Rumour Roundup: The Apple Watch 2

Rumour Roundup: The Apple Watch 2

Watch out for the Apple Watch 2, coming soon to a wrist on you. Set for release in Fall 2016, rumours are rampant as to the look, feel, and upgraded features of the Watch 2.0. And while the original Apple Watch might only be a year old, it looks like we’re going to have to get used to updating our smartwatches as regularly as our...

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Under Lockdown: Boosting Your Password Protection

Under Lockdown: Boosting Your Password Protection

Remembering and managing passwords is a necessary component of modern 21st Century living. And it’s not an easy task either. Emails, bank accounts, social media, shopping sites, news subscriptions – you name it, you’ve probably got a password for it. The average person has around 27 different logins. But do you have 27 individual passwords for those logins? Probably not. (We know we don’t!) Passwords are...

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The Sky-high Price Tag of the Solarin Smartphone

The Sky-high Price Tag of the Solarin Smartphone

Tom Hardy couldn’t say enough about it, but Leonardo Dicaprio didn’t say a word. What are we talking about? The recent event in London where Sirin Labs launched its Solarin smartphone, reputed to be the world’s most secure smartphone with military-grade encryption technology. Tom Hardy has one, and you can have one too for only $14,000. Say what?! Yes, did we forget to mention the...

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Smartphone Tips: Smarten Up with these Top 10 Security Hacks

Smartphone Tips: Smarten Up with these Top 10 Security Hacks

As Gandalf once said: ‘Is it secret? Is it safe?’ Ok, so he was talking about the ‘one ring to rule them all’, not Frodo’s mobile data. But you get the idea. In the Digital Age, at a time when we’re sharing more and more information about ourselves with more and more people – from personal information to buying preferences – we want to know...

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Top 10 Best Wearable Fitness Trackers

Top 10 Best Wearable Fitness Trackers

Our fitness is just another thing we like to keep track of these days. Fitness trackers can track your activity, exercise, and even your sleep, helping you set and achieve your fitness goals whether you’re inside, outside, or even in water. (On the couch too, probably, but wearing a fitness tracker on the couch is about as redundant as carrying an umbrella in the desert)....

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Can You See Me Now? The Microsoft HoloLens

Who needs reality when you can have virtual reality? Enter the HoloLens. Designed by Microsoft, the HoloLens has a Holographic Processing Unit (HPU) that enables the device to understand gestures and gazes while mapping the surrounding physical environment in real time. It utilises an Intel-based 32-bit architecture, see-through holographic lenses with an embedded optical projection system, various sensors, cameras for capturing HD video and images...

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Edging Ahead of the Competition: The Samsung S7 Edge

Edging Ahead of the Competition: The Samsung S7 Edge

On the cutting edge. An edge above the rest. Edging ahead of the competition. A…uh…OK, thought we had another one there… But wordplay aside, the Samsung S7 Edge is a fantastic product. It has received rave reviews for its best-in-the-biz camera, a battery of superhero stamina, waterproofing, excellent storage capacity, and a slick new design with more curves than Marilyn Monroe. Samsung has listened to their customers...

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At Your Command: The Latest in Speech Recognition Software

At Your Command: The Latest in Speech Recognition Software

Talk to me, Siri. The latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system can recognise you by your voice. Siri, Apple’s very own voice-box, can identify when you speak to ‘her’, filtering out other voices and background noise. And Siri isn’t the only one. As learning software improves, speech recognition systems have become more prominent in our everyday lives, from smartphones to call centres to international banking. But...

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A Matter of Privacy: Apple v. the FBI

A Matter of Privacy: Apple v. the FBI

‘FBI, open up! And by open up, we mean open up this encrypted iPhone for us!’ No one likes getting a visit from the Feds, but Apple got one recently. The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation wants Apple to unlock the encrypted iPhone data of Syed Rizwan Farook, one of the shooters who killed 14 people and seriously injured 22 on December 2nd of...

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Look Ma, No Hands! Google’s New Hands-Free Payment App

Look Ma, No Hands! Google’s New Hands-Free Payment App

Paying for stuff is so laborious! You have to take out your wallet, pick your payment card, slip it in the debit machine, click ok, select either chequing or saving, type in your pin, and wait ages – sometimes up to 7 seconds! – for the transaction to be approved. Even with a ‘tap-and-go’ transaction, you’ve still got to remove the card from your wallet...

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