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Apple pays $60m to settle iPad dispute in China

Published by on Jul 2nd, 2012, No Comments

A court in China has announced that Apple has settled a dispute over the ownership of the iPad name, initiated by Shenzhen Proview Technology by paying the company $60 million.

While Apple said that it bought the rights to the iPad name from Proview back in 2009, the technology company claimed that it in fact, owned the name in China.

This brought a halt to sales of the iPad in the country as a court in December, who ruled that Proview still owned the name in China, ordered that all iPads be seized and no longer sold.

The long running dispute, that began in 2010, looked to be drawing to a close when in May, Apple offered to pay a settlement of $16 million. However, because this amount fell way too short of the $400 million Proview initially asked for, the offer was rejected and the case continued, ending in an agreed settlement of $60 million.

The settlement was confirmed by the Guangdong High People’s Court who said in a statement that, “The iPad dispute resolution is ended, Apple Inc. has transferred $60 million to the account of the Guangdong High Court as requested in the mediation letter.”

According to The Guardian China is Apple’s second-largest market following the US and ironically where every iPad is manufactured by Taiwanese contract manufacturing company Foxconn.

In other recent news, Apple Inc. agreed to pay a $2.25 million settlement in Australia after admitting that it misled the public by advertising the new iPad as 4G compatible with Australia’s network.

Do Broadband Wrong: Telkom Increases Prices

Published by on Jun 29th, 2012, 11 Comments

When it comes to broadband worldwide, the general trend is quite well known by now – over time, while broadband internet becomes faster and better, the cost comes down. Quite simple. That is why we keep on seeing great offers for internet bundles on our mobile devices. But, leave it to the fixed line operator Telkom to go and change that little formula.

A few weeks ago we got the great news that Telkom would be increasing its minimum ADSL line speeds from 384kbps to 1Mbps, while 1Mbps clients get their lines upgraded to 2Mbps. This is great, but those speeds are still way  behind the rest of the world. But now, just as Telkom is increasing the speed, they have decided it is also good time to bump up the price of ADSL line rentals, as well as most of their other services, by a few percentage points.

New pricing: 

Speed Old Price New Price
Fast 152 165
Faster 289 299
Fastest 413 425

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RIM delays BlackBerry 10 release

Published by on Jun 29th, 2012, 5 Comments

The bad news for BlackBerry smartphone maker Research in Motion (RIM) shows no sign of easing up as the company has announced that it will be delaying the release of its upcoming Blackberry 10 operating system until next year.

Sky News reports that the new operating system has been deemed critical for the success or ultimate failure of the struggling smartphone manufacturer.

RIM CEO Thorsten Heins explains that the delay of BlackBerry 10 is due to an unrealistic timetable that was originally planned out. He comments that, “I will not deliver a product to the market that is not ready to meet the needs of our customers. There will be no compromise on this issue.”

However, that’s not all. The company will be cutting 5, 000 jobs as part of its “major restructuring” plan to decrease its annual costs by up to $1 billion this year.

Both decisions follow the company’s announcement of poor financial first quarter results, that not even analysts had expected. Sales of BlackBerry devices fell 43% to $2.8 billion with a total loss of  $518 million.

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App Review: Flipboard for Android

Published by on Jun 29th, 2012, No Comments

One of the most popular apps on the iOS platform is Flipboard. It has been around for some time, and it was finally released for Android on 22 June. On that day, in an ABC News interview, Flipboard co-founder and CEO Mike McCue said that “People are using Flipboard on one out of every 10 iPads right now”.  He added, “We looked at the Android device specifically, and all the different screen sizes, and made sure Flipboard would look great on all those different types of phones.”

For those of you who don’t know Flipboard, it is basically supposed to be an all-in-one “magazine”, having all your favourite topics, information and news streams, and impressively, social networks in one place. The interactive format lends a lot of customization options to the app, allowing you to build your own magazine format, essentially. Let’s take a look at what the Android version has to offer.

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Microsoft lists 180 countries for Windows Phone 8

Published by on Jun 29th, 2012, 1 Comment

In a Windows Phone developer blog post Windows Phone executive Todd Brix has announced that the company will be expanding its global presence with a full list of countries where app downloads will now be available for the launch of Windows Phone 8.

Based on information revealed last week, from the current 63 markets served, that amount will almost triple to serve a total of 180 countries.

Brix writes that:

“Consumers will be able to browse and download apps in more than 180 countries at launch—roughly three times the 63 markets served today. Developers, meanwhile, will be able to submit apps to those same markets via App Hub, up from 38 markets.”

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WindFall: Turning your iPad into a POS system

Published by on Jun 28th, 2012, No Comments

Heckler Design has created WindFall, a strong and simple point of sales stand for the iPad aimed primarily at retailers.

The body of WindFall is made from laser-cut steel finished with a durable and fine textured powdercoat. The iPad is safely secured in WindFall (with the assembly tools included) and bolted onto the countertop while still giving it the ability to pivot and slide. This way customers can easily provide a signature from the other side of a shop counter and the iPad can be moved across it.

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Cell C extends international 99c per minute deal to 34 Countries

Published by on Jun 28th, 2012, 5 Comments

Cell C’s 99c tariff will be extended to an additional 27 countries from Sunday 1 July, bringing the total number of countries to which Cell C customers can make calls at 99c per minute on per second billing at anytime, to 34 countries. Some of these tariffs to additional countries will be on a promotional basis, but are expected to become permanent tariffs by the end of July once approved by ICASA.

“Whether it is prepaid, postpaid or international call rates, our overall pricing strategy is to simplify tariffs and offer very affordable rates.  In order to achieve that, flat rates on a per second basis for voice are key and we are tackling all of our price plans across the board to ensure simplicity, affordability and complete transparency for our customers,” says Cell C CEO Alan Knott-Craig.

Earlier this month and due to an unprecedented demand following its international call rate promotion to China, India, Pakistan, the UK and USA, Cell C converted the promotional 99c per minute rate to a permanent tariff to these countries as well as Australia and Hong Kong.

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Ster-Kinekor App Available on Samsung Phones

Published by on Jun 28th, 2012, 11 Comments

Samsung has announced that South Africa’s largest cinema exhibitor, Ster-Kinekor, now has an Android app available for free download, on  Samsung Galaxy smartphones and is exclusive to the Samsung App store for three months.

“This is another first for Samsung and is in line with our ongoing efforts to continue to provide local consumers with the most relevant apps and the best possible user experience on our smartphone range,” says Craige Fleischer, Director of Mobile Communications at Samsung.

Rich features at your fingertips

The new downloadable app for Android Galaxy smartphones features all the information currently available on the Ster-Kinekor website, and more.  Experience the poster-rich, fan-centric Ster-Kinekor mobile app – with interactive seating booking, toggling between Ster-Kinekor and Nouveau cinemas. Created for movie fans by a team of movie fans, the app has some pretty great features: (more…)

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