Odds and Ends

01 Jun 2017
POSTED BY Alvin Thomas

Y’s Alvin Thomas checks out the gadgets that could be game changers.

Cut the Cables

Wires are a hassle, period! That said, the HDMI cables that we use to hook up our video sources to our televisions and monitors are a nuisance, since most of them are thick and short in length. That’s where the Nyrius ARIES Pro Wireless HDMI Transmitter and Receiver comes into the picture. Not only does it eradicate the need for a wired cable, it also lets you stream content from other rooms in your house. Even at 1080p, there’s zero lag in the displayed content and the visuals are just as stunning. Get it from amazon.com for RO96.3.

All About the Bass

Are you tired of the neighbours? Well, if that’s the case, you need the all-new booming Fluance Fi70. The device, with its six speakers and 20.3cm sub-woofer, is touted as one of the loudest Bluetooth speakers ever made. The set of speakers also provides high-fidelity sound and richer audio than most of its competitors thanks to a wide variety of equaliser settings and digital synthesisers. Other features include AM/FM radio, touch controls, audio input, digital optical input, LED display, alarm clock and a USB port for charging your devices. All of this is then wrapped in audio-grade wood. Yours for RO193 from amazon.com.

Candle in the Wind

If you think that all portable chargers look the same then we have something truly unique for you. The Stower Candle Charger – as its name suggests – is a portable charger that provides juice to electronic devices using the power sourced from heat. The device comes with a fuel canister (rated to burn for six whole hours!) and a power generator generates the electricity. All you have to do is pour water into the canister provided with the device and let it boil. One canister of water is good enough to charge your out-of-battery phone twice. Sweet! All yours for RO35.4 from amazon.com.

Editor’s Pick

Subscriber counter

How cool would it be if you could keep an eye on how well you’re doing on YouTube, right? That’s where the LaMetric comes in handy. The device, which looks like a sound bar, can actually give you information on your numbers of followers on YouTube, Twitter and other social media platforms. It is also designed to provide you with real time information on the weather, tweets, news or even keep track of your deadlines. Even better: it can pick up various internet radio stations, stream music to stereo speakers and even act as your Wi-Fi router. Your ideal social media companion. Get it from amazon.com for RO76.7.

App of the Week

Fond Memories

How awful is it to even think that the person who once loved you cannot even remember you? It’s a horrible realisation, isn’t it? But fret not: a team of Alzheimer’s researchers have worked in conjunction with Samsung to release the Backup Memory app. The application aims to stave off the effects of the disease by providing the patient with memories you have shared together in photos. There are many positive testimonials, making this a very reliable app. Get it from Google Play for free.

Best action-adventure games you can buy today


If you’re on the lookout for the best action-adventure game, look no further, for Grand Theft Auto V is the best one out there. Keeping in line with its predecessors, GTA V still maintains its individuality, meaning you get to control everything the way you want it.

You can still steal cars, orchestrate the perfect bank heists, go on road trips, fly aircraft, jump off buildings, and do things as you see fit. But the world is larger than that of GTA IV, as it combines both San Andreas and the fictional city of Los Santos.

The single-player mode lets players control three characters: Michael De Santa, Trevor Philips and Franklin Clinton – all criminals whose stories interconnect as they complete missions. The game may switch characters automatically during missions to complete certain objectives.

It all sounds rather complicated but GTA V is just a very (very!) fun game to spend your Friday evening playing. Even the graphics are as good as you would see in real life.


Developer: Rockstar North

Publisher: Rockstar Games

Engine: RAGE

Platform: PlayStation 3 and 4, Xbox 360 and One, Microsoft Windows

Her Story

The BAFTA Games Award for Innovation, the BAFTA Games Award for debut game, The Game Award for best narrative and some three other awards… well, these are the accolades that Her Story has snagged after its release early last year.

Her Story is an interactive movie game that focuses on a series of seven (fictional, but almost realistic) police interviews from 1994. As a law enforcement agent, you are presented with an old desktop, which contains the files, video interviews and other programs that could lead to the solving of the murder of a man named Simon. The lead suspect is his wife Hannah Smith.

Your role is to watch all the interrogation videos and make conclusions after studying Hannah’s facial expressions, words and even gestures. This is a game for the keen-eyed sleuth.

There are 271 video files in total, and players will be entitled to hundreds of hours of quality gaming. Oh, and the twists and turns in the plot would put an M. Night Shyamalan movie to shame. A must-buy!

Her Story

Developer: Sam Barlow

Publisher: Sam Barlow

Engine: Unity

Platform: Microsoft Windows, OSX, iOS and Android

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