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All posts tagged "Android"

  • Ware of the Week: Twilight for Android

    In our weekly series, Ware of the Week, we showcase our favourite organised lines of code from the world of mobile and desktop computing. In today’s edition, we look at an app that claims to give its user peaceful sleep and less blue Mondays -- Twilight. If you missed our previous Ware of the Week, catch it below. Read more: Ware of the Week: Powertime Screens are just everywhere nowadays, aren't they? From smartphones to tablets, to computers and televisions, we're exposed to a lot of artificial light for much of the day. As a result, experts claim that these screens...

  • 5 memorable BlackBerry devices from years gone by

    Before BlackBerry gave in to the giant that is Google and its Android operating system, it was a bit of a mobile device juggernaut. Seeing record profits and sales in 2009, the company (then known as Research in Motion, or RIM) was riding a wave of high numbers, notably with its highest recorded sales figures in a quarter, and revenues of in excess of US$3.4-billion in the third quarter of 2009 alone. Its business was booming, and it came very close to rivaling the iPhone in that regard. But since then, the company's been experiencing a bit of a decline. As...

  • BlackBerry PRIV is heading to South Africa next week

    BlackBerry has today announced that the BlackBerry PRIV -- it's first Android smartphone -- will be on sale in South Africa from next week, beginning 1 February. The handset will be available through Cell C, MTN, and Vodacom. While pricing is yet unconfirmed, Orange Store South Africa is currently selling the device for R14 218. BlackBerry has noted that the price is carrier-dependent. The BlackBerry PRIV will come with Android Lollipop, but also feature some of the company's security software, including DTEK application monitoring, a verified boot sector to prevent OS tampering and full support for BlackBerry's enterprise suite, including BES...

  • BlackBerry shelves its own OS, completely adopts Android instead

    It's been a tough few years for BlackBerry, a company whose wares were once the darlings of the South African and worldwide market. But times are changing, and so is BlackBerry it seems. In light of its new BlackBerry Priv Android smartphone, the company's CEO John Chen at CES 2016 revealed that all phones launched this year under the BlackBerry label will run Android, and not its in house developed BlackBerry OS. Speaking to CNET, he also noted that 2016 will be a definitive year for the future of the company's long standing smartphone project, largely thanks to its falling revenues...

  • CyanogenMod 13 first impressions: bringing Marshmallow to the masses

    Now that Android Marshmallow is out in the wild, Android enthusiasts everywhere, at least those without Nexus devices, will be waiting to see when it’s their turn to upgrade from Lollipop. Numerous manufacturers have already released their lists of which devices will see the upgrade as well as those that are scheduled to be left behind. This is normal and should come as no surprise, however, for those not wanting to wait, (for instance, me), Cyanogenmod has delivered. Named CyanogenMod 13, the custom OS had been updated to Android 6.0 Marshmallow and nightlies for a few devices, including my Moto G...

  • A Day in the Woods is getting festive with a Christmas update

    Local indie puzzle game, A Day in the Woods, is getting in the festive spirit with a Christmas themed update. The update is set to roll out on 25 December, just in time for Christmas. As with A Day in the Wood's previous Halloween update, all characters and stages will be receiving a makeover, such as the bears wearing reindeer antlers. Users will be able to switch between themes for A Day in the Woods, which means you aren't locked into the Christmas theme while you play. Read more: A Day In The Woods receiving Halloween update To celebrate the update, RetroEpic has announced...

  • Sony Xperia Z5 Compact review: bright-eyed but blinded by its legacy

    I imagine that it's difficult for any company to go beyond and create a product even better than its best. It's what Apple aims to do each and every time it launches a new iPhone, and it's what HTC has been struggling with since the launch of the HTC One M8. But another company that's seemingly swimming well beneath the radar is currently toiling with this very issue: Sony. Now, without a doubt, the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact was the best phone of 2014, and possibly the best Android phone ever made. I love it so much that I'll probably name...

  • BlackBerry finally releases Priv – its first Android phone

    BlackBerry has finally gone over to the dark side. In a bid to find some relevance in our smartphone world dominated by iOS, Android and Windows, the company has just released its first Android smartphone. While most of its features are on par with that of your latest Android smartphone sporting Lollipop, there are a couple of areas where the tech giant is hoping the Priv will really shine through. True to its legacy, the Priv comes with a slider QWERTY keyboard. Like the Passport, this physical keyboard is also capacitive and supports swipes for additional navigation options. Flexible to the...

  • Android Marshmallow update roundup: Huawei Honor range updating Feb 2016

    Google just loves confectionery and after the slow adoption rate of Android Lollipop, Google will hope that the softer Android Marshmallow will filter through devices more efficiently. Although many smartphones haven't even received Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, there's already talk from other manufacturers about their move to the latest, bleeding edge version of Android. So, with that said, when will your device receive its Android Marshmallow update? Marshmallow will be officially released in September, so we should expect some degree of chatter about it fairly soon. We'll be updating this piece regularly as more information per manufacturer is made available, so stay tuned...

  • 5 essential free apps for #FeesMustFall demonstrators

    It's not easy fighting for what you believe in, regardless of the end goal. It's hard enough rolling out of bed in the morning on the odd occasion, but to literally take a stand for rights that you're largely entitled to can only fill onlookers with admiration. But protesting has evolved since the prehistoric days of pitchforks and torches. It has become an interactive digital social experience, often using social media to propogate ideas and organise large groups of participants. This has been demonstrated this week by the #FeesMustFall protests. With that said, there are a number of essential apps and...