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LG G Flex Review: Curved brilliance or gimmicky mess?

Published by on Jul 22nd, 2014, No Comments

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The LG G Flex was announced to a public that was already quite sceptic of curved smartphones, thanks to the bemusing design of the Samsung Galaxy Round, which is curved along the portrait orientation. Luckily, the G Flex is curved along the landscape viewing axis, which makes a lot more sense (for reasons we will get to later).

As the name suggests, it is also flexible. Not like rubber – you have to put some muscle into doing it. Bendable, foldable, flexible screens have long hovered on the horizon and LG wants to start making them a reality. Could this be the beginning of a new revolution in the smartphone industry or just another whim which will fade away soon?

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

Gumtree launches BlackBerry app

Published by on Jul 22nd, 2014, No Comments

gumtreeGumtree South Africa has announced that you can now browse the classified site with the new Gumtree app, made for BlackBerry 7 and BlackBerry 10 devices. This is an interesting strategy given BlackBerry’s global woes, but it just shows you how strong BlackBerry still is in SA.

With the new app you’ll be able to find ads near you, browse ads, view full ad descriptions, and be able to see high-definition photos. You can also edit, manage and upload ads, upload photos or even take a photo and attach it directly to an ad.

We did contact Gumtree for comment about any other platforms receiving the app in the months to come, but we are still awaiting their reply. (more…)

FNB grows gadget and gaming offerings

Published by on Jul 22nd, 2014, No Comments

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If you are a tech lover and an FNB client, you must have a very wide smile on your face at this stage. FNB pioneered the online offering of smartphones, tablets, laptops and gaming consoles in South Africa to be paid over 24 months at no interest. That’s right, you can buy the gadgets you love for the same price it would be in cash, but over a two year period. (more…)

X-Wing to make return in Star Wars Episode VII?

Published by on Jul 22nd, 2014, No Comments

StarWars-XW1New Star Wars Episode VII director J.J. Abrams has been giving avid fans a little insight into the Star Wars universe he is currently creating. In his latest video straight from the set of the new film Abrams gave fans one more thing to look forward to – the return of a X-Wing starfighter. The iconic starfighter, an ever present force within the Rebel Alliance fleet and partially responsible for the destruction of two Death Stars, looks quite beat up and even a bit modified. It seems clear that the legend fighter will make an appearance in the new film. (more…)

How to Save Electricity – and get some for FREE

Published by on Jul 21st, 2014, No Comments

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The cost of living in South Africa has certainly risen drastically in the last couple of years. With massive petrol price hikes, food inflation in the double digits and large electricity price increases from Eskom, the wallets are being kept in the pocket more regularly and we should all try and stave off unnecessary expenditure.

By saving electricity, we not only help our bank accounts but also the national electricity grid which is under extreme pressure in these cold winter months. The electricity price was hiked on 1 July again.

In conjunction with myPrepaid, we are bringing you the opportunity to WIN one of five R300 “prepaid” electricity vouchers. Find out how to enter the competition below. (more…)

Apple announces line up for iTunes Festival 2014

Published by on Jul 21st, 2014, 2 Comments

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It’s that time of the year again – where we can all get excited about a month long music festival streamed directly to our smartphones. It’s time for the 2014 iTunes Festival.

Today, Apple announced the first batch of artists set to perform at this year’s festival which is being held in London, instead of the US as previous years.

The festival will take place in Camden in north London at the world famous Roundhouse venue all throughout September, from the 1st to the 30th.

As Apple says, the festival promises to bring us 30-days of exceptional performances by some of the world’s best artists; the likes of which include Pharrell, Maroon 5, Kasabian, Sam Smith, David Guetta, Calvin Harris and even legendary, Debbie Harry fronted rock band, Blondie.

But don’t get too upset if you don’t see your favourite performer on that list, Apple will gradually announce more acts as we get closer to the date.  (more…)

Facebook to add “Buy” button to your newsfeed

Published by on Jul 21st, 2014, No Comments

Facebook-buy2Facebook will be taking “liking” to a whole new level by introducing the “Buy” button on their users’ news feeds. This particular function is set to make its debut on Thursday this week and will test the self control of many an online shopper.

Facebook has made several attempts at cracking into the ecommerce industry over the last couple of years. It tried the collections-feature (Pinterest-style) with buy buttons linking you to the site back in 2012. Last year Facebook introduced the Donate Button through which users could make on-site payments to charities. More recently they unveiled the auto-fill with Facebook feature that automatically enters your payment details when you’re making a purchase in a third-party ecommerce app. (more…)

Alleged iPhone 6 sapphire screen tortured with sandpaper

Published by on Jul 21st, 2014, No Comments

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Every couple of weeks a new iPhone 6 rumour or headline pops up. This week, we’ve already seen another rumour about the much anticipated phone’s new, improved camera.

Another feature of the phone that has been discussed (well, speculated over) at length, is it’s rumoured sapphire crystal display.

The idea with the sapphire crystal screen, is that it is stronger and much more ‘scratch resistant’ than the current Gorilla Glass on the iPhone 5S. Theoretically, the sapphire crystal screen would be much more robust than the Gorilla Glass and one YouTuber, Marques Brownlee (or MKBHD) set out to ‘torture test’ the new, iPhone 6 screen.

Now, we have no idea where Brownlee got his hands on a prototype of the iPhone 6 screen. We can’t verify whether it’s legit or not, but nevertheless – it’s a pretty interesting video to watch.  (more…)

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