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LG G3 Review: Bow to the new Android King

Published by on Jul 28th, 2014, 10 Comments

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Last year LG released one of the most critically acclaimed smartphones of the year, the LG G2. After rebranding the old Optimus brand, the LG G2 was the successor to the Optimus G, at least in spirit. The LG G2 completely set itself apart from the Optimus G, though, and quickly became LG’s best-selling smartphone.

Now LG brings us the LG G3, available in South Africa from 1 August, and it’s trying to take everything on board from fans and critics alike and apply to the design of its latest flagship to appeal to all. Does it succeed in improving everything we didn’t like about the G2 while consolidating its successes from that device?

Before we find out, check out some of the key features of the G3: (more…)

ASUS Transformer Book V: Laptop hybrid with docked Android phone

Published by on Jul 25th, 2014, No Comments

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If there is one company that has completely against the grain in recent years with their electronic gadgets, it’s ASUS. Recently they have released multiple Padfones – devices that are tablets with a dock in the back which houses a smartphone. These two worked together and separately as well, like smartphones and tablets would normally.

Now, they are taking the brave idea in a new direction. The company has taken a laptop, which can also be converted into a tablet, but also houses a smartphone. Wait, what? (more…)

This LG TV can be rolled up like a newspaper (video)

Published by on Jul 24th, 2014, No Comments

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This kind of technology is surely going to be in all our houses within 5 years, if the experts are to be believed. Flexible and bendable displays are all the rage these days. LG has showcased another one of their prototypes, and you’ll never believe how bendable this one actually is.

The resolution isn’t quite up to scratch as of yet, coming in at a measly 1200 x 810 pixels, but this is a massive step forward. We can’t wait to see how this will be implemented in mass market televisions soon!

Check out the video of the prototype after the break. (more…)

Ikhokha: Home-grown mobile card payment solution (video)

Published by on Jul 24th, 2014, No Comments

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Small businesses often don’t have the luxury of using the big banks’ card machines to further their business. More and more SME’s (small and medium enterprises) were finding it hard to compete as a result. That has started to change in the last couple of years, though.

Dozens of start-ups have sprung up around the globe to offer businesses the opportunity to move away from a cash only model without needing to invest an exorbitant amount of money. Now, another South African company is joining this very competitive market.

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Merchants pay a once-off cost of R989 for the Edge Chip & PIN card reader and thereafter a flat 2.75% per transaction, there are no hidden monthly fees. iKhokha offers a 24 month rental option for merchants looking to avoid an upfront cost. (more…)

Apple iWatch launching in two models – Sports and Designer

Published by on Jul 23rd, 2014, No Comments

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With the launch of many smartwatches on the horizon, the pace at which rumours are flowing in is certainly not slowing down. Today we get more rumours about Apple upcoming iWatch, which will launch within the next couple of months – most likely in October.

Talks of two iWatch models have fluttered around since the beginning of the year, but no one really took them serious at the time. As happens with the tech industry, usually the closer we get to launch date, the more accurate rumours tend to be. According to a tipster familiar with the matter the two models will be dubbed the “Sports” and the “Designer.” (more…)

Garmin Vivofit Review: Make every step count

Published by on Jul 21st, 2014, No Comments

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Wearable fitness tracking devices are fast becoming a trend, especially among those people conscious of their health. There are currently a lot of big names in the industry like Polar Loop, Fitbit Flex, Jawbone UP, and the new Samsung Gear Fit. 

Garmin, well known for their GPS systems and Fitness watches, joined the trend. In January of this year they announced two new devices: the Vivofit and Vivoki. The Vivoki is focused on corporate companies looking to increase their employees’ wellness and get them more active at a lower cost. The Vivofit will be available for the normal consumers to track their activities 24/7. (more…)

iPhone 6 to have a better camera

Published by on Jul 21st, 2014, No Comments

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We’re don’t really think the spec race is as important as many are making it out to be. At least, in terms of powering our phones every device doesn’t need to have bigger and better specs than the last to work properly. Nevertheless, that is the world we live in and many have been quick to criticise Apple for not taking part in the spec race.

While we can’t agree with them (Apple’s chips perform as well, if not better in benchmarking than the best that Android phones can offer), specs do seem to sell phones. Apple is reportedly planning on beefing up some if its specs in order to make the iPhone 6 even more enticing. (more…)

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 to include UV sensor

Published by on Jul 18th, 2014, 6 Comments

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We have heard this news before, but more light (excuse the pun) has been shed on the inclusion of a UV sensor in the upcoming Galaxy Note 4 phablet from Samsung. The new component will integrate itself within Samsung’s S Health app, providing yet more personal data for the owner to take advantage of.

It will measure the sun’s ultraviolet radiation and will prevent owners from potential sunburn and general skin damage which increases the risk of skin cancer. This is possible thanks to guidance provided with recommendations, based on the current UV index level measured at that point in time. Simply tilt your phone at a 60 degree angle towards the sun to take the measurement. (more…)

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