Over the last couple of years, luxury brands have tried to get into the smartwatch market. They’ve pitched their products as a lifestyle watch with smart features rather than a tech-filled wearable for technology aficionados. A new smartwatch from Armani is trying to tap into that exact market.Armani isn’t completely new to the smartwatch market, however. Previously they have made smartwatches priced at around the same as an Apple Watch, but with no touchscreen and not enough smart features. They still connected to your smartwatch and ran Android based software but the lack of a touchscreen left many feeling it’s a more expensive Android smartwatch with less features. Needless to say, they didn’t sell very well.Emporio Armani are now focusing more on the fashion and lifestyle side of their..
One of the biggest problems with modern smartwatches is battery life. Companies all over the world have tried various methods to increase the battery life of their devices, including making them bulkier, decreasing the brightness of the screen, removing certain features and including novel charging methods. All these efforts, however, have been nowhere near as effective as the likes of Pebble that have removed the bright battery draining screen for a more old school monotone one. This is where the new Ticwatch Pro is looking to stand out from the crowd.AI company Mobvoi's approach is to develop a new type of display that sips energy, so that it can last up to 30 days and has been used in the Ticwatch Pro. So what makes it different and how does it work? It's actually something called a "Fi..
The third beta version of the upcoming iOS 12 has been shared with developers, meaning they’re getting a taste of the changes they have to make to your favourite apps to run on the new software. Not only that, but it means they can play around with the new features Apple released when they announced the software at WWDC 2018.Read: Everything Apple Announced at WWDC 2018: iOS 12, MacOS Mojave and moreThe iOS 12 update introduces significant changes to the iOS operating system, with Apple working from top to bottom to make iPhones and iPads, especially older models, faster and more responsive. One of the biggest changes comes from their Maps app which will now display foliage, pools, buildings, pedestrian pathways, and other map elements more accurately, along with improvements to traffic, r..
Even though the next big blockbuster device we are expecting from Samsung is the upcoming Galaxy Note 9 – set to be launched in August 2018 – we are starting to get some very interesting news regarding the Korean electronics manufacturer’s 2019 flagship. The Samsung Galaxy S10 is sure to be one of the most popular phones of 2019, but after the Galaxy S9 was an iterative upgrade on the radically redesigned S8, What can we expect from next year’s model?It seems that we will be getting three versions of the Galaxy S10! In all likelihood it will likely be an S10, S10 Plus and S10 Plus Pro, with each subsequent version adding a camera sensor. Pricing is obviously unknown at this point in time, but it is safe to say the three camera version will cost you a pretty penny.The third camera will prob..
If you haven’t heard of Oppo, don’t fret – most outside of China haven’t. They are a big deal in the East, but have now decided to officially launch their first phone in Europe and North America. Upon inspection it is a lavish device, and you can expect it to carry a lavish price tag as well – a thousand pounds to be exact. But don’t let the price tag detract you from looking at this device, it is something special. The pricing was announced at the tail end of Oppo’s lavish reveal event that was held at the Louvre in Paris this week. The quoted price for the Oppo Find X does seem to be for a 256GB model, and we’re not currently aware of another configuration. It will ship in August to Europe and North America, and will be available for import in South Africa. So what makes this device sp..
For athletes around the world, fitness focused wearables have made their exercise routines a lot easier to track and monitor. Garmin has been rolling out GPS watches with music playback for a while now, but have traditionally been a lot more expensive than the average person can afford. Now, they are looking to penetrate a lower segment of the market with the Vivoactive 3 Music. The new wearable brings Bluetooth audio and 500-song storage to an otherwise unchanged package from last year, while dropping the price ever so slightly. This fitness smartwatch can monitor more than 15 distinct fitness activities and also has an NFC payment method included. One of the standout feature for most fitness fanatics, though, is definitely the seven day battery life in smartphone mode. When the GP..
iOS 11.4 was released recently, but that didn’t mean Apple didn’t want to talk about their brand new iOS version in their WWDC 2018 keynote. While there were no hardware announcements at this year’s event, there were several interesting announcements other than the main iOS release. Let’s run through the most important of Apple’s announcements at WWDC 2018.iOS12The update to the operating system of the iPhone and iPad shows what type of capabilities we can expect in the new versions of those devices, usually announced starting in September.ARKit 2.0 has been released, which includes a new USDZ file format developed with Pixar and available now for Adobe Creative Cloud. Photos gets search suggestions, event indexing and a single tab with all its automated suggestions. In an attempt to speak..
