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TaxTim number 1 on Google SA search results

Published by on May 29th, 2013, No Comments

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Virtual tax assistant TaxTim has recently celebrated coming in at number 1 on Google SA search results when typing in “SARS tax calculator”.

Of the achievment, TaxTim founder Evan Robinson says that while it wasn’t a direct goal of the company’s they are very pleased. “We try to always provide the best possible services and most relevant content regarding tax,” says Robinson, “but I guess the result is the same if people like what you are doing.

In addition TaxTim is also on a Google PageRank of 4/10 (SARS eFiling is 5/10) and is the number one result for the search “how to use efiling” too – above SARS own resources.

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Often I really hate Twitter

Published by on May 29th, 2013, No Comments

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I often think to myself: “what did I do before Twitter when I’m bored?”

The truth is, the 140 characters of time wasting are great to keep you busy and entertained however I can’t help but find complete disdain for the sins performed on Twitter. I will now demonstrate these sins with my own examples:

  • Sin 1: “My life is so f*&king awesome:

This was me posting a picture of spending a Friday in a small plane. Why… I want to look awesome.

  • Sin 2: “Here’s an article I think will make me look smart”: (more…)

YouTube adds slow motion to videos

Published by on May 29th, 2013, No Comments

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YouTube has announced that users can now add slow motion to their videos which the video sharing website says “makes everything better”.

Slow motion can now be applied to existing videos by visiting the Enhancements Tool (that offers other automated editing options) or theYouTube Editor. YouTube says, “You’ll get a smooth, slomo video that makes it look like it was filmed with a high-speed camera.

Watch the video below to see how the new slow motion feature will look:

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D11 opening interview with CEO Tim Cook

Published by on May 29th, 2013, 13 Comments

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Apple CEO Tim Cook was the opening speaker at the D11 conference that kicked off on Tuesday.

At D11, Cook sat down with Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher to answer questions about  the tech Apple has in the works, the declining stock price, its competitors, acquisitions, Apple TV and the on-going Apple/Samsung patent wars.

Apple recently made headlines when the company faced The US Senate (watch it here) about its very clever but questionable tax strategy, also addressed in the interview on stage.

Mossberg and Swisher dive right in  - overall, if Apple is in trouble, Cook says “absolutely not” noting Apple’s astounding sales figures including 85 million iPhones sold last quarter and customer satisfaction numbers being “off the charts”.

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Google Maps brings biking directions to new European countries

Published by on May 28th, 2013, No Comments

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For countries populated by hundreds of commuters on bicycles rather than in cars or those that enjoy cycling in their spare time, Google has added turn-by-turn navigation for bike riders, that is also voice enabled, to six new European countries.

The service, announced on Google’s European blog  is now available in Germany, France, Poland, Ireland, Luxembourg and Liechtenstein. Google Maps biking directions has been available in the U.S. and Canada since 2010.

Google says that data has been provided by users through MapMaker and through the partnership with relevant organisations, in some countries, to ensure that the correct trail and recommended route information is provided and up-to-date.

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LG won’t be making the Nexus 5

Published by on May 28th, 2013, No Comments

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The fourth iteration of the Google Nexus range of smartphones certainly made some big waves throughout the technology community. It is now that time of year again when rumours start flowing about the next Nexus phone, which will undoubtedly be called the Nexus 5. Already, though, an LG exec has squashed one of the earliest rumours: that LG will be making the Nexus 5 as well.
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Tennis player tweets iPhone picture taken on court during play

Published by on May 28th, 2013, No Comments

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The 2013 Roland Garros is currently underway and while technology has revolutionized the game of tennis at the Wimbledon Championships for spectators, players and officials, it has yet to reach the courts of the French Open.

Hawk Eye ball tracking technology for example tracks the movement of the ball and generates a digital image of where it has landed on the court. It can also determine the spin and speed of every shot.

These digital images are used to confirm or contravene calls made by officials and challenges lodged by players.

However, without the availability of the technology at the tournament, a player took it upon himself to prove where a ball had made a mark on the court.

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Sony launches Xperia Tablet Z in SA

Published by on May 28th, 2013, No Comments

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Sony has launched the new Xperia Tablet Z in South Africa at an event in Cape Town.

The Xperia Tablet Z, that Sony is calling “the slimmest 10.1-inch LTE tablet available” follows the launch of the Xperia Z smartphone and similarly is powered by a 1.5Ghz quad core processor and is water resistant, capable of being kept under up to 1 metre of water for 30 minutes.

Sony has confirmed that the tablet will  launch with Android 4.1 followed by an upgrade to Android 4.2.

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