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All posts by Stuart Thomas: Senior Reporter

  • Our mobile future will be driven by WiFi

    If you live in a place where mobile data is at a premium, then you'll know all too well how important WiFi access is. It should come as a relief then to learn that WiFi networks will carry almost 60% of smartphone and tablet data traffic by 2019, reaching over 115 000PB (Petabytes) by 2019. That's compared with under 30 000PB this year -- representing almost a four-fold increase. That's according to new insights from Juniper Research. The research also found that global mobile data traffic generated from devices including smartphones, feature phones and tablets forecast to exceed 197...

  • Google takes on Twitch with YouTube Gaming

    Despite the fact that gaming's had dedicated TV channels in some Asian countries for years now, it took the advent of Twitch.tv for live-streams of games to really take off in the rest of the world. Since then though, it's entered the mainstream in a big way. Heck, even Google's getting in on the action. The internet giant recently announced the upcoming launch of YouTube Gaming, a new app and website that aims to bring together various gaming channels, communities, and livestreams. According to product manager Alan Joyce, "YouTube Gaming is built to be all about your favorite games...

  • HTC One M9 review: the same, but better

    Evolution, not revolution: over the last couple of years it's become a kind of creed among smartphone manufacturers. It makes sense too. They've more or less reached the limits of what's possible with the materials available. And if we're being honest there aren't many phones that exemplify that attitude better than the HTC One M9. The M8, which it replaces, was very good in most respects, but let down in a few key areas. Rather than trying to completely re-imagine the smartphone, the M9 seems like HTC's attempt at fixing those errors. That might not make it the most...

  • Pornhub is crowdfunding its bid to shoot a space porno

    As the Wikipedia page on the topic notes, sex in space would be difficult at best and incredibly dangerous at worst. None of that however was enough of a deterrent to stop Pornhub, one of the internet's largest adult content sites, from setting up a crowdfunding campaign to shoot a porno in space. The Indiegogo campaign, which aims to send actors Eva Lovia and Johnny Sins to space, is looking to raise US$3.4-million. The campaign doesn't provide much in the way of details when it comes to logistics (we're guessing the company knows its audience better than that), although...

  • Don’t know which Android you should have? Google thinks it does

    Buying a new smartphone can be difficult. Even if you buy something low-end, you're likely to be outlaying a fairly significant amount of capital. Google has attempted to take a little pain out of the process with the launch of Which Android, a tool which aims to help you decide which Android device you should buy. The site starts off by getting you to select a number of categories for what you're likely to use your phone for, including music, fitness, being productive, social media and gaming. From there, you're asked to get a little more specific around those...

  • The Apple of our eye: turns out people loved the WWDC keynote

    It may have clocked in at more than two hours in length, and there may have been no devices on offer, but it seems people were still overwhelmingly positive about Apple's WWDC keynote. According to sentiment analysis recorded by Oxford University's TheySay tool, the event as a whole and the keynotes itself received 93% and 94% positive sentiment respectively. Drawing on nearly 95 000 tweets recorded immediately prior to, during, and in the aftermath of the event, the company's analysis shows just how much good will there is toward Apple. "It is fair to say that no other...

  • Messaging traffic is exploding but it’s making less money than ever

    If you want to message someone today, you're not exactly short on options. Where you would once have been limited to SMS and then MMS, today there are a plethora of apps available to smartphone users. Thing is, while those apps have more people messaging than ever before, the space as a whole is battling to make money. According to Juniper Research, the global mobile messaging market will decline from US$113.5-billion in 2014 to US$112.9-billion in 2019, a reduction of US$600-million. In the same period mobile messaging traffic is set to double by 2019. That increase is set to be...

  • Apple Music: the right move, or a pricey dead end?

