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  • Is the Nintendo 3DS XL ‘Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate’ the prettiest handheld ever? [Gallery]

    We've been very patient waiting for the new  Nintendo 3DS XL to bash down our office door, and finally the beautiful piece of Kyoto art has arrived in its bulky and considerably-heavier-than-expected box. Although a proper video unboxing is duly on its way, we understand that fans or those just pining to purchase Nintendo's latest large handheld want a few inspirational images. Nintendo has kindly gifted us a Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Edition handheld, that features the game's logo on the backplates, covered in shimmering silver. The console itself is grey, but we prefer the darker finishes to the lighter -- colours...

  • Microsoft Lumia 535 in its unboxed glory [Gallery]

    We've seen the Lumia name before in South Africa but it was usually pegged alongside the Nokia moniker. This connection will become more and more tattered as the years roll on now, but Microsoft has ensured that its label is stuck onto the back of the Lumia range, and this a bad thing at all. The Microsoft Lumia 535 is the first product of Microsoft's newly-found smartphone love to hit South African shores, and my, it's quite a looker. Read more: Microsoft launches first self-branded phone in South Africa, the Lumia 535 Boasting a 5.0-inch screen slathered in Corning Gorilla Glass 3,...

  • Orange to open physical store in Cape Town early 2015 [Gallery]

    South Africa might not be the biggest world market when it comes to technology adoption or sales, but that doesn't stop companies recognising its potential. After trading online for much of its life in this country, Orange -- the French telecoms giant, renowned for making a name for itself in a variety of tech endeavours  -- is opening its first South African brick and mortar retail store in January 2015. The store will be located in the Cape Town suburb of Claremont, and will be the first of its kind in the country. Orange, along with offering some of the latest...

  • Unboxing the Sony SmartWatch 3 [Gallery]

    It's pretty easy to keep track of Sony's wearable releases thanks to its rather lazy naming department. As you should've realised by know, the Sony SmartWatch 3 is the third iteration of the company's smartwatch project. While it may look at lot like the SmartWatch 2 that it replaces, it's leaps and bounds better. Rather than performing the usual unboxing (the gorgeous device didn't come in a box at all, it turns out), we gave the SmartWatch 3 a photo shoot, showcasing the ceremonial removing of the watch's protective shell to ultimately switching the gizmo on. Read more: Sony SmartWatch 2...

  • 15 techy things we’re giving thanks for this Thanksgiving [Gallery]

    It's Thanksgiving again after an exciting but long year in the tech sphere. Although down here in South Africa we love our turkey as much as any North American, we normally wait until 25 December to pop them on the "braais" and enjoy a family meal. However, we also know how to give thanks for the brilliant things and moments in life. This year has been particularly kind to the technology industry -- journalists, consumers and companies alike. There have been landmark gadget releases, like Apple's iPhone 6, Google's next iteration of the Nexus series and Nvidia's range of Tegra-based mobile devices....

  • Oppo N1, our phone of the moment [gallery]

    "Technology that we take for granted has fundamentally changed the way we live. And that’s the way it should be. Technology should innovate and push mankind forward. However, innovation in smartphones has stopped. Every year, smartphones become slightly faster, with slightly larger screens, and get slight design changes. These things have been confused with innovation. With the N1, we threw away all preconceptions. We boldly returned to the core reason to why technology should exist. To improve life, to innovate, and to change things for the better." These words, etched into the homepage of Oppo, marks the introduction of the N1, the...

  • Take a closer look at the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX and new HD 7″ [photos]

    We wrote about Amazon's brand-new Kindle lineup earlier today: the Fire HDX 7" and 8.9" and the revamped Fire HD 7". Right now though, we've got a gallery that outlines some of the hottest and coolest features of each tablet. In our opinion, the fact that the Fire HD only costs R1390 (US$139) is a definite highlight. At this price-point, and with this hardware, it's hard to see how it's not going to fly off the shelves. Enjoy the gallery below, and look forward to these tablets, coming from October. [burngal title = "The Kindle Fire HDX 8.9-inch and 7-inch...

  • These beautiful ‘iPhone Lite’ images would’ve made Steve Jobs smile

    Brains hurt and eyes melt when good, nay great pieces of concept art are crapped onto the internet. We lose out collective minds, especially if the world “iPhone” is attached to it. And that’s today’s story, a bunch of nifty concept renders of Apple’s rumoured "iPhone Lite” as 3D artist Martin Hajek calls it. It’s a better name than “crap and plastic iPhone” we suppose. Hajek created these concept renders based on the latest images, renders and leaked shots that have been doing the rounds over the past couple of months. He’s even gone as far as to release the...

  • Missed the PS4 announcement? Here’s everything you need to know (and see)

    Sony took the wraps off its PlayStation 3 successor at E3 today. The PlayStation 4 will be priced at US$399 and will arrive in time for the holiday season. While Sony touted its media catalogue, the PlayStation 4 announcement sharply contrasted the that of its arch nemesis, the Xbox One. Instead, Sony came out guns blazing with a sharp focus on upcoming PS4 titles, indie games and its cloud-based game streaming service powered by Gaikai. Vita Jack Tretton President and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America said that PlayStation Vita's catalogue had grown to 125 games and that another 85,...

  • 18 of the most awesome geeky gadget cases and skins we found on Society 6

    Over in the awesome corner of the web, populated with things like Grumpy cat and videos of dancing robots, lives a site called Society 6. If you're looking to give your iSomething or Galaxy S4 a little more personality, it's a good place to start. The site accepts contributions from hundreds of thousands of artists around the world, who submit their designs and photographs which are then transformed into everything from t-shirts to pillow cases to framed prints and gadget cases. The crowdsourced art portal / online store takes care of the production and distribution of the product, the artists...