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Reserve Bank to pay R250 million back to Mark Shuttleworth

Published by on Oct 1st, 2014, 1 Comment

Mark Shuttleworth

Mark Shuttleworth is a very wealthy man and now he looks to add even more to his riches after the Supreme Court of Appeal ruled in his favour in his lengthy legal battle against the South African Reserve Bank.

The local tech entrepreneur – and first African in space – has been battling with the Reserve Bank for over a year about the pricey exchange control levies and today finally received judgement, which of course was in his favour.

The SCA has ordered the South African Reserve Bank to pay Shuttleworth R250 million, plus interest.

The official amount that the Reserve Bank has to pay to Shuttleworth is R250 474 893, 50 (plus the interest, of course). The sum is equal to that which Shuttleworth had to pay for moving his assets out of the country.

Shuttleworth has not been living in South Africa since 2001, when he moved to the Isle of Man in the United Kingdom. However, it wasn’t until 2009 that the billionaire decided to take the rest of his money with him to the UK. He has a reported fortune of R2.5 billion. (more…)

Samsung now has its own Galaxy Note 4 scandal: GapGate

Published by on Oct 1st, 2014, 1 Comment

Galaxy Note 4

Well, what do you know. Hot off the heels of Apple’s infamous ‘Bendgate’ scandal, another giant tech company has been hit with a similar scandal – and it just so happens to be Apple’s biggest competitor, Samsung.

Samsung is the latest company to be embroiled in a scandal relating to their latest phablet (read: really big smartphone) the new Galaxy Note 4. And as we all know, the Note 4 is direct competition for the new iPhone 6 Plus, the phone implicated in the ‘Bendgate’ scandal.

Coincidence aside, Samsung is now the subject of ‘GapGate’ – aptly named by Twitter trolls and tech junkies world wide.

‘GapGate’ refers to a small gap in the new Galaxy Note 4 between the screen of the phone and the frame or casing around it.  (more…)

Kids are purposefully bending iPhones in Apple stores

Published by on Sep 30th, 2014, 5 Comments

Bending iPhone 6 Plus

Just as you may have thought that Apple’s ‘Bendgate’ saga is finally dying down, it actually takes a turn for the worse. A very idiotic turn, that is.

‘Bendgate’ has been hanging over Apple’s head like a dark, dreary cloud this past week. With numerous reports by users claiming that their iPhone 6 Plus bends when in their pockets, the internet blew up with these latest claims.

While there may only be a handful of iPhone 6 Plus users whose phones actually bent, naturally, people will take matters into their own hands. And when it’s a ‘scandal’ that burdens one of the biggest companies in the world, people tend to take things a little too far.

Numerous videos have popped up online of people intentionally bending iPhones in an effort to establish whether or not it will bend if it is in your pocket. The problem is, that these tests are intentional. It’s not a true representative of everyday wear and tear.

Apple also took notice of the hundreds of videos aiming to prove that the iPhone 6 Plus is bendable. So much so that they let the media into their rigorous iPhone testing lab to see what the iPhone goes through, testing-wise, before it is shipped and sold.

But, as is the case with all things internet related (and especially those that go viral) there will be some idiot out there that pushes the envelope in the wrong direction. (more…)

Apple’s intense iPhone testing centre revealed in light of ‘Bendgate’

Published by on Sep 29th, 2014, No Comments

iPhone testing

With every new phone released there is a whole lot of praise, but it is almost always accompanied by a whole lot of scandal. And for Apple and their new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, the past week was rather rough when it comes to scandal.

Besides the fact that iOS 8 and it’s first update, 8.0.1, caused some serious problems for certain users, Apple had to deal with yet another scandal that rocked the pristine world in Apple-land – the so-called ‘Bendgate’ scandal.

If you have been following any tyoe of tech news as of late, you would of most certainly have heard of Bendgate – the alleged report that some iPhone 6 and 6 Plus devices bends when in users’ pockets. Naturally, this is not  good look for Apple.

A mere 20 days after the iPhone 6 and it’s bigger brother the 6 Plus was released, people began reporting that the phone literally bends in their pockets. How much of this is true (or how many devices it has affected) is still unknown, but enough people made a hoo-ha about the bending scandal for it to attract a lot of media attention. And it also caught the attention of Apple.

