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  • Android Wear updates finally make using apps as simple as checking the time

    Google has rolled out a bunch of features to make your Android smartwatch a bit more hands-off, with a whole new range of gestures and touch shortcuts. In what seems to be the first major update to Android Wear since it was unleashed onto people’s wrists about a year ago, Google’s focusing more on what it dubs being “fashionable” as well as “functionable”. Android Wear watches have always had an always-on-screen — that battery munching feature that doubles up as a safety light for nighttime cyclists. With this new update, you can extend this feature to your apps so they can stay...

  • April Fools’ 2015: the best stories from the date we hate

    April Fools’ Day is upon us and need I say more? Although media houses (we’ll turn a blushing cheek here) love to publish hoaxes for the sake of good fun and spikes in traffic, there are a lot of hilarious pieces published by brands and companies themselves during this period. Often, these companies have the sense of humour to poke fun at themselves, even if that is what journalists do to them in the other 364 days of the year. So, to celebrate the day where lying, cheating and being an all-round bad journalist is written in the global constitution, we’ve...

  • 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...

  • Microsoft’s Einstein-boosted Cortana coming to Android and iOS too

    This genuinely brings a smile to my face, especially considering Apple‘s staunch closed ecosystem mentality and Android‘s Google Now dependency. Microsoft has announced that its Bing-powered personal digital assistant Cortana is flying the Microsoft coup, and coming to Android and iOS in the near future. In a Reuters exclusive, “people familiar with the matter” noted that Cortana will be rolled out to mobile devices running Apple’s and Google’s prized operating systems. But this doesn’t quite stop there. Microsoft is also working on a more “advanced” version of Cortana to rival Apple’s Siri, dubbed the Einstein Project. The MD of the company’s research division...

  • Google Chromebook Pixel updates with two USB Type-C ports, beefy Intel chipsets

    We all knew the new Google Chomebook Pixel was coming this year, but we didn’t quite know what Google was preparing in terms of hardware, exterior panache and price. Now, the company has finally outed the Pixel, which will be the flagship Chromebook of the fleet. At first glance with the Chromebook’s face shut, it’s clear that there’s a touch of Google in the mix. The strip that runs along the top centre of the screen lid screens ChromeOS, with its now-customary multi-colour scheme. The unit itself is a gun-metal silver, very similar to what you’d find on a new...

  • 10 crazily ambitious Google projects that will change the world

    If you didn’t realize that Google is attempting to transform the world into a more habitable place from the ground up, then this list will let you in on the secret. Google CEO Larry Page often suggests that companies aren’t evil. Some are accomplishing great things, and Google is an example of what can be done when money isn’t an issue. Here are the top ten crazily ambitious Google projects that will change the world, and soon: 1. Nanoparticle Cancer Detection Google X Labs would like to create a pill stuffed with a nanoparticle payload capable of detecting cancer and other diseases. The nanoparticles would use a magnetic...

  • MWC 2015 preview: curves, edges and emerging OSes

    It’s Mobile World Congress time again in the sunny but chilly Spanish city of Barcelona. But stop right now if you think football will be the topic on everyone’s lips. Mobile phones, tablets and wearables will be the stars of a conference that usually sees some enormous launches from the likes of LG, Samsung and Huawei. But what are we in for this year? If you’ve been following our Samsung Galaxy S6 rumour roundup as religiously as you should’ve, you would know that the Korean company is due to launch its flagship to the world on 1 March. Preceding it by a...

  • Google Project Ara Spiral 2 will pilot in Puerto Rico this year

    Ah, the modular phone… Once ran by under the guidance of Motorola before the company got bought out by Google, the Lego-like smartphone project certainly knows how to turn some heads. And after being conceptualised and designed, it’s finally been unveiled in physical form. Inspired by the Phoneblok which is a concept first spearheaded by enthusiast Dave Hakkens two years ago, Hakkens ran a rather successful Thunderclap campaign online in 2013, raising awareness for the production of a mobile device with detachable hardware specifications. As crazy as this idea sounded, fast forward two years to the present and we see Google...

  • Google’s Project Ara outs new Nvidia Tegra K1, Marvell quad-core modules

    Google’s latest venture into the Mariana Trench of the technology world is its Project Ara, it’s rather ingenious modular smartphone concept. Although it’s no Google Glass (a failure), it certainly needs a bit of a marketing kick to entice the masses to stop and take notice. The latest news outed by the company might just be the kick it needs. The latest modules supported by the smartphone comes courtesy of chip manufacturers Nvidia and Marvell: the Tegra K1 CPU and the 64-bit Marvell quad-core PXA1928 CPU. In other words, loads of horsepower. Outed on a Google+ post over the weekend written by...

  • Intel, Google will join forces to craft next version of Google Glass

    According to reports from the Wall Street Journal, Google might dump Texas Instruments in favour of Intel horsepower in the next iteration of Google Glass. Currently, the American chip manufacturer provides the thrust behind Google Glass, but the internet giant may turn its back on America in search of Taiwanese silicon, suggest people familiar with the matter. Intel does have considerable experience in producing lightweight, energy efficient CPUs, but primarily for larger devices. The move should come as no surprise though, especially since Intel has been vying for a larger mobile device market share. Of course, that hasn’t gone particularly swimmingly of...

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