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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Top 10 Rumours about the iOS 10

Top 10 Rumours about the iOS 10

The dictionary definition of a rumour is ‘a currently circulating story or report of uncertain or doubtful truth.’ A rumour is unproven until it’s fact, but because we won’t know the facts until the official announcement of Apple’s iOS 10 we’ll have to sift through the rumours: analyzing the uncertainties and weighing the doubts to try and separate what’s just idle talk from what we...

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Keep it Clean – Cell Phone Hygiene

Keep it Clean – Cell Phone Hygiene

There are more germs on your cell phone than on a toilet seat in a public washroom. Yeah, we know: gross. For obvious reasons we often think of toilets as breeding grounds for germs, but we don’t usually think of our phones that way. A clinical study of 200 cell phones cited in the Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials showed that 94.5% of phones...

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Don’t Drain Away – Top 10 Ways to Increase Battery Life in Your Smartphone

Don’t Drain Away – Top 10 Ways to Increase Battery Life in Your Smartphone

Green. Yellow. Red. Dead. There goes your battery. Your smartphone just became a five hundred dollar paperweight. The more you use your phone, the more emails and texts you send, the more pictures you take, the more videos you watch or games you play, the quicker your battery drains, and you are left stranded in digital limbo until you can find a power socket or...

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Staying Connected – The Emergence of Wireless Charging Technology

Staying Connected – The Emergence of Wireless Charging Technology

Staying connected in the modern world is essential. Even in the case of wireless technology, where you’re not ‘physically’ connected, it’s essential to remain technically (both literally and figuratively) connected. (What do you mean? That previous statement isn’t confusing; it makes total sense!) Ok, here it is again: You no longer need to plug your smartphone in to the mains for it to charge the...

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Google Glass – A Failure of Epic Proportions

Google Glass – A Failure of Epic Proportions

We’ve all heard the expression ‘as dead as a Dodo’, but is Google’s much anticipated but eventual epic fail product Google Glass really dead, or is it just sleeping? Or is it like a favourite comic book character – dead for a while then resurrected again in a different guise a year or so later? Are the Google geniuses currently hard at work implementing improvements...

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The Return of the BlackBerry – the Priv Strikes Back

The Return of the BlackBerry – the Priv Strikes Back

7…8…9…Everyone waits to hear the bell declaring a knockout…But no, BlackBerry stands up! BlackBerry, once the darling, the heavy hitter, the…(well, you get the idea)…of the smartphone world has been firmly supplanted by the two heavy-weight contenders now constantly battling for the top spot – Apple and Android. But, like Rocky said, ‘it ain’t over till it’s over’. The Priv, the latest move in BlackBerry’s...

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