For a long time, the only major file syncing service with a decent cloud backup option was Dropbox, and its cross platform compatibility across all your devices made it a firm favourite. Google was always rumoured to be readying “GDrive”, but it just never appeared. But a few days ago Microsoft announced that they are finally bringing Skydrive syncing clients to other platforms than Windows, so it was only natural that now was the perfect time for Google to also jump into the file syncing pool.
Google Drive is free, and users will get 5GB of cloud based storage for free. Google of course has the advantage of having pretty decent editing tools available in the shape of Google Docs, and Google Drive will also have some pretty great collaboration services as well. For example – if you share and collaborate on a document, you can keep track of comments from other editors in the document, regardless of the type of file, be it video, photo, PDF etc.
Just like Dropbox, you sync your Google Drive across devices, and your stuff is also safely stored in the cloud, in case anything happens with it. But Google’s Search speciality makes the cloud storage even more powerful – using OCR (optical character recognition), Google can scan your documents for all their included text, and then you can just search for text. Very much like Evernote.
From today, Vodacom and Cell C will have the new, lower priced Nokia Lumia 710 phone available at R3999.
The new colorful device was designed to bring the Windows Phone smartphone experience to a new lower price point, without sacrifices. It combines the powerful social and Internet experience of Windows Phone with the ability to take pictures in almost any conditions and share with friends in seconds, as well as access to thousands of the most popular apps and exclusive Nokia services, like Nokia Drive.
Based on the Windows Phone 7.5 release, the Nokia Lumia 710 smartphone has a broad range of social-network focussed features:
The Nokia Lumia 710 can be personalised with a choice of white or black front finish and additional inter-changeable back coloured covers, very much like the covers from the Nokia 5110 days.
“We are very excited to be bringing the next device in the Lumia range to South Africa. The Lumia 710 offers the same functionality as the Lumia 800 at a lower price point, and is perfect for consumers that thrive on being socially connected. This again highlights Nokia’s commitment to delivering the latest smartphones with localized services to the South African market,” says Colin Baumgart, Nokia South Africa General Manager.
The Nokia Lumia 800 is still one of our favourite handsets, so we cannot wait to get our hands on the Lumia 710.
As Apple continues to release the latest iPhone 4s, the successor to the iPhone 4, many companies and creatives have used it an opportunity to invent and update unusual and unique cases in which to protect the very important device. With its simple and sophisticated design, it may very well appeal to some owners who want to add some character and even crank up the functionality of their iPhones.
Here are just five of some of the cool and quirky iPhone cases around:
Way before there were touchscreens and iPads, many kids found the joy of writing and doodling with the Magna Doodle or variation there of. Called the iFoolish, purely for its ridiculousness, this iPhone 4/4S case designed by Basic Principles lets owners have fun with their very own portable Magna Doodle and mini stylus. For a sense of nostalgia or if you can’t seem to find an iPhone App to entertain you, this case is for you.
Pricing for the new iPad 3 (or just “the new iPad”) has just been announced by the Core group, and the pricing is similiar to what iPad 2 pricing was before it was discounted to clear stock for the iPad 3rd Generation. With pricing starting at R5000 for the base 16GB model with Wifi, we reckon it is still very good value for money. The new iPad launches on 27 April, and here is the full pricing rundown:
The Afri-Tech Technology and Digital Marketing Summit will be taking place in Johannesburg in May 2012 for a three day event.
The innovative framework of this conference is intended to create cross-functional solutions in the areas of Health Care, Education, Banking & Finance, Networking Solutions, Digital Marketing and Science & Technology.
When: 14th – 16th May 2012
Time: Event starts at 9am
Where: Sandton Convention Centre, Maude Street, The Forum, Sandton, Johannesburg
For more information and to register click here.
I have recently sat in meetings where the content specialist seems to believe that mobile content should be dumbed-down or at the very least shortened.
I’m not exactly sure where this idea has come from but I have a feeling that it has something to do with the size of the screen dictating the length of the content and/or the level of intelligence of the user. This is a massive assumption backed by very little research or understanding of the user, user experience with their mobile devices and any knowledge of the data and mobile operator relationship to the user.
Let’s break this down.
For some odd reason the term “mobile” has become synonymous with the word “iPhone” and/or “smartphone” in recent months. This is a huge mistake when building for mobile.
The definition of a smart device needs to be broadened and we need to get a better understanding of what we’re dealing with.
Below is a graph which illustrates quite nicely which handset manufacturer controls the African market. The answer in short: Nokia.
The basic premise to remember here is that once a user has loaded up your piece of content, the chances are they won’t navigate away unless the receive a phone call. Why? Because most of the devices out in the market aren’t able to effectively multi-task. Even considering the iPhone should make you think about this: If you shift from the iPhone browser, to an app and then back to the browser, very often the page will force a reload and make the user not only lose their place on the page but have to reload the page and spend more of their airtime doing so. (more…)
After months of delays, Intel has finally officially launched its latest generation processors, called “Ivy Bridge”. The average PC-buying customer will still see the same Core i3, i5, and i7 branding, but the new 22nm manufacturing process ensures much better performance than the previous Sandy Bridge processors.
At first, Intel is initially focussing on quad core chips for desktops and laptops, but ultra low power dual core laptop processors will be rolling out in Q3 this year. The biggest advancement in these new generation processors is the 20% decrease in power usage, combined with 20% increase in performance, mainly because of the a new 3D-transistor manufacturing process and partly thanks to a much improved on-chip graphics processing unit. The new HD 4000 built in GPU promises much faster on the fly transcoding, and can also comfortably handle 4K video which is currently being used by high end video camera manufacturers like RED. Lower end Ivy Bridge processors will ship with HD 2500 GPU’s but the performance benchmarks have not yet been seen.
We all love it when our cellphone contract runs out, and we can finally go upgrade our phone. But what exactly is the things to look out for when it comes to choosing a cellphone? And how do you navigate the seemingly endless contract choices out there?
Chris Radley, MD of Nashua Mobile, offered us some great tips about the questions to ask:
Choosing the right tariff plan -
Getting a free phone on the incorrect tariff plan can end up costing you more over the lifetime of the contract than getting the right tariff plan and the selecting the phone that you want.