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AppMonday: PriceCheck Mobile

Published by on Jul 23rd, 2012, No Comments

PriceCheck has recently updated and improved its mobile offering with a new app in both the Apple and Android stores. At the time of writing, Blackberry and other phones were still to launch.

While the app is still very much a web app (not native), the interface is slick and now has a stylish layout, easy to follow and a very clear journey to get to what you are looking for. In short, the only area that Pricecheck could improve is the barcode scanner, for which only products on Pricecheck are listed. However, Andre de Wet, GM of Pricecheck, assured me that a fuller list is coming soon.

Everything else just works, and works well. Screenshots show the categories, search bar and browse options. You can even book flights, following Pricecheck’s integration with online flights leader Travelstart. If you’re on your iPad, you can go migrate to the full website if you wish.

A further top point is while searching for a Samsung Galaxy SII, the app not only gives results for the actual phone, or its accessories, but also for contracts and data bundles relating to the product. Consequently, Pricecheck’s mobile app is a place to search on products that you already have, to see what can compliment them.

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Angry Birds now on Samsung Smart TVs

Published by on Jul 20th, 2012, No Comments

Today, Samsung Electronics South Africa announced the availability of the Angry Birds App for Samsung Smart TV. Developed by Rovio Entertainment, a Finnish entertainment media company, Angry Birds is one of the top smartphone apps worldwide.

The game’s fun and colourful characters and engaging game play have made it beloved by fans around the world. Since its launch in November 2009, Angry Birds has been downloaded more than 1 billion times, across multiple platforms and all versions of the game. Utilising Samsung’s Motion Control technology, consumers can now play Angry Birds on the large TV screen for the first time ever, and enjoy a maximised, immersive and interactive gaming experience. With just the wave of the hand, fans can control game play features including; initiating the slingshot and activating the unique skills of each bird.

“Samsung Smart TV will become the first TV to offer the world’s most popular game and set a new standard in the industry by offering a game for smart TVs controlled by hand gestures,” says Justin Shaw (more…)

MTN Business App of the Year Awards 2012

Published by on Jul 20th, 2012, 1 Comment

Sponsored by MTN Business, the inaugural App of the Year Awards 2012 will be held in Johannesburg on 1st August 2012.

The App awards will showcase mobile applications that have made an impact over the last 12 months and the people behind them  The event will recognise and celebrate South Africa’s local talent and promote the country as an innovation hub in the mobile space.

The evening promises to be an audio visual feast and true multimedia extravaganza, attended by leading app developers, members of the mobile industry and local social media/mobile celebrities. All winners will be announced live at the event!

The Twittosphere will be humming while the event is under way, with finalists being judged by four independent judges, and members of the audience at the event.

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An Infographic explained, using LEGO

Published by on Jul 20th, 2012, No Comments

Mashable has posted this infographic in which LEGO pieces are used to explain exactly what an infographic is.

While the explanation has the potential to be quite complicated, when you think about all the research that is conducted and the data that is produced, sorted and then presented graphically, the bright coloured LEGO that we love, couldn’t make it any simpler.

The playful infographic was created by Hot Butter Studio.

View the infographic after the jump…

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Taiwan teen dies after 40 hours of gaming

Published by on Jul 19th, 2012, No Comments

The Australian, citing the United Daily News, has reported that a teenager who has died after playing 40 straight hours of Diablo 3 has prompted an AMA alert.

The AMA now wants internet cafe owners to be more aware of the dangers associated with obsessive gaming and pay more attention to the length of time that customers play for.

The Taiwanese teenager, age 18, died after collapsing having played 40 hours of the online game without eating. The young man identified only as Chuang, his surname, reportedly booked a private room at a cafe in South Taiwan where he remained. Almost two days later, an attendant entered the room and found Chuang resting on a table. When he was woken up, he stood, only to collapse. He was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the hospital.

Dangers of obsessive gaming without food or water are dehydration as well as the lack of electrolytes, which can induce cardiac arrest, from sitting for too long. However, the actual cause of death has not yet been determined.

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Early iPad Prototype Pictures Emerge

Published by on Jul 19th, 2012, No Comments

If you have read the Steve Jobs biography by Walter Isaacson, you would already know that Apple started working on a tablet computer before the iPhone was made. Steve Jobs also admitted to Walt Mossberg that when he saw what his UI guys came up with on the tablet, he saw the opportunity to shift the touch interface to a phone and ordered the teams to focus on the iPhone first:

“I’ll tell you a secret. It began with the tablet. I had this idea about having a glass display, a multitouch display you could type on with your fingers. I asked our people about it. And six months later, they came back with this amazing display. And I gave it to one of our really brilliant UI guys. He got [rubber band] scrolling working and some other things, and I thought, ‘my God, we can build a phone with this!’ So we put the tablet aside, and we went to work on the iPhone”

But recent court filings which included depositions by Jony Ive have uncovered some engineering samples of some of the first tablet machines which would later take shape as the iPad. This tablet originates between 2001 and 2004, which just goes to show how many years of development go into any new product at Apple (makes a person wonder what they are busy with for 2020?). The tablet is a lot thicker than the original iPad of course, and it is made from plastic, which is consistent with Apple’s design language at the time (think iMac G4 and later).

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Apple ordered to advertise that Samsung didn’t copy its iPad

Published by on Jul 19th, 2012, No Comments

According to a report by Bloomberg a London court judge has ordered that Apple Inc. publish a notice on its UK website and in British newspapers to inform the public that Samsung Electronics did not infringe on any of the iPad’s registered designs for the development of the company’s Galaxy Tab.

According to the judge, the design for the Galaxy tablet doesn’t infringe on that of Apple’s product. He even stated that the two products were distinguishable as Samsung’s tablet design is not as “cool” as Apple’s iPad.

The decision comes at a time when, in addition to Samsung,  Apple Inc. is currently fighting lawsuits against competitors that include HTC Corp. and Google Inc. with regard to patent infringements. The order handed down by Judge Colin Birss brings the long running case between Apple and Samsung to a close.

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Mandela’s Facebook Timeline

Published by on Jul 18th, 2012, 2 Comments

As South Africa and the rest of the world celebrate the birthday of Nelson Mandela, Prezence Digital conceptualized and created this very inspiring tribute video detailing the life of the country’s former President and Nobel Peace Prize winner through Facebook Timeline. The video also includes the use of other popular social networks like Twitter and foursquare and photo sharing app Instagram.

The video is inspired by the idea that asks: Would the father of our nation have spent 27 years in captivity if he (and others) had access to the same technology, social media platforms and tools as we do today?

What do you think? share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.

Watch the video below:

For more about Mandela Story click here.

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