Category Archives: Gadgets

  • WhatsApp ditches Apple’s emoji to unveil its own unnecessary alternative

    WhatsApp will no longer rely on Apple for its emoji: The Facebook-owned company has introduced its own set of emoticons – that nobody asked for. The new designs are currently available in the latest beta version of the app for Android, according to Emojipedia which first spotted the change. Up until now, the popular messenger used the Apple emoji set on […]

  • Stop your bad habits with this shock-inducing wristband (yes, really)

    So, we’ve never met, but we’ll still go out on a limb and guess that you’ve probably got a bad habit or two. Something you do a bit too often, and wish you could quit. (Uncanny, right?) Well, now that we’ve established that, there’s a new habit-breaking gadget that you might want to consider: the Pavlok […]

  • Big iPhone 8 reveal: How the virtual home button will probably work

    How could an iPhone work without a home button? We now have some idea. Apple is widely suspected to unveil three new iPhones at a September event: the iPhone 7S, iPhone 7S Plus, and the highly anticipated iPhone 8. All rumors point to the latter being a radical redesign of the device—one that includes and edge-to-edge […]

  • Autoplay videos are coming to ruin Google Search

    Google is perpetuating content overload – common phenomena in 2017 – by testing the use of autoplay video for its search services. The pop-up videos typically result from searches for movies and television shows, according to reporter Jennifer Slegg, who discovered the feature. They appear in the Knowledge Panel, which appears to the right of your […]

  • This map shows you where it’s safe to park

    Not owning a car has plenty of disadvantages, but there are two big pluses I can think of: no upkeep costs, and one less thing to worry about being stolen. Apparently, the latter is a course of serious anxiety for car owners, and so the Co-Operative Insurance has come up with an interactive map that […]

  • How to delete Facebook and permanently remove its data

    If you’re yearning for a News Feed-free life, we’ve put together a simple guide on how to permanently delete Facebook. Before we begin, make sure you want to permanently delete your Facebook account, not just temporarily remove it. Following the steps below will lead to complete removal of your Facebook account and all its data, […]

  • Two-factor authentication explained: Why two-step security is a vital online tool

    Passwords are a real problem these days. We’re required to create so many of them that most of us re-use our memorable favourites, and lengthy and complex pass strings, however desirable, are very much in the minority. Two-factor authentication (2FA) uses a combination of something you know (your password or PIN) and something you have […]

  • Andy Rubin-backed AR hardware startup CastAR reportedly shuts down

    An augmented reality headset startup founded by former Valve employees and funded by Android co-creator Andy Rubin’s Playground Global is shutting down after it failed to receive further investment, Polygon reports. CastAR was building a headset device that projected holographic images into the field-of-view of a user, similar to products being built by companies like […]

  • Flagship is to power as budget is to battery: Which one is best for you?

    Not too long ago, if you wanted to purchase a functional smartphone there was no doubt about it: you would need to shell out some fat stacks for the best of the best. While saving money on a cheaper smartphone was an option, it wasn’t necessarily a great option; most lower end smartphones exhibited terrible […]

  • iOS 10.3 is freeing up extra storage space, users say

    Finally, an update that actually gives you storage space back. Apple launched its latest software update, iOS 10.3, on Monday. The update comes with new features like “Find My AirPods,” but users seem to be noticing an added bonus: It’s allegedly freeing up their storage space. Wow, iOS 10.3 gave me 3 gigs of storage […]

  • Why Apple is cracking down on ‘free’ apps

    Apple is making more moves to clean up its App Store. After cracking down on outdated apps, the company is now placing restrictions on how developers describe their apps. Apple is now rejecting updated and new app submissions that have the word “free” in the name, VentureBeat reports. “Your app’s name, icons, screenshots, or previews […]

  • Sleek new Galaxy S8 phones feature facial recognition, Bixby intelligent agent

    Samsung launched sleek new Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones Wednesday with features including facial recognition, an intelligent agent called Bixby and Samsung Pass for secure e-commerce mobile payments. The phones have significantly larger displays than the previous S7 models as well as rounded edges and corners. They both have an edge-to-edge, near-bezel-less screen enclosure called […]