Archive for August, 2013

New Nexus 7 Now on Sale in UK

Friday, August 30th, 2013

Google really started something when it launched its affordable Nexus 7 tablet, and now it’s continuing something as the latest version of the device has gone on sale in the UK. Launched a month ago in the US it is available now and though it costs a bit more than its predecessor the tweaks that Google has made means it’s worth the extra dough. (more…)

Nomophobia – Half UK Fears Mobile Phoneless Life

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Just like TV and computers mobile phones have swiftly become a part of most of our lives that we’d be hard pressed to do without. At least that’s according to a recent poll which indicates that 54% of UK residents fear detachment from their mobile phones. The fear even has a name – nomophobia. Now that doesn’t come from some fancy Latin word, it’s just “no mobile phobia” squeezed together. It’s a good coinage and one that’s surprisingly five years old. (more…)

Google Rumoured to be Designing Own Robot Car

Monday, August 26th, 2013

It’s no secret that Google has been working on technology that could make human hands on steering wheels a thing of the past. Up until now its fleet of self-driving robot cars has been a collection of specially adapted Toyota Priuses. However, a recent rumour from Wall Street Journalist Amir Efrati and his anonymous sources indicates that Google may be designing its own-branded vehicles. (more…)

Facebook Head Honcho gets Hacked

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

Facebook accounts getting hacked and hijacked isn’t that uncommon, at least among folks who use obvious passwords, but it’s become clear this week that it can even happen to Facebook’s creator Mark Zuckerberg. One ignored Palestinian IT worker discovered a bug in Facebook’s system that allowed him to access another person’s timeline, but when he tried to contact the social networking site about the matter they didn’t take it seriously. (more…)

Samsung Gears up for September Smartwatch Launch

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Apple might be rumoured to reveal a new iPhone next month but it sounds like Samsung has something up its sleeve as well, up its sleeve an on its wrist. The Samsung smartwatch, now known as the Galaxy Gear, has been rumoured for months but if the latest leak is correct then it’s going to land in September. (more…)

Ubuntu Edge Smashes Crowdfunding Record, Still Needs More

Monday, August 19th, 2013

When Canonical launched the Indiegogo campaign for its Ubuntu Edge smartphone it set itself a lofty target of raising the $32,000,000 that is required to fund a single production run of 40,000 units. With less than 70 hours to go (at the time of writing) it’s still quite a way short of its target, about $19m short. However that doesn’t mean it hasn’t been successful in one sense, it has already broken the record for the most money ever pledged to a crowd-funded project. (more…)

Sept 10 Rumoured for iPhone 5S Reveal

Friday, August 16th, 2013

Apple rumour-mongers have been out in full force this week and the biggest news to come from their direction is the date when the iPhone 5S should be launched. Although it has yet to be confirmed by an official from Apple trusted sources think that September 10 is the day for fans to mark on their calendars. (more…)

eBay Home to First Firefox OS Smartphone in UK

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

Already available in Spain and parts of South America it looks like it won’t be too long before ZTE’s Firefox OS phone, the Open, is available in the UK. It has been announced by ZTE this week that it’s going to be selling the affordable handset exclusively on eBay in both the UK and the US. (more…)

Big Brother’s Bins Now Track Smartphones

Monday, August 12th, 2013

There’s no shortage of privacy concerns these days when it comes to digital devices and now it has been revealed that Londoners have bins to fear as well. Marketing firm Renew has sneakily deployed 12 recycling bins in the UK’s capital which can track the MAC address of any passing Wi-Fi enabled smartphone. This allows Renew to collect a megaton of data which can be used to determine the shopping habits of the people the MAC addresses belong to. (more…)

Ikea Impresses with Augmented Reality Catalogue

Friday, August 9th, 2013

Ikea may be the place of furniture-fuelled nightmares but you can’t fault the company for its innovative use of augmented reality. It recently released its 2014 catalogue with the option to download an accompanying app, an app which allows potential funky-named furniture buyers to see a virtual version of what they want to buy inside their house before they make the arduous trip to the Ikea store. (more…)