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Review: Acer Aspire E1-531 Laptop

Published by on Apr 17th, 2014, No Comments

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Recently, I received a laptop to review. Baring in mind that this is my first time reviewing something, plus the fact that I have been a Mac user for years, I was kind of nervous (yet thoroughly excited) to review a different laptop.

Firstly, the Acer Aspire is a strikingly beautiful laptop. The sleek, elegant design of the machine hits you straight in the face once it’s taken out of the box – this, however, may also be because of it’s super glossy look. Think a kind of glassy black you might find in the lair of Bruce Wayne.

Obviously, as a woman, I was very impressed with the look and feel of the laptop. It’s light enough to comfortably carry around (it ways around 2.5 kilo’s), yet sturdy enough to make you feel you’re carrying something of quality.

I also especially liked the look and feel of both the keyboard and trackpad. The keys seemed ‘flatter’, which of course attributes to it’s modern look, and the trackpad is sleek and comfortable to work with. No jerky mouse moves either.

Moving along to the stuff that really matters – the hardware.  (more…)

Samsung’s Gear Fit ad shows you how to use it

Published by on Apr 17th, 2014, No Comments

The Gear Fit and the Galaxy S5 are now available worldwide and with its release, Samsung wants to show you how you are supposed to use your new device.

The short 30 second spot commercial overs some real life scenarios such as rejecting a call without ever laying a finger on your phone as well as tracking your fitness data. Take a look at the video above.

Is the Gear Fit something you would be interested in? (more…)

Google launches Camera app to the Play Store

Published by on Apr 17th, 2014, No Comments

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Google has just launched its own camera app in the Play Store, which it simply called Google Camera. It looks somewhat different than what you might find on a Google Nexus, and is available for any device running Android 4.4 KitKat (which admittedly, is still only a few). (more…)

Microsoft’s All-in-One Media Keyboard

Published by on Apr 17th, 2014, 1 Comment

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Can you believe that Microsoft has been making their own keyboards for 20 years this week? Now they have a new wireless keyboard with integrated trackpad, the All-in-One Media Keyboard, targeted at living room users, smart TVs, Xbox One, and tablets.

According to Microsoft, the All-in-One Media Keyboard will work with Windows 8.1, 8, and 7; Windows RT; Mac OS X 10.7 through 10.9; and Android 4.03, 4.12, and 4.2. It goes on sale this month for about US$40, which is not that bad considering its functionality. (more…)

Saturn is birthing a new moon!

Published by on Apr 17th, 2014, No Comments

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NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has been orbiting the gas giant Saturn for some time and will stay for many more years. Its sole mission is to study the planet and the moons and rings around it. Now, though, for the first and perhaps the last time in human existence, we are seeing an actual moon form around the planet.

The birth of a moon is an extremely rare event. There’s a theory that Saturn used to have a much larger ring system, which led to formation of numerous natural satellites. (more…)

Top smartphone manufacturers sign anti-phone theft pledge

Published by on Apr 16th, 2014, No Comments

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The crackdown on smartphone theft has jumped another level after some of the world’s leading smartphone manufacturers, as well as cellular carriers, signed a new pledge to combat this ever increasing problem.

The new pledge stipulates that companies who have signed, now pledge to help make it harder for thieves to steal smartphones by means of ‘kill switch’ applications.

Google, Apple, Microsoft, HTC, Samsung, Nokia, Motorola and Huawei have all agreed to build their smartphones in a way in which it would be difficult for a thief to do anything with a smartphone once the so-called ‘kill switch’ has been engaged.

The idea is that the companies will make it possible for every smartphone user to remotely block and wipe their phones, should it be stolen. This will then in turn speed up the process of blocking your phone and rendering the device ‘unusable’ to the criminal. (more…)

Office 365 Personal now available for $7 p/m

Published by on Apr 16th, 2014, No Comments

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Microsoft has announced that their leaner version of the subscription based Office 365 is now available for $7 per month or $70 per year.

The new package lets you use Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher and Access on one Mac or Windows computer and one tablet. There is also the possibility of mobile access. This comes in the form of Android, iOS and Windows Phone platforms. (more…)

Dropping Dropbox? Here are Five Alternatives.

Published by on Apr 16th, 2014, No Comments

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Dropbox is the King of cloud storage. As any King might tell you, their temptation to become a tyrant is high. This is the dilemma that Dropbox finds itself at the horns of. It’s becoming clear now that the intrusive inspection of users’ private files that happened at the end of March was only the tip of the tyrannical iceberg.

Last week Dropbox announced that former US Secretary of State Condeleeza Rice has joined the company’s Board of Directors. This would be troublesome news because of her involvement in building the case for invading Iraq under false pretenses. It would even be unconscionable considering how she made government sanctioned torture a reality. But what makes this utterly shocking is that she is one of the minds behind the Bush administration’s warrantless wiretapping policies that have lead to the widespread intrusions into our privacy by the likes of the NSA and GCHQ.

The rise of Dropbox was based around an incredibly simple idea: seamlessly store and share files online. The unprecedented way that the service integrated into a Mac or PC seemed magical. With the dawn of the new age of smartphones, their iOS and Android applications further cemented Dropbox as the cloud storage service of choice. Success, as we know, blazes a trail for competitors to follow. Startups like SugarSync and Box along with tech heavyweights like Google and Microsoft all want a piece of the cloud storage space. (more…)

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