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All posts by Andy Walker: Editor

  • Apple Watch: all you need to know about Apple’s digital ticker

    In a typically stylish Apple event held in downtown San Francisco, Apple finally launched its Apple Watch to the world after spending the past six months teasing the general public. The Apple Watch, which will be available in two sizes (1.5-inches and 1.65-inches), three guises (average Joe, Sport and "Watch Edition") and a plethora of strap options, will likely put a cat amongst the Huawei, Samsung and LG pigeons of the wearable world. The device, however will start at a base price of US$349 and climb to a ridiculous US$10 000 for the overly-flashy, obnoxious gold edition. Read more on Gearburn....

  • The PlayStation Company: where has Sony been hiding this MWC

    While HTC, Huawei and Samsung were all competing for the media's attention this past week, Sony had launched the latest two devices in the Xperia range without anyone really noticing or giving much of a hoot. Although the Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet was leaked just a few days before the official unveiling, it didn't exactly receive a swathe of attention. It wasn't because of the leak either, and this is something Sony should be quite worried about. Read more on Gearburn. 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");

  • Formula 1’s final test concludes: 6 moments you missed in motorsport this weekend

    This weekend marked the end of the final Formula 1 test of 2015, with the first race in Australia just under two weeks away now. We cover the news from Barcelona. Atlanta hosted the NASCAR Sprint Cup series too this week. The weather suited ducks a bit more than stock cars, so we'll see how that went. There are also a few alternative videos, from the likes of the V8 Supercars series in Adelaide, another particularly interesting event in Adelaide as well and this chap who hilariously and rather dangerously, drove an opponent into a wall. 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...

  • ‘Evolve’ review: a monstrous bite of entertainment

    Music and video games have a lot in common. Take drum and bass for example: a Benga-produced track might be different from a DJ Fresh record, but they both fall into the same genre, regardless of how different they may be. It's the same with first-person shooters. Well, mostly. Yes, yes, I know. That's like saying all cars are the same if they have four wheels and are painted red. It's oversimplification, but Evolve does make one wonder if all FPSes have to be one dimensional. It challenges the mold, but largely remains within a comfortable set of confines. Read more...

  • Joey Logano wins Daytona 500: 5 moments you missed in motorsport this weekend

    There are just too many great motorsport events and series to fit into a comparatively short weekend. Sadly because of this, many exciting moments go unnoticed to the oblivious racing fan. But that’s a thing of the past, thanks to Motorburn’s weekly roundup. We're in the midst of the rigourous preseason testing schedule and while not too much ever seems to be happening, it's always fairly important for engineers and drivers alike. The second Formula 1 test has just come to an end in Spain while the second MotoGP test has just started in Malaysia, and we have news from both...

  • Sony SmartWatch 3 review: substance over style

    The smartwatch is still an infant technology that hasn't yet decided what it wants to be when it grows up. Although there are a spate of Android Wear-based devices on the market, they're all really the same thing in different outfits. This is a market where differentiation is more difficult than most, perhaps even more so than the tablet space. Generally I complain that tablets are boring, mundane technologies, but smartwatches come pretty damn close too. Read more on Gearburn. 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");

  • Crota’s End soloed, The Order: 1886 cast and H1Z1 peace treaty: this week’s TGIF Video Roundup

    TGIF, and we really shouldn’t be at work, but that won’t stop us from gandering through the week’s best tech, gadget and gaming videos, now will it? We missed a TGIF Video Roundup edition last week to cater for all the sappy lovers out there (and dependable stalkers too). So we have a lot to make up for this week. Luckily, you’re in for a treat.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");

  • New Nintendo 3DS XL review: pry it from my cold, dead hands

    There were many things that Nintendo got right with the debut 3DS and 3DS XL systems. They were easy to hold, lasted long on a charge and had a plethora of great titles to choose from, but they also had their flaws. One of them was ashamedly highlighted in their name. While the 3D system caused more migraines than good memories, there was also a lack of control nubs modern day console gamers are used to.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");

