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Injustice 2 arrives in SA

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Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment have announced that Injustice 2 is available now in South Africa for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Let the battle begin.  Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment have announced that Injustice 2, the super-powered sequel to the hit game Injustice: Gods Among Us is available now in South Africa for the PlayStation4 and Xbox One.   Developed by the award-winning NetherRealm Studios, Injustice 2 features a massive roster of DC Super Heroes and Super-Villains and allows players to build and power up the ultimate version of their favourite DC characters.

Injustice 2 continues the story set in motion in Injustice: Gods Among Us, beginning in a fractured universe where bonds are broken and every alliance is thrown into war.  Batman and his allies work towards putting the pieces of society back together, but struggle against those who would restore Superman’s Regime.  In the midst of this chaos, a new threat appears that will put Earth’s very existence at risk.  Players will decide where their loyalties lie and have the ability to personalise iconic DC characters with unique and powerful gear earned throughout the game.

“NetherRealm Studios consistently delivers amazing gameplay along with an extremely compelling story that resonates with core and casual gamers, and Injustice 2 is their most engaging, deepest game yet,” said David Haddad, President, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.  “The immersive narrative with the beloved DC Super Heroes, combined with the new gear and customisation features in Injustice 2, showcases how the studio continues to innovate.”

“With Injustice 2, we worked incredibly hard to deliver a compelling DC story, as well as offer new features and modes for fans to further immerse themselves into the game,” said Ed Boon, Creative Director, NetherRealm Studios.  “The task of implementing all the different components was daunting and to see it come together in the final product is an achievement for NetherRealm.”

Each of the dozens of playable DC characters in Injustice 2 has its own unique play style and roster of special moves.  Regardless of the outcome, each battle brings the opportunity to earn new gear and abilities. As participants progress, they will earn new items from common gear with useful gameplay stat augments, to rare pieces that add larger special moves and abilities.  Players will be able to effect more change and customisation to their characters with every piece of gear that is earned, both in terms of visual cosmetic updates and changes to their combat style and character abilities.

Injustice 2 also features an all new Multiverse Mode, offering players a whole world beyond the game’s story campaign and the opportunity to take part in a variety of uniquely themed challenges to earn additional rewards.   Each different Multiverse in Injustice 2 has its own story and modifiers that change various aspects about how the game is played.  As players climb the ladder, the challenges will increase, as will the rewards. Multiverses are constantly evolving and changing to provide players with new opportunities to grow their characters, earn new gear and conquer bigger challenges.

Also available now is the Injustice 2 Ultimate Edition and the Digital Deluxe Edition.  The Injustice 2 Ultimate Edition provides access to all three upcoming Fighter Packs, for a total of nine playable characters in addition to the main game.  Players will also receive three Premiere Skins, allowing them to transform select fighters into alternate characters with new looks, voices and dialogue; and two exclusive Gear Shaders that enable them to customise the look of their roster with alternate color themes.  The Injustice 2 Ultimate Edition is available for R1 199, get your copy from Musica today.

Players can also experience Injustice 2 for mobile, which is available now as a free download on the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch and from Google Play for Android devices.  Injustice 2 for mobile features new and improved combat from its predecessor with increased movement, the addition of projectiles, upgraded special moves and more.  In addition, Injustic 2 for mobile includes brand-new modes that offer a one-of-a-kind mobile experience on-the-go, including a dedicated Story Mode that follows the events of Injustice 2 for console, a mission-based Operations Mode, a competitive Arena Mode and much more.  Players will even be able to unlock gear for the console version of Injustice 2 through certain challenges offered in the mobile game.

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Opera launches built-in VPN on Android browser

Opera has released a new version of its mobile browser, which features a built-in virtual private network service.

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Opera has released a new version of its mobile browser, Opera for Android 51, which features a built-in VPN (virtual private network) service.

A VPN allows users to create a secure connection to a public network, and is particularly useful if users are unsure of the security levels of the public networks that they use often.

