chromecastBack in 2013, Google unveiled the Chromecast. For those unfamiliar, the Chromecast is a tiny dongle that can be plugged into a TV and then over WiFi, be used to stream content from sources such as Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, and etc. This is great when you have movies and video clips that you’d rather enjoy on your TV as opposed to your phone’s small screen.

It has proven to be a pretty popular gadget due to its functionality, size, and price, which is why it does not seem completely out of the question to think that Google could be working on a second-generation Chromecast. This was hinted at by Google’s VP of product management, Mario Queiroz who spoke at GigaOm’s Structure Connect event this week. Read full post →Google Exec Hints At Second-Gen Chromecast

iCloud safari verified 640x429You might recall that yesterday we reported that iCloud users in China were reportedly subject to a man-in-the-middle attack in which it was suspected that the Chinese government could be behind it. Well it looks like Apple has since acknowledged that there is something fishy going on, short of actually naming the Chinese government.

Apple has since released a statement warning users about potential attacks and how to best prevent your iCloud account from being compromised. “We’re aware of intermittent organized network attacks using insecure certificates to obtain user information, and we take this very seriously. These attacks don’t compromise iCloud servers, and they don’t impact iCloud sign in on iOS devices or Macs running OS X Yosemite using the Safari browser.” Read full post →Apple Issues iCloud Security Warning

sony xperia z3v hands on 2 640x426Sony makes some pretty impressive handsets, especially in the display and camera department, but for some reason their phones don’t seem to be selling particularly well stateside, so much so that the company had announced that they would be revising their sales estimates. If you thought that was bad, things are looking more dire because according to a report from The Wall Street Journal, Sony is expected to revise their sales estimates again.

Prior to this, Sony’s estimates were set at 43 million smartphones being sold which was already a revision of the 50 million goal they had initially set. However according to the report from The Wall Street Journal, those numbers are expected to be slashed yet again, although they did not mention as to by how much. Read full post →Sony Could Be Revising Their Smartphone Sale Estimates Again [Rumor]

apple pay ausAs it stands, Apple Pay is currently only available in the US. This is due to the fact that the credit cards used in Apple Pay must be tied to a US credit card company. This means that despite you owning the iPhone 6 or the iPhone 6 Plus, that feature won’t be available in your country, at least for now.

However it seems that Apple Pay can be used overseas, such as in countries like Australia where NFC payment methods are widely available. This was tested out by Beau Giles who is a web developer and blogger based out of Sydney. However as Giles points out, this will only work if your phone’s location is set for America and if you own a credit card that has been issued in the USA. Read full post →Apple Pay Found To Be Usable In Overseas With Some Tweaking

apple pay 002 640x360Apple Pay is live and this is great for those who own either the iPhone 6 or the 6 Plus. Now there have been rumors that there could be some kind of Apple Pay rewards program. The rumors had suggested that the service could be launched in 2015, but now thanks to a new report from Bank Innovation, it seems that the rewards program could be launched this year in time for the holidays.

Unfortunately the details surrounding the alleged rewards program remains unknown, but it has been suggested that it will rely on the use of iBeacons to notify shoppers of potential rewards or deals that they can take advantage of if they were to use Apple Pay. One of the examples given by Bank Innovation’s sources states: Read full post →Apple Pay Rewards Program To Launch This Holiday Season [Rumor]

10859 3293 141021 Maps Connect l 640x358When it was first rumored that Apple could be thinking of releasing Apple Maps, many were excited as the technology that would be used to help Apple provide detailed and accurate maps sounded very promising, although safe to say that the final result was definitely not what Apple had expected or predicted.

That being said, Apple has been working on improving Apple Maps for a while now and has recently launched a web portal called “Maps Connect”. Basically this web portal allows local businesses to provide information to Apple to help make Apple Maps more accurate. This allows businesses to list themselves on the map with more precise locations. Read full post →Maps Connect Web Portal Helps To Make Apple Maps More Accurate

oppo teaser camera blowout 640x640The Oppo N3 is scheduled for a launch in Singapore come 29th of October, but in the meantime to help keep customers interested, Oppo has teased a steady stream of photos and information regarding the device. More recently, Oppo has posted a new teaser photo on their Facebook page which you can see in the image above.

Basically it shows the blown-out view of the camera module that is expected to make its way into the handset. While it’s a bit hard to tell, it does not seem like the Oppo N3 could feature a rotating camera like in the Oppo N1, but perhaps the official reveal will confirm that. However for now, it does give us a good look at the complexity of the camera module which Oppo will be using. Read full post →Oppo N3 Teased Again On Facebook, Shows Off Fingerprint Scanner

Most smartwatches these days tend to have relatively short battery life. This is due to their displays which are usually quite bright and stunning, which unfortunately at the same time also drains its batteries pretty fast. While not as pretty, devices like the Pebble smartwatch offer an alternative due to its e-ink display that offers slightly longer battery life.

Well if you’re looking for an e-ink smartwatch, you might be interested to learn that Onyx is working on a smartwatch of their own that will use an e-ink display as well. The device will feature a 1.56-inch e-ink display that will reportedly only draw power when the screen is refreshed, which means that its display can always remain on without drawing too much power at the same time. Read full post →Onyx Smartwatch Will Use An E-Ink Display For Better Battery Life

iPad air review 5 640x426Apple isn’t really a company that waxes on about numbers, like clock speeds, number of cores, megapixels, and so on. For example with the iPad Air 2, Apple announced that the tablet would be powered by an A8X chipset which presumably is based on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus’ A8 chipset.

While it does share a name, it turns out that the A8X is different from the A8 in terms of the number of cores. The A8 is a dual-core chipset but according to a tweet by Primate Labs, it seems that the A8X is a triple-core chipset, which we have to admit is pretty odd. These days we are either looking at dual, quad, or octa for the most part. Read full post →iPad Air 2′s A8X Chip Found To Be Of The Triple-Core Variety

google logo 2011 10 25We’re sure at one point or the other, we’ve tried to look for songs, books, movies, and more for download illegally via Google. However as you might have noticed, some of your search results have been removed due to takedown requests and because some sites have been flagged as piracy websites.

This was one of the ways Google had combated piracy back in 2012, but it looks like the company is taking it one step further and have recently announced via their Public Policy Blog that they will be making some changes. According to Google, “We’ve now refined the signal in ways we expect to visibly affect the rankings of some of the most notorious sites. This update will roll out globally starting next week.” Read full post →Google To Roll Out Improved Anti-Piracy Search Algorithm