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Google buys .app domain for a cool $25 million

Published by on Mar 3rd, 2015, No Comments

Google

There is no denying that Google has a lot of money. And when you have a lot of money you can do anything you want with said money.

While Google has invested in everything from robots to wi-fi balloons, the tech giant just dropped another pretty penny on something techy – that being the terribly sought after .app web domain.

The .app domain is was one of the most sought after domains for sale when the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers decided to expand their generic top level domains, i.e the .com’s and the .org’s.

As it is with anything worth millions of dollars, the .app domain was auctioned off to the highest bidder. And Google didn’t flinch to throw around some serious cash.  (more…)

Blackberry unveils the “Leap” and plans for 2015 at MWC 2015

Published by on Mar 3rd, 2015, No Comments

Blackberry2Blackberry has been very dormant over the past couple of years, only releasing a product here and there. So it came as a surprise to a lot of people that Blackberry is planning to release a flagship smartphone this year. At the company’s Mobile World Congress press conference Blackberry revealed that it plans to launch a new touchscreen slider device later this year. The new phone doesn’t have a name, price, or exact release date but it will take on the big boys of 2015… (more…)

Samsung Galaxy S6 revealed at MWC 2015

Published by on Mar 2nd, 2015, No Comments

galaxys6-1What used to be the most anticipated smartphone release of the year has kind of fizzled out to something, let’s just say less exciting. Samsung has had to cope with numerous struggles over the past year. The fact that HTC and LG are gaining more and more market share with their brilliant flagships has put some huge strain on the Korean company’s bottom-line. The S5 was largely seen as a disappointment in 2014 and has enabled Samsung’s competitors to lure away quite a few customers.

Now the Galaxy S6 is upon us! Will Samsung come out swinging trying to take back what they worked so hard for to gain? The S6 was officially revealed at the 2015 MWC event yesterday. Read more to see whether Samsung can rock the smartphone boat once again… (more…)

The dress debate that has taken over the internet

Published by on Feb 27th, 2015, No Comments

Dress debate

If you have been on the internet at all today, chances are that you would have stumbled across the dress debacle.

It all started out quite innocently. Yesterday, someone posted a picture of a dress on Tumblr, asking users to identify the colour of a dress. And while it might seem like an innocent question to ask, it in fact started the debate of the century (in internet terms.)

The thing is, people across the globe seem to be divided as to what the actual colour of the dress is. While some people see the dress as white and gold, others see the dress as blue and black.

But just how can it be that people can see such opposing colours in the same dress? Well, luckily there is science behind it.  (more…)

The Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet might be launched at MWC 2015

Published by on Feb 25th, 2015, No Comments

Xperia-Z4-Tablet2Sony has been in the news quite a bit over the past couple of months. There is still a lot of talk surrounding whether or not Sany might actually sell their mobile business, but whatever the outcome there it’s clear that the company will still have several products in the pipeline. We will definitely see a few of those devices at Mobile World Congress next week in Barcelona, and we may have gotten an early glimpse of one already… (more…)

Apple finally rolls out ‘racially diverse’ emojis

Published by on Feb 24th, 2015, No Comments

Racially diverse emojis

Emojis – the tiny, illustrated pictures that can convey so many emotions nowadays, are finally getting a facelift (literally) from Apple.

We are all familiar with these emojis; the thumbs-up, fist bump, princess and the dancing lady-in-red-dress. We unashamedly use them often (or at least I do) and we also know that they are all white/caucasian.

This is exactly where the problem for Apple and the emoji makers came in – the colour of the emojis’ skin, and understandably so.

The lack of racially diverse emojis has long since been a thorn in the side for Apple, with many people complaining about the lack of ‘coloured’ emojis. Apple has addressed the issue numerous times in the past and last year, made a promise that they will work together with Unicode to create, and then implement, new, racially diverse emojis – and now the company has finally made good on their promise.  (more…)

Apple’s Oscars ad beautifully showcases the iPad Air 2

Published by on Feb 23rd, 2015, No Comments

Apple Oscars Ad

Last night was the most glamorous, star-studded and over-the-top night in Hollywood. The annual Academy Awards were held last night and celebrated the best in all aspects of film.

Just like other big events in America – the Superbowl, Grammys et al – the Oscars offers prime advertisement slots to the highest bidder, and that being big American companies, including the biggest of them all, Apple.

Apple has a long history of debuting new ads at events such as the Oscars. back in 2010, the very first iPad ad made it’s debut at the star-studded affair and in 2007, months before the actual debut of the very first iPhone, Apple aired an ad for the phone that simply read “Hello.”

Thus it came as no surprise that this year Apple chose to showcase one of their newest devices with a special focus on movies and the film industry as a whole. (more…)

HTC One M9 final pre-launch rumor roundup

Published by on Feb 23rd, 2015, 3 Comments

HTC One M9_2It seems like we are posting leaks on the HTC One M9 every week. That’s because we, along with most of the smartphone world, really liked the M8 (definitaly my favorite Android phone of 2014). Well the wait is almost over. Next week the world will be introduced to HTC’s newest flagship at the 2015 MWC. Much like children before Christmas, waiting just won’t do – here is the latest information on the HTC One M9 powerhouse… (more…)

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