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It’s a new dawn: Microsoft acquires Sunrise

Published by on Feb 12th, 2015, No Comments

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Seeking to re-assert itself as the kingpin of productivity, February 11th saw Microsoft officially confirm its acquisition of mobile calendering startup Sunrise.

The news was first broken by TechCrunch on February 4th, where it was rumoured that Microsoft had allegedly acquired the vendor behind one of the most popular calendering services on the mobile front. A week later, Microsoft has now publicly confirmed that it has spent over US$100 million to acquire Sunrise. (more…)

Samsung starts rolling out Lollipop to the Galaxy Note 4

Published by on Feb 12th, 2015, 1 Comment

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It has been some time coming, but Samsung have finally started rolling out Android 5.0 Lollipop to the Galaxy Note 4 worldwide. It first showed up in Poland this week and will slowly but surely be making its way to other regions over the next couple of weeks. (more…)

HTC One M9 leak-based renders show beautiful possibility

Published by on Feb 12th, 2015, No Comments

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There hasn’t been a day in the last couple of weeks we haven’t heard one rumour or another about the upcoming HTC One M9, expected to be launched on March 1st. Not many have come from credible sources or offered any real details, however.

Among all the click-bait headlines of supposed ‘leaks’, there were a couple from trusted sources that have been correct more often than not in the past. This makes us sit up and notice when they quote sources ‘familiar with the company’s plans’ or get news from ‘a tried and tested source’.

One independent designer has taken these trusted sources’ leaks and rumours into account and designed an HTC One M9 mock-up based on those possible features and design cues – and we have to say it looks stunning. (more…)

Samsung’s next Galaxy to have more of an ‘edge’

Published by on Feb 11th, 2015, No Comments

According to a news report from Bloomberg, Samsung is preparing two new additions to their best-selling Galaxy marque, including a device with what intends to be a ‘wraparound’ display, with the main screen covering three sides of the device. It is unclear at the moment whether the display in question will extend to the side bezels a la the Galaxy Note Edge, or will extend to a secondary screen similar to Yotaphone’s eponymous second flagship, the Yotaphone 2 – minus the E-ink display.

The current Galaxy Note Edge

The current Galaxy Note Edge

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Check out this Kickstarter project: “The Ninja”

Published by on Feb 11th, 2015, 4 Comments

NinjaKickstarter always has some innovative ideas. They can range from utterly crazy novelties to real “Change-the-world” kind of innovation. A project that has just launched on Kickstarter called “The Ninja” is the brainchild of South African techno enthusiast Chris Pretorius. The Ninja is an intelligent voice control platform that will change the way you interact with your PC and almost every smart enabled device in your home.

In the developers own words: How can we take existing technologies, intelligently innovate these techs, and create something truly awesome?” (more…)

Uber Seize parody – GTA yourself to your destination (video)

Published by on Feb 11th, 2015, No Comments

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Ride-sharing service Uber is getting a lot of bad press these days. For a service that I’ve personally gotten so much use out of, it is a shame that there are so many bureaucratic issues standing in its way around the world.

That being said, we do like it when our favourite tech or software companies are poked some fun at. With many countries around the world bemoaning safety practices of Uber, The Onion created an Uber parody video making it a feature, rather than a hindrance. (more…)

Introducing Spot: Google’s creepy robot dog (video)

Published by on Feb 11th, 2015, No Comments

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Boston Dynamics, a company recently acquired by Google, has already shown us a Karate Kid inspired robot. Now they are bringing us their self-stabilising dog robot, and it’s extremely impressive.

The company’s latest quadruped has a head filled with a vast array of sensors which is used to cover different terrain types and remain upright.
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Google Search results start highlighting health facts

Published by on Feb 11th, 2015, No Comments

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The search giant like to throw their weight around with an array of different services. Sometimes they don’t work out and Google will shut it down sooner than later, but other times they stick.

Google is now starting to relay health info in the same way they handle personal bios, spelling queries, sports teams etc. in their search results. Just like you could search “Eiffel Tower” to get all the relevant info regarding the Parisian landmark, you can now search “flu symptoms” to get the relevant information. (more…)

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