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ZTE shifting focus to Google Now Launcher

Published by on Aug 26th, 2014, No Comments

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Finally, it seems that things are changing in the world of Android phones. And this change is mostly coming from the lesser known manufacturers. Heave manufacturer skinning is giving way to cleaner, pure Google interfaces – the way Google intended Android to be.

In the past we could only find this on Nexus devices, but now many companies have heeded Google’s call to keep the modifications minimal, the latest of which is ZTE. This may actually be a very significant shift, as ZTE is not a small player these days. ZTE says it will feature the Google Now Launcher on its phones. (more…)

Windows 9 reportedly making its debut September 30th

Published by on Aug 22nd, 2014, 6 Comments

Windows 9?

Good news, Windows users. Microsoft is reportedly unveiling Windows 9 at the end of September.

According to The Verge, the company has scheduled a press event for September 30th in which they will debut a preview version of the new OS. The Verge claim that ‘sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans’ informed them of the planned event.

The event will most likely detail all the changes made to the new version of Windows – which for now, is going under the codename ‘Threshold’.

The preview version of the Windows 8 successor will only be available for developers at first. No word yet on when we can expect the public beta version of Threshold or whether or not it will debut at the same time as the devs preview.  (more…)

It’s Siri vs Cortana in new Windows Phone 8.1 ad

Published by on Jul 31st, 2014, 2 Comments

Siri vs Cortana

It seems Microsoft has taken a cue from Samsung and went with the ‘comparison angle’ for their latest Windows Phone 8.1 commercial.

This time around, however, the ad focuses on Cortana, the Windows Phone version of Apple’s Siri – and they’re out to prove that Cortana is much smarter (and perhaps friendlier) than Siri.

This is one of the first advertisements for the Windows Phone 8.1, so we’re not entirely sure if the tired ‘let’s compare our product against another’ theme is appropriate.

In the ad – which pits a Lumia 635 against an iPhone 5S – Cortana completes requests and handles an array of different tasks that Siri seemingly can’t. (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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Tizen powered Samsung phone delayed again

Published by on Jul 29th, 2014, No Comments

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When are we going to see Samsung’s Tizen-powered smartphone? We have no idea, as the timeline keeps being pushed out. Samsung first said they would be launching a Tizen flagship at the beginning of 2014, after which it shifted to mid-2014. Now they are delaying the device even further. (more…)

Apple releases first public beta of OS X Yosemite

Published by on Jul 24th, 2014, 1 Comment

OS X Yosemite

If you are a Mac user and keen to start testing Apple’s latest OS Yosemite, then today is your lucky day. The company has announced that they will release the first public beta version of the operating system today.

This is the first time Apple has made Yosemite available to test for non-developers.

Mac users can simply sign up using their Apple ID for the Yosemite beta program on the Apple website. They will then need to use a redemption code to download and install the OS from the Mac App Store.

This will give users the opportunity to install the system, test it and then provide feedback. The company have also made it really easy to report any issues with the built-in Feedback Assistant app, which sends feedback directly to Apple.  (more…)

Gumtree launches BlackBerry app

Published by on Jul 22nd, 2014, No Comments

gumtreeGumtree South Africa has announced that you can now browse the classified site with the new Gumtree app, made for BlackBerry 7 and BlackBerry 10 devices. This is an interesting strategy given BlackBerry’s global woes, but it just shows you how strong BlackBerry still is in SA.

With the new app you’ll be able to find ads near you, browse ads, view full ad descriptions, and be able to see high-definition photos. You can also edit, manage and upload ads, upload photos or even take a photo and attach it directly to an ad.

We did contact Gumtree for comment about any other platforms receiving the app in the months to come, but we are still awaiting their reply. (more…)

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 to include UV sensor

Published by on Jul 18th, 2014, 6 Comments

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We have heard this news before, but more light (excuse the pun) has been shed on the inclusion of a UV sensor in the upcoming Galaxy Note 4 phablet from Samsung. The new component will integrate itself within Samsung’s S Health app, providing yet more personal data for the owner to take advantage of.

It will measure the sun’s ultraviolet radiation and will prevent owners from potential sunburn and general skin damage which increases the risk of skin cancer. This is possible thanks to guidance provided with recommendations, based on the current UV index level measured at that point in time. Simply tilt your phone at a 60 degree angle towards the sun to take the measurement. (more…)

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