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All posts tagged "Android"

  • 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...

  • The next best Android tablet: Nexus 9 expected to arrive Q4 2014 says HTC (accidentally)

    Who’s keen for another Nexus tablet? Well, the Nexus 9 is coming, if this report from Focus Taiwan can be trusted. One of HTC’s presidents, Jack Tong, mentioned during a New York press event that the 8.9″ Nexus 9 is “HTC’s commitment” for reentering the luscious tablet game. HTC launched the first Nexus device (the One) back in 2010, with others following due to the tablets roaring success. The Nexus 9 though, is reportedly being launched 16 October and will arrive first in Taiwan sometime in Q4. A rather prominent Android developer also tweeted the launch date, adding further credence to...

  • Xiaomi Redmi 1S Review: the other best $100 smartphone

    The budget smartphone market is going really crazy in terms of competition. Every brand is trying to offer better specifications than their competitors at a lower price. Asus recently launched the complete range of dual-SIM Android smartphones — Zenfone 4 A400CG, Zenfone 4 A450CG, Zenfone 5 and Zenfone 6. Motorola had previously launched Moto G and Moto E. After launching the Xiaomi Mi 3 in India, the brand which is being termed as “Apple of China”, it then announced the Redmi 1S. Even though the Redmi 1S is yet to arrive in stores, I managed to secure a review...

  • netsurferDUAL 8 review: local pride

    South African gadgets aren’t great, or memorable. Can you name three, or even one smartphone/tablet developed in South Africa? No? Allow me to assist. The Netsurfer range of tablets are South African-developed and have been knocking about for years. They’re low-cost, aimed at the mass-market and are ideal entry-level Android machines for those who’re unfamiliar with technology because oddly enough, Netsurfer tablets come with thick, detailed instruction manuals that walk first-time users through every step of the Android setup. Yeah, most of us can knock out an Android setup without even thinking, but for the Luddite, desperate to learn the ways...

  • Android One incoming? Google India event penned for 15 September

    Google has much to say about Android One at I/O earlier this year, but not much was said after, until now. The Mountain View-based company has sent invites to an event taking place in India 15 September, rumoured to be the launch of its Android One platform. Back in June, Karbonn and Spice were two phone manufacturers signed up to the programme, which will benefit both manufacturers — keeping costs of smartphones down thanks to Google’s shared resources — and Google itself — the company seeks control of the enormous untapped budget smartphone market. We have seen a plethora of mobiles...

  • 7 extremely affordable Android smartphones for students

    If you’re still using a regular old “dumb” phone, it might be time to move into the future with a device that’s more up to date. As a student, you’re probably on a limited budget though – so here’s a list of smartphones to be on the lookout for, which can give you a nice set of features at an attractive price. ZTE Blade 3 The Blade 3 certainly has its flaws, but at a price of less than $100, the device is still unbeatable for those looking for a cheap and efficient solution. The first things you’ll notice are the...

  • OnePlus One vs. Xiaomi Mi 3: the budget flagship battle

    Chinese smartphone brands like Xiaomi and OnePlus are giving a hard time to well-known international brands like Samsung, LG and Sony by pushing out some really great smartphones at half the cost. We’ve managed to source two such smartphones: OnePlus One and Xiaomi Mi 3 for a detailed performance comparison. Both the devices come with a groundbreaking price tag. Let’s see which one is capable of providing you with the best performance. Design, appearance and build quality The One is a really large and heavy device but OnePlus made sure to make it as ergonomic as possible using a curved back and thin...

  • The human factor: Japan’s hyper-realistic androids breach the digital divide

    The idea of human-like robots have always been the stuff of tech legend. The theme of robots acting as humans and containing a consciousness, a concept that is still abstract to us and science, has been explored in the narratives of many books, movies and games (A.I. Artificial Intelligence, Bicentennial Man, I Robot, Terminator) and is no longer a subject of fiction, but now a concern of reality. Until now, attempts to create such androids have been rather disappointing. Yet now, in Japan, there are android news reader robots (via Inquirer) that have a scarily uncanny similarity to the human form and likeness....

  • Timberman game review: the game we never axed for, but seeded all along

    What goes up, must come down. This is the embodiment of any simple arcade game, especially Timberman (available now on iOS, Android), an “an oldschool arcade style casual game” with a lot more going for it than Flappy Bird — its spiritual predecessor — could ever muster. Here’s the premise: a team of time-travelling lumberjacks have reached Gaia, the immortal tree mother and have to chop at her as fast as possible, lest she grow too tall and cover the sun itself. With meteorite axes fused in the heart of the sun, each swipe of Gaia removes another chunk from her...

  • 5-TILES keyboard review: the Qwerty pretender

    Call me a Neanderthal, but I miss typing on a phone with a physical Qwerty keyboard. Nothing quite beats the tangible feedback a springing key with defined edges provides. BlackBerry’s now largely extinct Bold range had the best example but now, although touchscreen smartphones are more powerful than we could ever have anticipated then, typing anything of length on one is an unwanted chore. Enter the third party keyboard app that hopes to kill Qwerty for good — ETAOI Systems’s 5-TILES keyboard, available for Android and likely iOS too in the coming months. Novel and attractive design The self-proclaimed “keyboard designed for...