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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?

Namaqua Wines choose HoneyBee for Mobile Sales

Published by on Aug 29th, 2013, 1 Comment

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The Honeybee application is a new sales app by Stellenbosch based Field Office. Recently Namaqua Wines have trialled and implemented the Honeybee tablet application for sales staff.  Not only has South Africa’s biggest wine distributor increased its sales calls by over 25% per month but also – and because of its increased sales – it’s now added more people to its sales force. Namaqua Wines’s focus on using new technology solutions is part of the reason they chose the HoneyBee solution.

This android application nallows for instant information sharing, but also the management of customers and contacts.  But HoneyBee focusses primarily on what is important – sales.  Honeybee is specifically designed to help sales people be more effective, because they can showcase their products and generate quotes and orders, while they’re still at a customer’s premises. All the while, the sales management office has an interactive and bird’s eye view of every single sales activity so that sales efficiencies can be measured 24/7. (more…)

MTN Business Apps of the Year Announced

Published by on Aug 28th, 2013, 1 Comment

SnapscanFollowing on from the build up, and the intense judging process that has taken place over the last few weeks, the MTN Business App of the Year Awards event took place last night, at The Venue in Melrose Arch, and saw SnapScan being awarded the title of Best App of the Year for 2013.

Says Nomalanga Nkosi, GM: Enterprise Marketing at MTN SA; “On behalf of the MTN Business team, we would like to congratulate the SnapScan team for walking away with the Prestigious Best App title this year. This team demonstrated a solid passion for application development, and this, along with their innovation and understanding of what a mobile user really wants from an app has led them to receiving this.”

Research states that the estimated number of app users worldwide will hit more than four billion by the end of 2017. Such a figure not only indicates the growing demand for mobile applications, but the reality that mobile content is shaping the way people utilise their mobile devices. Says Nkosi; “The apps that are successful are the ones that are able to integrate completely into our ‘mobile lives’ and the Awards ceremony last night highlighted the incredible work being undertaken locally to truly drive content in innovative ways.”

MTN Business is the headline sponsor of the 2013 MTN Business App of the Year Awards. Adds Nkosi; “The calibre of entries received this year was truly amazing with 250 entries received overall – the panel of judges certainly did not have an easy task deciding upon a winner”.

With various award categories throughout the evening, winners included: (more…)

Mobility, Consumerization seen as Top Tech Trends in 2013

Published by on Aug 27th, 2013, No Comments

BYODConsumerisation and mobility will continue to be the top trends driving technology in 2014 and beyond, says Gartner research vice president Chris Howard – and the continuing growth of the ‘Internet of Things’ extends the human-machine relationship.

“For many years IT has been mainly about managing infrastructure and operations, ” says Howard. “Now the pendulum is swinging back towards the ‘creation of the digital enterprise’, and managing (and monetising) data is the new key requirement.”

Big data will get even bigger with the influx of new information from the ‘Internet of Things’, says Howard. “It’s not necessarily about your fridge being connected to the Internet, which has been hyped for over a decade now,” he says. “It’s about the critical mass of sensor networks that already exists, largely in industrial and commercial spaces like utilities, mines and refineries. We have machines communicating with each other, making low-level decisions on their own and feeding appropriate data back to humans to enrich our knowledge. We are also seeing devices and locations gaining ‘histories’ based on human social network engagement.” 
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WiFi the most Cost Effective Solution for Africa?

Published by on Aug 19th, 2013, No Comments

Wifi_Window_StickerAcross Africa demands are changing, access models are changing and consumers are blurring the lines between corporate and personal spaces – becoming more vocal in terms of what they want, says Ruckus Wireless. And what they want is access.

With more than 650 million mobile users in Africa and with 50% of Internet connections being exclusively channelled through mobile devices, Africa is the second biggest mobile market in the world and the fastest growing. With this growth, the expectation of increased capacity and coverage by users is exploding, but as more traffic, devices and concurrent connections hit mobile networks, the cost for transporting these bits rises. As a result, these trends are driving a new networks strategy that reduces OPEX and CAPEX, using Wi-Fi to offload non-essential traffic from cellular networks as well as scaling coverage and capacity quickly, using smaller cell sizes.

“As a result we are seeing a lot more free Wi-Fi, larger hotspots and Wi-Fi solutions being used in different verticals such as education – and most importantly, interest from service providers as to the viability of Wi-Fi as an alternative means for their users to access data,” says Michael Fletcher, sales director for Ruckus Wireless sub-Saharan Africa. “In fact, Wi-Fi represents one of the most expedient and cost-effective ways to increase both capacity and coverage of cellular networks, with a tight focus on where traffic is heaviest.” (more…)

Nokia teams up with Zound for colourful new Headphone Range

Published by on Aug 19th, 2013, 1 Comment

Nokia’s new Coloud Boom, Knock and Pop headsets, developed in collaboration with Zound Industries, are now available in South Africa. Zound Industries is well known as the group behind Marshall Headphones, Molami, and Urbanears.This exciting line of high quality yet affordable headsets, each with a unique design and feel of their own, are currently available in store. The range consists of the Coloud Boom, the Coloud Knock and the Coloud Pop:

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Boom is all about what Nokia calls “coverage”. (more…)

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