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Samsung’s Gear Fit ad shows you how to use it

Published by on Apr 17th, 2014, No Comments

The Gear Fit and the Galaxy S5 are now available worldwide and with its release, Samsung wants to show you how you are supposed to use your new device.

The short 30 second spot commercial overs some real life scenarios such as rejecting a call without ever laying a finger on your phone as well as tracking your fitness data. Take a look at the video above.

Is the Gear Fit something you would be interested in? (more…)

Dropping Dropbox? Here are Five Alternatives.

Published by on Apr 16th, 2014, No Comments

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Dropbox is the King of cloud storage. As any King might tell you, their temptation to become a tyrant is high. This is the dilemma that Dropbox finds itself at the horns of. It’s becoming clear now that the intrusive inspection of users’ private files that happened at the end of March was only the tip of the tyrannical iceberg.

Last week Dropbox announced that former US Secretary of State Condeleeza Rice has joined the company’s Board of Directors. This would be troublesome news because of her involvement in building the case for invading Iraq under false pretenses. It would even be unconscionable considering how she made government sanctioned torture a reality. But what makes this utterly shocking is that she is one of the minds behind the Bush administration’s warrantless wiretapping policies that have lead to the widespread intrusions into our privacy by the likes of the NSA and GCHQ.

The rise of Dropbox was based around an incredibly simple idea: seamlessly store and share files online. The unprecedented way that the service integrated into a Mac or PC seemed magical. With the dawn of the new age of smartphones, their iOS and Android applications further cemented Dropbox as the cloud storage service of choice. Success, as we know, blazes a trail for competitors to follow. Startups like SugarSync and Box along with tech heavyweights like Google and Microsoft all want a piece of the cloud storage space. (more…)

Amazon’s 3D phone with 6 cameras has leaked

Published by on Apr 16th, 2014, No Comments

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Amazon’s long-awaited smartphone is apparently right around the corner. This is the first time that all the rumours finally point to an actual device, though. These images are the first apparent leak of the phone.

I know what you are thinking: “Damn, that’s ugly!” And I would agree, but luckily there is an enclosure around the device that hide the true nature of the phone. That would imply that this leak was intentional to generate buzz ahead of the launch within the next couple of months. (more…)

Google’s modular smartphone Project Ara Developer’s Conference (video)

Published by on Apr 16th, 2014, No Comments

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Yesterday was day one of the Project Ara developers conference.

Imagine having a smartphone with modules that can all be swopped and replaced, allowing you to upgrade certain parts of your phone at will. You would be able to concentrate on what you find important in your device. If you like photography, install a better camera module; if you prefer more storage for all your music and apps you can rather include that. The concept is called Phonebloks.

This concept brought on Project Ara, which Google took control of after buying Motorola. Google are completely transparent with this idea, and has started with a developer’s conference to get as many people on board as early as possible. Check out their progress below: (more…)

Facebook also to take on PayPal?

Published by on Apr 15th, 2014, 1 Comment

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Back in January we came across some news that Apple is about to take on PayPal with their own payment system. Now it seems the company will have even more competition from another tech giant – Facebook. The social network is “only weeks away” from receiving the necessary approval in Ireland to operate its own e-money service.

This means that, in Europe at least, Facebook could become an accredited financial institution. It could then of course store and send money for users all over the continent, of which they already have millions of course. (more…)

Google beat Facebook to the punch in Titan Aerospace acquisition

Published by on Apr 15th, 2014, No Comments

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Last month we caught wind that Facebook wants to buy Titan Aerospace in order to bring internet to more people around the world. The company’s solar drones would be able to stay in the air for years at a time and deliver satellite internet from above.

Google has beaten Facebook to the punch, though. Google has just agreed to buy Titan Aerospace and according to the Wall Street Journal Mountain View hopes to use these long-lasting autonomous vehicles to assist its Project Loon project, which would have been a direct competitor to the solar drones.

Facebook, on the other hand, went ahead with another drone company called Ascenta. Check out the official press release from Titan Aerospace: (more…)

Age of Empires: World Domination coming to mobile (video)

Published by on Apr 15th, 2014, No Comments

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If you grew up playing the Age of Empires games, this might give you a massive kick of nostalgia. The RTS game from Microsoft was a massive success, and developers from Redmond are hoping that they can relive that success on the mobile platforms.

That’s right, an AoE game is coming to mobile. More specifically, it will be called Age of Empires: World Domination. The trailer below shows very little gameplay, and we have no idea as of yet how the gameplay will work. What we do know, it that it will be coming to iOS, Android and Windows Phone.

Check out the trailer below: (more…)

Amazon Phone coming in September with glasses-free 3D

Published by on Apr 14th, 2014, No Comments

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Rumours about Amazon making a smartphone have been circling the web since 2012 and we might actually finally see it this year. According to the Wall Street Journal, the company is already showing off prototypes of the handset to developers. Not only that, but they want to announce it in June to be released in September.

The report also adds that Amazon wants to differentiate itself from other top-of-the-line flagships by adding four cameras with retina-tracking tech, making it possible to project 3D images without needing glasses. (more…)

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