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All posts by Andy Walker

  • Meet PiKasa: the Cape Town-based all-in-one Raspberry Pi computer [update]

    Update: The PiKasa Indiegogo campaign is officially up and running. The company is looking for US$25 000 to fund the project. Have a look at the campaign here. We've sung the Raspberry Pi's praises many times. It's a wonderfully reliable, practical, and cheap computer with just enough power for a broad range of applications. They double up as great media players too, or consoles for those old emulated games. But what about more practical uses? What if you want to use the Raspberry Pi as a full-blown all-in-one computer? Cape Town-based firm, The Content Company, has crafted a Raspberry Pi housing...

  • Verssed W1 review-in-brief: finally, something different

    We've been bombarded by a barrage of low-cost smartphones recently and we're pretty damn bored of them all. As a consumer, it's a puzzling time to be rummaging through the smartphone marketplace, and as a first-adopter looking for that first handset, it's even worse. Although Android phones below the R1000 threshold are all unamusing and largely uninspiring, there are a few other devices out there that force us to sit up and take note. On paper, the Edcon exclusive Verssed W1 seems like a predictable cookie-cuter budget device. There's that familiar 4.0-inch screen with an even more tell-tale 800x480 resolution, a...

  • ‘Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End’ delayed until spring 2016

    Well, here's some truly horrible news for those looking foward to the next Uncharted game. Uncharted 4: A Thief's End was scheduled to be launched sometime in the middle of the year, will now only be seen in the northern spring 2016. That's right, more than a year from now. Naughty Dog's Bruce Straley and Neil Druckmann broke the news on the PlayStation Blog earlier today, suggesting that the game "is much more ambitious than originally envisioned," and that they'd hate to do a half-job. After spending so many years with Nathan Drake, he means a lot to the team,...

  • ‘Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate’ review: a marvellous creation

    If you're new to the Monster Hunter franchise (like I am), jumping into a game as dense and time-consuming as Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate is quite an investment. For once, the game demands a fair amount of graft for rather feeble initial rewards, but there's one thing I should definitely mention from the offset: it's difficult to put down. Taking off from where the Monster Hunter series ended back in 2013, the Ultimate version adds a dense layer of 3D to the running, slaying, returning, running, slaying, returning methodology. That might sound a bit boring, but it genuinely isn't. You play...

  • LaCie launches new USB Type-C external drive for 12-inch MacBook

    LaCie (Seagate's fancy pants division) is the first company to jump on the USB Type-C external storage bandwagon when it launched its new Porsche Design Mobile Drive to complement the new Apple MacBook. Following the news that Apple's newly launched 12-inch MacBook features just one input/output port in the form of a USB Type-C number, the company has duly obliged, crafting an external drive that will work with the multi-purpose port out of the box. Read more: 6 sleek Apple MacBook features that are making fans go ape LaCie notes that the drive supports the "the user–friendly connector of the future" and...

  • Apple Watch: all you need to know about Apple’s digital ticker

    In a typically stylish Apple event held in downtown San Francisco, Apple finally launched its Apple Watch to the world after spending the past six months teasing the general public. The Apple Watch, which will be available in two sizes (1.5-inches and 1.65-inches), three guises (average Joe, Sport and "Watch Edition") and a plethora of strap options, will likely put a cat amongst the Huawei, Samsung and LG pigeons of the wearable world. The device, however will start at a base price of US$349 and climb to a ridiculous US$17 000 for the overly-flashy, obnoxious gold "Edition". Read more: Huawei Watch...

  • Huawei Watch is probably the prettiest smartwatch ever made [update]

    Update: There's an Amazon.de employee about to have his wrist slapped rather firmly after a rather steep price tag was posted alongside the Huawei Watch listing. Any guess of what the number alongside it was? 999 Euros, or US$1080. Yep, that's about three times more than the entry level Apple Watch if rumours are to be believed. Although the price could be an error prior to the device's availability and price announcements, it could very well be an inflated sense of grandeur by those price-setters at Huawei. Of course, the watch is supremely gorgeous, but does it warrant such a steep...

  • Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge top 20-million pre-orders since reveal

    If the latest report from the Korea Times is anything to go by, then Samsung executives must be high-fiving themselves behind closed doors back in Seoul. The company has allegedly garnered over 20-million pre-orders for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge combined since the duos announcement just over a week ago in Barcelona. That's a massive win in any company's books, and makes a serious dent in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus's sales figure of 75-million since Apple's launch back in September 2014. The Samsung Galaxy S6 received 15-million pre-order requests, while the slightly more expensive and...

  • The PlayStation Company: where has Sony been hiding this MWC?

    We have an interesting update regarding Sony's mobile future, especially in South Africa, so keep an eye out for our conversation with Mark Fenzel, Sony's country manager for Sony Mobile coming next week. While HTC, Huawei and Samsung were all competing for the media's attention this past week, Sony had launched the latest two devices in the Xperia range without anyone really noticing or giving much of a hoot. Although the Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet was leaked just a few days before the official unveiling, it didn't exactly receive a swathe of attention. It wasn't because of the leak either, and...

  • BlackBerry ‘Slider’ announced at MWC 2015, alongside ‘Leap’

    BlackBerry has been lurking around MWC for the past few days now, without revealing so much as a new partnership with Samsung on the Knox encryption tool. Today's press conference however, the company spread its wings once again, and outed two new phones that are so ridiculously different in thinking that we're still stumped in the office. The BlackBerry Leap, first of all, seems like just another one of those 5.0-inch full HD smartphones that have taken over this year's mobile announcements, but a closer inspection shows a bit more drama than that. "The BlackBerry Leap fits nicely into the BlackBerry...