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  • Garmin Vivosmart HR review: acute fitness tracking for a price

    American company Garmin isn’t a stranger to tracking technologies, be it mapping tech or sport science, so when the Vivosmart HR arrived on my desk, I was pretty excited. It’s the company’s new fitness tracker for the semi-serious outdoor performer, and unlike the standard Garmin Vivosmart, the HR has a heart rate tracker (I’m sure you figured that out by its name).

  • At least Daniil Kvyat isn’t one of these rejected Red Bull driver

    It must come as a bitter blow for Red Bull driver Daniil Kvyat to hear that he would be swapping race seats with Dutch teenager Max Verstappen from the Spanish Grand Prix onwards. The news broke just a few days after a disastrous Russian GP for Kvyat, that saw him collide with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel twice on the first lap. Of course, no-one remembers that the Russian scored a podium in the previous race…

  • Viking Horde is the latest malware on Google Play

    App stores aren't immune to malware by any means, and now it's Google's turn to experience some nastiness. The latest malware, dubbed Viking Horde, creates a botnet to carry out ad fraud, effectively using proxied IP addresses to conduct ad clicks. In turn, this provides revenue for the attacker, Check Point Research explained in a press statement. The botnet affects rooted and non-rooted devices alike. Check Point added that at least five cases of Viking Horde have passed through Google Play scans undetected so far. In fact, the most popular instance of Viking Horde stems from a game, dubbed Viking Jump, which...

  • Facebook will turn your neglected panoramas into 360 photos for VR

    Let's be brutally honest for a second. Panorama shots don't get as much love as they should. It could be argued that social media platforms and websites deserve some of the blame, often delivering a clunky way to view them. But they do make for inherently awkward viewing on most platforms anyway. Fortunately, Facebook and Oculus are doing something about this, as the two announced that your panoramas can now be viewed with virtual reality headsets. The duo revealed that this functionality should hit news feeds and Gear VR headsets "in the coming weeks". Got a Gear VR? Then you should visit the Oculus 360 Photos app to...

  • Assassin’s Creed movie trailer: no one expects the Spanish Inquisition

    It's time to step into the Animus for the very first Assassin's Creed movie trailer. If you don't know what an Animus is then it's time to catch up. That's right, Ubisoft's ever popular kill-everyone-because-we-are-the-good-guys series is heading towards the big screen. Starring young Magneto (Michael Fassbender), his character is apparently 'dead' according to the government (aren't we all?) and is now being held captive at Abstergo Industries. Why? Because his ancestor held some sort of secret during the Spanish Inquisition. No one expected that! Jokes aside, the movie looks like a decent adaptation of the video game series, and taking on a...

  • Sunrise will die on 31 August, team relocates to Microsoft Outlook

    Sunrise, the calendaring app that was bought by Microsoft in 2015, now has its execution date. The company took to its blog to say its final goodbyes, suggesting that its staff can't maintain two apps simultaneously (Sunrise, and now Outlook, which most Sunrise employees are now working on). Microsoft gave the notion that this would happen back in October 2015, but now we finally have a definite date of termination. "The entire Sunrise team is now working side-by-side with the Outlook team and it’s a thrilling moment for us to work on an app of this scale," the company stated in its...

  • Instagram’s new icon isn’t getting much love on Twitter

    In case you're too busy using Snapchat, or don't bother with all this social media nonsense, Instagram has done the one thing social media users absolutely hate: change its app. The company today launched a revised Instagram app, with monochrome buttons and a new icon that now boasts the full sunset gradient treatment. While the app remains the same in terms of navigable menus, button placements and overall mechanics, Instagram does note that the change aims to "puts more focus on your photos and videos without changing how you navigate the app." But even so, people are rather, rather annoyed, and took...

