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Here is a temporary tattoo that will unlock your smartphone

Published by on Jul 28th, 2014, No Comments

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When it comes to phone privacy, some people take it very seriously. Sure, with most smartphone’s you can set up a pin code to enter the phone, but for some that just doesn’t cut it.

One company, VivaLnk, has come up with a rather unusual way of unlocking your phone – a temporary tattoo.

The Santa Clara-based company developed patented technology called eSkin. This technology allows small electronics to communicate with your smartphone or tablet.

Thus, after teaming up with Motorola, they have developed a so-called ‘digital tattoo’ that will unlock your smartphone.

How does it work? Quite simply actually. The super thin NFC circuit is embedded in a medical like, 3M adhesive tape and so, it creates a ‘digital tattoo’.  (more…)

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…)

Robot furniture that builds itself

Published by on Jul 28th, 2014, No Comments

Roombots1At the break-neck speed which we live our modern day lives, versatile products have become a near necessity. Today’s smartphone’s double as high-spec cameras, computers, gaming consoles etc. What if more mundane objects in your life became more versatile? Imagine arriving home after work and the chair you sat on this morning reading emails has converted itself into a sofa for after work relaxation? What if that pesky coffee table moved out of your way as you stumbled past half asleep every morning? These ideas could soon become a reality through research being conducted at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL). (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…)

Steamboy: The handheld Steam gaming system (video)

Published by on Jul 25th, 2014, No Comments

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A while ago Steam announced that they would release a gaming operating system called Steam OS. It will be completely built around the current Steam ecosystem and be fully optimised for gaming. Manufacturers can then make Steam Machines to their heart content, and can be as diverse as any PC setup. (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…)

Air-powered “Bug-a-salt” rifle to kill flies

Published by on Jul 24th, 2014, No Comments

bug-a-salt3Summer in South Africa is a great place to be. Having a braai and a few cold ones with friends is a favorite past-time of many a Saffer. Unfortunately the smell of deliciously prepared meat and side dishes attracts a host of our bug-eyed friends. Companies have come up with various different products to keep away flies from the dinner table but finally one product has come around that will make you look forward to the next outdoor get-together. Introducing the “Bug-a-salt” rifle. Forget fly swatters, this air powered rifle takes out creepy crawlies with a single focused blast of salt. (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…)

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