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Pinterest tests out new look

Published by on Jan 29th, 2013, No Comments

Pinterest’s Software Engineer Vy Phan, has announced in a blog post that the social pinboard-based site will be testing out an updated new look with a small group of people in the coming weeks.

The features of the update that are designed based on feedback from users include the ability for users to navigate more easily around the site and the addition of bigger pins with more information.

Pinterest also says that it has made improvements to the site “behind the scenes” to make everything work faster.


tothePOINT seminars kick-off 2013 in Cape Town

Published by on Jan 29th, 2013, No Comments

Specifically designed for small business owners who are looking to improve their marketing efforts, tothePOINT Small Business Marketing Seminar is set to kick-off the New Year in the Mother City on the 4th of March 2013 in a continuation and elevation of last year’s successful inaugural event.

One of the most common questions faced by small businesses as they get off the ground is how to effectively market to their target consumers. Effective marketing can mean the difference between having a successful business with a thriving customer base and going out of business in short order due to an inability to attract customers. In today’s digital world, effective online marketing is now a critical factor in business success.

Once again, tothePOINT will be bringing in Leon Lategan (now self-employed and previously MD of IOL and Founder of Purple Cow), Shaune Jordaan (CEO of Synergize) and Suzanne Little (Head of Social Media at Quirk). Speakers will engage the audience with enlightening keynote presentations on four key topics, including:

  • Email Marketing – (How to keep your newly acquired and current customers informed) 
  • Social Media – (How to use social media to stay connected and improve relationships with customers)  (more…)

How to enable LTE on your Vodacom iPhone 5

Published by on Jan 29th, 2013, 24 Comments

While the iPhone 5 was not a massive upgrade from the previous 4S model, the addition of high speed LTE networking is something a lot of people have been looking for. But it arrived on SA’s shores without LTE enabled for any of our networks.

Problem is that Apple approves networks before they enable LTE on their iPhones – and if the networks dont have Apple’s approval, the phone simply would not connect to the LTE networks, even if they are available. While some might argue that it is typical from Apple to try and control these things, maybe Apple would want more tight control over anything affecting reception after the Antennagate issues of the iPhone 4.

Luckily Vodacom now has LTE enabled for contract iPhone 5 devices – MTN and Cell C has no such support right now, despite carrying the iPhone 5.


Samsung to expand Music Hub to non-Samsung devices

Published by on Jan 28th, 2013, No Comments

Samsung’s SVP for Samsung Media Services TJ Kang has told The Next Web that the company has plans to expand its Music Hub service to other non-Samsung devices.

Music Hub, a cloud based service that lets users upload all the music they have into one integrated mobile web service, is currently available to download from Google Play for the Samsung Galaxy SIII and Galaxy Note.

In this case, when the time comes, making the service available on Android powered devices for example, is a simple process.  

Kang has revealed that the plan to expand the Music Hub goes beyond limiting it to Samsung devices as the fact is that customers may own devices from more than one manufacturer. Making the Music Hub available to them then can make their lives much easier.

Rather, the expansion of the service will begin by making it available to other Samsung devices, so it is not limited to the Galaxy SIII and Galaxy Note. These devices include all Samsung phones, tablets and Smart TVs.

Then, the company will look into making it available across other manufacturers’ hardware. However, having said this, we highly doubt you will see it soon on iOS devices.


Nokia launches low cost Music+ service

Published by on Jan 28th, 2013, 1 Comment

Nokia today announced Nokia Music+, a new subscription-based upgrade to its free-to-stream mobile music service, offering a range of additional features for a low monthly fee. It will be rolling out as an optional update to the existing service in Q1 2013. The existing Nokia Music service will continue to be available free of charge, with no advertisements, registration or subscription to Nokia Lumia owners.

Nokia Music users create their own mixes or stream from playlists curated by an expert team of musicologists and international artists. Mixes can also be saved for offline playback.

For €4 per month, Nokia Music+ adds additional features: (more…)

Rumour: Apple to release 128GB 4th generation iPad

Published by on Jan 28th, 2013, No Comments

Based on information revealed by sources, 9to5 Mac has reported that Apple is planning to release an improved fourth generation iPad with additional memory.

The new model with retina display could offer as much as 128GB of memory, 9to5 Mac speculates. This is based on the upcoming release of iOS 6.1 the code of which points to compatibility with 128GB iOS devices. References to the 128GB storage in Apple’s iTunes 11 release was also mentioned in the report to back suspicions.

While confirmation of the model and pricing has yet to be confirmed, what is known about it is:

  • It is a fourth-generation iPad, not a new design.
  • It comes in both the current black and white color options.
  • It comes in both WiFi-only and WiFi + Cellular versions.
  • It is a more premium SKU that will join the current line of 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB fourth-generation iPads.

Verizon to stock high-end Nokia Lumia Laser

Published by on Jan 25th, 2013, No Comments

The Verge has revealed that U.S. operator, Verizon will be stocking what it calls a high-end Nokia Lumia Windows Phone in its stores.

Verizon’s flagship device codenamed Laser, which the company will be marketing alongside other rival devices, is a variation of the Nokia Lumia 920 (watch the BWB TV review here) and will also feature similar specifications to the smartphone.

There has been talk of Nokia looking at aluminium for a future high end Lumia device – can this be it? While the polycarbonate case design looks great on the Lumia 920, some buyers do prefer some more high end feeling materials.


BlackBerry Enterprise Server 10 now Available for Download

Published by on Jan 25th, 2013, No Comments

Research In Motion today announced that its new Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) solution, BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10, is now available for download. BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 re-invents RIM’s EMM by bringing together device management, industry leading security, and mobile applications management for BlackBerry smartphones (including the new BB10 models) in a consolidated solution. It also provides a single console for managing BlackBerry, Android and Apple iOS devices.

“BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 empowers employees to be more productive and better equipped to serve customers while it provides business and IT leaders with the confidence that corporate data is protected and manageable in the same way they have long enjoyed with BlackBerry,” said Peter Devenyi, Senior Vice President, Enterprise Software, Research In Motion. “BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 makes mobility easy for businesses to help keep them moving.”

Flexible Enterprise Mobility Management (more…)