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Kids are purposefully bending iPhones in Apple stores

Published by on Sep 30th, 2014, 5 Comments

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Just as you may have thought that Apple’s ‘Bendgate’ saga is finally dying down, it actually takes a turn for the worse. A very idiotic turn, that is.

‘Bendgate’ has been hanging over Apple’s head like a dark, dreary cloud this past week. With numerous reports by users claiming that their iPhone 6 Plus bends when in their pockets, the internet blew up with these latest claims.

While there may only be a handful of iPhone 6 Plus users whose phones actually bent, naturally, people will take matters into their own hands. And when it’s a ‘scandal’ that burdens one of the biggest companies in the world, people tend to take things a little too far.

Numerous videos have popped up online of people intentionally bending iPhones in an effort to establish whether or not it will bend if it is in your pocket. The problem is, that these tests are intentional. It’s not a true representative of everyday wear and tear.

Apple also took notice of the hundreds of videos aiming to prove that the iPhone 6 Plus is bendable. So much so that they let the media into their rigorous iPhone testing lab to see what the iPhone goes through, testing-wise, before it is shipped and sold.

But, as is the case with all things internet related (and especially those that go viral) there will be some idiot out there that pushes the envelope in the wrong direction. (more…)

Microsoft launches Xbox One in China

Published by on Sep 30th, 2014, No Comments

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After an extremely long wait, Microsoft has finally launched its Xbox One video game console in China. It is actually a first for Microsoft, since Chinese gamers have had to wait 13 years for a console ban to be lifted in their country. (more…)

Google reveals possible Andriod L names

Published by on Sep 30th, 2014, 2 Comments

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We are very close to the public release of Android L – or at least, we are pretty darn sure we are – but strangely we still don’t have confirmation from Google as to what it will be called. We have heard multiple whispers from so-called “sources”, ranging from Android Lemon Meringue Pie, to Android Lion.

Now we get some concrete evidence that we can expect it to be called either Android Lollipop or Android Layer Cake (yeah, we know). (more…)

LG designing a 3G-connected smartwatch

Published by on Sep 30th, 2014, 4 Comments

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The smartwatch market is still in its infancy and still many questions remain about why we would actually want to use it on a regular basis. One of the arguments put forth by manufacturers is that it can completely replace your smartphone, and wouldn’t need to be tethered to one.

Samsung believe there is a market for such a device and has already launched the Gear S (pictured above), a 3G connected smartwatch that can make phone calls and it brings basically all other smartphone functionality you would need (i.e. email, maps, etc). (more…)

You can swap out Project Ara’s modules without turning off the phone

Published by on Sep 30th, 2014, No Comments

project-ara-9A month ago we reported that Project Ara is becoming more and more of a reality. Throughout 2014 we have also seen different functions and features of Project Ara come to light. In April this year the Model Developers Kit revealed that the phone’ battery will be hot swappable, enabling the user to replace it without switching off the device. What is even more incredible is that this hot swappable feature will extend beyond only the battery component. (more…)

Samsung now selling a curved PC monitor

Published by on Sep 30th, 2014, No Comments

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Most people around the world still haven’t quite understood why companies are pushing the curved display as the next big thing. To be honest, we can’t see that much benefit either, but it is the latest trend to hit display technology and is likely to stay (for now, at least).

3D displays were all the rage a couple of years ago as well, but it has fizzled into little more than a memory. Samsung believes “the curve changes everything” about watching TV, and now they are making the same claim about computer monitors. (more…)

Apple’s intense iPhone testing centre revealed in light of ‘Bendgate’

Published by on Sep 29th, 2014, No Comments

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With every new phone released there is a whole lot of praise, but it is almost always accompanied by a whole lot of scandal. And for Apple and their new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, the past week was rather rough when it comes to scandal.

Besides the fact that iOS 8 and it’s first update, 8.0.1, caused some serious problems for certain users, Apple had to deal with yet another scandal that rocked the pristine world in Apple-land – the so-called ‘Bendgate’ scandal.

If you have been following any tyoe of tech news as of late, you would of most certainly have heard of Bendgate – the alleged report that some iPhone 6 and 6 Plus devices bends when in users’ pockets. Naturally, this is not  good look for Apple.

A mere 20 days after the iPhone 6 and it’s bigger brother the 6 Plus was released, people began reporting that the phone literally bends in their pockets. How much of this is true (or how many devices it has affected) is still unknown, but enough people made a hoo-ha about the bending scandal for it to attract a lot of media attention. And it also caught the attention of Apple.

In light of ‘Bendgate’ Apple did something that they rarely do. They let a reported from The Verge into their enclosed iPhone testing centre, to show us just how much new iPhones have to endure before they can be labeled consumer ready. (more…)

Microsoft to announce new Windows name this week

Published by on Sep 29th, 2014, No Comments

Windows_9So the invite only Microsoft event will take place in San Francisco this week. There have been a lot of rumors doing the rounds of what exactly the new Windows OS, currently code named “Threshold”, will offer with regards to features, look and feel and functionality. The actual name of the new OS still remains a mystery, whilst many refer to it as Windows 9. We now know, according to a report by Reuters, that Microsoft will unveil the new windows name tomorrow… (more…)

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