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100 People get to test Project Ara (video)

Published by on Jul 3rd, 2014, No Comments

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Ara Scouts is the initiative launched by Google whereby they will test their new Project Ara prototypes. One hundred lucky members of the public will get to test out Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) team’s project that has a deadline to be completed approaching fast. (more…)

Google buys Songza music service

Published by on Jul 3rd, 2014, No Comments

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With music services becoming ever more popular, rumours were rife of an impending acquisition from Google, as we have known for quite some time they want to better their music streaming capabilities. As they are so often in the tech industry, the rumours were correct and Google have announced their acquisition of Songza.

Having built a reputation for delivering curated playlists ranging from broad genre themes, Songza also focused on lists based on your mood. Google want the company’s knowledge to better the Google Play Music offerings. (more…)

Nvidia releasing a gaming tablet?

Published by on Jul 3rd, 2014, No Comments

NVIDIA-Shield-TabletStrong rumours have emerged that Nvidia has a gaming tablet in the pipeline. Recently the graphics chip maker has seen another one of its documents leaked on the internet providing conformation of the upcoming device. A certification registered last week with the Global Certification Forum (GCF) provides the most compelling evidence yet, as reported by Android Community. The Nvidia “Shield Tablet” might be arriving sooner rather than later…

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Kudoso’s router rewards kids who do their chores

Published by on Jul 3rd, 2014, 1 Comment

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We all know how easy it is to get carried away on the internet, spending way too much time watching videos, reading news snippets and just generally wasting time. Parents are also seeing this problem occur with their children who can be fixated on a screen for hours. Perhaps taking their gadgets away isn’t the best possible way to teach them restraint, but there has to be some way, right?

Kudoso’s router software for managing your family’s internet habits may be your answer. Apart from the standard parental controls for keeping your little ones away from some of the darker corners of the web, you can also set tasks for the little ones and reward each one with a certain number of points. They then use these accumulated points to buy internet time in turn. (more…)

Uber valuation grows to $17 billion

Published by on Jul 2nd, 2014, No Comments

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Uber has quickly become a cash cow. They have just announced another round of incoming funding – this time to the tune of $1.2 billion – which means its valuation now stands at a whopping $17 billion. There has only been one startup that has raised funds quicker – Facebook.

The app is already four years old and operates in 37 cities around the world (in a total of 128 cities). The business needs new ideas to keep growing, of course, and plans to expand its product portfolio. (more…)

Classifieds sites unite to improve online pet trade

Published by on Jul 2nd, 2014, No Comments

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Gumtree South Africa has today announced that they will, along with competitors OLX and Junk Mail Publishing, form part of a meeting to discuss the online pet trade via the respective platforms. The meeting, as an initiative by animal rights organisation Beauty Without Cruelty/Ban Animal Trading, aims to resolve issues surrounding the treatment of animals advertised on free platforms.

“We are pleased to have these three organisations around the table to address the issue of animal welfare,” says Smaragda Louw of Beauty Without Cruelty. “We’ve been in discussion with Gumtree, OLX and Junk Mail on separate occasions but this will be the first time all three will meet together.” (more…)

Sony Walkman turns 35

Published by on Jul 2nd, 2014, No Comments

Sony WalkmanYesterday (1 July) marked the 35th birthday of the Sony TPS-L2. It was introduced in 1979, and since then Sony has sold somewhere in the region of 220 million Walkmans, and it’s still selling them today. The Walkman was the most desired gadget of the 80′s and early 90′s and many would agree that this was the product that made Sony a household name. Many of us grew up either enjoying a Walkman or desiring one and it sparked many revolutions in the music industry. (more…)

Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini announced

Published by on Jul 2nd, 2014, 1 Comment

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Samsung have taken the wraps off the Galaxy S5 Mini, a device which tries to lure users who aren’t fans of today’s large flagship smartphones. Unlike the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact, however, it does not include premium specs, but it also won’t have the premium price.

The smaller sibling to Samsung’s crown jewel might not have all the premium specs we would want, but at least they aren’t dropping the sensors found on the GS5. The GS5 Mini includes many of the features of its sibling, including waterproof certification, power-saving modes, a heart rate monitor, fingerprint scanner and support for Samsung’s wearables. (more…)

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