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Motorola to release a Nexus phablet

Published by on Jul 29th, 2014, No Comments

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The rumour-mill keeps going one way and then the other. We have no idea at this stage which way the Nexus programme is going as we’ve had multiple rumours, first of all that the Nexus brand has been killed off in favour of Android Silver and then that a Nexus 8 tablet may still be in the works, to be made by HTC.

We thought the Nexus 6 smartphone may be the follow-up to the Nexus 5, made by LG, and that it would be based on the LG G3 hardware as the previous version was based on the LG G2 hardware. Now it seems, the Nexus 6 name may not just be an iterative name, but the actual size of the upcoming smartphone. (more…)

Today’s Google doodle celebrates Madiba

Published by on Jul 18th, 2014, No Comments

Madiba Doodle

As every South African should know, today is Nelson Mandela’s birthday and more importantly, a day in which we celebrate the father of our nation.

It’s also the first Mandela Day since he passed away in December of last year, so it’s even more important to carry through his legacy – even in death. Even Google has decided to celebrate Madiba by making an interactive, beautifully designed doodle for today.

If you’ve been on the internet at all today, you’ve probably seen the doodle. But besides being a beautiful tribute to the late former president, it is one of Google’s more intricate doodles, that actually takes you through important moments in his life.

The interactive doodle starts with an illustration of Madiba. Users can then click through the doodle for more illustration of some of the most momentous occasions in his rich life.  (more…)

Samsung Gear Live vs LG G Watch

Published by on Jul 17th, 2014, No Comments

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Update: Some details of this article have been updated.

The time has finally arrived – the first smartwatches running on Google’s dedicated wearable OS, Android Wear, has been announced and will go on sale very soon.

Unfortunately, neither of them is the Moto360 we are truly excited about (it was promised to be released “soon”, though), but let us take a look at the Samsung Gear Live and the LG G Watch.

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Google Glass founder heading to Amazon

Published by on Jul 15th, 2014, No Comments

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One of the visionaries that gave us Google Glass has decided to move on from the search giant. Babak Parvis was the first head of the Glass team and has said that he is “super excited” to be joining Amazon.

Amazon hasn’t shown any public interest in either wearables or medical and healthcare technology, but there are rumours that he will be focusing on these areas. So, naturally, it is lending some credibility to earlier rumours that Amazon will also enter the new segment in electronics sometime in the future. (more…)

Google Play Store getting massive makeover

Published by on Jul 15th, 2014, No Comments

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It seems Google is completely focused on aesthetics, something we couldn’t say about them at all times a couple of years ago. The Google Play Store has always been easy to use and functional, sure, but visually it hasn’t always been appealing.

Now we hear news that the Play Store will receive another visual overhaul, and we like the look of it. A large amount of screenshots have leaked and we see many visual changes to the Play Store. Extra-large artwork is everywhere, and there are now a slew of icons that make it clear what you’ll be getting, meaning there won’t be any nasty surprises when you open that app for the first time. (more…)

Android Wear video shows Google’s design philosophy (video)

Published by on Jul 10th, 2014, No Comments

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The biggest talking point at this year’s Google I/O conference was undoubtedly Android Wear, the tweaked Android OS designed specifically for wearable devices. We have been gifted a glimpse at what it may be capable of through their developer YouTube channel.

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Apple, Facebook & Google march on for gay pride

Published by on Jul 8th, 2014, No Comments

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On Sunday, 29 June, San Francisco held it’s annual gay pride festival. It is one of the biggest pride festivals in the world, and, considering the fact that it takes place in the heart of Silicon Valley, giant tech companies also got together to show their support for equality and the LGBT community.

The three big guns – Apple, Facebook and Google – were there in full force and further cemented their place as forward thinking, compassionate companies.

Apple took the cake, though. The company invited all of it’s San Francisco based employees and their family members to take part in the march. Apple employees all wore special t-shirts featuring the Apple logo in rainbow colours with the word ‘Pride’ etched across.

Even Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, made an appearance and handed out t-shirts and pride flags to hundreds of excited employees.  (more…)

Walk inside the world’s largest cruise ship with Google Street View

Published by on Jul 8th, 2014, No Comments

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Google’s Street View is a great way to see interesting places around the world that you might likely never have the opportunity of seeing. It has taken us to the inside of majestic cathedrals, iconic sport stadia and even underwater on the Great Barrier Reef. Now you can add another interesting place to that list – the inside of the world’s largest cruise ship. (more…)

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