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  • 9 reasons why NFC will simplify your life

    By now we’ve all heard of NFC. What is NFC you say? Near field communication (NFC) is a set of standards for smartphones and other devices that allows the establishment of radio communication between devices simply by touching them together or bringing them into close proximity, usually no more than a few centimeters. It’s an important technology and there’s nine reasons why I am excited about the widespread adoption of NFC. Wireless File Transfer between devices This is probably the simplest form of NFC on the market right now, simply tap two devices together to share photos, contacts, music and whatever else you want. Much...

  • Samsung announces the life-proof Galaxy S4 Active

    Samsung today announced the Galaxy S4 Active, a 5-inch phone with “no fear” of the outdoor elements. JK Shin, Samsung CEO says, “Samsung has taken the innovative features of the GALAXY S4 and added breakthrough protective design elements to create a device that thrives in an active environment and is built for a lifestyle of travel and exploration.” While the S4 is no slouch in the hardware department, it isn’t as tough as this rugged smartphone. The new Galaxy S4 Active is IP67 certified so dust and means nothing to it. Just like with Sony’s Xperia Z, the S4 active...

  • Intel’s Windows 8, quad-care tablet is a surprise mobile powerhouse

    During its Computex keynote speech earlier this week, chipmaker Intel whipped out a quad-core tablet which sported a look very close to Microsoft’s love it or hate it-device, the Surface. The Intel tablet runs the quad-core Bay Trail CPU, a revamp of the Atom processors that have powered most mobile devices since 2009. While Bay Trail may be for mobile, Intel says that the new chipsets offer laptop CPU-like powers, reports CNET. These tablets are proof of concept only, so don’t expect to seem either one in the near future. Intel dropped this gem about the Bay Trail tablet during...

  • Analyst prices Xbox One at US$399, PS4 US$349

    What Sony and Microsoft didn’t or couldn’t deliver during their console launches were prices and Forbes now reports that a trusted securities analyst has cracked the pricing code: US$399 for Xbox One and US$349 for PS4. Michael Pachter is a Wedbush Securities analyst who’s predictions have been right on more than one occasion and according to the report, “The assumptions he makes are pretty basic”. It doesn’t stop it from being exciting though. Pachter noted to investors that the raw materials needed to build the PS4 would cost Sony US$275. Microsoft will spend US$325 on each Xbox One. He further points...

  • Western Digital slides in world’s thinnest 1TB hard drive

    Behold the “world’s thinnest 1TB hard drive.” At Computex this week, Western Digital (WD) has announced the shipping of the WD Blue HDD. This hard drive is a smashing 7mm slim is available in options anywhere between 320GB and 1TB. Using WD’s WhisperDrive technology, this 2.5-inch hard drive is said to be “the quietest on the market.” It features ShockGuard Technology which protects the drive mechanics and platter surfaces from shocks. StableTrack and is a design feature that will reduce vibration and improve the hard drive’s tracking. Other major hardware companies (as well as fans) also welcome this slim feature...

  • 5 free apps that will make your daily commute a pleasure

    So I walk to and from work, most days. That means a lot of time to muck around while on foot, whether it’s taking snaps of the city, trying to video tape something weird and wonderful, or seeing something new and making a note to research it later. These are things that I do while commuting, basically, it’s all about sharing. What I see, what I hear and sometimes just letting everyone know what I smell. So which three apps are the must haves for commuting through your city? Those are the few apps that make my commutes to and...

  • Sono Smartwatch has 1.73” E Ink display, costs US$179

    E Ink, a company that is very well-known for making the digital paper in our eBooks, is now suddenly interested in strapping a smartwatch to our wrists. Enter the US$179 Sono Smartwatch from Sonostar, with its 1.73-inch (320×240) gray e-paper display, Android and iPhone compatibility and a whole lot of charm. Just look at this precious gem. It’s freaking desirable. And adorable. Connected via bluetooth, the Sono Smartwatch has a delicately curved touchscreen which is apparently sunlight readable according to the official blurbs on Sonostar’s site. Here’s what the Sono can actually do: It’s an E Ink lifestyle  Sono’s watch is a little...

  • ASUS announces VivoPC: the small, silver, stylish home entertainment unit

    We just can’t get enough of ASUS‘ announcements at Computex 2013. The company curiously announced the VivoPC — a small and stylish home entertainment system. The VivoPC was announced alongside the touchpad/wireless mouse called the VivoMouse yesterday. While some of the inside specs remain behind curtains, ASUS emphasizes the small Windows 8 device will deliver “high quality sound.” VivoPC has SonicMaster audio and accelerated connectivity via 802.11ac Wi-Fi. Based on appearances, the VivoPC almost looks like a MAC Mini. Although it’s sleek metallic body makes it look a bit more aggressive. This mini square computer is only 56mm tall and, as...

  • Sony reveals Xperia M with 4” display and dual-core CPU

    Bear with us, because this is a breaking story (thank you, The Next Web). Sony’s released the Xperia M, a midrange smartphone which joins it’s delicious range of Xperia devices, which currently sits on the top of the smartphone and tablet game, thanks to the Xperia Z and Xperia Tablet Z. Both devices have captured our hearts, so what’s the Xperia M got to offer us? Power under the hood According to The Next Web’s report, the Xperia M will be priced well under the Xperia Z, will have a 4-inch FWVGA (that’s 854×480, between you and me), a 5-megapixel camera which will...

  • 7 apps your creepy stalker could be using right now

    Cyberstalking is an invasion of privacy, a terrible outlet for some desperate individuals and above of all, a crime. Those who use the internet to track and harass others are a cowardly lot, and because of rapid advances in location-based technologies, stalking innocent users online is a scarily easy affair. The most popular apps we use such as Google, Facebook, Twitter and many more can be used by others to follow you. Apps such as the ones listed below. Please note that we are in no way advocating stalking or will teach anyone how to hack into other users devices....

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