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Did Jobs predict the future? Lost speech from 1983 recovered

Published by on Oct 3rd, 2012, 4 Comments

In 1983, Steve Jobs gave a speech at the International Design Conference in Aspen on the theme of “The Future Isn’t What It Used To Be”. According to writer Marcel Brown, in his blog Life, Liberty and Technology, very little of this speech was available on the internet and after an extensive amount of research he was finally able to find only one recording thereof which had only been posted in June 2012, more than 25 years after it took place.

In addition, the recording itself was incomplete, having left out almost 40 minutes of follow up questions by the audience for Jobs. Brown was able to recover this additional 40 minutes of Q&A from a client who attended the event all those years ago – each attendee was given a cassette of the recording. This “lost” part of the speech reveals fascinating predictions by Jobs of the future of technology and shows just how far ahead of his time he was.


Former Samsung Strategist joins Infonetics Research

Published by on Oct 3rd, 2012, No Comments

Julien Blin

Former Samsung strategist Julien Blin joins Infonetics as its consumer electronics and mobile broadband analyst.

Joining Infonetics Research, Blin brings with him 10 years of telecom analyst experience with Samsung, IDC, Ovum, and investment bank Wedbush Morgan Securities. He has expertise in smartphones, tablets, e-readers, smart TVs, multiscreen, next-gen UI/UX, over-the-top and set-top boxes, gaming consoles, mobile-to-mobile, and home automation.

“The long search was worth the wait,” says J’Amy Stewart, CEO and co-founder of Infonetics Research. “I have no hesitation in saying that with Julien Blin on board, Infonetics will ultimately be known for mobile device, smartphone, tablet and smart TV research in the same gold-standard way that we’re known in the other markets we cover.”

As Strategy Manager at Samsung, Julien advised the CEO of Samsung Telecommunication America on the company’s Galaxy Tab tablet, Galaxy Smartphone, Smart TV, set-topbox, and content, services, and retail strategy. He also helped conceptualize new designs and services for upcoming Samsung devices to more aggressively compete with Apple and Amazon.

As Directing Analyst, Consumer Electronics and Mobile Broadband, Julien now covers smartphones, tablets, and embedded mobile modems; home automation services; and pay TV, including STBs, OTT boxes, multiscreen services, and cable, IPTV, and satellite subscribers. He authors quarterly market share and forecast reports, annual service provider surveys, and frequent opinion pieces on important communication industry players, technologies, and service provider trends. He provides due diligence and advises on positioning, product development, strategy, partnerships, and business planning to help clients identify new market opportunities, come up with disruptive ideas, and create differentiated products that improve stickiness, sales and market share.


Samsung Galaxy Note 2 hits SA

Published by on Oct 2nd, 2012, 9 Comments

The latest smartphone/tablet hybrid has hit our shores. Samsung SA announced recently that the Galaxy Note 2 will be in South Africa soon, and this week it is officially available.

From today (2 October) the device can be picked up from Vodacom World, and from Friday, 5 October it will be available at other Vodacom retail outlets. Also, MTN has started taking orders for the Note 2 from 1 October.

MTN is offering the device on MTN Anytime 200 for R429 p/m over 24 months, which includes 250MB of data. If you want to purchase it by cash, you can do so for the recommended retails price of R7,400. The Vodacom price structure looks like the following:

  • Standard My Gig 1 at R389.00 per month;
  • Standard My Gig 2 at R429.00 per month;
  • Top Up Data Standard My Gig 1 at R389.00 per month;
  • Top Up Data Standard My Gig 2 at R429.00 per month.

Is this ‘phablet’ something you would be interested in?

Tim Cook thanks Apple employees, extends vacation

Published by on Oct 2nd, 2012, No Comments

According to a report by 9to5Mac, Apple CEO Tim Cook has thanked all Apple employees for an ‘incredibly successful’ 2012 in an email.

He also notified them that their Thanksgiving vacation had been extended in appreciation for their hard work.

You can read the email sent out to employees below:


Apple is having another incredibly successful year, thanks to all of the hard work by you and your teams. Your focus and dedication to making the best products on earth is what makes Apple such an incredible place.


Google Nexus 7 now in SA

Published by on Oct 2nd, 2012, 11 Comments

Google’s Nexus 7 16GB is now available for purchase in South Africa, at R2999 at select retailers. The Nexus 7 is the first tablet in Google’s Nexus line of devices and the lead device for Android 4.1, called Jelly Bean. The Nexus 7 is a pretty great buy if you are looking for a more compact tablet that is running the latest and greatest Android version.

Jointly developed between ASUS and Google, Nexus 7 is the world’s first 7-inch quad-core tablet, built to bring consumers the best of Google and ASUS in a slim and portable package that fits perfectly in the hand. Nexus 7 brings together ASUS’ world-class “design thinking” philosophy and the latest version of Google’s innovative Android platform to deliver the ultimate portable computing experience at an irresistible price.


MTN commits to LTE rollout in 3 SA cities

Published by on Oct 1st, 2012, 4 Comments

MTN SA has expanded its network capacity and capability by rolling out an intense infrastructure development drive focused on leapfrogging customer experience through network expansion. The telecommunications operator today revealed that it has increased 2nd Generation (2G) network coverage to 98.6% of the country’s population while the company’s EDGE and 3rdGeneration sites cover 92% and close to 65% of South Africa respectively.

“With the increase of mobile and data usage, and an aggressive approach to providing access to broadband to more areas so as to narrow the digital divide, it was important that we focus on expanding our network and coverage to ensure capacity to carry traffic seamlessly and therefore enhancing our customers’ experience,” explains Kanagaratnam Lambotharan, Chief Technology Officer at MTN SA. “This is line with positioning ourselves as a future-proof and forward thinking operator with adequate capacity to address both business and consumer needs and enhancing experience on the network.” (more…)

B2B Indaba 2012: Connecting Entrepreneurs

Published by on Oct 1st, 2012, No Comments

The B2B indaba is an informative networking session created for small business entrepreneurs and will be held at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. The Indaba aims to educate small business entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs about the importance of creating and maintaining an online presence for their businesses and brands.

The indaba will take place over a period of two hours. This session will include speakers from different business background who have a respectable knowledge of online marketing, small business entrepreneurship and online presence management for businesses and brands.

Each speaker has a maximum of 30 minutes to present on their business, the importance of an online presence for a business and also good entrepreneurship in general.


HP announces Windows 8 tablet – the ElitePad 900

Published by on Oct 1st, 2012, No Comments

HP has announced its latest device,  a 10-inch Windows 8 tablet called the ElitePad 900 aimed at professionals.

The tablet comes wrapped in an aluminium chassis with a Gorilla Glass display.

The tablet, released with a number of accessories, runs an Atom-based Intel Clover Trail processor, with up to 2GB of RAM and up to 64GB of SSD storage. The device also offers approximately 10 hours of run time and optional 3G/4G.

Other features of the device include a screen resolution of 1,280 x 800, 8-megapixel rear camera and a 1080p shooter up front, slots for microSD cards and 3G/4G SIMs.

HP will also be making special smart jackets available with the device that provide additional functionality such as a built in keyboard, removable battery and USB ports.

The ElitePad 900 is expected to go on sale in the U.S. in January 2013.

Source: Engadget