The past and future of the Oculus Rift

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The gaming headset called Oculus Rift has been the talk of the town since Facebook acquired Oculus VR, the virtual reality company that developed it. Facebook forked out $400 million in cash and 23.1 million shares of Facebook stock (totaling $2 billion) for the purchase of the company in March 2014. Even though there are many people (mostly software developers) who have been die-hard fans and followers of the Oculus Rift, some of us may not be aware of the garage-to-riches type story that is … Continue reading

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Smart is no longer just reserved for your phone

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So far in 2014 the spotlight has been shining brightly on home automation. From smart homes to smart fridges, the potential to automate just about anything is becoming a reality. Will automation become a part of daily life or is it still only a futuristic dream? Smart appliance manufacturers use wireless networking technologies (some are experimenting with RFID or radio frequency identification technology) and special languages (the first one was X10) to help devices share very specific information over these networks. Any device that works … Continue reading

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Preserve your tech gadgets for longer

Preserve your tech gadgets for longer

Technology is an important part of all of our lives so it is quite surprising how many people don’t know how to take care of their gadgets properly. So, we thought we’d educate you on some of the things you might not know you’re doing incorrectly and allow you to start doing them right from now on. Making a move Whether you are travelling from home to work or going overseas, your tech needs to be protected. This means always carrying your laptops, tablets and … Continue reading

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The potential of 3D printing

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Even though 3D printing has been around since the 1980s (the first working 3D printer was created in 1984 by Chuck Hall), it is only since the early 2010s that 3D printers have become commercially available. Three-dimensional printing became a talking point in 2013 when more and more machines seemed to be manufactured, it was in the news on a regular basis and more interesting uses were being found for the process. Another name for 3D printing is additive manufacturing. This alias is actually the … Continue reading

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CES sets the pace for technology in 2014

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The CES 2014 took place in Las Vegas, Nevada from the 7th to the 10th of January. It surely started the year off with a bang. The Consumer Electronics Show goes as far back as 1967. There was a point at which the show was held twice a year, once in the winter and once in the summer. Since 1998, however, it only occurs once a year and this year saw upwards of 150,000 attendees (the very first show saw “only” 17,500 attendees). Some people … Continue reading

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Drones…reality or not?

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Amazon gained a lot of publicity in 2013 through the announcement of Prime Air, a supposed drone delivery system that aims to bring customers packages within 30 minutes or less. There’s been a lot of commentators calling Prime Air “vapourware” and a “publicity stunt” with no chance of happening anytime soon. So, what is a drone exactly? Another word for a drone is an unmanned aerial vehicle (or UAV). It is best described as an aircraft that has no human pilot on board. Its flight … Continue reading

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The top tech news items of 2013

Top tech news items of 2013

As is tradition when any year draws to a close, people start making lists. The top 10 of this and the top 15 of that. There are primarily two reasons everyone does it each year – everyone likes lists (people’s brains just work that way) and it’s a good way to reminisce before the year officially ends. So we’re not going to shy away from it but embrace it with a list of our own – the top tech news items of 2013. 3D printing … Continue reading

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Bitcoin – what’s all the hype about?

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“Bitcoin” has been on many people’s lips in the past few months or so. Even if you don’t exactly know what it is, you have no doubt seen a rise in people mentioning it or articles about it on your favourite sites. Bitcoin’s newfound prominence may be because of controversial reasons but there are some who speculate that it is going to revolutionize the way the financial industry works. Bitcoin is a peer-to-peer (or person-to-person) system of digital currency that is independent of any government … Continue reading

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