P9 Plus, Engadget reported, adding that the device was compatible with the new flagship phones as well. So what makes this so different from Samsung's effort then? Well, not much. The Huawei VR uses a similar setup to the Gear VR, allowing you to slot your phone into the headset. The phone then provides the processing power, screen and sensors required for the experience. The headset then allows you to watch movies, play games and enjoy other experiences. There is...

  • The latest Windows 10 Mobile update is a meaty one

    Windows 10 Mobile is a step up from Windows Phone 8.1 in a few ways, but it could definitely do with more features and polish. Microsoft's latest update shows that the platform is well on its way though, introducing quite a few additions and tweaks to Windows Insiders. Notifications get some love The Action Center and notifications are the first items on the list, as Microsoft has decided to group all notifications from one app under one heading instead. Notifications themselves have also seen some visual changes, with large images now possible in the notification, Microsoft confirmed in a blog post. Finally, one more neat notification...

  • PS4 update 2.0 is here and we can (finally) change themes, play MP3s

    The PS3 is a fantastic media device, as well as a stellar games machine. The PS4 is top-notch gaming console, but a poor media player, chiefly because it can't stream video and audio like the PS3 can. Hell, the PS4 couldn't even play MP3s, up until today that is. With the launch of PS4 firmware update 2.0, Sony's machine can finally play MP3s, change themes, upload video clips direct to YouTube and use a mouse to control certain games. This seems like Sony's first step in turning the PS4 into a gaming PC, minus the infinite possibilities only a PC can...

  • Apple patents behaviour tracking software for added iPhone security

    Last week, Apple submitted a new patent application, “Generating Notifications Based On User Behaviour,” that continuously monitors and authenticates an individual’s use of his or her smartphone. Apple’s system is designed to compile a history of personal data ranging from input gesture patterns, commonly traveled locations, and motion sensor readings that will be compared to real-time patterns of behaviour for user authenticity. Even data associated with an individual’s unique grammar, vocabulary, and keyboard orientation preferences can be tracked, analysed, and stored. Based on this information, the moment the pattern recognition system determines a user is not the actual owner, your...

  • PS4 to get PS1 and PS2 emulation, Blu-ray support, ‘exclusive game stuff’

    PS4 fans, let's get you excited. There's a bunch of updates coming to Sony's current-gen console if Ashan Rasheed, an "industry insider", has anything to say regarding the matter. According to DualShockers, Rasheed is "quite accurate" when it comes to Sony leaks, but we advise taking this news with a pinch of PS-approved salt. Be excited: 1. Local PS2 / PS1 support on PS4 w/ native 1080p rendering for select titles. 2. Bluray+Media Player updates — Ahsan Rasheed (@thuway) March 25, 2014 3. VR demos from at future events 4. PS4 exclusive game stuff 5. PlayStation Now launch — Ahsan Rasheed (@thuway) March...

  • Neil Young launches US$399 Pono Music player to ‘save us from MP3s’

    MP3 players are all the rage, according to legendary musician Neil Young, who's about to launch his first US$399 (not a typo) music device, named PonoMusic. Unlike the US$10 MP3 player you can buy down at the Kwik-E-Mart, PonoMusic reportedly offers the best sound reproduction in an audio device yet, in conjunction with Ayre acoustics. For US$399 we're getting 128GB storage (with a slot for memory cards), equivalent to 1 000 to 2 000 high-resolution songs, give or take. PonoMusic's offering is going to be a lot like Apple and its iPod in that the Pono store and device are...

  • Samsung’s smartwatch strikes again with the Gear 2 and camera-free Gear Neo

    With Mobile World Congress in full swing, Samsung's decided to kick off the show with the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo, two slight upgrades to the ill-received Galaxy Gear. Why Samsung is trying again with only a mild iteration of its smartwatch is confusing, but the company hopes that the 1Ghz Gear 2 and camera-less Gear 2 Neo (Geo?) will spark interest in this relatively new tech category. Confusing Gear At first glance, it's hard to tell exactly what's changed with the Gear 2. It looks the same, but scratch under the surface and you'll find that the OS' has...

  • SA telecom Vodacom now taking iPhone 5C, 5S bookings from R399

    It's so close now we can taste it. It's also funny that whenever there's a new iPhone, the world loses its mind. You'd never see people queuing for a Lumia (except in maybe, China that is). South Africans are no different, as we're positively mad for all things Apple. So when news dropped of a 15 November launch for the iPhone 5C and 5S, the internet almost fell over. Today, South Africa's largest mobile telecom, Vodacom, is letting us preorder (it's calling it "booking" but we all know what that means) either the iPhone 5C or 5S, starting from R399...