By Imran Khan
BlackBerry to stop making phones
Somewhere along the way most of us have used a Blackberry. Their technology was advanced and the fixed monthly cost for data was a treat for us. However, they recently announced that they will stop developing hardware and outsource this part of the company to their partners. This comes as no surprise as the smartphone hardware market has become so competitive. Blackberry’s CEO recently told media that under this new strategy, they will focus purely on software development, which will include security and other applications. We think it is a great move as Blackberry is still at the top and can stay there if it does what it does best. To put things into perspective, we must not forget what happened to cell phone producer Nokia. Most companies are learning from that example and doing what they can to stay afloat.
Scribble Smart Pen
Imagine being able to draw or write in any colour without changing pens or ink. We found an uber cool gadget which we cannot wait to come to South Africa. The ‘Scribble’ pen is a pen like no other that uses special smart ink technology and colour matching. At the top of the pen is a handy scanner that has a high quality ‘RGB’ sensor. Simply touch the sensor to any colour and the pen will generate the colour of ink to replicate the scanned colour using a micro pump inside. You can also connect the Pen to smartphones and tablets running iOS or android so you can save your colours. To think that it was only launched on Kickstarter in 2014, this product is already making waves around the world.
You can purchase the pen online now, before it lands on our shores, at www.thescribblepen.com.
‘Rise of the Tomb Raider – 20 Year Celebration’
Time really does fly when you are having fun and our trusty Tomb Raider Lara Croft has been around for 20 years already. From the days of the ‘block’ style graphics to today’s smooth textured environments and characters, ‘Tomb Raider’ has come a long way. The 20 Year Celebration edition will include a new extreme survivor ultra difficulty mode for the main campaign, as well as three new pieces of playable content. The first is Blood Ties, a combat free narrative which is sees Lara exploring the Croft Manor to discover new information. We were even more excited when we heard that PlayStation 4 will exclusively offer PlayStation VR support for Blood Ties, which is played in first person with the headset. A separate zombie combat chapter will also be set in the mansion. The final mode is a new co-op version of Endurance mode. In this mode players attempt to survive for as long as they can while keeping track of warmth and hunger meters. The longer you last the more experience you earn. Of course what is an anniversary without a bit of nostalgia. Players will be able to play with classic polygonal Lara Croft models in expedition modes and the cold weather outfit from Tomb Raider 3 makes a comeback.
‘Rise of the Tomb Raider – 20 Year Celebration’ is available on pre-order at Bt-Games and Takealot.com. Prices vary per platform. The game is set to be officially released on October 11 and will ship on the same day as well.