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1st Stellenbosch Innovation District Conference 2013

Published by on Jun 25th, 2013, 1 Comment

1st Stellenbosch Innovation District Conference

The Stellenbosch Innovation District Conference and system launch is taking place in July at the Spier Wine Estate in Stellenbosch.

The event will feature innovation expert Prof. Gerhard Steiner from Harvard University as a guest speaker and will be followed by interactive panel discussions with the audience.

Event Details:

When: 1st July 2013, 3:30pm – 7pm

Where: Spier Estate Conference Centre Venue 1, Spier Wine Estate, Stellenbosch

To register for this event, click here. 

Find out more information about the conference in the programme details below:

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BlackBerry Enterprise Server now secures work on Android and iOS devices

Published by on Jun 25th, 2013, No Comments

blackberry-launches-secure-work-space-for-android-iosBlackBerry today announced the availability of a new security solution that separates work and personal apps and data on iOS and Android devices. Secure Work Space for iOS and Android is a new option with BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 (version 10.1.1) that offers customers with a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policy, a solution with the best combination of security, user experience and total cost of ownership. BlackBerry designed Secure Work Space to meet the management, security and cost needs of the CIO, and the user experience and functionality that employees demand.

Since launching in January 2013, 18,000 BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 servers have been installed by customers around the world and Secure Work Space for iOS and Android has been trialled globally with BlackBerry customers since the launch, including Netherlands-based e-office mobile b.v. For the past 22 years e-office has been creating virtual working environments for their clients, and to ensure they are always staying current on their clients’ mobility needs, e-office took part in BlackBerry’s early adopter program for Secure Work Space.

“Secure Work Space builds on BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10, and we found that BlackBerry’s secure infrastructure offered our company the best containerization solution to help mobilize our multi-platform environment, while maintaining a great user experience,” said Thierry Lammers, Director and co-founder, e-office mobile. “We’re looking forward to deploying this solution across our organization and to our customers in the coming months and bringing the separation of work and personal data to life on iOS and Android devices.” (more…)

MapStudio & Polymorph launch wildlife app for iPhone

Published by on Jun 25th, 2013, No Comments

gallery-image-1If you’re planning a trip to a game park in and around South Africa you may want to take the ParkSpotter Africa app on the journey with you.

ParkSpotter Africa, a joint release between leading Africa map publisher MapStudio and mobile app developer, Polymorph is a new innovative wildlife app for iPhone that is now available worldwide from the App Store.

The app aims  to motivate park visitors to explore, learn and share their nature adventures in interesting, exciting and memorable way.

ParkSpotter Africa is the first application of its kind to spot and share wildlife sightings on social media. Users can photograph, identify, save and share sightings with geo-location, date, time and categories to create a personal record of sightings.

This unique feature also enables other visitors to the park to view the sighting’s photo first before rushing off to the scene.

The sightings feature is also designed to allow the user to upload photos and sightings at a later stage and edit.

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Sony unveils the massive Xperia Z Ultra

Published by on Jun 25th, 2013, 3 Comments

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Nothing seems to be dampening manufacturers’ urge to build larger and larger smartphones. Frankly, we have no idea when this trend is going to end or if the public is ever going to take to these massive phones in large numbers.

The latest entry into this market comes from Sony. It has unveiled a 6.4-inch version of its flagship smartphone, which it has called the Xperia Z Ultra. It comes with a 1080p screen, which will need all the juice from the 3,000mAh battery to run for extended periods. It includes a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.2GHz, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage plus expandability in the form of a microSD card. It will run Android 4.2, come with an 8MP camera and will be extremely thin at just 6.5mm. That’s thinner than the iPhone 5, but it will weigh twice as much at 212g. Also, like its smaller sibling, it will be waterproof and dust resistant. Check out the promo video of the behemoth below: (more…)

Mxit features first full length movie with mobile phone app Cinemo

Published by on Jun 25th, 2013, No Comments

cinemoCinemo, a new mobile phone application that lets users watch movies on low-end mobile phones recently launched its first full length feature film on the Mxit platform and the first on a social network.

Launched in January 2013, Cinemo operates within Mxit’s Reach ecosystem, the platform for social good within Mxit that addresses and creates awareness around prevalent social issues within South Africa.

Cinemo offers users three content streams – movies, of which A Lucky Man is the first, public service announcements and music videos.

Marlon Parker, VP of Mxit Reach and founder of RLabs, a registered Social Enterprise that provides innovative solutions to various complex problems that selected Cinemo as part of its 2013 incubation project, says that, “We know the power of video and want to use this to encourage conversations about social issues such as drug abuse, HIV/Aids and gangsterism.

For more about Cinemo, watch the video below:

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iOS 7 beta 2 released, now also available on iPad

Published by on Jun 25th, 2013, 1 Comment

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If you have an iOS developer account you would have been able to get the first beta release of iOS 7 already. While many things have changed, a lot have seemed to stay the same with a lot of the changes being cosmetic. You can check out our favourite new features here.

After the first release, as is often the case, there were still some bugs here and there and Apple promised to get the fix to users as soon as possible. Well, luckily for all the Apple devs that time has come, and the second beta is now available. Not only that, iOS 7’s beta has been released OTA (over the air) to iPad as well. (more…)

France threatens to fine Google over new Privacy Policy

Published by on Jun 24th, 2013, No Comments

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Google has been threatened with a fine of nearly 150 000 euros (or over 2 million rand) by France.

The world’s largest search engine operator will be fined within three months if it does not customize it’s privacy policy to be on parr with the French law on data protection.

The national data protection agency, CNIL, said that Google was not able to provide sufficient assurances about the use and storage of data that it obtains from it’s users.

France hopes that this bold step in insuring data protection will be followed by  many other leading countries of the European union.

President of the CNIL, Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin said: “The information received in respect to this (has) so far been too imprecise or vague”

She continued to say that Google must set a clear and concise limit on the length of time it can store data obtained by it’s users. The CNIL also wants Google to seek prior approval from them before installing cookies on any of their devices.

This legal action is France’s reaction to Google’s new privacy policy which was introduced last year. This new policy enables Google to to track user activity across all Google platforms including gmail, it’s search engine, Google+, YouTube and all other services it owns.

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SA’s Tourism Radio creates pitch video for Google Glass

Published by on Jun 24th, 2013, No Comments

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Cape Town-based travel technology company Tourism Radio is setting its sights on the future of travel.

Having showcased its talents on the Renault R-Link multimedia system, the company has now begun looking to expand its offerings to other technologies, including Google Glass.

Tourism Radio CEO Mark Allewell says, “Having recently been awarded the European patent for our location-based audio guide technology, and with a North American patent pending, Tourism Radio is perfectly positioned to adapt for use on Google Glass. Working with Renault on the R-Link, we’ve shown that we have what it takes to produce a truly world-class product. Creating intelligent audio travel guides that are tailor made for the Google Glass framework would simply be the next evolutionary step for Tourism Radio’s existing mobile, in-car and web offerings.”

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