Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Flagship choices: S7 or G5?

2016-05-11 LAST week I did a hands-on comparison between two of the best flagships available this year, the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and the LG G5 (I would’ve had the HTC 10 right next to me, but due to unforeseen circumstances, it will have to wait). The two...

Google News shines spotlight on local coverage

2016-05-11 GOOGLE began shining a spotlight on local reporting mixed in with the deluge of stories at its free online news aggregation website. “Local Source” tags were added to Google News to let people opt for reporting done by news agencies that may be...

DSLR cameras here to stay

2016-05-11 DESPITE their declining popularity, budget entry-level DSLRs are still being made today. It’s funny that they’re still around in a time when mirrorless cameras have become the immediate top choice for most consumers who are just diving into...

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Court order shuts down WhatsApp in Brazil, again

2016-05-04 IRATE Brazilians found themselves without the popular WhatsApp smartphone messaging application for the second time in six months last Monday, after a court blocked the service for 72 hours. A flurry of angry commentary immediately broke out...

The Rock’s clock app wants you to wrestle with goals

2016-05-04 DWAYNE “The Rock” Johnson has launched a motivational alarm clock app for Android and iOS. The Rock Clock features custom sounds and alarms – users can wake up to the noise of chainsaws, bells or even missives from the man himself. But there’s no...

Google testing new travel app

2016-05-04 TRIPS, reports the Dutch site Androidworld, is an app that organises all of the user’s travel information into bundles that can be accessed offline. Trips is described as a combination of Google Maps and Now, the company's intelligent personal...

Chrome crowned top Internet browser

2016-05-04 GOOGLE Chrome on Monday was crowned the top Internet browser, officially ending the long reign of Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE). NetMarketShare calculated the Chrome had 41.7 per cent of desktop browser share in April, narrowly topping the 41.4...

Bing app adds search by image

2016-05-04 BING for iOS will now let iPhone and iPad owners search for information by snapping a photo. A picture is worth a thousand words and seeing that even the best text-based search engines cut off after the 32nd word in a search command, Microsoft has...

New Sony ILC packs a punch

2016-05-04 IF THE RX series is any indication of how good Sony’s cameras are, then expectations for its interchangeable-lens cameras (ILC) should be quite high. The new Sony A6300, which packages a heavy line-up of excellent features in its tiny body, might...

Propeller connected inhaler helps manage asthma and reduce attacks

2016-05-04 PROPELLER is a smart inhaler system designed to help asthma sufferers better manage their condition by providing real-time health analytics. This new technology has been tested in a clinical trial on 495 patients suffering from chronic asthma. As...

A small, cheap desktop computer

2016-05-04 GETTING quick access to a computer nowadays is as easy as fishing out your smartphone from your pocket or purse. I remember my first computer was a towering beige box attached to a big CRT monitor, and I was tied to the desk if I wanted to get...

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Style and quality in the BeoPlay A2 speaker

2016-04-27 SOMETIMES portability and quality does not mix, however, that perception may change thanks to Bang & Olufsen (B&O) with its BeoPlay A2 portable Bluetooth speaker. Quality does not come cheap at just above the $500 mark but at first look,...

‘Game of Thrones’ season premiere breaks HBO apps

2016-04-27 THE Game of Thrones season 6 premiere was the busiest day yet for HBO's standalone streaming service HBO Now, according to new data from mobile app data intelligence startup Apptopia. In fact, HBO Now’s iOS app even surpassed Netflix's iOS app to...

Apple gives new Macbook a pink hue

2016-04-27 WHILST we take a break from smartphones this week, Apple has ‘quietly’ released its new MacBook a few days ago. That’s two devices now, that Apple has released without much hoo-ha; previously it was the iPhone SE. The 2016 MacBook is just a minor...

Movie streaming on Steam

2016-04-27 THE popular online gaming platform Steam has expanded its catalogue to include movies.This comes after Valve, the company behind Half-Life and Dota 2 struck up a partnership with entertainment company Lionsgate.Among the titles available under the...

Facebook developing camera app similar to Snapchat

2016-04-27 FACEBOOK Inc is developing a stand-alone camera app, similar to disappearing photo app Snapchat, to increase user engagement, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. The app, being developed by Facebook’s “friend-...

Three HD smartphone gimmicks you can live without

2016-04-27 WHENEVER we hear the word HD (high definition), our natural instinct is to assume that a particular content or feature is of very good quality. HDTVs are visually superior than standard TVs. A HD movie looks a lot clearer and sharper than low-...

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

HTC tries for the perfect 10

2016-04-20 THE first quarter of the year is a flagship galore. With releases from so many different manufacturers trying to get ahead early in the year, it’s almost hard to keep track. Taiwan’s HTC has been a quiet brand, launching some of its Virtual...

Huawei debuts Virtual Reality headset

2016-04-20 LEADING premium Chinese handset firm Huawei announced the Huawei VR last Friday. The headset comes in several sizes to accommodate the company’s most recent smartphone and phablets. What's more, unlike other basic phone-dependent headsets on the...

The resurgence of small phones

2016-04-20 STEP into a mobile phone store and you’ll see a lot of big smartphones with screens over five inches. Where did the smaller phones go? How did this happen? It all started way back in 2011 when Samsung introduced its first Galaxy Note, and at that...