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Tennis player tweets iPhone picture taken on court during play

Published by on May 28th, 2013, No Comments

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The 2013 Roland Garros is currently underway and while technology has revolutionized the game of tennis at the Wimbledon Championships for spectators, players and officials, it has yet to reach the courts of the French Open.

Hawk Eye ball tracking technology for example tracks the movement of the ball and generates a digital image of where it has landed on the court. It can also determine the spin and speed of every shot.

These digital images are used to confirm or contravene calls made by officials and challenges lodged by players.

However, without the availability of the technology at the tournament, a player took it upon himself to prove where a ball had made a mark on the court.

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Sony launches Xperia Tablet Z in SA

Published by on May 28th, 2013, No Comments

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Sony has launched the new Xperia Tablet Z in South Africa at an event in Cape Town.

The Xperia Tablet Z, that Sony is calling “the slimmest 10.1-inch LTE tablet available” follows the launch of the Xperia Z smartphone and similarly is powered by a 1.5Ghz quad core processor and is water resistant, capable of being kept under up to 1 metre of water for 30 minutes.

Sony has confirmed that the tablet will  launch with Android 4.1 followed by an upgrade to Android 4.2.

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IRESS launches updated mobile app suite for iOS

Published by on May 28th, 2013, No Comments

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South Africa’s stockbrokers, portfolio managers and their clients now have an advanced and updated mobile solution to trade and view market information where ever they are with IRESS’s updated mobile app suite.

IRESS has launched the latest version of its iPhone, iPad and iPad Mini software that complements their existing cross-platform browser-based mobile site and desktop products.

IRESS Mobile has been optimised to take advantage of the high-resolution iPad screen, and now includes the following features:

  • Multiple panes display
  • Enhanced charting functionality
  • Contingent orders and enhanced search
  • Market depth by security and market activity summary
  • Swipe from depth to news to order view
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Samsung announces Premiere 2013 event

Published by on May 27th, 2013, No Comments

Samsung has today announced a new premiere 2013 event with a teaser poster posted on its website.

According to the poster details, the event will take place on 20th June at Earls Court 2 in London and will serve to premiere new mobile devices for its Galaxy and ATIV portfolio.

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The Startup Kids screening, Jhb

Published by on May 27th, 2013, No Comments

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JoZiHub,  a co-creation space in Johannesburg dedicated to creating sustainable change in Africa, will be screening The Startup Kids, a documentary about young web entrepreneurs in the U.S. and Europe.

It contains interviews with the founders of Vimeo, Soundcloud, Kiip, InDinero, Dropbox, Foodspotting and many others who reveal and discuss how they started their companies and their lives as entrepreneurs.

Following the screening of the documentary there will be a panel discussion around all the issues raised and addressed by the movie.

The panel includes Zibusiso Mkhwanazi, the CEO of Avatar Agency and other successful entrepreneurs.

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Samsung confirms Galaxy S4 mini on Apps site

Published by on May 27th, 2013, No Comments

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With rumours of the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini having already appeared online along with suggested specs and images, the miniature version of the smartphone has now been confirmed by a listing on the Samsung Apps website.

Clearly an accident, the listing, originally spotted by TGSpot, was quickly removed from the site with no specs having been revealed.

Rumours have suggested that the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini with a 4.3-inch screen will feature a Super AMOLED 960 x 540 display, 1.6GHz processor, an 8-megapixel camera, 3G, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, AGPS and run on Android 4.2.2 with a layer of Samsung’s own Touch Wiz Nature UX.

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Wayami: inspiring change through information sharing

Published by on May 27th, 2013, 1 Comment

wayami-logo-big-sloganMeet Wayami, a new social networking platform founded by Pretoria-based tech company Noborox.

Wayami aims to encourage a culture of sharing relevant, interesting and empowering information that will inspire and influence change around and within communities based on trust between its users.

Wayami was founded by Sbu Khoza and Kelly Kuyunsa, two students who met in a computer science class at the Tshwane University of Technology. A number of conversations lead to the decision to go into business together – enter Noborox in 2011 – and after a number of trials and failures (though they learnt a lot about business in the process), they conceived of the idea of Wayami.com.

Of the inspiration behind Wayami, the founders say that “We believed that we needed a platform that is relevant to us, one that will allow us to be youthful and empowered at the same time, create opportunities and allow us to dream and have our voices heard. That is the sole purpose of Wayami.com.

In South Africa there is a higher internet penetration than most African countries and even higher on mobile access, especially amongst the youth and there is a flood of information available through a large amount of technology applications.

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Google blimps to bring wireless internet to developing countries

Published by on May 27th, 2013, 3 Comments

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Google will be connecting Africa, Asia and other developing countries, to wireless networks with the aim of connecting approximately 1 billion people.

The search giant will finance, build and help to operate high altitude platforms using balloons and blimps – rather than traditional infrastructure – to carry a signal that can transmit to areas of hundreds of square kilometres, well-suited to provide internet to developing communities.

Google is also lobbying regulators to allow for the use of airwaves reserved for television broadcasting that operate at low frequencies known as ‘white space’ that can pass more easily over longer distances.

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