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  • WhatsApp iOS 7 preview shows off flat, clutter-free UI

    WhatsApp for iOS 7 is a mess. For everyone who's upgraded to iOS 7 and is stuck with the old look, you'll know what we mean. The design clashes with the polished proficiency of Apple's clean and merry OS - from the keyboard to the chat bubbles, the current WhatsApp on iOS 7 makes us forget that we have an iPhone 5S or 5C in our hands. Good news though, the updated WhatsApp for iOS 7 is coming soon, as soon as Black Friday, or 29 November. A German YouTube user managed to get his hands on the iOS...

  • 20 reasons why you’re going to miss Winamp

    Winamp, one of the world's first MP3 apps, will no longer be available for download as from 20 December 2013. There was no great fanfare, no popping of champagne corks and no press releases. Winamp just popped a banner on top its download section stating that the end is near. Despite Winamp falling out of favour because of streaming music apps such as Spotify, iTunes and Rdio, it'll always remain a firm favourite. Back in the late nineties and early 2000s, Winamp was one of the leanest, quickest and most hassle-free music players around. It also paved the way...

  • Official PS4 PlayStation app now available for iOS and Android

    Sony's PS4 launches two days from now -- 15 November in the States (13 December in South Africa) -- and we couldn't be more excited about it. As the first next-gen machine to hit the general public (we're not counting the Nintendo's Wii U as next-gen), Sony's not only released a slew of excellent day-one launch titles, but companion apps for Android and iOS to boot. Download the PS4 companion app for Android here And the iOS version from iTunes Think of the PlayStation app as a window into your gaming soul. As we all know by now, both the Xbox One...

  • ‘Smart’ review: a brilliant homescreen replacement for your ageing Android

    How many older Android phones (and we're talking about Froyo, Android 2.2 here) have what we would call a "handsome" start screen? Customising Android is an easy affair, but the dirge of apps that can takeover a homescreen are not of the highest quality. So is finding a functional start screen with custom apps and live feeds an impossibility?  Not so, says Celltick which has developed Start, a free homescreen replacement app that is as intuitive as it is soothing on the eyes. What it is I don't want anyone to be unfamiliar with what I'm about to review. A start screen or...

  • Read all about it: 3 of Android’s best newsreaders

    When it comes to news reading apps, there's more choice in the Play Store than I could ever need. I also have to admit that I'm not really that keen on trying out new apps, just because I've been in the Android ecosystem for so long, that I've got my favourites, and I stick to them. However, there is a new app that I've become very fond of, very quickly in the news reader space, and it's actually what inspired me to write this post. You see, I digest my news my own way, and I use a variety of...

  • BBM for Android and iOS review: robust chat made the BlackBerry way

    I waited a long time for this, and it's here, but was it worth the endless delays? BBM for Android and iOS is exactly the same as BBM on BlackBerry, minus some features. It's also apparently been downloaded over 10-million times since release. Is this app enough to keep BlackBerry in the public eye while it recoups from fiscal hell, or is it simply the final nail in the coffin for a company that, for most, died out long ago? Think of it like this: with the app, there's now less reason to own a BlackBerry. BBM (and free internet)...

  • Samsung Push Service app cures cancer, grants superpowers say reviewers

    Own a Samsung smartphone (Galaxy Note III, Galaxy S IV, Galaxy... something)? You're probably familiar with the Push Service App which is installed by default. What it does is notify you when a Samsung app (ChatON, Samsung Apps, AllsharePlay, Samsung Wallet) has a message or an update for it. It's not that difficult to figure out. It's also not that handy, unless you're nuts for Samsung-branded apps. So you can always uninstall it (hint: remove ChatON), but then you won't get notifications that notify you to update the notification app. This though, is exactly what the app does, according to...

  • 6 easy ways to move from Apple to Android

    Let's say you own an iPhone. A 3GS, a 5, a 4S or maybe you're even lucky enough to own the 5S. It doesn't matter. What does matter is that you're bored with your iPhone, and possibly even tired of being tied down to a phone that locks you into a certain way of behaving. It's not open, per se. Everything is on Apple's terms. The looks of the OS, the way you store your data, everything. So the time has come to move to Android. Well done to you. Android's a great choice for a number of reasons. First,...

  • Uber review: just about the best damn taxi service ever

    Traveling from South Africa to first world countries always opens my eyes to the vast chasm that exists between the way things are and how they should be. This is not an entirely negative sentiment mind you; I always find that basic things like food and accommodation are a lot more affordable here (and in most countries considered to be third world), as is entertainment and alcohol, which is a very good thing for all of us, first world residents included. One thing that always strikes me though is the public transport systems and infrastructure abroad versus home. There, the...

  • Flipcase turns the iPhone 5C into a game of Connect Four

    Here's a neat idea: take the iPhone 5C's dotty case and turn it into a game. That's exactly what Flipcase, a free game now available from the iTunes store does. Here's the case of the 5C: And here's what Flipcase does with it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=VTVoD-3MDr0 Flipcase says that it'll work with the 5 and 5S, but it's made for the holy case of the iPhone 5C which luckily fits over the other iPhone models. The game looks like quick, simple fun and bases itself off the "timeless" classic (depending on how much you like cheap, plastic board games), Connect Four. The case slips...