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Samsung Galaxy S3 SA launch: Hands on preview

Published by on Jun 11th, 2012, 11 Comments

Following the international launch of Samsung’s (and Android’s) most anticipated device in history on May 29th, it is now also available in South Africa on most carriers. A lucky few, including myself, were able to attend the official launch of the Samsung Galaxy S3 at the Sandton Convention Centre on the 7th of June, and we were there to get our first hands-on experience of the new flagship device.

Now, we will look at the first impressions of this impressive device with a hands on preview, that will soon be followed by a full review once we get the opportunity to use it on a day-to-day basis.

Function and Media Briefing:

Coming off the success of its predecessor, Samsung has decided to go all out in the world wide release of the Galaxy S3. It is now available in 129 countries. They expect to sell even more than the record breaking 20 million units shipped of the Galaxy S2 and this was very evident when we arrived at the convention centre.

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Twitter runs first TV advertisement, promotes new hashtag

Published by on Jun 11th, 2012, No Comments

Twitter ran its first ever TV advertisement in the U.S. on Sunday as part of its collaboration with NASCAR during the broadcasting of the 2012 Pocono 400 NASCAR race.

The short clip features NASCAR racer Brad Keselowski, an active user of Twitter, using his iPhone to take pictures while in his race car. Twitter features are built into Apple’s smartphones that allow users to directly upload pictures to the site.

The new hashtag that appears after the advertisement, is the start of Twitter’s promotion of its new hashtag pages, possibly an intention to turn the hashtag into something more similar to a web domain. Rather than using the typical Twitter.com/NASCAR url, it has now been replaced with the hashtag sign Twitter.com/#Nascar that redirects to http://twitter.com/hashtag/nascar. The NASCAR ad was the first of several aired during the 2012 Pocono 400 NASCAR race.

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Microsoft Azure finally lands in SA

Published by on Jun 11th, 2012, 1 Comment

In what is being viewed as the largest release in Windows Azure history, Microsoft South Africa has announced both the local market availability of Windows Azure and the preview of new Windows Azure services, along with several updates to existing services, several of which are currently available already.

This is a huge announcement as far as developers and web developers are concerned as Windows Azure provides an open and easy to use set of services to build and run any application in the cloud, says Stephen Cakebread Azure Marketing Manager at Microsoft SA.

“The platforms offers customers the choice and flexibility to move existing applications or develop new ones using the language and platform of their choice and customers can feel safe in knowing they’re getting the best of cloud computing in that they are now able to leverage a flexible, reliable platform in their own data centre, Microsoft’s Secure globally distributed datacenters or a hybrid.”

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BlackBerry voted as “Coolest Brand” in SA

Published by on Jun 11th, 2012, 3 Comments

South Africa’s youth has once again named BlackBerry as the ‘Coolest Brand Overall’ in the Sunday Times Generation Next 2012 Brand Survey Awards.

BlackBerry also topped the ‘Coolest Cellphone’ and ‘Coolest High-Tech Gadget’ categories for the second year running.

The results of the eight annual Generation Next Brand Survey Awards were announced at an event at Montecasino, Johannesburg on 31 May. The popularity of the BlackBerry brand in South Africa’s youth market is a reflection of how BlackBerry products and services address the needs of tech-savvy young people who lead increasingly connected lives.

Says Lanie Visser, Marketing Director for South Africa at Research In Motion (RIM), the company behind the BlackBerry solution says: “We are delighted that South Africa’s youth has chosen BlackBerry as their smartphone of choice and as South Africa’s coolest youth brand for the second time. These awards reflect how the BlackBerry smartphone has become an indispensable social tool and lifestyle device for active, connected young South Africans and we would like to thank our young BlackBerry customers for their continued loyalty.”

“BlackBerry smartphones are designed to look cool and stylish, yet are packed with excellent features such as social networking and instant messaging”, she adds. “The brand also offers a choice of smartphone models, ranging from full-featured entry level devices right through to premium smartphones, giving users a wide range of choices suitable to their lifestyles and budgets.”

