Author: Duncan Pike

I've been interested in tech for as long as I can remember. A few facts about me; I learnt how to code when I was 5, I helped Mark Shuttleworth develop Ubuntu when I was 9 and now I write for a tech publication. Only one of those facts is true. I also have a drama degree, hence the writing.

When WhatsApp introduced the disappearing messages feature in November last year it wasn’t what people were expecting. Messages would delete themselves after seven days unless you backed the chat up or something was sent to you. You also couldn’t change the timeframe. So it was more of a convenience thing than a security thing before you start thinking you’re Deep Throat. For an app that wants you to think it’s privacy-focused, there sure are a lot of workarounds to save something someone sent you that should be deleted by the feature. In a chat with the feature on, messages sent…

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Stuff says –  4.5/5 The fact that Røde’s NT-USB Mini microphone can also be read as the Rødent-USB Mini is a subject of some confusion and a little trepidation at Stuff. They have to know there’s a mouse joke in the name, right? And that it implies there is a regular or large Rødent-USB and we don’t think we’d like to see that. The mouse, that is. We’d be happy to use any other Røde microphones.But small mammals don’t actually have any relation to a well-built but compact cardioid condenser microphone. Mice don’t have a bit-depth of 24-bits, a…

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Tell the Cybertime like a Cyberpunk with this Cyberwatch If you’re looking for a new cyberwatch to add to your cybercollection, Cyberpunk developers CD Projekt Red and Blonie Watches have something you might be interested in. The pair are teaming up to release the T-2077, a limited edition Cyberpunk 2077 themed cyberwristwatch. The cybercase and cyberbracelet are both made of pure grade 2 cybertitanium. The cyberbracelet has a butterfly cyberclasp while the watch uses a cyberquartz mechanism and a yellow cyberLED display. Unlike in the game, the cyberwatch will survive underwater up to 50m.The watch uses a CR2032 cyberbattery. It’s…

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Following the abysmal launch that Battlefield 2042 faced and is still trying to recover from, it isn’t surprising that EA wants to make a few changes. The game publisher announced on Thursday that it would be creating a ‘Battlefield Universe’ that will span multiple titles and platforms under different developers. This is a rather transparent step in the same direction that Ubisoft took with the Assassin’s Creed franchise. It seems that Battlefield will henceforth follow the games-as-a-service model, instead of the uninspired standalone games we’ve been subjected to in recent years. Battlefield is now Battleuniverse EA has also made some…

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If you were looking for a gift for young Kyle to go with his Monster branded merch this year, Tesla has just launched a mini version of its Cyberquad, an ATV for kids, just in time for the annual holiday shop. Tesla unveiled the regular-sized version of the four-wheeler alongside the Cybertruck in 2019. Now, it seems it wants to make sure it works as it should by using kids as guinea pigs before launching the big one. No reason to worry though, Elon said it will be the safest ATV in the world. He doesn’t lie, right? A Cyberquad…

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Yesterday Qualcomm unveiled its shiny new flagship Snapdragon mobile platform, the Snapdragon 8 Gen1. There have been a few changes made over last year’s Snapdragon 888, not least of which is the new naming scheme that is bound to cause some confusion. But fear not, why we’re here. We’ll guide you through the changes as well as which Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) are featuring the new platform. Meet the Snapdragon 8 Gen1 Qualcomm is trying to simplify the naming scheme for its Snapdragon platform. So instead of calling the new platform the Snapdragon 898, we get Snapdragon 8 Gen1. The…

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Jack Dorsey announced early yesterday morning US time that he had resigned from his position as CEO at Twitter, the company he co-founded. This has left a lot of the world and, from what we’ve read, a good amount of people at the company wondering: “Why?” Well, according to Jack, “There’s a lot of talk about the importance of a company being ‘founder-led,’” he wrote in an email to the Twitter staff which he also tweeted. “Ultimately I believe that’s severely limiting and a single point of failure. I’ve worked hard to ensure this company can break away from its…

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Assassins Creed Unity isn’t going to help rebuild Notre Dame after all On the 15th of April 2019, a fire broke out beneath the roof of the Notre-Dame cathedral. It caused severe damage to the spire, which collapsed during the blaze, as well as much of the roof and upper walls. Luckily, most of the important and irreplaceable things were saved in some way or another. Following this unfortunate incident, people started to wonder if a restoration was going to be possible, granted the monument is over 650 years old. Thinking about it now, it seems like a reach but…

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Back in August, we got wind that WhatsApp was working on adding a message reactions feature from WABetaInfo. Back then it was still very much a rumour but WABetaInfo has a pretty solid track record when it comes to features and all news WhatsApp related, and it’s just proven that with an update to the feature. As we speculated, the feature should look similar to that of almost every other social media app, including Slack, Discord and WhatsApp’s owner, The App Formally Known as Facebook in that users will be able to react to messages with an emoji.  Okay, but…

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If you tried to log in, launch or otherwise access any Blizzard games through its Battle.net game client late last night, you probably didn’t have a great time. That was due to the fact that, at the time, someone thought it would be fun to target Blizzard’s servers with a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack. As the name suggests, a DDoS attack is a malicious attempt to disrupt the normal traffic of a targeted server, service or network by overwhelming the target or its surrounding infrastructure with a flood of internet traffic. Blizzard took to Twitter to let its…

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