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BlackBerry Jam Session coming to SA in July

Published by on Jun 26th, 2013, No Comments

BlackBerry-JamEager to develop for BlackBerry, but do not know where to start? The BlackBerry Jam Africa & Middle East Tour will come to South Africa in July providing South African developers a chance for more hands-on experience with the range of development tools available for the BlackBerry platform. The sessions will take place in Durban on 15 July, Cape Town on 16 July and Johannesburg on 18 July.

The events form part of a series of BlackBerry Jam Sessions  for developers in Africa and the Middle East that will provide new skills, support the development of locally, relevant content and give budding entrepreneurs more opportunities to reach a local and global BlackBerry audience. The events will provide attendees with the latest resources, training and best practices for creating BlackBerry 10 apps.

BlackBerry Jam sessions are open to all developers, but are also designed for people who are new to the BlackBerry 10 platform, or want to learn the basics about app development. The sessions provide practical advice and tips that help developers get the most of the BlackBerry 10 development environment. (more…)

Q-KON’s HotZone Solution to increase connectivity in Africa

Published by on Jun 26th, 2013, No Comments

q-kon-logoQ-KON, a South African based engineering group that provides turn-key solutions and managed network services to the African and South African telecommunications industries, has launched a HotZone internet access and distribution solution.

The offering is primarily aimed at entrepreneurs who want to leverage off connectivity for their businesses as well as establishments that want to provide this service to patrons and guests.

The StarLight HotZone consists of a VSAT terminal, wireless access controller with a printer and a keypad. It comes pre-configured with 4Mbps downlink speed and 512Kbps uplink speed and works on a franchise basis.

“As the business owner you can select your profile on-line once the satellite terminal is installed and functional. Monthly base bundles and top-ups can be purchased online without call centre intervention, and allows for total freedom to operate your business according to your own requirements,” explains Juan Prinsloo, Senior Executive: Products of Q-KON.

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Microsoft licences ‘Age of Empires’ for iOS and Android

Published by on Jun 26th, 2013, No Comments

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Get ready for the nostalgia train! If you remember this strategy classic and you want to give it another whirl that could happen soon. That’s right; Microsoft is bringing its games to iOS and Android, starting with Age of Empires sometime in 2013.

The news comes from mobile developer KLab, which licences games from Microsoft for global distribution. According to sources, this could be a turning point in the gaming market, as the move could possibly affect the mobile strategies of other gaming giants Sony and Nintendo. (more…)

Sony’s next-gen SmartWatch

Published by on Jun 26th, 2013, 2 Comments

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When Sony entered the wearable Android market – it was among the first – people started to get excited about the prospects it would hold. It hasn’t quite materialized, though, but hopes are that the newest version will make wearable technology mainstream.

It has a 1.6-inch screen coming in at around 175 ppi (at a resolution of 220 x 176 pixels), and the SmartWatch 2 can also be used as a regular watch when not connected to your phone. When it is paired with your smartphone, though, you get an easy way to check your notifications, interact with certain apps, control your music player etc. It now comes with NFC capabilities for easy pairing, but is also water-resistant this time around. According to Sony, the battery will run 3 to 4 days with regular use. It will be available in September 2013.

Here is the full press release from Sony: (more…)

Confirmed: WPP acquires digital agency NATIVE

Published by on Jun 25th, 2013, No Comments

Since a rumoured report was published in September 2012 by Venture Burn, it has now been confirmed that advertising agency WPP has acquired digital agency NATIVE for an undisclosed amount.

The news was confirmed in a tweet by NATIVE MD, Jarred Cinman who initially denied rumours back in September:

According to MarkLives.com 76% of NATIVE has been acquired by VML, one of WPP’s digital marketing agencies that forms part of the Young & Rubicam network and as a result will be rebranded as NATIVE VML.

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1st Stellenbosch Innovation District Conference 2013

Published by on Jun 25th, 2013, 1 Comment

1st Stellenbosch Innovation District Conference

The Stellenbosch Innovation District Conference and system launch is taking place in July at the Spier Wine Estate in Stellenbosch.

The event will feature innovation expert Prof. Gerhard Steiner from Harvard University as a guest speaker and will be followed by interactive panel discussions with the audience.

Event Details:

When: 1st July 2013, 3:30pm – 7pm

Where: Spier Estate Conference Centre Venue 1, Spier Wine Estate, Stellenbosch

To register for this event, click here. 

Find out more information about the conference in the programme details below:

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BlackBerry Enterprise Server now secures work on Android and iOS devices

Published by on Jun 25th, 2013, No Comments

blackberry-launches-secure-work-space-for-android-iosBlackBerry today announced the availability of a new security solution that separates work and personal apps and data on iOS and Android devices. Secure Work Space for iOS and Android is a new option with BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 (version 10.1.1) that offers customers with a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policy, a solution with the best combination of security, user experience and total cost of ownership. BlackBerry designed Secure Work Space to meet the management, security and cost needs of the CIO, and the user experience and functionality that employees demand.

Since launching in January 2013, 18,000 BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 servers have been installed by customers around the world and Secure Work Space for iOS and Android has been trialled globally with BlackBerry customers since the launch, including Netherlands-based e-office mobile b.v. For the past 22 years e-office has been creating virtual working environments for their clients, and to ensure they are always staying current on their clients’ mobility needs, e-office took part in BlackBerry’s early adopter program for Secure Work Space.

“Secure Work Space builds on BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10, and we found that BlackBerry’s secure infrastructure offered our company the best containerization solution to help mobilize our multi-platform environment, while maintaining a great user experience,” said Thierry Lammers, Director and co-founder, e-office mobile. “We’re looking forward to deploying this solution across our organization and to our customers in the coming months and bringing the separation of work and personal data to life on iOS and Android devices.” (more…)

MapStudio & Polymorph launch wildlife app for iPhone

Published by on Jun 25th, 2013, No Comments

gallery-image-1If you’re planning a trip to a game park in and around South Africa you may want to take the ParkSpotter Africa app on the journey with you.

ParkSpotter Africa, a joint release between leading Africa map publisher MapStudio and mobile app developer, Polymorph is a new innovative wildlife app for iPhone that is now available worldwide from the App Store.

The app aims  to motivate park visitors to explore, learn and share their nature adventures in interesting, exciting and memorable way.

ParkSpotter Africa is the first application of its kind to spot and share wildlife sightings on social media. Users can photograph, identify, save and share sightings with geo-location, date, time and categories to create a personal record of sightings.

This unique feature also enables other visitors to the park to view the sighting’s photo first before rushing off to the scene.

The sightings feature is also designed to allow the user to upload photos and sightings at a later stage and edit.

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