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Everest app launches in SA

Published by on Jul 4th, 2013, 1 Comment

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Everest, the popular iPhone app aimed at helping people achieve life goals and dreams, has announced its launch in South Africa on Thursday, July 4th, available for immediate download on the Apple App Store.

“Nelson Mandela, Christiaan Barnard, and Elon Musk have inspired me”, says co-founder and CEO Francis Pedraza, “so I am excited to see the goals and dreams the rest of the people of South Africa will accomplish with Everest!”

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From learning a new language, to getting in the best shape of their life, to teaching their kid how to ride a bike, Everest helps people break goals into smaller daily steps, get support and accountability, and beautifully capture their journey.

People had added over 1,000,000 steps to their goals since the app was first released in the United States in January.

Everest is also announcing a new feature this week: Dream Journeys, a beautiful new web interface for sharing progress and asking for suggestions.

The first South Africans who accomplish these goals on Everest will be recognized: (more…)

Infographic: The Tech Tools of SA Startups

Published by on Jun 28th, 2013, 4 Comments

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Interested in seeing what tools SA’s tech startups use? Silicon Cape did a pretty great survey which gives us some insights into the industry. The survey focusses on programming languages, devices used etc. But it also tells us a bit about their banking preferences – it is clear that FNB’s innovative edge seems to grab the attention of techies everywhere.

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BlackBerry Jam Session coming to SA in July

Published by on Jun 26th, 2013, No Comments

BlackBerry-JamEager to develop for BlackBerry, but do not know where to start? The BlackBerry Jam Africa & Middle East Tour will come to South Africa in July providing South African developers a chance for more hands-on experience with the range of development tools available for the BlackBerry platform. The sessions will take place in Durban on 15 July, Cape Town on 16 July and Johannesburg on 18 July.

The events form part of a series of BlackBerry Jam Sessions  for developers in Africa and the Middle East that will provide new skills, support the development of locally, relevant content and give budding entrepreneurs more opportunities to reach a local and global BlackBerry audience. The events will provide attendees with the latest resources, training and best practices for creating BlackBerry 10 apps.

BlackBerry Jam sessions are open to all developers, but are also designed for people who are new to the BlackBerry 10 platform, or want to learn the basics about app development. The sessions provide practical advice and tips that help developers get the most of the BlackBerry 10 development environment. (more…)

BlackBerry Enterprise Server now secures work on Android and iOS devices

Published by on Jun 25th, 2013, No Comments

blackberry-launches-secure-work-space-for-android-iosBlackBerry today announced the availability of a new security solution that separates work and personal apps and data on iOS and Android devices. Secure Work Space for iOS and Android is a new option with BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 (version 10.1.1) that offers customers with a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policy, a solution with the best combination of security, user experience and total cost of ownership. BlackBerry designed Secure Work Space to meet the management, security and cost needs of the CIO, and the user experience and functionality that employees demand.

Since launching in January 2013, 18,000 BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 servers have been installed by customers around the world and Secure Work Space for iOS and Android has been trialled globally with BlackBerry customers since the launch, including Netherlands-based e-office mobile b.v. For the past 22 years e-office has been creating virtual working environments for their clients, and to ensure they are always staying current on their clients’ mobility needs, e-office took part in BlackBerry’s early adopter program for Secure Work Space.

“Secure Work Space builds on BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10, and we found that BlackBerry’s secure infrastructure offered our company the best containerization solution to help mobilize our multi-platform environment, while maintaining a great user experience,” said Thierry Lammers, Director and co-founder, e-office mobile. “We’re looking forward to deploying this solution across our organization and to our customers in the coming months and bringing the separation of work and personal data to life on iOS and Android devices.” (more…)

Microsoft Backtracks on Xbox One Licensing Policies

Published by on Jun 20th, 2013, 2 Comments

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Boy is this good news for gamers. The Xbox One was officially unveiled recently – and despite brilliant features and excellent hardware, the device got hammered in the media for two reasons.

