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  • Remote-control your vehicle like a toy… with your smartphone! [Sponsored]

    Many of us think that autonomous (driverless) vehicles controlled remotely are hi-tech innovations that are pretty far from our everyday driving. But recent testing on autonomous cars using smartphones as remote control units have shown that the driverless technology can become a part of our driving experience tomorrow. How? Tirendo explains how autonomous car technologies can become handy on the example of Jaguar Land Rover. A car that can park itself Parking often becomes the most tedious part of driving for many car owners. Sometimes, you find your car ‘"locked" from all sides so you cannot even get into the car. Getting out...

  • 5 simple tips to save your battery life on Android

    Android smartphones have come a long way in the battery department. Hell, I remember the HTC Bolt and its woeful battery life, being one of the first LTE phones on the market. Nowadays, we've seen battery capacity taking a welcome step up in flagship handsets, with 3000mAh batteries being the norm for many a high-end phone. But between WhatsApp and high resolution screens, it's still possible to kill your battery before the day is over (or while travelling). We've got a few pointers to eke out a few more hours of juice. Reduce the brightness Screens are the biggest battery hog around, so...

  • Thanks Samsung: you can now disable the Bixby button on the Galaxy S8

    Samsung has finally admitted that not everyone wants to actually use its voice assistant Bixby. As a result, the company will soon allow users of its S8 family of devices to disable the voice assistant's dedicated button on their handsets. The update, spotted by SamMobile, will allow users to choose what happens when they tap the Bixby button. There are now two options: the first allows users to tap the button once to open Bixby Home, while holding it down opens Bixby Voice. The second disables the key altogether. Notably, the update doesn't disable Bixby completely, just its tendency to appear when the...

  • 5 questions to ask before buying a smartphone

    Buying a phone isn't quite as big a commitment as buying a car or house, but it's still a pretty noteworthy move to make. You don't want to be stuck with a smartphone you hate, especially when many people keep their devices for two years or more. So how do you ensure that you get a capable device that delivers value for money? We've got five questions you should ask yourself before buying the phone. Is your old phone good enough? It might seem like an obvious question, but if it ain't broke, don't fix it, right?If your old phone works well enough...

  • Overwatch gets another free weekend on 22 September

    If you're in the market for a new hero shooter, there's this game called Overwatch that might be just what you need. Thankfully, it seems that Blizzard is thinking that exact same thing. Following a long string of previous free weekends, the game yet another beginning 22 September and running until the 25th. This includes players on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. MUST READ: Overwatch review: if Pixar made a first-person shooter… "For this free weekend, we're making Overwatch's full roster of 25 heroes and 16 maps available for play in a variety of modes, including Quick Play, Custom Games, and...

  • Acer Swift 3 review: portable, punchy and pretty in pink

    As tech reviewer, I've done the worst possible thing before penning this review: I read other journalists' thoughts of the Acer Swift 3. Usually, that's a bad thing. Usually, others influence your thoughts or make you second guess your opinions. Often reading reviews beforehand rather shapes a review into something that you wouldn't normally pen yourself. But this time, I've actually gained a bit of clarity. Let me explain. A few reviews I've perused suggest that the Acer Swift 3 is just another basement ultraportable trying its heart out to be a MacBook Pro. Others suggest that it misses a bevy of...

  • Your SA Game Jam 2017 winners

    As some of you may know, local Cape Town game devs, Free Lives (Broforce, Genital Jousting) hosted and sponsored the second annual “SA GAME JAM” from 1-4 September. For those of you who are not familiar with game jams, it is an event where game developers, be it aspiring or established, are challenged to create a game around a certain theme and within a specific time limit. The SA Game Jam 2017 gave its participants between 48 and 72 hours to develop a game around the theme of "collections". Now, this might seem like quite a standard practice in the world...

  • Nintendo’s Pikachu and Poke Ball 2DS consoles are utterly adorable

    Life can't be easy right now for Nintendo's other handheld consoles. If you've forgotten that the Japanese company actually still sells the 3DS and 2DS, don't worry, we can't blame you. But during yesterday's Nintendo Direct stream, the company announced a Poke Ball-themed Nintendo 2DS that's easily the coolest paint scheme we've seen on the handheld to date. The news comes after the announcement of Pokemon Ultra Moon and Ultra Sun, with both titles set to debut on 22 September. If the Poke Ball isn't quite your thing, another edition features a full-faced Pikachi, complete with beady eyes and rosy cheeks. Both consoles...

  • iPhone X: 7 little things to know about Apple’s premium model

    We've got our massive roundup of Apple news from last night's event over here, but it was obvious that Apple's premium device, the iPhone X, took centre stage. Between the powerful A11 chip, Essential-style screen design and OLED display, there's a lot to like about the new phone. But here are a few tidbits that may have gone under the radar... Telephoto shots should be better on iPhone X than 8 Plus The iPhone 7 Plus debuted the secondary telephoto camera next to the main shooter, offering 2x lossless zoom. But the big issue is that low-light photos look pretty crap. This year's...

  • Prepare to be A MAZE.d at indie, alt game expo in JHB

    A MAZE. Johannesburg, an offshoot of the original A MAZE. festival in Berlin, is now in its sixth year and going from strength to strength. It's partnered with the Fak'ugesi festival and features a host of game makers, digital artists, musicians, researchers and coders, all engaged with the subject of play -- the driving force behind the festival. Since its inception in Berlin, A MAZE. now interacts with creative events in a number of festivals all over the world, including Croatia, Romania, Palestine, Cuba, Kosovo, Ukraine, Russia and of course South Africa. A MAZE. Berlin takes place in April and A...