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

Published by on Sep 18th, 2014, No Comments

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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…)

iOS 8 is here!

Published by on Sep 18th, 2014, 2 Comments

ios8With the yearly launch of Apple’s latest smartphone we also get an update of the operating system iOS. This year Apple introduces iOS 8 and according to them it is “the biggest iOS release ever — for developers and everyone else”. Many would argue that the release of iOS 7 last year was the biggest change since the original, but iOS 8 does seem to bring a lot of features to the table. iOS 8 is officially available from today, although you might run into some errors as the most people will be rushing to be the first in line.

The iOS 8 update will be available for iPhone 4S and up, iPad 2 and up as well as 5th generation iTouch. Let’s see what Apple has in store with the new iOS 8…

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Startup Knight 2014 – entries are open!

Published by on Sep 17th, 2014, 1 Comment

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Have you been harbouring an amazing, innovative idea that will turn the tech industry on its head? Well, tech entrepreneurs and visionaries listen up; Byte orbit’s annual startup competition, Startup Knight, is here again, and this year promises to be bigger and better than ever.

If you haven’t heard of Startup Knight yet, then it’s time to get acquainted.

Startup Knight aims to empower and inspire up-and-coming tech entrepreneurs and visionaries in South Africa, by offer them the chance to showcase their ideas to investors and ultimately receiving a kickstart in their venture.

The competition is divided into two phases; the Startup Phase and the Concept Phase.

The Startup Phase has a prerequisite that all entrants must already have a working prototype of their product, or have their product already in the market. As for the Concept phase, this only requires entrants to have an innovative idea that is commercially viable or has the ability to attract high volumes of users.

The Concept Phase entrants will be required to demonstrate research into the concept as well as offering a revenue model and go-to market plan.

This year the theme for Startup Knight is ‘Technology That Enables’. To elaborate, this means that this year’s competition is aimed at startups and concepts that are focused on innovations that enable SMEs to operate more efficiently, more competitively and those that achieve scalability.

To give you an idea of  the kind of concepts and startups they’re looking for think DropBox, Salesforce, MailChimp, Linode and FreshBooks.

What’s in it for me, you ask? Well, some pretty amazing prizes.  (more…)

Apple Watch’s battery life won’t be good

Published by on Sep 17th, 2014, No Comments

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Ever since the announcement of the Apple Watch, we have been wondering about battery life. Apple’s mobile products have never had the worst battery life, but by no means is it among the best. There were rumours before the announcement that it could be quite meager on the wearable. (more…)

iPhone 6’s NFC is a one trick pony, for now

Published by on Sep 17th, 2014, No Comments

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As is usual with Apple, the NFC on the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will initially not be opened up to developers.

Many people were hoping that we would see some interesting uses for the new addition to the iPhone, but that seems to be impossible, at least for the time being. (more…)

Why I Hate Apple (but secretly love them)

Published by on Sep 16th, 2014, 20 Comments

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These three little words might not mean anything to most people, but to any real tech lover like me it means a hell of a lot. This short phrase has been a staple of Steve Jobs’ second tenure at Apple, and it has become synonymous with some of the big products that have come to light at their launch events over the last 15 years.

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Checky – an app that tells you how many times you check your phone

Published by on Sep 16th, 2014, No Comments

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In our connected world, we are pretty much joined at the hip with our smartphones. If we’re not using it browse the web or send emails and messages, we’re constantly checking for social media notifications or updates.

Thus, it has become quite the habit of many of us to check our phones regularly – if not too regularly.

This is what Checky wants to make you aware of. The new app is designed to make you aware of exactly how often you check your phone everyday. And in turn, try to encourage you to cut down on the phone checking.

The app works very simply. It just tells you how many times you have checked your phone each day while also mapping out where and for what you’ve used your phone the most. It’s clear that the company behind the app, Calm.com, is trying to encourage you to put the phone down by giving you a visual representation of your annoying habit.  (more…)

iPhone 6 and 6 Plus breaks pre-order record

Published by on Sep 16th, 2014, No Comments

iphone6So the iPhone 6 and 6 plus is literally “bigger” and better than before and its on its way to iStore in about 3 weeks. Apple finally caught up to the rest of the smartphone world when they announced that the iPhone 6 will be available in 2 sizes, a 4.7inch and 5.5 inch phablet. Over the past weekend the new iPhone went up for pre-order in most countries around the world and it seems as though the allure of the iPhone has not faded just yet. (more…)

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