Just a few hours after it was revealed that Google had made available the official Siri for Android app on the Android Market, the search giant has not only pulled the app but has also removed all apps by controversial app developer “Official App”.
If Android device users search for the application, while a number of Siri clones and third party solutions may appear, the search results for Siri for Android can no longer be found. The developer’s other app “Pinterest”, a mobile wrapper for Pinterest’s own website, has also been removed from the listings.
It was reported that an official Siri port for Android called ‘Siri for Android’ had been launched on the Android Market place on the 28th December. The Android app had launched using Apple’s very own Siri icon to function as a shortcut to Android’s version. Google’s lack of attention to and check-ups of its marketplace, allows developers such as “Official App” to launch copyright/trademark infringing applications in minutes by not having to contend with application approvals.
The Loop has reported that recent rumours that have been circulating over the last couple of days that Apple will be releasing their iPad 3 and possibly Apple TV at the upcoming Macworld Expo in January are completely false.
Sources of The Loop have also confirmed that neither of the new products will be released at CES, the world’s largest consumer technology tradeshow in January, either.
Gene Munster, Apple Analyst, announced at the Ignition: Future Of Media conference in early December that he believes that Apple will only be launching its very own television in time for the 2012 holiday season.
Apple withdrew from attending the Macworld Expo back in 2009 and has not attended the show since. In fact, Apple has withdrawn from most, if not all, tradeshows in the last couple of years.
For anyone who is curious about what Microsoft has planned for its Windows Phone, here is a leaked roadmap that reveals some details about the future, up to date as of October 2011.
The roadmap lays the foundation with the release of the Windows Phone 7 in the fourth quarter of 2010 as a high-end and differentiated product followed by Mango also in the fourth quarter of 2011 that offers new features, languages and countries.
The beginning of 2012 will see the release of Tango that focusses on enabling Windows Phone 7 on low-end handsets at the best prices. Finally, the fourth quarter of 2012 will see the Apollo, when Microsoft finally expects volume to increase, enable the release of superphones and concentrate on users’ business needs.
Beta versions of Dropbox for Mac, Linux and Windows has added automatic photo uploads, a useful new feature to the cloud storage service.
With Photo Stream, one of iCloud’s most appealing new features, Apple makes it easy for users to access photos on their iPhone, iPad and iPod touch with iPhoto, Aperture or Windows Explorer automatically. This assists with backing up photos on a computer or keeping photos in the cloud storage. The new Dropbox feature, functions in a similar way. Once the feature is enabled, by plugging in the camera or inserting a memory card, the user will automatically be given the option of importing photos followed by that content being directly uploaded into the Dropbox.
Once “Start Import,” is selected, with the option of automatically importing photos from the device inserted, the process begins. All of the photos and videos are then imported to a newly created “Camera Uploads” folder within Dropbox. That folder is then synced with Dropbox’s servers. So far, the process is quick and hassle free.
For people who generally avoid uploading their photos from their camera’s on a regular basis this tool ensures that all photos remain backed up in at least one more location (in addition to using iCloud).
The new Dropbox photo upload feature is currently available in the latest Experimental Forum Build of the desktop app. Mac users who want to stay on the cutting-edge with Dropbox updates should check out the MacDropUpdate utility.
Take a look at the office space of award winning advertising agency, Saatchi & Saatchi in Bankok, Thailand. The agency’s move into the Sindhorn Tower was part of parent firm Publicis’s goal to have all of its affiliated companies in one building for shared resources. Regional creative director, Joel Clement, chose Bankok based multidisciplinary design firm Supermachine Studio because he was looking for playful and unexpected design with a space “that inspires, is genuinely fun to come to everyday and that didn’t take itself too seriously.”
The tight space of 400m2 and tight budget posed challenges that Supermachine solved with bold ideas that leave much of the space open but also accented by strong visual elements. Large geometric shapes for seating areas, creative wall spaces and ceiling fixtures are balanced by circular lighting installations and bicycle wheels. Inspiration, fun and creativity are found in the the brightly coloured carpets, walls and playful furniture.
The bus-shaped reception desk and bicycle wheel boardroom table are amazing!
If there’s one thing people know about Twitter it’s that you either love it – sharing links and twitpics with others or following interesting new members on a daily basis or hate it – You have no interest in being a part of it and you find it either annoying or overwhelming. Few fall under the category of indifference when their friends or family pull out their smartphones and start Tweeting, Retweeting or following.
This useful flowchart is something that you can share with friends if you feel they may not belong on Twitter, or use it yourself if you’re wondering whether or not Twitter is actually for you and you’re willing to continue being part of the conversation.
Follow the steps in the flowchart below to determine if you or your business really do need a Twitter account:
Nasper’s CEO Koos Bekker paid a visit the 2oceansvibe radio studio on Wednesday morning for an exclusive interview on the “Hard Willi” show with Richard Hardiman and Lindsay Williams.
Prompted by their own questions, as well as responding to tweets from listeners of the show, Koos covered a range of topics, from radio and print media, to the local and international online landscape.
Naspers is a leading multinational media group and over the past two decades the group has evolved from a traditional print media business in one country, to a broad-based e-media company in multiple markets. Naspers’ principal operations are in internet platforms (focussing on commerce, communities, content, communication and games), pay-television and the provision of related technologies and print media (including publishing, distribution and printing of magazines, newspapers and books).
Touchlab, A division of Media 24, recently launched the go! South Africa travel app.
Listen to the podcast of the live interview below:
On Wednesday, The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences honoured former Apple CEO Steve Jobs, who passed away in October, with a Grammy Award, naming him a Trustees Award honouree.
This very special and prestigious award will be presented posthumously at an exclusive ceremony that is scheduled to take place on 11 February 2012. A formal acknowledgement of the award will then be announced as part of the 54th annual Grammy Awards when it is aired live on television on 12 February 2012.
According to a statement from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, Jobs will be honoured for his long-standing career of innovation, helping to “create products and technology to transform the way we consume music, TV, movies, and books.”
In addition to being the man behind the creation of the iPod, Jobs also convinced major record companies to sell their music tracks and albums on the iTunes Store which has sold more than 16 billion songs since its launch in 2003.
If you want to be able download Apps, Music, Movies, TV Series etc from the US iTunes store, even if you live in SA, here is how to do it.