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  • Android Marshmallow hands on: smarter, shinier, more secure

    It’s that time of year again: upgrade season. You know, the time when iOS users around the world get the latest and greatest that Apple has to offer, while only a small percentage of Android users get to experience brand new Google products. I’m lucky enough to have a Nexus device, and for the past few days I’ve been using Android’s newest and most mature release yet: Android Marshmallow. I’m sure the various OEMs (pipping Motorola to be first again) will start rolling out their versions soon, but for now, it’s only available on Nexus devices. So what have I learned...

  • Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X and Android Marshmallow: what to expect at tomorrow’s Google event

    After the annual post IFA and Gamescom doldrums, we're entering the pre-holiday announcement rush, and the next two weeks are packed. With Microsoft launching products on 6 October, and LG hosting an event on Friday, Google will hold the San Franciscan spotlight on Tuesday with its Nexus event. But just what should we, can we and will we expect? We answer your most pertinent questions before the big announcements. "So it's not Google I/O. Does that mean we'll see new Nexus devices?" Almost certainly, and two at that. Google's turning to LG and Huawei this time to build the Nexus 5X and Nexus...

  • Ware of the Week: Opera Max

    In our weekly series, Ware of the Week, we showcase our favourite organised lines of code from the world of mobile and desktop computing. In today’s edition, we look at an app that's all about data saving and data management from the makers of Opera -- Opera Max. If you missed our previous Ware of the Week winner, catch it below. Read more: Ware of the Week: Prey Anti-Theft You've probably heard the name "Opera" used around the web now and again. The company, once known for its iconic web browser that served mobile and PCs so well is redefining itself...

  • Microsoft’s digital assistant Cortana is coming to your iPhone, Android

    Microsoft is on a mission to create the most device-friendly operating system to date. Native Windows 10 apps like Cortana, the Phone Companion App, and Xbox Music are all going to be available to download on iPhones and Android devices. In competition with Apple's Siri and Android's Google Now, Cortana is a digital assistant that helps you set reminders, do search queries, check flights or weather information on your smartphone. In a blog post announcement, Microsoft explains that all changes made in Cortana’s notebook will be reflected across all your devices. These changes include tasks like taking photos, creating playlists, and so...

  • Ware of the Week: Imagine Free for Instagram

    In our weekly series, Ware of the Week, we showcase our favourite organised lines of code from the world of mobile and desktop computing. In today’s edition, we profile a third party Instagram client that embraces Google's Material Design philisophy to heart -- Imagine Free. If you missed our previous Ware of the Week winner, catch it below. Read more: Ware of the Week: Meerkat Instagram is one of the top Android apps on the Google Play store, with over 500-million installations. It's also one of the fastest growing social media platforms in existence, and growing at a consistent rate as more...

  • Ware of the Week: Meerkat

    In our weekly series, Ware of the Week, we showcase our favourite organised lines of code from the world of mobile and desktop computing. In today’s edition, we profile an app that took SXSW by storm and challenged the likes of Twitter for the mobile streaming crown -- Meerkat. If you missed our previous Ware of the Week winner, catch it below. Read more: Ware of the Week: Button Savior Live mobile streaming has suddenly become a big potential business. With the current crop of flagship and mid-range smartphones boasting some incredible camera technology, there hasn't really been a better time...

  • Android Lollipop ‘Guest Mode’ coming to Samsung Galaxy S6

    Google's Lollipop 5.1 upgrade willbring with it Guest Mode notes an exclusive by SamMobile. The system was also fully demoed on the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, and looks quite the feature. It has come after a long wait though. The feature was, strangely enough, removed from Android after Jelly Bean, but will make a return after the next update to Lollipop is pushed. Guest Mode will essentially allow multiple users to log into a smartphone, akin to users of a Windows PC. Multiple user accounts, if you will, can be added to the device to turn a smartphone into a home...

  • Android Lollipop’s ‘on-body detection’ smartlock seems slightly useful

    While reducing bulk may be one of Android Lollipop's objectives, Google is adding features to the latest version of Android that's finally making it onto devices. The new on-body detection is a form of lock mode that allows the phone to sense its surroundings and react accordingly. Does it sound cool? Yes indeed. Is it any more useful than longer battery life? No. Essentially, the system uses the phone's built in accelerometer to detect whether or not the device is on your person or in your hand. While the device is moving (sensing subtle movements of your body), it will...

  • This smart coffee table runs both Windows 8 and Android

    We've seen some big tablets before -- like the Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon Table PC, which earned the tongue-twisting mantle of The Table Tablet, or Samsung's 40-incher, which was curiously dubbed the Surface 2 before Microsoft got into the tablet scene. The Duet beats them all. The Duet by Ideum is a smart coffee table that looks like something from CSI: Miami. Beyond that, the beast of a thing runs both Android and Windows 8. With a click (or tap) of a button, you can switch between the two operating systems depending on your taste -- work or play. Apart from messing about with cute two-player...

  • LG G3 wins the Android Lollipop update race, company claims

    The LG G3 has become one of the Korean brand's best handsets in a long while, with its 4K screen and ultra responsive hardware, but its about to get an extra dose of special. Although LG has been mum on Android Lollipop recently, the company has now announced that its lucky G3 patrons will be able to upgrade to the latest edition of Android before anyone else. Starting in Poland (we're not sure why, either), this week's eastern European rollout will "be followed by other key markets in the near future." Hopefully this includes South Africa too in the coming...