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Samsung’s massive profit in Q1 2013

Published by on Apr 8th, 2013, 2 Comments

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Samsung will only have official announcements of its sales and profits on April 26th, but they have released what they call “profit guidance” – their expectations and numbers from rough calculations. Needless to say, the numbers are impressive.

They have seen an increase in mid-range handsets, which actually meant that Q1 sales surpassed that of the usually unbeatable holiday season quarter. They sold an estimated 68 million phones during the first quarter of 2013, beating out the 63 million from the last quarter of 2012. Sales reached an estimated $46.2 billion, which led to operating profit of $7.7 billion, a 53% increase year on year.

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First “Cheap” BlackBerry 10 device spotted

Published by on Apr 8th, 2013, No Comments


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We really like the new BlackBerry Z10, but it is a phone that is meant to compete in the top end of the market. BlackBerry is going to have to quickly move its fancy new operating system to cheaper phones. Right now the Z10 and Q10 devices are the only officially announced devices to run the BlackBerry 10 operating system.

So its good to see a new lower end keyboard based BlackBerry out in the wild – no clear indication of release date or cost has been confirmed. The device is clearly still a developer based device, with the serial codes blurred out. You can also see it is a white plastic phone – we are wondering whether this a replacement for the Curve series of devices. The new “R-Series” device is speculated to launch at a $300 – $400 price range, and will ship with 8GB of storage, and a good ol’ full qwerty keyboard combined with a touch screen.

 

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Price Check in running for International BlackBerry App of the Year

Published by on Apr 5th, 2013, 1 Comment

Price-CheckSouth African Mobile Shopping App, PriceCheck, has been selected from all BlackBerry apps worldwide; as one of three finalists for the coveted International BlackBerry APP OF THE YEAR.

Locally conceptualized, developed and released, the app offers shoppers access to prices and reviews of millions of products; choice out of thousands of categories and direct access to hundreds of on and offline stores. A Barcode scanner as part of the App, makes comparing and finding best prices in store a breeze. PriceCheck now process a barcode scan off their App every 10-20 seconds.

 

‘’Being selected out of more than 100 000 BlackBerry 10 apps worldwide is quite a milestone’’, says PriceCheck GM, Andre de Wet, ‘’and as South Africans we can be pretty chuffed about it. It shows what is being done locally on mobile is world-class and what PriceCheck is doing for mobile shopping is the right way to go.’’

BlackBerry users around the world have selected PriceCheck’s BlackBerry app as one of the apps that demonstrate the most innovative use of the BlackBerry technology in this year’s BlackBerry Achievement Awards.

While the price comparison service has invested a lot of effort and time into developing apps on all platforms including BlackBerry, Nokia, iOS and Android, being shortlisted as one of the three finalists for the BlackBerry App of the year is no small feat. (more…)

Facebook embraces Android with “Home”

Published by on Apr 4th, 2013, 1 Comment

Facebook-Home-Unlock-ScreenFacebook has moments ago launched Facebook Home which basically turns any modern Android phone into the much vaunted “Facebook Phone” people have been talking about for years. It is essentially a skin (or launcher) that carries some brilliant integration tricks that hooks Facebook into many corners of the Android experience.

Even though HTC did indeed launch a new midrange phone called the “First”, Facebook’s new Home software will eventually also launch for the HTC One X, One X+ and also the Samsung Galaxy S3 and Note 2. The first is just the first (get it?) phone launching with Facebook Home. But Mark Zuckerberg made it clear that it is not Facebook’s strategy to build a dedicated Facebook phone, and they would rather focus on decent integration into the existing Android operating system.

What Zuckerberg made clear is that Facebook’s strategy is about a whole lot more than a dedicated device, and instead harnessing the massive 1 billion users who will slowly but surely move towards smartphones. And with Android’s significant (and ever strengthening) hold on the smartphone market, it was only natural for Facebook to embrace Android. Facebook will also be updating Home on a monthly basis, something that should make many Android fans happy who might not always get too many operating system updates. At least the Facebook skin should now improve over time…

So what is new about Facebook Home? Instead of the typical Facebook app, Facebook Home will take over your screen from the moment you wake the screen. You instantly see what your friends are sharing, and you can quickly see pictures without unlocking the phone. Because its so tightly integrated into the OS, you will also see things like messages and missed calls from the same interface. (more…)

Online Retailer Wantitall Invests in Citymob

Published by on Apr 4th, 2013, 2 Comments


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Wantitall.co.za, one of South Africa’s largest online retailers with over 14 million products available online, has recently invested in leading online design retailer Citymob.co.za. The investment brings Citymob improved systems, logistics, warehousing facilities, increased access to customers, strong supplier relationships and improved staffing.

