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All posts by Andy Walker

  • 5 things we learned from Nintendo Switch’s reveal

    We thought this day would never arrive, but Nintendo's eight-and-a-half generation console is finally here. No, it's not called the Nintendo NX, but rather the Nintendo Switch, which is pretty apt to say the least. If you haven't yet seen the trailer, here are five things we've learned from the relatively brief clip. Update: For more information on the hardware powering the Switch, Nvidia has announced that its Tegra chip will be its heart and brains. Read more about that here. It will be modular Likely the first modular console we've seen for quite some time, the Nintendo Switch can be plugged into...

  • Nintendo NX is Nintendo Switch: new console debuts on YouTube

    Update: It's actually here, and it's called the Nintendo Switch. That's right, the Nintendo NX isn't quite the name that Nintendo wanted, but Switch makes a lot of sense. According to the video below, the Switch is indeed a modular gaming console, jumping between handheld and traditional gaming console. There's a nifty slide-in-slide-out system, that houses the gaming controller itself and the main console body. Sliding the controller into the console allows both to be carted together, turning the Switch into a hybrid console for the plane, train or car. It's remarkably quirky. The Nintendo NX is the Nintendo Switch: a modular...

  • Guerilla explains Horizon Zero Dawn’s epic monsters in new clip

    Although it's only due in February 2017, the PlayStation 4 and PS4 Pro exclusive Horizon Zero Dawn is probably one of the platform's most eagerly anticipated titles of the year. For Guerilla Games, this is the studio's first real shot at an adventure title, and the game itself melds elements of Monster Hunter, Xenoblade Chronicles, Far Cry Primal and shades of Rise of the Tomb Raider all into one future prehistoric adventure title. Horizon Zero Dawn will launch on 28 February 2016 for the PlayStation 4 and PS4 Pro Of course, what would a game like that be without its monsters? In the...

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 7 now exchangeable at SA’s major airports

    Following the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 kiosks popping up at airports in Australia and Korea, Samsung South Africa has today announced users can also exchange their Note 7 for another Samsung device at local airports. This move comes just a day after South African Airways announced a complete ban of the Note 7 on all of its flights. "As a precautionary measure Samsung South Africa is setting up these exchange kiosks at the departure points at OR Tambo, Cape Town and Durban international airports, to help with the smooth exchange of affected devices," the company explains. Users will be given another Samsung...

  • Red Dead Redemption 2 is official, coming ‘Fall 2017’

    Oh, it's a day of days if you're a Rockstar fan. Following hot on the heels of its teasers on Facebook and Twitter, the developer has finally announced that Red Dead Redemption 2 is officially in development. The game is scheduled for release in "Fall 2017", which means a Spring 2017 release for South Africa. The reveal tweet, which was posted at 3pm SAST today, has already garnered over 40 000 retweets, with nearly as many likes. Obviously, the hype is real. RED DEAD REDEMPTION 2 Coming Fall 2017#RDR2https://t.co/ZacUJ48wvE pic.twitter.com/lffZvn42pR — Rockstar Games (@RockstarGames) October 18, 2016 Following the story of John Marston, the baddest...

  • SAA bans Samsung Galaxy Note 7 from all flights

    Things just get worse and worse for Samsung. The company's flagship phablet, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, was earlier this week banned by the FAA in the US. Now, South Africa's national carrier, SAA, has announced that it too has banned the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 from its aircraft. Issuing a statement Tuesday, SAA notes that the decision is based purely on the grounds of passenger safety. "We initially placed a restriction on the use of the device where we prohibited the charging of this specific model on board our aircraft," explains SAA spokesperson Tlali Tlali. But this simple restriction has evolved...

  • Australia airports now sport Note 7 exchange counters

    In the US, it's now illegal to board a flight with a Samsung Galaxy Note 7. That's pretty similar in South Africa too. But Samsung, in South Korea and Australia, is trying hard to ensure this doesn't happen. The company has introduced an airport exchange programme, which Samsung's initiative for lessening the blow for Note 7 buyers. Users can trade their Note 7 for another Samsung device with a less explosive one of their choice at airport terminals. To be fair, the company has issued a number of recalls in the past two months, with the latest addressing the apparent battery...

  • iPhone 7: non-contract, prepaid pricing in South Africa

    It's iPhone 7 launch day in South Africa, and that means long lines outside stores and very slow online payments portals. But where can you buy an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus in South Africa, and how much will it cost you? Related: Should you buy an iPhone 7? Our handy flow chart might help And what will it cost if you don't want an annoying network provider in on the deal too? We take a look at all the available prepaid and non-contract options below. Digicape Digicape will offer seemingly all variants of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, with prices ranging...

  • Tencent builds a drone specifically for WeChat

    Don't look now, but Tencent is getting in on the drone manufacturing business. Dubbed the Ying Drone, the mini-quadcopter will allow its user to stream video directly to Tencent's chat app WeChat. While it's not widely used in Europe and North America, WeChat is a pretty big deal in the East and Africa, with over 760-million monthly active users. To put that into perspective, Twitter has just 310-million. But just like Google building its own hardware to service its millions and billions of users, Tencent is tearing a page from that very same workbook. Unlike most drones from DJI and Parrot, Tencent's Ying...

  • Samsung begins crafting faster, more efficient 10nm mobile chips

    Samsung, although down from the recent Samsung Galaxy Note 7 debacle, is not quite out. The company has announced that it will start mass production of its latest (and tiniest) mobile processing chips. Using a 10nm (nanometer) FinFET process, these chips will be the "first in the industry" to use this process. "The industry’s first mass production of 10nm FinFET technology demonstrates our leadership in advanced process technology," explains executive VP of Samsung's Foundry Business, Jong Shik Yoon. "We will continue our efforts to innovate scaling technologies and provide differentiated total solutions to our customers." 10nm technology will allow for smaller, faster and...