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  • Better Late Than Never: Northgard, Bio Inc. Redemption and Life is Strange: Farewell

    It’s Better Late Than Never time again, the review series that takes a look at the gaming titles we have unforgivably overlooked in recent months. In this instalment we will be looking at three titles: the Viking village simulator namely Northgard, the unusual and semi-gruesome Bio Inc. Redemption, and the nostalgia-laden Life is Strange: Farewell. Northgard Northgard is a village management sim that puts you in charge of your own Viking clan. Set in a fictional world steeped in Norse mythology, the campaign tasks you with settling a newfound continent while battling your Viking rivals for supremacy. But while you and your...

  • Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra review: selfie control

    Looking for a big phone? You've come to the right place. Hide your skinny jeans and fashionable jeggings, because the Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra is a pocket breaker. Sticking with Sony's angular aesthetic is an incredibly large slab of aluminium and plastic, measuring more than 16cm in length, and 8cm across. At 9.5mm deep, the XA2 Ultra's also one of the thicker phones you'll see debut this year. And yes, it's probably going to the be only device you can stand up on its bottom without assistance. The screens colour reproduction is excellent, and this doesn't change at extreme viewing angles either But...

  • Firewatch developer Campo Santo joins Valve

    It's a marquee day for indie developers. Valve, the gaming world's Google in many respects, has acquired the services of Campo Santo, the studio behind indie narrative classic Firewatch. The "small but scrappy" developer will now join the owner of Steam to further develop its current title, In the Valley of Gods. Firewatch review: breathtaking isolation I’m not sure where to start describing this game. In my mere five hours with Firewatch I went through more experiences and feelings than with any colossal sixty hour AAA-title that I can recall. Read more... Along with citing an opened bottle of IGN's finest game awards...

  • This is Nokia’s comeback crew: 5 phones heading to South Africa in 2018

    Explaining to consumers that Nokia is back, but it's not the same Nokia that it was before, is a difficult task. Much has changed. Gone are the days of Microsoft's influence over the Lumia name. Hell, gone is the Lumia name entirely, and in comes HMD Global. Ostensibly, even under its new owner, the Nokia brand hasn't changed. It's logo remains the same. That iconic ringtone remains their marketing jingle of choice. And they're still using numbers to differentiate their devices models. But Nokia's looking a lot healthier today that it was a few years ago. "The fanbase, although it was there previously,...

  • Here’s how much you’ll pay for the Fitbit Versa in South Africa

    The Fitbit Versa -- the American wearables firm's second smartwatch -- is now available globally, and coming to South Africa in May. The company lifted the covers on the watch earlier this year, but now customers can purchase it in a number of different guises and finishes. But we'll get into this later. For now, the Versa is a smart wearable that tells the time and can track your health in realtime. It runs Fitbit OS 2.0, and comes with the tech we've seen first on the company first smartwatch, the Ionic. Said features includes an all day PurePulse heart rate monitor,...

  • In case you missed it, these games won a BAFTA in 2018

    The BAFTA Games Awards (British Academy Games Awards) is an annual awards ceremony that celebrates and honours the outstanding achievements and contributions in the video game industry. This year we witnessed the event in its fourteenth iteration and, out of the 16 accolades awarded, 11 of them went to indie games (that’s considerably more than half if you’re really bad at maths). In this list we will take a brief look at the overall winners and why they are celebrating their well-deserved victories. Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice Awards: Artistic Achievement, Audio Achievement, British Game, Game Beyond Entertainment, Performer (Melina Jurgens) Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice totally stole...

  • We review: Body Glove’s Lite Bluetooth and colourful Pop earphones

    Open your ears, because we've got two earphones on the test bench today. While one requires a headphone jack and the other a Bluetooth connection, both are from American accessories company Body Glove. A company probably better known for its mobile covers and cases also makes the Lite for active people, and the Pop for more fashion-conscious users. Body Glove Lite As its name would suggest, the Body Glove Lite Bluetooth earphones are practically weightless. They're the airiest set of Bluetooth buds I've ever used, but that's probably thanks to its cheap-as-chips build quality. Sketchy plastic houses the control module, on which sit...

  • 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...