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  • TomTom Bandit hands on: extremely different

    Ask a common consumer to name an action camera and they'll almost immediately say "GoPro." But that doesn't have to be the case. Although the American marque is there on merit launching some great devices at perfectly timed intervals, the world of action gadgetry is taking an interesting turn. More and more companies that haven't trudged this space before are finding that there's one massive market here, especially for South African weekend warriors, who enjoy getting their bikes dirty in the Cederberg. That's where the TomTom Bandit slots in. Although it launched the device in Amsterdam back in July, TomTom has only...

  • Microsoft pushes Windows 10 Xbox app update

    On Thursday, Microsoft announced an update to the Xbox Windows 10 app as well as the release of a beta version. The beta app will work in a similar way to their Xbox preview programmes. Users of the app will now be able to input text on the Xbox One, which includes the use of keyboards, touchpads, and more. According to the posting, this was the most requested feature from Xbox Feedback. Other features included in the update bring it in alignment with that of the Xbox One and Xbox 360. Previous features which required a manual refresh to update the information --...

  • ‘Party Hard’ review: killing the noise

    Have you ever craved a bit of peace and quiet or a good night’s sleep, but your next door neighbour is hosting a rave well into the early hours of the morning? Have you ever, in a situation like this, imagined inflicting a series of horrible and painful deaths on all those who are partaking in this festival of noise? If so (you’re probably old and mentally unstable), then Party Hard might just be the game for you. Developed by Ukrainian-based indies Pinokl Games, will provide you with the opportunity to live out your morbid fantasies in your quest for...

  • Xbox 360 receives new system update, adds Xbox One features

    In a post today on Xbox representative Major Nelson’s blog, Microsoft unveiled a new Xbox 360 firmware update and what changes it will bring to its previous-generation gaming system. Firstly, 360 owners will receive 2GB of cloud storage for game saves. "Use your cloud storage to save the game saves you want to bring with you on Xbox One and Xbox One Compatible games," the post states. Read more: South Africa’s Xbox One Elite 1TB bundle price announced The Xbox 360 is now able to connect to locations requiring Terms of Use acceptance, such as hospitals and hotels. Users will be required to...

  • Ware of the Week: ShowMax

    In our weekly series, Ware of the Week, we showcase our favourite organised lines of code from the world of mobile and desktop computing. In today’s edition, we look at an app that comes courtesy of Naspers' new streaming VoD service -- ShowMax. If you missed our previous Ware of the Week, catch it below. Read more: Ware of the Week: Zomato On Ware of the Week, I usually only discuss apps that I truly love, that I can't live without, or that I don't ever want to live without. This week, we're tackling something a little different. While video-on-demand (VoD) is...

  • Nintendo’s Kimishima was only elected president for a year, he claims in interview

    Tatsumi Kimishima is a name you're going to hear a lot of in the coming year, thanks to the Nintendo board electing him as the company's new president. While he many not be as charismatic or endearing as Satoru Iwata, he's filled with business savvy -- arguably a trait that Nintendo needs now more than ever. In a recent interview conducted by Nikkei magazine, the new president made a few interesting remarks. Notably, he predicted that the Nintendo Wii U -- the company's latest failed console -- would be a commercial flop, as it was too similar to the original Nintendo...

  • Sharp will sell the world’s first 8K TV for R1.8-million

    If you belong to the "there's never too many pixels" club and wear your badge with pride, then you'll love what Sharp plans to do next month. The Japanese company, known for making some of the world's best television panels, is outing the world's first 8K TV next month in its homeland for a cool US$133 000. That's R1.8-million for you and I down south. But if you think that number is excessive, consider the sheer size of the LV-85001. It's 85-inches from corner to corner and boasts a resolution of 7680x4320, which is 16 times more pixels than a 1920x1080 Full...

  • Altech Node console, service to be culled citing ‘increased competition’

    In September 2014, South Africa got its first taste of a novel breed of technology in the form of a "fully converged home gateway console." It was called the Altech Node and meshed a video-on-demand (VoD) service with a home automation system. But after a poor consumer adoption rate, it's creator Altron is set to kill the device and the service. According to a TechCentral report, Altron's move comes after it failed to sell the Altech Node to another company. Read more: Altech Node review: spades of potential in a little black box "After exploring various alternatives including partnerships, Altron has taken...

  • LG G4 Beat hands-on preview: for the leather lovers

    If Doctor Evil was an LG G4, Mini-Me would be an LG G4 Beat. It wouldn't be callous either to call LG lazy in this sense, because all they've really done here is shrink the LG G4 in every single way to make the G4 Beat what it is. But is that really such a bad thing? As a daily LG G4 user, getting to grips with the Beat was fairly easy. The first week was a guessing game of "which is actually the LG G4 here" and more often than not, I picked up the Beat, sheepishly. Anyhow, that...

  • 3 new iPhone 6S features Apple haters would love to have

    Smartphone manufacturers are naughty kids glancing at each others' answer sheets during final exams. While they all hate to admit it, technologies developed by others are soon imitated by competition, or redeveloped by the remainder. Apple has been accused of indulging in this act, and the iPad Pro is probably the best example (it's practically a Microsoft Surface with a Samsung Galaxy Note stylus). But is has also released some of the most innovative items we've ever seen, including the iPod, the original iPhone and (even) the iPad, when tablets were just kicking off. This September, Apple has done it again...