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Here is a temporary tattoo that will unlock your smartphone

Published by on Jul 28th, 2014, No Comments

digital tattoo

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…)

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…)

This app makes emojis of your face

Published by on Jul 28th, 2014, No Comments


Are you getting a bit bored with the standard emoji options? Would you like to express yourself in a more personal way – especially when it comes to emojis? Then this app is definitely for you.

Imoji is an iPhone app that allows you get a little more personal when it comes to sending emojis. In a nutshell, this app will allow you to create emoji’s (or stickers) of almost anything you want.

You simply crop photos – whether it’s a selfie or a picture of your cat – and then, the app turns them into stickers. You can then send these stickers to your friends via iMessage.  (more…)

New Lithium technology will extend battery life

Published by on Jul 28th, 2014, No Comments

li-ion batttery-s5Forget Quad-HD screens and 40 MP cameras. Forget the latest Snapdragon processor or fingerprint-ID. All of these fancy hardware and software enhancements become useless if you are continually tethered to a charging cable. What smartphone customers want  is a battery that will extend their device usage for as long as possible, without cutting back and avoiding features just to save some juice. Well, there is some good news on the horizon with researchers at Stanford developing a new lithium battery that will last much, much longer… (more…)

Is there a Facebook, Uber partnership looming?

Published by on Jul 25th, 2014, No Comments


If recent reports are to be believed then we might see a new, powerful partnership between Facebook and Uber in the near future.

According to a report by Re/code, Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg,  reportedly had a meeting with Uber CEO, Travis Kalanick about a possible partnership between the two mega companies that would reap a lot of benefits for both.

Apparently, the two discussed the possibility of integration the Uber service into Facebook’s Messenger app. This would then essentially mean that you would be able to order an Uber while you are talking to your friends on Messenger.

We already know that Facebook is very interested in turning their messenger app into something more than just (another) messaging/communication tool. And it seems that they are looking into e-commerce to expand the horizons of Messenger. (more…)

Apple releases first public beta of OS X Yosemite

Published by on Jul 24th, 2014, 1 Comment

OS X Yosemite

If you are a Mac user and keen to start testing Apple’s latest OS Yosemite, then today is your lucky day. The company has announced that they will release the first public beta version of the operating system today.

This is the first time Apple has made Yosemite available to test for non-developers.

Mac users can simply sign up using their Apple ID for the Yosemite beta program on the Apple website. They will then need to use a redemption code to download and install the OS from the Mac App Store.

This will give users the opportunity to install the system, test it and then provide feedback. The company have also made it really easy to report any issues with the built-in Feedback Assistant app, which sends feedback directly to Apple.  (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…)

Tory Burch for FitBit Flex is a beautiful, wearable collection

Published by on Jul 23rd, 2014, No Comments

Tory Burch for FitBit

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again; the one thing that pulls  away from turning wearable devices into must-have items is, unfortunately, their look.

Let’s face it, most wearable devices, whether it’s a smart watch or fitness tracker, is, well, ugly. And considering the fact that its a wearable item (i.e on display all day) it is very important that it compliments your personal style. Or at the very least looks like something stylish.

This is why we always get excited when we come across wearable devices that have spent notably more time on the actual look of the device.

A few weeks ago, we reported on Google Glass’ collaboration with Diane Von Furstenberg, and, with just some help from the legendary designer, Google Glass was already looking a whole lot better.

Now, it seems that FitBit has followed suit and enlisted the help of famed American designer, Tory Burch for their new FitBit Flex collection.  (more…)