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New Google Maps sign-up page leaks online

Published by on May 15th, 2013, No Comments


Last week, ahead of the 2013 Google I/O that kicks off today in San Francisco, a Google Maps redesign leaked online  - the first redesign in quite some time.

At the time it was unclear whether the redesign included new features or if it was simply getting a fresh look. With the approach of Google I/O it was expected that the rumours would be put to rest and that if the redesign was indeed confirmed, all the details would be revealed.

However, more about the redesign has emerged. Just yesterday, one day before Google’s annual event, a sign-up page for the new version of Google Maps for desktop appeared online briefly and was spotted by Droid Life. 


Then and Now: iPhone camera comparisons

Published by on May 15th, 2013, No Comments


These days, the iPhone is one of the most popular cameras in the world – but it’s hard to think that it launched with a relatively terrible camera back in 2007. The original iPhone launched with a fixed focus 2MP camera, which did not even have a flash.

The camera has been steadily upgraded, and has been a big focus for Apple since the iPhone 3GS, which was the first iPhone with a decent auto focus lens system.

The camera interface has not changed much though. Despite the massive upgrades in lens and photo quality, the actual UI of the camera is as simple as ever.


Procrastination hampers telecoms uptake – Nashua

Published by on May 15th, 2013, No Comments


Universal access to the internet in South Africa is no longer being held back by high prices or a lack of education, but by government and regulatory inefficiency. Smartphones and mobile computing devices are getting cheaper and broadband far more affordable. But the spectrum needed to deliver high-speed bandwidth is still clogged up by the government’s frustrating delay in switching TV broadcasts from analogue to more efficient digital signals, says Mark Taylor, CEO for Nashua Mobile.

“We are at a juncture where technology developments have outpaced our regulations. The freeing up of spectrum through the digitisation of TV signals is lagging behind, and has serious implications for our operators remaining on the forefront of offering the latest technologies to South Africa.” Network operators are introducing the latest LTE wireless technology for high-speed, high-capacity data, but they cannot set up national LTE networks because spectrum is not available. “It’s critical that we see the delivery of additional spectrum quickly to remain globally competitive, otherwise South Africa will fall further behind in the broadband divide,” Taylor warns. “Universal access to broadband is starting to border on a human right. We can’t deliver that because TV channels are still using the spectrum, so digital migration must be finalised.” (more…)

TAKEALOT.com rolls out SAVEALOT Daily Deals

Published by on May 15th, 2013, No Comments


After the recent launch of its new mobile shopping app for Android and iOS, TAKEALOT.com has now introduced a new initiative offering customers  savings on selected products on a daily, first-come-first-serve basis with SAVEALOT Daily Deals.

SAVEALOT Daily Deals delivers two new deals every weekday (9am – 9pm) with up to 70% savings on a variety of items across all 14 of TAKEALOT.com’s departments, including Electronics, Home and Kitchen, Sports, Pet Supplies and more.

The deals page is currently available on desktop with the mobi-site version to follow.


Stock drops as BlackBerry announces BBM for iOS and Android

Published by on May 15th, 2013, 9 Comments


According to Bloomberg, BlackBerry has fallen the most in a week as stock dropped 4%. This comes after the recent announcements of the BlackBerry Q5 for select markets and now the company’s plan to make BlackBerry’s messaging service (BBM) available to iOS and Android devices.

While shares of the Ontario based company have increased to 28% in 2013, BlackBerry’s decision to ‘share’ its free messaging service, similar to that of WhatsApp, will mean losing control of one of its most exclusive and valuable services, that arguably made BlackBerry such a popular and appealing device when it first emerged.


Heins announces BlackBerry Q5 and BlackBerry 10.1 for Z10

Published by on May 14th, 2013, No Comments


BlackBerry has announced its Q5 smartphone at the BlackBerry Live event in Orlando.

BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins introduced the new device that runs BlackBerry 10, aimed at emerging markets, describing it as “youthful and fun”.

The Q5, that will be available in selected markets from July,  features the typical BlackBerry QWERTY keyboard with discrete keys as well as a 3.1-inch touchscreen.


Nokia announces new flagship – the Lumia 925

Published by on May 14th, 2013, 1 Comment


Nokia today introduced the Nokia Lumia 925, a new interpretation of its award-winning flagship, the Nokia Lumia 920 (one of our favourite phones of 2012). The Nokia Lumia 925 introduces a metal design and showcases the latest PureView camera innovation, new features and third party applications coming to the Nokia Lumia range.

The Nokia Lumia 925 includes the most advanced lens technology and next generation imaging software to capture clearer, sharper pictures and video, including the best low light images. The Nokia Lumia 925 also introduces the new Nokia Smart Camera mode, coming as an update to all Lumia Windows Phone 8 smartphones. Nokia Smart Camera offers an easy way to capture ten images at once and edit the pictures with options like Best Shot, Action Shot, and Motion Focus for creating better images. (more…)

Facial recognition software comes to Google Glass

Published by on May 14th, 2013, No Comments


A user of Google Glass, one in a team of programmers, has recently found a way to bring facial recognition software to the wearable computing device.

The app, called MedRefGlass, available on GitHub, lets doctors and medical practitioners pull up patient files while looking at them directly.

On his blog, developer Lance Nanek said of the idea behind the app, “Some people I talked to said hospitals are full of very busy people, often with their hands full, working with a lot of information – so Google Glass making it wearable is especially looked forward to there!”