Updated: 50 best Android apps 2015

Best Android apps – introduction The Google Play store has exploded in recent years, with a proliferation of apps that can cater to your every need. The problem is: there are just too many of them. Even with Editor’s Picks, Featured and Best Selling, Top Paid and Top Free categories there to help you out with your downloading decision it’s still a difficult task finding the best apps around. And

Apple: if you want to buy a Watch, stay at home

Apple Watch pre-orders open tomorrow, and Apple is bigging up the popularity of its wearable before anyone’s even hit the “buy” button. It reckons that the “tremendous interest” in the Watch is going to see demand exceeding supply. Therefore, for the initial launch period, it will only be taking pre-orders online. The whole statement from Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s senior vice president of Retail and Online Stores, is below. “We are

5 things you need to know about big data

Introduction Big in name and big in nature, big data is a technology buzzword that isn’t going away any time soon. ABI Research thinks that big data spending on a global basis exceeded $31 billion (around £20.8 billion, or AU$40.2 billion) in 2013 and will motor on to hit $114 billion (around £76.6 billion, or AU$148 billion) in 2018, and yet there are many who are still befuddled as to

5 things I learnt installing Windows 10 Technical Preview

Introduction I’ve probably installed Windows 10 Technical Preview (TP for short) about 20 times over the last few months on tablets, laptops and desktops, and in the process have learnt quite a few things about the all-important installation journey. The current iteration, 10049, is probably the most stable version to date and likely to be the penultimate one before the beta version is officially launched at Build 2015 in San

Microsoft's Lumia 640 and 640 XL are now on sale, and they're crazy cheap

Low-end Lumia’s have long proved popular and there are now two more impressively affordable options to choose from. Microsoft has confirmed that the Lumia 640 is out now and it will be followed by the Lumia 640 XL by the end of April. The Lumia 640 has a 5.0-inch 1280 x 720 display, a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, 1GB of RAM, a 2500 mAh battery, an 8MP main camera,

LG will give you free Netflix to sweeten the deal on its TVs

Starting today, if you buy one of LG’s brand new 4K TVs you’ll be handed six months free Netflix to enjoy on your cracking new TV. And let’s be honest here, if you have a 4K TV then you’re going to be forced to use Netflix for your 4K content, because there aren’t many other ways to see ultra HD right now. That should change later on this year when

Review: Apple Photos

iPhoto, Aperture and Photos 27 June 2014 is the date when everything changed. This is when Apple announced it was pulling the plug on its two photo-editing applications, iPhoto and Aperture and replacing them with a single new Photos app. To be fair, iPhoto was starting to show its age, so no-one was very worried about that. A new photo editing application was hardly likely to be dumbed down any

Austrian student's lawsuit vs Facebook bogged down in procedure

By Shadia Nasralla and Angelika Gruber VIENNA (Reuters) – Facebook presented a long list of procedural objections to an Austrian court on Thursday trying to halt a class action lawsuit for 25,000 users that accuses the social media giant of violating their privacy. The first day of hearings began with a four-hour session in which Facebook’s lawyers tried to convince the judge not to admit the suit brought by law

Apple expects smartwatch demand to exceed supply at launch

Apple said it would take orders for the watch exclusively online during the initial launch period. Based on a survey in the United States on consumer interest in buying the Apple Watch, BMO Capital Markets has cut its estimate for sales to 39 million units though September 2016. Apple is among several companies, including Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and Sony Corp , that are jumping into the nascent market for

Takeover talks between Altera, Intel end: CNBC

(Reuters) – Takeover talks between chipmakers Intel Corp and Altera Corp have broken off, CNBC reported Thursday, citing unnamed sources. The development comes about two weeks after the two were reported to have been in discussions for Intel to buy Altera in a deal that could have topped $10 billion. Altera shares dropped around 12 percent on the report and Intel fell about 2 percent.