Apple TV: A Turn On or a Turn Off?

Apple TV: A Turn On or a Turn Off?

Apple TV first came out in 2007. On October 26, the 4th generation of the Apple TV was released. The hardware has stayed the same, but the software has been updated fourfold, so essentially we’re looking at a whole new product. And whereas the quality has increased the price has decreased. But is it worth it? We all watch TV, but should we switch to...

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Should You Care About AppleCare+ for Your iPhone?

Should You Care About AppleCare+ for Your iPhone?

Apple gives anyone buying a new phone with the stamp of the world’s most deliciously profitable digital fruit a 1-year hardware warranty and 90 days of complimentary phone-based tech support. If something goes wrong, Apple will pay for repairing or replacing your iPhone. But, let’s face it, most repairs or replacements need to happen after the expiration date, so what happens when you go beyond...

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Pinch Test – Extreme Smartphone Pinching Goes Viral

Through a sewer grate. Out of a window. Off a balcony, bridge, or cliff. Or even over the toilet. You can dangle it anywhere. Your smartphone, that is. A new internet challenge called ‘extreme smartphone pinching’ has gone viral, and the question is whether you have the courage (or recklessness) and the iron-fingered pinch to do it. The Harlem Shake was so 2013, and the Ice...

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Sink or Swim? How the iPhone 6s Stands up to Water Damage

Ever dropped your phone in the bath? Ever taken a swim and realised your phone was in your pocket? Remember that ‘oh, s***’ moment when you feared your favourite piece of communication device – your entire digital life! – had become waterlogged and unresponsive? Yeah, we’ve all been there. If we’re lucky we manage to quickly rip the phone from the water, dry it out,...

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Diagram showing how mushrooms are turned into a material for battery anodes.
Credit: Image courtesy of University of California - Riverside

Mushroom Powered Cell Phone?

When most of us hear the term “mushroom power” we get an image in our mind of something like this: Portabello mushrooms: on the grill; in a salad; powering your cell phone? Can portabella mushrooms stop cell phone batteries from degrading over time? Researchers think so. They have created a new type of lithium-ion battery anode using portabella mushrooms, which are inexpensive, environmentally friendly and...

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Google Maps or Apple Maps – Who Wins Out?

Google Maps or Apple Maps – Who Wins Out?

You have somewhere you need to be, and you want to get there fast. You’re stuck in traffic and want to find an alternate route. You’re in a different town and want to know where the nearest coffee shop, Italian restaurant, or taxidermist is. Or maybe you just want to do a cool 3D sweep of the city you’re in. Which map service do you...

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Back to School – Buy New Tech or (Fix Up) Your Old Wreck?

Back to School – Buy New Tech or (Fix Up) Your Old Wreck?

No one likes the end of summer. For many people, it’s the end of beach days, late nights and vacations, and gearing up to go back to work or school. But fret not, here’s a list of this fall’s new tech gear and gadgets releases to keep you feeling sunny all the way till Christmas. And, if after summer expenses you’re a little light on...

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The Evolution of the Cell Phone

The Evolution of the Cell Phone

Remember a time when texting was something new? We do. Kind of. Remember when having a cell phone was optional. We do. Barely. Remember when you didn’t see the point of having a cell phone? Neither do we. Calling, texting, taking pictures, email, social media, etc. Our cell phones are a vital component of our daily lives. But not too long ago owning a cell...

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A Run Around the Rumour Mill – The iPhone 6s

A Run Around the Rumour Mill – The iPhone 6s

The iPhone 6 hasn’t been on the market long, but Apple isn’t sitting still. The expected unveiling of the iPhone 6s is this Fall. Rumoured features for the 6s include: A9 processor; 2GB RAM; improved 13-megapixel camera; same design as the iPhone 6; Force Touch; improved Touch ID; and gold, rose gold, silver, and space grey colours to choose from. Is this just idle gossip...

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Top 5 Best New Apps for IOS and Android

Top 5 Best New Apps for IOS and Android

You may be asking yourself: What to buy in July? The sheer volume of apps can be mind-boggling. (Or, as Will Ferrell’s character says in Blades of Glory, mind-‘bottling’.) For me, checking out new apps is like being taken to the candy store for the first time. Which candies do I like? Should I try any new ones? Which candies do my friends like? What...

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