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Could an SMS purchasing startup help stop online fraud?

Published by on Jan 10th, 2013, No Comments

Any online retailer will tell you in no uncertain terms that fraud, specifically by using credit cards online, is a huge challenge for them and their competitors. Not only are these retailers often liable for the chargebacks caused by fraud, but it creates a negative impact on the online buying industry as a whole.

Over the festive break, a number of people have sent emails asking about making online transactions via other means — in other words not using credit cards. They asked: Can we make payments from our bank accounts directly? Can we buy with our mobile phone accounts?

Those two questions are very different things. Buying straight from your bank account is like doing and electronic funds transfer (EFT) or a debit order, both which require manual effort each time. Also, EFT payments are already offered by companies such as PayFast.

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Dropbox expands integration with new Samsung devices

Published by on Jan 9th, 2013, No Comments

Dropbox has announced that it has plans to build on its already existing partnership with Samsung by expanding its integration of its cloud storage and file sharing service with Samsung products.

Dropbox is already available natively on the Samsung Galaxy S3, Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and Samsung Galaxy Camera.

This development will include integration with a number of new Samsung devices that include the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Grand smartphone, smart cameras, new smart TVs and PCs.

Lars Fjeldsoe-Nielsen, head of Mobile Business Development at Dropbox says that,

“Dropbox and Samsung share a common goal when it comes to connectivity across devices. We believe that the things that matter most to people should be accessible at all times. Extending our successful relationship with Samsung from mobile phones to cameras gives users more opportunities to access and share photos, videos and documents, regardless of what device they are on.”

The integration with new Samsung devices including PCs and a number of smart cameras being released throughout the year, is expected to begin in March 2013.

Source: Computer World

Google+ gets new feature for large photos

Published by on Jan 9th, 2013, No Comments

Just weeks after launching full-size backups of Android photos included in a significant upgrade, Google’s social network Google+ has introduced the ability to zoom and pan large high-res photos uploaded.

Dave Cohen of Google made the announcement on his Google+ profile. Cohen gave instructions on how to give the feature a try. Users simply need to open a large photo in a lightbox and then using a mouse wheel, zoom in or out. Clicking and dragging will let you pan in all directions.

Infographic: LinkedIn Facts & Figures

Published by on Jan 9th, 2013, No Comments

Take a look at this infographic created by website-monitoring.com packed with interesting facts and figures about LinkedIn.

The infographic about the social network that connects professionals around the world includes information about users, searches, groups, global reach, timeline and more.

View this extensive infographic after the jump…

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Rumour repeat: Apple to launch less expensive iPhone

Published by on Jan 9th, 2013, No Comments

According to The Wall Street Journal, sources with knowledge of the matter have revealed that Apple is working on a lower-end and low-cost iPhone that could launch later this year.

The report comes after Taiwanese site, Digitimes, published the information on its site in the last 48 hours. According to CNET, This is not the first time this information has surfaced –  the news of an upcoming cheaper iPhone was published by the Wall Street Journal back in February 2011 with no such device having ever emerged.

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BWB TV Review: Apple iPhone 5

Published by on Jan 9th, 2013, 1 Comment

This week we posted our review of living with the iPhone 5, and asked the question of whether it is worth upgrading to. While the design is an evolutionary update as is the norm with iPhones, we still believe it is a great phone.

The iPhone is always a difficult phone to review, because by the time it reaches South Africa, interested people have already read everything they need to know about the phone. This time around South Africa got the iPhone quite late in comparison to previous years, and we were all too pleased when an iPhone 5 finally got delivered to us on launch day by Vodacom. First off, we did not want to rush a quick review of the device. We basically wanted to know one thing – is it still the gold standard in the smartphone world? And that meant spending a few weeks with it.

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Sony introduces waterproof Xperia Z smartphone

Published by on Jan 8th, 2013, No Comments

Sony has announced its latest flagship smartphone at CES 2013 with its Xperia Z, powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 1.5 GHz S4 Pro processor.

According to Sony, one of the phone’s major selling points is its water resistant coating that allows it to survive after having being submerged for up to 30 minutes in water that is up to one metre deep.

An NFC chip within the device that allows users to share photos, music and videos with compatible Sony devices lets users play back video footage on their TV set by tapping the phone against it.

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General Motors introduces API and SDK for new in-vehicle app platform

Published by on Jan 8th, 2013, No Comments

Following the introduction of Ford’s new AppLink API that allows mobile apps to “talk” to cars, General Motors (GM) has today also introduced its very own API and SDK that will allow developers to create apps for the in-vehicle app platform. The apps created are then hosted in the infotainment system of GM vehicles rather than accessed by linking to the driver’s mobile phone.

So far, launch partners of this new development include iHeart Radio, TuneIn, Slacker and The Weather Channel.

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