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  • Microsoft adds Bitcoin as payment option for Xbox, Windows Phone stores

    Microsoft users can now buy and download apps, games, movies, TV shows, and music at the Windows, Windows Phone, and Xbox Games, Video, and Music stores using Bitcoin. As reported by CoinDesk, computer giant is now accepting popular cryptocurrency as payment option for its online platforms' gift cards. The Redmond-based giant joins the ranks of other US major tech companies such as Dell, Dish Network, Expedia, and Overstock. Locally, one of South Africa's largest ecommerce players -- along with 30 000 or so other online merchants -- also accept this digital currency as payment option. Perhaps this move would help...

  • Two SA comedians car guard in the US to buy iPhone and Xbox [video]

    There is no doubt that we all love tech gadgets. True enthusiasts might even tell you that you need them. All the same, tech gadgets offer convenience and good times. It is also true that our gadget love often leaves us reaching deep into our pockets. What jobs would you do for the latest gadgets? Read more: Could Mumford and Sons be to blame for all those baby pics polluting your Facebook feed? Well two South African comedians hired themselves as car guards in the US and tried to make some money. Nic Smal and Gareth Allison, the guys behind Derick...

  • Act 3: In which Microsoft builds the consumer company its users deserve

    Somewhere in a rainy Seattle, Microsoft insiders are pondering a long-overdue decision: who its new leader should be. As the company heads into its third act in terms of leadership and management structures, it must reflect on the direction the play must take. For the tech giant, 2013 could easily be erased and the world wouldn't care. It had big plans that have not quite panned out the way the company needed it to. Windows 8 didn't gain the traction that was expected and the much-talked-about foray into the world of tablets with the updated Surface left a lot to...

  • Microsoft SkyDrive for Xbox is available from today

    In case you haven't heard, Microsoft will be releasing 40 new apps for Xbox, with the latest being its SkyDrive app. The app will allow users to access Microsoft's cloud service and connect their devices to easily view content, be it photos or movies, and will also have support for Kinect voice and gesture controls. Users will be able to connect their various Microsoft devices with each other and access content wherever they want through the cloud. Take a photo with your Windows Phone, share it via SkyDrive and it will appear on your TV screen. Microsoft has seen...

  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 smashes sales records

    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 has pulled in US$775-million in sales worldwide during its short five-day release period. This puts it in line to eclipse Call of Duty: Special Ops, which managed to rake in US$1-billion in sales. Robert Kotick, CEO of Activision was über-chuffed at the success of his shooter empire saying, “Life-to-date retail sales for the Call of Duty franchise have exceeded US$6 billion worldwide, which makes Call of Duty one of the most...

  • Skyrim, the ‘endless adventure’ released

    The numerically pleasing date of 11/11/11 held the promise of the much anticipated multi-platform release Skyrim, the fifth title in theElder Scrolls series. Created by Bethesda Software, the same company behind Fallout 3 and Oblivion, Skyrim is the must-have title which RPG fans have been slavishly awaiting for. Between red-hot releases such as Modern Warfare 3, Batman Arkham Asylum and Battlefield 3,Skyrim looks as if it will make the most impact in the hearts and minds of gamers.

  • Endless choices for gamers this holiday season

    For gamers, the dry season is over. The time leading up to just before Christmas is usually filled with triple-A titles and 2011 is no exception. In no particular order, the following games will be played on consoles across the globe this holiday season. Rage, available for multiple systems is many years in the making and comes from the same stable asDoom and Quake. Id Software has created a startling version of our world, only...

  • PS Vita will land in Japan before Christmas

    Handheld gamers rejoice. The Playstation Vita will be released on the 17th of December in Japan. Sony's anticipated handheld gaming machine and the successor to the PSP will go on sale for 24 980 yen (US$325) for the Wi-Fi version and 29 980 yen (US$390) for the 3G model. The announcement was made at a pre-press conference before the Tokyo Game Show. Previously, Sony had said that it aims to release the console before the end of the year in Japan. The late arrival date outside Japan may damage its sales across the ocean in the European and North American...

  • Tech leaders look to Steven Spielberg for future of mobile

    The pace of innovation and change in mobile devices is dizzying. At times it can be difficult to predict the winning platforms and products of the next few years. With that caveat, a panel of technology executives and experts nevertheless took out their crystal balls at the Fortune Brainstorm Tech conference to take a glimpse into the mobile future. Before an audience of movers and shakers from Silicon Valley and elsewhere, they looked at trends among smartphones and the fast-growing market for tablet computers pioneered by Apple's iPad. "I'd say that whatever we can imagine in this room right now will be...

  • Rockstar gets brooding and intense with LA Noire

    LA Noire - Detective Phelps cuts a sharp figure in the neon light of Los Angeles. Hunched over the scene of a brutal crime, he pensively inspects each inch of a rusted pipe, stained with the blood of an unknown assailant. Music swells in the background, the crime scene has now been swept for clues. Detective Phelps knows that it is time to move on to the interrogation of the witness. Leaning...

  • Fight night champion

    Still boxing, but now with added drama and emotion (and plenty blood and guts) in this Xbox pugalistic sportfest with a boxer's fighting heart. I've long been a fan of the Fight Night series. It's a standard part of our Friday night guy get-togethers, where groups of us would braai, have a few beers and compete for ultimate bragging rights in epic Tyson-Holyfield throwdowns. When I first loaded Fight Night Champion, the...

  • Halo: Reach Defiant Map Pack available for download today on Xbox Live

    Last week, Microsoft announced that its Xbox 360 flagship shooter, the critically acclaimed Halo Reach may be expecting a new map pack but refused to comment any further on the matter. Now, fanboys, spartans and gamers worldwide can rejoice as the secrecy has been lifted to unveil three new action-packed multiplayer environments bundled together as the Halo: Reach - Defiant Map Pack which becomes available for download today on Xbox LIVE. The Halo series...

  • 10 of the most innovative Kinect hacks

    Now that the dust has settled over the Kinect bounty wars that had the open source community in a 'Kinect-driver' development frenzy and had Microsoft tap-dance around the whole debacle, we can safely return to the comfortable position of reviewing some of the most innovative features to have spawned from last year's hack-the-Kinect phenomenon. The release of an open-source Kinect driver for Windows has seen a huge spike in the number of "hacks", which range from simple 3D user interfaces to robotics, physical science applications and much more. Here's our extended list of some of the better Kinect Hacks: Autonomous Robotic...

  • Games are from the future, but load times are from the past

    I’m not usually one to be a show-off, because history has shown me that whenever I try to show how cool I am, inevitably the fates, or whatever, decide to knock me back down. Case in point. A few weeks ago I had a bunch of friends over and decided to brag with my new PlayStation Move. I hadn’t had a chance to use it at all myself, so unpacking it was a fresh experience for both me and my green eyed audience. I am meticulous about unpacking gadgets, always taking care to note how everything is placed...

  • The pros and cons of the game-changing Kinect

    I spent a large portion of last weekend flapping and waving my arms about, throwing phantom roundhouse kicks and trying to maintain a zen-like appearance while side-stepping rapids and plugging up leaks. No, I wasn't attempting kung-fu aboard a sinking rubber dinghy but rather, was engaging Microsoft's foray into motion control for the XBox360: The Kinect. The Kinect turns the XBox360 from being predominantly a single-player console into a multiplayer, family-oriented machine with endless possibilities. It's also buckets of fun, much more so than the Wii in my opinion and XBox's full-body, controller-less gaming experience lives up to it's expectations....