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  • Bethesda goes mobile with ‘The Elder Scrolls Legends’ and ‘Fallout Shelter’

    For more news, announcements and videos from E3 2015, follow our dedicated week-long live blog. Is this a sign of the times? While Bethesda dedicated much of its very first E3 showcase to console and PC games, two of the six products launched today were fit to run on mobile platforms. It's also telling that both of these games are spin-offs from massively popular PC and console game series as well, namely The Elder Scrolls and Fallout. Yes, there was the predicted Dishonored 2, Fallout 4 and DOOM announcements, but after Konami earlier this year announced a move into mobile gaming, The...

  • HTC One M9 review: the same, but better

    Evolution, not revolution: over the last couple of years it's become a kind of creed among smartphone manufacturers. It makes sense too. They've more or less reached the limits of what's possible with the materials available. And if we're being honest there aren't many phones that exemplify that attitude better than the HTC One M9. The M8, which it replaces, was very good in most respects, but let down in a few key areas. Rather than trying to completely re-imagine the smartphone, the M9 seems like HTC's attempt at fixing those errors. That might not make it the most exciting...

  • Another fabulous day in Wellington Wells: ‘We Happy Few’ launches on Kickstarter

    Last week Canadian-based indie developer, Compulsion Games, launched its Kickstarter campaign for We Happy Few, a pleasingly twisted horror survival game set in a “1960’s dystopian world” where everyone is on happy drugs. Imagine Tim Burton and Ken Levine did acid and decided to make game and you will have a pretty good idea of what We Happy Few is all about. I can’t wait. Their current goal is to raise CA$250 000 for the development of the game that is set to be released on Windows PC somewhere in 2016. If their endeavour proves to be successful it will...

  • 5 incredible robots showcased at DARPA’s Robotics Challenge

    Entrants in DARPA’s 2015 Robotics Challenge competed for a US$3.5-million cash prize, and the robots showcased didn’t fail to deliver on their promise. The robots were expected to successfully navigate a marathon-like obstacle course, complete with eight tasks specifically designed to test their mettle in natural disasters. Why natural disasters, you ask? The competition was conceived and put into motion directly following the cascading disasters that resulted from the deadly earthquake, tsunami and nuclear reactor meltdown combo that devastated parts of Japan in 2011. Earlier in May of 2015, 10% of containers holding contaminated water at Fukushima’s power plant were still...

  • The new ‘Ratchet & Clank’ is as Pixar-like as games get [video]

    If you haven't heard, there's a Ratchet & Clank movie hitting screens later this year starring the likes of the original Ratchet voice actor James Arnold Taylor, David Kaye (who played Megatron in all Transformer movies) and Paul Giamatti, who needs no introduction. Many don't know that while the movie is drawing to a close (scheduled for release a little earlier in 2016), there's a concurrent game being crafted behind the scenes by Insomniac Games, and it looks an absolute beauty. The storyline is practically the same as the movie: Ratchet and Clank are tasked with saving the galaxy from Chairman...

  • BlackBerry Leap finally arrives in South Africa

    BlackBerry has announced the availability of its next touchscreen smartphone in South Africa -- the BlackBerry Leap. The phone is the company's latest contender in an ever-thickening mid-range market, boasting devices from Samsung, Sony and many other brands. BlackBerry largely owns this space in South Africa though, with a recent report by Phonefinder suggesting that the company's Z3 smartphone is the most popular device in the country. Read more: BlackBerry Z3 is South Africa’s most appealing phone, according to Phonefinder The Leap is springing slightly above its weight though, unlike the Z3. It boasts aa 5.0-inch screen, a large 2800mAh battery which...

  • Computex 2015 roundup: 7 products that left us very impressed

    The annual Computex show held in Taipei, Taiwan is one of the most impressive computer and technology expos in the world, and the 2015 edition was no different. We've seen some impressive products at the show. Here are seven products that left us impressed the most, for some reason or the other. Nvidia GTX 980 Ti Nvidia knocked the ball out of the park when it revealed Maxwell 2-based GTX Titan X, the most powerful consumer class GPU in the world. It didn’t become a massive hit just because its raw power. It is one of the most power-efficient high-end GPU....

  • WWDC 2015 live blog: Apple forgot about Dre but reveals Drake, the Weeknd instead

    It's that time of year when Apple talks more about it's software and services than it does its hardware. It's WWDC time, and the 2015 edition is being billed as a big one. The conference, which first kicked off in 1990, wasn't exactly the most eagerly anticipated show of the tech year. But look at it now. Tim Cook has done a stellar job of opening the show since Stevenotes became yet another memory, but what lies behind the curtain this year? When Cupertino descends on San Francisco in a few hours the big news will (likely) be about a new...

  • WWDC 2015: here’s everything Apple announced today

    There was a certain point today where Apple fans the world over stopped what they were doing and flipped switched on the livestream of the Apple keynote from WWDC 2015. Make no mistake though, this isn't a conference for those interested only in the latest hardware. It's a developers conference, meaning that software's in the spotlight. You can be guaranteed therefore that those tuning in are real anoraks (or journalists). If the run up to this year's conference felt a little low-key compared with previous years, Apple did its level best to ensure that it delivered plenty on the night. Here's...

  • Nintendo Wii U update goes live, removes TVii service in Europe

    If you happen to be one of the select few to have a Wii U console beneath your television, you'll be happy to know that Nintendo today pushed a new update that patches a whole host of bugs and sheds a little bit of weight, according to NintendoLife. Update 5.4.0 focuses mainly on stability fixes it seems, so there's nothing major on that front to report. But what's definitely interesting is that Nintendo has finally stripped the TVii feature from consoles in European markets. The service essentially allowed users to browse TV channels on the Wii U GamePad and watch them...