First off, the Xbox One needed a daily check-in through the internet to ensure you are licensed for the games you are playing. This means that if your internet was down that day you simply could not play any games. Ridiculous.

Secondly, Microsoft wanted to control licensing of games through digital rights management. This meant that you could not simply go and buy a second hand game from a store like BT Games. You had to have the “license” transferred to your console, just like say, a piece of software. Once again, no internet, no go.

The backlash was so big that many Xbox fans simply stated they would switch to Playstation 4 due to these policies (and who could blame them?).

Sony was very quick to point out their upcoming PS4 will not force publishers to use the license transfer system, and gamers could simply go ahead and swap and buy second hand games as always. Needless to say, the sentiment of the Xbox One quickly fell out of favour with the general public. (See our comparison of Xbox One vs PS4 here)

So here is the the good news: Microsoft has stepped back from these ridiculous policies. Microsoft’s president of interactive entertainment made a lengthy blog post about this very issue, and had the following to say: (more…)

ST4GE Entrepreneurship Showcase to be held on 27 June

Published by on Jun 19th, 2013, No Comments

ST4GEFor those interested in entrepreneurship and growing a business, one of the best ways is hearing the stories of those who have done it. Those who have been paid revenue for turning their idea into reality. Many of these people are unknown to most, and one of the places you can hear their stories is ST4GE.

ST4GE showcases entrepreneurs and businesses that have made it to the revenue stage. The first 3 stages are idea, build and sell, whereas a pivotal point is revenue. While taking an idea to revenue doesn’t ensure that a business will break even, success is far more likely.

The event includes 6 entrepreneur presentations of 5 minutes each, with 5 minutes Q&A from investors and mentors who will watch in a Dragon’s Den style type layout. Audiences wlll be entertained by seeing lesser-known companies and often demos.

This month showcases some incredible companies:

BlinkView
ShiftOne
Powertime (PayGenius)
Stribal
Secret Agent
Santiware

Many of these companies (and their products) have been featured on BWB in the past.

The event takes place at the Bandwidth Barn, 66 Albert Road, Woodstock, at 18:00 on June 27th, 2013. Food and drinks will be available. Please buy your tickets soon, as space is limited! Here is the link: http://www.quicket.co.za/events/2134-st4ge-entrepreneur-and-startup-event/.

HP Announces Elite Mobile POS for Retail

Published by on Jun 11th, 2013, No Comments

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HP today announced the HP ElitePad Mobile Point of Sale (POS) Solution, a POS device that helps retail and hospitality businesses. With the rise of sophisticated e commerce and mobile technologies, today’s tech-savvy consumers expect instant, customised access to a brand’s offerings. However, delivering this type of personalised experience can be challenging for brick-and-mortar businesses. To address this, 57 percent of retailers plan to implement tablets in their store in the next 12-36 months, citing consumer engagement as the top priority.(1)

The HP ElitePad Mobile POS Solution, which is composed of the HP ElitePad  plus the HP Retail Jacket for ElitePad, allows businesses to meet customer needs anywhere in the store with mobile POS and assisted selling capabilities. The new mobile solution integrates into a retailer’s existing IT infrastructure, saving time and money by allowing them to easily connect to store systems. (more…)

Our 5 Favourite New iOS7 Features

Published by on Jun 11th, 2013, 18 Comments

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Apple fans were probably nailed to their PC’s last night to see what Apple’s software guys have been brewing for the last year. The anticipation was more than usual this year – iOS’s development leadership structure had a reshuffle a few months ago, and Jony Ive has taken over the design of the new iOS7.

A New Look.

Jony Ive is the guy responsible for Apple’s hardware design until now. His work until now gives you an idea where his preferences lies. Simplicity and well thought out “golden rule” approaches can be found all over the new iOS7. App icons are all redesigned (after 5 years of very subtle changes) using a grid like design within the icon. All the 3D looking gradients of past icons are gone. Simple flat icons might take some getting used though.

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