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How To: Upgrade your LG G3 to Lollipop now!

Published by on Jan 26th, 2015, No Comments

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The wait is over. Android’s latest operating system, Lollipop is now available in South Africa (even before it has become available in the US). LG Mobile is the first to bring it to local consumers and is has been available for download since late last week.  Lollipop is available only for the LG G3 at the moment, but will roll out for other devices at a later stage.

You have a couple of options to install the latest version of the software: (more…)

Google and Fidelity invest $1 billion in SpaceX

Published by on Jan 21st, 2015, No Comments

SpaceXSpaceX has been going from strength to strength as a private space exploration and transportation company. Elon Musk’s success story recently received further recognition with news that Google and Fidelity are investing a collective $1 billion in SpaceX. Combined, Google and Fidelity now own just under 10 percent of SpaceX, which has already taken on four other major investors. The round values SpaceX at over $10 billion. (more…)

Google Translate can now translate in real time through your camera

Published by on Jan 16th, 2015, No Comments

Translate apps are cool right? With recent updates and innovations these apps are becoming more and more useful by the day. Long gone are the early days of typing in the words you want translated, you can now speak them. But what if you need a quick translation of an information board without you having to type in whole sentences or try to speak that particular foreign language? Well Google has enabled real-time translation with its latest update to Google Translate. (more…)

Audi’s new Q7 supports Android Auto and CarPlay

Published by on Jan 9th, 2015, 2 Comments

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Apple and Google (among others) are vying to be the operating system of your next car. The support for the operating systems geared towards motoring is growing quickly and you can expect the new generating of cars to always be connected in some way or another. (more…)

Google’s update Wednesday was a big one

Published by on Dec 4th, 2014, No Comments

Google-apps-updatesGoogle’s app update Wednesdays has become a bit of a tradition. Each week millions of Android users look forward to news from Google regarding updates to their favorite apps. Whether its is just a small tweak, bugfix, or new feature here and there, Google always seems to deliver. While most update Wednesdays aren’t really something to write home about, this week’s lineup is a bit larger than most, with at least a dozen Android apps seeing updates become available yesterday. (more…)

Watch Google’s robot do Karate Kid moves

Published by on Dec 1st, 2014, 1 Comment

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Most of us will remember the iconic movie that is the Karate Kid. The wholesome family film has touched the hearts of generations.

One thing that will forever be remembered about this film – besides the wise words of Mr. Miyagi – is the ‘crane’ pose which shows the young karate Kid balancing, with one leg, on a pole.

The movie was released in 1984 and now, 20 years later, robots are doing that exact same move. Say hello to the future.

A humanoid robot built by Google seems to have mastered the famous pose, and the best part is, he doesn’t even flinch and keeps his composure – just as Miyagi would have wanted it. (more…)

Apple may dump Google as Safari’s default search engine

Published by on Nov 26th, 2014, No Comments

apple-vs-googleApple and Google have had a long standing partnership where Apple piggy-backed off of Google’s map and search functions. Since iOS 7 we have seen Apple introduce their own mapping software (which has come a long way since its disastrous debut) but Safari has always used Google as its default search engine. The partnership is due to expire early in 2015 and Apple has not yet made it known whether or not they are going to stick with Google. Music to Microsoft’s and Yahoo’s ears… (more…)

Google Balloon crashes down in small Karoo town

Published by on Nov 21st, 2014, 1 Comment

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Imagine waking up to a crashed Google balloon in your backyard. They are big, odd-looking and contain pieces of technology that looks like something from NASA. Now imagine you are a sheep farmer from the Karoo, and you wake up to a crashed Google balloon in your backyard – having no idea what in the world it is.

This is what happened to Urbanus Botha, a farmer from the small town of De Aar in the Karoo.

A self-described technophobe, Botha had no idea what the huge, plastic thing was that came crashing down on his farm and gave his sheep (and no doubt himself) a fright.

The Google balloon was unlike anything he had ever seen, and the fact that it was so big caused a lot of confusion.

“The enormous piece of plastic took up the whole of my sheep trailer,” Botha said.

After making the unusual discovery, Botha called over his neighbour, Stoffel Visagie, to come and have a look at the enormous, deflated balloon.  (more…)

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