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Nintendo’s Labo is bonkers in a delightfully Nintendo way

Just when you thought everything was completely normal, Nintendo has to come along and throw a fun-sized spanner into the works. The Japanese gaming giant has announced and detailed Nintendo Labo, a product we’re still not sure how to pronounce properly which looks like… an awful lot of fun, once you can wrap your head around it. Nintendo Labo is, basically, a whole mess of cardboard s...[Read More]

Killer robots, free will and the illusion of control

Control. We all like to think we have it, but is it all just an illusion? It might seem like a very existential question but it plays an important part in our acceptance of new technologies, especially when it comes to robots. Even if we personally aren’t in control of something, we often like to comfort ourselves that someone else is. Humans have free will and empathy and we trust that we will ma...[Read More]

Lenovo Mirage Camera hands-on – VR snaps with point-and-shoot practicality

It’s never been easier to experience virtual reality, with the latest headsets not even forcing you to faff with your phone before diving into all manner of digital worlds. So shouldn’t it be getting easier to create VR content, too? Google and Lenovo think so, and the Mirage Camera could be the piece of tech to do it. The point-and-shoot camera made its debut at CES, and we made sure to try it ou...[Read More]

Former FNB chief set to launch app-based “Bank Zero” this year

Former FNB CEO and angel investor Michael Jordaan and former FNB executive Yatin Narsai have announced plans to launch an “app-driven bank” called Bank Zero before the end of 2018.  Bank Zero won’t have any physical branches, though customers will be able to get physical cards for transacting at stores and at ATMs, and all communication and interaction with the bank will be done ...[Read More]

Facebook cuts back on news to give you more time with advertisers

Dear friends, it’s not us, it’s you. You are the problem. You’ve stopped sharing every intimate detail of your lives and we can’t monetise you as well as we’d like. So we’re changing our relationship to convince you to share more, so we can show you more ads. Not an exact quote from Mark Zuckerberg, of course, but a rough translation. In a statement released on January 12, the company’s founder an...[Read More]

TAG Heuer debuts their R2.4m Connected Full Diamond smartwatch

There are times when you really want to rub it in someone’s face that you’re able to wear the price of a luxury German car or a double-storey beach house on your wrist. If that’s you, but you can’t bear to miss any Facebook notifications, then the TAG Heuer Connected Full Diamond might be what you’re after. The very expensive timepiece debuted at the Salon Internation...[Read More]

Buy or sell old smartphones with Phonetradr

Buying or selling an old smartphone is often a stressful process that involves using online classifieds and trying to sniff out the legitimate buyers or sellers from the scammers. Phonetradr wants to alleviate the stress and the risk by ensuring you get the best deal on a secondhand handset, or get the best return when selling yours. Phonetradr specialises in handsets from three of the big-name ma...[Read More]

Screen therapy: the best TVs of CES 2018

We may not have qualified this time around but a whole lot of football teams are going to be kicking balls in the 2018 World Cup this year and that means only one thing in the world of tech: loads of people are about to get a new TV. So CES 2018 has delivered in a big way with a slew of 4K, HDR sets from the likes of Sony, LG, Samsung and plenty of others. As anyone who’s got themselves a bargain ...[Read More]

A brief history (and a look into the future) of fitness technology

Have you recently taken ownership of a shiny new activity tracking device? For many people, the essential fitness kit now includes gadgets designed not for sitting and staring at a screen, but for encouraging users to get up and move. And they even come with political recommendations. For the UK Government, apps like MapMyRun and Strava and wearable technologies made by Fitbit and Jawbone are the ...[Read More]

WTF is MicroLED? Samsung’s new TV tech explained

The TV industry loves jargon almost as much as it likes tempting you into bankruptcy with spectacular new sets. Sure enough, just when we thought we knew our nits from our pixels, Samsung used CES 2018 to announce a new tech to keep us on our toes. MicroLED is the new tech behind the company’s impressive 146in modular TV prototype, “The Wall”, and is promising to improve on traditional LCD TVs by ...[Read More]

Autonomous vehicles could help millions of people catch up on sleep, TV and work

What would you do if you could magically reclaim all the time you spend behind the wheel of a car? Ultimately that’s what a future filled with autonomous vehicles is promising. There are many questions about what autonomous vehicles will be able to do, how reliable they’ll be and how much they’ll cost. But development is far enough along for people to start thinking about what drivers would do wit...[Read More]

We’re giving five Nivea Men hampers to these five winners

It’s that time again, when we give out five Nivea Men skincare hampers worth more than R1,000 (each) to five lucky winners. Wait, we’ve never done that before. But it feels like it’s time for us to give away five Nivea Men hampers, so we’re counting that. Also, we said last year that we were going to do it today. We all know that it’s perfectly acceptable for men to p...[Read More]

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