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Tech Bootcamp, JoziHub (prior to the Jhb Startup Weekend)

Published by on Jul 9th, 2013, No Comments

jozi-hubFor this Johannesburg Startup Weekend event Google, Microsoft and BlackBerry are running technology bootcamps at the JoziHub prior to the Startup Weekend Event that takes place from the 16th August.

The Startup Weekend tickets (R500) includes entrance for the Tech Bootcamp.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers.

Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation.

The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups.

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Net Prophet 2013: Bob Skinstad on a Presentation (without a) Title

Published by on Jul 9th, 2013, No Comments

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Bob Skinstad, Director and shareholder at office automation and communications company Itec Innovate spoke at the this year’s Net Prophet conference lead by the title ‘Presentation (without a) Title!’. What started off as a poor joke, remained as a poor joke.

Well known for his former rugby playing years, Skinstad, chats to the audience about his innate curiousity and personal experiences that lead him on his journey from sportsman to businessman.

Watch the full presentation below:

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Review: Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0

Published by on Jul 9th, 2013, 5 Comments

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It seems like we’re saying this too much lately, but we have another member of the Galaxy family. We actually have another member of the Galaxy Note family. Unfortunately, it’s not necessarily the one most people are waiting for. No, it’s not the Galaxy Note 3, but the Galaxy Note 8.0 tablet – the smaller derivative of the Galaxy Note 10.1 we tested at the end of last year.

When it was announced at MWC back in February it took a lot of flack because of the fact that it can make phone calls. To be honest, we agree in this regard. No one would be caught dead with this behemoth on their ear. But in fact, it won’t be predominantly used as a smartphone, but as a stylus enabled tablet easier to handle than its larger sibling.

Here are some of the key features: (more…)

First photos taken with Nokia Lumia 1020 revealed

Published by on Jul 9th, 2013, No Comments

One of the images taken with the Nokia Lumia 1020

One of the images taken with the Nokia Lumia 1020

According to The Verge Microsoft Windows Phone manager Joe Belfiore has revealed the name of Nokia’s 41-megapixel Windows Phone, a device that has not yet been officially announced.

Belfiore posted some images on his Flickr page that were taken using various Windows Phones, two of which show, in the meta data, that the name of the camera used was the Nokia Lumia 1020.

While no actual phone performance details were revealed, one image was listed as having a resolution of 2,947  x 1,658 and the other coming in at 2,352 x 1,568. This information suggests that the upcoming device, that has already been known by many other names, will shoot at different resolutions using the power of its large sensor.

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LG holding event in NYC, hints at Optimus G2 launch

Published by on Jul 9th, 2013, No Comments

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LG has seen some success with its latest Optimus flagships, the Optimus G and thereafter the Optimus G Pro. Now it seems it is time for the evolution of the Optimus range to start, with the Optimus G2 most likely to be revealed by LG in New York on August 7.

This comes as LG started to send out invites to the event to people and organizations around the world. Plenty of people are excited about this latest iteration of the range, as it will include a Snapdragon S800 processor – the latest version of the quad core architecture.

The available features of the S800 that LG stressed in an announcement last month give people plenty of reason to look forward to the G2. Besides the raw power of Qualcomm’s newest quad-core beast, other equally impressive features like Ultra HD video recording and playback (that’s four times higher density than 1080p), screen output at resolutions up to 2560 x 2048 pixels (when is enough, enough?), and 1080p HD over Miracast wireless. It’s clear that LG will be billing this as an ultimate entertainment device, and with these specs they probably should.

We are excited to see all the bells and whistles that will inevitably come with LG’s latest flagship, but since we have to wait almost an entire month, take a look at their promo video: (more…)

Net Prophet 2013: Interview with Andre de Wet

Published by on Jul 8th, 2013, 2 Comments

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Andre de Wet, General Manger of online shopping and price comparison directory PriceCheck, was interviewed at the 2013 Net Prophet conference held in Cape Town.

During his talk, de Wet discussed his entrepreneurial background with the audience where he shared the adventures and challenges of his own experiences that are open to aspiring entrepreneurs today.

De Wet was in his third year of medical school when the entrepreneurial bug bit him and the rest, as they say, is history.

Watch the full interview below:

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Video claims to reveal the budget iPhone

Published by on Jul 8th, 2013, No Comments

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Rumours are all over the place and it is hard to tell which ones are true when it comes to Apple products. They are generally very secretive and are great at keeping products a secret until the intended time. Sometimes some of these rumours are just too good to be true, and it is certainly the case here. This video claiming to showcase the new up and coming budget iPhone is very polished and we believe this hands-on of the phone is another hoax.

That being said, it does seem to tie into all the other reported rumours over the last couple of months. This comes via sources associated with M.I.C. Gadget. Is this just a collection of design cues put together in order to sell the “Bear” brand Android imitation shown later in the same video (past the break,) or could it be the real iPhone housing? At the moment we’re buying neither, but with such a detailed set of images (at the source,) it provides a tantalising taste of what could be, if nothing else.

Check it out below (you might need to follow the link to Vimeo): (more…)

Samsung Iceland mocks Apple in Galaxy S4 advert

Published by on Jul 8th, 2013, No Comments

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Samsung Iceland has released a new, rather random advertisement, for its Galaxy S4 smartphone that now supports the native language of the country.

Unsurprisingly, the advert mocks rival Apple, showing the main character attempting to make a call using an actual apple which is obviously quite the challenge.

Clearly in despair, he manages to get hold of a Galaxy S4 and happily uses the phone (while surrounded by fallen apples), celebrates with ninjas and a goat and then proceeds to take a bite out of one of the apples. The tagline reads, “the phone that understands you.”

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