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  • The rugged Cat S31 is now available in South Africa

    If you drop your phone often and don't own a pair of skinny jeans, you'll be happy to know that the Cat S31 smartphone is now available in South Africa. The "resilient smartphone suited for harsh and rugged environments" was first showcased at IFA 2017 in Berlin, and has been available in SA through grey imports, but has now officially arrived in mobile networks' stores. The rugged Cat S31's big draw isn't its specs sheet. Up front, there's a 2MP selfie camera, and a small-for-2018 4.7-inch TFT LCD screen with a resolution of 1280x720. A Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 is also included -- a...

  • How TV has evolved [Sponsored]

    Just what does a 21-year-old living without electricity have to do with what most people do in the evening? The very first electronic television was invented by Philo Taylor Farnsworth, who lived in a home without electricity until the age of 14. The first image he transmitted was a line, but he later managed to transmit a dollar sign after a potential investor asked when he would begin to see some dollars. However, inventor John Logie Baird is touted as one of the major inventors of the television and was involved in mechanical as well as electronic television development...

  • Mighty specs meet bold claims: this is the Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium

    Last year's Sony Xperia XZ Premium was a novel device. Not only did it feature a 4K screen, its slo-mo video recording performance was astounding. But it had flaws. Massive ones. Now the company's giving the Premium thing another go. It today announced the Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium, a clunkier name, a larger phone but a more impressive set of features. The phone adopts Sony's sculptured curve aesthetic, ditching the crude, sharp lines of its predecessor. There's no notch present, but there is a large forehead and a fat chin, typical of Sony devices of yore. And yes, the Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium...

  • ‘Expect’ a gaming phone from Asus in the future

    Mobile gaming is a giant portion of both Google and Apple's app revenue, but smartphone makers haven't really latched onto the idea of 'gaming phones' at all. Sure, the Razer Phone launched late last year, but it's one of few companies that have stretched the idea beyond marketing and into actual hardware. But it may not be alone in this space for much longer. And according to Asus's global CEO Jerry Shen, consumers can "expect" a gaming phone from the company at some point in the future. And it might arrive with ROG branding too. In an interview with Philippine publication Astig, Shen...

  • 3 awesome pixel art games from the first months of 2018

    The entertainment industry is currently obsessed with anything and everything retro and pixel art video games are certainly no exception. We have barely reached the end of 2018’s first quarter and already there is a plethora of nostalgia inducing and pixel art-infused titles flooding the marketplace. While a great deal of them are nothing to write home about, we’ve managed to find a few that certainly deserve your attention. Crossing Souls With Crossing Souls, developer Adult Swim shamelessly takes advantage of the current retro-nostalgia trend (think Stranger Things, colourful neon lighting, VHS tapes, etc.) while throwing in some of its own distinctive humour....

  • Fortnite is totally working again, Epic makes up for downtime with freebies

    Epic Games is really, really sorry that you couldn't play as much Fortnite: Battle Royale as you wanted to this week. The game's servers were either inaccessible or incredibly bumpy for much of Wednesday and Thursday after scheduled maintenance began around 9am Wednesday. "Scheduled maintenance is currently in progress. We will provide updates as necessary," the developer wrote on its status page. On Thursday however, it seemed that the maintenance rather ruined some aspects of the game's server performance, and users we're struggling to log into the game. "Login is currently blocked across all Epic endpoints, including games, websites, and the Epic Games...

  • 12 Far Cry 5 screens that should be your next wallpaper

    Oh Far Cry 5. How gorgeous you are. With your plentiful pixels and bounty of god rays. You really are the best looking game of the year thus far. In celebration, and in our spamming of the screenshot button, we've gathered some of the more memorable stills from our Far Cry 5 review published earlier this week. These don't feature any gameplay elements. Just good ol' Hope County in its purest form. (There's also a sneaky picture of Mr. Seed lurking in there somewhere.) You can download the images by clicking on the individual pictures. Or read our entire Far Cry 5...

  • 5 trends totally ruining the gaming industry

    The games industry is no longer considered the sole domain of nerdy loners living in their moms’ basements and is instead a multi-billion-dollar industry. But with the lucrative growth of the industry, people who want to shamelessly cash in on it have also emerged. This has unfortunately given birth to some trends that may be lining more corporate pockets, but which are ultimately ruining the industry for fans. Here are five trends that are ruining the gaming industry for gamers. Core game content as DLC There was a time when DLC (downloadable content) was a welcome surprise for gamers enjoying a particular title....

  • Budget Nokia 1 arrives in South Africa for R999

    The Android Go-sporting Nokia 1 is now available in South Africa from today, HMD Global announced in a release. The budget device, featuring a 4.5-inch 854x480 screen, 8GB of internal storage, 1GB of RAM and a quad-core MediaTek MT6737M chipset, also comes with Android Go. Android Go is a slimmer implementation of Android 8.0 Oreo, designed for phones light on resources. Rounding up the offering is a 5MP rear camera and a 2MP camera up front, a 4G radio, a 2150mAh battery and two colour variants: Warm Red and Dark Blue. And like Nokia's of old, these covers are also interchangeable. Sadly...

  • Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra now available in South Africa

    The Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra, along with the compact XA2 and the budget L2 are now available in South Africa. Initially announced at CES 2018 in Las Vegas earlier this year, the three Xperia devices have finally made their way to African shores. The XA2 Ultra boasts a 6.0-inch 1920x1080 screen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 chipset, 32GB of storage and 4GB of RAM. There's also a 23MP main camera at the rear, and two cameras up front: a 16MP and 8MP. The XA2 features a smaller 5.2-inch screen with the same resolution, same chipset, 32GB of storage and 3GB of RAM. It...