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  • MWC 2015 live blog: this year’s conference comes to a close

    It's pretty early for those reading from the States and its smack in the middle of the work day for us closer to the Greenwich line, so keeping track of MWC 2015 using the official livestreams available is a bit of a pain. But let us ease any worries and qualms you might have. Our MWC 2015 live blog will track Barcelona's mobile movements as they happen. Oh, and they'll be happening rather quickly at that if the bundle of pre-event news is anything to go by. If you missed our build up to MWC 2015 and all the rumours, punts...

  • 10 crazily ambitious Google projects that will change the world

    If you didn’t realize that Google is attempting to transform the world into a more habitable place from the ground up, then this list will let you in on the secret. Google CEO Larry Page often suggests that companies aren’t evil. Some are accomplishing great things, and Google is an example of what can be done when money isn’t an issue. Here are the top ten crazily ambitious Google projects that will change the world, and soon: 1. Nanoparticle Cancer Detection Google X Labs would like to create a pill stuffed with a nanoparticle payload capable of detecting cancer and other diseases. The nanoparticles would use a magnetic...

  • Samsung Galaxy S6 will likely feature similar price to iPhone 6

    If you are to believe Samsung's European websites then Samsung's premium fusion of class and metal isn't as expensive as we feared it to be. Granted, it's not a mid-range device, but the price should fall nicely alongside its primary competition -- the iPhone 6. MyBroadband recently spotted Samsung Netherlands' price listings of the new flagship Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, and performed a quick Rand to Euro conversion, which would theoretically render pockets between R9000 and R13 000 more less fortunate. When Apple brought the iPhone 6 to South African shores in late 2014, it was touted to retail...

  • The PlayStation Company: where has Sony been hiding this MWC?

    We have an interesting update regarding Sony's mobile future, especially in South Africa, so keep an eye out for our conversation with Mark Fenzel, Sony's country manager for Sony Mobile coming next week. While HTC, Huawei and Samsung were all competing for the media's attention this past week, Sony had launched the latest two devices in the Xperia range without anyone really noticing or giving much of a hoot. Although the Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet was leaked just a few days before the official unveiling, it didn't exactly receive a swathe of attention. It wasn't because of the leak either, and...

  • Unboxing the BlackBerry Classic [Video]

    We've been using the BlackBerry Classic now for over two weeks, and it's a bag of mixed nuts. Cashews and pistachios though. Clearly BlackBerry has been putting in an inordinate level of care when packaging its devices in modern times, and it shows -- the Classic easily has one of the nicest boxes of any 2015 device we've seen. The 3.5-inch 720p-squared screen, Snapdragon S4 Plus CPU, 2GB of RAM and 8GB of storage cocktail is protected from roughage by a premium black and silver cardboard shell. When popping the box open, the phone sits snugly on top, with its full...

  • John Carmack: Gear VR to get consumer launch with next Samsung update

    Oculus CTO and gaming deity John Carmack has revealed that the Samsung VR will get a full commercial launch during Samsung's next hardware cycle. Since launching at IFA in September last year, the Gear VR has only been available to developers and enthusiasts. Speaking at GDC, Carmack told the audience that Samsung had actually wanted to make the most recent version of the hardware available but Oculus' preferred approach was to carry on running with the “Innovator” edition -- released in December 2014 -- until it felt it was ready to release something that could be made available to the...

  • Shadow of Mordor dubbed Game of the Year at Game Choice Awards

    Game Choice Awards has recently dubbed Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor as 2015's title of the year. The open world action-RPG is brought to us by Monolith Productions and Warner Brother’s Interactive, who throw's us into the deepest, darkest corners of Middle-earth where you play as an ass-kicking wrath destroying and possessing orcs and goblins along the way. Other favourite gaming titles that caught the eye of the judges are Alien: Isolation for Best Audio, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft for Best Design and Monument Valley for best mobile game. "I continue to be amazed by the diversity of games that we honored...

  • Nokia Lumia 930 review-in-brief: Nokia’s last stand

    From the 3310 to the 930, here’s a toast to Nokia. The Nokia Lumia 930 is the last Lumia that will carry the Nokia name. Just before Microsoft snatched up the Finnish brand’s mobile and services division, the once-mobile phone leader managed to squeeze one last Lumia into the hands of Windows Phone die-hards around the globe. Its 5-inch sculpted Gorilla Glass face is held together by a non-removable shell: metal on the sides and a bright Lumia-esque colour on the back, which comes in your choice of shocking green or orange, or just plain black or white. The colour palette...

  • 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...

  • Nvidia Shield is a $200 Android TV gaming console for fence-sitters

    It has been a long time coming but finally chip maker Nvidia is making firm strides into consumer's living rooms, with the announcement of the Shield Android TV-powered set-top box console. For around US$200, the users gets a 4K streaming box, a powerful mobile gaming console (powered by Nvidia's Tegra X1 chip, with 256 Maxwell GPU cores and 3GB of RAM) and a rather small armadillo like footprint. There's only 16GB of internal storage available but there is a microSD card slot and two USB 3.0 ports for expansion drives. Additionally, there's an HDMI port at the rear. The console, being...