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LG G Flex Review: Curved brilliance or gimmicky mess?

Published by on Jul 22nd, 2014, No Comments

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The LG G Flex was announced to a public that was already quite sceptic of curved smartphones, thanks to the bemusing design of the Samsung Galaxy Round, which is curved along the portrait orientation. Luckily, the G Flex is curved along the landscape viewing axis, which makes a lot more sense (for reasons we will get to later).

As the name suggests, it is also flexible. Not like rubber – you have to put some muscle into doing it. Bendable, foldable, flexible screens have long hovered on the horizon and LG wants to start making them a reality. Could this be the beginning of a new revolution in the smartphone industry or just another whim which will fade away soon?

Before we find out, check out some of the key features of this device: (more…)

Sony Xperia Z2 Review: Jack of all trades

Published by on Jul 22nd, 2014, No Comments

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Update: This article’s content has been updated since initial release.

The Sony Xperia Z1 launched only about 9 months after the original Xperia Z and a little more than 6 months later we have this – the Sony Xperia Z2. Some critics of Sony are saying that bringing new versions so regularly will alienate customers who have just bought the top-of-the-line Sony, but 6 months down the road it will be obsolete.

While we do get what they are saying, we have to disagree. You’ll notice that not much is changing from one version to the next. In fact, all Sony is doing is addressing some of the problems from each iteration. So why should we be excited about a new Sony that is about to hit the market?

Before we give you the answer to this question, check out some of the key features of this device: (more…)

Gumtree launches BlackBerry app

Published by on Jul 22nd, 2014, No Comments

gumtreeGumtree South Africa has announced that you can now browse the classified site with the new Gumtree app, made for BlackBerry 7 and BlackBerry 10 devices. This is an interesting strategy given BlackBerry’s global woes, but it just shows you how strong BlackBerry still is in SA.

With the new app you’ll be able to find ads near you, browse ads, view full ad descriptions, and be able to see high-definition photos. You can also edit, manage and upload ads, upload photos or even take a photo and attach it directly to an ad.

We did contact Gumtree for comment about any other platforms receiving the app in the months to come, but we are still awaiting their reply. (more…)

FNB grows gadget and gaming offerings

Published by on Jul 22nd, 2014, No Comments

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If you are a tech lover and an FNB client, you must have a very wide smile on your face at this stage. FNB pioneered the online offering of smartphones, tablets, laptops and gaming consoles in South Africa to be paid over 24 months at no interest. That’s right, you can buy the gadgets you love for the same price it would be in cash, but over a two year period. (more…)

Alleged iPhone 6 sapphire screen tortured with sandpaper

Published by on Jul 21st, 2014, No Comments

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Every couple of weeks a new iPhone 6 rumour or headline pops up. This week, we’ve already seen another rumour about the much anticipated phone’s new, improved camera.

Another feature of the phone that has been discussed (well, speculated over) at length, is it’s rumoured sapphire crystal display.

The idea with the sapphire crystal screen, is that it is stronger and much more ‘scratch resistant’ than the current Gorilla Glass on the iPhone 5S. Theoretically, the sapphire crystal screen would be much more robust than the Gorilla Glass and one YouTuber, Marques Brownlee (or MKBHD) set out to ‘torture test’ the new, iPhone 6 screen.

Now, we have no idea where Brownlee got his hands on a prototype of the iPhone 6 screen. We can’t verify whether it’s legit or not, but nevertheless – it’s a pretty interesting video to watch.  (more…)

Garmin Vivofit Review: Make every step count

Published by on Jul 21st, 2014, No Comments

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Wearable fitness tracking devices are fast becoming a trend, especially among those people conscious of their health. There are currently a lot of big names in the industry like Polar Loop, Fitbit Flex, Jawbone UP, and the new Samsung Gear Fit. 

Garmin, well known for their GPS systems and Fitness watches, joined the trend. In January of this year they announced two new devices: the Vivofit and Vivoki. The Vivoki is focused on corporate companies looking to increase their employees’ wellness and get them more active at a lower cost. The Vivofit will be available for the normal consumers to track their activities 24/7. (more…)

ZTE shifting focus to Google Now Launcher

Published by on Jul 21st, 2014, No Comments

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Finally, it seems that things are changing in the world of Android phones. And this change is mostly coming from the lesser known manufacturers. Heave manufacturer skinning is giving way to cleaner, pure Google interfaces – the way Google intended Android to be.

In the past we could only find this on Nexus devices, but now many companies have heeded Google’s call to keep the modifications minimal, the latest of which is ZTE. This may actually be a very significant shift, as ZTE is not a small player these days. ZTE says it will feature the Google Now Launcher on its phones. (more…)

Will Google and Samsung’s relationship last?

Published by on Jul 21st, 2014, 2 Comments

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It is no secret that Samsung has been a big part of Android’s meteoric rise to dominance. In fact, the utter dominance that Samsung enjoyed in the Android market had Google worried. So much so that Google had to personally meet other manufacturers and help them to step up their game to compete with Samsung.

The reason for this is of course the eventual intentions of Samsung to leave Android behind altogether for their in-house operating system, Tizen. Samsung also changed the Android interface so much with the launch of the Tab Pro and Note Pro tablets at the beginning of the year that it lead to Samsung execs flying out to South Korea to confront Samsung. Subsequently Samsung has vowed to drop this Magazine UI in favour of something more traditionally like Android. (more…)

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