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Microsoft announces Windows Phone 8.1

Published by on Apr 3rd, 2014, 1 Comment

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Microsoft’s annual Build conference is underway and have wasted no time talking about some big announcements. The first major announcement is that of Windows Phone 8.1, of course.

With Windows Phone 8.1 will come a couple of new hardware partners, namely Micromax and Prestigio. They aren’t that well known to the most of us, but are already hard at work on some prototype devices that will launch soon.

There are some interesting new features of the mobile OS show off by Joe Belfoire, the first being the Action Centre. It behaves very much like notification centres we’ve seen on other operating systems and it was sorely needed in Microsoft’s offering. The lock screen is now also fully customisable for third-party alternatives. (more…)

Samsung’s connected home a reality with Smart Home

Published by on Apr 3rd, 2014, No Comments

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Samsung wants to automate your entire household with an array of appliances and services. It has launched its Smart Home service in Korea and the US, with launches in other territories coming soon.

You can now download an Android app that, in conjunction with Samsung’s cloud service, will give you control over certain Samsung smart appliances. (more…)

SwiftKey Flow Hard: Swipe typing on desktops? (video)

Published by on Apr 2nd, 2014, No Comments

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SwiftKey has long been one of our favourite and most useful apps. Then in 2013 they brought us SwiftKey Flow, which combined the predictive text capabilities of SwiftKey with swipe typing on their keyboard, which made one handed typing a breeze. Now they have touted SwiftKey Flow Hard as the next step.

The company’s co-founder Ben Medlock states that in order for them to move into the future, sometimes you have to look to the past. That’s exactly what they have done here, and have developed a way to use swipe typing on desktop and laptop keyboards.

Check out the video below: (more…)

Report: Apple to start manufacturing iPhone 6 screens in May

Published by on Apr 2nd, 2014, No Comments

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With the build up to the release of the new iPhone 6, more an more information is beng leaked about how far into production the phone actually is, and of course, when we can finally expect it to be launched.

Another tidbit of information joining the iPhone 6 build-up, is the reported production time for the phone’s screens. As we already know, the iPhone 6 will be available in two sizes; a 4.7-inch screen and a 5.5-inch screen.

According to reports by Reuters, suppliers are to start manufacturing the new iPhone screens next month, in May. Reuters claim that this information was obtained by supply chain stores who (obviously) requested to stay anonymous. (more…)

Samsung announces Galaxy Tab 4 line-up

Published by on Apr 2nd, 2014, 1 Comment

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The 2014 edition of Samsung’s tablet range have been announced and it’s nothing we haven’t seen before. With the Tab Pro line of products now being the company’s premium tablets, the Galaxy Tab 4 line was always going to be less impressive.

There are three new models, with 7, 8 and 10.1 inch displays. The all have low to mid-range specs and will be launched sometime during the second quarter this year. They will come in both white and black, so let’s take a quick look at them. (more…)

‘Search nearby’ comes back to Google Maps

Published by on Apr 2nd, 2014, No Comments

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Last month I tried to use the very handy ‘search nearby’ command in Google Maps just to find that it doesn’t work anymore. It turned out this was because of Google Maps being completely redesigned. Luckily, that great feature is now back and works in the new design of Maps. (more…)

App Store users, get ready for a price increase thanks to the new digital purchases law

Published by on Apr 1st, 2014, 2 Comments

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Apple and App Store users, unfortunately I have some bad news for you. As of today, prices in the South African App Store will be raised – and no, this is not an April Fool’s Day joke.

Today, Apple sent out an email to all developers explaining that the prices of cotent and apps in various App Stores will be raised as of April 1st.

A total of 5 countries are being affected by the new price increase. These countries include India, Indonesia, Australia, Turkey and the good ol’ RSA.

Apple hasn’t made it clear as to exactly how much the prices will increase to.  (more…)

HoverBall – a drone ball

Published by on Apr 1st, 2014, No Comments

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It was only a matter of time before the world’s current obsession – drones – made it’s way onto the sports field. And now, finally, it has, in the form of HoverBall; a ball with a tiny drone inside of it.

Why would you want a ball with a tiny drone attached inside of it, you ask? Well, why not?

The aim with HoverBall is that the ball, which is being used in a sports game, also has the ability to make up it’s own mind. In essence, the ball can hover and glide through the air and move around the players.  (more…)

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