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All posts by Andy Walker

  • Google X plans to take over you bloodstream with disease-detecting nanotechnology

    Remember Osmosis Jones -- the movie in which Chris Rock plays an animated white blood cell hunting down a germ within Bill Murray's body? It sounds gross, but it was pretty awesome. Google X, the Mountain View giant's mad scientist division, clearly gained some inspiration from this flick, because it is now developing blood-borne nanotechnology that will seek out some of the most destructive diseases known to human beings, before the diseases have time to cause major damage. Google X isn't exactly a stranger to sci-fi advances in the medical field either. Remember the glucose-monitoring contact lenses that were developed a...

  • Meet Alice’s Dystopia: South Africa’s first all-female ‘League of Legends’ team

    In a world dominated by males between the age of 15 and 25, League of Legends suffers from an identity crisis. Although it's one of the world's most popular MMORPGs, about 90% of the user base roots itself in this static demographic, so coming across a group that bucks this trend is both refreshing and groundbreaking. MaDHatter's Alice's Dystopia, as noted on the team's offical page, is "the first all female League of Legends team in South Africa to climb their way up the ranks of the League elo," and my, they kick ass. At rAge 2014's three exhibition matches,...

  • Amiko launches wearable device for medicine bottles, asthma inhalers

    We're pretty sick of wearables all doing the same things, like pretending to be watches or turn spectacle wearers into obnoxious, privacy-violating trolls. But a new startup, Amiko, may have just developed the most important wearable we've seen thus far. It's a unique wearable activity tracker that "wraps around medicine packaging" -- essentially a personal medication assistant. While other wearables monitor patient's health, Amiko aims to inform, alert and remind the patient to take the right dosage of medication and alerts the patient should the medication run low. This all sounds pretty pointless, and frankly, it isn't exactly a wearable in...

  • Windows 93 is Windows 95’s drunk cousin, but we love it anyway

    What was your first version of Windows? I remember it like it was yesterday -- good old, unreliable, crash-prone Windows 98. For those who remember a time when Windows 95 was top of the pops, this might make you a bit nostalgic. A webpage uncovered by one of The Verge's employees when they were supposed to be hard at work, displays and runs the lost version of Windows -- Windows 93. Built with JavaScript and CSS, this looks suspiciously like a rather elaborate coding project. Featuring gems like an ASCII rendition of Star Wars, countless memes of hamsters with machine guns,...

  • LG Liger F490L leaked, features company’s first NUCLUN eight-core processor

    When a company gives a phone the selfsame codename as a tiger's and lion's offspring, you know that device promises to be unique, over-the-top or damn-right impressive. The LG Liger F490L ticks all of these boxes, if a recent leak by Chinese site blogofmobile is to be believed. As if the Nexus 6 or LG G3 wasn't enough, LG plans to unveil a 5.9" monster, the first to sport the company's Odin NUCLUN octa-core processor. That's eight cores, or more specifically, four running at 1.2GHz and another four clocked at 1.5GHz. Samsung's bigLITTLE architecture also adopts the same approach, so...

  • 8 essential apps every budding technology journalist needs

    Apple likes a tag-line or two, doesn't it? Remember that "There's an app for that" quip that instantly turned into a meme? We're all for that line. In fact, we believe that you should be equipped with an app for every potential situation one should find oneself. And you know what? There is an app for every situation out there -- from being lost in a big African city to snapping that perfect picture of a yellow daisy. The possibilities are endless. As journalists, we also have a habit of equipping ourselves with a plethora of apps, just in case. So we've...

  • PS4 2.0 Masamune update coming, includes SharePlay and USB Music Player

    It might not involve mythical swords and uncomfortable iron thrones, but Sony and Microsoft's current-gen consoles are engaging in a little private game of updates. After Xbox's Major Nelson gave the world a comprehensive (and exciting) rundown of the updates coming to the Xbox One console next month, the PlayStation 4's upcoming update is in less than a week. Although Sony doesn't update the console's firmware as frequently as Microsoft's Xbox monthly release cycle -- which gives Redmond a tight timeframe to heed the public's annoyances and act accordingly -- the last memorable PS4 update was pushed nearly three months...

  • Raspberry Pi founder teases official 7″ touchscreen, updated A+ board

    It's not too difficult to understand why, but Raspberry Pi micro-computing boards are still selling like chocolate eclairs at a school cake sale. By now, most new devices fade into the background to some degree, but here they are, as fresh as ever. And they're about to get even fresher. Showcased at TechCrunch's Disrupt in London this week, Eben Upton -- the Pi's founder and spirit animal -- unveiled a new touchscreen display for the company's three boards and announced an upcoming, updated A+ board. We're excited. Why? Well, because people can now build Raspberry Pi-based tablets for funsies. They won't...

  • iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will retail via Vodacom South Africa from tomorrow

    Vodacom has announced that it will offer Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models both in physical South African stores and through its online channel from tomorrow, 24 October 2014. While these phones have been out for the best part of two months in the international market, Vodacom is the first service provider to offer the handsets in the country. The latest iPhones will only be available, initially at least, on contract or as an upgrade. Cue the hmphs. As for the launch, well, the company's planning a big soiree tonight at it's Vodacom World premises in Midrand, Johannesburg. (For...

  • Toshiba’s Satellite Radius boasts 360-degree hinge with five modes

    These convertible "netbooks" are popping up like daisies in the springtime, aren't they? It's reminiscent of the netbook craze prior to the turn of the decade, and considering these new machines' specifications, they're not too dissimilar in philosophy either. While companies like Lenovo are gunning for big-time business bosses, Toshiba is looking at the other end of the spectrum -- and this is possibly where the market is at its most exciting. The company's latest product, dubbed the Satellite Radius 11, is a budget convertible boasting some ultrabook-level features. It's rather affordable too at US$329. To cover the basics, the touchscreen's...