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  • BIOSTAR Gaming Z97X is company’s latest flagship, feature packed board

    BIOSTAR, Taiwan-based silicon producers, has launched its latest motherboard based on the Z97 chipset, dubbed the Gaming Z97X. You're probably wondering why a new Z97 board makes any difference to the world we live in, but frankly, Intel's enthusiast-orientated X99 chipset still requires some monumentally expensive components. DDR4 RAM, X99 motherboards and Intel Haswell-E CPUs can easily lay waste to a wallet. Z97 chipsets are currently the benchmark for sensible gamers and builders, especially if overclocking is a primary objective. The BIOSTAR Gaming Z97X is an ATX board with an Intel Socket 1150, USB 3.1 support, three PCI Express 3.0 x16...

  • ‘White Night’, ‘Life Is Strange’ and Liam Neeson: this week’s TGIF Video Roundup

    TGIF, and we really shouldn’t be at work, but that won’t stop us from gandering through the week’s best tech, gadget and gaming videos, now will it? The first week of February has come and gone like a scolded cat, but what a month we're in store for. And what a video roundup you're in store for today. Featured videos include the newly released trailer for White Night, a game that's bringing high contrast animation into the modern PS4 era. Additionally, we have gameplay flicks from the upcoming PS4 exclusive Bloodborne, the multiplatform cops-and-robbers shooter Battlefield Hardline. To top it off,...

  • Hands on with the Hisense H6 smartphone and Sero 8 Pro tablet

    Something interesting happens when technology starts to become so ubiquitous that we can't imagine living without it: the ability for manufacturers to differentiate themselves from the competition starts to slowly diminish. If you're one of the big Android manufacturers especially, then you're starting to see it in the smartphone and tablet space in the same way as notebook manufacturers did a few years back. You can try innovating, but someone, somewhere out there can simply copy said innovation at a much lower cost. And let's be honest, your average member of the public is going to care a lot more...

  • Vodacom Smart 4 Turbo is company’s newest low cost LTE smartphone

    If you thought Vodacom releasing a few smartphones and tablets last year was a one off, think again. The latest handset in the company's ever wider lineup, the Vodacom Smart 4 Turbo is an interesting specimen boasting LTE capabilities as just R1499. It's clearly not for the heavily-budget orientated, like fans of its Smart Kicka -- probably one of the best phones we handled last year -- but it caters for those wanting a little more without shelling out mountains of cash. Read more: Vodacom Smart Kicka review: tiny phone, big value Buzzing around the same price as Microsoft's newly launched Lumia...

  • Acer Liquid E700 Trio review: three SIM’s the charm

    There is no second guessing the aesthetic of the Acer Liquid E700 Trio or the way it feels in one's hands. The phone looks great and feels good to the touch. Its black design is minimalistic and elegant. The front of the phone is plastic and the back is rubber which gives it a tight grip. The phone retails from R3180 but feels more expensive than that. SIM-ply awesome Noticeably the phone features three microSIM card slots, hence the "Trio" at the end of its name. The slots can support SIMs from different networks and they seem to work fine without...

  • ‘Mortal Kombat X’ thankfully won’t melt your two-year-old PC

    If you're in the middle of building a PC for the feast of gaming titles coming your way in 2015, you might want to cross check you parts' limitations with the games you're intending to play. Additionally, if you're a fan of the Mortal Kombat series, and planning to purchase the PC version once its released, you'll want to read on. The system requirements for Mortal Kombat X has been released on the game's Steam page, and they look rather timid compared to what we've seen from The Witcher 3 and Evolve. The minimum specifications read as follows: OS: 64-bit: Vista, Windows...

  • 5 of Satya Nadella’s greatest first year hits as Microsoft CEO

    When Satya Nadella assumed the role of Microsoft CEO from the outgoing Steve Ballmer, the company had lost its way, especially in the operating system space. Its main cash cow wasn't exactly mooing and the company's hardware division was practically non-existent. So Nadella's job was a big one. But his first year at the helm of one of Earth's biggest tech companies has been rather successful. Marking a year since he took the reins today, we roundup the most inspired, most important and most impressive announcements, acquisitions and decisions that Nadella had overseen in his first year as Captain Microsoft. 1. Polishing...

  • New Nintendo 3DS and 3DS XL coming to South Africa 13 February

    It's been a wonderful week as far as device launches go in South Africa, and now yet another tech company has given its citizens more good news. Nintendo will bring its new 3DS and 3DS XL handhelds to South Africa on 13 February, keeping in tune with other world markets' release dates. The new duo have been something of a hit in their homeland, selling over 1.4-million units since their launch in October 2014. Both handhelds have been upgraded, and we'll see some pretty nifty features in the two. Firstly, the devices have been tweaked, adding Amiibo support (thanks to NFC support),...

  • Microsoft launches first self-branded phone in South Africa, the Lumia 535

    Microsoft, after much faffing about it must be said, has finally debuted its first non-Nokia branded phone in South Africa. Dubbed the Lumia 535 it will set consumers back around R1699, which is quite steep considering its hardware but it is squarely aimed at the entry-to-mid level market. A Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 chipset -- the same as found in MTN Steppa 2 smartphone -- is the brains of the outfit while it also comes with 1GB of RAM, 8GB of microSD-expandable memory and a rather-large-considering 5.0-inch screen. Note the resolution is kept at the 960x540 budget range. Of course, there is an...

  • Razer Blade gaming laptop packs GTX 970M grunt in 14-inch aluminium shell

    Razer has announced its new gaming laptop that will look to make a major dent in Alienware and MSI's credentials. The next in the "Blade" series boasts some massively impressive specifications in a relatively thin 17.8mm chassis. Squared by a 14-inch 3200x1800 LED-backlit touchscreen (boasting IGZO "Indium Gallium Zinc Oxide" technology), Razer somehow managed to fit an Intel Core i7 4720HQ (clocked at 2.6GHz but turbocharged to 3.6GHz in times of need), 16GB DDR3 1600 and a SATA M.2-grade 512, 256 or 128 GB SSD into the Blade. Oh, and the company hasn't forgotten about graphics either. Nvidia's GTX 970M with...