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NATIVE Inventions launches 10 new apps in partnership with Mxit

Published by on Dec 5th, 2012, No Comments

NATIVE Inventions, the innovation and product development division of NATIVE, has launched 10 new Mxit applications onto the mobile social media platform in order to accelerate mobile experimentation, its first step in pioneering new mobile apps and platforms in the market.

NATIVE Inventions, that operates as a start-up within the agency, has a range of activities under the innovation umbrella including product development, prototyping new technologies, establishing and managing relationships with technology partners such as RSAWeb and Everlytic and expanding knowledge in the agency through TED-like Axe Sharpener Sessions.

Levon Rivers, Head of NATIVE Inventions says, “This division is our way of investing our creativity and technical skill in exploring additional revenue streams for NATIVE. It’s amazing work, and I’m proud to be heading it up.”

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This is TravelGround.com – an award winning local online booking site

Published by on Dec 5th, 2012, 4 Comments

Local startup TravelGround.com recently won the “Best Design, Standards and Ease of Use” Award at the 7th annual SA e-Commerce Awards. The company, that makes booking hotels, guest houses and self-catered establishments across the country via EFT or credit card, easy and efficient, has clearly made an impact on the e-commerce space in South Africa.

Of the award Marcel Van de Ghinste, director and co-founder of TravelGround says “6 months ago we updated our company slogan to ‘With us its easier’” and rather than be a simple slogan change, “It was an announcement of our aim to make TravelGround the easiest way to find and book accommodation across South Africa. The award is recognition that we’re already excelling in this aim.”

Along with Van de Ghinste, TravelGround was founded by Captonians, David McLennan and brothers Justin and Jonathan Womersley in 2009. You may recognise them as the founders of LocalSort that we featured in January, an online concierge tool to help guesthouses and B&B’s make better recommendations to their guests having been granted funding by Google Umbono. “We actually leveraged TravelGround as a demonstration of our industry expertise when pitching LocalSort to Google,” explains Van de Ghinste.

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BWB TV: Samsung Galaxy Note II Review

Published by on Dec 5th, 2012, No Comments

Samsung’s newest smartphone/tablet hybrid has been on the market for a couple of months now and over 5 million have already been sold. We put it through its paces and in some ways were pleasantly surprised.

Here is our video review:

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Stellenbosch based HealthQ Technologies creates world’s 1st open source metabolic chamber

Published by on Dec 5th, 2012, No Comments

Stellenbosch has recently become home to one of approximately 20 metabolic chambers globally – and the first of its kind to be based on open source technology. Enabling the tracking of human metabolism with an accuracy that far exceeds previous methods, this technology is set to revolutionise the way we think about exercise and nutrition. We attended the launch and walked away very impressed by this team’s ambition.

Metabolic chambers are highly specialised scientific research tools used to learn more about human metabolic activity. These chambers enable scientists to measure and characterise human metabolism under very specific controlled conditions over a broad range of activities, such as sleeping, eating, cycling, running, or the performance of various other forms of exercise. Data gathered from these chambers provide biological scientists with insights as to how human subjects react to different conditions at a metabolic level.

This type of information is of enormous value for the development of novel and increasingly accurate technologies for monitoring fitness, weight loss and general health and wellness. These are currently hot global investment topics experiencing explosive growth due, in part, to fast rising healthcare costs coupled with a global obsession with achieving optimal health.

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Pixelated Gaming Xperience: Cancelled!

Published by on Dec 4th, 2012, No Comments

We have received confirmation from Pixelated Consulting Studios that the Pixelated Gaming Xperience scheduled to take place this weekend at the Cape Town International Convention Centre has been cancelled.

The email reads as follows:

It is with great regret that we must inform you that the Expo scheduled for this weekend has been cancelled. As you can imagine this is most disappointing to ourselves and the various exhibitors, developers and other interested parties involved in the event. However, this is beyond our control.

As a result, Bandwidth Blog and Pixelated Gaming Studios are unable to award the free event tickets as offered in our competition.

We apologise for any disappointment or inconvenience this may have caused.

While reasons for the cancellation are still unknown, The CTICC has since removed the expo from the events calendar on its website.

Nokia to sell Espoo headquarters

Published by on Dec 4th, 2012, No Comments

Having previously reported that Nokia were considering selling its headquarters in Finland, The Verge has confirmed that the cell phone maker will indeed be selling its Espoo property.

As a result of the sale, Nokia will be adding approximately $220 million (170 million Euros) to its balance sheet with the Finnish journal Helsingin Sanomat having previously valued the property at $250-$400 million.

Having operated within the building since 1997, Nokia has entered into a long term lease agreement with its new owner, Finland-based real estate and investment company Exilion.

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Jobs biopic to debut at The Sundance Film Festival

Published by on Dec 4th, 2012, No Comments

Since first reporting on the making of a new biopic about the life of Steve Jobs, starring Ashton Kutcher in the title role, it has now been revealed that the independent film titled jOBS will be screened at the Sundance Film Festival on 27 January 2013.

We also now know that the film will look at the life of jobs from 1971 to 2000 covering his time at Apple, NeXT (you can watch some brainstorming footage here) and Pixar.

The film has already received positive reviews from those special few who have had the chance to see it with The Sundance Festival director, John Cooper telling The Hollywood Reporter that, Ashton Kutcher’s performance is “very formidable” and “it seemed like he really tried to grasp all the nuances of who Steve Jobs was.”

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iTunes Music Store launches in South Africa

Published by on Dec 4th, 2012, 10 Comments

Finally, the day South African Apple fans have waited for has arrived. After 9 long years of being available in first world countries, South Africans can now buy legal music from iTunes, using their South African credit cards.

Apple has made it clear that they will also focus on local artists, and the initial featured screens seem to support that. We ran a few talented South African artists through the search engine, and the results seem pretty good. Unfortunately we also found a few less talented ones as well.

Songs are available in rand pricing (a switch which occured about a month ago). We will be trying out the new service today, but we are particularly interested to see if iTunes Match will also be available to us. iTunes Match works like this – you have your music library (which you might have gotten very various sources, they do not all have to be purchased through iTunes), and then Apple goes and scans your library. Once Apple has these tracks it matches it to their massive iTunes catalogue, and then makes that catalogue available to your from any of your other authorized machines with iTunes, and all your authorized iOS devices like iPod, iPhone and iPad. Effectively this makes your entire music catalogue (legal or not) – available everywhere.

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