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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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MWEB partners with Cell C for discounted data offering

Published by on Jan 8th, 2013, No Comments

MWEB has partnered with Cell C to offer customers a discounted data deal, valid until 31st January 2013.

The “exclusive promotional offering” from MWEB makes available a 2GB Cell C data package at a discounted rate of just R89 per month, normally priced at R99.

In addition, to the full suite of standard Cell C packages, MWEB will also be offering 5GB at R499, 10GB at R899 and 20GB at R1,799.

Carolyn Holgate, general manager of MWEB Connect says that “As a consumer champion, we like the fact that Cell C is shaking up the mobile internet space in terms of prices and simplicity, and we look forward to partnering with them to offer the best mobile internet deals. We believe that Cell C’s products will be a perfect complement to our ADSL packages with their competitive deals to the market.”

For more information on pricing and available packages click here.

Vizio launching stock Android tablets

Published by on Jan 8th, 2013, No Comments

Vizio, an American Company, are now betting on the latest trend of Android consumers and are launching a 7-inch tablet running stock Android. It is targeting the Nexus 7 directly, with a Tegra 3 processor, 1280 x 800 IPS display, 16 GB storage and a 1.2 MP front-facing camera. It will run stock Android Jelly Bean 4.2. In the photo above is also the 10-inch tablet they will be launching, but details are still lacking.

It seems that more and more consumers are starting to show interest in devices running stock Android from Google. This has been evident with the high sales of the Asus Nexus 7 tablet, and the very high demand (which has not been met yet) of the LG Nexus 4 smartphone and the Samsung Nexus 10 tablet. The reason is simple, software updates.

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Cubli: a cube that can sit, jump and walk (video)

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This is something you probably won’t see every day. Staff at the Federal Institute of Technology Zurich crammed a series of inertia sensors and constantly-spinning rotors (called reaction wheels) into a 15-centimeter cube that enable the contraption to move around on its own. They called it Cubli. (more…)

Apple App Store hits 40 billion downloads

Published by on Jan 7th, 2013, No Comments

According to an official Apple press release, the company has announced that customers have downloaded over 40 billion apps, with nearly 20 billion in 2012 alone from the App Store.

This figure includes unique downloads only, excluding any re-downloads and updates.

The release states that:

Currently, the App Store as over 500 million active accounts and had a record-breaking December with over two billion downloads during the month. Apple’s incredible developer community has created over 775,000 apps for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users worldwide, and developers have been paid over seven billion dollars by Apple.

Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services says that “It has been an incredible year for the iOS developer community. Developers have made over seven billion dollars on the App Store, and we continue to invest in providing them with the best ecosystem so they can create the most innovative apps in the world.”

The App Store offers more than 775,000 apps to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users in 155 countries around the world, with more than 300,000 native iPad apps available.

Nvidia announces own handheld gaming device

Published by on Jan 7th, 2013, 1 Comment

Chip manufacturer Nvidia, best known for its graphics processing units having recently supplied Lenovo’s IdeaCentre Horizon Table PC with GeForce graphics has announced that it is making its very own mobile gaming device.

The device, called Project Shield, features a Tegra 4-powered handheld system with both an integrated controller and screen and runs on Google’s Android Jelly Bean. Games will be available to download from Google Play or TegraZone – so that’s Android games only.

Additional features of the device include a 5-inch 720p display with touch capabilities with 294ppi pixel density, up to 10 hours of battery life,  ports for HDMI, micro-USB, microSD and audio-out.

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Cape Town Active Twitter and Blogger Meetup

Published by on Jan 7th, 2013, No Comments

Join Cape Town Active for their first Twitter and Blogger Meetup in January at the Signal Hill Terrace of the Hilton Cape Town City Centre.

Cape Town Active invites anyone active with social media to join us for casual conversation, to network and relax with others.

 

What you can expect from this event:

  • Connect with friends and followers. Not just for Twitter users & bloggers.
  • Complimentary Welcome Drink
  • Complimentary Shisha Pipes
  • Live Music by Jess Yallup, finalist on Idols South Africa
  • Happy Hour on selected cocktails

Cell C launches new ad campaign – power to the hashtagers

Published by on Jan 7th, 2013, No Comments

Cell C’s latest ad, “Power To”, premiered in cinemas nationwide. Ogilvy & Mather (O&M) Johannesburg’s Creative Group Head Andrew Pearson talks about producing the network’s first brand ad in years.

What are you hoping to achieve with the ad?

It’s Cell C’s first official, non-retail, non-product brand ad in years. Its aim is to celebrate not just the way cellphone technology connects all of us in inextricable ways and the role that connectivity plays in our lives, but also the people that are on Cell C’s network.

This ad aims to showcase the way in which all our lives are richer because of the way we can now connect or unplug, anywhere, any time, and share those moments with whomever we choose.

Tell us about the filming process.

The ad was produced by Picture Tree and directed by JH Beetge, the same director who shot the M-Net’s “My Life As a Movie” ad.

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