The new VPN in Opera for Android 51 is free, unlimited and easy to use. When enabled, it gives users greater control of their online privacy and improves online security, especially when connecting to public Wi-Fi hotspots such as coffee shops, airports and hotels. The VPN will encrypt Internet traffic into and out of their mobile devices, which reduces the risk of malicious third parties collecting sensitive information.

“There are already more than 650 million people using VPN services globally. With Opera, any Android user can now enjoy a free and no-log service that enhances online privacy and improves security,” said Peter Wallman, SVP Opera Browser for Android.

When users enable the VPN included in Opera for Android 51, they create a private and encrypted connection between their mobile device and a remote VPN server, using strong 256-bit encryption algorithms. When enabled, the VPN hides the user’s physical location, making it difficult to track their activities on the internet.

The browser VPN service is also a no-log service, which means that the VPN servers do not log and retain any activity data, all to protect users privacy.

“Users are exposed to so many security risks when they connect to public Wi-Fi hotspots without a VPN,” said Wallman. “Enabling Opera VPN means that users makes it difficult for third parties to steal information, and users can avoid being tracked. Users no longer need to question if or how they can protect their personal information in these situations.”

According to a report by the Global World Index in 2018, the use of VPNs on mobile devices is rising. More than 42 percent of VPN users on mobile devices use VPN on a daily basis, and 35 percent of VPN users on computers use VPN daily.

The report also shows that South African VPN users said that their main reason for using a VPN service is to remain anonymous while they are online.

“Young people in particular are concerned about their online privacy as they increasingly live their lives online,” said Wallman. “Opera for Android 51 makes it easy to benefit from the security and anonymity of VPN , especially for those may not be aware of how to set these up.”

Setting up the Opera VPN is simple. Users just tap on the browser settings, go to VPN and enable the feature according to their preference. They can also select the region of their choice.

The built-in VPN is free, which means that users don’t need to download additional apps on their smartphones or pay additional fees as they would for other private VPN services. With no sign-in process, users don’t need to log in every time they want to use it.

Opera for Android is available for download in Google Play. The rollout of the new version of Opera for Android 51 will be done gradually per region.

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Future of the car is here

Three new cars, with vastly different price-tags, reveal the arrival of the future of wheels, writes ARTHUR GOLDSTUCK

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Just a few months ago, it was easy to argue that the car of the future was still a long way off, at least in South Africa. But a series of recent car launches have brought the high-tech vehicle to the fore in startling ways.

The Jaguar i-Pace electric vehicle (EV), BMW 330i and the Datsun Go have little in common, aside from representing an almost complete spectrum of car prices on the local market. Their tags start, respectively, at R1.7-million, R650 000 and R150 000.

Such a widely disparate trio of vehicles do not exactly come together to point to the future. Rather, they represent different futures for different segments of the market. But they also reveal what we can expect to become standard in most vehicles produced in the 2020s.

Jaguar i-Pace

The i-Pace may be out of reach of most South Africans, but it ushers in two advances that will resonate throughout the EV market as it welcomes new and more affordable cars. It is the first electric vehicle in South Africa to beat the bugbear of range anxiety.

Unlike the pioneering “old” Nissan Leaf, which had a range of up to about 150km, and did not lend itself to long distance travel, the i-Pace has a 470km range, bringing it within shouting distance of fuel-powered vehicles. A trip from Johannesburg to Durban, for example, would need just one recharge along the way.

And that brings in the other major advance: the i-Pace is the first EV launched in South Africa together with a rapid public charging network on major routes. It also comes with a home charging kit, which means the end of filling up at petrol stations.

The Jaguar i-Pace dispels one further myth about EVs: that they don’t have much power under the hood. A test drive around Gauteng revealed not only a gutsy engine, but acceleration on a par with anything in its class, and enough horsepower to enhance the safety of almost any overtaking situation.

Specs for the Jaguar i-Pace include:

  • All-wheel drive
  • Twin motors with a combined 294kW and 696Nm
  • 0-100km/h in 4.8s
  • 90kWh Lithium-ion battery, delivering up to 470km range
  • Eight-year/160 000km battery warranty
  • Two-year/34 000km service intervals

Click here to read about BMW’s self-driving technology, and how Datsun makes smart technology affordable.

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