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Stop blaming video games for mass killings

In the wake of the El Paso shooting on Aug. 3 that left 22 dead and dozens injured, a familiar trope has reemerged: Often, when a young man is the shooter, people try to blame the tragedy on violent video games and other forms of media. This time around, Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick placed some of the blame on a video game industry that “teaches young people to kill.” Republican House Minority Leade...[Read More]

After Huawei, DJI could be next in America’s crosshairs

Chinese smartphone and tech-maker Huawei was placed in an unpleasant position this week, a direct result of the ongoing America-China trade war. It is possible, however, that it's not the only Chinese company entering the States' crosshairs. Chinese drone-maker DJI might find itself facing similar issues, thanks to a new alert that was just issued by America's Department of Homeland Security (DHS)...[Read More]

The cost of gaming – 2018 video games sales totalled $43.4 billion in the US alone

Video games are big business. Not quite as big as Apple in a bad quarter but still pretty big for what’s still a fairly narrow form of entertainment. American market research firm the NPD Group has crunched the numbers and video games sales managed to rack up $43.4 billion in 2018. That’s about R600 billion here at home. That’s a whole lot of video games. Those sales numbers aren...[Read More]

Artificial intelligence is the weapon of the next Cold War

It is easy to confuse the current geopolitical situation with that of the 1980s. The United States and Russia each accuse the other of interfering in domestic affairs. Russia has annexed territory over U.S. objections, raising concerns about military conflict. As during the Cold War after World War II, nations are developing and building weapons based on advanced technology. During the Cold War, t...[Read More]

Revelations how Russian propaganda used Facebook to influence US elections worrying

“Winning hearts and minds” is one of those bizarre terms that was popularised this past century in the Vietnam war when many would have first heard it used. The phrase was originally used by a French general in then Indochina in 1895 and is used to characterise propaganda designed to convince the local population the menacing military force in their country was on their side. How deepl...[Read More]

How Twitter bots affected the US presidential campaign

Key to democracy is public engagement – when people discuss the issues of the day with each other openly, honestly and without outside influence. But what happens when large numbers of participants in that conversation are biased robots created by unseen groups with unknown agendas? As my research has found, that’s what has happened this election season. Since 2012, I have been studying how people...[Read More]

Want your own IMAX? Start saving, they start at R6 million

It’s a dream that many of us share. A home movie theatre that doesn’t have any other people in it. Sure, it’s great to catch a new film at a cinema but sometimes people can be… well… people. If you have enough money, however, then you don’t have to put up with anything like that. You could just have your very own IMAX built. That’s a thing now. That is, if...[Read More]

Hisense is taking over Sharp’s TV range in the Americas

Sharp’s TV line hasn’t been doing all that well, particularly in the Americas where competition is extremely fierce. The likes of Samsung and LG, like most other places, make penetrating the TV market a tough proposition. It seems that Sharp, in that region at least, has thrown in the towel. Their brand will live on though, thanks to Chinese company Hisense which seems to be everywhere...[Read More]

LG running limited OTA 4K video broadcast tests

HD isn’t prevalent in South Africa yet and 4K content is a dream for all but those with the fattest internet pipes (and Netflix) but there’s a day in the future when a 4K TV will be able to stream a UHD broadcast over the air. That’s not a pipe-dream either, LG is engaged in a trial run of OTA 4K video broadcasts in the States. LG, along with Zenith and GatesAir are running tests...[Read More]

4K is so last year: Dell launches ‘5K’ Ultrasharp 27-inch monitor

Think your 4K display is impressive? Think again. Dell is pushing the HD envelope with its new 27-inch monitor. 5,120 x 2,880 pixels sounds crazy and is also probably crazy amazing. What’s even more interesting is that the monitor allows you to turn it vertically, which – as Anandtech rightly points out – is like having two 2,560 x 2,880 monitors stacked together in one screen. Only one prob...[Read More]

Samsung rolling out Smart Home app and appliances

Samsung has got home automation firmly in their sights. The Galaxy Gear range of wearables is one thing but the company recently announced a smart light bulb and they’ve also taken the lid off a home automation technology that they’ve just called Smart Home. Sadly, it’ll be a while before it makes it anywhere near South Africa. The service comprises an Android app which is able t...[Read More]

Samsung launches new (currently US-only) free music streaming service

Samsung has opted to enter an already-crowded streaming music market with a new offering that is tied to their Galaxy range of smartphones and, geographically, the United Stated. Called Milk Music, the offering is described as a free internet “radio service” that will not feature any adverts for the moment, but that ‘feature’ will be introduced at a later stage. According t...[Read More]

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