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Disney/Star Wars movie title mash-ups on Twitter

Published by on Oct 31st, 2012, No Comments

With the news of Disney buying the Star Wars franchise for just over $4 billion, Twitter is buzzing with suggestions of Disney and Star Wars move title mash-ups as well catch phrases and song titles that users are posting under the hashtag #DisneyStarWars.

George Lucas explains one of the reasons why he sold the franchise: “I realised at some point I needed to retire. And I wanted to go on and do other things – things in philanthropy and doing more experimental kind of films. But I couldn’t really drag my company into that,” he said.

The seventh Star Was movie, with a working title of Episode 7, is set for release in 2015.

Here are just some of the suggestions:

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Windows Phone 8 phones to land in SA in November

Published by on Oct 31st, 2012, 2 Comments

Less than a week after unveiling its new Windows 8 operating system, Microsoft has also launched Windows Phone 8, the latest version of the company’s smartphone operating system, calling it “a truly personal phone experience”.

As part of the announcement, Microsoft revealed new features, along with the range of new smartphones from Nokia, Samsung and HTC, each with their own differentiated designs, colours and features. Windows Phone 8 devices will go on sale in November in South Africa. Microsoft South Africa’s Anthony Doherty says live tiles, which allow users to customize the start screen and update automatically, are the heart and soul of Windows Phone.

“With a similar look and feel, the same technology core, and the same built-in SkyDrive cloud service, Windows Phone 8 is built to work seamlessly with Windows 8 PCs, tablets and the Xbox 360 console,” said Doherty.

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Nokia announces new low cost Touch Screen Devices in SA

Published by on Oct 31st, 2012, No Comments

Nokia has taken another step towards connecting its next billion consumers by unveiling the Asha Touch family of mobile devices in South Africa, taking the touch experience to lower price points. The two new phone models – the Nokia Asha 306 and Nokia Asha 311 – expand the successful Asha family that was first introduced in October 2011.

As well as providing social apps, the Nokia Asha 306 and Asha 311 have been created with entertainment in mind. Included free with the new Asha Touch products is an exclusive gift of 40 EA games to download for free. These games include titles such as Tetris, Bejeweled, Need for Speed: The Run and Fifa 2012. The Nokia Asha 311 also comes with 15 levels of Angry Birds pre-loaded onto the phone.

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Google previews new compose and reply in Gmail

Published by on Oct 31st, 2012, 3 Comments

If you’re using Gmail this morning you may have already noticed the new notification popping up asking if you want to try Google’s new compose and reply function.  I have already given it a try and welcome the improvement.

Phil Sharp, Product Manager introduced the new compose and reply “experience” on Google’s blog, the aim of which is to make emailing faster, easier and cleaner.

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The 15 Startup Knight Finalists Announced

Published by on Oct 31st, 2012, No Comments

Excitement is mounting as final judging for the Startup Knight competition approaches.

Now that the fifteen finalists have been selected, the judges and finalists are preparing for the last leg of the competition where the finalists will pitch their ideas to the judges in a short predefined format.

Startup Knight, conceptualised and hosted by Byte Orbit, is an event created especially for software based tech startups that are preparing to start a viable business.

Prizes for the winning startup selected by the judges include Microsoft software packages, $60 000 worth of Azure Services, office space for 6 months, Nokia products, 8ta’s 3G data modem loaded with their 60Gig + 60Gig offering and R100,000 worth of development provided by Byte Orbit.

The Startup Knight team was blown away by the quality of entries and they reported that the task of narrowing down the fifteen finalists was truly taxing and difficult.

It is encouraging to see such great talent take up the challenge to turn great ideas into sustainable businesses.

The entries covered an array of industries and ranged from an advance content management system to an algorithm that changes words on a website to make reading easier to the unschooled.

The 15 finalists include:

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Conan O’Brien’s iPad Mini ad parody

Published by on Oct 30th, 2012, 1 Comment

Not long after the release of the first official TV advert for the iPad Mini, talk show host and comedian Conan O’Brien took it upon himself to show America what he thought of Apple’s new device.

The original ad, created by TBWA\Media Arts Lab features a user playing the well-known song  “Heart and Soul” using the piano app on an iPad. The camera then shows another user playing along on the same app using the new iPad Mini.

O’Brien, unimpressed by both the advert and the device and looking for a laugh decided to add some lyrics of his own to the somewhat simple advertisement.

Apple announced its smaller, cheaper iPad Mini at an event in California on 23rd October. The new iPad features a 7.9 inch display, a A5 processor (same as the iPad 2), LTE networking, and improved cameras that includes a 5MP shooter on the back. The pricing for the Wi-Fi only 16GB model starts at $329.

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Logitech launches Washable Keyboard K310

Published by on Oct 30th, 2012, No Comments

Logitech has recently unveiled the latest in its line of PC keyboards, the Logitech Washable Keyboard K310. The keyboard, designed with the familiar layout and thin profile is easy to clean and dry and won’t sustain any damage during the process.

The keyboard can be submerged (with the exception of the USB cable) in up to 11 inches (28 cm) of water. Drainage holes at the back of the keyboard allow for easy drying while key characters are laser printed and UV coated helping to ensure the letters don’t fade in the wash. Plus, the keys can last up to five million keystrokes, meaning this keyboard can take a washing, as well as a pounding.

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Microsoft unveils Windows Phone 8

Published by on Oct 30th, 2012, No Comments

Microsoft officially unveiled Windows Phone 8 yesterday at an event in San Francisco, California.

As part of the announcement, Microsoft revealed a number of new features for the latest version of its operating system for smartphones.

According to its Microsoft’s website, Terry Myerson, corporate vice president of the Windows Phone Division said, “We can’t wait for the world to meet Windows Phone 8, the most personal smartphone there is. Windows Phone 8 comes on a range of phones that are stunning, colourful and unique.”

Microsoft is calling the new OS “a truly personal phone experience” with the use of customiseable Live Tiles available in three sizes and in 20 bright colours at the centre of the Windows Phone experience.

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