Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Why choose the HTC One (M8) over an iPhone 5s?

There supposedly could be so many reasons why one would choose one smartphone over the other, let alone upgrade from one. But with an army of loyal followers in both, the Apple and the Android camps, arguments do start to play a major role with those who converted. The spoken word in this case will come as flattering to those who already are committed to Android, while raising a couple of questions for the future to all those currently favouring the iPhone. In any case, dare we say the differences could be more subtle, if the comparison was carried out between an iPhone and a different Android flagship phone. HTC One M8 is just a very well engineered machine, from a company with a reputation for the most solid of offerings in the Android smartphone market. Learn more about the HTC One M8 specs or even place an order for one with us over here.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

LG G Watch vs Samsung Gear Live Quick Comparison

Appealing mostly to male audiences with smartwatches of a more chunky design, both LG and Samsung have done a pretty good job of creating interesting wearables that actually work for most applications. Although, smartwatches, as they exist now, are a subject to a certain amount of skepticism and critique, their actual everyday purpose may be be summarized in three most relevant tasks: a. displaying notifications, b. being able to make quick judgement as to whether you're accepting or declining a call, c. managing your music without taking the phone out. Well, whatever there might be in the future for smart wearables, smartwatches of today are already pretty exciting. And if you happen to be deciding between LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live, you will most likely find the above video helpful.

Monday, 28 July 2014

Nvidia Shield Gaming and Entertainment Tablet

To spice things up a little, this Monday we bring you the Nvidia Shield Gaming Tablet, which comes in two trims, the AUD300 Wi-Fi equipped unite or the AUD400 LTE one. The Nvidia Shield Tablet device succeeds the original Nvidia Shield, a much more hardcore gaming endeavour. In comparison, the Shield Tablet is a whole lot more civic and can actually be useful for more practical applications and really serve multiple purposes. The Shield Tablet definitely retains Nvidia's powerful entertainment capabilities, for which its predecessor, the original Shield, is known for.

Friday, 25 July 2014

Smartphones Upcoming in 2014: Xperia Z3, HTC E8, Nexus 6, Note 4

Are you following the smartphone movement? Should we remind that it's been pretty rad lately with Sony, Google and LG stepping up their game, as well as some incredibly solid offerings from the smartphone authorities that are Samsung and HTC. So, if you're planning to look for a smartphone replacement sometime in 2014, keep in mind these absolutely awesome and greatly anticipated releases planned for later this year, from Sony Experia Z3 to Google Nexus 6 to HTC One E8 and Samsung Galaxy Note 4.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Digital On-Demand TV: Amazon vs Apple vs Roku 3 vs Chromecast

With the advent of digital on-demand TV programming, there are numerous devices that can satisfy our digital broadcasting needs. What to make of these devices? Which ones are better equipped? What are they like in operation and what are their useful features? If you're interested in the new generation of digital on-demand broadcasting television devices and services then this short review video is for you.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Top 5 Headphones Under $200 Countdown

Most of the times listening to music on cheaper headphones, possibly earbuds, is fine. Have no doubt, though, shelling one or two hundred dollars for a pair is well worth it. And if you are a lover of music, you already know. If not, I suggest you try the better headphones out. Borrow from a friend for a week or a weekend. You will see, the better sounding, quality headphones will grow on you and you will never want to go back. The above video countdown of the best headphones under $200, compiled by Marcus, still holds true to this day. And if you're not convinced, or prefer to stay on the budget, you might want to check out this list of Top 5 Headphones Under $50.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

10 Tech Ideas That Aren't So Great!

Among the many good tech ideas that actually come to fruition and make our lives more effective and enjoyable, there is a lot you wouldn't dare to call all that great. Coincidentally, this list of 10 such concepts, compiled by the awesome TechRadar, is spot-on true and pretty entertaining. The anti-glamourous list entrants range from voice recognition to jet packs to freemium apps. We ourselves want to know, which tech ideas you'd like to add to this list and why?

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

The Amazing Digital Art Display

Today we'd like to share with you the concept of Digital Art Display, a new kind of computer. This computer is meant for your wall and is meant to display images and animation without being a distraction. Living in the background without demanding your attention or absorbing you, the Digital Art Display stands for persistence of a conventional art object within your home. The demo and introduction to this device is best served by the video above and the exceptional case Jake Levine makes for this cool gadget. The release of this material also marks the launch of a kickstarter campaign to garner support for the development and production of the Digital Art Display. Judging from the project page, the community backing for this endeavour is just huge!

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Does HTC One (M8) stand up to the test of time?

We totally agree with the makers of this video. Due to the ever changing nature of the high-tech industry, most of the attention shifts towards the new and emerging. Meanwhile, yesterday's hyped-up gadgets are quickly forgotten to never surface the media outlets again. But what are the real-world implications of owning at least some of the new devices? No question, the knowledge of how a smartphone fairs in everyday use, weeks and months after the original purchase, is a precious one. That is why this short video series is such a gem. This time the authors kindly turn to examine the longevity and everyday appeal of the HTC's flagship One (M8).

Monday, 14 July 2014

Incredible Pocket Gems Office Space, San Francisco

There's always something special about the place we work at and in the case of Pocket Gems, a mobile game app development start-up based in San Francisco, it's everything. From chaotic junk-filled backrooms to the intricately individual creative workspaces. This tour of Pocket Gems' incredible facility has got if not all, then most of it all. Don't take our word for it, though, just see for yourself!

