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Microsoft welcomes back Start Button in new Windows 8.1 Ad

Published by on Sep 30th, 2013, 5 Comments

One of the major bugbears of Windows 8 users everywhere was the disappearance of the Start Button on the screen – a fundamental part of Windows since Windows 95. Windows 8 instead relied on gestures or hot corners when using a mouse – while not that bad to use every day, it is not exactly the most intuitive method for people starting out with Windows 8.

Luckily with Windows 8.1 (a free upgrade for Windows 8 users), Microsoft has brought back the on screen Start button. The great thing is that 8.1 updates so much more than just the Start button: (more…)

Casey Neistat explores the “Dark Side” of People lining up for the new iPhone

Published by on Sep 25th, 2013, No Comments

This guys sleeps inside a garbage bag waiting for the new iPhone...

This guys sleeps inside a garbage bag waiting for the new iPhone…

Casey Neistat makes some of the coolest commercials and documentary videos out there, but his latest video is something a little less promotional of our materialistic culture. He goes out to the long long lines of people waiting for the iPhone 5S and C, with a simply question – “Why?”.

It is pretty depressing to see that people cannot quite put into words the reason they are standing in line (some up to 2 weeks already). Later you do get a feel for the enthusiastic culture inside Apple stores – and I guess potential buyers cannot help but get caught up in the excitement.

He also asks what colour they will opt for – all his subjects want the gold model.

Tell us what you think: (more…)

BlackBerry Announces New High End Z30

Published by on Sep 18th, 2013, 1 Comment

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BlackBerry today introduced the new BlackBerry Z30 smartphone, BlackBerry’s new flagship device. Featuring BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.2, the new all-touch BlackBerry Z30 smartphone comes with a 5” display and the largest battery yet on a BlackBerry smartphone.

“The new BlackBerry Z30 smartphone builds on the solid foundation and engaging user experience of the BlackBerry 10 platform with features like the powerful BlackBerry Hub, its exceptional touchscreen keyboard and industry leading browser” said Carlo Chiarello, Executive Vice President for Products at BlackBerry. “The smartphone rounds out the BlackBerry 10 portfolio and is designed for people looking for a smartphone that excels at communications, messaging and productivity. Having apps like the full Documents To Go suite that comes preinstalled, together with its 5” touch display, the BlackBerry Z30 smartphone gives you a best in class productivity experience on the go.”

The new BlackBerry Z30 smartphone comes with BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.2. Among the key features are: (more…)

Takealot Launches new Updated Apps

Published by on Sep 17th, 2013, No Comments

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One of our favourite online stores, TAKEALOT.com, has launched the first major update of its shopping app for Apple iOS and Android devices. The latest iteration has been deployed with a view to improving the overall shopping experience within the app, as well as including some groundbreaking new features.

Declan Hollywood, Chief Marketing Officer of TAKEALOT.com, commented “We want to give our customers a seamless and integrated shopping experience on TAKEALOT.com, regardless of the location or the device they are shopping on. The experience should look and feel the same.”

One of the major updates is that customers can pay for their goods using eBucks. “eBucks is a commonly used payment method by our customers, so we wanted to afford the mobile consumer the opportunity to cash in on their eBucks, regardless of the environment they’re shopping in. We’re the first retail app in South Africa that allows our customers to do this”, says Declan.

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Conan shows how the Gold iPhone was developed

Published by on Sep 12th, 2013, No Comments

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Conan O’Brein team has come up with a spoof Apple ad that shows how Apple came up with the development of the gold iPhone 5S. It very much mimics Apple white background marketing, but then with a new VP of “Gold” telling us why they chose Gold.

Enjoy: (more…)

Thoughts on Apple’s New iPhones

Published by on Sep 11th, 2013, 10 Comments

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Apple’s yearly release of new iPhones typically has the technology press in a full frenzy, and justifiably so. As one of the best selling phones in the world, the iPhone has become somewhat of an icon, and 6 years later is still the bar against which all other smartphones are measured against. But these days the competition is stiffer than ever, and some analysts report that Apple is not holding up innovation wise to companies like Samsung. So has the new iPhones impressed us enough?

First off – the iPhone 5C (more…)

SA learners display “MAD” development skills at BlackBerry challenge

Published by on Sep 5th, 2013, 3 Comments

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Johan Nel, Eben du Toit and Gustav du Preez were named as the winners in the Gauteng leg of the BlackBerry Mobile Application Development “MAD” Challenge 2013 held at the BlackBerry apps lab at the University of Pretoria. They emerged in first place from 63 learners from 18 of Gauteng Schools.

The MAD Challenge 2013 is aimed at Grade 11 or 12 learners with a keen interest in technology – specifically mobile application development. It gave them the challenge of creating their own mobile applications in just 10 weeks.

The challenge is hosted by the Institute for e-skills human capacity development’s Creative New Media Industries CoLab in Gauteng and forms part of the Department of Communication’s drive to address the e-skills shortage, stimulate interest in ICT, develop entrepreneurs and to create a platform for innovation within the country.

The aim of the MAD Challenge is to encourage learners to embrace the career choices and entrepreneurial potential of the ICT industry. Learners were selected to take part in the competition based on their individual application forms and academic performance. (more…)

Yahoo reveals new Logo

Published by on Sep 5th, 2013, No Comments

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Yahoo has been playing around with different logos for the past month, and it seems they have finally settled on something. The previous logo was becoming a little long in tooth, and was used by the company for the past 18 years.

Marissa Mayer (previously from Google) took over the struggling internet giant about 14 months ago, and spearheaded a few interesting transformations for the company. But Yahoo has mostly been busy with a big shopping spree, buying services like Tumblr for $1.1 billion.

Yahoo is sticking with its purple theme, but a new font design does look a little more fresh. “We wanted a logo that stayed true to our roots (whimsical, purple, with an exclamation point) yet embraced the evolution of our products,” a statement on the website said.

So – what do you think of the new logo?

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