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Top smartphone manufacturers sign anti-phone theft pledge

Published by on Apr 16th, 2014, No Comments

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The crackdown on smartphone theft has jumped another level after some of the world’s leading smartphone manufacturers, as well as cellular carriers, signed a new pledge to combat this ever increasing problem.

The new pledge stipulates that companies who have signed, now pledge to help make it harder for thieves to steal smartphones by means of ‘kill switch’ applications.

Google, Apple, Microsoft, HTC, Samsung, Nokia, Motorola and Huawei have all agreed to build their smartphones in a way in which it would be difficult for a thief to do anything with a smartphone once the so-called ‘kill switch’ has been engaged.

The idea is that the companies will make it possible for every smartphone user to remotely block and wipe their phones, should it be stolen. This will then in turn speed up the process of blocking your phone and rendering the device ‘unusable’ to the criminal. (more…)

Could this be what the iPhone 6 will look like?

Published by on Apr 9th, 2014, No Comments

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With the build up to the official debut of the new iPhone 6 growing stronger and more intense everyday, it’s no surprise that Apple fans, designers and tech sites and journalists will come up with their own idea of the iPhone 6.

Imaginations have run wild over the past few months, with dozens of people submitting their interpretation (or rather, expectation) of the iPhone 6 to various websites.

A couple of weeks ago, we showed you designer Sam Beckett’s vision of an iPhone Air. While Beckett’s version of the ‘new’ iPhone went viral, many more followed suit and came up with their own ideas.

The latest mock-up to hit the interwebs, is this one by popular technology website, Macrumors.  (more…)

Apple may be planning to take Siri offline

Published by on Apr 8th, 2014, No Comments

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Big tech acquisitions seem to be dime a dozen these days, and Apple has made another interesting one. Apple acquired an automatic speech recognition (ASR) technology company called Novauris Technologies. The company has historical ties to the core technology and patents behind Siri. (more…)

Apple opens first Eastern European store in Turkey

Published by on Apr 7th, 2014, No Comments

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We already know that Apple flagship stores are usually impeccably designed, sleek, beautiful and fully encompasses Apple’s brand as whole. So it came as no surprise that the company’s first Eastern European flagship store was any different.

Apple opened the doors to their new flagship store in Istanbul, Turkey on Saturday.

From first glance, the store is dripping in modern aesthetics. The clear, glass panes and sleek Apple logo reminds us that Apple takes the look and feel of their products (and stores) very seriously.  (more…)

Report: Apple to start manufacturing iPhone 6 screens in May

Published by on Apr 2nd, 2014, No Comments

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With the build up to the release of the new iPhone 6, more an more information is beng leaked about how far into production the phone actually is, and of course, when we can finally expect it to be launched.

Another tidbit of information joining the iPhone 6 build-up, is the reported production time for the phone’s screens. As we already know, the iPhone 6 will be available in two sizes; a 4.7-inch screen and a 5.5-inch screen.

According to reports by Reuters, suppliers are to start manufacturing the new iPhone screens next month, in May. Reuters claim that this information was obtained by supply chain stores who (obviously) requested to stay anonymous. (more…)

App Store users, get ready for a price increase thanks to the new digital purchases law

Published by on Apr 1st, 2014, 2 Comments

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Apple and App Store users, unfortunately I have some bad news for you. As of today, prices in the South African App Store will be raised – and no, this is not an April Fool’s Day joke.

Today, Apple sent out an email to all developers explaining that the prices of cotent and apps in various App Stores will be raised as of April 1st.

A total of 5 countries are being affected by the new price increase. These countries include India, Indonesia, Australia, Turkey and the good ol’ RSA.

Apple hasn’t made it clear as to exactly how much the prices will increase to.  (more…)

Samsung runs to Google for help with Apple patent war

Published by on Apr 1st, 2014, No Comments

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Over the last couple of years we have seen the patent war between Apple and Samsung go from bad to worse, with mudslinging all round contributing to some lengthy and very expensive court cases. Apple is now once again on Samsung’s back and wants $2 billion is damages, claiming that Samsung infringed on five patents, including slide to unlock and tap to search. (more…)

Microsoft Office for iPad finally launched

Published by on Mar 28th, 2014, No Comments

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After years of rumour upon rumour, Microsoft has finally put the endless speculation to rest and announced the launch of Office for iPad. 

Julia White, General Manager of Microsoft Office, finally gave avid iPad users what they have been waiting for at an event held in San Francisco yesterday. Here, Microsoft unveiled Office for iPad for the very first time – and we must say, it’s really quite impressive.

Office for iPad is available as three different apps – Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. (more…)

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