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  • 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...

  • 10 iOS games that got us hooked in 2014

    Although for the most part I have long moved over to Android, I do still keep an iOS device handy almost exclusively for the purpose of playing games. Impractical perhaps, but there are so many games exclusive to that platform that I would be kicking myself if I missed out on any of them. There were some pretty awesome ones released in the last year (some of these are cross platform) and you need to download them now or run the risk of being, well... just lame. I'm aware that some of these were technically released in 2013, but since they were...

  • 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...

  • iOS 8 review: incremental iDevice improvements

    Apple announced iOS 8 during WWDC 2014 and was released to the public two days ahead of the iPhone 6 launch. One thing that you must know is that iOS 8 doesn't bring any drastic changes that we've come to know from iOS 7, which brought a complete new UI design. The design of the latest update is largely based on iOS 7’s new flat and colourful design theme. iOS 8 is more about adding subtle changes and refinements to existing features but the most interesting bit about iOS 8 is that Apple is finally opening up to third-party...

  • Apple gets a taste of third-party keyboards with SwiftKey for iOS

    Now that Apple has finally opened its iOS platform to third-party keyboard developers, the eager bunch at SwiftKey are grinning from ear to ear. Although it's not completely understood how many iOS users -- stuck in their Apple keyboard ways -- will actually use the app, SwiftKey has unveiled it's plans for its iOS 8 keyboard that includes cloud prediction services and full swipe-to-type support. SwiftKey has been one of the most downloaded apps on the Google Play Store for a good while. It's not the only third-party keyboard out there though. 5-TILES keyboard and Swype are just two vying...

  • Apple’s next iPhone: before the launch, everything you need to know

    A few months ago, we all wondered what exactly the iPhone 6 would embody, what specifications it would boast, and what new groundbreaking ideas it would bring to life. So the questions floating around the internet for the past few months have been to the tune of this: What could Apple possibly do to improve the iPhone 5s? How could a brand that relied so much on the vision of Steve Jobs build another successful device without him? And, would the iPhone 6 be an evolution or revolution? Well, we're about to find out. With just over a day before the biggest...

  • 8 ways iOS 8 stole from WhatsApp, Android and everyone else

    I watched Apple's WWDC 2014 keynote presentation last night without expecting much innovation, but Tim Cook's company delivered unexpected surprises like a brand-new "more powerful than Objective C" coding language named Swift. Apple also announced OS X 10.10 and iOS 8, two operating systems that are trying their best to become inseparable. What I disliked were the updates to iOS 8 which were quite blatantly cribbed from other apps. Get ready, it's time to take a bite out of Apple. Photos  New to Photos is deeper iCloud integration. Make an edit on iPad, and it appears on the connected iPhone, plus...

  • Google Glass update adds SMS support for iOS, Glassware Calendar for all

    Good news Apple and Glass fans -- Google has announced that iOS users will soon be able to receive text messages from their friends using Google Glass. After last week's Google Glass Explorer program saw a one day only Glass sale in the US, the company has presumably received a voluminous amount of useful feedback from the lucky few. Intelligently bowing to consumer advice and demand, the text messaging feature already available on Android will now be included on iOS devices as well. A post over on Google's official Glass blog explains: "iOS fans, by popular demand you can now get...

  • New report finds Android apps more stable than iOS, Galaxy S4 most reliable

    Are you looking for a stable experience on your smart devices? According to a new report by performance monitoring company Crittercism, Android is said to have less reported app crashes than iOS. To further rub some salt in the wounds of Apple fans, the Samsung Galaxy S4 is said to be the most stable device out there. Based on the research company's 1-billion active participants, the report notes that while Android apps crashed an average of 1.7% of the time on Gingerbread, Google's mobile OS beats iOS overall. Newer Android versions: Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean and KitKat, were...

  • 5 Android/iOS games we can’t stop playing

    Addiction is a terrible thing. Except when it comes to games. We wholeheartedly support gaming and gear addiction, and these five games are still burning down our batteries. When will it ever end? Hopefully never. Flappy Bird (no longer available for download) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmnpxUMMfu0 Addictive is an understatement when it comes to Flappy Bird. You take control of a flying bird (more like a tennis ball with a face and wings), navigating it through the pixel-art retro world, taking caution not to hit the Mario-style pipes protruding from the top and bottom of the screen. It is a simple game to understand but...