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Checky – an app that tells you how many times you check your phone

Published by on Sep 16th, 2014, No Comments

Checky App

In our connected world, we are pretty much joined at the hip with our smartphones. If we’re not using it browse the web or send emails and messages, we’re constantly checking for social media notifications or updates.

Thus, it has become quite the habit of many of us to check our phones regularly – if not too regularly.

This is what Checky wants to make you aware of. The new app is designed to make you aware of exactly how often you check your phone everyday. And in turn, try to encourage you to cut down on the phone checking.

The app works very simply. It just tells you how many times you have checked your phone each day while also mapping out where and for what you’ve used your phone the most. It’s clear that the company behind the app, Calm.com, is trying to encourage you to put the phone down by giving you a visual representation of your annoying habit.  (more…)

Why I Hate Apple (but secretly love them)

Published by on Sep 16th, 2014, 18 Comments

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These three little words might not mean anything to most people, but to any real tech lover like me it means a hell of a lot. This short phrase has been a staple of Steve Jobs’ second tenure at Apple, and it has become synonymous with some of the big products that have come to light at their launch events over the last 15 years.

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Microsoft is reportedly buying ‘Minecraft’ developer Mojang (Updated)

Published by on Sep 16th, 2014, No Comments

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How much would you guess the developer famous for creating the indie game ‘Minecraft’ is worth?

Well, according to sources Microsoft is interested in buying Mojang for a massive $2 billion! Microsoft approached Mojang as early as three months ago and the purchase should be finished by the end of this month. (more…)

iPhone 6 and 6 Plus breaks pre-order record

Published by on Sep 16th, 2014, No Comments

iphone6So the iPhone 6 and 6 plus is literally “bigger” and better than before and its on its way to iStore in about 3 weeks. Apple finally caught up to the rest of the smartphone world when they announced that the iPhone 6 will be available in 2 sizes, a 4.7inch and 5.5 inch phablet. Over the past weekend the new iPhone went up for pre-order in most countries around the world and it seems as though the allure of the iPhone has not faded just yet. (more…)

Google launches $100 Android One smartphones

Published by on Sep 16th, 2014, No Comments

Pichai speaks during the launch of Android One in New Delhi

As we were expecting, Google revealed the first Android One phones at an event in India yesterday. Three companies will be vying for supremacy in India with their Android One offerings, the version of the Android software specifically built for low-cost devices. Google promised manufacturers their engineering expertise, enabling them to build smartphones delivering a great user experience on very cheap hardware.

The three companies that will be offering these Google-backed phones will be Micromax, Karbonn and Spice Mobiles. So what can you really expect from a $100 Android smartphone approved by Google? (more…)

New Windows 9 features leaked in videos

Published by on Sep 16th, 2014, 4 Comments

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Just last week we saw some leaked images of what we can expect from Windows 9, but now the leak has gone even further. The same source created some videos to show off the features of the new operating system from Microsoft.

Reportedly, this is a late build of Windows 9, meaning it hasn’t been completed but there will be few changes from what we’re seeing here.

Some of the more interesting features shown include a revised, (unified) Notification Centre, a demonstration of how Multi-Desktop will work, and of course, that beloved start menu.

Although some things will definitely change, were getting a relatively clear picture of what we can expect. Check out the videos below: (more…)

China now has special sidewalk lanes for those using cellphones

Published by on Sep 15th, 2014, 1 Comment

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The City of Chongqing in China seems to fed up with people walking while texting on their cellphones. Obviously, this can become quite the hazard when people are so engrossed in their conversations, that they don’t look where they are walking.

So, the city has enforced new ‘rules’ that look to try and curb this annoying millennial problem.

On a 30 meter stretch of sidewalk, the city has made two lanes; one for those using cellphones and the other for those who don’t. Painted on the sidewalk, in both Chinese and English, the sign reads: “Cellphones, walk in this lane at your own risk” and the other reading: “No cellphones.”

Sure, it may seem a little strange and over the top, but as anyone who has ever been stuck behind a person staring at their cellphone screen, or has had a complete strange walk into them as a result of texting and not looking, can testify, this might not  be such a bad idea at all.  (more…)

Competition: Hermanus Getaway & Whale Watching Trip

Published by on Sep 15th, 2014, No Comments

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Today we bring you something a bit different on Bandwidth Blog, in conjunction with our friends over at NicSocks.

Have you the need to get away for a couple of days? Then this competition is meant for you, as you’ll be treated to a luxury stay in the lovely Hermanus, a special dinner and a whale watching trip. (more…)

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