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Google’s modular smartphone Project Ara Developer’s Conference (video)

Published by on Apr 16th, 2014, No Comments

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Yesterday was day one of the Project Ara developers conference.

Imagine having a smartphone with modules that can all be swopped and replaced, allowing you to upgrade certain parts of your phone at will. You would be able to concentrate on what you find important in your device. If you like photography, install a better camera module; if you prefer more storage for all your music and apps you can rather include that. The concept is called Phonebloks.

This concept brought on Project Ara, which Google took control of after buying Motorola. Google are completely transparent with this idea, and has started with a developer’s conference to get as many people on board as early as possible. Check out their progress below: (more…)

Chris Beard named Mozilla’s interim CEO

Published by on Apr 15th, 2014, No Comments

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Mozilla has wasted no time in finding a replacement for Brendan Eich as CEO, and has announced that Chris Beard will be the man to lead Mozilla in interim.

Still reeling from the scandal that Eich’s appointment as CEO caused for Mozilla, the company has quickly pulled things straight again and re-focused the media’s attention on their new CEO.

In a blog post published by Mozilla Executive Chairwoman, Mitchell Baker, the company welcomed Chris Beard as their new Chief Executive Officer.

Beard has been with Mozilla for a long time – a fact that should already show the media and Mozilla’s employees alike that he is suited for the job.  (more…)

Uber starts making deliveries with UberRUSH

Published by on Apr 9th, 2014, No Comments

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Uber has now become something more than just a taxi company (albeit an ultra-modern, very successful one), and is now also starting to make package deliveries.

Uber NYC’s Josh Mohrer said that the service is called UberRUSH, and local same-day delivery will cost users between $15 and $30, depending on the distance it has to travel. (more…)

Top Hollywood studios file lawsuit against Kim Dotcom

Published by on Apr 8th, 2014, No Comments

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Mastermind of file sharing (and illicit activities) Kim Dotcom, has landed himself in hot water, yet again. 

The creator behind one of the world’s largest file sharing websites, MegaUpload, will now have to deal with yet another lawsuit claiming that Dotcom, in conjunction with his website, profited from massive copyright infringement of countless movies and television shows.

And it’s not just small-fry plaintiffs, either; six of Holywoods biggest film and television studios are filing a copyright infringement lawsuit against MegaUpload and Kim Dotcom.

These studios include 20th Century Fox, Paramount, Universal, Columbia, Warner Brothers and Disney.  (more…)

Microsoft announces Skype TX – studio quality for broadcasters

Published by on Apr 8th, 2014, No Comments

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Off all the things Microsoft has announced lately, this is the only one that completely caught us off guard. The company from Redmond unveiled Skype TX, a new version of its VoIP service geared toward broadcasters.

The technology used was developed by an acquired company – Cat and Mouse – and offers higher-quality audio and video output for media professionals. (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…)

AfricanUp – Connecting a continent on the rise

Published by on Apr 3rd, 2014, No Comments

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Startups, investors and tech hubs listen up – the newly launched AfricanUp platform will soon become your new best friend.

AfricanUp is a platform geared towards helping startups, technology hubs and accelerators connect with each other, as well as helping investors find startups. All in all, AfricanUp is a platform for the technology eco-system at large to tell the world it’s story.

AfricanUp is the brain child of South African entrepreneurs Paul Cartmel and Nic Haralambous. Through a connection between the power of New Media Lab’s Lenticular technology, and Haralambous’ business-development, AfricanUp was born.

Haralambus has said that the idea with AfricanUo is not to revolutionize the tech industry, but rather to just get down to basics and offer a platform for startups to connect with investors, accelerators and more:

“There’s no need to reinvent the wheel when launching a platform like AfricanUp. Our goal isn’t to build a revolutionary technology business. Our goal is to connect startups, founders, investors and accelerators from around the world,” he said.  (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…)

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