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  • 5 signs that your hard drive is probably about to fail

    Whether you have a solid state or mechanical drive, there is always a chance the device will fail and take all your data with it. Regardless of the type of drive, your computer will usually show subtle signs of impending disk failure. Paying attention to these signs can save you from unexpectedly losing the data stored on your drive. These are five tell-tale signs that usually point to a hard drive failure in the near future. 1. Intermittent file corruption or missing files Hard drives store data in a specific place that is then later used to retrieve the data when you need...

  • Microsoft outlines the 7 versions of Windows 10, including one for ‘elevators’

    Windows 10 will be the one OS to rule them all, but Microsoft isn't making the same mistake it did with Windows 8. It has largely clarified what the OS's destiny is, and thus will be releasing seven distinct versions to cover its seven target brackets. It's not too dissimilar to previous OSes, but Windows 10, according to Microsoft at least, will power "everything from elevators to ATMs to heart rate monitors to wearables." So, what does this mean for the consumer, the enterprise and the likes of the mobile computing world? We outline the seven briefly below. Windows 10 Home Home users...

  • Kickstarter Cubit lets makers build to their imagination’s content

    Crowdfunding and the Maker Movement go hand in hand, and there have been a number of projects riding on the coattails of this new phenomenon. Remember the likes of Kano and CHIP? Well, there's another device to add to that list, called Cubit. The company's pretty serious about the Movement too, and hopes that users of the Cubit will allow users to "make whatever can imagine -- and fast." Cubit itself consists of three distinct nodes: the Cubit Controller (which is essentially the central piece of the puzzle), Cubit Smartwares (which contains all the necessary servo motors, etc.), and the...

  • Nokia Lumia 830 tours New York with Denim Lumia Camera app [Gallery]

    We always tend to marvel at some of the new camera hardware that leaves manufacturers' testing tables. The likes of Sony might be the industry leader at the moment, but Nokia (and now Microsoft by proxy) is also known for making a spiffy camera or two. The Nokia Lumia 830, launched back in 2014, boasted a 10MP camera with a Carl Zeiss lens, optical image stabilization (OIS) and an LED flash, but the phone recently acquired the new Lumia Denim update, and with it, the Lumia Camera app. Read more: Microsoft’s Lumia Denim update gives snappers 4K video recording Features like Rich...

  • Ware of the Week: Imagine Free for Instagram

    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 profile a third party Instagram client that embraces Google's Material Design philisophy to heart -- Imagine Free. If you missed our previous Ware of the Week winner, catch it below. Read more: Ware of the Week: Meerkat Instagram is one of the top Android apps on the Google Play store, with over 500-million installations. It's also one of the fastest growing social media platforms in existence, and growing at a consistent rate as more...

  • Ubisoft’s ‘Assassin’s Creed Syndicate’ announced: here’s what you need to know

    After the shambles that was Unity, Ubisoft really needs the next Assassin's Creed installment to live up to the hype and win back the hearts of its alienated fans. Luckily, the company has today announced that Assassin's Creed Syndicate will be its next major release. Not too long ago, we knew its working title included "Victory", but we're pretty glad Ubisoft changed the name. Leaks were emerging as soon as 2014, with Ubisoft dropping a number of hints on social media from time to time. But finally, we have the next AC installment in writing and from the horse's mouth. So,...

  • This duo flies across Dubai’s skyline using jetpacks, wingsuits [video]

    Where do I start? How do I explain this? There's no easy way so I am just going to come out and say it. Move over Dubai, you aren't that cool anymore. Earlier this week, the UAE's skies were graced by former Swiss pilot and owner Yves Rossy and Vince Reffet in two jet pack-propelled flight suits. The jetpack is a combination of super light carbon fiber wings that are about the size of a door, four Jetcat P200 engines providing 22kg of thrust propelling its wearers at well over 300km/h on a decent for up to 13 minutes. I don't know...

  • The good kind of bad: 5 of our favourite gaming villains

    The heroes of our games would be nothing without their contrasting counterparts. A villain drives the hero forward, gives meaning to his cause. A hero becomes a hero because of the villain. That is why today we want to celebrate these malevolent and sadistic individuals, these slayers of men and admirers of torment. Now before I get burnt at the stake, this list is in no way the conclusive final say on the matter. Rather consider it the starting point of a discussion. Do you agree these bad guys deserve a spot on this list? Who do you think are the greatest...

  • Ster-Kinekor extends South African ‘Mortal Kombat X’ Cup registration

    Ster-Kinekor has announced that "due to the massive response to the South African Mortal Kombat Cup, the registrations for more competitors to participate have been re-opened." The Cup is a local competition organised by Ster-Kinekor that will see the best from Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg duke it out to find the best Mortal Kombat X player on South African soil. The tournament will consist of three qualifying legs, and a grand final taking place in Johannesburg on 6 June. The winner will receive a 20th Anniversary Edition PlayStation 4 and a share of R30 000 in prize money. They will...

  • Boy has his PlayStation 4 confiscated by dad, goes on mini rampage

    Now, if anyone can understand "electronics rage", it's us gadget lovers. I've defenestrated a fair number of phones courtesy of malfunctioning features in my time, and many in this office can attest to punching a monitor from time to time, but we have never gone so far as whipping out a hammer and a baseball bat and destroying our office or homes. This 13-year-old in the Canadian town of Brantford did, and his parents called the police as a result. We imagine having your PlayStation 4 removed from your custody is not a wholesome experience for a child of any age, but...