Thursday, 28 August 2014

Is the affordable Sony Xperia Z Ultra ahead of its time?

Consideration is an incredible thing. Sometimes taking something into consideration is taking a while. Other times, evolutionary improvements and new developments make something totally worthwhile. What are we talking about? We're on the case of Sony Xperia Z Ultra, a smartphone/tablet released last year, as well as a cool bug that recently caught on to Taylor Martin from the incredible PocketNow. What made him reconsider his initial impressions? What does he think of it and how affordable is the Sony Xperia Z Ultra? Learn the answers to all of these intriguing questions in the video above.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Best Small Tablets: Galaxy Tab S 8.4 vs nVidia Shield

One does not have to explain the utility of a tablet to anyone familiar with this type of device at the slightest. But tablets do come in different sizes, originate from different brands, sport various components/displays and due to these variations each provide a flavour of their 'own' experience for the user. So while we already have given consideration to the wonderful release that is nVidia Shield tablet, Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 is the one we put into the spotlight for the first time. Despite the fact that nVidia Shield is so awesome and it might be preferable as a stand-alone tablet, according to recent customer surveys the tablets sporting mobile phone functionality, just like the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 are becoming more and more popular these days.

Monday, 25 August 2014

First Glimpse of the Sony Xperia T3

Preceding the release of Sony's flagship Xperia Z3 we catch a glimpse of its mid-range cousin, which at the moment is coming into availability, particularly in China. Being a quality offering at a moderate price, we couldn't help but mention T3, which builds upon the strong and established platform that is the Sony Xperia Z2. As such, the T3 comes equipped with 5.3-Inch HD Display and Android 4.4 KitKat.

Friday, 22 August 2014

Which is better, the HTC One M8 for Windows or the Android-powered HTC One M8?

In continuation of the subject of Windows-powered smartphones, we cannot omit the news of HTC One M8 for Verizon running on Windows. Well, there you have it! Predictably enough, there is absolutely nothing new about this phone hardware-wise, as it's absolutely identical to its Android sibling. Even HTC's cool native camera app has been ported to Windows. Apparently the battery life on this new Windows-powered HTC is better, as compared to the Android counterpart. Also the price it is offered for with Verizon's plans in the US is about USD100 cheaper than the regular Android-powered HTC One M8. Still, we must agree that Android is leading the market for a reason and Android OS experience is one of the most comprehensive in terms of features and advanced in terms of ergonomics and functionality. I guess Microsoft and HTC can accept out congratulations on this release and while it may not be our thing, we're pretty sure it will appeal to many.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Is Nokia Lumia 930 a Good Smartphone?

With Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia, Windows Phones from the latter come in as no surprise. So what do the experts say about Nokia's latest flagship Lumia 930 smartphone. Well, for one thing we hear its very solidly built, in true vein of the traditional late 90s Nokia handsets. Also, albeit being known to be lacking in third party apps in the past, Windows Mobile is a tad lighter on battery. Don't expect to get two to three days out of it. It's just that at the end of each day, you'll still have some juice left, encouraging heavier usage patterns throughout. The rumour also has it that Nokia Lumia 930 sports one of the best cameras on the market. It's quick, versatile and will let you snap some of the highest quality photos in comparison to the stiff competition. So, what is there not to like about Nokia Lumia 930? Not much really and if you don't have a strong preference for another operating system, Nokia Lumia 930 is a great choice. Don't trust our word on it, though, have a look at what expert reviewers have to say in the above video!

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Top 10 Best Smartphones as of Mid 2014

A top 10 list is a magnificent thing to observe. Not only could it be full of interesting and insightful discoveries, but often contains a ton of previously conducted expert research and opinion in an extremely convenient format. Could this be the reason why we're bringing this TechRadar top 10 list of smartphones for summer (Northern) 2014 to your attention? Definitely yes! So if you are looking for an upgrade or maybe smartphones are just something you take keen interest in, have a look at the above video to see what does TechRadar think of the phones, available on the market today. Of all things, the opinions presented in the above video, even though expert, are subjective. Do not let this make your learning of them any less exciting or valuable!

