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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…)

Fly from Tokyo to San Francisco in 90 seconds

Published by on Aug 20th, 2014, No Comments

No, sorry, this isn’t some brilliant new space age technology people are dreaming up that will never occur. It is something a little simpler and more majestic then that.

Over 3,400 separate images were combined to make the time lapse video above from a Boeing 747-400 en route from Tokyo’s Narita Airport to San Francisco.

If you are dreading a long haul flight that is around the corner, maybe this video can calm your nerves and let you forget the headaches associated with commercial flights.

Source: psp747

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LokLok Review: No more boring lock screens

Published by on Aug 20th, 2014, No Comments

Imagine having a shared lock screen with friends where you can draw on your lock screen and it shows up on theirs. LokLok is a new application that does just that. We are all so used to the social media  apps out there like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram but LokLok is a fresh a addition to communicating with close friends and loved ones.

The concept of it is, you connect and add friends found on Facebook or via their Email address, and once connected with each other you now share a lock screen where you can leave messages, drawings and even photos.
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Turn any Android device into a PC gamepad (video)

Published by on Aug 20th, 2014, 1 Comment

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Playing something like a platformer on a PC can be quite cumbersome with a keyboard and mouse, and Ideum believe they have the answer. It has created an Android app called GestureWorks Gameplay which is used as a virtual controller, letting you use your phone or tablet to steer the action instead of either a real gamepad or on-screen buttons. (more…)

What a Bezel-less phone looks like in the hand

Published by on Aug 20th, 2014, 2 Comments

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Sharp’s Aquos Crystal X, a 5.5-inch smartphone that features hair-thin bezels on its sides and top, looks absolutely brilliant. (more…)

Report: Apple plans reversible USB cable for iPhone 6

Published by on Aug 19th, 2014, 5 Comments

Reversible USB port

We all know that USB plugs can be annoying. There is only one ‘right side up’ and more often than not, we get frustrated by first having to figure our which side up is the right side, before you can plug your device into a USB port.

Apple is reportedly looking to eradicate this frustration, by making their Lightning cable for the iPhone 6 reversible.

This means that the cable will be able to plug into any USB port form any orientation – thus eliminating the struggle of having to figure out which side is ‘up’.  (more…)

Huawei Ascend P7 Review: Elegantly designed and surprisingly fun

Published by on Aug 19th, 2014, No Comments

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Mention Huawei in public and you will not get the impression that people are aware that Huawei is, in fact, the third largest smartphone maker in the world. What is more likely to occur is a brief (and sometimes heated) discussion on how exactly to pronounce Huawei. If you are a company hoping to enter the mainstream mobile market, this is generally bad news.

Sensing this apprehension, Huawei have made a concerted effort to force themselves onto the global public’s consciousness, even making this laboured and perfectly ridiculous advert in Times Square to educate New Yorkers on the correct pronunciation of Huawei (It’s Wah-Way for those who want to win an argument). The fact that this video has scored more than 300,000 views suggests that even people outside China are starting to take Huawei seriously. (more…)

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