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Sony Xperia C3: The Selfie Smartphone (video)

Published by on Jul 9th, 2014, 1 Comment

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Today’s smartphone generation has ushered in the advent of the word “selfie.” Very few people don’t know what selfies are now, and Sony is trying to ride this trend all the way to the bank with, what they call, “the world’s best selfie smartphone.”

What is this world coming to…?

Sony has just debuted the Sony Xperia C3, a mid-range smartphone which has a 5-megapixel wide-angle front facing camera and LED flash for “selfies.” (more…)

Future contraceptives could be remote-controlled

Published by on Jul 9th, 2014, No Comments

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While this is not a problem I have to deal with, many woman have highlighted the need for simple, easy contraception that they don’t need to think about. Contraceptive implants are nothing new, but the current generation of progestogen-releasing devices need to be replaced every three years and of course removed should the woman want to have a baby. This may soon not be the only safe, effective, long-term birth control method available to women.

The Gates Foundation is backing a Massachusetts biotech company called MicroCHIPS to build the next generation of implantable devices. The company is reportedly building a wirelessly controlled implant that could work for up to 16 years without needing to be replaced. It does not need to be removed to get rid of its contractive abilities, simply turn it off. (more…)

Apple, Facebook & Google march on for gay pride

Published by on Jul 8th, 2014, No Comments

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On Sunday, 29 June, San Francisco held it’s annual gay pride festival. It is one of the biggest pride festivals in the world, and, considering the fact that it takes place in the heart of Silicon Valley, giant tech companies also got together to show their support for equality and the LGBT community.

The three big guns – Apple, Facebook and Google – were there in full force and further cemented their place as forward thinking, compassionate companies.

Apple took the cake, though. The company invited all of it’s San Francisco based employees and their family members to take part in the march. Apple employees all wore special t-shirts featuring the Apple logo in rainbow colours with the word ‘Pride’ etched across.

Even Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, made an appearance and handed out t-shirts and pride flags to hundreds of excited employees.  (more…)

Amazing: Drones fly around fireworks display

Published by on Jul 8th, 2014, No Comments

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Drones, drones, drones. These high-flying, video filming copters are everywhere nowadays – from Amazon’s proposed delivery drones to our very own riot yielding drones – it’s fair to say they’re super popular.

However, this might be the most spectacular use of a drone we have ever seen. Not only is it (highly) dangerous, but it is breathtakingly amazing.

Here, on two different occasions, drones are used to fly straight into (yes, into) and around a spectacular fireworks display. And we’re not talking about a few flares; these firework displays are incredible.

The first is a video taken by Jos Stiglingh in West Palm Beach in Florida in May. Stiglingh used a DJI Phantom quad-copter – a popular commercial drone – mounted with a GoPro Hero 3 camera.

The video starts at take off and what ensues will literally take your breath away. The drone not only flies straight into the fireworks display, but dances around it like a firefly around a light.  (more…)

Businesses Need to Build Digital Competence for New Era – Gartner

Published by on Jul 8th, 2014, No Comments

_ALP0435_5Gartner, Inc. estimates that by 2020, there will be 7.3 billion personal devices and 30 billion sensors in things ranging from jewellery to appliances – up from 1.6 billion personal devices and 0.9 billion sensors in 2009. These devices communicating, transacting, and even negotiating with each other, lead into a new world – the era of the digital business.

“The digital business is the coming together of possibilities in the physical and virtual worlds to create new business designs that can drive competitive advantage,” said Jeffrey Mann, Gartner research vice president.

“As the Internet of Things (IoT) and smart objects meet cloud, mobile, social and information, the IoT will create entirely new combinations of technology at accelerated speeds,” said Mr Mann. “This will disrupt existing business models, reshape entire industries and redefine the role of IT.”

Gartner projects that by 2020 the total economic value-add for the IoT will be $1.9 trillion in this digital industrial economy.

Mr Mann added that it’s not about using technology as an enabler, but as a source of innovation for what the business could do. “Businesses need to put technology at the heart of how they generate revenue, seize competitive advantage and produce value.”

This digitalisation will completely change business technology and information architecture, what it needs from vendors, and how it deals with cyber security and risk. It will also require every business leader to have digital leadership skills.

“Especially in South Africa there’s been a lot of emphasis on cutting budgets to the bone,” said Mr Mann. “A lot of the decisions that were made to ‘do more with less’ can hurt digital business efforts if there isn’t enough flexibility to react to and take advantage of new opportunities.”

This year’s Gartner Symposium/ITxpo Africa will focus on emerging technologies, defining strategy, what leaderships skills are going to be necessary, and what you have to be ready for in the new digital industrial economy. It will also look at the more practical short-term challenges of how to run the business better, like how to decide on a collaboration platform or how to design an application portfolio.

As part of the agenda, vice president and Gartner Fellow Mark Raskino’s 2015 digital business scenario will look at the most important digital business actions each senior executive must take. Principal research analyst, Will Hahn, will explain why you need 53 African Strategies for success on the continent. Research vice president Brian Burke will look at how gamification motivates people to do extraordinary things. In addition, research vice president Frank Buytendijk will explore digital ethics at the centre of the digital business.

“Businesses can’t rely on old practices, safe relationships, legacy technologies and known vendors anymore in the new digital era,” said Rene Jacobs, Gartner Africa managing director.

“They have to explore, adapt and adopt new digital realities,” said Mrs Jacobs Gartner Symposium/ITxpo Africa 2014, the foremost gathering of IT leaders on the continent, will equip and inspire senior executives with new digital knowledge from our specially crafted agenda, peer networking and one-on-one discussions with Gartner analysts.

The Gartner Symposium/ITxpo Africa 2014 will take place at the CTICC from 10-12 September. A team of 18 of Gartner‘s leading research analysts will spend three days sharing more than 50 presentations with new global research and in-depth studies. The ITxpo will also showcase some of the latest service provider offerings. For more information and a full agenda, please visit http://www.gartner.co.za.

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Philips smartphone to be world’s thinnest?

Published by on Jul 8th, 2014, 5 Comments

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It may not be the first company you think about when you think of the world’s slimmest smartphones, but Philips is rumoured to be launching the new world’s thinnest smartphone. Sure, it may be a marketing stunt more than anything, but how else do you stand out and make people notice your tech in an overcrowded market?

You may be surprised to learn that their devices actually sell really well in Asia, mostly due to the way its smartphones innovate, particularly with its batteries. The new phone is called the Philips I908 and the company is definitely pushing the thinness of the device. (more…)

Walk inside the world’s largest cruise ship with Google Street View

Published by on Jul 8th, 2014, No Comments

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Google’s Street View is a great way to see interesting places around the world that you might likely never have the opportunity of seeing. It has taken us to the inside of majestic cathedrals, iconic sport stadia and even underwater on the Great Barrier Reef. Now you can add another interesting place to that list – the inside of the world’s largest cruise ship. (more…)

Samsung suffers a huge loss in “movie type” heist

Published by on Jul 8th, 2014, No Comments

Samsung signWhilst the world’s eyes has been fixed on the World Cup action in Brazil a group of highly trained criminals has pulled off a daring heist in Campinas (in the state of São Paulo). One of Samsung’s  key manufacturing plants suffered a massive raid on Monday that has resulted in reported losses of about $ 36 million. Reports indicated that about 20 men armed with tactical sub-machine guns invaded the factory and made off with seven trucks loaded with the latest notebooks, tablets and smartphones… (more…)

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