Editorial – So all of the rumours and speculation is right, apple have announced this years incarnation of the iphone, the apple iphone 5s. With fingerprint sensor (Touch ID), an improved camera plus a quicker A7 microchip, with an announcment of iOS 7 coming later in september, have apple given us a radical new device or have they just updated the iphone 5?
Apple® today announced iPhone® 5s, the most forward-thinking iPhone yet, featuring an all-new A7 chip, making iPhone 5s the world’s first smartphone with 64-bit desktop-class architecture for blazing fast performance in the palm of your hand. iPhone 5s redefines the best smartphone experience in the world with amazing new features all packed into a remarkable thin and light design, including an all-new 8 megapixel iSight® camera with True Tone flash and introducing Touch ID™, an innovative way to simply and securely unlock your phone with just the touch of a finger. iPhone 5s comes with iOS 7, the most significant iOS update since the original iPhone, engineered for 64-bit technology and featuring hundreds of great new features, including Control Center, Notification Center, improved Multitasking, AirDrop®, enhanced Photos, Safari®, Siri® and iTunes Radio℠. Continue reading
My friend ‘Little’ Chris, then aged about 9 , once stated that he wished there could be a ‘Bass Hero’, ‘Drum Hero’ and ‘Singing Hero’ to go along with the ‘Guitar Hero’ video games he loved. Someone must have been listening that day, because one year roughly afterward the very first rockband title appeared on shop floor.
Now on its third instalment, the immensely accepted rockband series seems to have eclipsed these guitar games for good, forcing a spot among more triumphant music sims of all time in the process. Yes, rockband is here to remain regardless of whether you like it or not and okay, that’s my friend Kieran playing bass on the cover of rockband 3 (OK, perhaps it isn’t, however it really looks like him). Continue reading
Sport games are the final fan’s revenge. You think that the referee threw the match? Put your money where your mouth is, sport gaming fan. Of course, if you think Mike Tyson was overrated, it doesn’t necessarily follow you’d be the man to inform him so. But perhaps Mohammed Ali or George Foreman might? Consequently, sport games are born.
One of those oldest gaming genres, sport games have an enduring application as eternal as sport itself. You just can not go and play for England in the next world cup on the whim, no, that sort of thing takes time, and airplane tickets, and days off work, and years in treatment and may end in a confused divorce. sport games are brilliant for proving your points during pub arguments. Continue reading
The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC) has officially selected the ‘iPotty’ (from CTA Digital) as the worst toy of 2013.
In case you’re wondering, the iPotty consists of a basic potty setup, but with the added innovation of a stand for holding an iPad (apparently an aid to toilet training). I’m also assuming that there is an app. There’s always an app.
Once the infant is placed on the potty, the iPad can be rotated 360 degrees around the seat on its stand, meaning that the device can be switched between vertical and horizontal views. The iPotty even has a protective touchscreen for use in case of…Well, you get the idea. Continue reading
(Asked by ‘Scottish’ Pete from Woolwich)
Hey Pete, how’s everything? Thanks for your question.
…And what a question it is. The modern two-way radio, which is a direct descendent of the WW2-era Walkie-talkie, first became recognizable in the years just before the outbreak of World War 2. Its origins are an interesting story in their own right (but I’ll condense it here).
Three names are usually mentioned with regards to the invention of the walkie-talkie… Continue reading
In many ways, 2014 is going to be a lot like 2013, tablet-wise. Android tablets will continue to sell well, overly sensitive techie types will still cling to the idea that Windows 8 is simply ‘misunderstood’ (wilfully ignorant of the general consensus that it is complete and utter arse) and tablets will spring from the most unlikely of places (keep an eye out for the Co-Op ‘Tumblewumblebum’ and the Play.com ‘Zworfnik’). However, the trend least likely to change is that of an iPad leading the pack. We know this because Apple have just released the iPad Air…And it kicks major ass. Continue reading
The Digital Camera has changed the way we take photos, the digital camera or Digicam is an electronic device that is able to take still photos as well as video, the digital camera records images with the use of an electronic image sensor and viewed on a mini screen on the camera or photo editor through a PC or MAC.
The digital camera is able to take photos at the click of a switch, excuse the pun! The photo can be seen instantaneously, particularly useful on a night out or for the important holiday snap, capture that moment with the use of the latest technology. Continue reading
A new report has concluded that a sizeable proportion of modern technology (in particular smartphones, tablets and other commonly-used gadgets) is extremely over reliant on very rare materials.
If the report’s findings are accurate, the scarcity of the metals and metalloids in question, combined with a sharply increasing demand for such devices, could seriously damage design innovation, as well as the manufacture of future products.
The report, compiled by researchers at Yale University, discussed the use of 62 materials found in widely used technology. Ultimately, the study concluded that none of the 62 metals or metalloids could be replaced without damaging the efficiency of the product. In fact, 12 of the 62 materials could not be replaced at all. Continue reading
Asked by Betty from Hammersmith
I take it you’re a newer reader and you therefore aren’t aware of my dislike for recommending specific sets of headphones. In a usual case, (like when one reader asked me to recommend sweat-proof headphones) I have to answer with “it depends on a multitude of factors, such as how often you use them, how important sound quality is to you or even (in that one case) how much you tend to sweat. However, I’m not going to let you down, Betty, because waterproof headphones are actually a bit different… Continue reading
OK, To have the ‘flaking’ part of this answer out of the way nice and first, I have to mention that it is dependent totally on what you would like from the headphone. There isn’t much point spending out on an all-singing, all-dancing tremendous-headphones if all you need is a basic model, but, by the same token, great quality does not come cheap in the world of electronics.
Though, that’s not what you wanted to hear, is it?
OK, so, here i will discuss some of the best Bluetooth headphones that I’ve checked out so far… Continue reading