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  • Meet Gboard, Google’s keyboard for iPhone users

    Apple took a page out of Google's playbook when it announced support for third-party keyboards on iOS 8. This of course meant that fan-favourite keyboards Swiftkey, Swype and more were no longer the sole domain of Android. One notable omission has been Google's native keyboard, but the Mountain View company has now released a rather feature-filled app in the form of Gboard. The biggest feature is integrated Search functionality, which should make for a more streamlined approach, the company said in a blog post. Google said that until now, users had to leave the communications app and then open Google Search to find relevant...

  • 4 apps that’ll make face-swapping adventures even funnier

    The past few months have seen face-swapping applications explode in popularity, making for some entertaining (and freaky) moments. Which ones are worth downloading though? We picked several face-swap apps that are worth a look. Snapchat Okay, so it's not a dedicated face-swap app, but Snapchat's augmented reality effects include a face-swapping option in it. All you have to do is hold anywhere on the screen and then swipe to the face-swap mode - make sure a friend is right next to you, of course. Snapchat is free to download on Android and iOS. Face Swap Live This little app catapulted up the charts a few...

  • Ware of the Week: Twilight for Android

    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 claims to give its user peaceful sleep and less blue Mondays -- Twilight. If you missed our previous Ware of the Week, catch it below. Read more: Ware of the Week: Powertime Screens are just everywhere nowadays, aren't they? From smartphones to tablets, to computers and televisions, we're exposed to a lot of artificial light for much of the day. As a result, experts claim that these screens...

  • 5 Christmas mobile games to get you in the holly jolly spirit

    Like it or not, we're just over three weeks away from that annual holiday called Christmas, and that usually means busy overcrowded malls, felled conifers taking residence in your home, and lots of (fake) snow (if you're in South Africa). But if that's not your cup of eggnog, we know that these Christmas-themed games and apps will definitely make you feel a lot better. Gaming is, in many ways, the universal language of fun so lift your spirits at the end of a long year with these memorable downloads. Angry Birds Seasons Developer: Rovio Entertainment Size: 52-59MB Price: Free, with in-app purchases Download it for Android...

  • 5 essential productivity apps for your new iPhone 6S

    After waiting for a good while, you finally have your hands on a new iPhone 6S. While you probably bought it for its style, ease of use and photography prowess, it's also an office workhorse just waiting to help make that nine-to-five even shorter. In that case, perhaps your boss bought it for you, in that case we suggest that you give your boss a hug. Either way, chances are you're going to want to install some apps on it immediately, right? But what do you need? We have a look at a gaggle of apps that will not only make...

  • 6 travel apps to make your holiday journey a pleasure

    Travelling is many things: an incredible adventure, and an invaluable education, a journey into yourself, and so forth. But after having been shouted at by a taxi driver in Istanbul who apparently hated nothing more than being paid, I have realised that it's not relaxing. If anything, travelling is extremely stressful. Booking flights, finding accommodation, figuring out whether you are being charged honest prices or not, winning the fight with the taxi driver… Surely it doesn’t have to be this tricky all the time? Well now there are a plethora of travel apps designed to fill in this gap made by...

  • Ware of the Week: Powertime

    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 aims to make paying for electricity in South Africa a little easier -- Powertime. If you missed our previous Ware of the Week, catch it below. Read more: Ware of the Week: Colorfy Last time out, we took a little detour through the realms of a pseudo-game Colorfy, which we hailed as the perfect time wasting app for those lazy work days, but this week's ware is largely...

  • Iperius Backup Free for Windows review: save your system regularly

    If there's something that you just can't do enough of as a techie, it's backing up important data. More often than not, that hard drive that you've relied on for so long will decide to pack its bags and visit hard drive heaven just when you need it the most. Of course, while this sounds brilliant for the old fella, you're left panicking, especially if you didn't have another drive with all our valuable data lying in wait. While many OSes feature native backup programs, like Windows Backup or Mac OS X's Time Machine, usually these are fairly thin and lack...

  • 5 essential free apps for #FeesMustFall demonstrators

    It's not easy fighting for what you believe in, regardless of the end goal. It's hard enough rolling out of bed in the morning on the odd occasion, but to literally take a stand for rights that you're largely entitled to can only fill onlookers with admiration. But protesting has evolved since the prehistoric days of pitchforks and torches. It has become an interactive digital social experience, often using social media to propogate ideas and organise large groups of participants. This has been demonstrated this week by the #FeesMustFall protests. With that said, there are a number of essential apps and...

  • Ware of the Week: Colorfy

    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-slash-game that's good for kids and extremely creative (or bored adults) -- it's Colorfy's digital colouring book. If you missed our previous Ware of the Week, catch it below. Read more: Ware of the Week: Showmax Waiting: it sucks, but it's what life's built on. And if you don't like waiting around (and you're like me) chances are you're well used to throwing tantrums in public or loading your phone...