Saturday, 16 August 2014

How to Recover Lost Myki

For those who don't already know, myki is Melbourne's public transport ticketing system. A myki, being a smartcard, is like any other plastic card - it's easy to carry and easy to lose. How do you recover your credit if you've lost your myki?

If you'd registered your myki the process is easy:
  1. Log into the myki portal
  2. Go to 'Forms library' -> 'Report a lost or stolen myki'
If you'd recorded your myki card number, recovery is just as easy:
  1. Call PTV (Public Transport Victoria) at 1800 800 007
  2. Tell them what the card number is
If you hadn't done either, you can still recover if you:
  1. Keep a top up receipt
  2. Paid that top up with a credit card or EFTPOS
  3. Find a PTV staff member willing to help you
I added point (3) because most PTV staff will refuse to help. They will point out that the receipt hides a portion of the card number, thereby making it impossible to identify the lost card. This is totally incorrect. The receipt still contains plenty of ID information. Your top up transaction and the card it was for can be found using the combination of terminal ID and time of purchase that are printed our your receipt.

The 1800 800 007 phone support is supposed to help with issues like this but they probably won't bother. You have to keep talking to different staff members until you find one who will help you.[1]

[1] If you keep running into unhelpful PTV employees, find Henrik or Helen at the Southern Cross PTV Hub. They will assist you.

Samsung Gear Live Hands-On Video

As we haven't done so already, we would like to present to You, the venerable and anticipated Samsung Gear Live Hands-On. Well, what can be said about this device? First and foremost it's among the first iterations of smartwatch wearables. Therefore, whatever the various opinion on different parts of internet about these things might be, there is not need to be too harsh on this gadget. The thing is, these smartwatches will definitely get embraced by a group of geek gadgets, forward looking and innovative. It's these people and their valuable feedback that will help make the next generations of smartwatches better for all of other groups, who might show interest in the concept. Should you belong to such a group and hold an interest in keeping an eye on this niche market product, have a look at the above video and if possible, let us know what you think.

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Sony Xperia Z2 Flagship: Hands-On Experience and Review

Smartphone market in the world is a big one. No wonder the smartphone heavyweights are constantly clashing in the battle for the best flagship smartphone on the market. The flagship in itself, embodies all the best in R&D, technology and materials the company has to offer, alas at a price that is also a little on the premium side. Therefore it comes as no surprise that having a gadget like that in one's own possession is wonderful thing to experience. A fading, constantly evolving and changing holy grail of modern consumer technology. A device bound to make our lives easier, smarter, media-friendlier and quite a bit classy as well. All of these things, of course, can be said about Sony's latest flagship - the Sony Xperia Z2. It might have its shortcomings, but its strong points and the overall package are definitely something to feel excited about. That probably could be the reason why Sony Xperia Z2 is enjoying some very positive feedback from its actual real-world users. Our congratulations to Sony and we'll be patiently waiting for the new generation of rumoured Sony Xperia Z3 devices.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

HTC One M8 vs HTC One E8 Comparison Video

With some of the first samples of HTC One E8 smartphones already available, albeit at a slight premium, we can't resist the temptation of pointing our readers to a video of a side-by-side comparison of the two devices. Available in a number of pretty colours and a matte polycarbonate finish HTC One E8 does not come off as high-profile as the aluminum HTC One M8. But equal specs and the price of the actual E8 production units, which is expected to be half the price of the M8, are bound to remedy any doubts one might have over the HTC One E8. Don't take our word for it though, just check out the above video yourself, especially if you're looking for a well-built, clever smartphone on a budget.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

A new look at Samsung Galaxy Note 3

New generations of electronic devices are constantly making their way to replace the previous ones, ultimately making their older siblings obsolete and possibly collectible. Who knows which devices will tickle the history's collectible fancy. In any case, we thought it might be cool to take a look back at the more recent release of the Galaxy Note 3 from Samsung, as we are patiently waiting for the release of the next Galaxy Note 4 generation. Dubbed as a 'phablet' for its larger than usual proportions, exceeding the ones of a phone, but resembling a tablet, Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has garnered itself quite an enthusiastic follower base. So, if you've never seen the Galaxy Note 3 in person, why not take a look at the pretty awesome video review above. In the event you wish to learn more about this smartphone's detailed specifications you may do so on this ShopJoy page.

