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YouTube confirms ad-free subscription model

Published by on Apr 9th, 2015, 3 Comments

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For those with the will and wallet to subscribe, the ability to be rid of pesky YouTube adverts is nigh: the Google-owned service confirmed via an email to its partners that the introduction of an ad-free subscription model is soon to be implemented.

While there’s currently no word on price plans for the subscription model, Google has announced plans that the revenue from subscription will be shared with YouTube partners.

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Apple releases iOS 8.3 with many improvements

Published by on Apr 9th, 2015, No Comments

iOS 8.3The new iOS 8.3 update has a few firsts for Apple. Not only is it the biggest “small” update ever to be released but it is the first time that normal users could form part of the beta testing phase, which is usually reserved for software developers.

There has been a lot more info around the improvements because of this “open” testing cycle, but now we can confirm that iOS 8.3 has been officially released and will be available to all users through the course of the day. Here is a breakdown of the new stuff… (more…)

Microsoft brings over-the-air TV to Xbox One in the US

Published by on Apr 8th, 2015, No Comments

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Just weeks after Sony released its own TV streaming service – PlayStation Vue – Microsoft has fired back with an announcement that the Xbox One will now be capable of over-the-air TV streaming, once paired with two small accessories.

Xbox One users in North America – the United States and Canada – are now able to download over-the-air content from popular networks such as CBS, FOX and NBC without a cable subscription.

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World’s first Apple Watch unboxing?

Published by on Apr 8th, 2015, No Comments

watchYou know that you have a lot of product anticipation if the mere unboxing of the product attracts attention. Time is slowly ticking away towards the official Apple Watch launch on the 24th of April, but one Instagram user appears to have has jumped ahead of the Friday’s online Apple Watch pre-order date with an inside look to the actual packaging… (more…)

Xperia Z4 images leaked

Published by on Apr 7th, 2015, 2 Comments

 

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In what’s quickly becoming another day at the office for Sony, new images of the firm’s upcoming flagship, the Xperia Z4, have been leaked. The images in question reveal the forthcoming smartphone’s frame and home screen.

Judging from the images, the Xperia Z4 continues the design legacy from the prior Z3, and collates with the Xperia Z4 tablet’s design language.

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LG accidentally reveals Apple’s plans for an 8K iMac

Published by on Apr 7th, 2015, 2 Comments

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LG may have just completely jumped the gun and, without realising, revealed Apple’s plans for their next generation iMac – or at least the display part of it.

The details around Apple’s display plans were leaked in a press release by LG that details their new 8K display technology, which they are calling “Quad-Ultra High Definition.”

It was most likely not on purpose (and we’re sure the copy editor in charge of press releases at LG has had a talking to) but the press release that was posted on the company’s website, mentions Apple’s plans for a 8K, high-resolution display in the new iMacs.

As we all know, LG is the display partner for Apple, so it was only natural that they would mention their new technology along with their partners. However, LG certainly didn’t beat around the bush when it came to revealing Apple’s plans.  (more…)

[Watch] LG teases new G4 software

Published by on Apr 6th, 2015, No Comments

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Ahead the April 28th reveal of LG’s newest flagship, the G4, the Korean company has released a new teaser video which shows the upcoming smartphone’s face-lifted interface that runs parallel to Android’s makeover with 5.0 Lollipop.

The new update, however, is not limited to interface improvements which come alongside the G4 – LG has included several new apps which launch alongside the device, including “Smart Alert” and “Smart Board”. A smart phone, it appears, this will be.

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Top 5: Portable power banks

Published by on Apr 3rd, 2015, No Comments

 

815LBGP60EL._SL1200_With many smartphones and tablets clocking in at just under a day’s battery life, it’s easy to pine for the era of resilience where Nokia and Motorola handsets could power on – quite literally- for nearly a week. While battery life is an area where most phone manufacturers are consistently improving (Notably Sony, with their Xperia smartphone range, and Apple with the iPad line) there’s still much to be desired.

South African consumers get a further kick in the teeth with load-shedding – where local power grids switch off for two hours at a time. In the spirit of this frustration, let’s look at the top five portable chargers that can be used to keep your gadgets juiced up and ready for anything.

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