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Sony announces the Xperia E4g mid-ranger (video)

Published by on Feb 25th, 2015, No Comments


Sony have stated that they won’t be flooding the market with dozens of phones like some of its competitors, but that doesn’t mean they don’t see possibilities in certain market segments.

Sony has just made its new Xperia E4g mid-ranger official. It is pretty much the same Sony Xperia E4 that was announced a few weeks ago, but with the added capability of 4G LTE connectivity.

Other differences include the support for NFC connectivity, something missing from the Xperia E4, and we also get a slightly faster processor at 1.5 GHz when compared to the 1.3 GHz quad-core processor on the original.

Check out the promo video below: (more…)

HTC flaunts new BoomSound speakers

Published by on Feb 24th, 2015, No Comments

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With their newest flagship – the One M9 – set to release less than a week from today – HTC has geared up an entirely new ad campaign to market the forthcoming phone’s new BoomSound speakers.

Competing for attention with Samsung’s incoming Galaxy S6 – as both handsets will be officially unveiled a few hours apart at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain – HTC is content to tease prospective purchasers with brand new version of its popular BoomSound speaker technology over Twitter.


Apple finally rolls out ‘racially diverse’ emojis

Published by on Feb 24th, 2015, No Comments

Racially diverse emojis

Emojis – the tiny, illustrated pictures that can convey so many emotions nowadays, are finally getting a facelift (literally) from Apple.

We are all familiar with these emojis; the thumbs-up, fist bump, princess and the dancing lady-in-red-dress. We unashamedly use them often (or at least I do) and we also know that they are all white/caucasian.

This is exactly where the problem for Apple and the emoji makers came in – the colour of the emojis’ skin, and understandably so.

The lack of racially diverse emojis has long since been a thorn in the side for Apple, with many people complaining about the lack of ‘coloured’ emojis. Apple has addressed the issue numerous times in the past and last year, made a promise that they will work together with Unicode to create, and then implement, new, racially diverse emojis – and now the company has finally made good on their promise.  (more…)

Watch a robot play the violin (video)

Published by on Feb 24th, 2015, No Comments


Computers and robots are proving that whatever humans can do, they can do better (or at least, they are trying). A retired engineer, Seth Goldstein, decided to relive his musical ambitions through technology.

He recently showed off Ro-Bow, a kinetic sculpture that uses robotic fingers (specifically, electromagnetic actuators) to play digital music files on a real violin.

Listen to the robot playing “Amazing Grace” below: (more…)

Pebble inadvertently teases its first colour smartwatch

Published by on Feb 24th, 2015, No Comments


We have heard a lot of hype from Pebble regarding a new smartwatch they will reveal today, February 25th. According to sources, it will be their first wearable with a colour screen. We aren’t expecting it to have an IPS or LCD, though, as they have noted that it will retain its stellar battery life. (more…)

This piggybacking robot feeds you tomatoes while you run (video)

Published by on Feb 24th, 2015, No Comments


Just a couple of weeks ago, we listed our picks of the weirdest ‘smart’ devices in the world. This week, we definitely have the world’s weirdest wearable.

A Japanese juice vendor, Kagome, has teamed up with the mechanical artists at Maywa Denki to build Petit-Tomatan, a piggybacking robot that feeds you tomatoes – giving you those all-important anti-oxidants while you’re running. (more…)

First official Samsung Galaxy S6 pics surface

Published by on Feb 24th, 2015, 1 Comment


Luckily we won’t have to wait long to find out what exactly Samsung have in store with the latest generation of its flagship device, the Galaxy S6 – it is only a week away. We won’t have to talk about the Galaxy S6 in terms of leaks and rumours anymore, and we can’t be more pleased.

Until then, however, we have what is referred to as the first ‘official’ pictures of the Galaxy S6, which has been released by Samsung’s US carrier partners. (more…)

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Review: Pint-sized power

Published by on Feb 23rd, 2015, 7 Comments


Over the last three to four years the only noticeable change in the smartphone market has been an increase in screen size. Sure, specs have advanced in leaps and bounds at the same time, but to the average user it isn’t completely evident – unless you buy a budget device.

In a world of ever growing screens, few have tried to make a proper flagship device in a smaller size. The only exceptions are the previous iPhone 5 models and last year’s Xperia Z1 Compact. The successor to the Z1 Compact is the Z3 Compact – Sony chose to align the naming with its bigger brother, the Xperia Z3, that launched at the same time.

Before we look at the device in more detail, check out some of the key specs and features of the Xperia Z3 Compact: (more…)