  • Hitting the Bull’s-Eye: 3 brand lessons from Target

    Companies are living organisms that need to keep moving to survive. Without a concerted focus on developing their organizations, owners can drown in the ever-changing market, dooming their companies to failure. Success comes, however, when companies like Target stay active and intentional by expanding their product lines, refreshing their brands, and acquiring new customers. Redefining chic By striving to “fulfill the needs and fuel the potential of guests,” Target lives its claim that consumers should expect more and pay less. Target’s story officially began in 1962 with a single store in Roseville, Minnesota, and has since expanded to employ 347 000 team members in...

  • The challenges & benefits of hybrid cloud migration

    In the quest to remain competitive within the market, businesses are introducing more and more innovative applications to improve processes and efficiency. However, maintaining this progress requires companies to have full control of spending on data centres - something that is often challenging for many businesses. However, the increasing availability of and confidence in Public Cloud solutions now allows you to combine private data centres with public cloud resources to form a unique hybrid cloud environment. By migrating applications to cloud services based on certain criteria, such as data protection policies, legal agreements and whether the application can...

  • 7 colours that have a psychological impact on sales and conversions

    It’s no mystery that color has an impact on how we perceive things. Just think back to your favorite color growing up. You didn’t, and you still might not understand why it’s your favorite color. But that color, above all the other wavelengths our eyes can see, is your undisputed favorite. Since we can all agree that color has power, let’s look at 7 colors that impact the way we perceive content, especially on e-commerce sites. 1. Pink: feminine, strongly associated with breast cancer awareness Pink is definitely feminine and can be a fun color (in moderation). Many consumers associate the color...

  • 4 apps that’ll make face-swapping adventures even funnier

    The past few months have seen face-swapping applications explode in popularity, making for some entertaining (and freaky) moments. Which ones are worth downloading though? We picked several face-swap apps that are worth a look. Snapchat Okay, so it's not a dedicated face-swap app, but Snapchat's augmented reality effects include a face-swapping option in it. All you have to do is hold anywhere on the screen and then swipe to the face-swap mode - make sure a friend is right next to you, of course. Snapchat is free to download on Android and iOS.

  • Jorge Lorenzo enjoys dominant performance in Le Mans: the motorsport roundup

    In this week’s motorsport roundup, we update you on the DTM, World Touring Car Championship, Blancpain GT Championship, and the MotoGP circus, which was as historic Le Mans.

  • Watch Deadpool narrate his own hilarious Honest Trailer

    Marvel's Deadpool smashed box office numbers, proved that R-rated superhero movies can work (even though many came before it), and that Ryan Reynolds can actually pull off a superhero. Now, hear the man himself narrate his own Honest (movie) Trailer with Screen Junkies. And, yes, it's as funny as you think it is. Ryan... err Deadpool takes the mickey out of the movie, pointing out all of its flaws, and shows us how terrible Deadpool really was in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Hey, they narrators even admit to the amount of penis jokes in the movie to the point where it feels...

  • Naspers Ventures unit opens new offices in San Francisco

    Naspers wants to become a Silicon Valley stalwart, and has subsequently set up new offices in San Francisco. The Cape Town-based media giant announced the move today, suggesting that it wishes to sink its roots into the area's deep startup culture. The new unit, dubbed Naspers Ventures, is what the company's CEO Bob van Dijk believes will begin its "next phase of growth." Naspers definitely isn't afraid of splashing spare change, with the company investing over US$1.5-billion in other companies in 2015, with investments as far reaching as Russia. "We believe we can utilize our deep knowledge of consumer internet and international markets to...

  • WhatsApp finally releases proper desktop app

    Whatsapp has dabbled in desktop waters before, but now, the world's most popular mobile instant messenger seems to be going all-in. Yes, after years of user requests, the Facebook-owned company has finally launched a proper desktop app for Windows and Mac computers. It's not the first time that WhatsApp has brought the platform to desktop, launching the WhatsApp Web service last year. This earlier browser-based service used a QR code system to mirror your phone's WhatsApp data. The desktop app works in a similar way, effectively mirroring your phone's WhatsApp messages, chats and contacts. In other words, it's not a standalone offering as...