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MoPublication: Create a native iOS app for any WordPress website

Published by on Nov 26th, 2012, 4 Comments

MoPublication makes it really quick and easy to create a native iOS app (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch) for any WordPress website, simply by installing a plugin.

“The entire process has been designed to be as seamless and intuitive as possible so that even a non-technical person can create an app for their personal website or brand in a few minutes,” says Colin Daniels, CEO of Grenade, a Johannesburg-based startup who recently launched the service.

All that customers need to do in order to get started is download the MoPublication plugin and install it on their website. The person then follows a simple step-by-step process from their website admin area which allows them to completely customize their app by selecting branding and layout options as well as configure optional settings for integration with various third-party services and advertising networks. All of the changes are displayed in a live preview screen within the plugin.

Once the person has finished customizing their app, the final step is to click the submit button and enter payment details. The app gets built and compiled by the MoPublication team and is usually available on the Apple App Store within 5-10 working days after submission.

Watch the video below to see real-life examples of MoPublication apps which showcase some of the product’s different features and designs:


Opinion: Is Steve Woz right about Microsoft’s innovation?

Published by on Nov 26th, 2012, 4 Comments

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak was at TEDx Brussels in mid-November, where after in an interview with TechCrunch he spoke about Apple’s innovation.  He was asked whether Microsoft had surpassed Apple in that regard and had some interesting things to say.

Wozniak said that he had seen “more of the type of innovation” at Microsoft that left him saying: “Whoa, they really changed things drastically. Whoa, they aren’t even going in the same direction as everyone else, meaning the iPhone and the Android operating systems.”

He continued to say that he fears Microsoft “may have been sitting in their labs, while Apple was just used to cranking out the newest iPhone and falling behind.” He said it worries him greatly, and when asked why, replied “because of my love for Apple”.


Review: Angry Birds Star Wars

Published by on Nov 26th, 2012, 1 Comment

Two of my favourite things: Star Wars and Angry Birds have combined to create the latest game from Finish game developers Rovio.

The fifth Angry Birds game is out for iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Windows 8 and Mac platforms meaning unless you have a Blackberry you should be catered for.

Angry Birds Star Wars mixes two styles of gameplay meaning it’s some of the original Angry Birds where you simply fling birds at pigs and Angry Birds Space where you had to navigate gravity and fling your birds around planets. There are currently two episodes set on Tatooine (complete with two suns) and the Death Star.

Rovio have been clever with the new birds and making the pigs into stormtroopers, TIE fighters and even Darth Vader pigs that can manipulate the force.

The birds have had a massive makeover as well with the red bird being played by Luke Skywalker and now wielding a lightsaber that you can use to reflect blaster shots and slice the piggies with.


Imaginet celebrates its 15th year with ADSL Giveaway!

Published by on Nov 23rd, 2012, No Comments

As part its ongoing 15th birthday celebration and in conjunction with the launch of a new range of ADSL products, Imaginet is giving away 10 000GB of unshaped ADSL bandwidth over the next month. “We had so much fun giving away iPads, smartphones and other cool swag that we decided to keep the celebration going,” explained Marketing Manager, Andrew Cuyler.

“We wouldn’t dream of giving away the cheap stuff, either,” stated co-owner, Darren Miller. “Imaginet is giving away 10 000 gigabytes of our best unshaped ADSL, great for gaming, downloads and streaming video. The South African broadband community has been very good to us over the years, so it’s our pleasure to give something back.”

Imaginet’s free ADSL gigabytes are truly free to all South Africans of legal age. No purchase, no contract and no billing details required.

Imaginet would also like to take this opportunity to announce the launch of its exciting new range of ADSL packages. For example, Imaginet’s new Per GB ADSL now delivers high-performance, unshaped bandwidth at very competitive prices and all top-ups are only R19.00 per GB.


Microsoft working on its own Project Glass

Published by on Nov 23rd, 2012, No Comments

According to a report by Unwired View, Microsoft Corp. is working on its very own version of what Google calls Project Glass.

Microsoft’s augmented reality display project first became public through the company’s patent application for the device that states in its abstract:

“A system and method to present a user wearing a head mounted display with supplemental information when viewing a live event. A user wearing an at least partially see-through, head mounted display views the live event while simultaneously receiving information on objects, including people, within the user’s field of view, while wearing the head mounted display. The information is presented in a position in the head mounted display which does not interfere with the user’s enjoyment of the live event”.


Mobiflock Parental Control very popular on BlackBerry

Published by on Nov 23rd, 2012, No Comments

Mobiflock launched its parental control service for smartphones in March 2012, which allows parents to monitor how their children use their smartphones and also helps them put the appropriate limits in place to keep their kids safe. The service has become popular with BlackBerry smartphone customers.

“Parents are concerned about the dangers their digitally native children could face, and with Mobilock, parents can and are doing something about it,” says Patrick Lawson, founder and CEO of Mobiflock, the mobile safety and security company. “Given the popularity of BlackBerry smartphones in the youth market around the world, and especially in South Africa, it’s not surprising that our service is popular on BlackBerry.”

In 2011, BlackBerry accounted for 44% of all smartphones used in South Africa and 6% of all cellphones, according to research house Ipsos. In addition, according to the Generation Next 2012 youth brand survey, BlackBerry was voted the ‘coolest’ brand overall, as well as the ‘coolest’ cellphone and the ‘coolest’ gadget.

“There is no denying the massive benefits of giving children a smartphone: access to the mobile Internet, educational content, communication in emergencies, entertainment and socialising,” says Lawson. “However, there are some very real online dangers that parents need to learn about, and protect their children from.”

According to recent research released by Unisa’s Youth Research Unit (YRU) (more…)

Google Now awarded Popular Science’s Innovation of the Year

Published by on Nov 23rd, 2012, No Comments

Google Now is one of the most innovative software features in recent history, there’s no denying that. The potential it has to alter your everyday life is mind-boggling. It is still very much in its infant years, but Google obviously have huge plans for it.

In recognition of this new feature on Android devices, Popular Science has given Google Now its “Innovation of the Year” award. That’s no small feat, putting it alongside previous winners like the Large Hadron Collider, the Mars Curiosity Rover and the Toyota Prius. According to Popular Science, the reason they chose Google Now is because it’s “the first virtual assistant that truly anticipates your needs.” You can read the interview between Google and Popular Science here.


Vodacom launches LTE services in Durban

Published by on Nov 23rd, 2012, No Comments

As of today, Vodacom has over 400 LTE-enabled base stations live and is ahead of schedule to meet its target of switching on 500 sites by the end of 2012.

As part of its push to rollout the new technology to cities across South Africa, the company has also announced the commercial launch of LTE services in Durban. Cape Town is expected to follow before the end of the year. Durban marks the third town to benefit from LTE after Johannesburg and Pretoria.

“The fact that our engineers have been able to reach over 400 LTE-enabled sites in such a short space of time is no mean feat. Their hard work has meant that today we can be the first operator in South Africa to provide our customers with a commercial LTE service in Durban,” said Alberts Breed, Vodacom’s Managing Executive in KZN.

“To start off with we have rolled out the technology to a small number of sites – mainly around the Umhlanga area – but we plan to grow this number in the coming months. In fact, the plan is to have over 60 sites up and running across KwaZulu-Natal by the end of the first quarter of next year. What’s more, we have also recently completed a total upgrade of the existing network in the province. This upgrade, together with the launch of LTE, has increased capacity and improved our overall network performance,” said Breed.