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10 New Samsung Galaxy S4 features

Published by on Mar 19th, 2013, 5 Comments

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The dust has started to settle on the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and we can take a step back and really have a look at what the S4 has to offer over its predecessor. Samsung will have you believe it’s the biggest upgrade to their flagship smartphone as of yet, but is that necessarily true? Other than the beefed up hardware, does it offer anything of value? Let’s glance over the new features.

  • View Cover

While this is more an accessory, the feature would be how the device uses the accessory. You will notice the cover has a window which leaves a part of the screen open for viewing. This small section of the screen remains active for the user to check things like the time and notifications without the need to lift the cover.

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Telkom launches new brand Telkom Mobile

Published by on Mar 19th, 2013, No Comments

Telkom-logoTelkom announced today the launch of the Telkom Mobile brand, as part of a new convergence strategy, that will run off the company’s already existing network.

Announced by the managing director of Telkom Mobile, Attila Vitai, the new service is aimed at data-hungry high-end consumers that make a lot of voice calls.

8ta, which was previously rumoured to be discontinued, the claims of which were later refuted by Telkom, will indeed continue to be a sub-brand of Telkom Mobile.

While 8ta will focus on the mass market, Telkom Mobile will be taking advantage of “changes in consumer knowledge, expectations and behaviour”, says Vitai.

Vitai also said that “Pretty much everyone has at least one mobile device and most use them for more than basic calls and messaging. There is a significant core group of consumers who expect to be able to do more with their devices in their own time and on their own terms. They know a lot about mobile products and are getting better at understanding complex deals and associated terms and conditions. With this increasing savvy they want simplicity and the ease of selection and use of their mobile products.”

Source: ITWeb

Samsung confirms smart watch device in the works

Published by on Mar 19th, 2013, 5 Comments

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While reports of an unconfirmed smart watch with slap bracelet-like mechanism from Apple have made headlines recently, Samsung’s executive VP of mobile business, Lee Young Hee, has confirmed that the company is developing its own brand of  wearable smart devices and a wrist watch is one of them.

Bloomberg reports that the VP has stated that “We’ve been preparing the watch product for so long. We are working very hard to get ready for it. We are preparing products for the future, and the watch is definitely one of them.”

However, this is not the first attempt Samsung has made at wearable electronics having released the SPH-WP10 in 1999 and the S9110 in 2009 (pictured above).

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Funny or Die enters Steve Jobs biopic arena

Published by on Mar 19th, 2013, No Comments

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Between Ashton Kutcher taking up the leading role in one project that was screened at the Sundance Film Festival and the talent of Oscar winning screenwriter of The Social Network Aaron Sorkin taking part in another, the making of a Steve Jobs biopic is all the rage at the moment and big Hollywood business.

Needless to say, while the above productions intend to take a very serious look at the life of one of the most iconic men in history, another is choosing to take a more humourous approach. The New York Times has reported that comedy website Funny or Die, has revealed that it has made its very own Steve Jobs biopic titled iSteve that will be unveiled on 15th April 2013.

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Apple’s new campaign: Why it beats the rest

Published by on Mar 18th, 2013, 3 Comments

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Hot on the heels of the official Samsung Galaxy S4 reveal, Apple has launched a new campaign that highlights why the iPhone is simply better than the rest.

On its website, Apple states that “There’s the iPhone. And then there’s everything else”. Apple then goes on to provide an extensive list of reasons why it believes it cannot be compared to any other smartphone on the market by addressing display, engineering, battery life, camera and iOS.

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A BlackBerry User’s Review of the Z10

Published by on Mar 18th, 2013, 2 Comments

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Finally, the much anticipated BlackBerry Z10 entered into the smartphone boxing ring. Being a current BlackBerry user myself and looking to update my phone, I was keen to get my hands on the Z10 to see if BlackBerry would be able to convince me to stay on their team. I was quite fortunate to get my hands on the rare white version and immediately peeled off those “fresh device” plastic covers protecting the screen and battery cover.

Set-up

Setting up the phone was a breeze and BlackBerry takes you through the ins-and-outs with an interactive video, teaching you how to use the new device.  The Z10 has no buttons on the front of the phone, and it takes some getting used to to unlock the phone merely from the touch-screen. This was quite a change for me with most BlackBerry devices having a keyboard with which to navigate around the phone. BlackBerry’s previous success was strongly based on making e-mails easily accessible and I found that they’ve put a lot of effort into letting you set up your e-mail accounts without any hassle. Even with my e-mail accounts at lesser known service providers, it was just as easy as setting up my Gmail account.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 SA operators revealed

Published by on Mar 18th, 2013, 9 Comments

According to My Broadband, both Virgin Mobile and Vodacom have confirmed that they will be offering Samsung’s latest flagship device, the Galaxy S4, to customers in South Africa.

Since the launch of the device on the 14th March, Samsung has revealed that from April, the S4 will be available from 327 mobile operators across 155 countries.

The site also reveals that while no price has yet been recommended, Virgin Mobile speculates that the device is likely to be priced anywhere between R7,000 and R8,000.

No word yet on MTN and Cell C’s offering.

Opinion: Samsung copies Apple by copying itself

Published by on Mar 18th, 2013, 2 Comments

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After months of deliberation and murmurs, supposed leaks and rumours, the Samsung Galaxy SIV is finally here. It will replace the most popular Android device in history and many were expecting extraordinary things from the latest iteration of Samsung’s flagship smartphone. Alas, even though there seems yet again to be many new features, just a glance at the phone will make anyone but the utmost experts say: “That’s not the S4, that’s the SIII.” But isn’t this one of the Android and Samsung fanboys’ biggest criticisms of Apple? Isn’t it supposed to be a cardinal sin to give incremental upgrades?

Until the launch of the Galaxy S4, throughout the smartphone world it was widely agreed upon that only Apple could afford to launch only mildly refreshing devices from iteration to iteration. This is of course because of Apple’s loyal customer following; Apple has never suffered a dip in sales or customer interest since the launch of the original iPhone in 2007.

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