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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…)

HTC releases Lock-Screen app on Play Store

Published by on Sep 12th, 2014, No Comments

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HTC has been on a roll this year when it comes to its recent software updates. Recently they released an Android wide version of their popular Zoe application alongside many other HTC related apps and updates. The company realises that updates and bug-fixes are critically important and should not only be rolled out in full OS overhauls. In Bandwidth Blog’s recent review of the HTC One M8 I stated that one big drawback of the M8 was the lack of a decent integrated lock screen application. Seems like HTC has heard my pleas… (more…)

Google Play extends refund period to 2 hours

Published by on Sep 12th, 2014, No Comments

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Something that many people aren’t even aware of, the Google Play store has a refund policy where any application you bought can be refunded. This policy has now been changed and the time period has been extended to two hours. (more…)

Interesting Apple Watch Apps

Published by on Sep 11th, 2014, No Comments

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With the launch of Apple’s smartwatch, called the Apple Watch, many people think it’s the smartwatch we have all been waiting for. While we may or may not agree (until we get our hands on it), the device is very Apple-esque.

There are a couple of companies jumping onto the bandwagon and it seems like we may be seeing some interesting apps on the Apple Watch that hasn’t been mentioned for Android Wear or any other wearable platform. Let’s take a look at a couple of them. (more…)

Exactly how fast is Uber growing? Uber fast

Published by on Sep 9th, 2014, No Comments

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It’s one of the most talked about tech companies in the world right now, and if these latest sentiments by its CEO are to be believed, it is also one of the fastest growing companies in the world.

Uber CEO, Travis Kalanick, has made some pretty impressive statements regarding his chauffeur-like service. So impressive, in fact, that Uber might be contributing to  healthy chunk of job creation the world over.

Speaking at TechCrunch’s Disrupt conference in San Francisco, Kalanick said that Uber is creating nearly 50 000 jobs per month. Yes, that’s right – 50 000.

“There are hundreds of thousands of partners connected to our system…[sic] We’re in the neck of 50,000 new jobs every month that are being created” he told the interviewer and surprised audience.

50 000 is no small number and considering that the company announced that they roughly create 20 000 jobs back in May, the growth rate of the company is nothing less than astonishing.  (more…)

Seagate Wireless Plus Review: Pocketsize entertainment

Published by on Sep 4th, 2014, No Comments

Sea_004Storage comes in many shapes and forms these days. From ultra fast solid state hard drives to online cloud storage the average user today has a multitude of options when it comes to storing documents, family photos or videos of cats acting crazy. Do you remember the 3.5 inch “stiffies” or even their older brothers the “floppy” disks? Since the birth of computing, storage has been an integral part of the experience and even though the availability of disk space seems to double every few years we just can’t get enough.

Selling hard drives, externals or any type of storage media was almost a sure thing in the past. Nowadays manufacturers have to come up with bigger (storage space), faster and smaller (in dimension) products to keep up with their competitors. But what if you were to step out of this paradigm set? What if you can bring portable storage with a twist? The Seagate Wireless Plus does just that, it’s the little entertainment hub that fits in your pocket. (more…)

Instagram’s Hyperlapse app allows you to shoot time lapse videos

Published by on Aug 27th, 2014, 1 Comment

Hyperlapse by Instagram

If you are at all into videography or photography for that matter, then you will definitely be excited about Instagram’s latest app – and no, it’s got nothing to do with vintage filters.

Hyperlapse is one of Instagram’s first ever stand alone apps, meaning it functions outside of Instagram. However, that doesn’t make it any less cooler, in fact, Hyperlapse will almost certainly take off.

Hyperlapse is a video recording app that allows you to record time lapse videos. It essentially also allows you to stabilize and smooth out a video – a handy tool that any videographer will appreciate.

What is so cool about Hyperlapse, is that it makes taking time lapse videos and stabilizing videos easier and more accessible to everyone. Previously, this was only possible with expensive equipment and software.

Hyperlapse is also super easy to use. The entire app is very simple and straightforward and doesn’t fuss around with unnecessary functions. Some may complain that it doesn’t really offer you any video editing options, but personally I feel that is unnecessary anyway.

With the app, you simply record a video then choose what speed you want it to playback. You can choose to make the video up to 12 times faster than normal.

Should you choose to make your video just 1x faster, it will simply stabilize that video. However, choosing 12x faster will result in a more traditional looking time lapse video that you know.

To stabilize the videos, Hyprlapse makes use of Instagram’s own image stabilization algorithms – a very clever initiative if you keep in mind how expensive stabilization software and rigs are. (more…)

Magnetic – SA productivity manager launches on iPhone and Android

Published by on Aug 27th, 2014, 4 Comments

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Magnetic is an all in one cloud based business management platform. It aims to make businesses more efficient by helping them manage Sales, CRM, Project & Task management, Accounts and HR in one simple to use system. The biggest challenge businesses face these days is being over extended and under-managed, and Magnetic helps businesses by giving them visibility into their business in the crucial areas.

Magnetic launched its beta version in 2011 and official to market mid-2012.

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