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Google Maps brings biking directions to new European countries

Published by on May 28th, 2013, No Comments

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For countries populated by hundreds of commuters on bicycles rather than in cars or those that enjoy cycling in their spare time, Google has added turn-by-turn navigation for bike riders, that is also voice enabled, to six new European countries.

The service, announced on Google’s European blog  is now available in Germany, France, Poland, Ireland, Luxembourg and Liechtenstein. Google Maps biking directions has been available in the U.S. and Canada since 2010.

Google says that data has been provided by users through MapMaker and through the partnership with relevant organisations, in some countries, to ensure that the correct trail and recommended route information is provided and up-to-date.

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LG won’t be making the Nexus 5

Published by on May 28th, 2013, No Comments

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The fourth iteration of the Google Nexus range of smartphones certainly made some big waves throughout the technology community. It is now that time of year again when rumours start flowing about the next Nexus phone, which will undoubtedly be called the Nexus 5. Already, though, an LG exec has squashed one of the earliest rumours: that LG will be making the Nexus 5 as well.
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Tennis player tweets iPhone picture taken on court during play

Published by on May 28th, 2013, No Comments

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The 2013 Roland Garros is currently underway and while technology has revolutionized the game of tennis at the Wimbledon Championships for spectators, players and officials, it has yet to reach the courts of the French Open.

Hawk Eye ball tracking technology for example tracks the movement of the ball and generates a digital image of where it has landed on the court. It can also determine the spin and speed of every shot.

These digital images are used to confirm or contravene calls made by officials and challenges lodged by players.

However, without the availability of the technology at the tournament, a player took it upon himself to prove where a ball had made a mark on the court.

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Sony launches Xperia Tablet Z in SA

Published by on May 28th, 2013, No Comments

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Sony has launched the new Xperia Tablet Z in South Africa at an event in Cape Town.

The Xperia Tablet Z, that Sony is calling “the slimmest 10.1-inch LTE tablet available” follows the launch of the Xperia Z smartphone and similarly is powered by a 1.5Ghz quad core processor and is water resistant, capable of being kept under up to 1 metre of water for 30 minutes.

Sony has confirmed that the tablet will  launch with Android 4.1 followed by an upgrade to Android 4.2.

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IRESS launches updated mobile app suite for iOS

Published by on May 28th, 2013, No Comments

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South Africa’s stockbrokers, portfolio managers and their clients now have an advanced and updated mobile solution to trade and view market information where ever they are with IRESS’s updated mobile app suite.

IRESS has launched the latest version of its iPhone, iPad and iPad Mini software that complements their existing cross-platform browser-based mobile site and desktop products.

IRESS Mobile has been optimised to take advantage of the high-resolution iPad screen, and now includes the following features:

  • Multiple panes display
  • Enhanced charting functionality
  • Contingent orders and enhanced search
  • Market depth by security and market activity summary
  • Swipe from depth to news to order view
  • Extensive CFD trading detail (more…)

Samsung announces Premiere 2013 event

Published by on May 27th, 2013, No Comments

Samsung has today announced a new premiere 2013 event with a teaser poster posted on its website.

According to the poster details, the event will take place on 20th June at Earls Court 2 in London and will serve to premiere new mobile devices for its Galaxy and ATIV portfolio.

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The Startup Kids screening, Jhb

Published by on May 27th, 2013, No Comments

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JoZiHub,  a co-creation space in Johannesburg dedicated to creating sustainable change in Africa, will be screening The Startup Kids, a documentary about young web entrepreneurs in the U.S. and Europe.

It contains interviews with the founders of Vimeo, Soundcloud, Kiip, InDinero, Dropbox, Foodspotting and many others who reveal and discuss how they started their companies and their lives as entrepreneurs.

Following the screening of the documentary there will be a panel discussion around all the issues raised and addressed by the movie.

The panel includes Zibusiso Mkhwanazi, the CEO of Avatar Agency and other successful entrepreneurs.

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Samsung confirms Galaxy S4 mini on Apps site

Published by on May 27th, 2013, No Comments

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With rumours of the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini having already appeared online along with suggested specs and images, the miniature version of the smartphone has now been confirmed by a listing on the Samsung Apps website.

Clearly an accident, the listing, originally spotted by TGSpot, was quickly removed from the site with no specs having been revealed.

Rumours have suggested that the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini with a 4.3-inch screen will feature a Super AMOLED 960 x 540 display, 1.6GHz processor, an 8-megapixel camera, 3G, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, AGPS and run on Android 4.2.2 with a layer of Samsung’s own Touch Wiz Nature UX.

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