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  • Houdt flaunts snazzy, exclusive custom covers for iPhone range [Gallery]

    Houdt, a local device accessories and lifestyle brand, has announced a collaboration with South African artists and designers to launch an exclusive range of swanky iPhone 5, iPhone 5s and iPhone 6 covers. Houdt's usually known for crafting unique device covers from wood (among other peripherals), and the limited edition range is no exception to this earthy rule. The covers feature works from the following local artists: Kronk Marchant KimVV Liza-Marie AmIcollective Clement Hanno "Each artist has produced 50 beautiful handcrafted handsets available in Rosewood," notes the presser. The covers can be found on Houdt's official site ranging in price from R499 for the iPhone 5 range, and R599...

  • The LG G Flex 2’s aerial camera tour of Cape Town [Gallery]

    Back in January at CES 2015, there was one phone that really stood out from the rest. It was the first to boast the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset and one of the first to feature 3GB of RAM. It was also one of the most promising curved phones we had seen in a long, long time. The LG G Flex 2 is now officially coming to South Africa in April, as a Vodacom exclusive for R10 499 on prepaid, but that doesn't really tell the entire story. LG's a bit curve-mad at the moment, with devices sporting anything other than straight...

  • Logitech G502 Proteus Core gaming mouse unboxed [Gallery]

    Logitech has been making some really cutting-edge hardware recently, with the likes of the all-conquering G910 Orion Spark gaming keyboard and the G402 Hyperion Fury gaming mouse. Adding onto the success of these two devices, Logitech launched another contender to the gaming mouse crown called the Logitech G502 Proteus Core. Read more: Logitech G910 Orion Spark review: the best keyboard you’ll ever use Always with the trendy names is Logitech. For starters, the mouse lives up to its changeable name, with a stealthy matte black and shiny plastic design approach. Fit with an oversized thumb rest too for the weary handed, the...

  • BlackBerry Classic is a stately, suave blast from the past [Gallery]

    I've been unnecessarily harsh on BlackBerry's design team of late, but have been (pleasantly) surprised with the likes of the BlackBerry Passport. Now, new to the company's alternative arsenal is probably the most BlackBerry-ish BlackBerry of recent years. It's the spiritual successor to the Bold 9900 appropriately dubbed the "Blackberry Classic." At this point you might be wondering, "what's the point?" and for good reason. Why upgrade a phone (or at least, refresh a concept) that was around in 2011? There's a few good reasons, but we'll cover that in the Gearburn review coming in the next few weeks. For now, what...

  • 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...