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Oh, look – a proper smartphone OS. Not like the rubbish system iPhone users have. Well, arguments still rage about what impact the iPhone had on Android. We know it began as a camera OS, before pivoting to phones and being swallowed up by Google. There’s evidence to suggest early iterations were BlackBerry-flavoured… but Android fans claim it was always designed for multiple input types, and Google long had versions running on keyboard phones as well as touchscreen devices. Which might be why the first Android phone tried to give us both. The HTC Dream! What a masterpiece. It even…

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So, it looks like you’ve acquired a new Windows laptop, whether it’s brand new or second-hand (and wiped correctly). You’ll want to set up this useful little gadget properly from the start. This will allow you to go into this new endeavour on… the right foot. As we guide you through this setup, just a few things. Firstly, Windows is an operating system developed by Microsoft for laptops and PCs. Not all laptops will come out of the box with Windows – If it’s labelled ‘Apple’, you’ll find something called MacOS and this guide will be of little help. But…

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Looks like you’re in the process of unboxing a brand-new (or secondhand) Android smartphone. You may have got your hands on the brand-new Samsung Galaxy S24 or imported a Google Pixel device. Whichever Android phone you’re setting up – you may have some questions. Firstly, make sure the phone you’re setting up is either brand new or a properly formatted hand-me-down or secondhand phone. Either way, there are a few steps to follow that’ll streamline the setup process. Step 1: Preparing for setup Before diving into the setup process, it’s vital you go out and gather everything you need. Back…

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Welcome to the dark side… or the light side, depending on where you’re standing. Either way, it seems you’ve acquired an iPhone. Whether it’s your first iPhone or not, you may be open to a few tips when it comes to setting it up properly. Before diving into the setup process, you’ll want to make sure you have a few things within reach. Make sure you have your Apple ID and passcode handy, along with your current iPhone’s passcode. These will be essential during the setup process. There’s also your Wi-Fi SSID and password – these will come in handy.…

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If you find yourself straddling the line between Apple and Windows devices, you’re not alone. Many users navigate both ecosystems and thankfully, Apple has provided a solution: iCloud for Windows. But before you dive in, let’s walk through the setup process and explore how to make the most of this integration. Before we delve into the nitty-gritty, let’s clarify: iCloud is Apple’s suite of cloud-based services, including file storage, device syncing, and password storage. It’s a vital component of the Apple ecosystem, which connects your devices and ensures your data is accessible wherever you go. Step 1: Installing iCloud for…

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For many of us, staying connected and navigating the intricacies of modern technology has become second nature. However, there remains a significant portion of the population, particularly older folks, who may struggle to keep pace with the digital revolution. As a result, well-intentioned efforts to bridge the digital divide by passing down old tech to older relatives may not always yield the desired outcomes. Turns out there are some risks and consequences of this practice, however well-intentioned it may be. Rather, techy young ones often find themselves as their family’s unofficial tech support, or a Family Information Officer (FIO) if…

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As we roll into 2024 with the enthusiasm of all the cyclists in Cape Town’s narrow streets, it’s probably a good time to reconsider your cycling kit. Hitting the streets (or the trails) means you’re committing to trading your legs for wheels. That means you should be mentally and physically prepared in terms of safety and health. Luckily, cycling tech has come a long way, and you’re in for a treat. Kryptonite Lock Fahgettaboudit | R2,000 Ensure the safety of your bike with the Kryptonite Lock Fahgettaboudit. Crafted from 18mm hardened special steel, this lock is virtually theft-proof. For added…

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One thousand songs in your pocket. How quaint! What’s Spotify got, 100 million? Well, yes, but cast your mind back two decades and most people had huge CD collections that very much didn’t fit in their pockets. Even cars were sold with the ‘benefit’ of filling boots with chunky CD changers. Then MP3 arrived… but most players on the market were junk. Apple’s wasn’t. While rivals battled over specs – never mind the dreadful industrial design and abysmal interfaces – Apple played to its strengths: brilliant marketing, a great user experience, and lickable design. Hang on. Sure, it was shiny…

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Microsoft Copilot, an artificial intelligence (AI) chatbot that leverages generative models like DALL-E 3 and GPT-4, is the biggest company in the world’s take on consumer AI. It’s supposed to help everyday Office 365 users streamline simple tasks and help with general productivity. While originally designed for platforms like iOS, Android and Windows, Mac users may also be keen to access Copilot in their ecosystem. While not officially available on Mac at the time of writing, there are ways to access Microsoft’s latest on your platform. Before we delve into the integration methods, it’s essential to understand what Microsoft Copilot…

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We bet you’re rearing to conquer the great outdoors while the Sun is still shining warm and bright. At least, the adventurers among you are. Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or a beginner eager to explore, having the right gear is essential. Facing the elements isn’t as straightforward as, say, running on a treadmill in a comfortable temperature-controlled environment of the nearest Virgin Active. You need a lot more protection and must be prepared for just about anything Mother Nature can throw at you. We want to make sure you’re equipped to handle any trail you choose to tackle. That’s…

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