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App Monday: Pocket Review

Published by on Jun 11th, 2012, No Comments

Do you ever find something you want to look at or read, but have no time, and want to store it for later? Most of us do, every day, on Twitter streams, while browsing and so on. If this happens to you, that’s fine, just put it in your Pocket.

Pocket, which was previously called Read It Later, is a simple, but very effective app on iPhone, Android, Kindle Fire and also on your browser, which stores those things you want to read or look at later. By easily adding links, pictures and other things into the Pocket app, when you’re in the queue at the bank or riding the bus home, you can retrieve them and take your time.

It’s perfect for most of us – rushing through information is far worse than keeping some of it for later when we can properly absorb it.

In fact, Pocket stores the info you store to it in such a way that you can even view everything while your phone is offline. Naturally this doesn’t bode well if you have people commenting on threads, and also pictures are often excluded from the offline links. When online, one can refresh the Pocket reader page, and also choose a browser view instead of the Pocket reader view. Even though most of us are online almost all the time nowadays, when you’re not, this comes in handy.

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Apple agrees to pay $2.25 million settlement in Australia

Published by on Jun 8th, 2012, 4 Comments

Apple has agreed to pay $2.25 million in settlement costs after agreeing that it misled the Australian public by selling the new iPad as 4G-compatible reports The Australian. 

At this stage, the  settlement is yet to get final approval from the judge presiding over the case who has postponed the case until Wednesday.

The dispute first arose in March when the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) decided to bring charges against the company for knowingly misleading the public in its advertising of the device.

The advertising claimed that the third generation iPad was 4G compatible. However, the new iPad couldn’t be supported by Australia’s 4G network.

Australia, along with Japan and Singapore were the first three markets to receive the third-generation iPad when it became available on 16 March.

In May, after concerns were first highlighted in Australia and the advertising was changed from ‘Wi-Fi + 4G’ to ‘Wi-Fi + Cellular’, Apple announced that it would give any unsatisfied customers who felt deceived by the advertising, a full refund for any iPads purchased.

The lack of clarity around the marketing of the 4G compatibility was also closely scrutinized in New Zealand, the UK, Italy and Sweden among other countries.

Source: The Next Web

Cisco issues results of Visual Network Index Forecast – South Africa to show Massive Growth

Published by on Jun 8th, 2012, No Comments

Cisco today issued results of the annual Visual Networking Index (VNI) Forecast, the company’s ongoing initiative to forecast and analyse Internet Protocol (IP) networking growth and trends worldwide.

The VNI Forecast quantitatively projects consumer and business user generated IP traffic expected to travel over public and private networks.

The forecast found the following results for the South African market:

 

1.       Internet Traffic

  • Internet traffic will grow 10.5-fold from 2011 to 2016, a compound annual growth rate of 60%
  • Internet traffic will reach 425 petabytes per month in 2016, up from 40 petabytes per month in 2011
  • Internet traffic in 2016 will be equivalent to 1 billion DVDs per year, 106 million DVDs per month or 145, 715 DVDs per hour

2.       Internet Video

  • Internet video traffic will be 79% of all consumer Internet traffic in 2016, up from 56% in 2011
  • 58 billion minutes of video content will cross the Internet each month in 2016, up from 4 billion in 2011
  • Video exceeded half of South Africa’s consumer Internet traffic by year-end 2011

Wi-Fi arrives at the London Underground

Published by on Jun 8th, 2012, No Comments

Londoners and tourists using the famous London Undergound system will now have access to the internet as Wi-Fi became available at various stations around the capital city on Thursday. Commuters no longer have to worry about being completely out of touch as they can now access the internet from their iPads, iPhones and other devices below ground.

The first stations to receive Wi-Fi were Warren Street and King’s Cross, followed by Oxford Circus and Green Park. 80 more Underground stations will follow during the summer in preparation for the upcoming 2012 Olympic Games. By the end of the year, about 120 tube stations are expected to have Wi-Fi, including those particularly far underground.

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Could this be what the Facebook phone will look like?

Published by on Jun 7th, 2012, 3 Comments

According to various reports and rumours, Facebook is planning to develop its very own smartphone and the company has already begun to recruit a number of hardware engineers, including former Apple employees, to work on the device which could be launched as early as next year.

While no details of the phone or an official launch date have been confirmed by Facebook, a concept of what the phone could look like, designed by Michal Bonikowski, was featured on tech website Yanko Design.

In the concept, the phone, made from metal, features a Facebook signature blue case,  5-megapixel camera in the front and an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 4.2 inch display and an optional inductive charging dock.

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Apple wants Samsung Galaxy S3 out of U.S.

Published by on Jun 7th, 2012, No Comments

When Samsung’s latest flagship phone, the Galaxy SIII launched in the UK and other markets in Europe in May, among its many enthusiastic buyers was Apple, although not for quite the same reasons.

Apple wanted to get its hands on the much anticipated follow-up to the popular Galaxy SII to investigate what Samsung’s latest device had to offer. Reports now reveal that the company were not happy with what they found. The smartphone lead Apple to its legal team and subsequently a court filing against Samsung for infringing on two of its patents with the SIII.

This new move seems to be Apple Inc’s attempt at blocking the smartphone from entering into the U.S. market that is set to launch on 21 June. Apple has asked the court to impose an injunction on the Galaxy SIII before this launch date arrives.

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This is Scanbox: Turning your smartphone into a portable scanner

Published by on Jun 7th, 2012, No Comments

One of Kickstarter’s latest projects is Scanbox and it has already surpassed its funding goal of $12, 500 to raise over $88, 000 by its backers.

Scanbox, created from durable laminated cardboard, is an easy-to-use and affordable portable scanning box that uses your smartphone’s camera to take high quality scans. The scanbox is easy to assemble and when you’re done with it, you can pack it flat and take it with you.

Scanbox lets you: digitize receipts, scan 3D objects, scan photos, use it as a photocopier and for live presentations. Scanbox can be used with any smartphone that has a camera on the back including the iPhone, Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Samsung Galaxy S2 as well as any iPod with a camera.

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Twitter unveils redesigned bird logo

Published by on Jun 7th, 2012, No Comments

Twitter has unveiled its new bird logo that it announced on its official blog. The company highlights the importance of the bird image as a universal symbol for the micro-blogging site and its service offering over the last six years.

Doug Bowman, creative director writes that “Starting today you’ll begin to notice a simplified Twitter bird. From now on, this bird will be the universally recognizable symbol of Twitter. (Twitter is the bird, the bird is Twitter.) There’s no longer a need for text, bubbled typefaces, or a lowercase “t” to represent Twitter.”

Bowman explains that the new design grows out of “love for ornithology, design within creative constraints, and simple geometry.”

In the same way in which a user’s networks, interests and ideas connect with other users on Twitter, so three sets of overlapping circles have been used to create the new logo.

The blog concludes by saying “Whether soaring high above the earth to take in a broad view, or flocking with other birds to achieve a common purpose, a bird in flight is the ultimate representation of freedom, hope and limitless possibility.”

Twitter also posted a short 17 second video online to introduce the new design.

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