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Report: Apple acquires talk radio app, Swell

Published by on Jul 29th, 2014, No Comments

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Apple seems to be continuing their recent shopping spree and is reportedly closing the deal on acquiring talk-radio app, Swell for a cool $30 million.

According to a report by Re/code, the talks between Apple and Swell are nearing an end and the official acquisition will go through soon.

Swell, which has been described by many as a ‘Pandora for talk radio’, is essentially a podcast app that you can tailor to your personal needs. The app claims to learn the listening habits of the user and then makes suggestions based on previous content.

Swell will the start building a personalized radio service just for you, so you can listen to the thing that interest you most. However, should you not want to listen to a specific podcast Swell chose for you, you can easily move on by simply swiping it away.

Swell is mostly designed for listening in your car.  (more…)

Your smartphone will replace room keys at Hilton Hotels by 2016

Published by on Jul 29th, 2014, No Comments

HiltonThe age old tradition of checking in at the Hotel counter is on its way to become a thing of the past. The Hilton Hotel group own around 4,100 properties world-wide and they plan to let their customers access their hotel rooms with their smartphones at most of their hotels by the end of 2016. This move will see the evolution from room keys to plastic room cards and now online smartphone access. They are also promising mores customer focused improvements… (more…)

Tizen powered Samsung phone delayed again

Published by on Jul 29th, 2014, No Comments

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When are we going to see Samsung’s Tizen-powered smartphone? We have no idea, as the timeline keeps being pushed out. Samsung first said they would be launching a Tizen flagship at the beginning of 2014, after which it shifted to mid-2014. Now they are delaying the device even further. (more…)

Motorola to release a Nexus phablet

Published by on Jul 29th, 2014, No Comments

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The rumour-mill keeps going one way and then the other. We have no idea at this stage which way the Nexus programme is going as we’ve had multiple rumours, first of all that the Nexus brand has been killed off in favour of Android Silver and then that a Nexus 8 tablet may still be in the works, to be made by HTC.

We thought the Nexus 6 smartphone may be the follow-up to the Nexus 5, made by LG, and that it would be based on the LG G3 hardware as the previous version was based on the LG G2 hardware. Now it seems, the Nexus 6 name may not just be an iterative name, but the actual size of the upcoming smartphone. (more…)

Moto X+1 leak looks legit

Published by on Jul 29th, 2014, No Comments

 

x1-1The Moto X was a real smash hit of a device, even though it didn’t sell very well. Priced very well, we were surprised that so few people actually picked it up when Google and Motorola built their first smartphone together.

We finally have some concrete evidence that Motorola are in fact making a sequel to the critically acclaimed Moto X, dubbed the Moto X+1. (more…)

Here is a temporary tattoo that will unlock your smartphone

Published by on Jul 28th, 2014, No Comments

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When it comes to phone privacy, some people take it very seriously. Sure, with most smartphone’s you can set up a pin code to enter the phone, but for some that just doesn’t cut it.

One company, VivaLnk, has come up with a rather unusual way of unlocking your phone – a temporary tattoo.

The Santa Clara-based company developed patented technology called eSkin. This technology allows small electronics to communicate with your smartphone or tablet.

Thus, after teaming up with Motorola, they have developed a so-called ‘digital tattoo’ that will unlock your smartphone.

How does it work? Quite simply actually. The super thin NFC circuit is embedded in a medical like, 3M adhesive tape and so, it creates a ‘digital tattoo’.  (more…)

LG G3 Review: Bow to the new Android King

Published by on Jul 28th, 2014, 10 Comments

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Last year LG released one of the most critically acclaimed smartphones of the year, the LG G2. After rebranding the old Optimus brand, the LG G2 was the successor to the Optimus G, at least in spirit. The LG G2 completely set itself apart from the Optimus G, though, and quickly became LG’s best-selling smartphone.

Now LG brings us the LG G3, available in South Africa from 1 August, and it’s trying to take everything on board from fans and critics alike and apply to the design of its latest flagship to appeal to all. Does it succeed in improving everything we didn’t like about the G2 while consolidating its successes from that device?

Before we find out, check out some of the key features of the G3: (more…)

Robot furniture that builds itself

Published by on Jul 28th, 2014, No Comments

Roombots1At the break-neck speed which we live our modern day lives, versatile products have become a near necessity. Today’s smartphone’s double as high-spec cameras, computers, gaming consoles etc. What if more mundane objects in your life became more versatile? Imagine arriving home after work and the chair you sat on this morning reading emails has converted itself into a sofa for after work relaxation? What if that pesky coffee table moved out of your way as you stumbled past half asleep every morning? These ideas could soon become a reality through research being conducted at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL). (more…)

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