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Andy Walker
Camper by day, run-and-gunner by night, Andy prefers his toast like his coffee -- dark and crunchy. Fuelled by his belief that PvZ: GW2 is 2016's game of the year, Andy also dabbles in the odd hard news story over on Memeburn.
  • Ana buffed, Mercy nerfed as Overwatch’s supports receive PTR changes

    Overwatch's supports are once again the latest candidates for nerfs and buffs on the game's test servers. According to Blizzard developer Geoff Goodman, Ana, Brigitte, Lucio, Mercy and Moira will all receive buffs or nerfs on the PTR servers this week. Most notably is Ana. The healing sniper's ultimate Nano Boost will receive a massive buff, instantly healing the recipient by 300HP. "This new change allows Ana to use her ultimate as a clutch save on a dying teammate, or even use it in combination with her Biotic Grenade for a huge instant heal on even the biggest of tank health pools," Goodman...

  • 48 hours with the LG Q7

    LG's second big smartphone launch in South Africa 2018 is its smallest by quite some margin. The LG Q7, which should really be known as the LG G7 Mini for all intents and purposes, is a smartphone set to challenge the country's mid range pretenders. Huawei, Sony, Samsung, and Nokia have all snuggled into this extremely tightly-fought space over the past few years, but LG hasn't really earned its place here just yet. The LG Q6 tried, but fell short. But can the updated Q7 be the device that puts an LG into more South African hands? I've spent my first 48 hours...

  • Trailer: No Man’s Sky ‘NEXT’ is the game’s biggest update yet

    Nearly two years after its initial launch, No Man's Sky is getting its much-anticipated multiplayer update. Appropriately named "NEXT" the update will add a number of gameplay and visual overhauls to the game. Gamers can now team up, be joined by randos, build colonies together or grief other players. (Finally, Hello Games' director Sean Murray's promises have come true). No Man's Sky NEXT is coming July 24th. New screenshots and lots more info here:https://t.co/eeDwxMC0Mm pic.twitter.com/kml14gQEqw — Sean Murray (@NoMansSky) July 17, 2018 The base building mechanic is a pretty dramatic change, adding the ability to build shelters on any planet and adds a...

  • iFROGZ Coda Bluetooth Speaker review: cheaper than a family dinner

    What can you buy for R229? I recently dropped R212 on ingredients for brownies (they were damn good, thanks for asking). I also managed to pay for around 12 litres of petrol for about the same amount. Thanks South Africa. But if you said "a Bluetooth speaker", you would've guessed right. And perhaps surprisingly so. The iFROGZ Coda Bluetooth speaker is easily the cheapest wireless desk thumper I've ever used or reviewed. And coming in less than a family meal at your neighbourhood steak ranch, it may be one of the better bargains of the year. We've already reviewed the speaker's cousin,...

  • Astrum ST250 review: alarm clocks can still be pretty cool

    Today, we're reviewing one of the most important devices you can own: an alarm clock. Say what you will, but if smartphones didn't have built-in alarm functionality, we'd all still own one or be lost without. But the little devices have come a long way since their days of simply beeping achingly loudly at 5am every morning. They're fast becoming like smartphones: jacks of all trades. The Astrum ST250 is a good example. It's a device that meshes together a number of products -- from alarm clock to Bluetooth radio -- into a 700g package. Visually, it comfortably melds the classic clock...

  • Xiaomi teases Mi A2 on Twitter

    The Xiaomi Mi A2 may be closer than you think. The successor to the Chinese brand's first Android One smartphone is set to be unveiled on 24 July in Spain. "Are you a big fan of #MiA1? You will love this..." the company teased on Twitter. Are you a big fan of #MiA1? You will love this...#Xiaomi #AndroidOne #2isbetterthan1 pic.twitter.com/aLlfothn9g — Mi (@xiaomi) July 16, 2018 Notably, the phone pictured is the Xiaomi Mi A1, hinting that the "next gen" of the device is on its way. Like the Mi A1, the A2 will be run stock Android software instead of the MiUI-laden OS...

  • Sony Xperia XA2 Plus announced: here are its specs

    Sony's just added another model to its XA2 phablet line. Bearing the Plus moniker, the phone is set to join the XA2 Ultra in the larger screen ultra-mid range space. But what does it offer? For one, it's slightly smaller than its Ultra brother. That's not to say it's compact through. With a 6.0-inch screen, a length of 157mm and a depth of nearly 10mm, it's a large device. It also weighs some 205 grams; not exactly light either. The screen itself holds 2160x1080 pixels, and boasts a longer 18:9 aspect ratio. This means that the Plus has a slightly smaller bottom bezel...

  • LG Q7 launches in South Africa: here’s how much it’ll cost

    Gunning for the South African mid-range segment, Korean firm LG has today launched its Q7 smartphone. The phone itself was launched globally in May, but arrives in South Africa just a few weeks after the flagship LG G7. Internally, there's an unnamed 1.5Ghz quad-core CPU paired with 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and microSD card support. Up front, there's an 18:9 5.5-inch 2160x1080 display and an 8MP selfie camera. There's a single 13MP sensor around the back. The device is set to debut with Android 8.0 Oreo, and feature LTE support, but not WiFi 802.11 ac support. The LG Q7 does however feature...

  • Huawei Nova 3 ‘debuts’ with two 24MP cameras and Kirin 970

    Be it a mistake or a marketing stunt, the Huawei Nova 3 has been launched before its launch. Listed on Chinese ecommerce site VMall, the latest phone from the Chinese manufacturer has been revealed in all its mid-range glory. At its heart, the device will sport a HiSilicon Kirin 970 chipset, featuring four A73 cores running at 2.4GHz, and four 1.8GHz A53 cores. You'll also get 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, while a 3750mAh battery keeps the lights on. Notably, the phone features a massive 6.3-inch display (with a notch), and a middle-rear fingerprint reader. Above it and slightly to the...

  • 10 tasty tech deals from South Africa’s online stores [Mon 9 July]

    While the cost of living may be climbing in South Africa, techies do what techies do: spend even more money on devices. With that said, we take a look at a few interesting deals listed today from the world of South Africa's online stores. iPhone SE 32GB | Was R5999, Now R4499 Listed at 25% off, the iPhone SE has long been the understated device in the Apple smartphone range. Just because it's based on 2013's iPhone 5, doesn't mean it can't offer entry level value into the Cupertino ecosystem. Sennheiser Momentum M2 AE | Was R5000, Now R2999 Listed at 40%, the...