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Moto 360 Smartwatch Demo

Anticipated and regarded as one of the most promising and best designed smart wearable devices on the market, this Monday we bring you a fine demo of Moto 360 watch. The choice is no coincidence. Think about it, at first most likely the smartwatch phenomenon will definitely be embraced by the gadget-savvy few. In the long term, though, we genuinely wonder will the smart wearables trend catch up to be as big as the smartphones. Once only a niche, these days smartphones comprise a large portion of the sales. So why not start this week by taking a close and maybe a critical look at one of the best smartwatches yet to become available later this summer? A long-term trend or a momentarily fad? Tell us know what you think.

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Bit-Card: A universal solution to paper bitcoin wallets

Among the many ways of conducting transactions online, bitcoin embodies all things advanced and forward-thinking. But with the convenience and freedom that it brings come the challenges. One of the inherent risks of storing bitcoins, especially in larger quantities, is the risk of being hacked. Nevertheless, this problem can have an elegant solution! This is exactly the kind of thinking that lead to the success of Bit-Card - an incredibly well-executed paper wallet and bitcoin cold storage service, created with a German passion for quality. The idea is simple. If there are threats to your bitcoin property online or within any computer, for that matter, why not take it to a completely different, say physical environment, thus eliminating the cyber-threats altogether. Bit-Card does precisely that, but in way that feels absolutely premium and stylish at the same time. So if you use bitcoin, do consider Bit-Card, proudly made in Germany.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Google I/O 2014 Keynote Highlights

It's always nice to stay abreast of what's new and actually happening in the world of hardware and app development these days. For one thing, it is kind of cool to anticipate the innovations before they hit the market in the form of gadgets, accessories, software or simple updates. With that said, attending a conference like Google's I/O is not always an option. The same holds true for the hours of recorded keynote material. But fear not, if your inner nerd is craving exclusive insights, the keynote highlights video above will help you shine a light on some of the things Google is up to!

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

OnePlus One Unboxing

Rumour had it, there was going to be a new flagship killer slated for release in Q2 2014 by the name of OnePlus One. Well, since the second quarter is already upon us, many places started receiving the much coveted Chinese-made smartphone. Known for its good looks and specs that match similar parameters of other flagship smartphones, Oneplus One is not easy to get a hold of, despite an affordable price. Turns out you have to be invited to be able to buy it. While sound reasoning behind this bold marketing move remains a mystery, let's just have a look at the beast of a phone OnePlus One is through the unboxing video above. By the way, the phone comes preloaded with a community-driven Cyanogen Mod version of Android.

Monday, 7 July 2014

3D Messenger Bag as Seen on Tested

Out of all the video reviews we've seen recently this 3D Messenger Bag has to be the coolest. Let's face it, smartwatches and smartphones are way nice, but there's undeniable x-factor to this 2 dimensional messenger bag lookalike. This bag might as well originate from a parallel, cartoon universe. Well, surely, it comes all the way from China and its chemical components do take a while to lessen on the undesirable odor. But hey, what a minimalist concept to pioneer and what an interesting thing to witness. Behold for the 3D Messenger Bag, kindly brought to you by the folks from Tested!

Thursday, 3 July 2014

The Absolute Best of Bluetooth Speakers Comparison

How many times were you at a picnic out of town or at a park with friends and the speakers on your mobile gadgets just were not up to par when it came to music or video content? How many times have you cupped your hand around your phone's speakers so that your friends could possibly make out what was going on? These are the kind of problems you never run into if you have a proper bluetooth speaker at your disposal!

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

BitcoinMegaphone - a clever Bitcoin startup

The online revolution has made a lot of things very easy and cheap, but this isn't always a good thing. Easy and cheap can cause a lot of problems too. One obvious example is email. The cost of sending emails - both in terms of money and effort - is very low that spamming is profitable, even if only a tiny fraction of email recipients buy whatever products that spammers sell.

Same goes for Twitter. There are so many meaningless tweets out there that you wish there was a paid alternative that stems some of this banality by charging for message creation. Well turns out that such service exists!

It's called BitcoinMegaphone and it cleverly uses Bitcoin to facilitate micro payment, which wouldn't be possible with traditional payment methods. On BitcoinMegaphone you can create a message of unlimited length at 0.00001 BTC per character. That's about AUD 0.007.

Why would you ever post a paid message when you can tweet for free, you ask? Well here's another clever thing that the BitcoinMegaphone guys do: they allow message writers to receive tips. Write something real funny or useful, and your message may earn you a profit. Neat huh?

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

The Original Sony Walkman Turns 35

What a magnificient piece of news this is and a bit of nostalgia for everybody who grew up during the 1980s and the 1990s as well. It is precisely on this day, July 1st, that Sony Walkman hit retail stores worldwide for a hefty USD150 in 1979. After a few months of sluggish sales, Walkman rose to its glory of the best selling portable music player ever with over 200 million units of Walkman cassette players sold worldwide. Talk about vintage design aesthetics with the first iteration of Sony Walkman dubbed the TPS-L2. Made in Japan, what a woderful piece of modern history this really is.