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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.
  • Here’s how much you’ll pay for the Fitbit Versa in South Africa

    The Fitbit Versa -- the American wearables firm's second smartwatch -- is now available globally, and coming to South Africa in May. The company lifted the covers on the watch earlier this year, but now customers can purchase it in a number of different guises and finishes. But we'll get into this later. For now, the Versa is a smart wearable that tells the time and can track your health in realtime. It runs Fitbit OS 2.0, and comes with the tech we've seen first on the company first smartwatch, the Ionic. Said features includes an all day PurePulse heart rate monitor,...

  • We review: Body Glove’s Lite Bluetooth and colourful Pop earphones

    Open your ears, because we've got two earphones on the test bench today. While one requires a headphone jack and the other a Bluetooth connection, both are from American accessories company Body Glove. A company probably better known for its mobile covers and cases also makes the Lite for active people, and the Pop for more fashion-conscious users. Body Glove Lite As its name would suggest, the Body Glove Lite Bluetooth earphones are practically weightless. They're the airiest set of Bluetooth buds I've ever used, but that's probably thanks to its cheap-as-chips build quality. Sketchy plastic houses the control module, on which sit...

  • The rugged Cat S31 is now available in South Africa

    If you drop your phone often and don't own a pair of skinny jeans, you'll be happy to know that the Cat S31 smartphone is now available in South Africa. The "resilient smartphone suited for harsh and rugged environments" was first showcased at IFA 2017 in Berlin, and has been available in SA through grey imports, but has now officially arrived in mobile networks' stores. The rugged Cat S31's big draw isn't its specs sheet. Up front, there's a 2MP selfie camera, and a small-for-2018 4.7-inch TFT LCD screen with a resolution of 1280x720. A Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 is also included -- a...

  • Mighty specs meet bold claims: this is the Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium

    Last year's Sony Xperia XZ Premium was a novel device. Not only did it feature a 4K screen, its slo-mo video recording performance was astounding. But it had flaws. Massive ones. Now the company's giving the Premium thing another go. It today announced the Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium, a clunkier name, a larger phone but a more impressive set of features. The phone adopts Sony's sculptured curve aesthetic, ditching the crude, sharp lines of its predecessor. There's no notch present, but there is a large forehead and a fat chin, typical of Sony devices of yore. And yes, the Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium...

  • ‘Expect’ a gaming phone from Asus in the future

    Mobile gaming is a giant portion of both Google and Apple's app revenue, but smartphone makers haven't really latched onto the idea of 'gaming phones' at all. Sure, the Razer Phone launched late last year, but it's one of few companies that have stretched the idea beyond marketing and into actual hardware. But it may not be alone in this space for much longer. And according to Asus's global CEO Jerry Shen, consumers can "expect" a gaming phone from the company at some point in the future. And it might arrive with ROG branding too. In an interview with Philippine publication Astig, Shen...

  • Fortnite is totally working again, Epic makes up for downtime with freebies

    Epic Games is really, really sorry that you couldn't play as much Fortnite: Battle Royale as you wanted to this week. The game's servers were either inaccessible or incredibly bumpy for much of Wednesday and Thursday after scheduled maintenance began around 9am Wednesday. "Scheduled maintenance is currently in progress. We will provide updates as necessary," the developer wrote on its status page. On Thursday however, it seemed that the maintenance rather ruined some aspects of the game's server performance, and users we're struggling to log into the game. "Login is currently blocked across all Epic endpoints, including games, websites, and the Epic Games...

  • Budget Nokia 1 arrives in South Africa for R999

    The Android Go-sporting Nokia 1 is now available in South Africa from today, HMD Global announced in a release. The budget device, featuring a 4.5-inch 854x480 screen, 8GB of internal storage, 1GB of RAM and a quad-core MediaTek MT6737M chipset, also comes with Android Go. Android Go is a slimmer implementation of Android 8.0 Oreo, designed for phones light on resources. Rounding up the offering is a 5MP rear camera and a 2MP camera up front, a 4G radio, a 2150mAh battery and two colour variants: Warm Red and Dark Blue. And like Nokia's of old, these covers are also interchangeable. Sadly...

  • Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra now available in South Africa

    The Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra, along with the compact XA2 and the budget L2 are now available in South Africa. Initially announced at CES 2018 in Las Vegas earlier this year, the three Xperia devices have finally made their way to African shores. The XA2 Ultra boasts a 6.0-inch 1920x1080 screen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 chipset, 32GB of storage and 4GB of RAM. There's also a 23MP main camera at the rear, and two cameras up front: a 16MP and 8MP. The XA2 features a smaller 5.2-inch screen with the same resolution, same chipset, 32GB of storage and 3GB of RAM. It...

  • Overwatch Retribution is now live, but comes with a huge patch

    Hold onto your shurikens folks, and get ready to ask for healing, because Overwatch's Retribution event is now live. The second event in the game's Archives PvE series, Retribution takes place on a new map in Venice eight years prior to present day Overwatch. In its story mode, gamers will be able to play as Moira, McCree, Genji or Gabriel Reyes, the man who eventually becomes Reaper. Archive declassification complete. Overwatch “Retribution” and “Uprising” file status: OPEN. Commencing playback in 3…2…1… pic.twitter.com/bJfZbNyQTG — Overwatch (@PlayOverwatch) April 10, 2018 Retribution was announced last week by game director Jeff Kaplan, with additional news that Venice will eventually...

  • Far Cry 5 review: just another Far Cry game?

    There are some games you come across at certain points in your life that draw you in and never let you go. Just Cause 3 was one. While the late 2015 title was a complete mess on all platforms, and had a weaker storyline than most episodes of Peppa Pig, it was primal fun. Flying across the map like a harbinger of death and destruction, walking away from your newly exploded petrol station with your shades on, and just pretending to be a budget Marvel superhero clad in denim, made the game irresistible. Roll on 2018, and there's a new pretender...