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All posts by Pippa Tshabalala: Columnist

  • 6 classic sci-fi gadgets that really exist [part 1]

    Remember those childhood dreams of being driven around in an automated car? Or soaring through the sky with a jet pack? It’s science fiction, right? Those things won’t materialise in our lifetime. Wrong. Some of the gadgets you thought were pipe dreams are in fact either already reality, or very close to it. Self-driving cars (Total Recall) Note: there’s some strong language at the end of the video. Great film though The automated car for example. 2GetThere in the United Arab Emirates has a fleet of ten robotaxis that transport roughly 25 000 people a month. They can’t negotiate traffic, at least...

  • Unwinding the iWatch: here’s what to expect

    On some levels I’ve never heard of anything quite as ridiculous as an iWatch. I also totally want one and I’m not even entirely sure why. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, let me give you a quick rundown. Earlier this year it was leaked that Apple was developing a smartwatch, the key component of which is flexible glass that allows it to be curved to fit your wrist. Apparently known as “Willow Glass”, this is a material currently in development by Corning Display Technologies, (maker of Gorilla Glass) but, typically, nothing has been confirmed at...

  • The tech survivor’s guide to the zombie apocalypse

    By Pippa Tshabala and Steven Norris A zombie apocalypse is imminent, and as the Boy Scouts say, “be prepared.” Not zombies per say but it could be anything mindless and undead. Bored hipsters, frustrated iPhone users pushed to the brink, even a mass mobile phone infection as seen in Stephan King’s excellent book, Cell. It doesn’t matter, something can happen. That’s what our tech survivor's guide to a zombie apocalypse is about. Not all of these will be long-term solutions of course, especially since gadgetry relies on the fact that existing systems need to be maintained, unless the zombies are more conscientious...

  • ‘Destiny’ cheat-sheet: Bungie’s latest epic laid bare

    You thought nothing would ever be better than Halo. Bungie’s masterpiece. Its signature franchise, most notable for one of the most memorable characters in gaming history. How could anything top that? And then, Destiny came knocking. Yes, Bungie has finally unveiled its new IP, Destiny, and immediately grabbed the attention of gamers the world over. “Everything changed with the arrival of the Traveler. It sparked a Golden Age when our civilization spanned the solar system, but it didn’t last. Something hit us, knocked us down. The survivors built a city beneath the Traveler, and have begun to explore our old worlds, only...

  • My geeky Valentine: 5 gifts for nerds in love

    I have real trouble buying Valentine’s Day presents for my husband. Either the things I want to buy are a tad too expensive, or we end up lapsing into buying the things we both love, which include graphic novels, game related paraphernalia or tattoos. I have however done a bit of research this year and managed to track down some awesome geeky bits and pieces that I think would appropriate for the technophile in your life. All of these range in price, so it always of course depends on how much you want to spend, but let’s pretend for a...

  • Next-gen console madness from Sony and Microsoft

    How many years have we been speculating about the release of Sony and Microsoft’s next-gen consoles? Five years? Ten? How long have the rumours been flying around not only about their specs, but their names? PS4, Orbis, Xbox 720, Infinity, Durango, Loop -- we’ve heard them all. Let's be honest, we really don’t know much about these consoles at all, but we can speculate 'til the cows come home based on bits of information we gleaned while scouring the internet for official press releases. Let us begin with the PS4. Codename: Orbis The Latin name Orbis means “ring” or “circle” and coupled...

  • The 10 most anticipated indie games of 2013

    This time of year has a serious lack of new releases. I’m not sure if people are still playing through the mass of games that are released towards the end of year, but January, even right up until March is a seriously dry gaming period, with perhaps only one or two titles that I find interesting. Luckily, for those of us who love these things, indie games provide a great alternative to AAA titles. And although January still doesn't offer us much in this arena either, there are some amazing indie games apparently set for release this year that are...