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Opinion: Why Apple’s new MacBook is a step backward

Published by on Mar 13th, 2015, No Comments

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Apple dared, during its Spring Forward event, to cross that line and develop so extreme a product that, despite being marketed being so many years of its time, it is, in reality, a step backward.

They called it the “new” MacBook.

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Why I Hate Samsung (but secretly love them)

Published by on Mar 9th, 2015, 11 Comments

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This past week we saw the launch of the Galaxy S6, the latest iteration in Samsung’s blockbuster smartphone line. Having finally seen the device after all the hype and rumours, everything seemed business as usual with the new flagship. Nothing here excited me, and I realised that has been the case with Samsung devices for a couple of years.

I caught myself thinking in the same way I did when I wrote about how I hate what Apple has become, which is a strange way to think about these two smartphone giants, I know. But why? (more…)

Opinion: The desktop isn’t dated, but our idea of it is

Published by on Feb 23rd, 2015, No Comments

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Undoubtedly, if you’ve heard the word Microsoft recently, it’s been prefixed to a new buzzword: HoloLens.

If you’re of the small clan who’re uninitiated, HoloLens was debuted by Microsoft on the 21st of January as the next step in transforming our world into a generic science fiction utopia – an augmented reality kit (a headset, to be exact) – which, through a natural user interface reacts with a user’s input (tilting one’s head through to speaking out loud) to project apps and components of (a full version of) Windows 10 atop a user’s vision.

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Opinion: the iPod is now history

Published by on Feb 15th, 2015, 2 Comments

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In the early noughties, the dashing playboy conglomerate Apple launched a revolutionary product. In totality, it was a fairly simple device; a white brick of musical power that brought the tones of divas and the raw power of guitars to the masses. It was called the iPod, and everyone had to have one.

There was a whiff of rebellion in the air; a new challenger to the then-bloodless gadget throne, and the supporters of this rebellion not only clamoured behind their rectangular champion, but adorned themselves with a distinctive mark: the timeless set of white earphones.

Plainly, the iPod has ever – and will never – hit that peak again. Like an older Rocky Balboa, the iPod is the device people love to root for but are quick to forget. Rocky’s son has since entered the ring – in the form of the iPhone – and standing toe-to-toe, the iPod is a dated piece of technology that lacks a purpose and direction in its twilight years.

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Why Wearable Tech Just Isn’t Ready

Published by on Nov 10th, 2014, 3 Comments

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“Gimmick” is a strong word that’s all to easily thrown around when talking about technology. As consumers, we’re quite quick to disregard any new product on the market as a shameless cash-in preying on ignorance and hype. Even the greatest bard of them all, Shakespeare, was quick to weigh in. As his eponymous character, Richard the III, says of wearable tech in his famous monologue, Deformed, unfinish’d, sent before (its) time. Into this breathing world, scarce half made up. And that so lamely and unfashionable, That dogs bark at me as I halt by them 

OK, I hear you. Shakespeare decidedly never raised his voice on wearable tech. However, I shall – and I decree the entire category as gimmickry released before its time. Allow me to explain. (more…)

Smartphone Etiquette: The do’s and don’ts

Published by on Sep 26th, 2014, No Comments

Smartphone EWe live in an interconnected world. We have information at our fingertips, can communicate with anyone in the world instantly and digitally capture and share memories and feelings for all to see. What is even more amazing is that we can do all of this from just one device. Yes, many products these days allow for a better experience in one of the aforementioned categories but no device currently available does it with the ease, mobility and speed that the modern day smartphone offers.

It has become an essential tool for the everyday individual. With technology becoming smarter and easier to produce, even very low income groups have the ability of owning a smartphone. The little device has become our constant companion, eating electricity at night to be able to obey your commands during the day. But has this ever present companion taken its toll on our social abilities and the way we interact with those around us? (more…)

Will Google and Samsung’s relationship last?

Published by on Jul 21st, 2014, 8 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…)

Google Nexus is no more: Welcome Android Silver

Published by on May 20th, 2014, 5 Comments

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There have been talks about Google ending the Nexus for the last couple of years, but now we finally know the beloved Nexus brand has come to an end. It was thought that the Nexus 6 would be the last Nexus phone, but it has been confirmed that the Nexus 6 has been cancelled and we will have our first Android Silver device this year.

What is Android Silver?

When it all comes down to it, Android silver isn’t very different than the Nexus program. The Nexus smartphones were so adored, at first by us geeks but later many more, because it delivered the quintessential Google experience. It is how Android is supposed to be, according to Google’s engineers. (more…)

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