Motorola has today rolled out the first advert in a new campaign for its upcoming smartphone, the Moto X. This is the first campaign and smartphone from the company since being acquired by Google in August 2012.
The smartphone was recently confirmed by Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside at the 2013 D11 conference who also revealed that it will be the first to be built in the U.S. with the advert also highlighting that it is the “first smartphone you can design yourself”.
The advert, displaying the tagline “Designed by you. Assembled in the US.” will appear as a full page spread today in the editions of The New York Times, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal and Washington Post. The timing of the spread is no coincidence with its patriotic tone and imagery befitting the 4th July celebrations that will take place in the U.S. on Thursday marking the country’s independence.
At the 2013 Net Prophet conference Justin Stanford, co-founder of 4Di Group and entrepreneur addressed the audience on the topic VC in SA: Where are we now? and gave some insight into and perspective on venture capital in South Africa.
Stanford focussed on this own background as an entrepreneur who has invested in and built businesses before, the ecosystem of VC locally and the plight of the startup.
Watch Stanford’s presentation in the video below:
The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is on the forefront of particle physics on the border between Switzerland and France. This massive machine, which is the largest and highest energy particle accelerator in the world, is 27 km in circumference and took 10 years to build. The reason it has been making headlines lately is because of the ‘probable’ discovery of the Higgs Boson, the ever elusive particle that explains why matter has mass. It sounds obvious to most people, but science hasn’t ever conclusively discovered the reasons for mass.
The LHC went live on 10 September 2008, with proton beams successfully circulated in the main ring of the LHC for the first time, but 9 days later a faulty electrical connection led to the rupture of a liquid helium enclosure, causing both a magnet quench and several tons of helium gas escaping with explosive force. The incident resulted in damage to over 50 superconducting magnets and their mountings, and contamination of the vacuum pipe, and delayed further operations by 14 months. On November 20th 2009 proton beams were successfully circulated again, with the first recorded proton–proton collisions occurring 3 days later at the injection energy of 450 GeV per beam. On March 30th 2010, the first collisions took place between two 3.5 TeV beams, setting a world record for the highest-energy man-made particle collisions, and the LHC began its planned research program. (more…)
Are you the next James Bond? Here’s what you’ll need:
To conclude our final insert on KykNet’s Dagbreek, we decided to look into the world of the superspy. With the assistance of spyshopsa.co.za, that supplied us with some super hot gadgets, we’re making your next quest to save the world slightly easier.
Seed Engine will be hosting a Hackathon weekend in Johannesburg in July.
What to expect:
Everyone attending will come to the event with an awesome business idea and pitch it to the group.
For the rest of the weekend, everyone will have fun together turning the idea into a startup!
There is only 1 rule: We only have fun in teams! The winning team will earn their spot in the next Seed Engine Programme
Day 1 -
9:00am Meet ‘n Greet
11:00am Breaking into Groups/Idea Development
5:00pm Beer and Water
by Tim Wyatt-Gunning, CEO Web Africa
Our TV died last week and nobody noticed. One of our cats died too. We were all sad about the cat and made insincere mutterings about getting a new one. As for the telly, not a word. I feel a bit sad, because it has been a good companion over the years.
Just like the cat, it wasn’t a particularly close relationship, but in hours of need I have enjoyed its company, with its broadcasted and reassuringly dull o’clock schedule, day in, day out, its refusal to lower itself to my real-life issues, its brain-washing and tumble-drying spin on the reality of the outside world. All we had to do was sit there and watch, agree, disagree, love it or hate it. If we really hated it, we could turn over to The Other Channel. There were, of course, in addition to The Other Channel, a couple of other channels, even in the early days, but rather like the Secret Service they weren’t formally recognized, and any interaction with them was silently deemed to be subversive, inappropriate, risky and best avoided. Content Deprivation was so severe it drove us to enjoy some truly awful things.
In March, we introduced you to Afrikaans accommodation booking site and the first of its kind in South Africa, LekkeSlaap.
LekkeSlaap has announced its new refined search tool, where guests can now filter their results for accommodation across South Africa according to specific criteria such as “Pet Friendly Establishments”, “Braai Facilities”, and “Secure Parking”, to name just a few. Users just need to enter their location, tick the desired filter, and hit search.
Since its launch LekkeSlaap has been trailblazing the way for Afrikaans on the internet and it has proved to be a success with users, both locally and internationally, seeking accommodation across the country.
Technology trends changes extremely quickly – we’ve always known that – and nowhere is this truer than in the smartphone world. But what was at the beginning a race to perfect a concept, has now become a spec sheet war (especially among Android manufacturers). And the question that has been on my mind for some time now has been: “How much is too much?” How much of the spec sheet hardware really deliver a better experience to the end user?
At the top of this list for me is screen resolution. The norm for the previous generation of smartphones (which was just over a year ago, mind you) was a screen resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. This was what we called HD resolution or 720p, and this was already – depending on the size of your screen – over 300 ppi, or pixels per inch. However, according to studies the human eye (if you have very good eyesight) can only see around 300 ppi at a distance of about 25cm. So unless you stare at your screen from extremely close by or under a microscope, you won’t see the difference. So what’s the point of having the current generation of screens that come in at over 400 ppi? (more…)