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Beautiful bracelet doubles as charger for your devices

Published by on Aug 25th, 2014, No Comments

Q Bracelet

It finally seems as though we are taking a step in the right direction when it comes to wearables. Instead of bulky and quite frankly, ugly wearables, companies are beginning to release that in order for these wearable to sell, they need to look good, too.

And this is exactly what the Q Bracelet embodies – a beautiful, sleek design paired with a really useful piece of technology.

Besides looking good, the Q Bracelet is in actual fact, a wearable charger that will charge your Apple or Android devices.

The bracelet has a built-in lithium-ion battery that has the ability to recharge your smartphone up to around 60%. The battery on the bracelet itself has a standby life of about 30 days and will take 90 minutes to recharge.

A lightning adapter for Apple devices and a micro USB adapter for Android devices can be found inside the bracelet’s clasp. This eliminates the need for any extra cables, as you simply plug the bracelet straight into the phone.

There are also small LED’s above the connector that will indicate the charge level of the bracelet.  (more…)

iPhone 6 to include 128GB storage options

Published by on Aug 25th, 2014, No Comments

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Some people have likened the choice of which iPhone variant to choose to something a bit more dramatic to reality, but we can understand their opinions. With Apple blindly sticking to the ‘no expandable storage’ mantra, some have said that the price difference between the different storage option isn’t quite worth it with Android devices offering expandable microSD slots which will cost you a lot less.

Usually the 16GB model is akin to other flagship phones when it comes to price and the larger storage options much pricier than its competition. (more…)

New processors make Project Ara the real deal

Published by on Aug 25th, 2014, No Comments

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Google’s modular smartphones sound like a great idea to all of us. If new tech can make our use of current technology cheaper, then there is no reason why we shouldn’t support it. The bridges that need to be crossed are a bit wider than you might thing, though.

Having the possibility of multiple manufacturers’ hardware components working together in unison is a bigger challenge than previously thought. Google needs to figure out a way of building a usable infrastructure on these devices to allow every component to speak to each other.  Memory chips need to be swopped around, CPU changed to the user’s whim. Now we get news from Google that this is actually starting to become a reality. (more…)

LG to unveil a Moto 360 competitor (video)

Published by on Aug 25th, 2014, No Comments

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With the release of Android Wear open up a whole new world of possibilities for the wearable market and until now we have only seen a couple of companies take advantage of it. One of them is LG, with the release of the LG G Watch.

Media impressions have been patchy at best, with the entire industry looking to the Moto 360 to be the saviour of public opinion when it comes to Android wearables. The 360 will most likely be revealed at IFA 2014, but it seems that LG will try to take advantage of much of the hype coming from the 360 with a circular smartwatch of their own. (more…)

Note 4 teaser reveals writing is still important

Published by on Aug 25th, 2014, No Comments

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Samsung’s next Unpacked event helps kick-off IFA 2014 on September 3, and though the event may hold a few surprises, we’ve been able to develop a pretty good sense of what to expect. While Samsung’s holding a few cards close to its chest, it hasn’t exactly been shy about suggesting that we’re going to see the Galaxy Note 4 make its debut. (more…)

Windows 9 reportedly making its debut September 30th

Published by on Aug 22nd, 2014, 6 Comments

Windows 9?

Good news, Windows users. Microsoft is reportedly unveiling Windows 9 at the end of September.

According to The Verge, the company has scheduled a press event for September 30th in which they will debut a preview version of the new OS. The Verge claim that ‘sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans’ informed them of the planned event.

The event will most likely detail all the changes made to the new version of Windows – which for now, is going under the codename ‘Threshold’.

The preview version of the Windows 8 successor will only be available for developers at first. No word yet on when we can expect the public beta version of Threshold or whether or not it will debut at the same time as the devs preview.  (more…)

Mom develops app so son can’t ignore her text messages

Published by on Aug 21st, 2014, 3 Comments

Ignore No More

Teenagers; they are constantly in their own world and are only interested in texting their friends – definitely not their parents.

And for one Texas mom this was not going to fly. She got so fed up with her teenage son not replying to her text messages or phone calls, that she decided to fight fire with fire – by developing an app that would force him to reply.

Ignore No More is an app that allows parents to block their kids’ phones remotely, even when they are not in the house.

The app essentially disables the child’s phone – that is until he or she decides to reply to mom or dad. It blocks them from texting or calling anyone else (or even use the internet) except contacts listed on an emergency number list or emergency responders like the police or paramedics.

To unblock their phone, they will be forced to call their parents to receive a passcode to disable the block.  (more…)

Sony is launching a selfie camera shaped like a perfume bottle

Published by on Aug 20th, 2014, No Comments

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There is no denying that the world is obsessed with selfies, and to be fair, more specifically girls. Girls love selfies.

Another thing girls love is perfume and apparently in China, there is a growing trend of incasing your smartphone in a Chanel perfume bottle case. And now it seems that Sony wants to capitalize on this by launching a so-called ‘selfie camera’ that literally looks like a perfume bottle.

The camera is believed to form part of Sony’s Cyber Shot range and is designed specifically for taking pictures of yourself. It has a big, transparent, flippable lens a top the camera which will naturally make selfie-taking easier.

The camera has not been officially confirmed, but looks set to primarily take on the Chinese market. (more…)

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