Cool Christmas Gifts for the Tech-lover

Do you need to shop for a gadget-obsessed friend or family member? 

Unwrapping a gadget on Christmas morning brings out the kid in all of us – there’s something about a new techy toy that encourages us to spend hours discovering what it can do. This site has taken the hard work out of thinking what to buy your tech lover friend or family member….or maybe just an early Christmas present for yourself?

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Paying with Your Face

Face-detecting systems in China now authorise payments, provide access to facilities, and track down criminals. Will other countries follow?

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How your electric car could be ‘a virtual power station’

 

If electric cars really are the future, where is all the electricity to power them going to come from?

There are currently more than a billion vehicles on the road worldwide, 38 million of them registered in the UK. The overwhelming majority run on petrol or diesel.

But the world is changing.

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360-degree lens that attaches to your iPhone camera

There’s a new 360-degree lens you can attach to your iPhone to record photos and videos. The Fishball lens clips on with what the company calls a secure locking mechanism, and its system of fisheye lenses and mirrors let you shoot 360 degrees using the Fishball mobile app.

Click here for more info 

 

Google Pixel 2 XL Review

We are divided in our office over the best new mobile device to have, and since we have reviewed the iphone 8 and iphone X we thought it is only fair to post an unbiased review on the new Google Pixel 2 XL.

Thanks to CNET all you need to know is right here

Why do computers, smart phones and other devices slow down over time?

You’re not going to be able to match the performance of the latest and greatest high-end smartphone, tablet, or PC with an older model, as newer devices generally have fundamentally faster components.

But with a small amount of effort, you can get the most out of your existing device.

Here’s an interesting article written by a lecturer at Monash University exploring what you can do to speed up the process. Read more

Apple has a huge iphone 8 problem

Despite having the fastest processor and best camera ever put into an iPhone, plus featuring wireless charging for the first time, the iPhone 8 hasn’t been getting consumers into stores at the rate Apple is accustomed to.

Much of this can be attributed to the fact the handset is very similar in appearance to the iPhone 7, which sells for $150 less and can still hold its own against the market’s current offerings.

Read more here

Why is my NBN so slow and what can I do about it?

Today ABC News reported that more and more users of the National Broadband Network (NBN) are unhappy with their service and are protesting in record numbers.

Complaints have increased a whopping 160%, with more than 27,000 reports lodged with the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman (TIO) in the last financial year.

There is a limit to what you can do to improve the performance of your NBN connection at home. Often times this isn’t a matter of tweaking settings in your router or on your computer. This article outlines some of the Key problems with NBN and the reasons why yours might be running slower than you would like.

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STAY SMART ONLINE WEEK

Each year, through Stay Smart Online Week, the Australian Government works in collaboration with other agencies, industry, small business operators and community groups to raise awareness about the ways people can protect themselves online.

Read More about ways you can protect yourself online  here