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Opinion: the iPod is now history

Published by on Feb 15th, 2015, 2 Comments

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In the early noughties, the dashing playboy conglomerate Apple launched a revolutionary product. In totality, it was a fairly simple device; a white brick of musical power that brought the tones of divas and the raw power of guitars to the masses. It was called the iPod, and everyone had to have one.

There was a whiff of rebellion in the air; a new challenger to the then-bloodless gadget throne, and the supporters of this rebellion not only clamoured behind their rectangular champion, but adorned themselves with a distinctive mark: the timeless set of white earphones.

Plainly, the iPod has ever – and will never – hit that peak again. Like an older Rocky Balboa, the iPod is the device people love to root for but are quick to forget. Rocky’s son has since entered the ring – in the form of the iPhone – and standing toe-to-toe, the iPod is a dated piece of technology that lacks a purpose and direction in its twilight years.

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Apple’s next project involves wheels

Published by on Feb 14th, 2015, No Comments

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To the surprise of some and the chagrin on Android fans everywhere, Apple’s next project – if rumours are believed to be true – involves the production of a motor vehicle.

The news comes via a Financial Times reports that indicates that the Cupertino company is hiring automotive experts to assist in an ‘off-campus’ research lab.

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Uber India releases in-app panic button

Published by on Feb 13th, 2015, No Comments

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Uber always seems to be embroiled in some sort of controversy. Whether it’s illegal drivers or questionable investors – it seems that wherever Uber goes, controversy is sure to follow.

Last year, the multi-billion dollar taxi company found themselves in some serious hot water in India, when a woman accused an Uber driver of abducting and raping her. Now naturally, these are super serious allegations and one that should definitely not be taken lightly.

And clearly Uber didn’t. The company is now stepping up their security measures by introducing an in-app panic (or SOS) button that will alert local authorities when an emergency arises while you are on your Uber trip.  (more…)

Sony Xperia Z4 specs confirmed

Published by on Feb 13th, 2015, No Comments

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Sony’s hotly-anticipated Xperia Z4 – which is expected to release at the end of the first quarter of 2015 – has officially had its specifications revealed through Geekbench benchmarks; and the results look exciting.

Powered by a Snapdragon 810 processor, the Z4 will arrive in a 5.2″ chassis containing a mighty 4GB RAM, and an Adreno 430 GPU which will run a 2560 x 1440 display at a cool 565ppi. The Z4 will also carry a 20.7 megapixel primary snapper, with a 5 megapixel rear camera for rich, detailed and crisp selfies.

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Top 5: Valentine’s Apps to pretend that you care about Valentine’s Day

Published by on Feb 13th, 2015, No Comments

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Valentine’s Day is a day of celebrating love and what better way to make the day memorable that capturing those special moments. Or you realise that it’s just a capitalist scam that’ll force you to spend a bucket load of money in order to keep your other half happy.

Here are the best apps out there to do both mentioned above without breaking a sweat. (more…)

It’s a new dawn: Microsoft acquires Sunrise

Published by on Feb 12th, 2015, No Comments

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Seeking to re-assert itself as the kingpin of productivity, February 11th saw Microsoft officially confirm its acquisition of mobile calendering startup Sunrise.

The news was first broken by TechCrunch on February 4th, where it was rumoured that Microsoft had allegedly acquired the vendor behind one of the most popular calendering services on the mobile front. A week later, Microsoft has now publicly confirmed that it has spent over US$100 million to acquire Sunrise. (more…)

Samsung starts rolling out Lollipop to the Galaxy Note 4

Published by on Feb 12th, 2015, 1 Comment

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It has been some time coming, but Samsung have finally started rolling out Android 5.0 Lollipop to the Galaxy Note 4 worldwide. It first showed up in Poland this week and will slowly but surely be making its way to other regions over the next couple of weeks. (more…)

HTC One M9 leak-based renders show beautiful possibility

Published by on Feb 12th, 2015, No Comments

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There hasn’t been a day in the last couple of weeks we haven’t heard one rumour or another about the upcoming HTC One M9, expected to be launched on March 1st. Not many have come from credible sources or offered any real details, however.

Among all the click-bait headlines of supposed ‘leaks’, there were a couple from trusted sources that have been correct more often than not in the past. This makes us sit up and notice when they quote sources ‘familiar with the company’s plans’ or get news from ‘a tried and tested source’.

One independent designer has taken these trusted sources’ leaks and rumours into account and designed an HTC One M9 mock-up based on those possible features and design cues – and we have to say it looks stunning. (more…)

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