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This is what happens when you drop the new iPhone 6, 6 Plus

Published by on Sep 22nd, 2014, No Comments

New iPhones

We all have that fear of dropping our brand new phones when we get them. At first, we treat our new toys like a newborn baby; cautiously and gentle and heaven forbid we drop them!

However, dropping your phone is an inevitable scenario that will play out sooner or later.

With the spotlight firmly on the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, it is only natural that testers around the world couldn’t wait to get their hands on them – purely to see how much of a beating Apple’s new devices can take.

The first is a drop test video by Android Authority (yes, it is strange that an Android channel will do an iPhone drop test) that tests the strength and resistance of the two new iPhones.

It’s important to remember that while the new iPhones are larger – 4.7 inches for the iPhone 6 and 5.5 inches for the iPhone 6 Plus – and they are much thinner, too. As for their weight, the iPhone 6 weighs in at 129 grams and the 6 Plus 172 grams. For comparison, the iPhone 5S weighs 112 grams.

The Android Authority video delivers some surprising results. While it is almost cringeworthy watching this young man dropping the phones (on purpose!), the results made us breathe a sigh of relief.

Surprisingly, both iPhones successfully pass the drop test with just a few minor scrapes and scuff marks.  (more…)

New Samsung ads mock Apple’s new iPhone, watch and event

Published by on Sep 11th, 2014, 1 Comment

New Samsung ad

Less than 48-hours after Apple introduced the world to the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Samsung has released a series of ads that, once again, mocks the competition.

Staying true to their advertising form, Samsung’s new ads unashamedly bashes almost everything that happened at Apple’s event on Tuesday. From the new iPhones to the watch and even the event itself – Samsung shows no signs of diverting from their mocking advertising formula.

The ads, which were released as a playlist entitled ‘It Doesn’t Take a Genius’ on YouTube yesterday, feature two guys in blue shirts – seemingly portraying Apple Store employees. It also has an accompanying hashtag; #NoteTheDifference.

The two guys are shown discussing Apple’s new devices as well as the keynote address.  (more…)

Aerial shots of first stages of Apple’s spaceship campus

Published by on Sep 9th, 2014, No Comments

Apple Spaceship Campus

Almost a year ago, we reported on Apple’s extensive plans for their new, spaceship-like campus in Cupertino, California. And while we know that the project has been on track for quite some time, one YouTuber filmed some sneaky ‘spy shots’ of the campus from high up above.

The spaceship campus, which gets its name from it’s circular design looking very much like a mothership, started construction at the start of the year.

Now still in its first stage of construction, the campus looks set to be the biggest Apple campus as of yet. The building will sit on a mammoth 2.8 million square-feet and will house up to 14 000 employees.

It is four stories high, with a 4-story ‘ring of glass’ surrounding the entire building. It is designed to be a ‘green’ building with the roof made up entirely of solar panels.

Although it doesn’t look like it now, the building will be surrounded by acres of green space. For now, however, it wouldn’t be strange if you confused the construction sight for some weird, alien-like crop circle. (more…)

Instagram’s Hyperlapse app allows you to shoot time lapse videos

Published by on Aug 27th, 2014, 1 Comment

Hyperlapse by Instagram

If you are at all into videography or photography for that matter, then you will definitely be excited about Instagram’s latest app – and no, it’s got nothing to do with vintage filters.

Hyperlapse is one of Instagram’s first ever stand alone apps, meaning it functions outside of Instagram. However, that doesn’t make it any less cooler, in fact, Hyperlapse will almost certainly take off.

Hyperlapse is a video recording app that allows you to record time lapse videos. It essentially also allows you to stabilize and smooth out a video – a handy tool that any videographer will appreciate.

What is so cool about Hyperlapse, is that it makes taking time lapse videos and stabilizing videos easier and more accessible to everyone. Previously, this was only possible with expensive equipment and software.

