Gadget Buddies

Gadget Buddies

By Imran Khan

Ubuntu Tablet PC

We saw Ubuntu phones released last year with a fair bit of excitement from the open source community. Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu Distribution, is at it again and will release their first tablet pc running purely on an open source operating system. The name of this 10 inch sleek device will be ‘Aquaris M10’. It will feature a 10.1 inch touchscreen and will be powered by a quad core processor. Yes; although it’s open source, the tablet will be full HD, from display to recording via the 8 megapixel camera.
Predicted price for this device will be in the region of R5700, but that is dependent on the exchange rate at the time of release. The exact date has not been revealed yet, but the general consensus is that you could start seeing ones on store shelves during the second quarter of this year.

UCL Championship bust

Womens-Under-23-race-of-the-2016-UCI-Cyclo-cross-World-ChampionshipsThe Union of Cyclists Internationale (UCI) was a dealt a hard blow in the recent 2016 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships. Forget about doping, technology is now allowing cyclists to mechanically dope too. That may sound farfetched, but in the competition a cyclist was found to have a booster motor built into their bicycle. This motor was carefully incorporated into the bottom bracket of Femke van den Driessche’s bicycle. The scandal broke all over Belgian media, but Femke’s father denied all allegations.
The UCI’s head of off-road racing, Peter van den Abeele, said that the governing body had been testing a new detection system, not because it had any particular indication that fraud was going on, but because this seemed a good opportunity. The offence is officially termed “technological fraud” and carries a minimum six-month suspension and a fine between 20000 and 200000 Swiss francs.
It is very alarming that this is happening in competitions these days where any form of advantage is explored. The predicted power generated by the motor in Femke’s bicycle would give her 60 to 100 watts more in her pedal stroke, which is a considerable boost in performance.

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare

Plants-vs-Zombies-Garden-World-2-Beta-screen-1-5PopCap Vancouver, creator of one of the world’s most beloved video game franchises and a studio of Electronic Arts Inc., recently announced ‘Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2’. They hosted a public access multiplayer from January 14 to January 18. The multiplayer beta was available for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and was a chance for players to experience the craziest shooter of 2016 before ‘Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2’ hits stores on February 26 in South Africa.
“More than eight million players have experienced the original ‘Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare’ since it launched in 2014,” said Justin Wiebe, Creative Director of Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2. “That level of engagement is incredible, and that’s why we’re so excited for players to jump into the next game adventure with the ‘Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2’ multiplayer beta. This game builds on the crazy fun people loved about the original and adds tons of new ways to play. We can’t wait for people to jump in and start having fun.”
Get ready for an all out garden war this month.