We aren’t even halfway through 2018 and already we’ve seen some great flagship smartphones launched from various companies. As always the second half of the year is all about the new range of iPhones that Apple announce to the world. Once again, the rumour mill starts churning and it seems we have a lot to look forward to from the 2018 iPhone line-up.In 2018 Apple will once again launch three iPhones, with the first said to be a second-generation version of the iPhone X, with the same 5.8-inch OLED display. Interestingly, just like Apple has done with other flagships before the iPhone X was launched in 2017, the second device launched this year can be thought of as an "iPhone X Plus" with a larger 6.5-inch OLED display and the same design language. We can expect both of these to be just as..
When we think about digital assistants we immediately turn to Google Assistant as the best the industry has to offer. Samsung tried their hand with the same type of software a couple of years ago when they launched Bixby – their take on what your phone should be doing for you. It wasn’t the best experience to use Bixby (to put it lightly), but they have been slowly improving it.Now, however, Samsung have promised a whole new experience when using the new Bixby 2.0, which they will be launching towards the tail end of 2018 when the new Samsung Galaxy Note is launched. The company’s Head of AI Research told the Korea Herald that the new version of Bixby will have better natural language processing, faster responses and better results in noisy environments.In 2017 Samsung acquired Viv and wil..
It has been more than two years since the original iPhone SE launched – an oddity in the Apple stable looking back to the past rather than to the future. Now, it seems, we will be exploring this old form factor again with the upcoming iPhone SE 2 (although that name isn’t confirmed yet).The original iPhone SE had the same size and form factor as the iPhone 5 from 2012 (which was one of the best designs the iPhone ever had), but with upgraded internals for 2016. Rumours were that the new iPhone SE 2 would be launched at Apple’s developers conference, WWDC 2018 which in from 4 – 8 June.Now in the home stretch to the conference, we’re seeing possible leaked designs of the iPhone SE 2 pop up. Interestingly, it seems that it will still have the same size and form factor as the iPhone 5 and orig..
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Google’s biggest event of the year in undoubtedly its Google I/O developer conference. This is where the software company unveils the latest features to its existing repertoire as well as anything new it wants to bring the world. Google I/O 2018 gives us a glimpse into the future, and this week’s event was a tell all for Google's vision of how you interact with with data and the world. Let’s take a look at the highlights from this jam packed conference.Smart Compose in GmailGoogle is always at the forefront of AI and machine learning and is finding ever more appropriate ways to employ it in its current stable of products. Gmail is getting a new feature where it will not only predict words users plan to type, but entire phrases. We’re not just talking about simple predictions like addresses..
At the end of 2017 we were under the impression that LG would be dropping one of and/or combining the G range and the V range, as they were unable to sell enough of either. This idea has been thrown into disarray recently, as LG launched a ‘new’ V30+ ThinQ and now he have leaks of the LG G7 ThinQ.The most recent leaks comes from notorious tech leaker Evan Blass. He has posted head-on profiles of each of the device’s sides. The design is very familiar, taking cues from both the G and V range of the last couple of years. As we have seen thus far in 2018 and will undoubtedly see in many new phones still to launch, the notch is a ‘feature’ on this new LG flagship as well.The rear pane of glass has tight tapers from the edges and contains a fingerprint sensor, the dual-camera system as well as..
