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  • Sony’s SmartBand life-logging wearable coming in March

    Sony is yet again showing off its latest piece of wearable tech, the SmartBand, at the MWC 2014. After the company gave us a nibble of information at CES in January, Sony's now marketing the SmartBand with its dedicated Lifelog app that's meant to be something more than your average fitness tracker. It's been announced that the SmartBand will start rolling out to over sixty countries in March together with Sony's Lifelog app. Apart from the usual fitness trackers that track your sleep, calorie intake, steps and so forth, the SmartBand is meant to do that and way more....

  • 8 phones with astonishingly good battery life

    Size matters. Or at least that is how it seems with the excess of massive mobile phones hitting the market in recent times. These devices have gigantic displays and power-hungry processors with most of their users frequently testing their limits. With the latest models feebly standing on the border of "mobile" phones, the question of battery life becomes quite significant. So let's take a look at the phones with the best balance between high quality, performance, and most importantly excellent battery life. LG Optimus G Pro The LG Optimus G Pro has a great balance between retail price and battery life....

  • Google’s Project Tango: the Android phone that maps your world in real-time

    Google's Project Tango is big, this big: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qe10ExwzCqk&feature=player_embedded Imagine a 3D world fully realised on your mobile phone, but not as you know it. Project Tango is the world around us, superimposed into our mobile phones. Now, the video makes it look like a game-changer and after looking at the facts, we're convinced that it will be. Project Tango's goal? To make our smartphones look and understand the physical environment. There are 200 development kits and Google aims to ship them all by March 14 2014. Currently, this takes the form of a prototype Android phone fitted with custom hardware that tracks...

  • Samsung Galaxy S5 rumours: fingerprint scanner ‘confirmed’

    The Galaxy S5 is an important phone. When it's revealed on 24 February in Barcelona at the Samsung Unpacked event, eyes will melt and global warming will reverse itself. Or, we'll be treated to a mild iteration of Samsung's most popular smartphone series. Fingerprint scanner "confirmed" Would a real-time fingerprint scanner which works with a quick swipe be of any interest to you? A fingerprint scanner, embedded into the Galaxy S5's home button has been "confirmed" by "all our insiders" says SamMobile. This also means that the S5 will still use a physical home button, and not an onscreen button (like...

  • Twitch server buckles under pressure as 100k gamers play ‘Pok√©mon’ together

    The popular game streaming channel, Twitch, has put the old-time classic Pokemon: Red and Blue into the hands of tens of thousands of participants across the vast net. It's been almost a week since the TwitchPlaysPokemon experiment launched that lets people vote on game inputs live. Recently peaking at a massive 100,000 users saw the Twitch servers even buckle under the enormous pressure. It's the purest form of organised chaos. Using the internet hive mind as a tool to play a simple, very much-loved game has seen Ash fight off a 29 level Fearow and venture past Celadon City. There...

  • 11 cheap and cheerful smartphones that run WhatsApp

    Facebook did it. It bought messaging app WhatsApp for US$19-billion. Doesn't it know that it costs US$1 on iTunes? But I digress. For those out there who want the WhatsApp experience but cannot afford a top-of-the-range phone, there are thousands of cheaper (mostly Android) devices to choose from which will run this popular messaging app. I've listed eleven below. All phones on this list are currently in stock on most popular ecommerce sites. 1. Samsung Galaxy Chat B5330 With 4GB storage, Android 4.0 and a 2MP camera, this QWERTY smartphone was made for chatting. 2. LG Nexus 5 Here's one of the best, least expensive and nippiest...

  • 11 gadget lifehacks you can’t do without

    Love gadgets, but hate it when complications arise? So do I, so does everyone. But that's what this article is for, to help you manage frustrations and to possibly make that special gadget in your life even happier. Boost a router's WiFi Antenna signal with a parabolic trough antenna   Boosting a routers WiFi signal is a fuss-free affair. By fitting a homemade antenna on top of the router's aerial, signal range is dramatically increased. This is my homemade one, but there's an excellent DIY recipe over at Instructables. It took ten minutes to construct, if that, and greatly boosted...

  • HTC’s genius plan to save itself: two new smartwatches and a musical bracelet

    HTC, like Nintendo and many other gadget makers are suffering continued financial losses in 2014. The smart move would be to hunker down, offer phones that people really want, and create services that make a difference in our lives. In HTC's case, it's chosen to go with the current trend and release three wearable devices: a bracelet that plays music, A Google Now-equipped smartwatch, and a Toq clone (a smartwatch designed by chipmakers Qualcomm). For those who can't tell, we think it's a bad idea. But hey, what do we know? We're only the ones who're going to be...

  • LG unveils the ‘G2 mini’ in single and dual-sim flavours

    LG's unveiled its latest flagship, the LG G2 mini. The smartphone features a 4.7" display, weighs a trim 121 grams and given its target market (it's a mid-range device), underwent some crucial hardware cutbacks. The G2 mini is available in single SIM, dual-SIM, 3G, and 4G LTE variants. The LTE version has a 13-megapixel rear camera, the 3G version a 8 MP, and both have 1.3 MP front cameras. Given that this model had to be shrunk from the original G2's 5.2" and 143g weight, LG had to compromise the new phone's hardware. The mini features a 4.7" IPS LCD...

  • Fin thumb ring brings gesture control to the palm of your hand

    Fin is a tiny device that you can wear on your thumb as a ring, which turns your hand into a numeric keypad and a gesture space. The product is the result of RHL Vision Technologies' successful IndieGogo campaign, which has managed to raise more than US$130,000 through crowdfunding thus far. Like Leap Motion, Fin is apparently able to recognise each segment of your fingers and palm. Using a third-party device's hotkeys (e.g a numeric keypad), you can use the wearable to carry out certain commands. Fin uses bluetooth to connect to a total of three different devices, including smartphones, smart TVs...