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Samsung Note 8: Everything you need to know

Samsung unveiled its new, highly anticipated Note 8 device at an event in New York City today and, as tends to be the case with mobile phone launches these days, the rumour mill was spot-on when it comes to the key features. A dual-camera setup, 6.3in “Infinity Display”, 6GB of RAM, 64GB of storage (expandable by a further 256GB via microSD) and a slew of new software features are all ...[Read More]

Here’s how to catch Samsung’s Unpacked Note 8 event as it happens

There are many, many ways to watch Samsung’s 23 August Unpacked event, taking place in New York this evening. If you were good at planning (and knew some of the right people) then you could have left for New York earlier this week, braving two days of flights and other methods of transit so that you could get a front-row seat of the proceedings. It’s a little late for that so if you...[Read More]

How long will you keep playing? The game knows

We have a tendency to consider ourselves unique and unpredictable, but digital games research shows that this is far from the case. In fact, we can be categorised into groups of people who show the same behaviours, and what we do in the future is imminently predictable. For example, how you play a game will reveal what you are likely to do in the game next and how long you are going to stay intere...[Read More]

The history of the Galaxy: how Samsung’s superphone has evolved over seven years

Can you remember anything notable that happened in 2010? We had to resort to Wikipedia ourselves, which is how we remembered that South Africa hosted the FIFA World Cup — how much did we have to drink that year, exactly? 2010 also saw the launch of Samsung’s first S series phone, the Galaxy S. We’ve moved on a lot in seven years (mostly by gaining weight and losing hair), but Sam...[Read More]

HP’s taking another shot at the gaming notebook market with the Omen X

An omen is a sign of an event of great import. The death of a king. The rise of an empire. The final episode of Game of Thrones. You know, things like that. So when HP’s newest gaming notebook is called the Omen X Laptop, you’re supposed to feel almost awed to be privy to knowledge of its existence Which could, you know, almost be how you feel. That’s because HP’s newly-ann...[Read More]

Google Android 8.0 Oreo: Everything you need to know

Google just can’t get enough sweet treats, at least as far as Android is concerned. There’s a new tooth-destroying update every year, and Oreo is the latest. As well as a new name, version 8.0 Oreo will also bring a whole host of new features to the mobile OS. It’s still early days, but we’ve already got a long list of what to expect once the update arrives. If you don̵...[Read More]

How the smartphone affected an entire generation of kids

As someone who researches generational differences, I find one of the most frequent questions I’m asked is “What generation am I in?” If you were born before 1980, that’s a relatively easy question to answer: the Silent Generation was born between 1925 and 1945; baby boomers were born between 1946 and 1964; Gen X followed (born between 1965 and 1979). Next come millennials, born after 1980. But wh...[Read More]

Popularity of latest ‘honesty app’ Sarahah shows how much we desire validation, whatever the cost

A new app called Sarahah (which is Arabic for “honesty”) launched its English-language version this summer, promising an anonymous way of offering supportive criticism for teams in the workplace. It has since attracted 300m users and reached the top of Apple’s App Store download charts in more than 30 countries, but already users say they are receiving harassing and obscene messages. Sarahah’s des...[Read More]

Boost your productivity: 10 amazing web apps you can use for free in your browser

That amazing future, where you don’t have to bother installing software, because everything’s on the internet? Already here. But you probably knew that anyway, through using Google Maps and Google Docs, and Google Everything Else. What you might not know is the sheer range of things you can do in a browser, and how brilliant many web apps have become. Stuff set two rules for inclusion in this list...[Read More]

End-to-end encryption isn’t enough security for ‘real people’

Government officials continue to seek technology companies’ help fighting terrorism and crime. But the most commonly proposed solution would severely limit regular people’s ability to communicate securely online. And it ignores the fact that governments have other ways to keep an electronic eye on targets of investigations. In June, government intelligence officials from the Five Eyes Alliance nat...[Read More]

Has Facebook finally given up chasing teenagers? It’s complicated

Facebook’s latest attempt to appeal to teens has quietly closed its doors. The social media platform’s Lifestage app (so unsuccessful that this is probably the first time you’ve heard of it) was launched a little under a year ago to resounding apathy and has struggled ever since. Yet, as is Silicon Valley’s way, Facebook has rapidly followed the failure of one venture with the launch of another on...[Read More]

The defining device of the portable music era is headed for history: RIP iPod

As it announced unexpected strong sales of its iPhone last week, Apple said it is killing off the music device that made it all possible: the iPod. The renamed iPod Classic was discontinued in 2014 and last week it was the turn of the smaller iPod Nano and Shuffle to be dropped from Apple’s online store. They were the last of the music players that made Apple into the mobile titan it is toda...[Read More]

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