Why is everyone talking about bots?

Bots Facebook Messenger Clippy

“Bots” is a word you are likely to see in the news a lot this year. Facebook recently announced the release of a developer platform that allows people to create bots for their Messenger app in an attempt to unify online experiences even further. Microsoft, Telegram, Slack and other big companies have already embraced bots as an integral part of their services through the creation of their own online bot stores. To help keep you in the loop, we delve deeper into what bots are, … Continue reading

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VR, smart assistants and messaging – the Google I/O 2016 lowdown

Google I/O 2016

Google’s much-anticipated annual Innovation in the Open (or I/O) developer conference ran from 18 to 20 May 2016. There was certainly a lot of talk prior to the event about possible Google-related announcements, and a lot of information was squeezed into this three-day get-together. Here is the lowdown on the most vital parts of this year’s event: Allo, Google Assistant and Duo Allo is Google’s new messaging app, powered by artificial intelligence (AI), to rival other similar offerings like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and Telegram. It … Continue reading

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The soundtrack of your childhood: the music of video games

Music in video games collage

When soundtracks are mentioned, movies and television series are what usually come to mind. However, video games have evolved to include soundtracks that can easily match the subtle art of film scores. And they have an earworm quality to them that can transport you back to a moment in time just like any song on the radio can. Many of us have experienced the instant flood of memories that come from hearing the theme song or coin bling from the cult classic Super Mario Bros. … Continue reading

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The evolution of emojis

In 2015 the Oxford English Dictionary’s word of the year was not actually a word but rather an emoji. This “tears of joy” one to be specific: A few years ago it would have seemed absurd to give such an honour to a cartoon smiley face but the fact that emojis have become so phenomenally popular in such a short amount of time might have something to do with it. According to a study by SwiftKey (a predictive keyboard and typing app), people used emojis … Continue reading

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Tesla Motors: Shaping the future of electric cars

Tesla Model S electric car at a Supercharger charging station

If you’re a regular on the Internet, you will no doubt have seen the name “Tesla Motors” spring up all over the place. The hype was at its peak during March of this year when Tesla unveiled the prototype for their soon-to-be released Tesla Model 3. Let’s take a look at how Tesla Motors became the trend leader in the ever-expanding world of electric cars and beyond. Tesla Motors is a company dedicated to the continual evolvement of electric cars for use in the mass … Continue reading

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The best online April Fool’s pranks of 2016

You shouldn’t believe everything you read or see on the Internet and on April Fool’s all of us should be hyper-vigilant. I’m sure many of you, including myself, have excitedly read about something on April 1st without realizing the date and fell for the story hook, line and sinker. This year, of course, was no exception and there were many online pranks that had us thinking twice. Here are the top online April Fool’s pranks of 2016: Gmail drops the mic This year saw an … Continue reading

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The meanings behind well-known tech company names

Meaning of tech company names

Shakespeare famously mused, “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” With this he meant to say that names are useless things that do not alter the value of the thing itself. In modern times, however, it can be argued that a name is actually very powerful especially in the business world. When we hear certain names, we immediately associate it with a service, a product or a feeling. So, how did the tech company … Continue reading

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Apple’s special March event shows smaller can be better

Apple March 2016 Event iPhone SE Collage

Ever since Apple’s iconic 1984 event to announce the Macintosh computer, the tech company has become well-known for creating great hype around their product launches. Their March 2016 event may not have been as wild as prior years but the interest was still very much there – thanks to the many rumours and supposed leaks. Here’s what Apple showcased at their event on 21 March this year: iPhone SE Over the last few years the trend in smartphones has appeared to be that “bigger is … Continue reading

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10 quick tech life hacks

Life hacks are all the rage nowadays. They come with the promise to make your life easier and more productive. Sometimes these life hacks work super well and blow our minds. Other times they simply don’t work or they are too complex to do in a short amount of time which defeats the purpose of a hack. Here are 10 tech-related hacks that are quick to grasp, and can make life more productive or at the very least save you a few seconds:   To … Continue reading

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Top movie adaptations of popular video games

Movie adaptations of video games

In the 1990s video games became a staple of every person’s childhood and today they are more popular than ever amongst people from all generations. It was only a matter of time before video games would be immortalized in movies. Some adaptations have been better received than others and some have not always lived up to fans’ expectations. Here are some of the most well-known or successful movie adaptations of popular video games: Super Mario Bros. (1993) Plot When dinosaurs were obliterated by a meteorite … Continue reading

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