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GoPro Hero4 firmware update brings incredible 240fps HD video

Published by on Jan 29th, 2015, No Comments

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The GoPro Hero4 is probably one of the best (if not the best) action cameras out there. With it’s 4K resolution, it is by far the action camera of choice for many.

While avid GoPro users will surely be aware of the amazing capabilities of the Hero4, a new firmware update – set to roll out in February – will make these users even more excited about the world’s favourite action camera.

The new firmware update will allow users to record 720p HD video at an astonishing 240 frames per second, which of course makes it super slo-mo and the first time incredibly slowed down video can record in HD.

To put it in perspective for you, the 240fps frame rate is 10 times slower than the standard frame rate when shooting video. And as we all know (especially those filming a lot of action shots) everything looks better in slo-mo. (more…)

Samsung gives SA schools solar power

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Access to quality education has deterred economic growth in many ways, in part because information technology is evolving much faster than many schools can adapt. This has compelled many organisations to take a stand and use collaborative solutions to address such challenges.

Samsung Electronics South Africa is one such organisation which has invested in educational initiatives to benefit the country. “We believe that for our business to succeed, we need to foster change in the communities in which we operate. This is achieved by connecting our technology with the right partners and through investing in education to empower teachers and learners,” says Pitso Kekane, Head of Corporate Citizenship at Samsung Electronics SA. (more…)

Mobile gamers spend two hours a day gaming

Published by on Jan 29th, 2015, 1 Comment

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This is a scary statistic that we didn’t imagine could be so high. All the doomsayers are sitting up and noticing – mobile gaming is almost for everyone, it seems.

A new survey of mobile gamers conducted by the NPD Group says that they are playing, on average, over two hours a day on their devices as of late 2014. This constitutes a 57% increase compared to the 80 minutes it was in 2012. If you would like to start dipping your toes in the gaming pool, check out our list of the Top 5 Mobile RPG Games.

The survey was only of 5,566 individuals, but you can be sure they used a representative sample. The report states: (more…)

Cape Town’s open data portal goes live

Published by on Jan 29th, 2015, 2 Comments

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In order to enhance transparency and accountability, the City of Cape Town has launched a new open data portal. Mayor Patricia de Lille has also stated that it will improve the competitiveness of the broader economy of the city.

This makes Cape Town the first so-called ‘smart city’ in South Africa, joining cities like New York and London. That being said, Johannesburg and Pretoria are also pushing for approval from their respective city councils. (more…)

Apple CEO reveals Apple Watch launch date

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We can all stop speculating and piling together various rumours in order to paint a coherent picture – Tim Cook has revealed the date that Apple Watch devices will start shipping to customers.

He snuck the announcement in at the earnings call this week. Apple have had their best quarter in history and are hoping that the Apple Watch will drive the profits of the Cupertino company even higher. (more…)

Google’s space documentary is now available on YouTube

Published by on Jan 28th, 2015, 2 Comments

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Nowadays, every major company seems to be involved with space and space exploration in some way or another. The out-of-the-universe field that was once only reserved for the likes of NASA, has now captured the imagination of (mostly tech) companies worldwide.

There is Elon Musk’s SpaceX programme, Richard Branson and Virgin Galactic and of course, the mighty Google.

As you may of heard, Google has recently launched the Google Lunar XPrize – a sort of post Cold War space race competition that challenges different teams from around the world to land a spacecraft on the moon.

18 private teams from all four corners of the Earth will go head-to-head in a bid to be the first to land a spacecraft on the moon. However, the objective is not to simply land the spacecraft on the moon, but to also let it roam for 500 meters as well as being able to send data and images back to Earth.

The winning team will then receive a grand prize of a whopping $20 million. (more…)

Huawei SA to focus on Premium Mid to High-end Products

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Huawei Consumer Business Group (BG) today announced its 2014 financial performance. Total sales revenue increased 30% year-on-year to USD 12.2 billion, crossing the 10 billion mark for the first time. Shipment grew by 7.8% to a total of 138 million devices in 2014, including 75 million smartphones, representing a year-on-year increase of 45%.

“Our strategy of focusing on premium mid- to high- end products has borne fruit, with 2014 resulting in significant achievements in a number of areas including product R&D, brand awareness, channel development and growth in market share which further consolidated our number three position in the global smartphone market. The global influence of our brand has continued to grow, and Huawei has become the first mainland Chinese company to successfully enter Interbrand’s Top 100 Global Brands of 2014 list,” said Mr. Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer BG. (more…)

Apple posts $18 billion Q1 profit, largest in its history

Published by on Jan 28th, 2015, 1 Comment

apple-profitThe Apple tastes extra sweet today as the Cupertino based tech giant posted its first quarter results. As expected the numbers were good, really good. Led once again by record sales of new iPhones and holiday sales of iPads and Macs, Apple posted earnings of $18 billion on $74.6 billion in revenue, far above what it forecasted back in October, and marking the highest quarterly profit in its history. This news on the back of the report that Apple is gaining market share in China and South Korea must be music to Tim Cook’s ears… (more…)

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