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Nokia Lumia 630 Review: Budget at its best

Published by on Sep 19th, 2014, No Comments

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As is the case with many companies, the lower specified versions of its flagships are often their bestselling smartphones. As is the case with Nokia, with the Nokia 520 the world’s top-selling Windows Phone device. It’s no surprise therefore, that Nokia would focus its efforts on these budget devices and even more in the emerging markets.

The Nokia Lumia 630 is the first Windows Phone to arrive straight out of the box with Windows Phone 8.1. Price-wise the Lumia 630 slots into the bottom end of the range just above the Lumia 520, but it comes jam-packed with features thanks to the upgraded operating system, therefore you get a lot more bang for your buck.

Here are some of the key features of the 630: (more…)

Google launches $100 Android One smartphones (Updated)

Published by on Sep 19th, 2014, 1 Comment

Pichai speaks during the launch of Android One in New Delhi

As we were expecting, Google revealed the first Android One phones at an event in India yesterday. Three companies will be vying for supremacy in India with their Android One offerings, the version of the Android software specifically built for low-cost devices. Google promised manufacturers their engineering expertise, enabling them to build smartphones delivering a great user experience on very cheap hardware.

The three companies that will be offering these Google-backed phones will be Micromax, Karbonn and Spice Mobiles. So what can you really expect from a $100 Android smartphone approved by Google? (more…)

Apple Watch’s battery life won’t be good

Published by on Sep 17th, 2014, No Comments

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Ever since the announcement of the Apple Watch, we have been wondering about battery life. Apple’s mobile products have never had the worst battery life, but by no means is it among the best. There were rumours before the announcement that it could be quite meager on the wearable. (more…)

iPhone 6’s NFC is a one trick pony, for now

Published by on Sep 17th, 2014, No Comments

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As is usual with Apple, the NFC on the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will initially not be opened up to developers.

Many people were hoping that we would see some interesting uses for the new addition to the iPhone, but that seems to be impossible, at least for the time being. (more…)

Why I Hate Apple (but secretly love them)

Published by on Sep 16th, 2014, 20 Comments

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These three little words might not mean anything to most people, but to any real tech lover like me it means a hell of a lot. This short phrase has been a staple of Steve Jobs’ second tenure at Apple, and it has become synonymous with some of the big products that have come to light at their launch events over the last 15 years.

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Checky – an app that tells you how many times you check your phone

Published by on Sep 16th, 2014, No Comments

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In our connected world, we are pretty much joined at the hip with our smartphones. If we’re not using it browse the web or send emails and messages, we’re constantly checking for social media notifications or updates.

Thus, it has become quite the habit of many of us to check our phones regularly – if not too regularly.

This is what Checky wants to make you aware of. The new app is designed to make you aware of exactly how often you check your phone everyday. And in turn, try to encourage you to cut down on the phone checking.

The app works very simply. It just tells you how many times you have checked your phone each day while also mapping out where and for what you’ve used your phone the most. It’s clear that the company behind the app, Calm.com, is trying to encourage you to put the phone down by giving you a visual representation of your annoying habit.  (more…)

iPhone 6 and 6 Plus breaks pre-order record

Published by on Sep 16th, 2014, No Comments

iphone6So the iPhone 6 and 6 plus is literally “bigger” and better than before and its on its way to iStore in about 3 weeks. Apple finally caught up to the rest of the smartphone world when they announced that the iPhone 6 will be available in 2 sizes, a 4.7inch and 5.5 inch phablet. Over the past weekend the new iPhone went up for pre-order in most countries around the world and it seems as though the allure of the iPhone has not faded just yet. (more…)

China now has special sidewalk lanes for those using cellphones

Published by on Sep 15th, 2014, 1 Comment

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The City of Chongqing in China seems to fed up with people walking while texting on their cellphones. Obviously, this can become quite the hazard when people are so engrossed in their conversations, that they don’t look where they are walking.

So, the city has enforced new ‘rules’ that look to try and curb this annoying millennial problem.

On a 30 meter stretch of sidewalk, the city has made two lanes; one for those using cellphones and the other for those who don’t. Painted on the sidewalk, in both Chinese and English, the sign reads: “Cellphones, walk in this lane at your own risk” and the other reading: “No cellphones.”

Sure, it may seem a little strange and over the top, but as anyone who has ever been stuck behind a person staring at their cellphone screen, or has had a complete strange walk into them as a result of texting and not looking, can testify, this might not  be such a bad idea at all.  (more…)

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