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  • Overwatch gets another free weekend on 22 September

    If you're in the market for a new hero shooter, there's this game called Overwatch that might be just what you need. Thankfully, it seems that Blizzard is thinking that exact same thing. Following a long string of previous free weekends, the game yet another beginning 22 September and running until the 25th. This includes players on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. MUST READ: Overwatch review: if Pixar made a first-person shooter… "For this free weekend, we're making Overwatch's full roster of 25 heroes and 16 maps available for play in a variety of modes, including Quick Play, Custom Games, and...

  • Acer Swift 3 review: portable, punchy and pretty in pink

    As tech reviewer, I've done the worst possible thing before penning this review: I read other journalists' thoughts of the Acer Swift 3. Usually, that's a bad thing. Usually, others influence your thoughts or make you second guess your opinions. Often reading reviews beforehand rather shapes a review into something that you wouldn't normally pen yourself. But this time, I've actually gained a bit of clarity. Let me explain. A few reviews I've perused suggest that the Acer Swift 3 is just another basement ultraportable trying its heart out to be a MacBook Pro. Others suggest that it misses a bevy of...

  • Your SA Game Jam 2017 winners

    As some of you may know, local Cape Town game devs, Free Lives (Broforce, Genital Jousting) hosted and sponsored the second annual “SA GAME JAM” from 1-4 September. For those of you who are not familiar with game jams, it is an event where game developers, be it aspiring or established, are challenged to create a game around a certain theme and within a specific time limit. The SA Game Jam 2017 gave its participants between 48 and 72 hours to develop a game around the theme of "collections". Now, this might seem like quite a standard practice in the world...

  • Nintendo’s Pikachu and Poke Ball 2DS consoles are utterly adorable

    Life can't be easy right now for Nintendo's other handheld consoles. If you've forgotten that the Japanese company actually still sells the 3DS and 2DS, don't worry, we can't blame you. But during yesterday's Nintendo Direct stream, the company announced a Poke Ball-themed Nintendo 2DS that's easily the coolest paint scheme we've seen on the handheld to date. The news comes after the announcement of Pokemon Ultra Moon and Ultra Sun, with both titles set to debut on 22 September. If the Poke Ball isn't quite your thing, another edition features a full-faced Pikachi, complete with beady eyes and rosy cheeks. Both consoles...

  • iPhone X: 7 little things to know about Apple’s premium model

    We've got our massive roundup of Apple news from last night's event over here, but it was obvious that Apple's premium device, the iPhone X, took centre stage. Between the powerful A11 chip, Essential-style screen design and OLED display, there's a lot to like about the new phone. But here are a few tidbits that may have gone under the radar... Telephoto shots should be better on iPhone X than 8 Plus The iPhone 7 Plus debuted the secondary telephoto camera next to the main shooter, offering 2x lossless zoom. But the big issue is that low-light photos look pretty crap. This year's...

  • Prepare to be A MAZE.d at indie, alt game expo in JHB

    A MAZE. Johannesburg, an offshoot of the original A MAZE. festival in Berlin, is now in its sixth year and going from strength to strength. It's partnered with the Fak'ugesi festival and features a host of game makers, digital artists, musicians, researchers and coders, all engaged with the subject of play -- the driving force behind the festival. Since its inception in Berlin, A MAZE. now interacts with creative events in a number of festivals all over the world, including Croatia, Romania, Palestine, Cuba, Kosovo, Ukraine, Russia and of course South Africa. A MAZE. Berlin takes place in April and A...

  • iPhone X, iPhone 8 and more: here’s what Apple showed off

    We've read the reports. We've seen the renders. We've cast our eyes on the code references. Now, it's time for Apple to show us what it's been working on. From the iPhone X to the Apple TV 4K and more, here's what the company had to share... Apple iPhone X The headline gadget of the event was indeed the iPhone X (it's a Roman numeral, so "iPhone ten"). And yes, it features a 5.8-inch HDR-capable OLED screen with that oft-leaked high screen/body ratio, which Apple has taken to calling a Super Retina Display. The phone packs 3D Touch support still, so fans...

  • iPhone re-reviewed: what did journalists think of past Apple phones?

    It's mid-September, and that can only mean one thing in the world of tech: an imminent Apple device launch. Call it the iPhone 7S, iPhone 8, or iPhone X -- the new Apple smartphone is set to be the best iPhone ever made. Because, you know, that's what Apple says every year. But looking back at each notable iPhone from the first with lowly 2G connectivity to the 7 Plus with its dual cameras at its rear -- what made each of them remarkable? And more importantly, what did journalists make of each device? We take a look at some of the...

  • Samsung charging Apple $120 per OLED panel?

    By now, it's all but guaranteed that the most expensive iPhone to be revealed this evening will have an OLED screen and high screen/body ratio. Samsung is the world leader in mobile OLED marketshare and quality, so it stands to reason that the company is supplying Apple. Now, prominent analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has revealed that the South Korean firm has the iPhone maker by the proverbial short and curlies. In a note obtained by Apple Insider, the analyst estimated that Apple is paying between US$120 and US$130 for each OLED panel produced by Samsung. The company apparently pays roughly US$50 for...

  • Ahead of iPhone launch, Qualcomm boasts of ‘Android firsts’

    Apple events and third-party brands go together like Pavlov and his dog. When the Cupertino firm carries out a launch event, rival brands come running in a bid to spoil the parade. Now, it's Qualcomm's turn to rain on Apple's parade. Or rather, it looks like a few drops on a bonfire at this point. The US chipmaker, embroiled in a legal battle with Apple, has shown off its list of "Android firsts" by partners and itself. "Qualcomm Technologies has enabled some notable world firsts on Android, and some remain Android exclusives to this day. Although by no means comprehensive, here...