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Leaked iOS9 report describes “Force Touch” tech

Published by on May 27th, 2015, No Comments

force-touch-642x347The upcoming iOS9 release has everyone speculating on just how many “new” features we are likely to see. A rumor that seems to be hanging around with regards to the next generation iPhone is the Force Touch feature.

The Force Touch technology is a feature that differentiates between levels of pressure on a display, and a new leaked report might offer a look into how it will be integrated into the upcoming iOS9 operating system. (more…)

The first car with Android Auto launches – and it’s a Hyundai (video)

Published by on May 27th, 2015, No Comments

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Even though Google announced Android Auto quite some time ago, it has taken a while to bring it to market. It seems the world isn’t ready for cars truly integrated with the mobile world, as Apple’s CarPlay is taking longer than expected as well.

That begin said, Hyundai has just made it official that it will be the first automaker to launch the service on its 2015 vehicles, and the new 2015 Hyundai Sonata will be the first model to include it. Owners of existing models will also be able to get the service through the Hyundai online service software update. (more…)

Microsoft confirms Cortana for Android and iOS

Published by on May 26th, 2015, No Comments

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Microsoft officially confirmed today that plans are in place to bring the firm’s digital assistant, Cortana, to other mobile platforms, and that an iOS and Android release will be available shortly.

Cortana will make use of separate apps on each mobile operating system to run efficiently outside of Windows, and will be able to respond to the same commands as found on either the forthcoming release of Windows 10, or on Windows Mobile.

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South Africa’s Internet Freedom under threat!

Published by on May 26th, 2015, 4 Comments

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I’ve followed stories about the South African media landscape with interest and they are stories that are becoming urgently more relevant to regular South Africans.

The Film and Publication Board – an office of the Department of Communication – has introduced a Draft Internet Regulation Policy that aims to prevent children having access to porn online as well as the distribution of child porn online.

The problem is that the policy doesn’t do that. Instead, it effectively becomes a censorship board giving the FPB powers to remove content that has been shared online on international social media platforms (Youtube, Vimeo, Facebook, Vine, Instagram). (more…)

Samsung officially launches the Iron-Man Galaxy S6 Edge

Published by on May 26th, 2015, 1 Comment

Galaxy-S6-edge-Iron-Man-Limited-EditionThe long rumored Marvel Samsung Galaxy S6 is set to arrive. As part of the company’s partnership with Marvel to take Avengers: Age of Ultron to smartphones, they have produced quite the looker in this Iron Man Galaxy S6 edge.

According to Younghee Lee, an Executive Vice President at Samsung – “The limited edition Iron Man Galaxy S6 edge embodies the power of the iconic Avenger with a dual-curved edge design and advanced features that will provide Marvel fans with the ultimate entertainment experience.” (more…)

New Nexus details emerge ahead of Google I/O

Published by on May 26th, 2015, 2 Comments

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With Google I/O around the corner anything that has to do with Google is taking centre stage. The Nexus line will be refreshed in the latter part of the year, but we’ll receive no news from Google at the conference regarding the hardware. Rather, it seems they will share some interesting news regarding its software policies.

According to reports, Google intends to use the update’s release to set up an official policy for how long Nexus devices are entitled to updates. This is regardless of the manufacturer or form factor. (more…)

The world’s first dual battery smartphone is on its way

Published by on May 26th, 2015, No Comments

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The world of technology and gadgets changes at a pace unknown to most industries. Companies try to push the realms of possibility with extremely expensive research and development programmes in order to find that next big thing that will line its pockets with cash.

Many manufacturers have found that having more of one of something can often bump up the usability or performance of devices, like dual cameras, duel SIM cards and of course dual-core processors, which is soon to evolve into a 10-core setup in smartphones. (more…)

Aerial footage of Tesla’s massive Gigafactory

Published by on May 25th, 2015, No Comments

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When Tesla unveiled their plans for a so-called ‘Gigafactory’, back in September of last year, there was a lot of speculation (amidst applause) as to whether or not Elon Musk and Co. would be able to construct the massive lithium-ion plant by it’s intended operational date of 2017.

Since the announcement, curiosity has spiked over the construction of the plant on the outskirts of Nevada, with reports of vertical construction doing the rounds in January of this year.

However, now, for the first time since construction began on the plant, we can actually see the progress – and revel in the sheer scale of the plant – from a bird’s eye view.  (more…)

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