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All posts by Andy Walker: Editor

  • Nelson Piquet Jr. wins first Formula E title: the weekend motorsport roundup

    It's certainly a little strange to announce that a series has come to an end in the middle of the year, but the maiden Formula E season had its final race weekend around Battersea Park, London this weekend. As for the other series? Well, the NASCAR Sprint Cup circus traded the oval track for the twisty, undulating Sonoma road course, the IndyCar Series did the opposite, making the Autoclub Speedway its home for the weekend. The DTM series had its flagship event at the Norisring this weekend too, with BMW finally stepping up to the plate, while the WTCC Championship is...

  • ‘Splatoon’ review: a Nintendo multiplayer without Mario

    There are two things you wouldn't normally associate with Nintendo: new IPs not featuring that mustachioed Italian plumber, and angry shooters. Without so much as a warning toot at E3 2014, the company announced Splatoon, a game that is the strangest embodiment of both. Needless to say, people were fairly excited. And they had every right to be. While serious shooters like Halo, Call of Duty and the endless number of Tom Clancy inspired titles rule the blue and green consoles, Splatoon does things quite differently over on the Wii U. It's not as serious as other shooters we've seen. Hell,...

  • ‘Code Name: STEAM’ review: Steampunk chess

    I've never been one for turn-based combat. Sure, in some games that require the mental agility of a well-read grasshopper, it can be a hoot but most of the time, these games are slow and laborious. In a world where instant gratification often outweights hard grafting, it's easy to pan a game that doesn't really give you what you want when you want it, but Code Name: STEAM (stylised as S.T.E.A.M.) is a bit of a mixed bag really. Read more on Gearburn.

  • Rosberg closes Championship gap with Austrian win: the weekend motorsport roundup

    This weekend we see the return of Formula 1 to Europe, with the now massively popular Austrian GP. A few kilometres south, the World Superbikes were running around the tarmac ribbon of Misano, with all riders hellbent on beating current Championship leader Jonathan Rea. We also have a look at one of the more preculiar crashes we've ever seen and take in the sights and sounds of the German leg of the FIA World RallyCross Championship. So without any more ado, here are the moments you might've missed. Read more on Motorburn.

  • More than just gaming: 3 key takeaways from E3 2015

    You know, the Electronic Entertainment Expo wasn’t always the enormous annual gaming shrine it is today. In the past, many gaming announcements were made at CES — the annual January show that takes place in Las Vegas. Since E3 was born back in 1995 and took residence in sunny Los Angeles, we’ve seen some massive leaps in the world of gaming — from new technologies to new perceptions about gaming. 2015 was definitely a marquee year if that previous statement is anything to go by. And while there are still many issues surrounding gaming both in terms of accessibility to...

  • Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge review-in-brief: the edge of reason

    A few weeks back, we received the Samsung Galaxy S6 in all it's sparkling glass and gunmetal glory. It was an instant visual hit with the office, and while it wasn't too flash it harboured just enough flair to (dare I say it) outshine the iPhone 6. But that's where Samsung should've stopped. The notion of curving a device's face by shoving a slanted screen on it and releasing it to market is a bold, bold move, especially when consumers are not always ready to take such a huge leap of faith. While it was clear that the company needed to...

  • Console War revived: Xbox One outshines PlayStation 4 at E3 2015

    Day 0 of E3 2015 was one to remember especially for the likes of Bethesda and Microsoft's Xbox team. There were so many big announcements from these companies (and no, I'm not even talking about the AAA titles either) that everything that followed afterwards seemed to fall flat on its face. Notably, Sony's PlayStation presser fell well within this latter category. The blue team took to the stage after Microsoft announced new hardware for the Xbox One. This includes the Elite controller for US$150 which is comparable to the Scuff range, and improvements to the Xbox One's interface and software. Backward compatibility...

  • Hamilton, Rosberg in a class of their own: the weekend motorsport roundup

    With just a week to go before the big race at Le Mans, the motorsport world is counting down with bated breath. Will it be Audi, Porsche, Toyota or Nissan taking top honours? Well, before we get into that, the small matter of the Canadian GP rolled around Montreal this weekend, with Mercedes looking to right any wrongs it might've had two weeks ago in the Principality. Formula E screeched on to the roads around St. Basil's Cathedral in central Moscow, which looked pretty damn spectactular. And of course, there was action from the States as well, as the NASCAR Sprint...

