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Satya Nadella in hot water over sexist comments

Published by on Oct 20th, 2014, 1 Comment

Satya Nadella

Microsoft’s smiling CEO, Satya Nadella, seems like a really nice guy for the most part. He seems to care about his employees, he took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and is always well spoken.

However, sometimes nice guys do something that’s not so nice and end up putting their foot in their mouth, saying something that they probably should’ve kept to themselves. This is what happened to poor old Satya last week, when his comments about gender equality in the tech industry – specifically relating to salaries – got him into quite the bubbling cauldron of angry women.

As the CEO of a mega company like Microsoft, you should know better than to publicly say stupid stuff about gender equality and women’s salaries in public.

Gender equality – or lack thereof – in the tech industry is already a very pressing issue. Big companies, like Microsoft, are frequently under the microscope, being scrutinized for their apparent inequality when it comes to gender within the company.

And now, it seems, Satya Nadella made the issue even bigger – no doubt causing somewhat of a headache for Microsoft.  (more…)

Apple Pay launching on Monday, October 20

Published by on Oct 17th, 2014, No Comments

Apple Pay

Last night’s Apple event might not have been as exciting as their September event, but the company still introduced us to a new line of iPads and a beautiful, 5K display iMac.

They also announced the launch date of the highly anticipated Apple Pay payment system, which is set to revolutionize the way we pay for products and services.

Tim Cook & Co. announced that Apple Pay will launch on Monday, October 20th on conjunction with the roll out of iOS 8.1.

iOS 8.1 may even been more anticipated than Apple Pay after the software update was plagued with numerous bugs in its first update. iOS 8.1, however will bring the Apple Pay service to certain devices with the update.

Along with announcing the launch date of the service, the company also announced they have successfully signed up an additional 500 banks which will support Apple Pay – a further testament to the service’s unique lure.  (more…)

Apple introduces their new iPad range and other goodies

Published by on Oct 17th, 2014, No Comments

Apple EventYesterday Apple introduced their new line of tablet products alongside the all new iMac Retina and OS X Yosemite. Just in time for the holidays Apple has introduced the iPad Air 2, the iPad Mini 3, and a gorgeous new iMac with a Retina display. From a software perspective, OS X Yosemite arrived in the US yesterday as a free update, and iOS 8.1, which will enable Apple Pay on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, is coming Monday (US release). (more…)

BlackBerry Passport to launch in South Africa

Published by on Oct 16th, 2014, 3 Comments


BlackBerry Passport

The latest flagship phone of struggling Canadian firm, BlackBerry , will be available in South Africa from early November 2014. BlackBerry unveiled the Passport on 24 September 2014 with hopes of getting back the attention of the corporate user.

“South Africa is a country of early adopters of the latest smartphone trends and I am convinced they are going to love our BlackBerry Passport – it’s unique, innovative, disruptive and very BlackBerry”, says Yudi Moodley, MD for Africa at BlackBerry. (more…)

Will.i.am launches Puls – a smart wristband

Published by on Oct 16th, 2014, 1 Comment

Puls

Celebrities seem to have a fascination with technology and in turn, putting their name on devices or services. Justin Bieber backed a social network and numerous other celebs have launched apps and the like. 

Will.i.am is the latest celeb to reinvent himself as a tech mogul with the unveiling of his smart wristband, Puls. Or rather, as he likes to call it, a smart ‘cuff’.

The Puls has been in development for more than 2 years, and is developed by i.am+ – Will.i.am’s consumer electronics company. The Puls finally saw the light of day yesterday, after numerous delays plagued the release of the device. 

The Puls resembles a smart watch, but, as Will.i.am repeatedly told his rather confused audience, it is not a watch (although it can tell the time). The Puls is being marketed as a smart device rather than tying it down to the ‘smart watch’ label. 

The device can make phone calls, send text messages as well as access online services and run apps through a 3G radio service.

Will.i.am – fashion icon and tech entrepreneur – really seems to be pushing the Puls as a ‘fashionable’ alternative to other smart watches (sorry, I mean ‘smart cuffs’.) The Black Eyed Peas singer calls the Puls a device for communicating, playing music and monitoring fitness. 

So… basically a smart watch, I hear you say? NO! It is not a watch.  (more…)

Up to R5000 cashback when you trade-in at iStore

Published by on Oct 16th, 2014, 1 Comment

istoreSo we are edging closer to October 24th and the official unveiling of the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in South Africa. I am sure fans from across the country are going to have their tempers and patience tested trying to get their hands on Apple’s latest smartphone. With the variety of different shops you can visit to either upgrade or purchase a new iPhone, which one is the best? Well, the South African iStore may have a very enticing offer. (more…)

Skype launches Skype Qik: a disappearing video-message app

Published by on Oct 15th, 2014, No Comments

Skype Qik

With the rise of video messaging services and disappearing photo messaging services, it was only a matter of time before some company decided to jump on the bandwagon and release an app that combines the two. 

Today, that company is Skype, who just released Skype Qik – a disappearing video messaging app. 

Skype Qik is based on ‘asynchronous video messaging’ as the company likes to call it, which basically means that you can create and send video messages to your friends – even if they are not online.

Qik will allow for your friends to watch your video once they log on to the service. 

The app is obviously mobile focused and is part of Skype’s overall plan to accommodate more for their mobile users. It comes as no surprise that the company – who’s roots are on desktop – is making mobile use better for users. 

Many of Skype’s users now use the service on mobile – as much as half, according to the company. Qik is a way to tap into the  video messaging market, as well as providing users with a cool new mobile feature.  (more…)

China poised to surpass the US as Apple’s largest iPhone market

Published by on Oct 15th, 2014, No Comments

apple-china_think-differentLove them or hate them it seems as though Apple is making inroads into one of the largest smartphone markets in the world. The new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus has the technological media and consumers polarised, on the one hand this will probably be the most successful iPhone in history and on the other end the device is plagued by issues like “bendgate”. But as with any potentially successful product, the proof is in the pudding, or the sales figures for that matter. The Cupertino company has always had a firm footing in the US, but now it seems as though they might just take the largest market of them all. (more…)

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