In light of ‘Bendgate’ Apple did something that they rarely do. They let a reported from The Verge into their enclosed iPhone testing centre, to show us just how much new iPhones have to endure before they can be labeled consumer ready. (more…)

iOS 8.0.2 released to fix 8.0.1 disaster

Published by on Sep 26th, 2014, 4 Comments

iOS 8

iOS 8 users, rejoice! Apple has released an update to the disastrous iOS 8.0.1 and it seems that all is good and well again in iOS land.

After the dreadful roll out of iOS 8.0.1 on Wednesday – the first update to Apple’s new iOS 8 – Apple really had to scram to fix numerous bugs that severely upset iOS 8 users, especially those with either the new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus.

Complaints of debilitating bugs associated with the iOS 8.0.1 update started surfacing on Twitter and Facebook almost as soon as the update was released. In mere minutes, thousands of iOS users were crying out to Apple about the bugs that effectively rendered their phones unusable.

Reports claimed that the bugs associated with the iOS 8.0.1 update caused users to lose all cellphone signal and also affected the TouchID – making it completely unusable.

However, these complaints did definitely not fall on deaf ears, as Apple removed the 8.0.1 update a mere hour after it was released from the Developer Centre. The company also hurried to disable the over the air download of the update.  (more…)

New Cirque du Soleil short film shows magical dancing drones

Published by on Sep 25th, 2014, No Comments


We all know that entertainment company/fancy circus, Cirque du Soleil, have done some amazing acts in the past. The Canadian-based company has always pushed the envelope in terms of performance and their latest offering is no different.

‘Sparked’ is a beautiful short film made by Cirque du Soleil in association with the ETH University in Zurich. And why is it of interest for us, you may ask? Well, it’s because it involves the use of quad copter drones that move, beautifully, in sync with the human dancer.

Now drones and dancing is not an entirely new concept. A few months ago we reported on a Japanese dance troupe that also did a performance in synchronization with drones.

However, this group had actual humans control the drones in their performance – which is a great feat considering the timing must be perfect, leaving no space for human error.

In the case of ‘Sparked’, the drones were controlled by a ‘digital choreographer’. This digital choreographer is actually computer that controls the quad copters through an algorithm developed by the producers.

The computer tracked the drones’ positions at 200 times per second. The people behind the scenes then developed an algorithm that can ‘dynamically control a number of flying machines’.  (more…)

U2 working with Apple on ‘secret project’ to curb piracy

Published by on Sep 23rd, 2014, No Comments

U2 Apple BFFS

Legendary rockers, U2, made quite the splash recently thanks to their partnership with Apple. The rollout of their latest album, ‘Songs of Innocence’ that was given away for free to iTunes users, placed them in the spotlight again – even though the reception was less than favourable.

After Tim Cook announced that every iTunes user or iPhone owner will be able to download ‘Songs of Innocence’ for free, the internet and social media exploded with a lot of WTF’s. We get it, not everyone is a U2 fan (except perhaps my dad).

The outcry (dare we say disgust) was so bad, that Apple had to release a support guide to help users get rid of the unwanted U2 album.

However, Apple’s partnership with U2 goes way beyond free albums and awkward finger-fives. It’s also common knowledge that Apple has partnered with U2 frontman, Bono, in the past to collaborate on his (RED) initiative that helps fight HIV/AIDS.

Who can forget the stunning, shiny red Mac Pro Jony Ive designed for the (RED) auction last year.  (more…)

Report: Apple to hold iPad & OS X event in October

Published by on Sep 18th, 2014, No Comments

iPad event

It’s been just over a week since Apple announced the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus along with the beautiful Apple Watch and sophisticated Apple Pay system, and already reports are citing a noter Apple event come October.

Reports are stating that Apple will be holding a mid-October event to unveil their new iPads and officially launch their new OS X Yosemite. There are also talks of new Mac hardware that will be announced at the rumoured event.

No official date has been confirmed, with Bloomberg only reporting a ‘mid-October’ date. However, some sources have reported that the event is scheduled for Tuesday, October 21.

This date would make sense considering the fact that last year, Apple held their iPad and OS X event on October 22nd, when they launched the iPad Air and the Retina iPad Mini as well as OS X Mavericks.  (more…)