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Apple patents bone conducting headphones

Published by on Sep 19th, 2014, No Comments

earpoddsc09021Apple recently acquired Beats Audio to bolster their audio offering and many would think that would take care of their audio requirements for quite some time. The reality is that Beats are more known for their superior marketing and design skills and they don’t really compete with the best when it comes to audio quality. Thus Apple is still pushing research and development in the audio space. Recently they filed a couple of new patents to improve its existing EarPod design, and there is no sign of Beats technology anywhere. (more…)

Nokia Lumia 630 Review: Budget at its best

Published by on Sep 19th, 2014, No Comments

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As is the case with many companies, the lower specified versions of its flagships are often their bestselling smartphones. As is the case with Nokia, with the Nokia 520 the world’s top-selling Windows Phone device. It’s no surprise therefore, that Nokia would focus its efforts on these budget devices and even more in the emerging markets.

The Nokia Lumia 630 is the first Windows Phone to arrive straight out of the box with Windows Phone 8.1. Price-wise the Lumia 630 slots into the bottom end of the range just above the Lumia 520, but it comes jam-packed with features thanks to the upgraded operating system, therefore you get a lot more bang for your buck.

Here are some of the key features of the 630: (more…)

Experience virtual reality with your iPad

Published by on Sep 17th, 2014, No Comments

airVROver the past couple of years the iPad has been adapted to perform various tasks which it was not originally designed for. Most of these adaptations were to be expected, for example using the iPad as a carry around powerpoint presentation, but others were less predictable. Enter AirVR, a kickstarter project from Toronto design firm Metatecture. The project aims to raise $20 000 in funding to create an affordable headset that will turn your boring iPad Mini or iPhone 6 Plus into a portable virtual reality viewer. (more…)

New Windows 9 features leaked in videos

Published by on Sep 16th, 2014, 5 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…)

Stephen Hawking and Intel collaborates on a connected wheelchair

Published by on Sep 11th, 2014, No Comments

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With Apple’s announcements on Tuesday, we could all clearly see that there is a major emphasis on health and fitness integrated technology. And while we were all consumed by Tim Cook’s keynote, another tech company – more famous for making chips – announced a new project that will no doubt transform the world of health and fitness integrated technology.

Intel announced their latest invention on Tuesday at the Intel developer Forum 2014 (which, unfortunately for them fell on the same day as Apple’s event, meaning less press coverage).

However, that doesn’t take away from the fact that the project is still nothing less than amazing and innovative.

The company showed off their connected wheelchair – a project that is being endorsed by one of the greatest living scientists of our time, Dr. Stephen Hawking.  (more…)

This HTC One M9 concept is stunning!

Published by on Sep 11th, 2014, 2 Comments

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The mobile industry is going into a bit of a lull over the next couple of months. IFA 2014 is now over as well as Apple’s launch of its latest flagship. So what’s next?

We have just reviewed the HTC One M8 and think it a cracker of a device. Unfortunately we had to wait a while for it to launch on our shores, which means it is almost 6 months old. As you might have gathered from the latest devices and launch cycles, the world has pretty much moved on from the “one flagship a year” business (especially Sony). (more…)

Apple’s iPhone design history

Published by on Sep 11th, 2014, 1 Comment

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With hype starting to die down after the Apple Live launch event on Tuesday, we have all had some time to digest what has been announced and what it means to the market.

The highly anticipated iPhone 6 has been launched and Apple have finally embraced the worldwide trend of ever bigger smartphones. That got me thinking: “How far has the iPhone come since the original?”

Let us start with the first of its kind, the original iPhone. (more…)

Aerial shots of first stages of Apple’s spaceship campus

Published by on Sep 9th, 2014, No Comments

Apple Spaceship Campus

Almost a year ago, we reported on Apple’s extensive plans for their new, spaceship-like campus in Cupertino, California. And while we know that the project has been on track for quite some time, one YouTuber filmed some sneaky ‘spy shots’ of the campus from high up above.

The spaceship campus, which gets its name from it’s circular design looking very much like a mothership, started construction at the start of the year.

Now still in its first stage of construction, the campus looks set to be the biggest Apple campus as of yet. The building will sit on a mammoth 2.8 million square-feet and will house up to 14 000 employees.

It is four stories high, with a 4-story ‘ring of glass’ surrounding the entire building. It is designed to be a ‘green’ building with the roof made up entirely of solar panels.

Although it doesn’t look like it now, the building will be surrounded by acres of green space. For now, however, it wouldn’t be strange if you confused the construction sight for some weird, alien-like crop circle. (more…)

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