TECHNOBYTE for 30 October 2015

Apple Watch is finally available in South Africa. Apple’s new smartwatches are an extension of your phone. They allow you to read and respond to notifications on your wrist. You can also able to take calls using the watch. It also has many health features that track your daily activities and encourage you to be healthy. Apple’s new devices are very stylish and have a great build quality. They come in two sizes a 38mm and 42 mm face with either the aluminium or stainless steel bodies with a variety of 20 styles to choose from. Battery life lasts a full day. Apple Watch is a fantastic device but it is expensive and does have limitations. If you are looking for a device that you can use to do the basic stuff you do on your phone without having to take the phone out your bag then you will love Apple Watch and its customizability.

Project Loon balloons travel approximately 20 km above the Earth’s surface in the stratosphere. Winds in the stratosphere are stratified, and each layer of wind varies in speed and direction. Project Loon uses software algorithms to determine where its balloons need to go, then moves each one into a layer of wind blowing in the right direction. By moving with the wind, the balloons can be arranged to form one large communications network. Each balloon can provide connectivity to a ground area about 40 km in diameter using a wireless communications technology called LTE. To use LTE, Project Loon partners with telecommunications companies to share cellular spectrum so that people will be able to access the Internet everywhere directly from their phones and other LTE-enabled devices. Balloons relay wireless traffic from cell phones and other devices back to the global Internet using high-speed links.

This week I have been playing with the Sony Xperia Z5. The new design on Sony flagship device is more rounded and feels more comfortable in your hand. It is packed with interesting features like an integrated fingerprint sensor built into the power button so no more entering passwords to use your phone. But the strongest feature of the Z5 is the camera. It features a 23 MP camera that takes superb photographs and shoots 4K video. It has a superfast processor and 3 GB of RAM so the specs on the Z5 are top notch and it is deservedly on the top 5 Android smartphones around right now. Be warned it is pricey.

This article first appeared on 702 : TECHNOBYTE for 30 October 2015



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