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All posts by Wiehahn Diederichs: Columnist

  • 8 phones with astonishingly good battery life

    Size matters. Or at least that is how it seems with the excess of massive mobile phones hitting the market in recent times. These devices have gigantic displays and power-hungry processors with most of their users frequently testing their limits. With the latest models feebly standing on the border of "mobile" phones, the question of battery life becomes quite significant. So let's take a look at the phones with the best balance between high quality, performance, and most importantly excellent battery life. LG Optimus G Pro The LG Optimus G Pro has a great balance between retail price and battery life....

  • 6 modern day crimefighting gadgets

    Crime is something we all have thought about at some point in our lives. Whether it is to prevent one or protect yourself, it is important to stay current with the world’s latest crime fighting gadgetry. We might not have reached the days of light sabers and freeze rays but our present technology is still something to marvel at. So to all heroes and villains, here’s a list of six modern-day crime fighting gadgets: The BodyGuard http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yF1jNDA-AJM Kevin Costner! No really, he's in the video The inventor of the BodyGuard, David Brown, says of the gadget: “It’s a basic concept of taking the...

  • 10 sci-fi gadgets coming sooner than you think

    Ever dreamed of experiencing the technology seen in movies or read in books? Over the years the sci-fi realm has teased us with the prospects of lightsaber battles, galactic exploration, time travel, space whales and so much more. With these advances in science and technology, have you ever wondered how close we are to realising any of these "fictional" gadgets and inventions? You'll be surprised just how close we are to enjoying the sci-fi fruits of the future. Force field A thousand missiles, 300 bullets and a samurai sword (just for good measure) are heading in your direction. All at once....

  • 12 brilliant mobile games made in Africa

    In the last decade, it has been made clear that the thirst for quality gaming in Africa is much larger than most would think. Africa is quickly catching up as talented game developers pop up all over the continent, ready to become part of the international world of gaming. Let’s take a look at what Africa has to offer and see how close the continent is to becoming a true competitor in the world of mobile gaming. Fleet of One (Android and iOS) Fleet of One isn’t exactly what I would call original. It follows the same recipe as the ancient...

  • 10 mind-blowing next-gen games of 2014

    2013 has provided us some seriously epic gaming titles. We were taken into a whole new BioShock world with Bioshock Infinite, we saw the reimagining of Tomb Raider and Devil May Cry, and were introduced to some splendid debut tiles such as Remember Me and The Last of Us. As time will have it 2013 must soon come to an end, but this means 2014 is coming, and with it the promise of ten incredible next-gen titles. Let's take a look at what 2014 has in store for gamers.   Titanfall http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=caiIamHIzBY TitanFall looks like it might become one of the best games...

  • 2013’s console of the year: Sony PlayStation 4

    The release of the PS4 was one of the most anticipated moments for gamers in 2013. Since the release of the PS1 back in the early ninties the Playstation has grown to become the most sought after console of all time. With the recent release of the PS4, it isn't showing any signs of backing down. History lessons The PlayStation name has firmly cemented itself within the minds of gamers all over the world. And to think it almost never existed. The idea for the Playstation was born back in the days when Sony (together with Phillips Electronics) developed a CD...

  • 5 more of 2013’s best gadgets

    Gadgets have become an integral part of our lives. The peak of technological advancement keeps rising and it doesn't seem like it will stop any time soon. Each year that passes provides us with more and more innovations and refinements. Things that have been thought to mere visions of the future have become a present day reality. We had a list earlier this week of our favourite gadgets, but right now we present five more gizmos we've come to love throughout 2013. HTC One It seems that pressure indeed does create diamonds. With HTC's negative results in the past it needed...

  • Graphics over gameplay: can ‘Beyond’ creator David Cage innovate?

    David Cage is talented. He works as a musician, writer and video game designer but is best known for being the founder of the game development studio, Quantic Dream, which has brought us some remarkable titles such as Heavy Rain and The Nomad Soul. Added to that list is Beyond, Cage's last game which was in many reviewers opinions and ours, a bland game that placed graphics over engaging gameplay. Cage is possibly the most interesting modern-day game developer, but can he now use the Xbox One and PS4 to create games that not only look good, but play well? Qauntic Dream's...

  • Xbox One versus PS4? The PC won long ago

    Since the release of the Xbox One and the Playstation 4, I've heard numerous arguments about which one is the best. We all seem to be so concerned with consoles at the moment that we have forgotten which platform is still the reigning champ of gaming performance. Yes, it's the PC. If you take a closer look at all the improvements made in these new consoles you will see that they are mimicking the build of a PC. To me, this says a lot. It is as if the makers of consoles acknowledge that their creations will only ever become...

  • Challenge accepted: 5 of the most difficult games you’ll ever play

    I recently had a strange urge to go rummaging through my gaming treasure chest. I had this unquenchable want to play a classic title from my past. After quite some digging, and a few nostalgic moments, I finally found it. As I started playing the old quirky puzzle-adventure game (which features on this list) one thing immediately became apparent. It was the first time in ages I felt like I was truly being challenged. Then, I decided to take a look into some current games. One by one I tried my hand at these games and with each passing...