Snapchat puts the fun back in wearable tech

Snapchat Spectacles

We’ve seen it all before with the hype surrounding Google Glass, and its subsequent demise, but has Snapchat just come up with an alternative? Last week saw a sneak preview of Snapchat’s brand new wearable. For this purpose the mobile app company changed its name from Snapchat to Snap to accommodate their foray into hardware. Their very popular mobile app retains its name, Snapchat, while their new hardware is called Spectacles. With the glasses, much like within the Snapchat app, users can take pictures and … Continue reading

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Hit the road jack! Apple shows wired headphones the door

Apple Airpods wired headphones

Apple caused outrage amongst fans and tech lovers when it announced that their new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will not include the standard 3.5mm headphone jack we are all so accustomed to. They are not the first to do so; Motorola and Chinese smartphone brand, LeEco, have both taken this route before. However, for some reason Apple’s decision has provoked the ire of many. According to Apple, there are two important reasons why they took the leap. One, the jack takes up a … Continue reading

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Pokémon Go takes the world by storm

Pokemon Go mobile game

The 90s seem to be making a comeback with choker necklaces, mom jeans, yin yang symbols and overalls cropping up all over the place. And now a new Pokémon game has gone viral. What’s next, Tamagotchi? Oh wait, there’s already an app for that. Pokémon Go is free-to-play augmented reality* mobile game from Niantic, the same people who created Ingress. You can now capture, battle, train and trade virtual Pokémon who appear in real world locations. Players physically travel to places within their area to … 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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An insight into YouTube Red, a new subscription-based direction

YouTube Music and YouTube Red

Ever since YouTube’s first video was uploaded in 2005, the mammoth website has become dominant in the video-sharing sphere. In 2006 Google purchased YouTube for almost $2 billion and the site has been expanding wide and far. Currently, YouTube is trying to get in on the subscription service action (like Spotify and Netflix) and, make YouTube more exclusive and specialized. Here is everything you need to know about the new YouTube Red subscription service as well as its free counterpart, YouTube Music. YouTube Red On … Continue reading

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Everything you need to know about Apple Music

Apple Music Beats 1 iTunes

Apple Music has arrived! On 1 July Apple’s first music-streaming service was released, alongside the iOS 8.4 update made available to all Apple devices. Apple will now be competing will longstanding streaming services like Spotify, Pandora, Rdio, Google Play and Tidal. Membership to Apple Music costs $9.99 per month. There is also a family plan available, where multiple users can use the same account, costing $14.99 per month. There is a free trial period of three months available so that users can decide whether they … Continue reading

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How to increase the battery life of your iPhone or Android smartphone

Increase smartphone battery life

The longevity of smartphone batteries seems to be the one thing that manufacturers just can’t get right, no matter how advanced technology becomes. The battery of a new phone may be great for the first few weeks after you get it, but then it starts to decline. While we may accept the fact that smartphone batteries are just not meant to be awesome (yet), there are some tricks you can try to get more juice from your iPhone and Android smartphone batteries. For iPhone* Signal … Continue reading

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Gamify your life with apps

Gamification apps

Staying motivated every day can be a hard thing to do especially if you have a busy schedule. App developers have come to realize this and have been delving into the world of gamification to help us all get more things done and feel happy about doing so. What is gamification? Gamification applies the mechanics of games to real-life situations by rewarding you every time you complete a task. It is almost like putting your everyday tasks into a mission format and as soon as … Continue reading

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