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App Monday: Pocket Review

Published by on Jun 11th, 2012, No Comments

Do you ever find something you want to look at or read, but have no time, and want to store it for later? Most of us do, every day, on Twitter streams, while browsing and so on. If this happens to you, that’s fine, just put it in your Pocket.

Pocket, which was previously called Read It Later, is a simple, but very effective app on iPhone, Android, Kindle Fire and also on your browser, which stores those things you want to read or look at later. By easily adding links, pictures and other things into the Pocket app, when you’re in the queue at the bank or riding the bus home, you can retrieve them and take your time.

It’s perfect for most of us – rushing through information is far worse than keeping some of it for later when we can properly absorb it.

In fact, Pocket stores the info you store to it in such a way that you can even view everything while your phone is offline. Naturally this doesn’t bode well if you have people commenting on threads, and also pictures are often excluded from the offline links. When online, one can refresh the Pocket reader page, and also choose a browser view instead of the Pocket reader view. Even though most of us are online almost all the time nowadays, when you’re not, this comes in handy.

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Apple agrees to pay $2.25 million settlement in Australia

Published by on Jun 8th, 2012, 4 Comments

Apple has agreed to pay $2.25 million in settlement costs after agreeing that it misled the Australian public by selling the new iPad as 4G-compatible reports The Australian. 

At this stage, the  settlement is yet to get final approval from the judge presiding over the case who has postponed the case until Wednesday.

The dispute first arose in March when the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) decided to bring charges against the company for knowingly misleading the public in its advertising of the device.

The advertising claimed that the third generation iPad was 4G compatible. However, the new iPad couldn’t be supported by Australia’s 4G network.

Australia, along with Japan and Singapore were the first three markets to receive the third-generation iPad when it became available on 16 March.

In May, after concerns were first highlighted in Australia and the advertising was changed from ‘Wi-Fi + 4G’ to ‘Wi-Fi + Cellular’, Apple announced that it would give any unsatisfied customers who felt deceived by the advertising, a full refund for any iPads purchased.

The lack of clarity around the marketing of the 4G compatibility was also closely scrutinized in New Zealand, the UK, Italy and Sweden among other countries.

Source: The Next Web

Cisco issues results of Visual Network Index Forecast – South Africa to show Massive Growth

Published by on Jun 8th, 2012, No Comments

Cisco today issued results of the annual Visual Networking Index (VNI) Forecast, the company’s ongoing initiative to forecast and analyse Internet Protocol (IP) networking growth and trends worldwide.

The VNI Forecast quantitatively projects consumer and business user generated IP traffic expected to travel over public and private networks.

The forecast found the following results for the South African market:

 

1.       Internet Traffic

  • Internet traffic will grow 10.5-fold from 2011 to 2016, a compound annual growth rate of 60%
  • Internet traffic will reach 425 petabytes per month in 2016, up from 40 petabytes per month in 2011
  • Internet traffic in 2016 will be equivalent to 1 billion DVDs per year, 106 million DVDs per month or 145, 715 DVDs per hour

2.       Internet Video

  • Internet video traffic will be 79% of all consumer Internet traffic in 2016, up from 56% in 2011
  • 58 billion minutes of video content will cross the Internet each month in 2016, up from 4 billion in 2011
  • Video exceeded half of South Africa’s consumer Internet traffic by year-end 2011

Wi-Fi arrives at the London Underground

Published by on Jun 8th, 2012, No Comments

Londoners and tourists using the famous London Undergound system will now have access to the internet as Wi-Fi became available at various stations around the capital city on Thursday. Commuters no longer have to worry about being completely out of touch as they can now access the internet from their iPads, iPhones and other devices below ground.

The first stations to receive Wi-Fi were Warren Street and King’s Cross, followed by Oxford Circus and Green Park. 80 more Underground stations will follow during the summer in preparation for the upcoming 2012 Olympic Games. By the end of the year, about 120 tube stations are expected to have Wi-Fi, including those particularly far underground.

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