Hyperlapse is also super easy to use. The entire app is very simple and straightforward and doesn’t fuss around with unnecessary functions. Some may complain that it doesn’t really offer you any video editing options, but personally I feel that is unnecessary anyway.

With the app, you simply record a video then choose what speed you want it to playback. You can choose to make the video up to 12 times faster than normal.

Should you choose to make your video just 1x faster, it will simply stabilize that video. However, choosing 12x faster will result in a more traditional looking time lapse video that you know.

To stabilize the videos, Hyprlapse makes use of Instagram’s own image stabilization algorithms – a very clever initiative if you keep in mind how expensive stabilization software and rigs are. (more…)

Impress Me – an app to help you land your dream job

Published by on Aug 26th, 2014, No Comments

impressme

We all know that finding a job – and a job that you actually want – in this day and age can almost be an impossible task. With so many people looking for the same job as you are, it is almost a certainty that your resumé will end up in a pile of other, equally impressive resumés.

That is why you need to stand out from the crowd – and that is exactly what the Impress Me app looks to do; helping you stand out from the crowd to land the job of your dreams.

Impress Me is a video-based app that allows you to visually impress your potential employer and address them ‘face-to-face’ without even being called in for an interview.

The premise is actually really simple. The app allows you to submit a unique video clip of yourself, telling recruiters or potential employers exactly why you are right for the job. Impress Me also has a search function, detailing various open positions in an array of different fields. You can, for instance, search for a job in the computing and IT field, find a job you would be interested in, and submit your video.  (more…)

More tech giants accept ice bucket challenge

Published by on Aug 18th, 2014, No Comments

Gates Ice Bucket

Last week we reported on Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella and Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg who stepped up the ‘ice bucket challenge’ in support of ALS disease.

Both Nadella and Zuckerberg doused themselves with ice water in order to raise awareness and money for the destructive neurodegenerative disease.

As you probably know by now, the challenge works like any other social media challenge; once you have performed the challenge, you get to nominate other people to do the same within 24-hours.

Nadella nominated Google CEO Larry Page and Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos, who accepted the challenge and posted his video on YouTube.

Bezos proceeded to douse himself with a bucket of ice water on stage during a company, ‘all-hands’ meeting. He did think ahead though, as he stood in a ridiculous looking inflatable kiddies pool while dousing himself.

His nominations seemed to have a theme – Star Trek. Bezos nominated Patrick Stewart, William Shatner and  George Takei.  (more…)

Zuckerberg, Nadella do ‘ice bucket challenge’ for charity

Published by on Aug 14th, 2014, No Comments

ice bucket challenge

If you have been paying any attention to you social media timelines lately, you may have noticed a new fad going around called the ‘ice bucket challenge’

Much like any other social media challenge (remember those idiotic neknominations…) it requires a person to perform – a usually ridiculous – task and then nominate or challenge other friends to do the same.

The ‘ice bucket challenge’, however, seems to support a good cause. Rather than simply dumping a bucket of ice water on your head for no apparent reason, the aim of the challenge is to raise awareness and money for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

ALS is a neurodegenerative disease much like Motor Neuron disease.

Surprisingly enough, some high profile tech giants have also somehow caught wind of the challenge and has started challenging each other to dump a bucket of ice water over their heads and then donating money towards the fight against ALS. (more…)

Have a look (and listen) to this 3D printed saxophone

Published by on Aug 6th, 2014, No Comments

3D printed sax

We’ve heard of all kinds of 3D printed things, including 3D printed musical instruments. However, this is the first time we have come across a 3D printed saxophone.

Considering the fact that traditional saxophones are made of brass, it is essentially this metal that gives it its unique sound. What then would a 3D printed plastic saxophone sound like? Surprisingly like a sax.

This plastic sax was made by Olaf Diegel, who already dabbles in making ‘high-end’ 3D printed guitars under the name ODD Designs.

His version of a saxophone is made entirely of printed plastic. However, he did use a traditional saxophone to copy the various key spacings. (more…)

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