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News24 releases breaking Valentine’s Day news stats

Published by on Feb 20th, 2013, 1 Comment

With the tragic shooting at Oscar Pistorius’s house and President Zuma’s State of the Nation address, Valentine’s Day 2013 was quite likely one of the biggest expected and unexpected news days South Africans will experience this year.

According to Effective Measure’s stats, News24 and mobi site m.news24.com, were the news platforms of choice for over 1.2-million Unique Browsers worldwide. There was an upswing in all mobile apps across Blackberry, iPad and iPhone across 24.com.

A breakdown of News24 stats for South African browsers on the day records 570 000 Unique Web Browsers with 4.2 million Page Views; 385 000 Unique Mobile Browsers with 2.9 million Page Views, and 282 000 active application users clocking 1.2 million sessions.

The top read story of the day – Oscar Pistorius shoots girlfriend - had 502 000 web page views and 213 000 mobile page views.

 

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Google launches Project Glass competition for non-developers

Published by on Feb 20th, 2013, No Comments

Google has recently released a new promo video for Project Glass entitled How it Feels (through Glass).

The video shows how the device displays when using features like voice interaction, sharing, turn-by-turn navigation and Google Now integration.

Along with the release of the video, Google has expanded on pre-orders for the device, first announced at Google I/O 2012 and available only to developers and certain media.

Google Glass has since been demonstrated by various Google employees and models at New York Fashion Week to record the preparations for Diane von Furstenberg’s DVF Spring 2013 Collection.

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First for FNB: Bank to offer Google Nexus 7

Published by on Feb 20th, 2013, 1 Comment

FNB is the first bank in the country to offer the much anticipated ASUS Google Nexus 7 3G and Wi-Fi tablet in order to drive self-service banking and provide its customers with the latest in tablets and smartphones with which to access and use its dedicated Banking App, now compatible with the Google Nexus 7.

Kartik Mistry, Head of Smart Devices at FNB Core Banking Solutions says “Digital Banking via the latest devices is a critical strategy at FNB.  We are driving down banking costs via our digital channels and we are offering the very latest technology to our customers.”  

Since it became the first bank  to offer smartphones and tablets in October 2011, FNB has distributed more than 140 000 devices to its customers. FNB’s offer enables clients to pay off the latest smartphones and tablets over 24 months.

Farren Roper, Head of FNB Connect ISP and Business Operations says, “this tablet offer together with our FNB Banking App and free data is part of a unique offer from FNB. The FNB Banking App was developed in house and the data is also provided by our own internal ISP. We are creating a vibrant ecosystem, aimed at adding value to clients.”

Qualifying FNB Personal Cheque Account clients can get up to 3GB ADSL data free per month and FNB Connect offers clients free YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and LinkedIn between 7pm and 11pm so clients can bank, work and play without incurring extra costs.

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Angry Birds Trilogy passes 1 million mark in sales

Published by on Feb 20th, 2013, No Comments

Released in September 2012, Rovio’s Angry Birds Trilogy, that includes three popular games in one, has successfully passed the one million mark of units sold.

Angry Birds fans can play the Angry Birds Trilogy, that includes  the original Angry Birds, Angry Birds Seasons and Angry Birds Rio on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and the Nintendo 3DS.

Angry Birds Trilogy offers players all-new animations and interactive backgrounds through more than 700 levels and 150 hours of gameplay.

Rovio will also be releasing Angry Birds Trilogy for Nintendo’s Wii and Wii U.

According to Rovio “Angry Birds Trilogy: Anger Management, the recently released DLC pack, features even more content with 130 fan-favourite puzzles like Wreck the Halls and Birdday Party.”

Source: IT News Africa

HTC One Announced

Published by on Feb 20th, 2013, 3 Comments

In 2012 HTC launched its flagship Android device, the HTC One X (read the review here). It never got the sales HTC was desperately after, and had another disappointing year. The slightly changed follow-ups, the One XL and the One X+ couldn’t hit the mark either. It makes sense, then, why the company opted for a fresh start and simply called its newest flagship the HTC One.

It was announced in New York and London on the 19th of February to much fanfare. It has an all-around premium look, with two aluminium bands separated by a 4.7-inch 1080 Super LCD 3 display with a whopping 468 ppi. It does look somewhat like the Blackberry Z10, but better in our opinion. The back is the familiar polycarbonate cover we have seen HTC use of late. There you will also find the UltraPixel camera, HTC’s answer to the brilliant PureView cameras used on the latest Nokia Lumias.

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Protocon 2013 keynote speaker announced

Published by on Feb 19th, 2013, No Comments

Protcon 2013, that is about turning ideas into reality, has announced Dr Ernest van Biljon as the event’s keynote speaker.

The 2013 Prototyping Conference, taking place on the 14th and 15th March in George, aims to bring all the parties in the production life cycle together in an enabling environment that stimulates networking and interaction between businesses through a series of themed sessions.

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Galaxy S4 to be announced on 14th March, sources say

Published by on Feb 19th, 2013, No Comments

Many sites are currently indicating a launch date for Samsung’s Galaxy S4 and it might not be where and when you expected.

After a tweet posted by mobile-review’s Eldar Murtazin, one of the biggest Russian telecom websites, suggested that Samsung would be announcing something big on 14th March, The Verge has now confirmed, based on information from sources close to the matter, that Samsung will be revealing at least one new device on that date.

It is suspected that one of the devices is the Galaxy S4, which is anticipated to be revealed at the upcoming Mobile World Congress. 

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BWB TV: Samsung Series 5 Ultra Touch

Published by on Feb 19th, 2013, No Comments

The ultrabook category has clearly taken the market by storm – initially started as a standard defined by Intel as an answer to the popular Macbook Air, most PC manufacturers were very quick to build their own versions. The idea is simple – very light, subnotebook class machines, with high end specifications, which cost a little more than standard notebooks. Most of these ultrabooks are now on their second generations, so they are better than ever.

But the problem with a standard like the “Ultrabook” is that manufacturers need to think of ways to differentiate their own products. A few ingredients are found everywhere – low power Intel processors, speedy solid state storage, and very thin bodies. Very quickly these machines all look like copies of each other. As you will see below, Samsung bends some of these rules for the better, with a very unique offering in the Series 5 Ultra Touch.

Samsung’s latest 13 inch ultrabook is a great example of how manufacturers are quickly reinventing their ultrabook offerings.

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