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Apple to lay off nearly a third of Beats employees

Published by on Aug 1st, 2014, No Comments

Beats-AppleIt must be quite exciting to be an employee of a company being bought by a colossus of such as Apple. That’s until you hear that nearly a third of the workforce will be cut when the giant takes over. And you might just be one of them. The Apple blog, 9to5Mac, has learned that Apple plans to lay off a large portion of Beats Electronics and Beats Music employees when the acquisition is complete. (more…)

Samsung posts lowest profits in years

Published by on Aug 1st, 2014, No Comments

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Ahead of their earnings report Samsung already warned investors that results may not be as good this time around as it was in previous years. It quoted ‘weak demand’ as the biggest reason with the growth of smartphone sales slowing worldwide.

In its second quarter, Samsung posted profit of 6.25 trillion won ($6.1 billion), down from 7.77 trillion won ($6.96 billion) last year, its lowest quarterly profit in two years. (more…)

NASA testing laser-drill to explore Jupiter’s ice moon

Published by on Aug 1st, 2014, No Comments

EuropaWhilst the red planet has been hogging most of the limelight over the past year or so a group of NASA scientists are preparing investigations into a much more exotic location further away in our solar system. Europa, the frozen moon of our system’s largest planet Jupiter has been known to possibly harbor alien life underneath its sheets of rock hard ice. Scientists have been dreaming about exploring these underground oceans for years but couldn’t figure out how to reach them, until now… (more…)

Malware that lives inside any USB device undetected

Published by on Aug 1st, 2014, No Comments

usb_malwareYou will find it anywhere. On keyrings, in company marketing materials and just about any drawer in my house. The trusty old USB stick has been an ever present data transport medium over the last decade or so. But it may not be as trustworthy as you would think (or even less trustworthy than you would imagine!). Security reserachers have found that we should not only worry about malware-infected files stored on portable devices but also against hacks built into the USB’s firmware… (more…)

OnePlus OneWatch leaks – another circular smartwatch

Published by on Aug 1st, 2014, No Comments

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Up until now we thought the Moto360 was the only circular smartwatch that was going to hit the market anytime soon.

It seems that this is not case, as a smartwatch from the interesting company OnePlus has been leaked which shows it has a circular face as well as sapphire glass. (more…)

Wireless charging will soon be truly wireless

Published by on Aug 1st, 2014, No Comments

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While we think wireless charging is a magnificent idea, the way it is being implemented right now isn’t truly wireless in our eyes. You still have to plug the wireless charger into the wall, and then you have to place your device onto this charger. It is a bit more convenient but we always thought the technology has some way to go before becoming very useful.

The standard for wireless charging, Qi Wireless, may very soon be a lot more useful. The group behind Qi has announced a new version of its standard that’s going to start increasing the distance over which wireless charging is possible. (more…)

BWB TV Review: The Brilliant LG G3

Published by on Jul 31st, 2014, No Comments

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Last year LG released one of the most critically acclaimed smartphones of the year, the LG G2. After rebranding the old Optimus brand, the LG G2 was the successor to the Optimus G, at least in spirit. The LG G2 completely set itself apart from the Optimus G, though, and quickly became LG’s best-selling smartphone.

Now LG brings us the LG G3, available in South Africa from 1 August, and it’s trying to take everything on board from fans and critics alike and apply to the design of its latest flagship to appeal to all. Does it succeed in improving everything we didn’t like about the G2 while consolidating its successes from that device?

You can find the in-depth written review here. Find out more in our video review below:

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Cortana keeps getting smarter

Published by on Jul 31st, 2014, No Comments

CortanaMobile voice assistants are becoming much more than a party trick nowadays. The modern voice assistant approach allows the service to emanate from an online cloud perspective. Thus the developers can update the service with more features when ever they are developed. Recently both Google and Apple has been furiously updating their voice assitants (Google Voice Serach and Siri) to try and gain an edge in the market. Microsoft has also joined the party by recently launching new updates to Cortana. And they have a few neat tricks up their sleeve… (more…)

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