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  • Torrent the internet with BitTorrent’s ‘Project Maelstrom’ browser

    With the recent upheaval net neutrality has caused and the most popular torrent host, The Pirate Bay, shutting down, it seems more people are gunning for an open, equal internet and content distribution. BitTorrent is one such company and is subsequently building its own way to that goal. Project Maelstrom is “a web browser that can power a new way for web content to be published, accessed and consumed,” the presser notes. Essentially, it works on the principles of the BitTorrent philosophy of distribution to create “an internet powered by people.” Don’t get me wrong. This browser won’t make it easier to...

  • Dacuda’s 3D camera app turns your phone into a 3D scanner

    Software developers and cellphone makers are rushing to bring holographic and 3D display technology to your smartphone. Already, several devices and prototypes exist that offer such features, albeit with limited functionality. So far, the undisputed 3D king is Nintendo’s 3DS handheld console that features stereoscopic cameras that take stunning 3D images and provide a 3D gaming experience unlike anything else currently on the market (virtual reality headsets like the Oculus Rift and Sony’s Project Morpheus are not yet available to consumers, and remain confined in the hands of developers) There is also the HTC EVO smartphone, whose two stereoscopic cameras take fairly decent 3D...

  • 8 essential apps every budding technology journalist needs

    Apple likes a tag-line or two, doesn’t it? Remember that “There’s an app for that” quip that instantly turned into a meme? We’re all for that line. In fact, we believe that you should be equipped with an app for every potential situation one should find oneself. And you know what? There is an app for every situation out there — from being lost in a big African city to snapping that perfect picture of a yellow daisy. The possibilities are endless. As journalists, we also have a habit of equipping ourselves with a plethora of apps, just in case. So we’ve...

  • 6 easy steps for turning that old-school PC into an arcade emulator

    To truly appreciate the gaming world of today, we need to experience the gaming world of yesterday. Titles of the past play an enormous role in the evolution of gaming and are honestly just as fun as anything we are playing today. PlayStation is currently working on an emulation system that will enable you to play PS1/2 games on the PS4. This alone shows you how much of a demand there still is to play old school titles. While PlayStation is busy working on this, you can take your own older PC and use it to emulate a plethora of...

  • 13 easy iTunes tips you ought to know

    iTunes is easy to get to grips with, but there are a few tips that new users may not be aware of. So we’ve compiled a list to get the most out of Apple’s shiny music, radio and video player. 1. Backup often Go to file > devices > Back Up. The option you should pick is “add items from last backup” instead of a full backup. 2. Make it mini To make iTunes smaller, click the minimise button next to the full screen icon 3. Hide the iTunes window Push command + H. This works throughout OS X, and will hide all windows in...

  • Tap the Coin review: simple pleasures

    Let’s just quickly get this out the way: if you hate Flappy Bird and the millions of clones just like it, you’ll despise Tap the Coin, a Flappy Bird homage. What you won’t hate is that for a game that took an hour to dream up and week to make, it holds up incredibly well. Tap the Coin was made by Thoopid, developers of SnailBoy, possibly the best-looking game to come out of Cape Town, South Africa. They’ve sacrificed graphics for gameplay this time, as Tap the Coin is simple, playable and exciting. Warning: it’s more addictive than frozen yoghurt. What...

  • Instant messaging shootout part II: Mxit, SnapChat, KiK and more

    Continuing our last instalment in which we pitted BBM, Line, Viber, WhatsApp, and WeChat against each other in a duel to the death, let’s instigate competition between the “best of the rest” instant messaging apps out there: the up-and-comers, the been-here-for-a-whiles, and the old kids on the block still trying to act hip and fresh. As we stated last time, despite the verdict presented here, ultimately a winner will be crowned based on the amount of subscribers it can attract. However, let us again take our friends, family, and loved ones out of the equation for the moment and launch...

  • WhatsApp for Android increases security, lets us pay for friends’ subscriptions

    WhatsApp for Android gains a global update today which adds a fair number of time saving and security features. New additions include changing the “last seen” status, which will be handy for those who want to keep their last chat timestamps private from others. Also, the ability to add a nice, chunky Video thumbnail certainly makes the chats look more accessible. Other notable features include setting the privacy for statues and the option to pay for a friends WhatsApp subscription. Are these new features indicative of the US$19-billion Facebook buyout? Nope, but every little bit helps. As for accessing the...

  • 5 Android/iOS games we can’t stop playing

    Addiction is a terrible thing. Except when it comes to games. We wholeheartedly support gaming and gear addiction, and these five games are still burning down our batteries. When will it ever end? Hopefully never. Flappy Bird (no longer available for download) Addictive is an understatement when it comes to Flappy Bird. You take control of a flying bird (more like a tennis ball with a face and wings), navigating it through the pixel-art retro world, taking caution not to hit the Mario-style pipes protruding from the top and bottom of the screen. It is a simple game to understand but...

  • You’ll love this: the plug, play and sniff bacon alarm app

    Tech can make our non-kosher dreams come true, by squirting a bacon scent from our iPhones and into our nostrils. Yes, it’s true. Watch this video which unashamedly gave us goosebumps. It’s a small piece of hardware that when attached to the bottom of an iPhone, puffs out a waft of bacon-flavoured scent when the accompanying iOS alarm clock app activates. Take it like this: what sound would you prefer in the morning? That horribly shrill alarm tone, or the sound of crackling bacon paired with the smell of the sweetest meat candy ever. We know what we would choose...

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