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TomTom launches new app to simplify mileage registration

Published by on Jan 21st, 2013, No Comments

TomTom has launched a new app that makes it easier for drivers to keep an accurate log of their trips using their smartphone. The new WEBFLEET Logbook app for Android and iPhone helps drivers and businesses reduce mileage claim administration and create reliable logs for tax compliance.

A driver simply selects whether a journey is for business, private or commuting purposes, validating journey information on his mobile device.
The app works in combination with the in-vehicle TomTom’s LINK tracking device which reports the trip information. Company trip records are simultaneously updated in TomTom’s WEBFLEET fleet management system.

By fulfilling their obligations using their mobile device – before or after journeys – drivers can reduce the laborious paper work traditionally associated with mileage claims.

“By working in conjunction with the in-vehicle LINK tracking device, the WEBFLEET Logbook app minimizes driver involvement, maximising accuracy and reliability to mark a significant advancement from existing GPS smartphone apps.” said Daan Henderickx of TomTom South Africa. “Simplified and automated processes for companies and their drivers frees up valuable time for improved productivity.”

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Google to relocate to new £1 billion HQ

Published by on Jan 18th, 2013, No Comments

Google, that currently operate out of two Central London offices, has decided to relocate its headquarters to the King’s Cross area between the very busy King’s Cross and St. Pancreas stations.

According to The Guardian, Google has purchased  a 2.4 acre site and having hired architectural firm AHMM, plans to build a seven and 11 storey complex for 1 £billion that is expected to be completed in 2016. 

The Agony and Ecstasy of an SSD

Published by on Jan 18th, 2013, 5 Comments

I usually replace my laptop every three years as things tend to start getting a little long in the tooth around this time. Everything starts slowing down, there almost always seems to be dust everywhere and productivity starts to falter. As the proud owner of a 15-inch Macbook Pro I run my life/business(sometimes very little difference) on it so productivity levels need to be high. April would mark the three year anniversary of owning my machine and since I’ve been lusting after a Macbook Air or some cool new Windows 8 Ultrabook it was a perfect time to upgrade. I’d had ideas about getting an SSD for my laptop in order to speed things up but couldn’t really quantify whether somewhere between R1000 and R2000 was worth spending to get essentially very little benefit and I could have rather spent that money on buying a new machine. On a whim I decided to buy a Samsung 830 128Gig SSD drive and swap out my old hard drive.

For those not in the know, an SSD is basically a large flash drive that replaces your hard drive. A traditional hard drive uses a spinning platter to store data while an SSD (Solid State Drive) has no moving parts meaning less chance of failure as well as the benefit of speed and battery life. I was the most skeptical, how could this really speed up my computer so substantially?

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Instagram finally releases monthly active user data

Published by on Jan 18th, 2013, 1 Comment

Instagram has released official monthly active user data for people using the photo sharing service on a regular basis.

This is the first time Instagram has released data that reveals actual user numbers after having been acquired by Facebook for $1 billion.

The following statistics, that reveal a growth in user numbers, were published on Instagram’s press centre:

 

  • 90 million Monthly Active Users
  • 40 million Photos Per Day
  • 8500 Likes Per Second
  • 1000 Comments Per Second

The results follow published reports, claiming that Instagram’s user base was rapidly declining due to a controversial proposal to change its terms and conditions.

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Microsoft launches disaster management app HelpBridge

Published by on Jan 18th, 2013, No Comments

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy that devastated areas of the Caribbean and the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern United States, during late October 2012, the importance and need for disaster management has been further realised and the advantages that technology offers in implementing effective and user-friendly solutions.

The world watched as water flooded the streets and subways of New York City, one of the largest in the world, that also suffered a widespread power outage.  In November 2012, New York City began installing the first of many smart screens to replace its under-used payphones. The 32-inch public smart screens provided information that included weather forecasts and yes, emergency broadcasts.

Now, Microsoft has launched a new app designed to help U.S. residents connect with family and friends, during a large scale natural disaster. HelpBridge also allows users to donate money, time and resources to support relief and rebuilding efforts.

HelpBridge lets users build a list of people who you would want to contact in an emergency. With one swipe users can let all those people know if they’re okay or if they need help via SMS, email and/or Facebook. The alert can also optionally provide your exact location via your phone’s GPS capabilities.

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FLD Products: Multi-purpose protective laptop and tablet cases

Published by on Jan 18th, 2013, No Comments

Meet FLD Products’s new range of durable and protective tablet and laptop covers that are now available to purchase just in time for the new year. The multi-purpose FLD Products aim to offer laptop and tablet owners a stylish way to keep their devices safe and secure.

Established in May 2012 by entrepreneurs Lori Lazarus and Jonathan Feldman FLD (Feldman Lazarus Distribution) Products came about after extensive research resulted in the realisation of a gap in the market for laptop and tablet accessories that served more than one purpose. They mostly excluded additional areas for carrying other personal items.

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Royal Pingdom: The Internet in 2012 by numbers

Published by on Jan 17th, 2013, 1 Comment

Royal Pingdom decided to take on the overwhelming task of discovering what went on online in 2012.

With figures compiled for internet users, emails, browsers, social media, domain names and more, they went to “the end of the web and back again” to provide us internet users, wherever we may be, with some interesting facts and figures about the very world we explore every day.

Below is just some of what they found. For the full post go to Internet 2012 in Numbers. 

 Email:

  • 2.2 billion – Number of email users worldwide.
  • 144 billion – Total email traffic per day worldwide.
  • 4.3 billion – Number of email clients worldwide in 2012.
  • 35.6% – Usage share of the most popular email client, which was Mail for iOS.
  • 68.8% – Percentage of all email traffic that was spam.

Facebook launches free calls for iPhone users

Published by on Jan 17th, 2013, No Comments

Having just launched Graph Search, a service that enables users to quickly search through photos, friends, places and members interests,  Facebook has now introduced free calling for iPhone users.

The service, that begun testing earlier this month in Canada, is now available in the U.S. iPhone users will now see a new “i” icon on their screen when viewing a conversation with a Facebook friend in the Messenger App. To make a call to that person, users just tap on “free call” and the call is made over Wi-Fi as well as cellular data.

The recipient of the call, will receive a notification on their screen saying  “Mark Zuckerberg is calling” for example.

According to Endgadget a Facebook spokesperson confirmed that,  “you can only connect with a Facebook friend who also has [the latest] Messenger installed on their iPhone” and that “it’s only available on iOS.”

While not the only free calling service available, although limited to iPhone users, Facebook’s new service could ensure even more phone time spend by users on the social network. .

 

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