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Mom develops app so son can’t ignore her text messages

Published by on Aug 21st, 2014, 1 Comment

Ignore No More

Teenagers; they are constantly in their own world and are only interested in texting their friends – definitely not their parents.

And for one Texas mom this was not going to fly. She got so fed up with her teenage son not replying to her text messages or phone calls, that she decided to fight fire with fire – by developing an app that would force him to reply.

Ignore No More is an app that allows parents to block their kids’ phones remotely, even when they are not in the house.

The app essentially disables the child’s phone – that is until he or she decides to reply to mom or dad. It blocks them from texting or calling anyone else (or even use the internet) except contacts listed on an emergency number list or emergency responders like the police or paramedics.

To unblock their phone, they will be forced to call their parents to receive a passcode to disable the block.  (more…)

Sony is launching a selfie camera shaped like a perfume bottle

Published by on Aug 20th, 2014, No Comments

sony selfie cam

There is no denying that the world is obsessed with selfies, and to be fair, more specifically girls. Girls love selfies.

Another thing girls love is perfume and apparently in China, there is a growing trend of incasing your smartphone in a Chanel perfume bottle case. And now it seems that Sony wants to capitalize on this by launching a so-called ‘selfie camera’ that literally looks like a perfume bottle.

The camera is believed to form part of Sony’s Cyber Shot range and is designed specifically for taking pictures of yourself. It has a big, transparent, flippable lens a top the camera which will naturally make selfie-taking easier.

The camera has not been officially confirmed, but looks set to primarily take on the Chinese market. (more…)

More tech giants accept ice bucket challenge

Published by on Aug 18th, 2014, No Comments

Gates Ice Bucket

Last week we reported on Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella and Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg who stepped up the ‘ice bucket challenge’ in support of ALS disease.

Both Nadella and Zuckerberg doused themselves with ice water in order to raise awareness and money for the destructive neurodegenerative disease.

As you probably know by now, the challenge works like any other social media challenge; once you have performed the challenge, you get to nominate other people to do the same within 24-hours.

Nadella nominated Google CEO Larry Page and Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos, who accepted the challenge and posted his video on YouTube.

Bezos proceeded to douse himself with a bucket of ice water on stage during a company, ‘all-hands’ meeting. He did think ahead though, as he stood in a ridiculous looking inflatable kiddies pool while dousing himself.

His nominations seemed to have a theme – Star Trek. Bezos nominated Patrick Stewart, William Shatner and  George Takei.  (more…)

TMZ releases photos of alleged ‘smuggled’ iPhone 6

Published by on Aug 18th, 2014, 2 Comments

TMZ iphone 6

It seems that everyday there is a new iPhone 6 rumour or supposed leaked image. That is because there is. And now, even celebrity gossip website, TMZ, has jumped on the iPhone 6 rumour train.

Yes, the hype around the upcoming iPhone 6 is so big that TMZ – famed for exposing celebrities’ dirty secrets – has released images of a alleged ‘smuggled’ iPhone 6.

The website reports that the phone was “smuggled out of a Foxconn factory in China” and photographed by a friend of an ex-Foxconn employee. While most people know that iPhones are manufactured at Foxconn in China, this unfortunately doesn’t mean this photo is legitimate.

The phone in the photos looks quite similar to other leaks we have seen over the last couple of weeks. The phone has a bigger body, bigger screen and more rounded edges.  (more…)

You can now buy Google Glass in SA – for a ridiculous price

Published by on Aug 15th, 2014, 3 Comments

Google Glass

Tech junkies, rejoice! Google Glass has arrived on South African shores for the first time; however, we’re pretty sure that not many people will jump to get their hands on the device – considering the ridiculous price.

Online retailer, takealot.com, is offering a limited amount of Google Glass devices. The company made the announcement on their website yesterday, but really there was only one thing that caught our eye…

Takealot is selling Google Glass for an astonishing R26 999 – for one.

Now if you can get over the initial shock, you might be glad to hear that they are selling two different styles of the device, although that doesn’t affect the price.

Takealot if offering limited units of Google Glass Black in either split style frames or edge style frames.  (more…)

Zuckerberg, Nadella do ‘ice bucket challenge’ for charity

Published by on Aug 14th, 2014, No Comments

ice bucket challenge

If you have been paying any attention to you social media timelines lately, you may have noticed a new fad going around called the ‘ice bucket challenge’

Much like any other social media challenge (remember those idiotic neknominations…) it requires a person to perform – a usually ridiculous – task and then nominate or challenge other friends to do the same.

The ‘ice bucket challenge’, however, seems to support a good cause. Rather than simply dumping a bucket of ice water on your head for no apparent reason, the aim of the challenge is to raise awareness and money for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

ALS is a neurodegenerative disease much like Motor Neuron disease.

Surprisingly enough, some high profile tech giants have also somehow caught wind of the challenge and has started challenging each other to dump a bucket of ice water over their heads and then donating money towards the fight against ALS. (more…)

Polaroid launches GoPro rival

Published by on Aug 14th, 2014, 1 Comment

Polaroid Cube

Calling all hipsters. If ever you wanted to use a Go Pro but felt that it was too big, bulky and mainstream, you can now rest assured knowing that Polaroid has just launched a smaller, easier and cooler alternative.

Introducing the Polaroid Cube. Described as a ‘lifestyle action camera’, this tiny cube is basically a smaller, simpler version of  GoPro.

At first glance, the Polaroid Cube looks like a 3D printed model of the Instagram logo, but in fact, this little camera pack more punch than what meets the eye.

First things first – the size. The Cube is really small. It stands only 35mm high, which means you can hold it in between your two fingers. It also, obviously, makes it easier to transport. You can carry it around in your pocket or handbag without it taking up too much space.

While the Cube is small in size, it’s big on video recording quality. The Cube can record up to 1080p HD video and takes 6MP still photographs. It features a 124-degree wide angle lens so you can capture everything around you. (more…)

‘Smart’ gym clothes track and analyze your muscle activity

Published by on Aug 13th, 2014, No Comments

Athos

Fitness trackers like FitBit or the Nike FuelBand are nothing new and we have seen a steady increase in fitness tech and apps over the past couple of months.

However, these ‘smart’ gym clothes take fitness tracking and technology to a whole new level.

Meet Athos – gym clothes that can actually analyze your muscle activity and track your work out. These clothes are lined with tiny sensors that sense the activity emitted by your muscles, from inside your muscle fibres.

While the technology used in Athos is rather complicated, it is simple to explain (well, sort of) what Athos does.

When you move, whether you’re working out or not, the contractions of your muscles releases an electric signal. This signal can in fact be tracked and measured using technology called Electromyography (EMG).

Doctors, specialist trainers and those in the sport medicine field has been using this technology for decades to see exactly how your muscles work and to track your fitness level.

However, this technology is very expensive and usually confined to a doctors surgery or hospital and can cost up to $15 000 to use. With Athos, the idea is to bring EMG tech, on a smaller, more functional level to the everyday consumer. (more…)

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