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Samsung Galaxy Mega specs revealed

Published by on Apr 11th, 2013, 3 Comments

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A couple of days ago we reported on rumours about massive smartphones that are launching soon, and it didn’t take long for Samsung to send us the exact specifications of these devices. Most of the leaked details did turn out to be true, with the most interesting one being that these can both be seen as mid-range devices. The only question that remains is how much you would have to pay for these mammoths.

The design is akin to the previous smartphone iterations from Samsung; the Korean firm is really throwing everything they can at the aesthetic and milking it as much as they can. Not that we blame them, it certainly is working for them.

The specs for the 6.3 inch and 5.8 inch Galaxy Mega devices are, respectively, as follows: (more…)

Gmail’s Evolution after 9 years: Infographic

Published by on Apr 11th, 2013, No Comments

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The folks at Google have drawn up this great infographic to show the journey that Gmail has taken until now. Hard to believe it is 9 years old already, and at its launch it was pretty much the norm for web based email accounts to have less than 10 MB of space. So when Gmail launched on April Fools Day in 2004, many people thought it was a joke that Google is launching a service with 1GB of storage for you to use.

The service quickly branched out into a full consumer focussed personal information manager, with tools like Calendar and Contacts launching soon after. These days Gmail is the standard in web based mail – but the biggest problem is that now you cannot get the email address you want anymore. These days you have to settle for yourname1964kitty@gmail.com… See the evolution of Gmail below: (more…)

ABSA App – Was Worth The Wait?

Published by on Apr 11th, 2013, 14 Comments

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It’s been a long wait for their customers but Absa has finally launched their mobile banking application. They’ve taken some criticism for taking so long and have left many people wondering if it’s too little too late and why it took so long in the first place.

Yesterday I attended a customer launch event for the Absa app. I was able to chat to a few people at Absa who are behind the app as well as their mobile and digital strategy. They answered some really tough questions from me and provided some insight and shared their vision going forward. Based on what I know and have experienced, I’m going to share my thoughts as an Absa client as well as someone who has a keen interest in the intersection of banking and technology.

Why did Absa make us wait so long? (more…)

Apple gives Samsung the boot on chip development?

Published by on Apr 11th, 2013, No Comments

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To say Apple and Samsung are friendly rivals in the smartphone market would be to say that North and South Korea are friendly neighbouring countries. Although there exists no nuclear threat, tensions between the smartphone giants tend to be as explosive as a full-scale nuclear war. Apple has a love-hate relationship with the Korean giant due to their chips being developed there and that has always been a slippery slope for the Cupertino based company. (more…)

First Samsung Galaxy S4 Ads emerge

Published by on Apr 10th, 2013, No Comments

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Samsung’s latest Android superphone has many gadget fans salivating, and that massive Samsung advertising budget is bound to come up with some good ads. Samsung has just released their first three ads for the flagship phone, and they do a good job of showing some off the new features.

Samsung’s current strategy of throwing every possible feature at the Galaxy S4 means that they have to show where some of these features might be needed. For example – you might wonder why you need sound with a picture, and Samsung shows us the charming tale of a son sending his mother pictures of his trip, with sound of course: (more…)

New Apple Mac OS X code point to Faster 802.11ac WiFi

Published by on Apr 10th, 2013, No Comments

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Apple’s latest laptops have slowly moved away from traditional cable based networking, so users are forced to move to wifi networks, or be forced to use adaptors to connect to Ethernet cables. While it is not a major issue, traditional 802.11n based networks are not exactly speedy. They top out at a theoretical 300 or 450 Mbps, but they never get close to that speed.

While the new standard has not been finalised, new code from the latest Mac OS X 10.8.4 beta release shows that Apple is working on getting their software ready. This means that upcoming Macs might indeed ship with “ac” capable wireless networking. And because Apple sells wireless networking equipment in the form of its Airport device range, expect them to be upgraded soon as well. Apple is most probably waiting for the 802.11ac standard to finalized before shipping this hardware.

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Infographic: How Google Glass Works

Published by on Apr 10th, 2013, No Comments

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Google Glass: futuristic and applicable or fun toy? The debate is still raging and until the normal citizen can get their hands on it, we won’t know for sure. Before it does, though, people were starting to ask how it actually works, and many questions arose. From simple questions like: “Where is the processor?” and “Where is the ON switch?” to more difficult ones to answer like: “How does the augmented reality work?”

Luckily for us, a techie artist called Martin Missfeldt created an infographic that explains the wonders of technology behind Google’s technologically-enhanced Glass. The prism inside Glass projects a layer over the light generated by the environment around you. Meanwhile, the prism focuses the image directly on your retina.
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Apple launching a new Mac Pro in May?

Published by on Apr 10th, 2013, No Comments

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According to one of the dedicated Apple websites, one of their sources said that Apple will announce a replacement to the Mac Pro at some point within the next month or two. It has been almost three years since the last significant update to the Mac Pro, with Apple focusing on the Macbook range lately.

Last year, Apple said that a new Mac Pro would be released sometime in 2013, and we think it can’t come soon enough. We would expect the announcement to come from Apple at WWDC 2013, with the Mac workstation getting all the glamour.
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