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Will.i.am launches Puls – a smart wristband

Published by on Oct 16th, 2014, 1 Comment

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Celebrities seem to have a fascination with technology and in turn, putting their name on devices or services. Justin Bieber backed a social network and numerous other celebs have launched apps and the like. 

Will.i.am is the latest celeb to reinvent himself as a tech mogul with the unveiling of his smart wristband, Puls. Or rather, as he likes to call it, a smart ‘cuff’.

The Puls has been in development for more than 2 years, and is developed by i.am+ – Will.i.am’s consumer electronics company. The Puls finally saw the light of day yesterday, after numerous delays plagued the release of the device. 

The Puls resembles a smart watch, but, as Will.i.am repeatedly told his rather confused audience, it is not a watch (although it can tell the time). The Puls is being marketed as a smart device rather than tying it down to the ‘smart watch’ label. 

The device can make phone calls, send text messages as well as access online services and run apps through a 3G radio service.

Will.i.am – fashion icon and tech entrepreneur – really seems to be pushing the Puls as a ‘fashionable’ alternative to other smart watches (sorry, I mean ‘smart cuffs’.) The Black Eyed Peas singer calls the Puls a device for communicating, playing music and monitoring fitness. 

So… basically a smart watch, I hear you say? NO! It is not a watch.  (more…)

Up to R5000 cashback when you trade-in at iStore

Published by on Oct 16th, 2014, 1 Comment

istoreSo we are edging closer to October 24th and the official unveiling of the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in South Africa. I am sure fans from across the country are going to have their tempers and patience tested trying to get their hands on Apple’s latest smartphone. With the variety of different shops you can visit to either upgrade or purchase a new iPhone, which one is the best? Well, the South African iStore may have a very enticing offer. (more…)

Google posts first Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 ads (videos)

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You won’t be seeing these ads on South African television, but they do tell you a bit about the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9. You may want to take a look as online stores will most likely be bringing these devices into the country in a timely manner. (more…)

Google announces the new Nexus 9 tablet

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It’s great to see HTC back in the Nexus line, and this time they have built the tablet Nexus, which hasn’t seen an upgrade in three years.

As was widely expected, we’re looking at a larger, squarer design this time around. Same Nexus logo on the back, and with the camera and flash tucked up in the top-left corner. The front-facing camera is centred on the front of the display. There’s a microUSB port on the bottom for charging. (more…)

Android 5.0 is official and called Lollipop

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Yes, today is all about the big G. Not only do we have two new Nexus devices, but we also have the official release of Android 5.0 or ‘L’, which is now officially called Android Lollipop.

Summing up the new Android release, which includes some 5,000 new APIs and the new Material Design visual style, Google describes Lollipop as an OS for interacting with a bunch of different screens — from phones and tablets to set-top boxes and wearables. (more…)

Nexus 6 goes official: newest stock Android superphone

Published by on Oct 15th, 2014, 6 Comments

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We don’t use the word ‘superphone’ lightly. We’ve only used the term on the highest of high end devices, and never on the Nexus line of stock Android devices.

After months of speculation and rumours, debates and leaks, to and fro in the tech community, Google has finally taken the warps of the Nexus 6, a Motorola built phone this time around. A big change for the brand, this year the Nexus 6 is a full on phablet, a 5.9-inch behemoth. (more…)

Skype launches Skype Qik: a disappearing video-message app

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With the rise of video messaging services and disappearing photo messaging services, it was only a matter of time before some company decided to jump on the bandwagon and release an app that combines the two. 

Today, that company is Skype, who just released Skype Qik – a disappearing video messaging app. 

Skype Qik is based on ‘asynchronous video messaging’ as the company likes to call it, which basically means that you can create and send video messages to your friends – even if they are not online.

Qik will allow for your friends to watch your video once they log on to the service. 

The app is obviously mobile focused and is part of Skype’s overall plan to accommodate more for their mobile users. It comes as no surprise that the company – who’s roots are on desktop – is making mobile use better for users. 

Many of Skype’s users now use the service on mobile – as much as half, according to the company. Qik is a way to tap into the  video messaging market, as well as providing users with a cool new mobile feature.  (more…)

China poised to surpass the US as Apple’s largest iPhone market

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apple-china_think-differentLove them or hate them it seems as though Apple is making inroads into one of the largest smartphone markets in the world. The new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus has the technological media and consumers polarised, on the one hand this will probably be the most successful iPhone in history and on the other end the device is plagued by issues like “bendgate”. But as with any potentially successful product, the proof is in the pudding, or the sales figures for that matter. The Cupertino company has always had a firm footing in the US, but now it seems as though they might just take the largest market of them all. (more…)

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