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All posts by Daniel Taibleson

  • The state of mobile gaming in Africa

    Smartphone ownership and use is on a meteoric rise all across Africa, and with that comes the inevitable rise in mobile gaming. According to a recent study by eMarketer, mobile phone usage across Africa and the Middle East nearly doubled in 2013, and smartphones now make up more than 20% of all mobile phones being used. The study estimated around 525.8 million people of all ages used a mobile phone at least every month during 2013. This is more than in North America or Western Europe. In 2014, there is an estimated 561-million mobile phone users and that number...

  • Virtually a reality: why VR is no longer a lucid dream

    Folks from the '80s and '90s dreamed of a day when they would be able to strap on a giant piece of headgear, press the power button and be transported to a fantasy world, removed from the dangers, drama and hardships of day-to-day living. There's an obvious appeal to the kind of escapism virtual reality affords. When life has you down, wouldn't it be great to be able to escape to an ideal world without ever having to leave your own home? What used to be science fiction has evolved into science fact. Technology is finally catching up with ambitions...

  • 7 of the best gadgets of SXSW

    SXSW has skyrocketed from its original 150 attendees in 1987 to the world-class event it is today. This year's event has featured some impressive speakers: the Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl gave the music keynote speech, Shaquille O’Neal talked technology and Newark, N.J., mayor-slash-heartthrob Cory Booker discussed Twitter. But for you gadget-guru types, the highlight remains SXSW Interactive, headquarters for new ideas and creative technologies. See if one of these devices will satisfy your...