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FNB, Mango join BlackBerry 10 platform

Published by on Jan 31st, 2013, No Comments

With the launch of BlackBerry 10 at an event in New York City on Wednesday, both First National Bank (FNB) and Mango Airlines have announced that versions of their apps have now been developed for the new OS.

FNB’s popular Banking App is currently available for free download in the BlackBerry store and will also be available for BlackBerry 10 users in the BlackBerry 10 store.

Farren Roper, head of FNB Connect ISP and business operations said of the launch of the app that “We want to make the App available on as many devices and platforms as possible where it makes sense”.

While Mango CEO Nico Bezuidenhout revealed that its recently launched app for iOS FlyMango would only be available on other mobile platforms in the coming months, in a surprise move the domestic airline unveiled the app for BlackBerry 10 in beta. 

Source: ITWeb

BlackBerry 10 OS and new devices launched

Published by on Jan 31st, 2013, No Comments

The company formerly known as Research in Motion (RIM) launched its latest operating system, BlackBerry 10, as well as two new devices at an event in New York City on Wednesday.

In addition CEO Thorstein Heins announced that that the company name has changed and that “From this point forward RIM becomes BlackBerry”.  This is accompanied by the new tagline of “One brand, one promise.”

BlackBerry launched two new devices that will run the new OS. The BlackBerry Q10 features a physical keyboard while the BlackBerry Z10, a touchscreen.

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Gartner: Convergence of Social, Information, Mobile and Cloud Will Impact Sourcing Strategies in 2013

Published by on Jan 31st, 2013, No Comments

Sourcing managers must consider the opportunities and risks presented by the convergence of social, information, mobile and cloud when re-evaluating sourcing options, delivery models and vendors, according to Gartner, Inc.

“Social, information, mobile and cloud shouldn’t be considered in isolation as market forces,” said Linda Cohen, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner. “The convergence of these forces, which Gartner calls the Nexus of Forces, is what drives real business value. The Nexus of Forces converge in several ways: cloud, mobile and social solutions enable the distribution of information, social media usage and behaviour drive mobile and information solutions, and cloud can be a foundation for information, social and mobile solutions.”

“To establish the most appropriate sourcing approach for 2013, sourcing managers must take a more holistic approach and understand wider IT service market trends,” said Frank Ridder, research vice president at Gartner. “To benefit, sourcing managers must consider the influence of the convergence of the Nexus of Forces on the services sourcing life cycle of activities, rather than considering each factor as a separate trend.”

Gartner has identified the following key impacts for sourcing managers to consider:

Growing cloud adoption will force sourcing managers to reconsider sourcing governance techniques and contracting practices

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Infographic: Why, Halo There Sony!

Published by on Jan 30th, 2013, No Comments

The war among video game consoles has been raging since the days of the Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis. Although, today’s top contenders, the Playstation 3 and XBOX 360 offer hundreds of game titles that span all genres and generations this infographic, compares only the best selling exclusives from each system to determine which competitor reigns supreme.

Titles featured in the infographic include Halo 3, Gran Turismo 5, God of War 3 and Fable II.

View the infographic after the jump…

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Mango airlines launches iOS app

Published by on Jan 30th, 2013, 2 Comments

Domestic airline Mango has today launched an iOS app on the App Store (FlyMango) and also plans to make it available across other mobile platforms over the coming months.

Mango passengers will now be able to book and pay for flights with the app as well as change flights and receive updated airline communication.

Mango CEO Nico Bezuidenhout says that the launch of the app falls in line with the airline’s strategy to make travel more accessible to South Africans and add mobile platforms to its already extensive distribution channel bouquet having launched a mobi-site with full booking functionality in October last year the usage of which has been dominated by iOS users.

“The response to the launch of our mobi-site last year indicated the growing need for mobile accessibility,” says Bezuidenhout. “With the exceptionally high penetration of mobile technology in South Africa as well as increased in bandwidth and the proliferation of ancillary devices such as tablets, we anticipate access by a new market segment of approximately 4 million new customers.”

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Amazon announces Q4 financial results – sales up 22%

Published by on Jan 30th, 2013, No Comments

Amazon has announced its fourth quarter financial results that ended 31 December 2012.

Despite not meeting analysts estimates of $22.3 billion in sales, Amazon’s revenue increased 22% to $21.27 billion in the fourth quarter, compared with $17.43 billion in fourth quarter 2011.

Net income decreased 45% to $97 million in the fourth quarter, or $0.21 per diluted share, compared with $177 million, or $0.38 per diluted share, in fourth quarter 2011.

For the second year in a row Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD tablet was the most popular item for customers worldwide.

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Official: Apple to release 128GB version of 4th generation iPad

Published by on Jan 29th, 2013, No Comments

We recently reported on a rumour originally posted by 9to5 Mac, that based on information revealed to the site by sources, Apple is working on a 128GB iPad model.

Now that rumour is true. Today, Apple has officially announced that it will be launching just that – a model almost identical to the 4th generation iPad with retina display only with twice the storage capacity.

In the announcement Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing says that “With more than 120 million iPads sold, it’s clear that customers around the world love their iPads, and everyday they are finding more great reasons to work, learn and play on their iPads rather than their old PCs. With twice the storage capacity and an unparalleled selection of over 300,000 native iPad apps, enterprises, educators and artists have even more reasons to use iPad for all their business and personal needs.”

The new 128GB iPads will be available from Tuesday 5th February in the U.S.

Suggested retail pricing is set at $799 for the iPad with Wi-Fi model and $929 for the iPad with Wi-Fi + Cellular model.

Vodafone UK to get new BB10 device on 30th January

Published by on Jan 29th, 2013, No Comments

Research in Motion (RIM) has announced that its launch event for BB10 will take place on 30th January 2013 in multiple countries around the world simultaneously.

It is also at this launch event that RIM has revealed that two of the smartphones to run the new operating system will be unveiled. It has been rumoured that the first of these two devices is the BlackBerry Z10, a video of which  has already leaked online having been posted by Austrian publication Telekom-Presse only a few days ago.

However, details of where and when these devices will be available have yet to be confirmed. It is expected that these details  will also be announced at the launch event.

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