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All posts tagged "Android"

  • Ware of the Week: Prey Anti-Theft

    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 profile a cross-platform app that's all about device security -- Prey. If you missed our previous Ware of the Week winner, catch it below. Read more: Ware of the Week: Imagine Free for Instagram There are some applications and programs I immediately install when I receive a device. Prey is definitely high up on that list. It's usually because I ask myself these two questions before I venture beyond any set of doors: "How...

  • These 50 apps let you track your life one bit at a time [infographic]

    Technology is slowly creeping its way into every part of our lives, through smartphones and the internet of things alike. While the latter is still a little way off from becoming a fixture in every household, the humble smartphone has infiltrated pretty much every dwelling in every continent on earth. With that said, there's plenty of opportunities to use the smartphone as a life log -- a device that's more than a mash-up of plastic, glass and silicon. In the infographic below, kindly provided by Vouchercloud, lists some 50 apps that can all play a part in tracking your life, whether...

  • Ware of the Week: Meerkat

    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 profile an app that took SXSW by storm and challenged the likes of Twitter for the mobile streaming crown -- Meerkat. If you missed our previous Ware of the Week winner, catch it below. Read more: Ware of the Week: Button Savior Live mobile streaming has suddenly become a big potential business. With the current crop of flagship and mid-range smartphones boasting some incredible camera technology, there hasn't really been a better time...

  • Microsoft’s Windows 10 will embrace reworked Android, iOS apps

    Prior to the announcement made at BUILD, long term Windows watcher Paul Thurrott suggested that Windows 10 could be coerced into running the likes of Android apps on its platform. This has now been confirmed at BUILD, but in addition, Microsoft has also announced that iOS apps will also run on the OS. It's a notion that's in stark contrast to previous Microsoft operating systems, but Nadella's new Windows will let its competitors play on its proving grounds. It's transforming into a developer-friendly platform. We've seen the company experimenting with Windows 10 running on Android devices from Xiaomi a few weeks...

  • Android Lollipop ‘Guest Mode’ coming to Samsung Galaxy S6

    Google's Lollipop 5.1 upgrade willbring with it Guest Mode notes an exclusive by SamMobile. The system was also fully demoed on the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, and looks quite the feature. It has come after a long wait though. The feature was, strangely enough, removed from Android after Jelly Bean, but will make a return after the next update to Lollipop is pushed. Guest Mode will essentially allow multiple users to log into a smartphone, akin to users of a Windows PC. Multiple user accounts, if you will, can be added to the device to turn a smartphone into a home...

  • Vodafone Smart 4 Turbo review: sweltering LTE, lacklustre UX

    The budget smartphone space is becoming a little universe on its own. A lot is going on in the space: competition, innovations, deals, and new releases almost on a weekly basis; pretty much everything that's happening with high-end smartphones. The budget smartphones might be without the lights and explosions of the high-enders, nevertheless, great things are happening. Cellular moguls MTN, Vodacom, retailing giants Edcon, and industry giants like Samsung, LG, and Microsoft have released low end smartphones in the past few months. The latest device on our table comes from Vodacom in the form of the (Vodacom) Vodafone Smart 4 Turbo,...

  • Ware of the Week: Yolify

    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 profile an evolved bucket list app that embraces YOLO like no other — Yolify. If you missed our previous Ware of the Week winner, catch it below. Read more: Ware of the Week: Vivaldi browser It's fairly easy to get stuck in a rut, even with that bucket list quietly sitting untouched in your dressing room cabinet. At some point, you'll have to address those ambitions and dreams and punch them in the...

  • 5 ways smartphone manufacturers can win the budget phone battle

    There has been massive growth in smartphone sales in the past few years. Ever since the introduction of iPhone, Android, and smartphone applications like Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp and Viber, even common people are experiencing a strong urge to use smartphones instead of feature phones. Granted, there are still a few number of feature phones being produced by the likes of Microsoft (the Nokia 215, above, is a good example), but smartphones are slowly becoming more affordable and more powerful lower down the economic spectrum. Due the popularity of smartphones among general consumers, efficiency in manufacturing required components, and a cut-throat competition...

  • Android Lollipop’s ‘on-body detection’ smartlock seems slightly useful

    While reducing bulk may be one of Android Lollipop's objectives, Google is adding features to the latest version of Android that's finally making it onto devices. The new on-body detection is a form of lock mode that allows the phone to sense its surroundings and react accordingly. Does it sound cool? Yes indeed. Is it any more useful than longer battery life? No. Essentially, the system uses the phone's built in accelerometer to detect whether or not the device is on your person or in your hand. While the device is moving (sensing subtle movements of your body), it will...

  • This smart coffee table runs both Windows 8 and Android

    We've seen some big tablets before -- like the Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon Table PC, which earned the tongue-twisting mantle of The Table Tablet, or Samsung's 40-incher, which was curiously dubbed the Surface 2 before Microsoft got into the tablet scene. The Duet beats them all. The Duet by Ideum is a smart coffee table that looks like something from CSI: Miami. Beyond that, the beast of a thing runs both Android and Windows 8. With a click (or tap) of a button, you can switch between the two operating systems depending on your taste -- work or play. Apart from messing about with cute two-player...