The Sony Xperia XZ2 was launched last month at Mobile World Congress but we already have the announcement up their ‘pro’ version of the flagship, the Xperia ZX2 Premium. Like it did in the past, the Premium model will have a 4K display – which is total overkill in a smartphone – but that’snot the most interesting difference to the Xperia ZX2 are the cameras. Not only does it have a dual shooter on the rear, but Sony is making some large claims regarding their performance on the Xperia XZ2 Premium. Read: The Best of MWC 2018 – Samsung, Vivo and more! With the Xperia XZ2 you will find the same new design language that Sony finally changed up on the Xperia XZ2, after years of the same boring omnibalance design. You will however, get upgrades over the Xperia XZ2 in terms of display, camera, ..
While the name Xiaomi has only recently become a well-known one around the world, they’re ambitions are much greater. They envisage becoming one of the world’s leading electronics manufacturers, not just focusing on the Chinese smartphone market as was true in the past. In another step to broaden their mainstream appeal, we could reportedly see the Xiaomi acquiring GoPro.In recent years the Chinese manufacturer has expanded its electronics offerings to feature computers, smart vehicles and action cameras, mostly through its Yi line. GoPro has been the go-to name that people think of for capturing sporting occasions or adventure activities. Unfortunately, in their own big to expand its product offerings into drones, they’ve come under some immense financial strain. Earlier this ye..
Apple took an interesting approach for its first event of 2018, dubbing it the ‘Let’s Take a Field Trip’ education event. This alerted most to what we were expecting – an iPad focused on the education market. This segment of the market has been gaining prominence over the last several years,which we saw in the form of Google’s Chromebooks, and now the first tablet running Chrome OS. The new 2018 iPad undoubtedly stole the show at this event –with no announcement of iOS 11.3 in sight – and education was the name of the game. As iPad sales have dwindled over the past several years, they have had to shift focus to this new market segment. As was expected, the new 2018 iPad looks, feels, and works the same as its predecessor, apart from a new processor and Apple Pencil support. We hope to get ..
Chrome OS is definitely growing in prominence around the world. Google’s platform has become prolific in laptops for a younger audience,mostly focused on hardware for education. That being said, Google want to push it to as many types of devices as possible. The first new category to see Chrome OS is the tablet, which Acer hopes will be able to entice a brand new type of customer.Acer has unveiled the first Chrome OS tablet, the Chromebook Tab 10, which is once again squarely aimed at education, with all-touch input and a very light weight build. Appropriately, there's a bundled battery-free Wacom stylus that lets kids draw and take notes.The Acer Chromebook Tab 10 comes with a stylus includedAs we’ve seen from Chrome OS laptops, you shouldn’t expect the highest specs from Chrome OS tablet..
A new study conducted by the team behind the Cardiogram app for the Apple Watch and researchers at the University of California in SanFrancisco has found that the heart rate monitor in the Apple Watch is extremely accurate. They can detect almost all abnormal heart rhythms which could be used to advise people to see a healthcare professional and which could, potentially, save lives.Data from about 10,000 users of the app, who were willing toshare their data, was collected to the tune of 139 million heart rate and stepcount measurements. Cardiogram then built a deep neural network (a form ofmachine learning) called Deepheart, to analyse the users enrolled into thestudy.Cardiogram AppOnce trained, DeepHeart was able to read heart rate datacollected by these wearables, distinguishing between ..
Another year at Mobile World Congress (MWC) has come and gone. While many say it was a muted show this year around, with less high profile devices being released than in the past, there is still a lot be excited about.As we take stock of all the new devices, several have stood out amongst all the phones, tablets and laptops and first impressions is what matters most here. We haven’t had the opportunity to test all the following devices, but in no particular order, le’s go through our Best of MWC 2018 devices.The New Galaxy S9+Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+After Samsung completely changed their smartphone design with last year’s Galaxy S8 family, we weren’t expecting much more than an iterative update to a winning formula. We are currently reviewing the Galaxy S9 and it does seem to be shaping u..