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.

Ah yes, 2016, remember that year? Because we don’t. All we remember was that Pokemon Go swept the world and Todd Howard gave us the first, albeit unofficial, mention of the next Elder Scrolls game during an interview with Geoff Keighley on YouTube’s Live at E3 stream. The Elder Scrolls 6 confirmed!? “[Elder Scrolls is] something we love. But it is — I have to be careful what I say — it’s a very long way off. I could sit here and explain the game to you, and you would say, ‘That sounds like you don’t even have the technology — how long is…

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Microsoft is looking to gain some ground in an unusual place: the wildly competitive cutthroat realm of AI-powered writing tools. In this corner, we have Grammarly, the writing tool that acts as your personal editor, available on many different platforms (even within Microsoft apps). In the other corner, we have Microsoft Editor. Microsoft’s version launched in March last year that does pretty much the same thing. Let the match begin. Currently, Grammarly has Editor on the ropes because it’s available everywhere — as standalone desktop apps for Windows and Mac, a browser extension and a keyboard app on mobile platforms. You…

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After many years of collaboration and PlayStation exclusives, Sony Interactive Entertainment has bought Finish game developer Housemarque after the success of Returnal. In an interview with GQ, Housemarque’s co-founder and managing director Ilari Kuittinen said, “Let’s face it, these are some of the best game developers in the world. So we’re really proud to be part of that group and hope to collaborate and learn from them.” Sony’s sales surely soar This is the second acquisition Sony has made in the last couple of years following the purchase of Insomniac Games in 2019. That proved to work out well for Sony as Insomniac went…

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You had us with ‘free’. If you’re the owner of an LG C1 or G1 OLED TV then we’ve got some good news. LG will be releasing firmware update 03.15.27 for those TVs along with some other premium models in their 2021 lineup. This update will press together the fingers of Dolby Vision HDR and the 4K 120Hz standard to give you Dolby Vision HDR at 4K 120Hz. Fusion-ha! In a press release, LG confirmed they are the first TV manufacturer to support Dolby Vision HDR at 4K 120Hz on some of its models. With the inclusion of the technology in…

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Google yourself. We’ve all done it at some point in our lives. The results you usually get back — unless you’re famous — are a few of your social media pages and the realisation that your name isn’t as unique as you first thought. Unless Google mistakenly thinks you’re a serial killer, then you also get a surprise. That’s just what happened to Hristo Georgiev, a software developer in Switzerland. He found that search results of his name included a photo of him linked to the Wikipedia page of a serial killer with the same name. https://twitter.com/hggeorgievcom/status/1408135112559054850 Google needs to get a…

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Microsoft held its “next generation of Windows” event on Thursday last week, where it gave us the first official look at Windows 11. During the long-winded conference, Microsoft was eager to make sure we knew that (like the new start menu) we, the end-user, are at the centre of the design and functionality choices. It was a lot less upfront with info on the requirements the new OS would have, but then that doesn’t make for a very engaging viewing experience. Instead, Microsoft has put the requirements towards the bottom of its Windows 11 page. Here, you’ll be able to see…

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If you’re the owner of a Western Digital My Book Live network-attached storage (NAS) device, then you should maybe definitely unplug it or risk losing all your data. The WD My Book is a NAS device, which means it’s an external hard drive that’s always on and connects to an internet-accessible network. Think of it as a personal cloud device and you’re most of the way there.  Bleeping Computer first reported that some device owners around the world have found theirs wiped clean. They also could not gain access to the device via online login. “I have a WD My…

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Valve has spent the last two years working on The International 10, ever since The International 9 in 2019 (three guesses as to reasons for the skipped year, and the second two don’t count). But we may have to wait a little longer for the next one. In a statement issued on 22 June, Valve said that it would not be holding The International 10 in Sweden, following a vote by the Swedish government and Swedish Sports Federation to not accept esports into the sports federation. Valve said that “…despite previous reassurances, we were informed two weeks ago that the…

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The next instalment in the Battlefield franchise was announced not too long ago and this one has us — along with many others — somewhat excited. Well, it turns out EA thought this release cycle might be going a bit too smoothly. So they decided to shake things up a bit by letting us know there will be bots in some multiplayer matches. At the game’s announcement event, it was revealed that the All-Out Warfare game mode will allow up to 128 players but it turns out that this will likely not only be humans.  Deploy onto the Battlefield with your AI…

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If you’re a cryptocurrency investor in South Africa and you trusted an exchange called Africrypt, you probably haven’t had a great time lately. Africrypt was one of South Africa’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges, a digital platform that allowed its investors to exchange cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin for other forms of cryptocurrencies or conventional fiat money like the Rand or Dollar. Launched in 2019 by Ameer (20) and Raees (17) Cajee, the exchange promised investors a good return on their money but it seems like it meant a ‘good return’ for the exchange, not so much for the investors. The first red flag appeared earlier…

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