Luke Jedeikin, co-founder of Citymob says, “We’re extremely excited about this new partnership, it will allow us to upscale quickly and ensure a world-class logistics offering. Citymob was looking for partners that could bring with them the required expertise and help us grow, and we believe we’ve found the perfect fit with Wantitall.

Citymob catapulted themselves into the eCommerce design space in July 2012. At that time the average amount of products sold daily via the site was 80 and the Citymob database contained approximately 50,000 members. Now Citymob sells 10 times as many products daily, reaching an extensive database of over 300, 000 individuals. “Our growth in recent months has been truly exceptional,” continues Jedeiken. The group has seen significant month-on-month turnover growth since their relaunch into curated, “design” products, leaving the group buying space from where they were conceived in their tracks. To meet the increased product demand, Citymob grew their staff complement from 14 people in July of 2012 to 35 in February 2013, including warehouse staff. 

Justin Drennan, founder of Wantitall mentions: “We’ve been working on a highly automated warehouse system over the past few years and more recently, have been seeking a partner with whom we could share this with. After meeting and evaluating numerous opportunities, we have found a partner with massive growth prospects and a shared vision whom we are delighted to include within our existing warehouse infrastructure”.  (more…)

Vodacom offering ICT skills training

Published by on Apr 4th, 2013, No Comments

vodacom-red-white-logoIn a bid to help tackle skills development and job creation within the information and communications technology (ICT) sector, Vodacom has embarked on a drive to help empower unemployed youth with ICT skills training.

On Tuesday, Vodacom through its Mobile Education programme in partnership with Cisco and MICT-Seta kicked-off a youth development project at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU), Port Elizabeth. The partnership aims to train unemployed youth in ICT skills and to further develop them into ICT entrepreneurs.

Vodacom Chief Officer: Corporate Affairs, Maya Makanjee says: “This is Vodacom’s contribution towards the creation of skills development and job creation opportunities for unemployed youth. It is premised on concept that the more skilled the youth are, the greater their opportunity for employment.”

“We know that Cisco technical skills are some of the most sought after skills in the ICT industry.” (more…)

Nokia Music+ launches in SA

Published by on Apr 4th, 2013, No Comments

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Nokia’s new subscription-based upgrade to its popular free-to-stream mobile music service, Nokia Music+, is now available in South Africa for R25 a month. For the R25 real music fans get a number of enhancements. This further cements Nokia’s great service offering on their Windows Phone based devices.

For even greater music enjoyment, Nokia Music+ provides increased control over the listening experience – at a cost noticeably lower than many third party services – and adds the following additional features to the existing free Nokia Music offering: (more…)

TechEd Africa 2013 almost here

Published by on Apr 4th, 2013, No Comments

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There’s a sense of anticipation building in South Africa’s IT Professional and Developer communities as some 2500 technology fanatics prepare to descend on Durban later this month for Microsoft’s iconic TechEd Africa event – and with less than a week to go until registrations close, Microsoft says last-minute registrations are pouring in.

TechEd Africa runs from 16-19 April at Durban’s International Conference Centre (ICC), and features a host of top local and international speakers.

The major areas of focus are expected to be on Microsoft’s Server solutions, which are driving the modern enterprise’s drive towards cloud computing, Office 365, and Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. However, this year is also expected to see a surprising amount of attention being paid to apps, with a specific track around apps and developing apps on all of the company’s platforms.

There will be no shortage of content and insights, says Microsoft SA’s Developer and Platform Evangelist Lead, Clifford de Wit. The event will see more than 200 technical sessions, a 36 chalk & talks and self-paced hot lab that focus on areas like client infrastructure, security and management, Business Intelligence, data platform and development, Server and cloud infrastructure and management, security and identity access, Sharepoint, Exchange, Office 365, Dynamics and certification opportunities.

“There’s a lot going on in the world of technology right now, and TechEd is a critical platform for us to share our roadmap and insights with our IT Professionals and developers,” said De Wit. “Cloud, in all its complexity, is probably going to dominate the discussions, but there’s also a huge emerging focus on apps, which are a major opportunity for enterprises going forward.” (more…)

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