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  • 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...

  • 6 genre-defining titles from Irrational Games

    Earlier this week, Irrational Games head Ken Levine posted an open letter on his site, saying that he's winding down his company to concentrate on a more entrepreneurial endeavour with a smaller team. His new goal? "To make narrative-driven games for the core gamer that are highly replayable. To foster the most direct relationship with our fans possible, we will focus exclusively on content delivered digitally." That sounds dreamy, and the legacy Irrational Games left behind is near flawless. These are the six games which defined the company, titles which broke down barriers and forged new roles for games which...

  • Motorola Moto G review: high on performance, low on price

    When Puneet Soni (VP, Product Management at Motorola Mobility) revealed the Moto G to a bunch of geeky reporters, he constantly asserted that flagship features on a smartphone doesn’t need a flagship price. With Google guiding the path, Motorola has learnt a lot. Motorola is trying to move away from the specifications race and trying to do what Apple does the best, binding hardware and software beautifully. Motorola has proven that an entry-level Android smartphone doesn't need to skimp on features, quality or usability. The Moto G, comes with great ergonomics, the latest software and long battery life. Moreover,...

  • Nintendo wants raids, arrests and IP blocking for its ‘rampant piracy’ issues

    Nintendo's recent financial tumbles, such as US$15-million in losses during Q3 2013, aren't being helped by piracy, which the 100-year old company says is both "extremely challenging" for them as it incurs "huge losses" in profit. To this end, Nintendo plans to block and convict pirates sharing its legendary game like Super Mario, Metroid and The Legend of Zelda. According to Torrentfreak, copyright holders (in this case, Nintendo) are allowed to submit a list of anti-piracy issues to the US Trade Representatives and outline the steps it wishes to take against the offenders. In Nintendo's case, it's to track...

  • Meet the Elife S5.5, ‘world’s thinnest smartphone’

    No, it's not the iPhone 6 or a new Samsung Galaxy something. Chinese manufacturer Gionee claims that its Elife S5.5 is the world's slimmest smartphone. The 5-incher is 5.5mm thin which means it beats its competition, namely the Vivo X3, which is just 5.75mm slim. Exact hardware details are few but they look rather impressive for a phone that's almost half a centimeter thick. To give you an idea, that's as thin as three credit cards stacked together. Arguably two of the world's most popular high-end smartphones, the Galaxy S4 (7.9mm) and the iPhone 5 (7.6mm) now seem chubby compared...

  • T-Mobile stabs BlackBerry in the back with iPhone 5s trade in offer

    Use your rusty old BlackBerry as down payment for a shiny new powerful iPhone 5s. That's what the US telecom giant T-Mobile was hoping its customers would do. This, turned out to be a big mistake. Instead, it opened up a whole can of furious BlackBerry diehards and a truly "outraged" BlackBerry CEO. While T-Mobile might have stepped on BlackBerry's toes, it did show how loyal its fans are. The controversial T-Mobile offer urges customers to "switch to iPhone 5s" to "get powerful communications and productivity apps -- with the ease that Apple is known for." Customers in turn...