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Police dogs trained to sniff out hard drives

Published by on Jul 10th, 2014, No Comments

K9-3Man’s best friend has been helping authorities sniff out contraband for decades. These helpful K9′s have been sniffing out bombs, drug caches, and the on-the-run suspect as part of their day to day routine. Now they can add another skill to their already impressive CV’s – detecting hard drives. The Providence Journal of Rhode Island in the US reported over the past weekend of a police dog named Thoreau capable of sniffing out concealed hard drives, USB drives, memory cards and other electronic storage media… (more…)

LG G3 to launch in SA in August

Published by on Jul 10th, 2014, 9 Comments

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We are truly excited to announce that South Africa will get the LG G3 much earlier than previously expected. The flagship is launching next month, to much fanfare of the media and the tech community as a whole.

The much anticipated successor to the the great LG G2 is the first ‘mainstream’ device that has a Quad HD display, and we can’t wait to see how it performs. We will be receiving a review unit sometime before the end of the week, so stay tuned for more coverage and a full review in the weeks to come.

Check out the full media release below: (more…)

Germany’s crushing of Brazil becomes most tweeted sports game ever

Published by on Jul 9th, 2014, No Comments

Brazil loss

Last night’s World Cup 2014 semi-final between Brazil and Germany was unlike anything we have ever seen before. It almost felt unreal, as Germany absolutely destroyed Brazil and in the process, broke 200 million Brazilian hearts.

But besides breaking hearts and (hopes and dreams), this historical game also broke many a record, including becoming the most tweeted sports game ever.

Some are calling it one of the biggest disasters in football history, as the Germans completely crushed the host nation 7 – 1 in the first of this year’s semi-final matches. And while the Brazilians lost terribly, it was clearly a win for Germany – and Twitter.

Not surprising, the previous record for the most tweeted sports game ever also involved Brazil at this year’s World Cup. When Brazil took on Chile on the 28th of June, it was a nail biting finale as the game ended in the dreaded penalty shoot-outs.

This game racked up an astonishing 16.4 million tweets. However, last night’s unbelievable game more than doubled that of the Brazil, Chile game. Amidst Brazilian humiliation, their shocking loss racked up 35.6 million tweets – officially making it the most tweeted sports game in history.  (more…)

ZTE Nubia Z7 announced – we want one!

Published by on Jul 9th, 2014, No Comments

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The Chinese company ZTE is really churning out some great devices – and at great competitive prices. ZTE is one of the biggest smartphone manufacturers in China, which inherently make it one of the biggest in the world. We just wish they would start selling more phones outside of their home territory.

The newly announced Nubia Z7 might try to push for market share outside of China, though, which makes us quite excited. It is delivering top notch specs at a price much cheaper than the competition. (more…)

The Pentagon has a “mad science” division

Published by on Jul 9th, 2014, No Comments

DARPA_LogoMany a boy dreamed of stepping into 007′s shoes to take down the villain with the latest sci-fi gadgets developed in Q’s underground bunker. Well that dream is more of a reality than any 10-year old would have thought. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency or, as most people know it, DARPA, is the US Department of Defense’s “mad science” division. They are quite infamous for developing terrifying robots, advanced weapons and other out of this world futuristic tech. You wouldn’t be reading this article on the NET if DARPA didn’t have a hand in the creation of the world wide web. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg… (more…)

Sony Xperia C3: The Selfie Smartphone (video)

Published by on Jul 9th, 2014, 1 Comment

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Today’s smartphone generation has ushered in the advent of the word “selfie.” Very few people don’t know what selfies are now, and Sony is trying to ride this trend all the way to the bank with, what they call, “the world’s best selfie smartphone.”

What is this world coming to…?

Sony has just debuted the Sony Xperia C3, a mid-range smartphone which has a 5-megapixel wide-angle front facing camera and LED flash for “selfies.” (more…)

Future contraceptives could be remote-controlled

Published by on Jul 9th, 2014, No Comments

contraception

While this is not a problem I have to deal with, many woman have highlighted the need for simple, easy contraception that they don’t need to think about. Contraceptive implants are nothing new, but the current generation of progestogen-releasing devices need to be replaced every three years and of course removed should the woman want to have a baby. This may soon not be the only safe, effective, long-term birth control method available to women.

The Gates Foundation is backing a Massachusetts biotech company called MicroCHIPS to build the next generation of implantable devices. The company is reportedly building a wirelessly controlled implant that could work for up to 16 years without needing to be replaced. It does not need to be removed to get rid of its contractive abilities, simply turn it off. (more…)

Apple, Facebook & Google march on for gay pride

Published by on Jul 8th, 2014, No Comments

Apple Pride

On Sunday, 29 June, San Francisco held it’s annual gay pride festival. It is one of the biggest pride festivals in the world, and, considering the fact that it takes place in the heart of Silicon Valley, giant tech companies also got together to show their support for equality and the LGBT community.

The three big guns – Apple, Facebook and Google – were there in full force and further cemented their place as forward thinking, compassionate companies.

Apple took the cake, though. The company invited all of it’s San Francisco based employees and their family members to take part in the march. Apple employees all wore special t-shirts featuring the Apple logo in rainbow colours with the word ‘Pride’ etched across.

Even Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, made an appearance and handed out t-shirts and pride flags to hundreds of excited employees.  (more…)

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