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88mph startups meet with investors

Published by on Apr 24th, 2014, No Comments

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88mph, one of South Africa’s leading seed investors and accelerators, recently held their Cape Town Investor Day at the Crossley & Webb vintage car showroom, and the startups showing at the event were definitely something to get excited about.

88mph operates from Cape Town as well as Nairobi and Lagos and aims at providing startups with more than just funding. In addition to the initial investment, the accelerator also provides these startups to networks, gives them feedback on their products and assists them with business models, marketing and helps them to experiment in the market.

In February, 88mph invested in seven startups – all of which have been hard at work over the past 10 weeks. The company’s Investor Day will allow these startups to communicate with venture capitalists and high net worth individuals and show them what their business can do.  (more…)

Samsung’s Galaxy S5 Sucks: 5 Reasons Why

Published by on Apr 24th, 2014, 19 Comments

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The Galaxy S range from Samsung has become the biggest thing in smartphones since the smartphone – a la iPhone. There are many reasons why, including marketing and mass appeal. There are many reasons to love the device (which we will get to later), but also many reasons to hate it.

We are waiting on Samsung SA for an official review unit, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t had any time with the new iteration of Samsung’s blockbuster phone. In our first hands-on experience we could easily and quickly come to some dire conclusions. The phone will sell extremely well, but we don’t necessarily agree with the general public, and here is why…

1. Design (more…)

WhatsApp hits 500 million active users

Published by on Apr 24th, 2014, No Comments

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And people ask why Facebook paid so much for WhatsApp? Less than a year ago WhatsApp announced that they had reached 300 million active users, and now they have hit 500 million. That is a massively impressive growth rate, only equalled in the tech world by their parent company, Facebook. (more…)

LG’s G Watch to be water resistant, in two colours

Published by on Apr 24th, 2014, No Comments

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LG have given us a bit of extra info surrounding the upcoming LG G Watch on its website. It will of course be the first smartwatch launched with Google’s Android Wear platform. It seems that it will be available in two colours, and they do look striking, to be honest. (more…)

HTC-made Nexus 8 reportedly launching in Q3

Published by on Apr 24th, 2014, No Comments

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The Nexus program is the Android purist’s dream – the way Android intended Google at bargain prices. There may be a couple of potential changes on the horizon, however.

There have been rumours that the Nexus program may be coming to an end soon, but Google does apparently still have plans for a couple new Nexus devices this year. This is now apparently not the case, with a rumoured Nexus 8 tablet in the works. The time around, it won’t be made by Asus, but HTC. (more…)

The first ever YouTube video was posted on this day, 9 years ago

Published by on Apr 23rd, 2014, No Comments

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For most of us, imaging a world without YouTube almost seems impossible. The service has become such a big part of life in the digital age that thinking of it not being here anymore sends one into a panic.

Whether you use the term ‘YouTube’ as a noun, a verb (YouTubing) or simply as a reference, it’s bound to pop up at some point.

Now it’s hard to think that the world’s favourite video sharing website is only 9 years old – however, at the pace of things changing and happening in the digital world, YouTube almost seems like an elder.

While YouTube was officially founded on Valentines Day in 2005, the first ever video posted to the site was posted on April 23rd 2005 – today 9 years ago. (more…)

Apple fan’s depiction of the iPad in 2004 is surprisingly accurate

Published by on Apr 23rd, 2014, No Comments

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It’s hard to think that the iPad has only been around for 4 years. Apple’s landmark device set the tone for all other companies to also start making tablets. And now, with iPads and the various other tablets available being such an integral part of our world, it’s good to take a look back at the world before tablets.

Recently, The Next Web came across an old concept forum on the popular MacRumors website dating back to 2004. Here, some Apple fan created an render of what he thought would be Apple’s ‘next big thing’.

And surprisingly, he was almost spot on. The fan created his own interpretation of (what he called) the iPad.  (more…)

Terminally ill woman takes finals walks with Oculus Rift (video)

Published by on Apr 23rd, 2014, No Comments

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There are so many gaming devices out there that can have far reaching uses – much more than merely gaming and home entertainment. This week we have seen a noble use for the Oculus Rift. A terminally ill woman’s wishes were able to come true one last time.

Roberta Firstenberg’s cancer treatments failed last year, and she was told she had just a few months to live. Her granddaughter Priscilla (Pri) is a gamer, and the devastating news prompted her to send a note to the Oculus Rift support team, who quickly decided to send a developer’s unit. (more…)

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