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Andy Walker: Editor
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.
  • Microsoft rebrands Beam to Mixer, introduces cooperative game streaming

    When Microsoft bought game streaming service Beam back in August 2016, many people were wondering just what the company was planning to do. Back then, Beam allowed viewers of a stream to interact with the streamed game. It was a great idea, and took advantage of the hype created by Twitch Plays Pokemon and the like. Today though, through Microsoft's guidance, Beam has announced a complete rebrand and direction for the streaming service. Now called Mixer, the service keeps much of its popular features and adds a slew more. "Today marks a big evolution of our interactive live-streaming platform and a new name...

  • GT Sport beta: here’s what we love and loathe thus far

    The PlayStation 4's more recent exclusives have looked and played incredibly well. Guerilla's Horizon Zero Dawn is a great example. But what if I don't want to shoot things with arrows? What if I desire fossil fuel-burning madness? The console has had few challengers for best racing simulator in recent months. Sure, we had Assetto Corsa and Drive Club, but the former was a bit too inaccessible for casual players, while the latter was just plain drab. Project Cars is perhaps the one game that stood out in this genre, and with the second edition of this title incoming, Gran Turismo developer...

  • WD SSDs are now available in South Africa

    The company has taken its time, but American storage drive manufacturer Western Digital (WD) has finally launched its SSD range in South Africa. Speaking at a media event in Cape Town Wednesday, the company shed some light on the three-tier lineup that is now available in the country. Spanning Green, Blue and Black branding, the drives will be available in 2.5-inch SATA and M.2 PCIe formats. These will stand alongside its existing hard drives. The WD Green SSDs The company's Green branding makes a return as the budget-minded offering in the lineup. It'll be offered in two capacities: 120GB to 240GB, while boasting two-year...

  • The next iPhone could use Apple-made graphics chip

    The next iPhone could feature an Apple-made graphics processor. Imagination Technologies -- the company that currently supplies Apple's smartphones and tablets with PowerVR graphics solutions -- has announced that the Cupertino firm plans to cut ties within the next "15 months to two years", opening the door for a possible Apple-made graphics chip as early as 2018. "Apple has asserted that it has been working on a separate, independent graphics design in order to control its products and will be reducing its future reliance on Imagination's technology," Imagination announced in a firm statement. "Apple has used Imagination’s technology and intellectual property for...

  • Samsung, Telkom are SA’s most popular smartphone contract duo

    Human beings love knowing that they have the latest and greatest version of a thing, whether that be a pizza or a smartphone. According to a new report published by PhoneFinder, consumers are turning to contracts to afford the devices that they might not be able to otherwise afford. Samsung is the most popular smartphone brand The company took a look at the most popular smartphone brands, smartphones, contract options and service providers in South Africa gracing its servers. In terms of device manufacturer, Samsung rules the roost with the J5 Prime. It accounts for 47% of the devices selected through the...

  • Sony Xperia L1 is pretty in picture but boring on paper

    If you didn't think Sony has enough smartphones on its roster this year, you might want to quickly reevaluate that thought. The company has announced yet another device for introduction this year, dubbed the Sony Xperia L1. Yep, that's a redux for a moniker that was last used in 2013. The series will likely prop up Sony's mobile lineup, perhaps even replacing the Xperia E range. The company hasn't yet confirmed this though. So what's Sony's chief marketing mantra with this phone? "Meet the smartphone that performs as good as it looks," the company writes on its product page. The mid-range Sony Xperia...

  • Android Nougat update: here’s when your phone will get it

    As of 1 August 2016, Android Marshmallow had just over 15% of Google's OS market share, with Lollipop holding 35% and Android KitKat 29%. Why is this important? Well, for one it speaks of Android's version fragmentation, and secondly, Android Nougat is now officially available to some smartphones. While those smartphones include the likes of Google's Nexus range -- the LG-made Nexus 5X and the Huawei-made Nexus 6P -- more smartphones should arrive with the OS in due course. Additionally, we could expect to see manufacturers working on updates for your current smartphone. When will Android Nougat head to your phone?...

  • Huawei P10 will be showcased at MWC on 26 February

    It's smartphone release season, and with it comes a slew of new flagship devices. We've already mentioned that HMD Global is readying a Nokia 3310 successor, while LG is preparing its LG G6 handset. But what of Huawei? The Chinese company is also preparing to debut its Huawei P10 smartphone at MWC 2017, which will be one of the bigger launches of the conference. There's no firm word on the smartphones stats or specs just yet, but the name is practically confirmed. This thanks to a teaser video published by the Chinese company. Also thanks to the video, we can guess what...

  • The Nokia 3310 will be reborn and relaunched at MWC 2017

    Almost everyone I knew had one. It was as tough as nails, and reliable as a Swiss watch. It also cemented the Nokia name in the hearts of many. And now, it's returning. That's right, HMD Global -- the company that now owns the rights to the Nokia name -- will relaunch the Nokia 3310. Okay, so it won't be exactly how we remember it, but it will bear that iconic numerical moniker. At present, details are scant, but there are rumours suggesting the phone will debut around the US$60 mark. This puts it firmly in feature phone territory. As for HMD...

  • PlayStation Network is down: here’s what we know

    Anyone looking to enjoy some online gaming fun on any of the PlayStation consoles tonight will be in for some unwelcome news. The PlayStation Network, for the second time this week, is down. Sony confirmed the issues on its status page, flagging the PlayStation Networks social, gaming and sign in systems in red. Checking connections on consoles also suggests that PSN is undergoing maintenance. DownDetector largely suggests that most users seemed to suffer connection issues around midnight Thursday SAST, pretty much exactly when we were kicked out of our gaming session. A vast majority of its users are reporting issues with...