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  • Enter the 2018 Ventureburn Tech Startup Survey and win!

    Ventureburn, in partnership with Telkom Futuremakers and analytics company Qurio, is proud to announce the launch of the 2018 Ventureburn Tech Startup Survey. Following the success of both its 2015 and 2017 tech startup surveys, Ventureburn will again uncover the nuts and bolts of the SA tech startup sector, seeking to discover among other things: What are the major challenges facing the country’s entrepreneurs? What do South Africa’s startup founders look like? What sectors are startups more prevalent in? What types of funding are startups securing, and where are they getting their money from? Why are people flocking to startups to work there? Where is...

  • Portal: New home device from Facebook

    Facebook has revealed two new video communication devices which it claims simplifies video calling. The company revealed the pair , Portal and Portal+, on its website yesterday along with a video showcasing the product's aim, where people were sent the device and asked to try it out. "Portal makes video calling easier and more like hanging out, while a widescreen display lets you enjoy every moment together," Facebook said in the announcement yesterday. Portal is meant to connect households in a life-like way according to Facebook, which said that both devices were "designed to help you feel closer to the important people in your...

  • Microsoft pauses latest Windows 10 Update over disappearing files

    Last week Microsoft released its latest October 2018 update for Windows 10, which was meant to empower "a new era of personal activity" according to the company. This did not go as planned, however. Instead, Microsofts' community forums were flooded with complaints about personal files having gone missing once the update was installed, with users unable to recover them. Microsoft has since taken down the update with plans on fixing the odd bug. "We have paused the rollout of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update (version 1809) for all users as we investigate isolated reports of users missing some files after updating," Microsoft...

  • Nokia 7.1 debuts with Snapdragon 636, new dual camera setup

    HMD Global has launched its latest flagship smartphone in the form of the Nokia 7.1. “The Nokia 7.1 is the first smartphone to come with PureDisplay screen technology for stunning HDR cinematic quality entertainment inside and out,” the company revealed in its official press release. The device features a dual camera system with “highly sensitive” ZEISS Optics of 12MP and 5MP. “Achieve the perfect picture with HDR photography giving you crisper and sharper images,” the company added. The cameras also features EIS, but no OIS, and basic manual photography functions such as ISO, shutter speed and aperture. Using AI, the front-facing camera “introduces facial...

  • LG V40 ThinkQ is now official

    This week LG officially launched the V40 ThinQ – its smartphone with five cameras. In fact, the company calls this camera system “revolutionary” with “the power to capture moments big or small, at different angles from multiple perspectives”. The three rear cameras work simultaneously, giving your three pictures out of every click. “Easily capture three photos – standard, telephoto zoom and super wide-angle – with just one click.” With the dual front-facing cameras you can choose between standard or 90 degree wide angle selfies. The device also uses AI to help you choose filters and make basic edits to your photos. Other specs include: Qualcomm...

  • Microsoft’s new Surface range includes headphones with 15 hour battery life

    This week Microsoft officially revealed its latest Surface range, including the all-new Surface Headphones. Though there are five other devices in the range, these headphones are stealing centre stage. Microsoft is calling the light grey device “the smarter way to listen”, and it features both active and passive noise cancellation. The device also boasts a battery life of 15 hours, though it only charges within two, and can be used via Bluetooth or through an audio cable. “Surround yourself with adjustable active noise cancellation, on-ear touch controls, and an optimized ear cup design — engineered for rich, clear acoustics,” the company's marketing material...

  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is coming to Chrome via Google’s Project Stream

    Ubisoft and Google have announced plans to bring Assassin’s Creed Odyssey online through the latter's new service, Project Stream. Project Stream is Google’s attempt to advance streaming technology. “Streaming media has transformed the way we consume music and video, making it easy to instantly access your favourite content,” said the company on their website. Now it seems that their focus is set on gaming too. “We’ve been working on Project Stream, a technical test to solve some of the biggest challenges of streaming,” they explained. Further noting that they intend to push this test to its limits “with one of the most...

  • Fallout 76’s beta will launch in three weeks

    Though Fallout 76 will only be released in November, game developer Bethesda has announced a beta version coming in late October. “During the B.E.T.A. one of our primary goals is to stress test and break the game,” said the company in a blog post. To do this, the beta version will not run constantly, instead players will “be online during targeted timeframes so we can get as many people as possible playing at the same time”. Bethesda explains that it believes this is the best way to test its systems. The company also released the in-game introduction on YouTube. “Our B.E.T.A. (Break-It Early...

  • Facebook debuts the Oculus Quest all-in-one VR headset

    Facebook's Oculus has revealed the latest edition to its virtual reality headset range, the Oculus Quest. The headset is the company's “first all-in-one VR system”, which is essentially a gaming console that you can wear on your face. “No PC. No wires. No limits,” quips the Oculus website, which also touts a short gaming trailer for Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR series. The device comes with two touch controllers that allow you to interact with virtual environments. You’ll also be able to look around and walk in these environments freely. You know, similarly to what current virtual reality headsets do at...

  • Ditch the controller: Xbox One is getting keyboard and mouse support

    Microsoft has teamed up with Razer to provide wireless keyboard and mouse support for Xbox One for a select group of Insiders. This means that soon you will be able to play supported games using a keyboard and mouse on the console. While Microsoft says gaming developers can decide if they wish to make their games compatible for this control option, one game is already set to test the new feature through the Xbox Insider programme. "Warframe will be one of the first titles testing mouse and keyboard input when the feature arrives to Insider in the coming weeks," confirmed Microsoft in...