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The first ever YouTube video was posted on this day, 9 years ago

Published by on Apr 23rd, 2014, No Comments


For most of us, imaging a world without YouTube almost seems impossible. The service has become such a big part of life in the digital age that thinking of it not being here anymore sends one into a panic.

Whether you use the term ‘YouTube’ as a noun, a verb (YouTubing) or simply as a reference, it’s bound to pop up at some point.

Now it’s hard to think that the world’s favourite video sharing website is only 9 years old – however, at the pace of things changing and happening in the digital world, YouTube almost seems like an elder.

While YouTube was officially founded on Valentines Day in 2005, the first ever video posted to the site was posted on April 23rd 2005 – today 9 years ago. (more…)

Apple fan’s depiction of the iPad in 2004 is surprisingly accurate

Published by on Apr 23rd, 2014, No Comments


It’s hard to think that the iPad has only been around for 4 years. Apple’s landmark device set the tone for all other companies to also start making tablets. And now, with iPads and the various other tablets available being such an integral part of our world, it’s good to take a look back at the world before tablets.

Recently, The Next Web came across an old concept forum on the popular MacRumors website dating back to 2004. Here, some Apple fan created an render of what he thought would be Apple’s ‘next big thing’.

And surprisingly, he was almost spot on. The fan created his own interpretation of (what he called) the iPad.  (more…)

Terminally ill woman takes finals walks with Oculus Rift (video)

Published by on Apr 23rd, 2014, No Comments


There are so many gaming devices out there that can have far reaching uses – much more than merely gaming and home entertainment. This week we have seen a noble use for the Oculus Rift. A terminally ill woman’s wishes were able to come true one last time.

Roberta Firstenberg’s cancer treatments failed last year, and she was told she had just a few months to live. Her granddaughter Priscilla (Pri) is a gamer, and the devastating news prompted her to send a note to the Oculus Rift support team, who quickly decided to send a developer’s unit. (more…)

Nokia Asha 210 Feature Phone Review

Published by on Apr 23rd, 2014, No Comments


Are you one of those people that love their QWERTY keyboards and don’t need a massively expensive smartphone that has one? This device might be for you, then. While the Nokia Asha 210 isn’t perfect, it certainly is a very compelling buy for people in this price bracket. Let’s find out why.

Announced last year, the Nokia Asha 210 offers the basics of what you’d expect from a modern mobile phone, in a package that is easy on your wallet. It is very similar to the Asha 201 and Asha 205, but with better specs.

Here are the specs it offers: (more…)

LG G3’s new UI leaked with sleek, flat design

Published by on Apr 23rd, 2014, No Comments


We recently brought you news that the new LG G3 will most likely have a Quad HD display, and not only does this rumour seem to be confirmed with this leak, but we also see what the new UI will look like.

If you have even used or seen LG’s user interface you will see that it is massively removed from what is used on the current LG’s. The design is much flatter (seems everyone is going down the Apple route), and the icons is much, much brighter. At first glance, it looks very interesting, but we will have to give it a proper go before delivering a final judgement.

Importantly, the screenshots hit the web at a 2,560 x 1,440 pixel resolution, which basically confirms the Quad HD resolution of the screen. This 1,440p display will be the first time in over a year that companies truly push the resolution stakes. (more…)

HTC to bring optical zoom to devices in 2015

Published by on Apr 23rd, 2014, No Comments

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Camera technology has always been an important part of a smartphones specs. Companies are trying to pack as many megapixels and the biggest sensors possible into their flagships. HTC has not exactly followed this recipe in the last couple of years, though. The have kept their UltraPixel camera with the new iteration of the HTC One (M8) with another 2MP for some software wizardry.

The results are mixed, with many still disappointed with its performance. Talking with UK carrier Vodafone on HTC’s roadmap for camera tech, imaging guru Symon Whitehorn claimed “we could be 4K ready now,” if it actually made sense to do so. (more…)

Nokia to become Microsoft Mobile come April 25th

Published by on Apr 22nd, 2014, No Comments


It may have come as a bit of a surprise to some when Microsoft acquired Nokia towards the end of last year. However, people soon got used to the idea. The question on everyone’s mind though, was whether or not Nokia would change their name and undergo a re-brand.

Well, today it has been confirmed that the company formerly known as Nokia, will now set sail under a new name.

According to a leaked memo between Nokia and Microsoft, the company will officially re-brand as Microsoft Mobile.  (more…)

HTC hires exec who made Samsung’s marketing brilliant

Published by on Apr 22nd, 2014, No Comments


We have said it for many years – HTC make great phones but they have no idea how to market it properly. The tech junkies and gadget geeks all appreciate the HTC smartphone line-up, but unfortunately the rest of the world don’t really consider them, rather going for some Galaxy device or other. We’ve always thought that was a real shame, but perhaps this move by HTC could change that.

HTC has hired Samsung’s former Chief Marketing Officer, Paul Golden. He “created and launched the highly successful Galaxy brand for Samsung,” and was reportedly hired on as a consultant to Chairwoman Cher Wang. (more…)