    When Apple introduced the iPod in 2001, it changed the world's approach to digital music forever. There was a however a downside to that revolution. You see, it made iTunes, a piece of software that veers between frustrating and completely unusable, a worldwide phenomenon. If you wanted to use your iPod, a great piece of hardware, you had to have iTunes installed. And so it has been with every new piece of hardware Apple's launched over the past decade and a half. In fact, iTunes' responsibilities have actually increased over that period. As well as playing digital audio and...

  • WWDC 2015: here’s everything Apple announced today

    There was a certain point today where Apple fans the world over stopped what they were doing and flipped switched on the livestream of the Apple keynote from WWDC 2015. Make no mistake though, this isn't a conference for those interested only in the latest hardware. It's a developers conference, meaning that software's in the spotlight. You can be guaranteed therefore that those tuning in are real anoraks (or journalists). If the run up to this year's conference felt a little low-key compared with previous years, Apple did its level best to ensure that it delivered plenty on the night. Read...

  • New study reveals long form’s where it’s at when it comes to mobile video

    Anyone who's watched the space over the past few years knows that mobile video is big and only getting bigger. Until now though, the prevailing logic has been the kind of content that does well on mobile is short and aimed at people on the go. While that may have once been true, a new study shows that we're increasingly happy streaming longer-form content. According to the study, conducted by the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), more than a third of the people surveyed watch videos that are five-minutes or longer on their phones daily or more frequently. Unsurprisingly the people...

  • UEFA Champions League final got 28m people talking on Facebook

    As FC Barcelona romped to a 3-1 victory over Juventus in Saturday's UEFA Champions League final, millions of people around the world appear to have had one eye on the action and the other on their smartphone. In fact, data released by the social network suggests that some 28-million people drove 76-million interactions on Facebook around the final this year. According to Facebook, Neymar was the most-buzzed about player while FC Barcelona was the team with the highest level of conversation about the match. Interestingly, most of the conversation appears to have come out of Brazil, followed by Italy, Indonesia,...

  • This ad lets the world know what Karl Ahari’s been up to lately

    You may have been wondering what Karl Ahari, the second rate magician who starred in what turned out to be ecommerce giant Kalahari's final campaign, has been up to recently. Things have, after all, been pretty quiet on that front. That's a little odd, given the flurry of activity around the merger between Kalahari and Takealot. But if a new ad is anything to by, the merger may well have gone beyond just the corporate structures of the company. After what seems like more than a few lonely nights on the couch, the Kalahari mascot appears to have...

  • FNB confirms mobile network plans

    This has been coming for a while. South African banking giant FNB has confirmed plans to launch its own mobile network, with SIM cards set to be issued to its customers. The move comes after months of speculation and is just the latest attempt by the bank to diversify outside of its traditional banking products. Currently FNB offers ADSL and 3G data rewards through its FNB Connect offering, which will now be expanded to include mobile voice and data products. The bank is already established in the telecommunications space with over 2 million customers topping up with airtime...

  • Caitlyn Jenner breaks internet, is fastest to 1m Twitter followers

    Caitlyn Jenner has broken the record for the fastest person to reach one-million Twitter followers, cementing her status as a trans-gender icon in the process. It took Jenner, already renowned for her sporting feats and involvement in reality TV's most famous family, just four hours to reach the one-million follower mark. In the process, she beat out US president Barack Obama, who took five hours to reach the mark when he joined Twitter just a couple of weeks ago. Jenner made her public debut yesterday both on social media and on the cover of Vanity Fair, photographed by the...

  • Lenovo’s trying to solve the smartwatch’s biggest issue, make projecting smartphones viable

    Smartwatches are everywhere right now, but there’s no getting around the fact that screen size is a massive limitation. Lenovo today announced its plan to get around that issue. At the company’s TechWorld conference, the company showed off Smart Magic, its concept for a multi-screen smartwatch.var vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var t=e.createElement(a);t.type="text/javascript",t.async=!0,t.src="//cdn.viglink.com/api/vglnk.js";var n=e.getElementsByTagName(a);n.parentNode.insertBefore(t,n)}(document,"script");