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Google launches online bookstore in SA

Published by on Nov 7th, 2013, 2 Comments


Google’s popular online bookstore, Google Play Books, has finally launched in South Africa.

As of today, avid South African readers can enjoy their favourite books, from classics to controversial, all on their Android powered smartphones or tablets.

According to Google, Google Play Books will offer South Africans access to “hundreds of thousands” of English language books as of today.

No word yet on whether or not Google Play Books will be offering readers Afrikaans or african-language books in the future However, according to Santiago de la Mora, director for print product partnerships at Google, local publishers might get a chance to sell their books on the platform. (more…)

Nokia Lumia 1020 finally in SA

Published by on Nov 7th, 2013, 3 Comments


Nokia latest flagship, the Lumia 1020 has touched down in South Africa.. Boasting a second generation 41 megapixel sensor, the Nokia Lumia 1020 is unlike any smartphone in the market today, enabling zoom by enabling people to discover more detail than the eye can see. With Nokia’s innovative PureView technology, including optical image stabilisation, the device is able to produce some of the sharpest images produced by any (not only phone) digital camera.

This is made possible by leading hardware technology combined with a new application called Nokia Camera, which makes it easy for anyone to take professional quality images. Using a feature called dual capture, the Nokia Lumia 1020 simultaneously takes a high resolution 38 megapixel image for editing, and creates a 5 megapixel picture that is easy to share to social networks with Windows Phone 8.

The Nokia Lumia 1020′s 41 megapixel sensor features leading ZEISS optics with six physical lenses, delivering clear pictures even in low light conditions. Additionally, it captures blur free videos with stereo sound thanks to Nokia Rich Recording, which handles sound pressure levels six times louder than conventional smartphone microphones. (more…)

New app unlocks your Mac by tapping your iPhone

Published by on Nov 6th, 2013, 1 Comment


If you were looking for safer (and more fun) way of unlocking your Mac, then the newly launched app, Knock, will be just for you.

Instead of using the traditional password-locking and unlocking method, Knock allows you to unlock your Mac by simply knocking on your paired iPhone.

If knocking isn’t really your thing, you can also wave your iPhone in the air and your Mac will unlock itself to be at your service.

The app works by connecting you iPhone to your Mac via a Bluetooth LE connection. This will enable your phone to automatically detect when it is close to your paired computer.

The app is being marketed as “super secure” and will use “low power” because of the Bluetooth LE connection it uses. (more…)

MyEdit introduces premium-content bundles

Published by on Nov 6th, 2013, No Comments

MyEditYesterday, we reported on the launch of Media24‘s brand new content aggregation app, MyEdit. MyEdit gives it’s users news and stories from some of South Africa’s top newspapers and magazines and tailors it to their specific interests.

MyEdit is also free to download – both Apple and Android smartphone or tablet users can download the app form either the Apple App store or Google Play.

Once the app is downloaded, readers then choose their favourite interests from 20 categories which include sport, news, fashion, entertainment and many more. (more…)

Former HTC execs launch Kazam smartphones

Published by on Nov 6th, 2013, No Comments


The company has only been in business for about 6 months, but they have already brought six Android smartphones to market. When we reported about Kazam about 5 months ago, many questions remained about what kind of devices they will be producing and who their target market will be. Well, those questions have now been answered with the announcement of six dual-SIM smartphones.

The company was formed by two ex-HTC executives and is based in the UK, concentrating on affordable devices tailored for the European market and tastes.

The Thunder range sits at the top of the Kazam portfolio with two devices, Thunder Q4.5 and Thunder Q5, the latter of which is will be announced soon. Thunder Q4.5 is a 4.5-inch handset that comes with an 854 x 480 (FWVGA) IPS screen, along with a 1.3GHz quad-core Mali 400MP2 processor and 1GB RAM. It runs on stock Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and has 4GB of internal storage, which is expandable via MicroSD. You will also find an 8-megapixel rear camera, 2-megapixel front camera and an 1800mAh battery in the 136 x 64.6 x 8.9mm device, which comes in black only. (more…)

Samsung to deliver ‘folding displays’ in devices in 2015 (video)

Published by on Nov 6th, 2013, No Comments


Samsung’s CEO has made an interesting announcement, telling media that the electronics giant will bring devices with fully fold-able displays to market in 2015. The screen tech (which we’ve seen an incremental nudge towards with the Galaxy Round) could find its way into both typical smart devices like tablets and smartphones as well as wearables.

Interestingly the CEO, Kwon Oh Hyun, added that there is still plenty of “room for improvement” in the Galaxy Gear after the device has been hit with some damning reviews, many calling is Samsung’s “worst product.” (more…)

Loop: World’s 1st mobile wallet that stores all your cards

Published by on Nov 5th, 2013, 1 Comment


Kickstarter has proved to be a very successful launching platform for many innovative ideas. The latest idea to reach its pledge goal is Loop. It claims to simplify your life by being able to safely and securely store all your cards, including cards for payments, your ID document, membership cards as well as gift cards.

That surely is a compelling thought, having all that information stored on your mobile device and having it all available at any time. The one concern most people will have is security, of course. With so much sensitive information located in one place it could be an attractive proposition for potential hackers. (more…)

Media24 launches world class content aggregation app, MyEdit

Published by on Nov 5th, 2013, 1 Comment

Home ScreenMedia24 has just launched their all-new content aggregation app, MyEdit. The app, which is billed to be South Africa’s biggest content aggregation app, is now available for free from Apple and Android app stores.

The app is  downloadable – on iPads and Android tablets as well as smartphones. The MyEdit app tailors content from some of South Africa’s leading publications to match readers’ interests.

MyEdit aggregates it’s content into 20 categories, some of which include news, sport, entertainment and fashion. More than 40 of South Africa’s most popular magazines, newspapers and websites are aggregated for the MyEdit app.

These include content from magazines such as YOU, DRUM, Fairlady, Men’s Health, tvplus, True Love, Finweek, Go! and Move!. (more…)