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Samsung’s Galaxy S5 Sucks: 5 Reasons Why

Published by on Apr 24th, 2014, 12 Comments

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The Galaxy S range from Samsung has become the biggest thing in smartphones since the smartphone – a la iPhone. There are many reasons why, including marketing and mass appeal. There are many reasons to love the device (which we will get to later), but also many reasons to hate it.

We are waiting on Samsung SA for an official review unit, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t had any time with the new iteration of Samsung’s blockbuster phone. In our first hands-on experience we could easily and quickly come to some dire conclusions. The phone will sell extremely well, but we don’t necessarily agree with the general public, and here is why…

1. Design (more…)

WhatsApp hits 500 million active users

Published by on Apr 24th, 2014, No Comments

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And people ask why Facebook paid so much for WhatsApp? Less than a year ago WhatsApp announced that they had reached 300 million active users, and now they have hit 500 million. That is a massively impressive growth rate, only equalled in the tech world by their parent company, Facebook. (more…)

LG G3’s new UI leaked with sleek, flat design

Published by on Apr 23rd, 2014, No Comments

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We recently brought you news that the new LG G3 will most likely have a Quad HD display, and not only does this rumour seem to be confirmed with this leak, but we also see what the new UI will look like.

If you have even used or seen LG’s user interface you will see that it is massively removed from what is used on the current LG’s. The design is much flatter (seems everyone is going down the Apple route), and the icons is much, much brighter. At first glance, it looks very interesting, but we will have to give it a proper go before delivering a final judgement.

Importantly, the screenshots hit the web at a 2,560 x 1,440 pixel resolution, which basically confirms the Quad HD resolution of the screen. This 1,440p display will be the first time in over a year that companies truly push the resolution stakes. (more…)

Office 365 Personal now available for $7 p/m

Published by on Apr 16th, 2014, No Comments

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Microsoft has announced that their leaner version of the subscription based Office 365 is now available for $7 per month or $70 per year.

The new package lets you use Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher and Access on one Mac or Windows computer and one tablet. There is also the possibility of mobile access. This comes in the form of Android, iOS and Windows Phone platforms. (more…)

HeartBleed bug: The Internet’s enemy

Published by on Apr 10th, 2014, No Comments

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Over the course of the Internet’s existence, there have been many a bug that threatens to disrupt the world wide web. Some are more powerful than others – and unlucky for us, an extremely powerful and destructive bug has been disclosed this week.

By now, you may of heard of the HeartBleed bug. This bug affects security on the Internet, essentially making all of your private passwords, usernames and other personal information vulnerable to attack.

While the bug has actually been active for two years, it was only disclosed to the public on Monday night.

The HeartBleed bug is a bug on the very popular OpenSSL cryptographic software library. It is able to scrape an entire server’s memory where private and sensitive user data is stored such as passwords and usernames.  (more…)

Samsung Gear Fit is now even better

Published by on Apr 10th, 2014, No Comments

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The Samsung Gear Fit is easily the most eye-catching of Samsung’s latest batch of wearables, and also its most innovative product in a very long time.

There was only one problem we could see from the Mobile World Congress launch event and hands-on – the orientation of the software. It was only usable in landscape mode, which could be quite uncomfortable to use. It has now received a software fix which means it is also usable in portrait mode. (more…)

Windows XP support officially dead, but 25% of PCs still run it

Published by on Apr 9th, 2014, 1 Comment

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How long until an operating system ages beyond all hope? Well, according to Microsoft, it is 12 years. That is how long Windows XP has been around, and support for the grandpa of the Microsoft shed has officially been retired. That’s right, the age of XP is officially over, folks.

That means no more security updates and no more customer service calls. The only people who will still be getting support (and at great extra costs) are governments and large corporations. It will offer critical patches and support, but nothing more. (more…)

Apple may be planning to take Siri offline

Published by on Apr 8th, 2014, No Comments

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Big tech acquisitions seem to be dime a dozen these days, and Apple has made another interesting one. Apple acquired an automatic speech recognition (ASR) technology company called Novauris Technologies. The company has historical ties to the core technology and patents behind Siri. (more…)

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