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All posts by Andy Walker

  • Logitech G910 Orion Spark review: the best keyboard you’ll ever use

    Can you remember a time when keyboards were nothing more than bottle caps with letters printed on them? Those days are firmly behind us, and gamers can rejoice in keyboards that respond to every flick of the finger. The gaming peripheral industry (a lot like the automotive industry, actually) is as much about pride as technology, so it's quite important that companies develop breakthroughs regularly, regardless of how tiny they may seem. It's especially important to develop these before their competitors. Logitech's the latest company to develop what it's calling "the world's fastest mechanical gaming keyboard." That's quite a statement, but will...

  • BlackBerry offers up to $550 off when trading in iPhone for Passport

    Fancy this for a (post) Black Friday deal? BlackBerry -- as if it hasn't launched a large enough offensive this year -- will offer iPhone users up to US$550 in a trade in deal to swap their Apple machine for a Passport. It sounds good right? If you haven't read our review, shame on you, but we think the Passport is probably one of the best phones released this year. With its brilliant display, innovative design and BlackBerry OS 10.3, it's quite possibly the break-though handheld device of the year. And that's from a company that was struggling to stay afloat...

  • Blood Sport’s blood-siphoning controller drains gamers for a good cause

    We've seen weird and wonderful Kickstarter projects over the years, but the latest gaming-orientated idea takes kill shots to a whole new level. Blood Sport uses a modified gaming controller, an Arduino micro-board and a sharp needle in a juicy vein to literally suck blood from your body whenever you're killed in the game. Each time the controller rumbles, the electrical signal engages a pump that draws a predetermined amount of blood from the gamer. The result is tangible evidence that you're getting your ass kicked. Luckily, there's no Jean-Claude van Damme involved. Even though it's not something you'll likely have in...

  • Sony Xperia C3 review: more than just a selfie phone

    Sony's been making some great hardware recently. Its devices' build quality is always exemplary and never seems to disappoint, at least not in the mobile phone department. There's a good reason why the Xperia range is a household name nowadays, and we have the latest phone from the Xperia stable on our testing table -- the Sony Xperia C3, or the, ahem, PROselfie phone. Yep. Even Sony is pandering to the Instagram generation all too ready to sport those ridiculous duckbills without thought of how peculiar they look. Sure, we're living in the age of the selfie, but should a...

  • Nokia N1 is the company’s swanky $249 Android Lollipop tablet

    "They say Nokia is dead. They say Nokia is no more. They even say rest in peace Nokia. Look, I say they couldn't be more wrong." That was what Sebastian Nyström, Head of Product Business at Nokia Technologies, had to say about those bad-mouthing his company. Yesterday on its Facebook account, the company unveiled a strange looking black box with the caption "Guess what? We’re up to something." Apple levels of coyness displayed there. Nevertheless, what looks strangely like a first generation Apple TV box could well hold the future of the company. Today at SLUSH 2014, the world got a glimpse...

  • COUGAR’s PC gaming peripherals coming to South Africa in December

    COUGAR, the German-based PC peripheral outfit, has been prowling the gaming markets of Europe and the States for a good while now, but finally the company is coming to South Africa and not a moment too soon. After becoming something of an eSports specialist, the company plans to bring its range of peripherals and hardware to Africa's southern tip, competing against the established likes of Razer and Logitech. One such peripheral arriving soon is the bonkers 700M gaming mouse. If you're familar with the famous R.A.T. line of gaming mice from Cyborg, you'll know exactly just how crazy we're talking. The Optimus...

  • 7 things we know about The Order: 1886 so far

    A huge part of the traditional console war is the list of exclusives each console can boast. Microsoft's Xbox One can attest to titles like Forza Horizon 2 and the hilariously fun Sunset Overdrive. Some will say Redmond's console shades it going into the new year, but those in love with Sony's PS4 will obviously say otherwise. And they should, especially with a title like The Order: 1886 coming up (and let me not get started on Bloodborne too). Set in 18th century alternative history England, the game follows a linear story line of The Order -- a group of powerful...

  • Windows Phone 8 devices will get Windows 10 upgrade, Microsoft reveals

    It's official -- Satya Nadella wasn't bluffing when he said that Windows 10 will be the OS for all future Microsoft devices. Replying to a tweet from a curious consumer, the company revealed that all current devices running Windows Phone 8 will be bumped up to Windows 10 in the future. Huzzah! Microsoft clearly doesn't want to upset the masses again with a misplaced OS move, desktop or mobile. Remember how upset Windows Phone 7 users were when they couldn't upgrade to the then benchmark Windows Phone 8? This was mainly due to more than the company's smugness, nevertheless, customers don't...

  • Sony debuts PlayStation Vue: PS4 and PS3 cloud-based, cable-like service

    We thought the Xbox One was meant to this current generation's all-powerful home media box and games console, but it turns out that Sony wants a piece of the non-gaming living room pie too. It today launched its own cloud-based internet streaming service dubbed Vue, which will be taking over TV screens in early 2015. Rumoured for a good while, Sony was always considering bringing more than just gaming content to its consoles, especially since internet-driven content is becoming something of the norm in the States. Will it be available in South Africa however? Sony hasn't said a thing thus far but...

  • Huawei South Africa launches Ascend Mate7 and Ascend G7 smartphones

    While Huawei isn't considered an established household brand in South Africa yet, the company isn't hurting its chances at all. Last night, the Shenzhen outfit unveiled its beautiful Ascend Mate7 phablet and Ascend G7 smartphone, two devices that'll likely take it to the Samsungs, LGs and Apples of this world come 2015. Considering that the last flagship update to the Ascend line came a good few years ago, this is a much needed refresh and my, what a refresh it is. These devices were announced at IFA 2014, but this was the first time South African media were able to...