  • Oh Canada: 3 memorable Montreal races from the F1 archives

    Circuit Giles Villeneuve is one amazing track. Although it's a temporary street circuit set in the heart of Montreal's Olympic basin, it's home to a flowing ribbon of tarmac that has seen its fair share of drama. It has hosted motorsport series from NASCAR to the now defunct Champ Car, to IndyCar, and is currently the home of Formula 1's Canadian GP. It might be one of the shortest tracks on the calendar, and it might not exactly be the most technically challenging, it's high-speed, heavy-braking nature has always provided the world with great racing. Read more on Motorburn. var vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var t=e.createElement(a);t.type="text/javascript",t.async=!0,t.src="//cdn.viglink.com/api/vglnk.js";var...

  • Hisense opens new headquarters in Cape Town, strengthens ties in SA

    Chinese device manufacturer Hisense has been leading something of a charge into the South African market of late. Back in 2013, it opened its new manufacturing plant in Atlantis, a 40km journey outside Cape Town which will see the production of televisions and smartphones, to name but a few devices. Now, the company is looking to further sink its roots in African soil and has opened its African headquarters in the city. The new office will be located in Century City, in the northern suburbs of Cape Town, and will also host the company's showroom, which will display hardware from...

  • Kalvin Subbadu: Watch out, there’s more to come from WD South Africa

    WD (the hard drive division of Western Digital Corporation) has been a big player in the storage industry since the early 1970s. The Irvine, California-based company has seen spikes in revenue and profits for a few quarters now, and that's backed up by improving prospects in the southern tip of Africa too. At EGE 2015, Gearburn sat down with WD sales manager of components Kalvin Subbadu and Nick de Jager, key account manager for WD's primary partner Frontosa SA, to shed a little more light WD's future in terms of gaming, storage technologies as well as its future in South...

  • Jorge Lorenzo’s in the form of his life: the weekend motorsport roundup

    This weekend's motorsport action, although contending with the lull after Monaco and Indy, was anything but stale. The NASCAR Sprint Cup series rolled on to the Monster Mile at Dover, and was a brilliantly contested race. A few thousand kilometres east at Mugello, Italy, the MotoGP circus rolled on to the home of Ducati and Valentino Rossi (one would assume based on the 100 000 fans present at the circuit. This weekend was also important as the World Endurance Championship and 24 Hours of Le Mans entrants took to Circuit de la Sarthe to rehearse what is their most important event...

  • ‘Puzzle & Dragons Z’ review: puzzling at first, addictive soon after

    I've never been a Candy Crush fan in any guise. In fact, Tetris for me was always horrifically boring. Gasp and gawk all you want because puzzle games are generally two-dimensional snore fests for those too afraid of commitment. Of course, that's generalisation to the umpteenth degree because GungHo Entertainment's new take on Puzzle & Dragons Z is a bit more up my alley. You start life as a prospective Dragon Tamer, essentially what the Pokemon Trailer is to Dracomancia -- the world you find yourself in. All seems well, until the evil Paradox group, rather inconveniently, decides to destroy...

  • Firefox OS first impressions: no Android killer, yet

    It has been a while since we’ve seen a new mobile operating system out in the wild. Back in 2008, Android tepidly crept into view and back then, it wasn’t predicted to become one of the greatest mobile OSes ever crafted. Look at it’s mobile device market share today, and you’d wonder why technology analysts and journalists still have jobs. var vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var t=e.createElement(a);t.type="text/javascript",t.async=!0,t.src="//cdn.viglink.com/api/vglnk.js";var n=e.getElementsByTagName(a);n.parentNode.insertBefore(t,n)}(document,"script");

  • Rosberg gifted Monaco GP win: the weekend motorsport roundup

    It was a manic weekend of motorsport with all disciplines, from the gravel monkeys to enviro geeks, to the glamourous and legendary in action. It was Monaco and Indy weekend in Europe and the States this weekend, and both races didn’t disappoint. The WRC commenced this weekend around the dust and gravel of the Portuguese back roads, while the Formula E circus took to Berlin for a mid-season electric bash around Germany’s capital.var vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var t=e.createElement(a);t.type="text/javascript",t.async=!0,t.src="//cdn.viglink.com/api/vglnk.js";var n=e.getElementsByTagName(a);n.parentNode.insertBefore(t,n)}(document,"script");