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iPhone 5S and phablet-sized iPhone 6 spotted

Published by on Mar 26th, 2013, No Comments

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There seem to be a lot of rumours going around that Apple will release two new smartphones this year. It gathered pace recently, after a Chinese source claimed to have seen the forthcoming devices.

On Sina Tech, a micro blogging service, Old Yao claimed that his friend spotted the new edition of the standard-sized iPhone, most likely to be called the iPhone 5S, and also the 5-inch iPhone 6, in the factory of a major supplier to Apple. This lends more credibility to the rumours that two phones are coming this year, as Apple won’t release two upgrades to the same form factor in a year. Some argue that the second phone Apple is bringing to market this year is in fact an iPhone mini, following the same strategy they did with the iPad.

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HTC drops “Quietly Brilliant” Slogan

Published by on Mar 25th, 2013, 1 Comment

HTC has been using the “Quietly Brilliant” tagline in its marketing for the last few years. Problem is that companies like Samsung and Apple spend ridiculous amounts of money on loud marketing, and the humble HTC attitude is not being heard anymore.

The thing is that HTC does not need to be quiet about their “brilliance”. Their latest One phone is one of the coolest phones we have tried in a long time, with a great aluminium shell and full HD screen. While it does not have all the (some would say gimmicky) features that the latest Samsung Galaxy S4 is flaunting, the One has a certain maturity that none of the other Android phones out there has.

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Polymorph launches new Android and iOS training sessions

Published by on Mar 25th, 2013, No Comments

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Polymorph Systems has launched a number of brand new mobile training courses for Android and iOS, that extend its list of Java, Object Orientation and User Interface courses already available.

As one of the more established mobile development companies in South Africa, Polymorph is now offering training courses to share its experience and build a larger ecosystem of mobile developers in South Africa.

All courses are presented by experts in the field who are able to take their knowledge and impart it in such a way to make it understandable to the students as well as adding their wisdom and experience to the training material provided by Polymorph.

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BWB TV: Sony Xperia T Review (video)

Published by on Mar 25th, 2013, 3 Comments

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The Sony Xperia T was released towards the end of 2012, but only came to South Africa a couple of months later. Nonetheless, we still think it is an impressive phone. Even though the Xperia Z has been launched, and is coming to South Africa soon, the Xperia T still has a place within the market, especially as its price will now drop dramatically.

You can watch the video review after the break.

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Vodacom Doubles SMS for Hearing Impaired

Published by on Mar 25th, 2013, No Comments

Vodacom-Hearing-Impaired-SMSVodacom has announced a new offer for hearing impaired customers who will now receive double the value on every SMS bundle purchased. This offer is now available to Vodacom Contract, Top Up and Prepaid customers.

Customers with hearing impairments use SMS as their preferred channel of communication and Vodacom has decided to offer these customers more value to help them stay connected. With this new permanent price offer, customers who purchase an SMS bundle will receive an additional SMS bundle at no extra cost.

Vodacom’s Hearing Impaired specific SMS bundle pricing is as follows:

Standard SMS bundle for Vodacom customers

*New SMS bundle for Vodacom hearing impaired customers

Total Cost per Bundle

In Bundle SMS

Out Bundle SMS

Peak

Off Peak

20

40

R 10.00

25c

80c

35c

50

100

R 25.00

25c

80c

35c

100

200

R 33.00

17c

80c

35c

200

400

R 45.00

11c

35c

35c

300

600

R 67.50

11c

35c

35c

500

1000

R 112.50

11c

35c

35c

1000

2000

R 225.00

11c

35c

35c

1500

3000

R 337.50

11c

35c

35c

2000

4000

R 450.00

11c

35c

35c

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Don’t Google Glass and Drive

Published by on Mar 25th, 2013, 4 Comments

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According to a report by CNET a proposed bill in the state of West Virginia, US, seeks to make it illegal for drivers to wear Google Glass while behind the wheel and what’s more, it doesn’t apply to Google Glass specifically but any wearable head mounted computing device. Similar to the reason for the prohibition of smsing while driving, the bill’s primary aim is to promote safety on the road with Google Glass seen as an extension of this dangerous habit, says Gary G. Howell a Republican in the state’s legislature.

While Howell himself is not opposed to Google Glass he says that, “I actually like the idea of the product and I believe it is the future, but last legislature we worked long and hard on a no-texting-and-driving law. It is mostly the young that are the tech-savvy that try new things. They are also our most vulnerable and underskilled drivers. We heard of many crashes caused by texting and driving, most involving our youngest drivers.”

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Gartner: Second-screen users will drive social TV activities

Published by on Mar 22nd, 2013, No Comments

gartner-logoSecond-screen devices combined with customised content, interactive apps and loyalty programmes will fuel the behaviour of social TV consumers over the next 24 months, according to Gartner Inc.

Social TV describes consumer engagement, communication and interaction while watching television. Gartner said social TV activities can enhance the value of the TV experience for consumers and offer opportunities to add new users, drive engagement and open up new advertising opportunities through existing social networks.

“Second-screen devices such as tablets, smartphones and ultrabooks are likely to be the principal force behind social TV experiences as companion apps are increasingly written for that experience,” said Michael Gartenberg, research director at Gartner. “A combination of content integration, social interaction and loyalty programmes are the key activities that will make up the social TV experience.”

Long-term efforts to connect traditional TV broadcasts to the Internet have largely been limited to either content companion websites or connected devices such as TVs and set-top boxes (STBs) and that none of these approaches has led to the creation of a true social TV experience for consumers. However, three parts of this experience are now in the process of being combined into a holistic social TV experience delivered primarily through companion devices: (more…)

Tesco creates virtual Easter egg hunt with Google Street View

Published by on Mar 22nd, 2013, No Comments

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With the Easter weekend fast approaching, retailer’s Easter promotions are coming into full swing.

UK retailer Tesco has decided to use the virtual world of the internet, more specifically Google Street View,to conduct a virtual Easter egg hunt where participants are rewarded for finding hidden eggs by exploring their streets for thousands of eggs.

To begin the hunt, participants are asked to type in their postcode or use their GPS to track their initial location.

For every three virtual eggs found, Tesco is giving away a real chocolate egg. If that doesn’t excite anyone into entering into the virtual hunt then maybe this might – for every golden Easter egg found participants can win a Samsung Galaxy Tab.

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