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Techie Guy takes blog accolade again

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For the third year running, blogger and Gadget writer, LIRON SEGEV, aka TheTechieGuy has has won the Best Science and Technology Blog at the South African Blog awards.

TheTechieGuy has been named the Best Science and Technology Blog at the South African Blog Awards for the third year running.

The annual SA Blog Awards recognise the best South African blogs. Finalists are selected based on a public voting phase, which identifies he top bloggers, after which a panel of twenty judges selects a winner in each category.

“Blogging has grown exponentially over the last couple of years,” says Liron Segev, aka TheTechieGuy. “Bloggers offer a wide range of views and commentary on brands, news and trends. And, because they are largely independent, they are often viewed as more objective. This has led to blogs forming an integral part of people’s decision-making processes, and they lead to more customers, more traffic, and more conversions, which can offer a great deal of value to brands.”

“It is significant that, while the total number of blogs in South Africa has fallen sharply, the quality of the blogs that have survived has improved dramatically,” says Arthur Goldstuck, MD of World Wide Worx. “Many blogs are becoming essential information destinations rather than mere soap-boxes for individual viewpoints. This indicates a maturing of the blogging landscape, as it begins to form an essential component of the broader media landscape.”

TheTechieGuy’s scope far exceeds blogging, and he is often called on for expert opinion and commentary in traditional media, including TV appearances on CNBC and eNCA, as well as radio channels like 702 and SAFM.

He also hosts a YouTube channel, which has recently passed half a million views.

“Technology can get complicated. YouTube is therefore an excellent medium, as it allows us to present technology visually in a way that anyone can understand and follow,” says Segev.

South Africans are continuing to embrace podcasts and online radio as a way to access content. Ensuring that all audiences are catered for, TheTechieGuy has a one hour weekly radio show, “Talking Tech with TheTechieGuy”. It is aired on CliffCentral network, which achieved over 2.5 million podcast downloads in its first year of operation.

“As a business focussed on the future, and one that is dependent on mobile, social and online innovation, Talking Tech is a great way for our audience to connect to Liron Segev, his guests and all the amazing developments in these fields,” says says CliffCentral founder Gareth Cliff. “Cliffcentral is committed to bringing the very best of tech talk to the world.”

TheTechieGuy is commanding attention not only in South Africa, but also across the African continent. In 2014, TheTechieGuy was named Best Advice blog at the African Blogger Awards, the only pan-African event that measures online and social influencers’ reach.

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Smash hits the Nintendo Switch

Super Smash Bros. delivers what the fans wanted in the latest “Ultimate” instalment, writes BRYAN TURNER.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the latest addition to the popular Nintendo Smash series, has landed on the Nintendo Switch with a bang, selling 5-million copies in the first week of its release. The game has been long-anticipated since the console’s release, as many fans consider iy to be a Nintendo staple. And the wait was well worth it.

It features 74 playable fighters, 108 stages, almost 1300 Spirit characters to collect while playing, and a single-player Adventure mode that took about three days (or 28 hours) of gameplay to complete. The game offers far more gameplay than its predecessors, making it the Smash game that gives its players the best bang for their buck.

For those new to the game, the goal is to fight opponents and build up their damage score (draining their health) to knock them off the stage eventually. This makes the game seem chaotic, as many players jump around the platforms as if they were on quicksand, in order to avoid being hit by the other players.

It also services two kinds of players: the competitive and the casual.

Competitive players can be matched on the online service by skill ranking to enjoy playing with similarly high-skilled opponents. This is especially important in e-sports training for the game, and for players wanting to master combos against other human players. The casual gamer is also catered for, with eight-player chaos and button-mashing to see who comes out luckiest. This segment is also important for those wanting to learn how to play.

Training mode is also a place to go for those learning to play. It offers “CPU” players that are graded by intensity to train as a single player to learn a character’s moves, combos and general fighting style. More challenging CPU players can also be used by competitive players to train when there isn’t a Wi-Fi connection available.

Direct Play features in this game, allowing two players with two Switch consoles to play against each other over a direct connection – no Wi-Fi needed. This is especially useful to those who want to have a social gaming element on the go, similar to that of the cable connector of the Gameboy.

Click here to read Bryan Turner review of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

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Win Funko Fortnite in Vinyl

Gadget and Gammatek have nine Funko Fortnite figurines to give away.

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A Funko Pop figurine based on a character set is indicative of reaching the heights of pop culture. It is no surprise, then, that the world’s biggest online game, Fortnite, has its own line of Funko Pop figurines. The Funkos are modeled on the characters in game, including Drift, Ragnarok, Dark Vanguard, Volar, Tracera Ops, and Sparkle Specialist.

Now, local Funko distributor Gammatek has released the Fortnite figurines in South Africa. To celebrate, Gadget and Gammatek are giving away a set of three Funko Fortnite figurines to each of three readers (9 figurines in total). To enter, first click on your favourite Funko Pop on the next page and post the Tweet that appears. Then, follow Gadget on Twitter.

You can put the tweet in your own words, but entries must have the competition’s hashtag (#FunkoFortnite) and mention @GadgetZA to be considered valid.

Click here to select the Funko Fortnite character you want to tweet.

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