Monday, 11 August 2014

Self-Folding Robot by MIT and Harvard Team

The wheels of progress seem to be constantly turning. Are we privileged to have the ability to witness new discoveries, without the need to fight for our physical survival? In a sense, probably yes. In any case, one of the recent news of some awe-inspiring features of modern engineering brings us the self-folding robot. Despite the fact that from some angles it might look like a toy, this actually is the result of much scientific research and engineering merit from a joint team of Harvard and MIT scholars. Needless to say, we're deeply fascinated by this absolutely cool new development, as well as unforeseen future implications it might entail, including those that are entertaining by nature. Among the serious, useful applications, though, are for example, self-assembling shelters, as well as military and space structures. Right on!

Sunday, 10 August 2014

What is Lytro Illum and Light Field Photography?

There's just something fascinating about totally new things and we don't mean brand new, but more like new conceptually. And if the concept is new, you may be sure to bet on the fact that it will be unpolished, it will be a little bit rough in its implementation, but at the same time some of its ingenious light will still shine through. According to The Verge, such is the case with Lytro's recent Illum camera. Having been in development for quite some time now, Illum is a light-field photography device. Well, what does that mean? Basically, with an additional in-built array of microlens the camera is able to capture the light-field parameters of the scene. Kind of hard to explain, but if you do seek a hands-on demonstration check out the video above and let us know what you think.

Thursday, 7 August 2014

OnePlus One: A Short Review

OnePlus is a company from China that obviously focuses its attention on penetrating the greatly competitive world smartphone market. Apparently, OnePlus One, the company's latest flagship offering, is said to be good value for the price. Still, either company's struggling supply chain or production scalability issues result in a marketing strategy by which in order to get an OnePlus phone, you ought to receive an invite first. This has already caused frustration, as well as quite a bit of mockery online. Also, the technical issue that some users have had with their phones are nowhere near to be resolved. So, is OnePlus an underdog and a talent or is it just a pretender? Whatever your take on the answer may be, you might still benefit from getting acquainted with the short OnePlus One review, presented in the above video.

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Berlin's own Eboy and their detailed pixel art

With over 30 years since the advent of personal computing, technology is becoming an interesting factor of influence on our daily lives. It creates new realms of existence for a host of phenomena that are closely related to that of being human. One of these phenomena is art. While it seems like digital art existed for as long as computers have been accessible to artistic people, this art form does seem to be evolving over time. eBoy, in this context, is making the case for pixel art's increasing complexity and attention to detail. Lear more about eBoy's art and their trademark pixoramas [pixelated cityscapes] in the above video.

Friday, 1 August 2014

Top 5 Free Vintage Gaming Emulators for Android

In a flash of incredible news, the original Gameboy turns 25 and with its unique vintage charm it still has a couple of tricks up the sleeve to bring many fun times of gaming to people of all ages and walks of life. While Gameboy games are distributed mostly in the form of cartridges, although you can hack the device to accept SD cards, for many a year now, you don't need a cartridge to play epic Gameboy games. In fact, you don't even need a Gameboy! The name of the game is app emulators, which basically constitute a software environment that precisely resembles and acts as that one of Gameboy. So, when games are loaded into this environment they recognize it as Gameboy and behave naturally. At the same time, the hardware requirements are taken care of by your smartphone!
If you have an iPhone, though, fear not, the best emulator for iOS is the GBA4iOS and here is s short tutorial on how to get it installed on your iPhone. And of course, there's a host of awesome Gameboy emulators for Android, some of which work not only for Gameboy, but also Nintendo, PS1 as well as other vintage gaming platforms, a rundown of which you can check out in the above video.