Life’s good when leading labels take an innovative approach to new products as opposed to following common trends. In the early days of mobile phone manufacturing (remember the good old Nokia 3310?) the leading mobile brands at the time were fighting to lead the market by producing devices that stood out from the rest of the cell-phone crowd. The likes of Nokia, Samsung, Siemens, Sony Ericsson and Sagem weren’t afraid to experiment with their handsets. Fast-forward to 2016, and these…

Blendoor: The new app that removes recruitment bias

Written on Wednesday, 18 May 2016 13:27
Stephanie Lamkin is the CEO of a company called Blendoor, a company which operates an app designed to help companies find the appropriate staff to hire, regardless of age, gender or ethnicity. Lamkin calls it a “merit-based matching app” as opposed to a diversity app. “Our branding is about just helping companies find the best talent period,” she says. Blendoor is similar to Tinder, matching employers and applicants by skill sets, interests, education level, and which position companies are recruiting…

Is the Apple Watch a luxury or a necessity?

Written on Monday, 16 May 2016 11:55
Apple’s fiscal year results ending September 26, 2015, provided an insight into the success of the Apple Watch, the latest trending tech-wearable to hit the market. Apple CEO Tim Cook did not share exactly how many Apple Watches were sold during that time, but buried in the company’s annual report filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, it’s noted that the Apple Watch accounted for over 100 percent of the annual growth of Apple’s net sales according to its “Other…
Samsung continues to progress with foremost technology breakthroughs, recently announcing a new planned venture into smart contact lenses. According to the Samsung-centric blog SamMobile, South Korea officially granted the leading smartphone maker a patent for contact lenses with a display that can project images directly into the user’s eye. Reports suggest that the contact lenses will be equipped with a built-in camera and sensors that could be controlled by blinking. Content gathered by the miniature camera would then send the…
Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC has said that its first-quarter revenue plunged by more than half, but that losses in its struggling business should end later this year as it banks on a new flagship product. Revenue from January to March was down 64 percent year-on-year to Tw$14.8 billion ($456 million), while net loss during the period was Tw$2.6 billion, the company released in a statement. The loss -- compared with profit of Tw$360 million a year earlier -- marked the…
Ride-sharing services Uber and Lyft are set to exit the Texas city of Austin after voters on Saturday said fingerprinting should be part of driver background checks, reports have said. The companies had poured $8.6 million into a campaign to keep fingerprinting, which can be expensive and time-consuming, out of driver checks. Results from the vote on Proposition One -- the most expensive campaign in city history -- showed 56 percent in favour of fingerprint checks, compared 44 percent against,…
For any outdoor adventure, having a reliable, sturdy, lightweight cell phone is essential. Also, it can’t be too expensive or else you’ll be worrying about it too much. Explorers need a device that can take a few accidental bumps, drops and splashes of water. You could choose to go with an iPhone, a premium device with crystal clear images and a shining reputation, but also fragile and ridiculously expensive. Or you could go for a more practical option, such as…

Brazil bans WhatsApp again for reasons unknown

Written on Wednesday, 04 May 2016 07:04
For a second time, a Brazilian judge banned the use of WhatsApp for 72 hours on May 2 – a move that sparked controversy throughout the vast country. The last time WhatsApp was banned Brazil was only five months ago in mid-December 2015. The shocking ban affected approximately 100 million people in the South American nation. The reason for the ban on the widespread messaging service is unknown due to legal secrecy in an ongoing court case. On December 15…

BlackBerry’s PRIV now runs on Android Marshmallow

Written on Monday, 02 May 2016 11:59
BlackBerry has released the Android 6.0 Marshmallow (M) mobile operating system for PRIV, the first-ever BlackBerry smartphone fully powered by Android. PRIV with Android M is coming soon to all major carriers offering the smartphone. Existing PRIV users will be able to upgrade to Android M by downloading the software update on their device. Android Marshmallow on PRIV brings users more ways to improve their mobile security by providing new opportunities to monitor and control privacy with its unique DTEK…
During Acer’s next@acer Global Press Conference in New York, the company announced the latest addition to its ultra-slim S series notebooks: the Acer Aspire S 13, a perfectly engineered thin and powerful Windows 10 notebook for design-conscious users. The angular, sleek chassis houses the best-valued laptops on the market today, packed with features for work and play. “Demonstrating the equilibrium between form and function, the Aspire S 13’s powerful components come together to strike a perfect balance in size, weight…

Apple reports its first Q1 iPhone sales drop since 2003

Written on Wednesday, 27 April 2016 08:50
Is this the beginning of the end of Apple Inc.? The Californian iPhone-maker recently released its first quarter earnings, which showed a decline in revenue – the first time in thirteen years – which ends a historically successful run for the world’s most valuable company. The slump which Apple faces reflects the challenges that CEO Tim Cook is up against. Since Cook took the CEO position from Steve Jobs in 2011, iPhone sales are now dropping, as well as the…

RoBoHoN: This smartphone-robot hybrid has it all

Written on Monday, 25 April 2016 11:53
Forget scary domineering robots of the sci-fi world, and embrace something pint-sized and innovative. Meet RoBoHoN, a small smartphone-robot hybrid companion manufactured by Japan-based Sharp Corporation that designs and manufactures electronic products. RoBoHoN specializes in communicating through conversation, and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor. It stays connected via 3G and LTE. The miniature robot was designed by Tomotaka Takahashi, the CEO of robot development company, RoboGarage. RoBoHoN fulfills Sharp consumer electronics’ vision to alter the way we…
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