  • Sony Xperia Z3 Compact long-term review: sexy, submersible, sensational

    Mobile manufacturers really don't make our lives very easy at all. All consumers want are the best value-for-money deals, while companies keep dishing out new, updated devices just a few weeks after their supposed "flagship" launches. Just six months after the world got a taste of the Xperia Z2, for example, Sony decided to launch the Xperia Z3 and its Compact version, pissing off many of its loyal fans in the process. What's more, the Sony Xperia Z4 and its selfsame Compact companion are also set to land around the middle of the year. Is there any end to the...

  • NASCAR’s chaotic weekend: 7 moments you missed in motorsport this weekend

    There are just too many great motorsport events and series to fit into a comparatively short weekend. Sadly because of this, many exciting moments go unnoticed to the oblivious racing fan. But that’s a thing of the past, thanks to Motorburn’s weekly roundup. The Valentine's Day weekend was filled with love in many cases, but love lost in others, namely the first event of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup season -- the Daytona 500. There were no fluffy teddy bears and roses being handed from driver to driver this weekend, or driver to official. 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 n=e.getElementsByTagName(a);n.parentNode.insertBefore(t,n)}(document,"script");

  • 5 gadgets and apps to better stalk your ‘loved one’ this Valentine’s

    There's nothing quite as exhilarating as having your very own stalker. And I speak from experience. Valentine's Day is perhaps the only one of the 365 available when receiving dodgy cards from overzealous strangers is wholly acceptable by society. Of course, what once (and still is, I believe) a Catholic and Lutheran feast, has become a massive money-making ministry otherwise, where millions of bills are spilled in the hopes of impressing that one person who has been impressing you for the past five years. Read more on Gearburn.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");

  • Formula 1, MotoGP tests conclude: 5 moments you missed in motorsport this weekend

    There are just too many great motorsport events and series to fit into a comparatively short weekend. Sadly because of this, many exciting moments go unnoticed to the oblivious racing fan. But that’s a thing of the past, thanks to Motorburn’s weekly roundup. Although European-based motorsport series are still emerging from their winter slumbers, there are a number of series leaving black lines on asphalt in other parts of the world. The first Formula 1 testing session has come to an end in Jerez, while the MotoGP test came to an end in Malaysia this weekend too. Read more on Motorburn. var...

  • COUGAR 200K review-in-brief: a budget gamer’s delight

    Not too long ago, PC gaming was an activity enjoyed by the fairly wallet-heavy, with components and hardware prices setting users back a fair few bills (at least in South Africa). Granted, this hasn't changed much at the top end but the term "budget" is more pronounced in the market with companies thinking of emerging gamers as a primary audience. Don't quite believe me? Take COUGAR's latest budget-orientated gaming keyboard for instance. The COUGAR 200K is a slim gaming keyboard that retails for just R370 in some cases, but packs some sterling performance for that price. It doesn't quite look...

  • Acer Iconia Tab 8 review-in-brief: pretty but pretty soulless

    I enjoy getting gadgets to test for predetermined periods of time. Some I wish I could keep to dress in baby clothes and tuck them in at night. Others I want to toss in a fire and never hear from them again, unless its the crackle and sizzle of burning plastic. The Acer Iconia Tab 8 is neither one of these, but that doesn't make it an exciting prospect either. As I recently pointed out in my Huawei MediaPad 10 Link+ review, the tablet genre is a tad stale, and no one (except perhaps Lenovo) is willing to change this. Read more...

  • 5 of Satya Nadella’s greatest first year hits as Microsoft CEO

    When Satya Nadella assumed the role of Microsoft CEO from the outgoing Steve Ballmer, the company had lost its way especially in the operating system space. Its main cash cow wasn't exactly mooing and the company's hardware division was practically non-existent. So Nadella's job was a big one. But his first year at the helm of on of Earth's biggest tech companies has been rather successful. Read more on Gearburn.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");