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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…)

Microsoft announces Windows 10! Wait, what? (video)

Published by on Oct 1st, 2014, 1 Comment

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The time many of us was waiting for has finally arrived. Microsoft today announced the new version of their iconic operating system, Windows 10.

That’s right, Windows 10. While the software maker had referred to Windows 10 as codename Windows Threshold internally, today’s official naming puts any rumors of Windows, Windows TH, Windows X, Windows One, and even Windows 9 to bed. (more…)

BlackBerry to continue with ‘unconventional’ devices

Published by on Oct 1st, 2014, No Comments

The company logo is seen at the Blackberry campus in Waterloo

In case you forgot, BlackBerry is still making smartphones. While many have written the company off, BlackBerry insist they will still be making phones.

Not only that, but they say they will keep on making ‘unconventional’ phones like the Passport below, that has just released. (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…)

Google reveals possible Andriod L names

Published by on Sep 30th, 2014, 2 Comments

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We are very close to the public release of Android L – or at least, we are pretty darn sure we are – but strangely we still don’t have confirmation from Google as to what it will be called. We have heard multiple whispers from so-called “sources”, ranging from Android Lemon Meringue Pie, to Android Lion.

Now we get some concrete evidence that we can expect it to be called either Android Lollipop or Android Layer Cake (yeah, we know). (more…)

LG designing a 3G-connected smartwatch

Published by on Sep 30th, 2014, 4 Comments

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The smartwatch market is still in its infancy and still many questions remain about why we would actually want to use it on a regular basis. One of the arguments put forth by manufacturers is that it can completely replace your smartphone, and wouldn’t need to be tethered to one.

Samsung believe there is a market for such a device and has already launched the Gear S (pictured above), a 3G connected smartwatch that can make phone calls and it brings basically all other smartphone functionality you would need (i.e. email, maps, etc). (more…)

You can swap out Project Ara’s modules without turning off the phone

Published by on Sep 30th, 2014, No Comments

project-ara-9A month ago we reported that Project Ara is becoming more and more of a reality. Throughout 2014 we have also seen different functions and features of Project Ara come to light. In April this year the Model Developers Kit revealed that the phone’ battery will be hot swappable, enabling the user to replace it without switching off the device. What is even more incredible is that this hot swappable feature will extend beyond only the battery component. (more…)

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