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HiLo Lens for iPad and iPhone Photography

Published by on Nov 15th, 2012, No Comments

Recently launched as a fundraising project on Kickstarter, the HiLo Lens has already surpassed its goal of $27, 500 to have raised over $30, 000.

Just like the swivel/flip screen found on digital cameras, the 90 degree angled lens for iPad and iPhone extends the devices’ camera to capture photographs from a number of different angles.  With the HiLO Lens the iPad can be held comfortably at waist level while recording video footage or taking photos without having to hold it awkwardly at arm’s length. By laying the iPhone or iPad flat on a surface, the HiLo Lens turns the device into a tripod.

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Re-designed Apple iMac release delayed

Published by on Nov 15th, 2012, No Comments

According to a rumour reported by Apple Insider, the new iMacs from Apple, unveiled in October and expected to arrive on 27th November 2012, may be delayed until 2013 with the models not being ready in time for the 2012 holiday season.

The information comes from a source cited by a French language blog MacBidouille.

It has been speculated that the delay may be due to the advanced processes involved in the manufacturing of the re-designed iMacs that include an advanced assembly technique called friction-stir welding and the thinner screen lamination process that involves closing the small gap between the display and front glass.

Facebook launches share button for mobile

Published by on Nov 15th, 2012, No Comments

 After receiving multiple requests Facebook has today launched a “share” button for its mobile news feeds much like that of a retweet button on Twitter for users to easily share content with friends.

With the new feature, that is the mobile equivalent of the share button on Facebook.com, users can click the share button and also add their own comments before reposting.

Whenever a user shares a piece of content, it will credit the source of the information by attaching the original poster’s name to the status update.

The button can be found alongside the already existing “Like” and “Comments” buttons at the bottom of all the posts.

In addition to its mobi site, the new feature will soon be rolling out to Android and iOS apps.

Source: Venture Beat

Mobile Web Africa 2012 in numbers

Published by on Nov 14th, 2012, 1 Comment

It’s just two weeks until the 2012 Mobile Web Africa conference in Johannesburg from the 27th to 29th November and with 84% of the venue already filled, now is the time to register if you’re interested in being a part of this event.

Contributors include:

  • Prins Mhlanga – Managing Executive of Digital Media, Vodacom
  • Ory Okolloh - Manager Policy & Government Relations, Google Africa
  • Zeyad Davids - Managing Director, M&C Saatchi Mobile
  • Marc Herson, 2go
  • Mark Kaigwa - Partner, Afrinnovator
  • Musa Kalenga- Group Head: Digital Marketing, Nedbank 

mapIT Announces Interactive Mapping for Cycle Challenge

Published by on Nov 14th, 2012, No Comments

Digital mapping partner mapIT, with 94.7 Highveld Stereo and Altech Netstar, have announced the launch of the online Interactive Map, Route Maps, Race Profiles and Mobi Site for the Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge taking place on 18 November 2012 through the streets of Johannesburg.  Altech Netstar will be providing tracking of over 100 route vehicles, as well as riders supporting various charities.

The mapIT Route Maps and Race Profiles, which visually show the gradient of the route, allow for entrants to prepare for the race. The Interactive Map that can be viewed on 947.mapservice.co.za, contains the routes, live tracking of charities, points of interest as well as road closures which will enable race participants to plan their movements and meeting points for the day. The Mobi Site will also assist supporters in navigating to meeting spots and will also provide real time tracking of cyclists.

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Google Nexus devices sold out soon after release

Published by on Nov 14th, 2012, 2 Comments

The new batch of Google Nexus devices were released yesterday, 13 November, on sale directly from the Google Play Store. Within hours of release in the UK all the devices were sold out and Engadget has reported the same in the US.

Google Nexus sales sky-rocketed minutes after it went live on the site and the Play Store was struggling to handle all the traffic coming in at once. The site was unstable after the release of devices, which were sold out within an hour. There were reports to Google of errors and strange happenings on the site, but they were resolved quickly.

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5rooms.com launches eco grafitti campaign

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5rooms.com, a local online home and living store, is setting new standards in outdoor advertising. They recently launched their much anticipated eco graffiti campaign which is one of the first of its kind in South Africa and is expected not to be the last.

In twenty strategically selected locations throughout Cape Town, 5rooms.com has placed stencilled tags on the city streets via a wholly eco-conscious advertising medium, eco graffiti. Each custom-made tag has a unique voucher code that allows passers-by to gain a discount of their purchase when shopping at the online store.

Eco graffiti is, in effect, clean advertising that’s created using a stencil placed onto dirty walls or pavements. A specialist, commercial cleaning machine is then used to clean over the stencil, which is then lifted to reveal a bright and sharp contrast between clean and dirty, illuminating a the message.

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Sinfosky Departure: Ballmer’s letter to employees

Published by on Nov 13th, 2012, No Comments

It has now become well known publicly that President of Windows and Windows Live at Microsoft, Steven Sinofsky has left the company. This turn of events comes less than a month after Sinofsky presided over the launch of Microsoft’s Surface tablet and Windows 8 (Read our quick review).

Various media publications are reporting that the departure was as a result of the increasing tension between Sinofsky and various executives at the company.

Here is what Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer had to say in a letter to employees about the departure:

Over the past few months we have delivered the foundation for a new era for Microsoft. From Office to Bing to Windows Phone and Windows Azure, to Xbox and of course Windows and Surface and everything in between, we’ve unleashed a huge wave of devices and services that people and businesses love. I simply couldn’t be more proud of the effort you have all put in to get us here and to set the foundation for our future. At the Windows launch in New York, at the Windows Phone event in San Francisco, and again at the Build event on Redmond campus, I was struck that while externally many people look at these events as the finish line, they really represent the starting line of a new era.

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