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Google to reveal first Android One phones on Sept 15th

Published by on Sep 2nd, 2014, No Comments

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Ever since Google announced Android One out of nowhere, we have been very interested to see it on a budget device. We might not have to wait much longer, with the first Android One smartphones rumoured to be launching in two weeks.

Google is holding an event in India on September 15th, and it seems likely that it’ll take this opportunity to focus on these new phones. Android One allows manufacturers to make phones based on inexpensive hardware designs put together by Google. (more…)

Apple launches iPhone 5 battery replacement program

Published by on Sep 1st, 2014, 3 Comments

iphone5The bane of any smartphone user’s existence must surely be the ever constant need to charge your device. In the world of power hungry smartphones there exists no place for faulty batteries which decreases your already limited amount of battery life. Unfortunately these mistakes do happen and have happened to a small amount of unlucky iPhone 5 owners. Apple have launched a program which will replace certain faulty batteries in the iPhone 5 free of charge, their statement reads:

“Apple has determined that a very small percentage of iPhone 5 devices may suddenly experience shorter battery life or need to be charged more frequently. The affected iPhone 5 devices were sold between September 2012 and January 2013 and fall within a limited serial number range. If your iPhone 5 is experiencing these symptoms and meets the eligibility requirements noted below, Apple will replace your iPhone 5 battery, free of charge.”

Here is what you have to do. (more…)

Samsung Galaxy K Zoom Review: Ultimate cameraphone?

Published by on Sep 1st, 2014, 1 Comment

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The Korean electronics giant that brought the Galaxy brand name to the world – and made it extremely successful – is trying to fill every single niche in the smartphone market and slap the Galaxy name on it. Samsung realised with the Galaxy S4 Zoom that it took the shine from its flagship device, so completely renamed it this year.

What would have been the Galaxy S5 Zoom has become the Galaxy K Zoom and it is ready to take on any cameraphone on the market. It is equipped with a 10x optical zoom and OIS and if you were to see only its back, you would hardly recognize you are staring at an Android smartphone with a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED screen on the other side.

Check out some of the key features of the Galaxy K Zoom: (more…)

Saving the future: new technology in food (video)

Published by on Sep 1st, 2014, No Comments

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An operating system for the farm of the future. This is what scientist are after in order to save our planet. The idea is to move food production from where they are at the moment, outside cities on farms, to where we live.

With smart new technologies the city of the future is around the corner. We expect to see skyscrapers lit up with green plants sooner rather than later. Check out the full concept in the video below: (more…)

Sony teases measurements for new product launch at IFA

Published by on Sep 1st, 2014, No Comments

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IFA 2014 is around the corner as we are expecting it to be as exciting as ever. Sony has been quitter than other manufacturers before the trade show, where many have opted to announce devices before letting the media get their hands on it at IFA. Sony has gone a different route, but has now revealed a teaser of something new coming soon.

In the teaser seen above we only get two of the three measurements that make up the dimensions of a new device. So what could it be? What is more, normally it’s the thickness of a phone or tablet that’s the selling point, but here that 6.4mm measurement is clearly revealed. (more…)

Students develop nail polish that detects date rape drugs

Published by on Aug 29th, 2014, 2 Comments

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Date rape – it’s an awful subject to think about and even more awful to imagine happening to you, your friends or family. But the reality is, date rape is rife and the truth is women (even men) need to be vigilant at all times.

In aid of the fight against rape and date rape in particular, a group of undergraduates from the North Carolina State University have developed a product that can give women the opportunity to protect themselves.

According to various surveys, one in every five average college women have experienced date rape or a date rape situation. This group – that consist entirely of men, by the way – is trying to help this terrible statistic.

The group developed a nail polish that can detect whether their is a date rape drug in your drink. To test if your drink has been drugged, you simply need to dip your polished finger into your drink, and if it changes colour, you know that your drink has been spiked.

The nail polish can detect any common date rape drug such as Rohypnol (roofies), Xanax and GHB (Gamma-Hydroxybutyric acid).

The nail polish forms part of the students’ company, or initiative, called ‘Undercover Colors’. The men who developed the nail polish said that they were inspired to create a protective tool for women, after hearing horrifying stories from their female friends who have had date rape experiences. (more…)

Western Cape Government to launch free WiFi in Robertson

Published by on Aug 28th, 2014, No Comments

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As part of the Western Cape Government’s R1.3 billion broadband rollout plan, the Free WiFi project will be launched in Robertson tomorrow, connecting an additional 20 000 residents to free wireless internet.

It is the third hotspot launch this week. On Monday, Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities in the Western Cape, launched the Eden hotspot. Yesterday, Premier Zille, Minister Winde and Education Minister Debbie Schafer launched the Atlantis project. (more…)

LG officially announces the G Watch R

Published by on Aug 28th, 2014, No Comments

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LG is not leaving a lot to announce at the IFA 2014 trade show. They have taken the wraps off of their circular smartwatch, called the G Watch R (presumably for ‘round’).

According to LG, it is the first “watch-style” wearable in the world. It will be using a P-OLED display, and will be utilizing 100% of the watch face for the screen. Motorola’s reluctance to thoroughly explain the need for the small black bar at the bottom of the Moto 360 does seem to be costing them now. (more…)

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